BayCoast Bank hosts college-debt reduction workshops

SWANSEA – BayCoast Bank is hosting two free workshops on Wednesday to provide the public with information on how to reduce college debt, featuring industry expert Shelley Honeycutt.

Titled “Gain Control of Your College Debt,” the two interactive workshops are scheduled from 3-6 p.m. and from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Law School at 333 Faunce Corner Road in Dartmouth.

The workshops are designed to show participants how to take charge of college debt, whether someone has average college debt or “jumbo” college debt, the Swansea-based bank said. Participants will take part in several interactive exercises and discussions to identify their best path forward as a consumer. Particular attention will be given to find a customized solution that fits the needs of each participant.

The workshops are part of the new BayCoast Wealth and Wellness Series, leading up to the daylong BayCoast Wealth and Wellness Summit on Sept. 13.

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To register for the June 26 workshops or for more information, visit

In other BayCoast news, the bank has named Diana M. Taxiera of Bridgewater, Mass., as vice president and controller. In her new role, she manages the bank’s financial department, including oversight of financial and regulatory reporting. She also is charged with management of the general ledger, ensuring regulatory compliance, preparing the bank’s budget and helping develop its strategic plan.

In her new position, Taxiera replaced Marie Pellegrino, who was recently promoted as the bank’s chief financial officer.

Taxiera has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in professional accountancy, both from Bryant University.

Scott Blake is a PBN staff writer. Email him at