About Us

    

We're Not Your Typical Bank

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

We're partners. We’re advisors. We’re even considered to be friends by the business owners and professionals we serve. You won’t see tellers at our bank, either behind a window or at a desk. What you will see is a person who is passionate about understanding and satisfying the financial needs of your business.

As a solution-driven organization, our goal is to provide you with the highest level of personal service and to customize your banking experience to fit your business needs. Our team focuses on solutions that work for you.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Meet Our Team

 

Bank Officers

 

                                                                                                                                                  

Sokha Meas ColboSokha Meas Colbo

Communications and Branding

A native of Olympia, Sokha joined Thurston First Bank in October 2004 before it officially opened its doors to the public. She has worked in many areas of the bank and is currently responsible for the branding and communication strategies for Thurston First, including website and social media management, public relations, advertising and events. The constant variety of planning and creativity is what Sokha really enjoys. Admittedly, she is obsessed with the details.   

When she is not at work, Sokha loves to surround herself with her family and friends, good food and always music.                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Contact Sokha directly at 360.528.4105 or sokha.colbo@thurstonfirstbank.com*.

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 Breda Cruz

Breda Cruz                

AVP Commercial Loans and Processing Manager

Breda has worked in community banking for over 20 years. Specializing in the lending field, she initially set up Thurston First Bank’s commercial loan production center and now manages the department.

Breda loves being part of a team that contributes to the bank's growth and meeting its goals. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two grandsons.

Contact Breda directly at 360.528.4107 or breda.cruz@thurstonfirstbank.com*.

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Chris KnudsvigChris Knudsvig

SVP Operations and Compliance

Chris joins Thurston First Bank with more than thirty years of experience in various aspects of the banking industry. As an auditor in one of her past lives, Chris picked up the nickname, "Eagle Eyes." Those eyes serve her well as Operations Manager at Thurston First in thinking about what policies she wants to work on next!  

To balance her passion for bank regulatory compliance, Chris also enjoys playing softball, camping, riding horses and—most of all—spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren.

Contact Chris directly at 360.528.4103 or chris.knudsvig@thurstonfirstbank.com*.

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Sandi WilsonSandi Wilson

VP Commercial Loan Officer

Sandi’s 30+ year’s banking career in Thurston County has evolved many times, landing her at Thurston First Bank. Her role as Commercial Loan Officer feeds her passion to help businesses succeed while allowing her to stay active in the community. Sandi says she also "loves the way we're like family here and we have fun while we're working."

When not pampering her clients, Sandi spends her time traveling to any place where there is sand, sun and snorkeling! She also enjoys theater and spending time with family and her grandchildren.                                         

                                                                                                                               

Contact Sandi directly at 360.528.4110 or sandi.wilson@thurstonfirstbank.com*.        

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Client Development


Daniel ViningDaniel

When looking for a financial institution to build a career, Daniel said he was seeking three things: he wanted an  institution that is disrupting its market through inspiring leadership, one that demonstrates exemplary integrity and has a passion for the local community. At Thurston First Bank, he found it all. Daniel is passionate about connecting with individuals, hearing their stories and assisting them in reaching their goals and dreams. He prides himself on providing the solution-oriented service that people need to succeed.


Daniel enjoys staying physically active in whatever form that takes, and he especially loves any time spent with his friends and family. If you are looking to donate a free round of golf, he said not to pass him by.

Contact Daniel directly at 360.528.4113 or daniel.vining@thurstonfirstbank.com*.

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Mobile Branch Managers

Our Mobile Branch Managers are the face of the bank. Our clients can always rely on them to arrive right on schedule with a smile and ready to fulfill their banking needs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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Because she is a "people person," Sue thoroughly enjoys the interaction with clients and their staffs when she picks up their deposits.

Outside of work, she enjoys a busy social life and loves to bake cookies, take walks with her best friend, and go to dinner and a movie. Her grandchildren are the light of her life!    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 


 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Joe CleggJoe Clegg

Joe enjoys the friendships he's formed with fellow employees and clients and, as he puts it, "really looks forward to coming to work." 

In his free time, Joe enjoys traveling and finding new places and restaurants with his wife, Maureen. He also loves spending time with his granddaughter, watching trains, and serving the needs of seniors through his church. Joe believes that true happiness is only found through serving others.

       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Support Team

From routing phone calls and processing transactions to opening new accounts or balancing general ledgers, we can always count on our amazing support team to make sure our clients get the answers they need and the personal service they deserve.       

                                    

 

           

Heather Derrick

Operations Manager

Contact Heather directly at 360.528.4102.


Alicia Bulldis

Client Relations Specialist II

Alicia is known by clients and coworkers alike for her vast knowledge of deposit operations and her amazing follow through. She takes pride in her work, and every project she takes on is handled with care. Once highly active in Greek dancing, from competitions to teaching lessons to young kids, Alicia now spends most of her time on family-related activities. Contact Alicia directly at 360.528.4119.

                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                               

Priscilla Heimbigner

Loan Processor

Priscilla loves getting to know the bank's local business owners. People say she's fast, efficient and friendly. She's both a hockey and roller-derby fan and enjoys raising money for charities by participating in their fundraising walks. On her bucket list is taking a trip to France. Contact Priscilla directly at 360.528.4117.                                                                                                            
                                                                       

Char Pearl

Accounting Assistant 

Char loves food, cooking, traveling (especially cruises), reading, movies, movies and movies! She and her husband see at least one movie every weekend. Professionally, Char has a variety of accounting responsibilities which is a perfect match for her love of numbers. Char pitches in to help wherever help is needed--phone, operations, mailings and more. If the Bank had a team player award, Char would get it...hands down! Contact Char directly at 360.528.4108.

 

Kelsey Ridenour

Client Relations Specialist

Born and raised in Olympia, Kelsey is glad to be back after spending roughly five years in San Francisco. She is a huge fan of the Pacific Northwest and loves kayaking, paddle-boarding and snowboarding. With a history of Nordstrom management experience where high-service levels is part of the culture, Thurston First was the obvious choice when she decided to transition her career into banking. Contact Kelsey at 360.528.4111.