Management Team

Bank of the Prairie NMLS ID 484825
Bank of the Prairie is a service-focused community bank located in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area in Olathe, Kansas. Although our customers are located throughout the greater Kansas City area, our primary service area is Olathe and Southern Johnson County, Kansas.


Chris Donnelly

Chris Donnelly
President & Chief Executive Officer
NMLS ID 910267

Mr. Donnelly has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. Mr. Donnelly has been in banking for over 30 years involving lending, operations, human resources, asset/liability management and retail. He has experience in economic development, municipal government and chamber of commerce. Mr. Donnelly joined Bank of the Prairie in 2010. He is a current city council member at the City of Tonganoxie, past member City of Tonganoxie Planning and Zoning, current member Sacred Heart Church finance council, Past President board member of Leavenworth Area Development Corp., Past President Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce, past board member Leavenworth/Lansing Chamber of Commerce.


Everett Hixson

Everett Hixson
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Hixson has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Wichita State University and is an alumni of The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. Mr. Hixson has been in banking for 29 years and has held positions of trust officer, internal auditor, compliance officer, asset/liability investment officer, BSA/AML officer, supervisor of deposit and loan operations and bank director. He has served as a Chief Financial Officer for 15+ years. Mr. Hixson joined Bank of the Prairie in 2007. Mr. Hixson was involved in public accounting for 7 years and has his CPA designation from the State of Kansas. He is a member of AICPA and KSCPA, American Bankers Association and Kansas Bankers Association. He served as President of the Russell Chamber of Commerce, Past President Sunrise Kiwanis, served as Treasurer of Fort Scott Rotary, Finance Committee Chair for two churches and chaired various other committees in the past.


James Thomas

James Thomas
Senior Vice President Loan Officer
NMLS ID 910169

Mr. Thomas has a Bachelor of Arts from UMKC and graduated Stonier Graduate School of Banking with thesis in 1981. He served as an instructor for Robert Morris & Associates Commercial Loans to Business course to regional young loan officers for 14 years. Mr. Thomas has been in banking for 47 years. Mr. Thomas worked in banking while getting his undergraduate degree. Mr. Thomas became the youngest voting member of the Loan Committee in 1973 at the bank he was serving. He has served large national corporate accounts, medium to small businesses in financing equipment and handled one of the first ESOP loans made in the Kansas City area. Mr. Thomas also has been involved in commercial construction. Mr. Thomas started at Bank of the Prairie in 2007. He is Past President and Treasurer, and present Board Member of the Fox 4 Love Fund for Children (a 501.c.3 corporation) serving area children’s needs. He is a current board member of the Kansas State Historical Society and a past member of the Greater Kansas City Salvation Army Advisory Board.


Lorrie Haller

Lorrie Haller
Senior Vice President, Retail Deposit Manager

Ms. Haller attended Johnson County Community College. She has 30+ years in Community Banking and has held positions of Operations Officer, Accounting/ Customer Service Supervisor, Retail Manager with an emphasis on Cash Management solutions for small businesses. Ms. Haller has been with Bank of the Prairie since 2013.


Patricia Case

Patricia Case
Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending

Ms. Case has a Masters of Business Administration from Rockhurst University with an emphasis in finance as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology both from the University of Kansas. Ms. Case has been in commercial lending for 20 years and joined Bank of the Prairie in 2013. Prior to her banking career, Ms. Case worked in manufacturing, retail, and service companies including owning her own business. Ms. Case’s expertise is in small business financing with a particular emphasis on loans guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA loans). Ms. Case is an active in the Linwood Lions Club.


Deanne Engstrom

Deanne Engstrom
Vice President Loan Officer
NMLS ID 798906

Mrs. Engstrom has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Deanne joined the bank in 2002. She has experience in retail, mortgage originating/processing and commercial/consumer lending. Deanne currently serves as a Loan Officer specializing in small to medium size business and commercial loans including commercial real estate, equipment financing, lines of credit and residential construction. She sits on various committees in the bank including Marketing and Compliance and currently manages the bank’s social media platform. She was born and raised in Olathe, Kansas and is a member of Young Bankers of Kansas (YBOK).


Andrew Ellner

Andrew Ellner
Vice President
NMLS ID 551906

Mr. Ellner graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He joined Bank of the Prairie in 2003 and served as the Bank’s Mortgage Operations Manager until he was promoted to Vice President in 2012. Andrew specializes in consumer residential mortgage lending and investment real estate lending. Andrew is a member of the Bank’s Compliance Committee and Marketing Committee, and he previously served as the Bank’s Security Officer. Andrew has been an Olathe resident since 2003.


Debra Harrison

Debra Harrison
Vice President Deposit Operations

Mrs. Harrison attended Emporia State University and has been in the banking world for 32 years, five of those years at Bank of the Prairie. Mrs. Harrison’s expertise resides in the daily operations, procedures and compliance areas. She currently manages the College location at 23600 College Blvd. Mrs. Harrison is involved in Beta Sigma Phi which is a local philanthropic group that helps people in need.


Dustin Fluderer

Dustin Fluderer
Vice President Internal Audit and Loan Review

Mr. Fluderer has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Kansas and an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Johnson County Community College. Mr. Fluderer has been in banking for 16 years serving in the Retail, Loan Operations, Internal Audit and Loan Review capacities. Mr. Fluderer joined Bank of the Prairie in 2005.


Alex Tafoya

Alex Tafoya
Vice President, Director of Information Technology

Mr. Tafoya has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science with emphasis in Information Systems from Fort Hays State University. He has been in banking IT for 9 years working in Network Administration, Application Design, Virtualization, Information Security and Risk Management. Mr. Tafoya has been at Bank of the Prairie since 2008. He is a member of Kansas Bankers Association.


Thomas Galbrecht

Thomas Galbrecht
Assistant Vice President Loan Officer

NMLS ID 798836

Mr. Galbrecht graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree. He has 8 years of banking experience mainly in consumer and commercial lending, loan operations and retail operations. Mr. Galbrecht has been at Bank of the Prairie since 2005.


Stephanie Dale

Stephanie Dale
Controller

Mrs. Dale attended the University of Kansas and has 14 years of banking experience. During those 14 years she has served in several positions including item processing, bookkeeping, accounts payable, wire transfers, accounting, operations and management. She has been with Bank of the Prairie since 2009. For the last 10 years, Mrs. Dale has served as a Board of Director for Reach Out Ministries and actively serves in the finance office at Koinonia Bible Church.


Lisa Young

Lisa Young
Loan Operations Officer

Mrs. Young attended both Johnson County Community College and Baker University. She has 12 years of banking experience in the following areas: Commercial Lending with a focus primarily on daily management and/or oversight of lending budget, strategic planning, incentive planning, OREO, LLLR and Other Assets. She also has 3 years in retail banking management. Mrs. Young has 20 years of management and operational experience in training, non-profit, marketing and banking. Mrs. Young joined Bank of the Prairie in 2011. Mrs. Young is active in the Keith Worthington ALS Association Chapter in Overland Park, Kansas having served as a Committee Member and as a Team Captain for their annual walk.

 
 
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