Tell us about your background. Where you grew up, where you went to school, industry experience, your family, and volunteer work.
I was born in Rapid City, but my family moved to Dell Rapids, which is where I consider home. I graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 2017, and then got my bachelor’s degree in banking and financial services and a minor in ag business from Northern State University in Aberdeen in 2020. During college, I worked as a teller for three years and took part in a summer lending internship at a bank as well. In May, I purchased my first home in Elkton, South Dakota, and got married in August. Due to COVID, volunteering opportunities have been put on hold, but I do enjoy serving at the Banquet in Sioux Falls and helping with the St. Mary School in Dell Rapids.
Q: What is your role at FNB? What does your day-to-day work look like?
I am a personal banker in Flandreau. On a daily basis I assist customers with opening checking and savings accounts, help customers with online banking, and more. I also run transactions on the teller line when help is needed. I am also starting to dive into loans this month, so that is an exciting part of my job as well!
Q: What is something at the Bank that you’re proud of?
I was part of the SBA Hub in the spring of 2020, and I am very proud of the work that we did to process small business loans in such a short amount of time. Our work helped small businesses obtain funds to keep running in the midst of COVID.
Q: Who is someone at the Bank that you look up to and why?
One of my coworkers that I look up to is Maureen Deutscher in the credit review department. When I first started in March of 2020, the Bank lobbies were closed and there was a need for help in the SBA Hub. My second week of work, I was placed in the SBA Hub with very limited knowledge. Maureen was one of the team leads of the verification process and she helped guide me and was patient with me when I had questions about certain processes and procedures. As a brand new employee, all of these things meant so much to me and made my transition smooth and enjoyable!
Q: What are your hobbies outside of work?
In my free time I like to walk our Corgi, Clyde. My husband and I recently bought a home, so I spend quite a bit of time dabbling in small home improvement projects. Our new house also has a double lot, so I am in the process of planning a pretty expansive garden. When it is warm outside, I love riding my bike on country roads.
Q: What is the last interesting fact you learned?
The Eiffel Tower was set up for the World Fair, but never taken down because it was a good tourist attraction.
Q: If you had $500 to spend at any local business, where or what would you spend it on?
There are so many hidden gems in Flandreau when it comes to small businesses! I would love to get family portraits done at Rachel Parsley Photography. I would also choose to spend money at Flandreau Flower Shop. There are so many cute home décor items that I love!