Your ally in retirement and custody solutions.
Cypress Bank & Trust is committed to helping Financial Advisors, Attorneys, Tax professionals and other advisors service their clients with our commitment to independent professional trustee services and administration.
By offering independent trustee services, Cypress Bank & Trust services are available to complement and provide the ultimate flexibility for you and your clients to work with the advisor(s) of their choice. Our collaborative approach ensures our shared clients receive the estate planning, tax advice, and financial services that meet their unique needs.
Cypress Bank & Trust leads with the “client choice” approach and would never seek to replace the trusted relationships our clients have with their existing advisors. We respect the value everyone on the advisory team brings to the client relationship.
The following are examples of how some of the partners with Cypress Bank & Trust have benefited from our independent trustee services:
- Financial advisors have been able to maintain and/or increase their AUM of trust assets and not lose valued client relationships to larger institutional fiduciaries.
- Flexibility of both a delegated and directed option for naming a trustee in an estate planning document.
- Experienced fiduciary to serve when your clients do not have a qualified alternative for successor trustee, personal representative, and other fiduciary capacities.
- A partner that understands the probate & trust administration process allowing the administration & funding of trusts to conclude more efficiently & easily.
- A trusted resource to help clients understand how the estate plan that has been created for them will be implemented seamlessly.
- A resource for conflict resolution for families in need of an independent trustee because of legal disputes and/or mediation.
Contact a Cypress trust administrator should you be an advisor seeking independent professional trustee services and administration from a trusted partner and resource.
Investment Products are:
• Not Insured by the FDIC or Any Federal Government Agency
• Not a Deposit or Other Obligation of, or Guaranteed by, the Bank or Any Bank Affiliate
• Subject to Investment Risks, Including Possible Loss of the Principal Amount Invested
JANE GOBLE | Trust Officer | Vice President
Jane L. Goble, Trust Officer and Vice President is a veteran trust officer of financial institutions in Southwest Florida, most recently with BMO Harris Private Bank (formerly Marshall & Ilsley Trust Company) in Naples. She is a graduate of Cannon Trust School and is a past president of the Estate Planning Council of Southwest Florida, past member of the Board of Trustees of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and has been a volunteer with the Lee County Bar Association.
REBECCA BELT, CTFA | Trust Officer | Vice President
Rebecca Y. “Becky” Belt, CTFA, Trust Officer and Vice President, has over 30 years of trust administrative and operations experience with wealth management institutions in northeast Florida. Becky began her career with Barnett Bank Trust Company and has since served in trust administrative positions with SunTrust Bank, First Guaranty Bank & Trust Company and CenterState Bank. She is a graduate of the Florida Bankers Association Graduate Trust School, holds the designation of Certified Trust Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA) and is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Northeast Florida.
MARK FORE | Senior Fiduciary Officer | Senior Vice President
Mark Fore, Senior Fiduciary Officer and Senior Vice President, has 25 years of experience in the private practice of law, the last 18 of which with Gray Robinson, P.A., in its Lakeland office. Prior to joining Cypress, Mark’s practice focused on the preparation and implementation of estate planning documents, including wills and trusts, probate, trust and guardianship administration, as well as dispute resolution and litigation matters in these practice areas. He is admitted to the Florida and Georgia Bars, and is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section, and the Elder Law section of the Florida Bar. Mark has previously served as volunteer guardian ad litem for the 10th Judicial Circuit Court. He is also an active member and former president of both the Lakeland Rotary Club and the Lakeland Bar Association. Mark has an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and earned his Juris Doctor from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.
M. LISA AMOROSO, CTFA | Senior Trust Officer | Vice President
M. Lisa Amoroso, CTFA, Senior Trust Officer and Vice President, is a key fiduciary resource with an in-depth knowledge of fiduciary principals and applicable laws to assist clients in achieving their goals and help them manage, preserve, and transition their wealth. Prior to joining Cypress and for more than 30 years, Lisa has served as a Trust Advisor at large regional institutions. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Rollins College. She is also a graduate of Florida Trust School and National Graduate Trust School and is a Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA). Lisa serves as a Board Member for Central Florida Estate Planning Council and is a member of the Orlando Estate Planning Discussion Group.
MARIETTE BRODEUR, CAP | Trust Officer | Vice President
Mariette Brodeur, Esq., CAP®, Trust Officer and Vice President, has 25+ years of private, public policy and philanthropic sector experience with large organizations, government, and nonprofits. Mariette holds a B.S. in Political Science, a J.D., and is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy. Mariette supports and advises individuals, families, private foundations, not for profits and endowments regarding wealth transfer and management of trust funds. She serves on the Board of the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Florida, as Governance Committee Member of Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry, and is a Member of the Estate Planning Council of Northeast Florida.
ANITA CALABRO | Trust Officer | Vice President
Anita D. Calabro, Trust Officer and Vice President, joined Cypress Bank & Trust in 2012. She previously spent 15 years in the legal and financial services industry with roles at Regions Trust, where she managed trust relationships for high-net-worth families, and at Wachovia Wealth Management where she administered personal trusts. Anita holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Capella University, an Associates of Arts degree in General Studies and an Associates of Science degree from Eastern Florida State College. She has also completed course programs at Cannon Trust School and Graduate Trust School.
Alina Mitroi | Junior Trust Officer | Vice President
Alina Mitroi, Jr. Trust Officer and Vice President joined Cypress Bank & Trust in 2022. Prior to joining Cypress, Alina managed trust relationships for Ultra-High Net worth clients for Bank of America Private Bank for 6 years. Her career includes 11 years with Wachovia Bank Wealth Management where she administered trusts and estates. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a major B.S. in International Business and a Certificate of Corporate Financial Management. Additionally, she completed the Certified Financial Planner Program from Barry University. Alina has lived in Florida most of her life and is married to her husband Adrian. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, hiking and is also an avid beekeeper.
JOE PAULDINE | Market Executive | Senior Vice President
Joseph C. Pauldine, Market Executive and Senior Vice President, joined Cypress Bank & Trust in 2004. Joe has served in various roles within the company including Vice President of Marketing and Sales and Channel Marketing Specialist. Prior to joining Cypress, he spent 13 years in sales and marketing positions with MCI, now a part of Verizon. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Management from Old Dominion University with additional course work in Mathematics and Statistics.
KEN R. THOMPSON, JR, CTFA | Senior Trust Executive | Senior Vice President
Kenneth “Ken” R. Thompson, Jr., CTFA, Senior Trust Executive and Senior Vice President, is a 36-year veteran of the trust and investment management industry. Mr. Thompson’s experience and background includes management roles at several legacy banks including SunTrust, First Union, Wachovia, and Wells Fargo. Mr. Thompson attended the Southern Trust and Canon Trust School and has the Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA) designation. He received a BS in Management from Georgia Tech. He serves on the Board of the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Florida, the Estate Planning Council of Northeast Florida, the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of St. Augustine, and additional philanthropic organizations in Northeast Florida.
GINA RALL, CPA | Senior Trust Officer | Vice President
Gina H. Rall CPA, Senior Trust Officer and Vice President, has more than 27 years of specialized knowledge in individual estate & trust taxation, fiduciary accounting and administration for trusts and estates with a special interest in eldercare & special needs trusts. She has been court appointed in many counties to serve as an independent trustee, curator, personal representative and/or guardian of property. Ms. Rall earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Central Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant registered and licensed in Florida. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). She also serves as treasurer of Brevard County’s Early Steps (CATCH), is a member of Brevard County Estate Planning Council, and as a volunteer for Brevard County Special Olympics Brevard.
ELIZABETH WAGNER | Senior Trust Officer | Vice President
Elizabeth Wagner, Senior Trust Officer and Vice President, has over 40 years of experience in banking, trust, and investments in the Palm Beach market. She began her banking career with Bank of Palm Beach & Trust Company, which was acquired by First Union/Wells Fargo. Elizabeth held a private banking position with Harris Bank prior to joining Cypress Bank & Trust in 2004. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Cypress Bank & Trust New Accounts Committee. She is a graduate of Towson University, the Florida School of Banking, and the Florida Graduate Trust School. Elizabeth is a member of the Rehabilitation Center for Adults and Children Professional Endowment Committee.
Portfolio Manager Contacts
SASCHA RIZZO, CFA, CFP | Senior Portfolio Manager/Market Executive | Senior Vice President
Sascha Rizzo, CFA, CFP, Senior Portfolio Manager/Market Executive and Senior Vice President, works with clients to create asset allocation strategies and construct portfolios to help meet clients’ investment objectives while managing portfolio risk. Sascha’s career in financial services spans 30+ years. Prior to joining Cypress, he worked in the Private Bank offices at Wells Fargo, bank of America, and SunTrust. He graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a degree in Economics and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. He holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designations. Sascha serves his community through roles on the Maitland City Council, including former Mayor of the City of Maitland, Board member and former Chair of the Orange County Housing Finance Authority, Board Trustee for local public radio station 90.7 WMFE, and Board member of Orlando Shakes, an acclaimed professional theater.
Ted A. Libby | Senior Portfolio Manager | Senior Vice President
Theodore A. Libby, Senior Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President, has over 40 years of investment experience, having held senior level positions with Casco Bank & Trust Company, Bank of New Hampshire, NBD Bancorp (now part of JP Morgan Chase), and the Vero Beach office of U.S. Trust Company, where he spent 7 years as Senior Investment Officer. He is a graduate of the University of Maine and the Williams College School of Banking.
JUNE LUNDY | Senior Portfolio Manager | Senior Vice President
June L. Lundy, Senior Portfolio Manager and Vice President, has more than 30 years of experience building customized, diversified portfolios for clients, including 12 years at Wells Fargo Private Bank. June earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida and is a graduate of the Florida Trust School at the University of Florida. She is also a member of the Investment and Wealth Institute, the CFA Society of Jacksonville, the Estate Planning Council of Northeast Florida, Planned Giving Council of Northeast Florida, University of Florida Alumnae Association, and additional philanthropic organizations in Northeast Florida.
BRIAN SKARBEK | Senior Investment Officer | Senior Vice President
Brian Skarbek, Senior Investment Officer and Senior Vice President, joined Cypress Bank & Trust in 2004. Mr. Skarbek began his investment career with Barnett Securities in 1995, later joining Harris Bank in Sarasota, where he was a Portfolio Manager and Investment Officer. Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance, from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.
THERESA STRICKLAND | Senior Portfolio Manager | Senior Vice President
Theresa Strickland, Senior Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President, joined Cypress Bank & Trust in 2004. Prior to joining Cypress, Theresa was a Portfolio Manager for the Harris Private Bank and began her financial services career with Bank of Boston. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Florida State University and earned a Master of Business Administration from Palm Beach Atlantic University.