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Rich Balge
NMLS #: 472234

Vice President of Retail Banking, Rich joined our Sheboygan office after spending nearly 29 years with M&I Bank. Balge received his bachelor’s degree in finance from UW-Milwaukee, and his master’s degree in management from Cardinal Stritch University. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking. Balge currently serves as president of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Board, an officer of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra Board, and a board member of the LTC Foundation Board. He resides in Kohler with his wife, Amy. They have two grown children.

Melissa Blindauer
NMLS #: 472233

Assistant Vice President of Retail Banking, joined Bank First in 2007, and has over 34 years of banking experience. Blindauer and her husband, Randy, reside in Sheboygan with their daughter Jordan. She enjoys outside activities, as well as spending time with her family. She is a member of Sheboygan Board of Realtors, Sheboygan Home Builders Association, and the Sheboygan Optimists.

Mei Bloechl
(Fox Valley)
NMLS #: 472232
Vice President Retail Banking, joined Bank First in August of 2010. She has over 32 years of banking experience. Involved in her community, she is a board member of the Oshkosh United Way. She was past board member of Oshkosh Family, Inc., Oshkosh Salvation Army, past president of the Altrusa Club of Oshkosh and past treasurer of the Winnebago Count Literacy Council. Mei resides in Oshkosh with her husband and daughter. She enjoys traveling and exploring Wisconsin
Ginger Hammel
NMLS #: 472225

Assistant Vice President Retail Banking, Ginger has over 35 years of banking experience in the Valders/St Nazianz area, from a teller all the way to loan officer. She graduated from Valders High School and is married with two children. She is active in the Manitowoc County Snowmobile Alliance, the Viking Sno-Riders and is a member of Bethany Lutheran Church. In her spare time, she loves to snowmobile, travel, garden, and work with many different types of crafts.

Karin Jaeger
NMLS #: 472240

Vice President Retail Banking, Karin Jaeger joined Bank First in 1983. Jaeger is a graduate of Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI and Manitowoc Lincoln High School. She is a member of First Lutheran Church, Manitowoc County Board of Realtors and the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army of Manitowoc County. She resides in Manitowoc with her husband, Mick. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and her grandson.

Kris LaFond
(Two Rivers)
NMLS #: 472235

Assistant Vice President Branch Manager, Kris joined us at Bank First in 1989 and she now has a total of 42 years banking experience in the Eau Claire and Two Rivers area. She loves traveling (especially to Florida and Mexico) and spending time with family at their cabin up north. She resides in Two Rivers with her husband, Andre and their “Pug” Emmy and is a member of the Two Rivers Elks Lodge #1360, Manitowoc Yacht Club, and volunteer at Rogers Street Fishing Village in Two Rivers.

Amanda Lane
NMLS #: 472230

Retail Banker, Amanda joined Bank First National in 2007 after receiving her Bachelors in Finance from UW-Whitewater. While residing in the Sheboygan County with her husband, Brian, and their golden retriever Chloe, she remains an active member of the community by volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. In her spare time she loves gardening, golfing, and going on walks with her family.

Shaun Mead
(Green Bay)
NMLS #: 533176

Retail Banking Officer, Mead is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy and UW-Oshkosh where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration a Marketing focus. Mead is a member of Greater Green Bay Chamber-Current Young Professionals and Green Bay Habitat for Humanity-Habitat. He and his wife, Liz, currently reside in the Green Bay area. In his free time he enjoys traveling, and spending time with family, friends, and his golden retriever-Scotch.

John Mueller
NMLS #: 472244

Assistant Vice President Retail Banking, John brings 15 years of diversified financial experience to his role at Bank First National. He graduated from Plymouth High School and furthered his education at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh graduating in 2001. John lives in Plymouth with his wife Mary and children Gretta and Jack. He is a member of the Plymouth Lions Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, is Chairman of the Pastoral Council at St. John the Baptist Parrish and also serves as treasurer of the Plymouth Education Foundation. In his spare time, John enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing.

Michelle Rabe
NMLS #: 472228

Vice President Retail Banking, Michelle has been in Banking 36 years, all of them in Kiel. She started as a Teller, then went to Bookkeeper, Loan Processor, Personal Banker, Loan Officer, Assistant Vice President and then to her current position, Vice President/Branch Manager. She lives in Kiel with her husband and they have 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. She spends most of my free time with their grandchildren and visiting their cabin up North.

Bill Rehn
(Green Bay)
NMLS #: 920-469-3923

Vice President Retail Banking, Bill joined Bank First in early 2014. He has over 11 years of experience in the banking industry and has extensive experience in managing and coaching sales teams. Rehn is a graduate of Bob Jones University and Pensacola Christian College. In his free time, Rehn is active his local church activities involving youth and youth sports programs. He also is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys reading.

Amanda Sitkiewitz
NMLS #: 460815

Assistant Vice President Retail Banking, Amanda joined Bank First in September of 2012 with 8 years of banking experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish/Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Sitkiewitz is a Board Member for the Manitowoc County Chamber of Commerce and is also a member of the Manitowoc County Board of Realtors and SAIL. Sitkiewitz is a native of Manitowoc, and resides there with her husband, Eric and their dog, King. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and running.

Crystal Wood
NMLS #: 472236

Branch Manger, Wood has a diploma from the American Bankers Association in Retail Branch Management and is also pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay for Business Administration. She is an active member/volunteer for Mishicot Youth Sports, Mishicot Basketball Club and Mishicot School District. She currently resides in rural Whitelaw with her husband, Don, and two children, Courtney and Josie.

Jeff Zimmerlee
(Two Rivers/Mishicot/Valders)
NMLS #: 472224

Vice President Market Manager, Zimmerlee joined Bank First in 2005. Zimmerlee is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and of Manitowoc’s Lincoln High School. His studies focused on business, human resource management, marketing and economics. Zimmerlee is a member of the Two Rivers Rotary Club, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, the Two Rivers Business Association and the Manitowoc County Board of Realtors. He and his wife, Kelle, reside in Manitowoc with their two children.




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