We are not
just any bank.
When First Federal opened its doors during the Great Depression, we forged a new way of banking, establishing a safe place for people to deposit their money and providing families with access to the home loans needed to begin rebuilding their lives and community. For 88 years, First Federal has continued working hard and pursuing excellence in service to our region.
A stable, well-capitalized community institution.
We are committed to being the loyal financial institution upon which people can depend for honest and reliable financial services. Going the extra mile for our customers isn’t just a cliché at First Federal, it’s a way of life driven by our passion for seeing our neighbors grow and flourish.
From home mortgage loans to retail banking services, in both challenges and celebrations, First Federal is here to help make your vision a thriving reality.
You own us.
As a mutually-owned company, we are owned by the customers who borrow and lend from First Federal. There’s no stockholders to pay, just a driving investment in building the vitality of our region.
We’re here to help you thrive.
Exceptional service is found in employee satisfaction
If you’ve ever stopped by one of our branches, you won’t be surprised to learn we are known for employee satisfaction. You can witness the passion and joy our team brings to their work every time you step into a branch. First Federal employees love their jobs, embracing challenges as an opportunity to dig deep and innovate to make your life better.
Focused on savings and loans
We relentlessly continue the services with which we first began: specializing in secure savings and home loans for families so they have the resources needed to build. We provide federally-insured deposits and customized mortgage loans in a variety of rates and terms, all customized to suit your needs.
Board Chair, First Federal Savings
Sally Wallace Heckman
President and CEO, First Federal Savings
Managing Partner, Reese, Pyle, Meyer PLL
Owner, Passage Management
President, Licking Memorial Health Systems
President and CEO, Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority
Bill Weidaw, J.D., CPA
CPA and Retired Partner, Wilson, Shannon & Snow, Inc.
Retired Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Sarah R. Wallace - Board Chair
Sally Wallace Heckman - President & CEO
Michael O'Brien - Chief Financial Officer
John T. Compton - Senior Vice President
R. Brian Murray - Senior Vice President
Scot O. Evans - Vice President, Loan Officer
Charity S. McFarland - Vice President, Deposit Sales and Services
Tina L. Franks - Vice President, BSA, CIP, OFAC
Judith L. Roberts - Vice President, Quality Assurance
Jennie Jo Hall - Vice President
Josh Murray - Vice President, Operations
Charlotte K. Blade - Assistant Vice President, Loan Officer
Misty L. Boyce - Assistant Vice President, Retail Deposit Operations
Dani Nichols - Vice President, Loan Officer
Chase Ghiloni - Vice President, Marketing
Amy J. Gardner - Assistant BSA Officer, Fraud Security Officer
Steven W. Fleetwood - Vice President, Information Technology and Security
Nicole L. Mayabb - Loan Officer, Heath Branch Manager
Jennifer L. Topper - Assistant Vice President
Ryan D. West - Vice President, Loan Officer
Matt McKenzie - Assistant Vice President, Loan Officer
Kelli Hunt - Loan Officer
Andi Parkinson - Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
Rachel Scouler - Loan Closing Manager
Jenn Byrd - Loan Servicing Manager
First Federal opens its doors.
Providing savings and loans to the community with the charter First Federal Savings, a mutual thrift, issued to Everett D. Reese. The main office opens in downtown Newark with $159,612.43 in assets. Everett Reese continues serving as President until 1960, and as Board Chair until 1978.
The end of an era.
When the founding president, Everett Reese retires, Cyrus McKinney becomes bank president and J. Gilbert Reese, Everett’s son joins as Director.
Expanding our reach.
First Federal expands its regional service by opening a Granville branch.
Wilson takes over.
Richard H. Wilson becomes bank president, serving until 1982. At the end of his tenure as president, Wilson continues serving as Director until his death in 1995.
Reese becomes Chairman.
J. Gilbert Reese becomes Chairman of the board.
New main office
The Courthouse Square main office opens.
The Granville branch office relocates to 216 East Broadway (the current site of Donatos Pizza).
2nd location in Heath
First Federal opens a second branch in Heath in the Southgate Shopping Center on RT 79. In 1990 the Heath office moved to Hebron Road.
Wallace becomes President
Bank Founder Everett Reese’s granddaughter Sarah Reese Wallace becomes President of First Federal. Today, Sarah serves as Board Chair.
Thompson becomes President
Paul M. Thompson takes over as bank President while Sarah Reese Wallace assumes Board Chair and her father J. Gilbert Reese becomes Board Chair- Emeritus. Thompson served as President and CEO until his retirement in 2022.
First Federal expands to Gahanna
The Gahanna office opens in Beecher Crossing.
Introducing debit cards
As First Federal continues innovating products to best serve customers, the first debit cards are issued to customers.
North Newark opens!
The North 21st Street branch in North Newark opens.
Welcome to online banking
First Federal joins the online banking world.
First Federal on your phone
First Federal launches mobile banking with a mobile app for Apple and Android.
Sally Wallace Heckman joins the team
Sally Wallace Heckman, Everett Reese’s great-granddaughter, joins the team at First Federal as VP of Human Resources. Sally now serves as President and CEO.
First Federal, a top place to work
First Federal is proud to receive its ninth consecutive Columbus CEO Top Workplaces award, recognizing the continued commitment to employee training and well-being.
Celebrating 88 years
$240 million and growing
In our 88th year in business, First Federal is going strong with over $240 million in assets and a commitment to serving the community to drive its growth and success.