Board of Directors

FHLBank Topeka's board of directors oversees policy decisions and ensures that the FHLBank's senior managers prudently operate the Bank. Currently, 18 directors serve on the board. 

 

 

 


Chair: G. BRIDGER COX, Chairman and President

Citizens Bank & Trust Company  |  Ardmore, Okla.  

Serving since 2011  

 

Cox has served as chairman and president of Citizens Bank & Trust Company since 1996. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He has served on numerous boards including the Oklahoma Industrial Finance Authority, the Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, and Oklahoma Development Finance Authority. He is a former member of the ABA Community Bankers Council and former director of the Oklahoma Bankers Association.

 

Committees: Compensation, Human Resources and Inclusion; Council of FHLBanks; Executive (Chair) 

 


Vice Chair: Robert E. Caldwell II, Vice President

Nebco, Inc.  |  Lincoln, Neb. 

Serving since 2004  

 

Caldwell is vice president at Nebco, Inc. He was previously president and COO of WRK Real Estate, LLC and president and CEO at Hampton Enterprises, Inc. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a bachelor of science in business administration. He also has an MBA and JD from the University of Nebraska. He serves on the board of the St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, Capitol Casualty Company and the Lincoln Chamber Economic Development Corporation. 

 

Committees: Audit; Compensation, Human Resources and Inclusion; Council of FHLBanks; Executive (Vice Chair) 

 

 

Donald r. abernathy, jr., President and CEO

The Bankers Bank  |  Oklahoma City, Okla. 

Serving since 2017

Abernathy has served as President and CEO of The Bankers Bank since 1993. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and has been active in the banking industry in the Oklahoma City Metroplex for nearly 40 years. He is a past chairman of the Oklahoma Bankers Association and serves on the board of directors for the Community Bankers Association of Oklahoma, Bankers Banc Investment Securities and other industry and charity groups. He is also a past board member of the Independent Community Bankers Association and served on the Government Relations Committee and Community Bankers Council for the American Bankers Association.  

 

Committees: Housing & Governance; Operations

 


 

Milroy A. Alexander

MAA Consulting  |  Denver, Colo. 

Serving since 2015  

 

Alexander has been a housing, financial and business consultant since 2010. Formerly, he was the executive director and CEO of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA). He is an CPA with a bachelor of science in accounting from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is a Rose Community Foundation board trustee, a member of the Foundation’s Audit Committee and chair of its Committee on Aging.  Alexander also serves as a board member of Lowry Redevelopment Authority, the Northeast Denver Housing Center and Boomers Leading Change in Health. He is a member of the Metropolitan State University of Denver President’s Community Advisory Council and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Finance Committee.  

 

Committees: Audit; Compensation, Human Resources and Inclusion; Housing and Governance (chair); Executive

 

 

 

Holly Easterling, Secretary of the Department of Treasury

Chickasaw Nation  |   Ada, Okla.  

Serving since 2016 

 

Easterling is the Secretary of the Department of Treasury for the Chickasaw Nation. She is a CPA with a bachelor of science in Business Administration (Accounting) from Oklahoma State University, and has experience at public accounting firms. She serves as a trustee of the Chickasaw Foundation. She is a current board member of the Ada Chamber of Commerce and a current appointed commissioner of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. She previously served on the board of directors of Citizens Bank of Ada, Ada, Okla., and served as an elected tribal legislator in the Chickasaw Legislature. 

 

Committees: Audit; Operations

 

 

 


 

Andrew C. Hove, Jr. 

Lincoln, Neb. 

Serving since 2007  

 

Hove serves on the board of directors of NeighborWorks Lincoln in Lincoln, Neb. and previously served on several community bank boards across the country. Hove served as vice chairman and acting chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 1990 to 2001, and prior to that served as the chairman and CEO of Minden Exchange Bank and Trust, Minden, Neb. Hove has been very involved in the Nebraska Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association throughout his career. Hove, now retired, remains active in the Lincoln community through civic and nonprofit organizations. 

 

Committees: Housing & Governance; Risk Oversight

 

 

 

 


 

Michael B. Jacobson, Chairman, President and CEO 

NebraskaLand National Bank  |  North Platte, Neb. 

Serving since 2012  

 

Jacobson has been chairman, president and CEO of NebraskaLand National Bank, North Platte, Neb., since 1998. He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and graduated from the Colorado Graduate School of Banking. He is a member of the Nebraska Bankers Association and American Bankers Association, as well as being active on several committees and boards in North Platte. 

 

Committees: Audit; Operations (Chair); Executive

 

 

 

 

Jane C. Knight 

Wichita, Kan. 

Serving since 2004 

 

Knight, now retired, previously was the vice president of site-based strategies for Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she had oversight for the Retired Senior Volunteer Programs and developed site-based mentoring programs. From 1995 to 2002, she directed the Wichita office for Kansas Governor Bill Graves and was in charge of addressing constituent concerns, including housing issues. Knight, a Kansas State graduate, serves on the board of trustees of the Via Christi Foundation and is past board president of HopeNet, Inc. She was a charter board member of Wichita Habitat for Humanity.  

 

Committees: Housing & Governance; Risk Oversight

 

 

 


 

Richard S. Masinton 

Serving since 2007 

 

Masinton retired in 2014 as executive vice president of Quinn Capital, LLC. He has served on the boards of directors of No More Homeless Pets in Kansas City, OneNeck IT Services and Enterprise Financial Service Corp., a publicly owned bank holding company. Masinton has also served on the board of advisors of the University of Kansas School of Business and on an advisory board at the University of Oklahoma School of Business. Masinton is a CPA and has his masters degree in Accounting.

 

Committees: Compensation, Human Resouces and Inclusion (Chair); Executive; Risk Oversight

 

 

 


 

Neil F. M. McKay 

Topeka, Kan. 

Serving since 2007  

 

McKay was previously the chief financial officer and treasurer of Capitol Federal Savings in Topeka, Kan. McKay, now retired, has held significant executive positions in various financial institutions including Heartland Federal Savings in Ponca City, Okla., and First Nationwide Bank (now part of Citibank) in San Francisco, Calif. He also was a CPA in public practice for 12 years.  

 

Committees: Audit; Operations

 

 

 

 


 

L. Kent Needham, Chairman, President & CEO 

The First Security Bank  |  Overbrook, Kan. 

Serving since 2013  

 

Needham has served as Chairman, President and CEO of the First Security Bank since 2007. He is a graduate of Fort Hays State University, Wichita State University and the Graduate School of Banking at Boulder, Colo. Needham has served as the Chairman of the Kansas Bankers Association, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado and as a member of America's Community Banker's Association. 

 

Committees: Housing & Governance; Risk Oversight

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Mark J. O'Connor, Vice President 

FirstBank | Lakewood, Colo. 

Serving since 2011  

 

O’Connor currently serves as President of Investments of FirstBank Holding Company, Lakewood, Colo., and has served as vice president of FirstBank since 2002. O'Connor is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and Pacific Coast Banking School. He served as chairman of the board of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. He currently serves on the board of the University of Northern Colorado Foundation and the FirstBank Scholars Advisory Board.

 

Committees: Operations; Risk Oversight

 

 

 


 

Thomas H. Olson, Jr., CEO

Points West Community Bank  |  Windsor, Colo. 

Serving since 2013  

 

Olson has been CEO of Points West Community Bank, Windsor, Colo., since 1998. He currently is the chairman of Points West Community Bank, Julesburg, Colo., Points West Community Bank, Sidney, Neb., First Nebraska Bancs, Inc., Bank of Estes Park, First National Financial, Fullerton National Bank and Woodstock Land and Cattle. He also serves on the board of Rush Creek Land & Livestock and various other bank and local boards. He formerly has served on the Bankers’ Bank of the West Board, UNL College of Business Advisory Board and as Chairman of Independent Bankers Colorado. Olson has a bachelor’s degree in finance with an accounting emphasis from the University of Nebraska and graduated from the Colorado Graduate School of Banking

 

Committees: Audit; Housing & Governance; Operations

 

donde l. plowman, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer

University of Nebraska-Lincoln  |  Lincoln, Neb. 

Serving since 2017

Plowman serves as Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She previously served as the Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln from 2010 through 2016. Ms. Plowman currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Bryan Health Systems, and previously served on the board of directors of Cornerstone Bank, York, Neb., and Ballantyne Strong, a publicly traded company. Ms. Plowman has a B.A. from Southern Methodist University, an M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from The University of Texas at Austin.  

 

Committees: Risk Oversight; Compensation, Human Resources and Inclusion

 

 


 

Mark W. Schifferdecker, President and CEO

The Girard National Bank  |  Girard, Kan. 

Serving since 2011 

 

Schifferdecker has served as President & CEO of Girard National Bank since 2003. Schifferdecker, a graduate of William Jewell College and the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking, previously worked as a senior audit manager at KPMG in Kansas City, Mo., where he worked with a large number of community banks in financial, regulatory and management areas. He served on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and the Bankers' Bank of Kansas, N.A. He is also active in the Kansas Bankers Association. 

 

Committees: Audit (chair); Compensation, Human Resources and Inclusion; Executive; Risk Oversight

 

 

 

 


 

Bruce A. Schriefer 

Serving since 2007 

 

Schriefer joined Bankers’ Bank of Kansas in 1996 and served as President and CEO until his retirement in 2015. He remains a director of Bankers' Bank of Kansas. He is past director of the Kansas Bankers Association, past chairman of Bankers’ Bank Council, past director of Independent Community Bankers’ Association and former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He currently serves on committees for the Kansas Bankers Association and Community Bankers Association. He also is a member of the American Bankers Association Government Relations Council and the Member FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking. 

 

Committees: Audit; Compensation, Human Resources and Inclusion; Risk Oversight (chair); Executive 

 

 

 


 

Douglas E. Tippens, President 

BancFirst  |  Yukon, Okla. 

Serving since 2015  

 

Tippens has served as president of BancFirst, Yukon, Okla., since Nov. 2015. Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of Bank of Commerce, Yukon, Okla., from 2006 to 2015. He has worked in banking for more than 35 years at institutions in Oklahoma and Missouri. He serves on the Oklahoma Bankers Association Government Relations Committee and the board of the Bank of Commerce, Chelsea, Okla. Tippens has a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He also completed the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking and served on its board for seven years. Tippens previously served as a member of the Oklahoma State Banking Board, the Oklahoma State University Board of Regents, the Oklahoma Bankers Association board of directors and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Oklahoma City Branch board of directors.  

 

Committees: Compensation, Human Resources and Inclusion; Housing & Governance; Operations

 

Gregg Vandaveer, President and CEO

Sooner State Bank  |  Tuttle, Okla. 

Serving since 2018  

 

Vandaveer is president and CEO of Sooner State Bank. He worked at several banks in the Oklahoma City market since the seventies in lending, correspondent banking and executive management. He graduated from the University of Kansas 1975 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He also graduated Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU in 1992. Vandaveer serves on the board of the Bankers Bank of Oklahoma and as chairman of the board of the Jim Thorpe Association and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. 

 

Committees: Housing & Governance; Operations

Address:

500 SW Wanamaker Road
Topeka, KS 66606

Phone:

785.233.0507

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