Meet the Mortgage Teams

Brookings Mortgage Team

Steve Wilber

Steve Wilber

Vice President / Mortgage Lending Department Manager

Steve graduated from South Dakota State University in 1991 with a B.S. degree in Commercial Economics.  Steve joined First Bank & Trust in 1989 and has experience in many areas of banking, including retail, insurance, consumer lending, and has been a Mortgage Lending Officer since 1998.

Steve resides in Brookings with his wife and three sons.

Direct Line: 605.696.2241
Toll Free: 800.843.1552
Fax: 605.696.2405
steve.wilber@bankeasy.com
NMLS ID: 646459

Connie Bridges

Connie Bridges

Assistant Vice President / Mortgage Loan Officer

Connie graduated from Truman State University with a B.A. in Business Administration with a Finance specialization. A Brookings native and employee of First Bank & Trust since 1991, Connie’s past positions at the bank include Consumer Loan Officer, Electronic Banking Manager and Customer Service Representative.  She has been with the Mortgage Lending Department since 2006 and enjoys helping customers find the right loan fit. 

Connie and her husband, Dallas, live in Brookings with their two daughters.

Direct Line: 605.696.2322
Toll Free: 800.843.1552
Fax: 605.696.2405
connie.bridges@bankeasy.com
NMLS ID: 635439

Lynal Jensen

Lynal Jensen

Mortgage Loan Operations Supervisor / Mortgage Loan Officer

Lynal Jensen joined the bank in 2006 as a Mortgage Loan Specialist and is currently the Mortgage Loan Operations Supervisor and a Mortgage Loan Officer. Lynal attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. She brings over twelve years of experience at Land Title Guaranty in Sioux Falls where she was Director of Closing Services.

Lynal is originally from Brookings.  She and her husband, Tim, own Hometown Service & Tire in Brookings.  Lynal enjoys boating, golfing, hockey and spending time with her husband and sons, Egan & Max.

Direct Line: 605.696.2224
Toll Free: 800.843.1552
Fax: 605.696.2405
lynal.jensen@bankeasy.com
NMLS: 446245

Jennifer Loomis

Jennifer Loomis

Assistant Vice President / Mortgage Loan Officer

Jennifer has worked in many aspects of lending during her banking career, starting out as a Loan Accountant before becoming a Consumer Loan Processor and then a Consumer Loan Officer. As a Mortgage Loan Officer, Jen educates and assists customers with their home-buying process; she very much enjoys working with people and helping them achieve the dream of home ownership.  She was recognized as the Loan Officer of the Year of the year by South Dakota Housing in 2009, 2010 and 2013. She is a graduate of Southeast Technical Institute with degrees in Business and Marketing.

A native of Brookings, Jen is active in the community as a member of the Brookings Regional Builders Association, East Central Board of Realtors, and Brookings High School Finance Education Committee. She is also involved with Habitat for Humanity. She and her husband, Robb, have a daughter, Sophie.

Direct Line: 605.696.2418
Toll Free: 800.843.1552
Fax: 605.696.2405
jennifer.loomis@bankeasy.com
NMLS ID: 640479


Sioux Falls Mortgage Team

Darren Lee

Darren Lee

Vice President

Darren has been in mortgage lending for 18 years and has helped over 3,500 families with their mortgage needs. Darren graduated from Morningside College with degrees in Business Administration, Marketing, and Economics. He is the first and only mortgage professional in South Dakota to carry the Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS) designation. "I have a passion for educating the customer. When they leave my office, I want to make sure they are comfortable with the financing they have chosen, and, all of their questions have been answered," said Darren.

Direct Line: 605.782.8097
Toll Free: 800.843.1552
Fax: 605.335.2233
darren.lee@bankeasy.com
NMLS ID: 195922

Brian Spaans

Brian Spaans

Mortgage Loan Officer

Brian has over 12 years of mortgage lending experience and has been with First Bank & Trust since early 2007. A graduate of the University of South Dakota with a degree in Business Management, he has previous experience in bank management and personal banking.

Brian is a member of the Realtor Association of the Sioux Empire and the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire. He enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife Emily and their two sons, Preston and Connor.

Direct Line: 605.782.8080
Toll Free: 800.843.1552
Fax: 605.335.2233
brian.spaans@bankeasy.com
NMLS ID: 658005

Nichoelle Waldner

Nichoelle Waldner

Mortgage Loan Officer

Nichoelle Waldner joined the bank in 2008 as a Mortgage Loan Officer. She has worked in banking since graduating from high school, and in many different areas including teller, construction loan department and now the mortgage area. Waldner attended Colorado Institute of Art, The University of South Dakota and AIB; receiving an AIB Mortgage Lending Certificate. She is a member of RASE, HBA and Energy Leads Group. She is also involved with Sioux Falls Cares. She and husband Colin have a daughter Maizelyn and son Colin.

Direct Line: 605.782.8088
Toll Free: 800.843.1552
Fax: 605.335.2233
nichoelle.waldner@bankeasy.com
NMLS ID: 658123

Mike Kuenzi

Mike Kuenzi

Mortgage Loan Officer

Mike joined First Bank & Trust in 2011 and has 5 years of retail banking experience in Sioux Falls and 4 years of mortgage origination experience in Omaha, NE. He graduated from The University of South Dakota with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration. Mike is a member of the Home Builders Association of Sioux Falls, the Realtor Association of the Sioux Empire and Young Professionals Network (YPN). He enjoys outdoor activities like boating, swimming, golfing and playing ball with his wife, Amy, and their three children, Gavin, Ava and Alivia.

Direct Line: 605.782.8001
Toll Free: 800.843.1552
Fax: 605.335.2233
michael.kuenzi@bankeasy.com
NMLS ID: 470755

Alyssia Sturm

Alyssia Sturm

Mortgage Loan Officer

Alyssia Sturm started at First Bank & Trust in 2012 as a Mortgage Loan Originator. She has over 12 years experience in the banking industry, including six years at Lutheran Social Services, a year at HSBC Bank and five years at First Premier BankCard. Sturm earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Sioux Falls. She is a member of HBA, RASE, PRESA, YPN and the Sioux Falls Chamber, and is active in Thrivent Financial and REALTOR’S for kids. She enjoys spending time on the boat with her family and friends, sewing, knitting and having scrapbooking parties. She and husband Ryan live in Sioux Falls with their daughter, Aubrey, and Chihuahua, Riley.

Direct Line: 605.782.8025
Toll Free: 800.843.1552
Fax: 605.335.2233
alyssia.sturm@bankeasy.com
NMLS ID: 854118

Michele Rislov

Michele Rislov

Mortgage Loan Officer

Michele Rislov started at First Bank & Trust as a Mortgage Loan Officer in July 2013. She assists borrowers with their financing needs to refinance or purchase their home, determining the best loan product for their individual needs. Rislov has over 20 years of mortgage experience, with almost 15 as a mortgage lender in Sioux Falls.

Rislov is a member of the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire and the Realtor Association of the Sioux Empire. She is also involved with YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign, the Professional Women’s golf outing, and little league softball.

Direct Line: 605.782.8081
Toll Free: 800.843.1552
michele.rislov@bankeasy.com
NMLS ID: 506703


Watertown Mortgage Team

Jeanne Sheehan

Jeanne Sheehan

Mortgage Loan Officer

Jeanne Sheehan joined the organization in 2004 as Mortgage Loan Officer and specializes in assisting first time home buyers with South Dakota Housing, FHA, VA and conventional loans. She attended Mount Marty College and Lake Area Technical Institute. Jeanne had more than 10 years of experience in banking prior to joining First Bank & Trust.

Sheehan is an active member of the Board of Realtors, serves on the Board of Directors for the Watertown Laker Hockey Association and helps with Make a Wish and United Way. She enjoys running, walking, reading, boating, waterskiing, jet-skiing, golfing, watching hockey and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Steve, have two boys and two dogs.

Direct Line: 605.882.8322
Toll Free: 800.843.1552
jeanne.sheehan@bankeasy.com
NMLS ID: 525990


Vermillion Mortgage Team

Glenda Schempp

Glenda Schempp

Assistant Vice President / Retail Loan Administrator & Lender

Glenda Schempp joined First Bank & Trust in 1986 and currently serves as Assistant Vice President/Retail Loan Administrator & Lender. Her responsibilities include Mortgage and Consumer Lending, as well as supervising the Loan Processing department in Vermillion. Prior to this position, Glenda worked as a Consumer Loan Officer, Loan Processor, and Controller. She graduated from Nettleton Commercial College, earning a degree in Accounting.

Glenda and her husband, Scott, have two children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, camping, gardening, being outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Direct Line: 605.624.2608
Toll Free: 800.843.1552
Fax: 605.624.8200
glenda.schempp@bankeasy.com
NMLS ID: 641977


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