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Banking & Lending Professionals

Our people are our best asset at Peoples Bank. From the moment you step into one of our locations or give us a call, they are ready to help you find answers to your questions.

Get to know the team members at Peoples Bank here, then stop by our offices to meet them in person.

  • Clive

  • Denise Paustian

    Denise Paustian

    Treasury Management Specialist

    Location: Clive Division: Treasury Management Solutions Phone: (515) 457-8880 Get in touch with me

    Denise Paustian, who has worked with Peoples Bank since April 2007, has accrued more than 19 years of experience in total. She is someone who is known for fostering her employees' development and taking an active interest in the well-being of the people around her. Through her involvement in the Cash Management/Treasury Management program at Peoples Bank, she has earned a reputation for attentiveness and identifying timesaving solutions for her customers. A people person by nature, she builds account relationships and connects businesses and individuals to financial resources.

    In the course of her career, Denise has taken part in seminars run by Iowa Bankers Consumer Credit School, Iowa Bankers Deposit Account Workshop, And Collins Fritz IRA / HSA. She sits on the Risk Management Committee as well as the Training Committee at the Bank.

    Denise currently serves as the Treasury Management Specialist in Clive. A mother of two and a grandmother of four, she enjoys quilting, attending estate sales, riding her bike, and walking her dog Zoey in her free time. Other pastimes include cooking and spending time with her loved ones.

  • David J. Abram II, SVP

    David J. Abram II, SVP

    DSM Market President, Commercial Lending, NMLS # 433172

    Location: Clive Division: Loan Officer Phone: (515) 457-8880 Get in touch with me

    I am a solution oriented Manager & Commercial Banker that can assist you or your clients with professional and honest banking knowledge and advice. My focus is on Commercial Lending and management of a team of professional Commercial Bankers. I have completed over a 100 million dollars in purchase (Equipment and Commercial Real Estate), refinance (Operating Lines of Credit and Commercial Term Loans) and start-up funding (SBA and Conventional) over my 20+ year career. I can assist you in all aspects of commercial banking from business plan review to understanding bank loan structure and documentation requirements.
    Specialties: Owner Occupied CRE, Commercial & Industrial and Multi-Family lending.

  • Jason Olson, VP

    Jason Olson, VP

    Loan Officer, NMLS # 728056

    Location: Clive Division: Loan Officer Phone: (515) 457-8880 Get in touch with me

    I have been in the banking/home finance industry since 2002. I was born and raised in West Des Moines and now live in Clive with my wife, Emily and our 3 children. We enjoy spending time at the Clive Aquatic Center, Downtown Farmer’s Market, and are fortunate to have all of our extended family right here in the Des Moines area.

    I specialize in first mortgage purchase, construction and refinance transactions of all types and sizes. At Peoples Bank, we have access to some of the best mortgage programs and interest rates in the industry. As my client, you will receive exceptional service, with an honest, upfront approach. I will keep you informed every step of the way and ensure a smooth transaction, from beginning to end.

  • Grand Junction

  • Tanner Lawton, AVP

    Tanner Lawton, AVP

    Ag Lending

    Location: Grand Junction Division: Loan Officer Phone: (515) 738-2312 Get in touch with me

    I am a graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa.  I spent five years working for West Central Cooperative in Jefferson and Scranton as an Agronomist where I actively worked with growers on recommendations around operations and pricing strategies to allow for more overall profitability.  Currently, as an Ag Lender, I offer my previous expertise and passion for farming industry in Greene County and surrounding markets.  I look forward to helping you meet your financial goals.

    You can also find me coaching football for Greene County Community School District and volunteering as the Beef Superintendent at the Greene County Fair.  I am a Cyclones fan and enjoy spare time on the tractor or working with show cattle and bull prospects to sell.

  • Jill Hunziker, AVP

    Jill Hunziker, AVP

    Branch Manager/Consumer Lending, NMLS # 1625059

    Location: Grand Junction Division: Relationship Banking Phone: (515) 738-2312 Get in touch with me

    Jill is a 12-year veteran of the banking industry. She specializes in banking operations, cash management, and consumer lending, in 2016 graduating from the Iowa Bankers Association Consumer Credit School. Overseeing a team of banking professionals in Grand Junction, Iowa, Jill has a reputation for staying organized and getting results. At Peoples Bank, she rises to all challenges in an effort to ensure that her clients’ financial needs are met, whatever they may be. She is an honest, charismatic individual who forms personal relationships with everyone whom she serves.

  • Derek Kennedy, VP

    Derek Kennedy, VP

    Market President, Loan Officer, NMLS # 932078

    Location: Grand Junction Division: Loan Officer Phone: (515) 738-2312 Get in touch with me

    My farming background allows me to apply my expertise daily in our Greene and Boone County communities where I specialize in all areas of banking with direct emphasis in Agricultural Lending.  I am also a graduate of the Iowa School of Banking.  Currently, I oversee the Greene County Market for Peoples Bank.  I offer the flexibility to work with you remotely at your property or in any of our banking locations.  Contact me to learn more about the value I can bring to your business and household.

  • Guthrie Center

  • Penny Wetzel, AVP

    Penny Wetzel, AVP

    Mortgage & Consumer Lending, NMLS # 868368

    Location: Guthrie Center Division: Loan Officer Phone: (641) 747-3100 Get in touch with me

    Penny Wetzel is the AVP and Loan Officer in Guthrie Center, IA. She has accrued more than sixteen years of experience in banking, and her expertise in mortgage lending gives her the opportunity to find the best solutions possible for her community. Passionate about customer service, Penny operates her business on a basis of honesty and forthrightness.

    Penny cares about her clients, and she wants to see them accomplish their goals. Her devotion to the Guthrie Center area is encouraging to everyone around her.

  • Dennis Flanery, SVP

    Dennis Flanery, SVP

    Market President, Business/Ag Lending

    Location: Guthrie Center Division: Loan Officer Phone: (641) 747-3100 Get in touch with me

    Dennis Flanery is a banking professional with over three decades of experience. In the role of Market President in Guthrie Center, for twenty-two years Dennis has specialized in agricultural and commercial lending. Working within a quality banking organization has allowed Dennis to achieve tremendous career growth, while supporting and enriching his hometown community.

    Continuing his community driven efforts, Dennis sits as Board President for the Guthrie Center Development and the Guthrie County Hospital Foundation. Previously working with the Guthrie Center Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and Midwest Partnership, Dennis has a strong history of dedication and accountability. His philanthropic values rest at the core of his professionalism, and equally dedicates his time and ability to each and every project he contributes to.

    Dennis Flanery is a Guthrie Center native, and lives with his wife and has three children; and is a graduate of Iowa State University and the Graduate School of Banking, Colorado.

  • Jefferson

  • Nikki Uebel, AVP

    Nikki Uebel, AVP

    Branch Manager

    Location: Jefferson Division: Relationship Banking Phone: (515) 386-4848 Get in touch with me

    Born and raised in Jefferson, I am excited to be in a profession which allows me to give back to my community. I am committed to helping local people and businesses create and reach their financial goals – all of whom I consider friends. I enjoy helping my community members find the best solution for their situation.  I accomplish this by truly listening to your unique needs and providing honest feedback. I have been in banking since 2010 and have experience in a variety of areas including:  Business Services and Payroll Solutions, IRA’s and Retirement Solutions, Consumer and Business Deposit Accounts, Consumer Loans, and Trust and Estate Services.

  • David Pedersen

    David Pedersen

    Ag Lending

    Location: Jefferson Division: Loan Officer Phone: (515) 386-4848 Get in touch with me

    David Pedersen, who works in the Jefferson office, has spent an impressive 36 years in the agriculture industry, including 6 years in banking. His area of expertise is agriculture lending, and his devotion to his clients’ success is his defining professional characteristic. An expert when it comes to guiding people toward their goals, he is a renowned expert in his field and a dedicated banker.

    David is a deeply faithful man and a die-hard Iowa State fan. Outside of the office, he enjoys following sports and spending time with his wife of 36 years, their 4 grown children, and their 2 grandchildren.

  • Teresa Hagen, VP

    Teresa Hagen, VP

    Loan Officer, NMLS # 718155

    Location: Jefferson Division: Loan Officer Phone: (515) 386-4848 Get in touch with me

    Jefferson, Iowa native, Teresa is a knowledgeable and experienced professional within the banking industry. With a 30-year background, Teresa garnered expertise in areas such as real estate loans, personal & agricultural lending and more.

    Through her work, Teresa aims to empower and assist her customers in the process of reaching financial goals; catering to their needs with transparency, professionalism and passion.

  • Ogden

  • Melany Jennings, AVP

    Melany Jennings, AVP

    Branch Manager/Loan Officer, NMLS # 728270

    Location: Ogden Division: Loan Officer Phone: (515) 275-2758 Get in touch with me

    Welcome and thank you for choosing Peoples Bank.

    I am a lifelong resident of Ogden. I graduated from Ogden High School and Spencer School of Business with a degree in Accounting.

    I enjoy spending time with my husband, our 2 daughters and 3 sons.  We are also blessed with 2 wonderful grandchildren.  My husband and I love to watch movies and hunt for bargains at thrift stores.  Our son-in-law drives a Modified race car so we have become avid dirt track race fans.

    I have been a part of the finance and banking industry since 1995 with almost 10 years at Peoples Bank.  I am currently the Branch Manager of our newest location in Ogden, which opened in November of 2013.

    I can help you in all aspects of real estate lending including residential purchase, refinance, or construction for both homeowners and investors.  I can also help you with personal, commercial, agriculture, and business loans.

    Peoples Bank can do more than just help you buy a home or refinance your existing mortgage.  We strive to make your application and loan process as simple as possible with honest answers and timely processing.  Email or call me today, I would love to help you!

  • Tracy Van Sickle

    Tracy Van Sickle

    Mortgage Lending, NMLS # 7179

    Location: Ogden Division: Loan Officer Phone: (515) 275-2758 Get in touch with me

    Welcome to Peoples Bank!  As you enter your loan process for the first time or for the hundredth time, I want you to know I am here to walk you through it.  I care.  Bringing you 15 years of lending experience, I work hard to help you understand the loan process, walk you through the steps and get it closed.

    Here are my stats:

    Mortgage Loan Originator since 2001 in residential loans – Conforming, USDA, FHA, VA, HELOC and now even more options at Peoples Bank including construction, commercial, ag & auto.

    Married to Matt since 1996! 3 Boys – Payton, Carson & Brady (all named after quarterbacks), Yes, we love sports, 400m hurdler at Iowa State University (93-97) Love to run! 4 Sport athlete in high school, Live in Ogden, IA, Raised in Quad Cities, Illinois, Love our community and church family!  Graduate of Iowa State University.

    Please do not hesitate to call or email me with whatever ideas, questions or concerns you may have about purchasing or refinancing.   I am always looking for ways to grow my business and I know that means I need you – so let us help each other!

  • Rippey

  • Ashley B. Brelsford

    Ashley B. Brelsford

    Branch Operations Manager

    Location: Rippey Division: Relationship Banking Phone: (515) 436-7418 Get in touch with me

    Ashley B. Belsford is the Branch Operations Manager for Rippey, IA. She has worked at Peoples Bank for eight years, and in that time, she has become known for her excellence in service and for her inspiring attitude. Specializing in consumer accounts, she enjoys the small-town environment that comes with personal banking.

    Dedicated to her clients first and foremost, Ashley is a team player whose commitment to PTSB is certain. She takes pride in her ability to help families to reach their financial goals.

    A country girl at heart, Ashley was born and raised on a farm. Her favorite pastimes are watching Iowa State sports and spending time with her family.

  • Waukee

  • Tony Betzer, AVP

    Tony Betzer, AVP

    Loan Officer, NMLS # 51021

    Location: Waukee Division: Loan Officer Phone: (515) 987-4135 Get in touch with me

    I was born and raised in Grundy Center, IA and have lived in the Des Moines Area since 1999.  In 2001, I started my banking profession. My experience includes: mortgage loan processing, underwriter, compliance management and loan originations.  I currently specialize in New Construction, Portfolio, Home Equity, Conventional, FHA & VA loans.  Through our experience and service at Peoples Bank, we would love the opportunity to earn your trust and business.

  • Marc Riley, VP

    Marc Riley, VP

    Business/Ag & Mortgage Lending, NMLS # 543659

    Location: Waukee Division: Loan Officer Phone: (515) 993-5680 Get in touch with me

    My lending portfolio consists of Ag, Commercial, Residential, and Business loan products. I have a strong background in real estate, both in sales and in lending that will aide you in building or financing your dream home. As the son of a coach, I pride myself in finding the best product to fit your goals, dreams, needs and wants, while helping you get there.  As an employee of Peoples Bank, I have access to a great team of lenders and management that will provide you with respect and top-notch service from day one. I am a proud graduate of Iowa State University and Iowa native. My wife and I chose to build a home and reside in Adel because of the community size, quality school system, and location to the metro. We enjoy traveling, golfing, and attending concerts.