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Jennifer Ballmer | Senior Operations Officer

Jennifer manages the day-to-day operations in the bookkeeping area of the bank. She attended college at UNL and Kearney State College and has been with the bank since 1990. She is an active PEO member and is active in the Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, creating stained glass and spending time with family. She is married and has twins.


Employee Laurie BrownLaurie Brown | Loan Documentation

Laurie is in charge of loan documentation at the bank as well as serving as a loan assistant. She is an active member of the American Lutheran Church. Laurie is a supporter of the American Cancer Society and is also a Sun Theatre volunteer and a past Teammates Board member. Laurie enjoys shopping,traveling, football and anything related to M & M’s. She also enjoys cheering on her kids in their sports activities. She is married with three children.


Employee Sabrina BryantSabrina Bryant | Teller/Bookkeeper

Sabrina joined the bank in 2005. She primarily works in bookkeeping as well as working with customers in the teller area. She is a volunteer for KOA at the Shining Lights celebration as well as at the Sun Theatre. She is married with two children and enjoys doing things with her family.



Employee Amber BurgeAmber Burge | Marketing Officer

Amber has been with the bank since 2011 and has a number of years of experience in marketing prior to joining the bank. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a BS in Agribusiness and received her MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a member of the Gothenburg Improvement Company and is a member of the United Methodist Church where she serves on various committees and teaches Sunday school. She enjoys running and spending time outside with her family. She is married with one son and one daughter.


Employee Pat CordellPat Cordell | Loan Officer

Pat is a loan officer at the bank. His primary focus is with consumer loans. He has a Masters degree in education from Chadron State College. He is a past Chamber Ambassador and has previously served on the Gothenburg Chamber Board. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and golf. He is married and has one daughter.



Picture of staff member Julie FechtJulie Fecht | Teller

Julie is a teller at the bank. She joined the bank team in December of 2016. Julie enjoys spending time at the baseball field and at the lake with her husband and two boys.




Employee Morgan Fornoff

Morgan Fornoff  | Loan Officer

Morgan is a mortgage loan officer and has been with GSB since 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Finance minor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Morgan is an avid Husker fan and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Kyle and son Bryce. She is an active member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. 



Employee Alec Foster

Alec Foster | Technology Specialist

Alec joined GSB in 2016. He graduated from Gothenburg in 2012 and went on to get his degree in IT Support in 2014. He found a passion for computers in high school and likes to teach people and show them how technology works. He loves to play basketball and video games, fish, and hang out with friends.



Employee Justin Hetz

Justin Hetz  | Vice President Operations 

Justin joined GSB in 2016 and provides leadership and supervision over the retail and operations area of the bank. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Concordia University-Seward in 1998. He graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in 2005. He came to GSB with almost 20 years of banking experience. Justin is married with two children. He enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.


Employee Traci GolterTraci Golter | Teller/Bookkeeper

Traci works in bookkeeping and as a teller. She joined the bank in 2009. She graduated from Mid-Plains Community College with an associate degree of Applied Science. She is married with two daughters and one son.




Employee Carrie GrahamCarrie Graham | Teller/Bookkeeper

Carrie has worked at Gothenburg State Bank since 2012 and divides her time between the retail and operation sides of the bank. She is a Wayne State College graduate with a BS degree in business management and retail merchandising. Carrie enjoys reading,movies, shopping, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Don, and their four children.



Employee Maureen LariviereMaureen Lariviere  | Client Relations

Maureen handles Client Relations for the Investment Service Center. She is also a licensed life insurance agent. She joined the bank in 2002. Maureen serves on the board of Crestview Housing. She has two children.



Employee Joe LibalJoe Libal  | Loan Officer

Joe is a loan officer at bank. His primary focus is agricultural and commercial loans and he has a BS degree in Agribusiness and Finance from UNL. Joe joined the bank in 2014. He is an EMT with the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department where he serves as treasurer. He is also a member of the Cozad Elks Lodge #2250 where he currently serves as Exalted Ruler. He is married and enjoys shooting, hunting, fishing, and traveling with his wife Alexa.



Employee Jessie McNallyJessie McNally | Teller/Bookkeeper

Jessie works in bookkeeping and as a teller. She joined the bank in 2009. She volunteers for Meals on Wheels and KOA Shining Light Celebration. She enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. She is married with three girls.



Employee Roni McNally

Roni McNally | Teller

Roni is a teller at the bank. She joined the bank team in 2013. She graduated from Southeast Community College in Beatrice, NE ("SCC") with a Business Administration Degree, where she played softball there for the SCC Storm. Roni enjoys golfing, going to the lake, cheering on the Broncos and Huskers, and spending time with her family. She is married and has two boys.


Employee Ruthie OstergardRuthie Ostergard | Human Resources Officer & Executive Secretary 

Ruthie is administrative assistant to the President & Board of Directors and also oversees Human Resources and Employee Benefits for the bank. She began working at GSB in 1985. She served on the Gothenburg Board of Education for 8 years. She has also served as president of the Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce and the board of directors. She is currently a Chamber Ambassador. She enjoys outdoor activities such as golfing, walking and biking. She has three sons and three grandchildren.


Employee Erika PfeiferErika Pfeifer | Receptionist

Erika is the receptionist at the bank. She joined the bank team in February of 2016. She enjoys fishing, camping, riding motorcycles and spending time with her two boys.




Employee Will Rahjes Will Rahjes  | Financial Advisor

Will has been an advisor with the ISC since 2014 and thoroughly enjoys helping clients with all aspects of their financial situation. Will graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a degree in Agribusiness. Giving back to the community is also a priority for Will, as he’s involved in the Gothenburg Rotary, Chamber Ambassadors, Teammates Mentoring Program, and the Gothenburg Housing Authority. He and his wife Jena can usually be found on the golf course, out hunting or fishing, or traveling to visit family and friends.

Employee Stephanie Ricley

Stephanie Ricley | Loan Clerk  

Stephanie works as a loan clerk working primarily with consumer loans. She joined the bank in 2008. She is a member of the Gothenburg Public Schools Stakeholder Committee, a Gothenburg Community Playhous e volunteer, and our bank's organizer of Teach Children to Save & Get Smart About Credit activities. She is married with 2 children.



Bank President Luke RickertsenLuke Rickertsen  | President & Board of Directors

Luke is responsible for the overall management of the bank. He joined the bank in 1999 when he chose to return to Gothenburg. He is on the Gothenburg Improvement Company Board and serves on the Nebraska Bankers Association Bank PAC Committee. Luke received his agribusiness degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and also graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado in 2005. He participated in the Nebraska Bankers association Leadership program from 2006 to 2008 and also attended the Dave Ramsey EntreLeadership seminar in Nashville, TN in 2014. When Luke is away from the bank he enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, golfing, and spending time at the lake with his family. He is married and has three children.


Employee Jaimi Riley

Jaimi Riley | Client Service Representative

Jaimi is a Client Service Representative in the Investment Service Center. She joined the bank in September of 2013. In her spare time she enjoys golf, softball, hiking and going for walks with her husband, Brian. She also enjoys cheering on her kids in their sports activities.



Employee Monty Schriver

Monty Schriver | Vice President Compliance & Loan Officer, Board of Directors

Monty is Compliance Officer at the bank. Monty also handles responsibilities in the lending area. He joined the bank in 1990. He serves on the Gothenburg State Board of Directors, Gothenburg Rotary and Gothenburg Evangelical Free church worship team. Monty is married with two grown children.



Employee Ty SchurrTy Schurr | Loan Officer

Ty is a loan officer at the bank primarily focusing on agricultural and commercial loans. He has a BS degree in Agribusiness from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ty joined the bank in October of 2015. Ty serves on the Gothenburg Chamber Board of Directors and is a Teammates mentor. He also serves on the UNL CASNR Alumni Board. He enjoys hunting, attending Husker sporting events, and helping out on his family's farm.



Lois Shea | Loan Clerk Employee Lois Shea

Lois is a loan clerk at the bank. She joined the bank team in April of 2016. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, swimming, walking, and spending time with her family. She is married with one son.




Shandell Shelton | Teller/Bookkeeper Employee Shandell Shelton

Shandell joined the bank in April of 2016. She is a teller and a bookkeeper. In 2011, she graduated from Central Community College in Hastings. Shandell and her husband, Derick, enjoy camping, golf, renovating houses, and spending time with their son, Rex. They can be found on Saturdays watching the Huskers, and Sundays watching the Denver Broncos.



Employee Nance SitoriusNancy Sitorius | Branch Manager

Nancy manages the daily operations of our Brady branch. She joined the bank in 2005. She is president of the Brady Development Corporation, treasurer for Brady Softball Concessions, and is a member of the Brady Community Club. Nancy is a past member of the Brady Village Board. She is married with two grown sons and two grandchildren.



Employee Marcy SlackMarcy Slack | Senior Retail Banking Officer

Marcy is a Retail Banking Officer at the bank. She oversees our Online/Mobile Banking and Bill Payment products. She has been with the bank since 1981. She is a church board member as well as Sun Theatre volunteer. Marcy loves being outside, Husker sports and Nascar, as well as spending time with family and friends. She is married with two grown children.



Employee Toni TerryToni Terry | Teller/Bookkeeper

Toni is responsible for teller and bookkeeping functions at our Brady branch. She is active in the Brady community volunteering in many organizations. She is married with two children.





Employee Bret Tiller Bret Tiller | Vice President Lending, Board of Directors

Bret oversees the GSB loan team where he works in all areas of lending however, he especially enjoys working with Agricultural lending where he can put his farming background to work. He graduated with a BS in agribusiness from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He serves on the Wildhorse Golf Course Board of Directors and the finance committee at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Bret is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking in Madison Wisconsin. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and trapping. He is married with two children. 



Matt Williams | Chairman of the Board

Matt was recently elected Nebraska State Senator for District #36 and began his term in January of 2015. Matt began his career in banking in 1973 and is the fourth generation of his family to serve in this capacity. Matt was one of 14 bankers from across our country on the FDIC Advisory Committee on Community Banking. He has been very involved with economic development in Gothenburg and Dawson County, formerly serving as Chairman of the Gothenburg Improvement Company and President of the Gothenburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Matt was chairman of the American Bankers Association in 2012-2013 and Nebraska Bankers Association in 2003-2004. Matt also serves as a Trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation, UNL Ag Builders, the University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council, the University of Nebraska Finance Department Advisory Board, and is a past Director of the State Chamber of Commerce. He has also been appointed by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents to the Board of Directors of Innovation Campus. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Matt and his wife have two children and five grandchildren.


Robert Williams | Board of Directors

Bob is a member of the Board of Directors since 2009. He currently practices law and lives in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a member of the firm Larson Kuper Wenninghoff, PC LLO. His areas of practice include worker’s compensation defense, criminal defense, and defense of various civil matters. Bob graduated from the University of Nebraska for undergraduate work and then from the Creighton University School of Law. He is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association, a member of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association, and a member of the Omaha Barrister’s. Bob enjoys running, biking, skiing, a variety of other outdoor activities and also spending time with his wife and three children.



Employee Nathan WyattNathan Wyatt | Chief Financial Officer, Financial Advisor & Board of Directors

As Investment Officer at the bank, Nate works to design and implement customized strategies that help his clients achieve goals. He has been with the bank since 2001. He currently serves on the Gothenburg State Bank Board of Directors, Gothenburg Board of Education (President), Gothenburg Public Schools Foundation (Chair), Gothenburg Improvement Company Board (President), Gothenburg Redevelopment Authority (Chair), DAD Advisory Board, and any activity/opportunity to improve financial literacy. Nate is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is married with four children and enjoys outdoor activities with his family.