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Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Thomas E. Gdowski
President and CEO
Thomas E. Gdowski has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Old Equitable and Equitable Bank since December 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Gdowski had served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Old Equitable and Equitable Bank since June 2006. Other prior positions with Equitable Bank include Chief Financial Officer (August to December, 2008), Senior Vice President (March, 2005, to June, 2006), and Chief Branch Operating Officer (November, 2005, to June, 2006). Prior to joining Equitable Bank, Mr. Gdowski served as the Funds Management Officer for TierOne Bank from September 2004 to March 2005, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of United Nebraska Bank from 1993 to September 2004. Mr. Gdowski is a member of the Boards of Directors of New Equitable, Old Equitable and Equitable Bank. Mr. Gdowski provides the board with extensive knowledge of our customers and lending markets.
David L. Richardson
Chief Lending Officer and Community Bank President
David L. Richardson has served as Community Bank President (Grand Island) and Chief Lending Officer of Equitable Bank since May 2009. Prior to that time, Mr. Richardson served as Credit Administration Manager of Old Equitable and Equitable Bank. Mr. Richardson is a member of the Boards of Directors of New Equitable, Old Equitable and Equitable Bank. Mr. Richardson provides the board with extensive knowledge of our customers and loan portfolio.
Levi D. Fisher
Community Bank President
Levi D. Fisher has served as Community Bank President (North Platte) of Equitable Bank since June 2011. Prior to that time, Mr. Fisher served as an Agricultural Loan Officer of Old Equitable and Equitable Bank since May 2005. Prior to joining Equitable Bank, Mr. Fisher served as an Ag Loan Officer for United Nebraska Bank from May 2002 to May 2005. Mr. Fisher is a member of the Boards of Directors of New Equitable, Old Equitable and Equitable Bank. Mr. Fisher provides the board with extensive knowledge of our customers and loan portfolio, particularly with respect to our North Platte market.
Darcy M. Ray
Chief Financial Officer
Darcy M. Ray served as Vice President of Finance and Controller of Equitable Bank before being named Chief Financial Officer in 2015. Ms. Ray has also served as a part-time accountant with Horst & Associates in Grand Island, Nebraska since January 2007. Prior to joining Equitable Bank in 2006, Ms. Ray was a Staff Accountant with McDermott & Miller PC in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Douglas J. Nodgaard
Community Bank President
Douglas J. Nodgaard has served as Community Bank President (Omaha) of Equitable Bank since May 2013. Prior to joining Equitable Bank, Mr. Nodgaard served as the Chief Lending Officer of United Republic Bank from April 2010 to May 2013 and as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of First Westroads Bank from January 1999 to April 2010.
Alison M. Larson
Vice President, Marketing Director
Alison M. Larson has served as Vice President, Marketing Director and Investment Operations Manager for Equitable Bank since 2006. Ms. Larson is also the head of retail banking for Equitable Bank and Investor Relations. Prior to joining Equitable Bank in 2005, Ms. Larson assisted in managing the investment department at United Nebraska Bank.

Board of Directors

Benedict P. Wassinger Jr.
Chairman of the Board
Benedict P. Wassinger, Jr. serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors Old Equitable and Equitable Bank. Mr. Wassinger is a pharmacist and previous owner of Bens’ Drug Store dba Bens Long Term Care Pharmacy and A-B Health Services, LLC in Grand Island, Nebraska. Because of his almost 30 years of board service, Mr. Wassinger provides the Board of Directors with extensive institutional knowledge. Mr. Wassinger also provides the board with extensive business experience and knowledge of the Grand Island community and market area.
Vincent James Dugan
Vincent J. Dugan is the President and General Counsel of Trego/Dugan Aviation, Inc., a Nebraska-based aviation company, and the President of Trego/Dugan Aviation of Grand Island, Inc. He has served in those positions since July 1994. Mr. Dugan has also been affiliated with the law firm of Brouillette, Dugan & Troshynski in North Platte, Nebraska since October 2007. Mr. Dugan’s experience as an attorney provides a valuable resource and perspective to the board.
Levi D. Fisher
Levi D. Fisher has served as Community Bank President (North Platte) of Equitable Bank since June 2011. Prior to that time, Mr. Fisher served as an Agricultural Loan Officer of Old Equitable and Equitable Bank since May 2005. Prior to joining Equitable Bank, Mr. Fisher served as an Ag Loan Officer for United Nebraska Bank from May 2002 to May 2005. Mr. Fisher is a member of the Boards of Directors of New Equitable, Old Equitable and Equitable Bank. Mr. Fisher provides the board with extensive knowledge of our customers and loan portfolio, particularly with respect to our North Platte market.
Thomas E. Gdowski
Thomas E. Gdowski has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Old Equitable and Equitable Bank since December 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Gdowski had served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Old Equitable and Equitable Bank since June 2006. Other prior positions with Equitable Bank include Chief Financial Officer (August to December, 2008), Senior Vice President (March, 2005, to June, 2006), and Chief Branch Operating Officer (November, 2005, to June, 2006). Prior to joining Equitable Bank, Mr. Gdowski served as the Funds Management Officer for TierOne Bank from September 2004 to March 2005, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of United Nebraska Bank from 1993 to September 2004. Mr. Gdowski is a member of the Boards of Directors of New Equitable, Old Equitable and Equitable Bank. Mr. Gdowski provides the board with extensive knowledge of our customers and lending markets.
Gary L. Hedman
Gary L. Hedman is retired. He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Public Power District, an electric utilities company, having served in that capacity for over 30 years until 2012. Mr. Hedman’s extensive business and management experience at a regulated entity provides valuable insight to the board.
Pamela L. Price
Pamela L. Price is retired. She is the former Executive Director of the Stuhr Museum Foundation, having served in that role for 14 years until August 2014. As Executive Director, Ms. Price raised unrestricted funds, special project funds, and endowment funds to benefit the living history, education and preservation programs of the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island. Ms. Price’s experience in the non-profit sector and her service to Grand Island provides the board with a unique outlook on conditions in the Grand Island community and market area.
Douglas J. Redman
Douglas J. Redman served as Equitable Bank’s Business Development Officer from May 2009 until December 2010. Since January 2014, Mr. Redman has been a partner in Red Mountain Breakfast Company LLC, which operates a Dunkin Donuts franchise. Mr. Redman is also the former owner of several businesses, including a Subway franchise and a Video Kingdom store. Mr. Redman’s experience as a small business owner provides the board with valuable insight into managing and overseeing a business, as well as a vital point of view on the needs of our business banking customers.
David L. Richardson
David L. Richardson has served as Community Bank President (Grand Island) and Chief Lending Officer of Equitable Bank since May 2009. Prior to that time, Mr. Richardson served as Credit Administration Manager of Old Equitable and Equitable Bank. Mr. Richardson is a member of the Boards of Directors of New Equitable, Old Equitable and Equitable Bank. Mr. Richardson provides the board with extensive knowledge of our customers and loan portfolio.
William B. Westering
William B. Westering is managing partner of Great Plains Cattle Company. Mr. Westering is very engaged in the Grand Island community, currently serving as the Chairman of the Central Nebraska Growth Foundation. Mr. Westering has served as Chairman of the Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation Board of Trustees, was involved with the boards of Fonner Park and Riverside Golf Club, and numerous area organizations. Mr. Westering is also a member of the Central Nebraska Shrine Club, and owned Westering Distributing in Grand Island from 1976-2000. Mr. Westering earned his business degree from Hastings College. Mr. Westering joined the Board of Directors of Equitable Bank in 2017.