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Indiana Region

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Krista J. Grange
Vice President and Director of Trust & Asset Management

Krista joined Trust & Asset Management at First Financial Bank with more than 17 years of trust administration experience. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and her doctor of jurisprudence from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. She is also a graduate of the Cannon Trust School at the Cannon Financial Institute.

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Carol D. Myers
Vice President and Senior Trust Officer

Carol joined Trust & Asset Management at First Financial Bank in 1985. She has a wide range of experience in all facets of trust administration, is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) and a graduate of the Cannon Financial Institute's Trust School and Graduate Trust School. She received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana State University.

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Brenda "B.J." Voll
Vice President and Trust Officer

B.J. is responsible for administration of complex trusts and estates and investment management accounts at First Financial. She came to the bank in 2017 from Hilliard Lyons Trust Company in Louisville, where she served as Vice President, Trust and Estate Specialist and Estate Settlement Manager. A Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA), she is a graduate of the Cannon Financial Institute Personal Trust School and the American Bankers Association Trust School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Therapy from Indiana State University and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate of Paralegal Studies from Roosevelt University, Chicago.

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Jennifer L. Hanley
Vice President and Trust Compliance and Operations Manager

Since joining First Financial Bank in 1995, Jenny has gained experience in many areas of trust administration including corporate trust, employee benefits and trust operations. She has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and graduated with honors from the Cannon Financial Institute Securities Operations School. She is designated as a Certified Securities Operations Professional (CSOP).


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John C. Ayre, CFP®
Vice President and Senior Investment Manager

John oversees investment processes and strategies as well as risk management for the Asset Management Group. He has more than 20 years of experience in investment management, specializing in trust and institutional asset management, and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Before joining First Financial, he served as Senior Portfolio Manager for First National Bank (FNB) Corporation. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Norwich University in Vermont.

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Jo Ellen McBeth
Portfolio Manager

JoEllen joined First Financial Bank as a trust investment officer in 2009 and has more than 33 years of experience in the investment and financial services industry. Originally from Monticello, JoEllen attended Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis and holds the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) designation.


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Beverly A. Christopher
Trust Tax Officer

Bev came to First Financial Bank in 1993 after 16 years in public accounting. She is a Certified Public Account (CPA) and holds memberships in the Indiana CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Bev received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Indiana State University.

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Andrew Decker
Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager

Andy joined First Financial Bank during 2008 after accumulating eight years of banking and financial services experience. As trust officer, Andy has responsibility in the Personal Trust area working with clients in the administration of their accounts. Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Andy received his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, and his doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law.

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Katherine Virostko
Assistant Trust Officer

Katherine manages guardianships, processes account transactions, conducts account reviews and serves as a liaison for information requests from clients, beneficiaries, advisors and bank associates. She earned her bachelor's degree in Pre-Law Studies at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and her doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Dayton School of Law. 


Kayleen Judy
Assistant Trust Operations Officer

Kayleen joined the staff of First Financial Bank Trust & Asset Management in 2010.  She received a certification in PC programming from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and studied business administration at Ivy Tech Community College. She earned her Certified Securities Operations Professional (CSOP) designation in July 2018. 


Devan S. Allen
Assistant Trust Investment Officer

As a member of our Trust Investments team, Devan serves as a liaison between external investment managers and our custody representative. Devan joined First Financial in 2016 after earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Indiana State University. He completed his MBA at Indiana State in 2018. 


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Brandi M. Hanson
Assistant Vice President and Retirement Services Manager

Brandi joined the staff of First Financial Bank Trust & Asset Management in 2003. She is designated as a Certified Retirement Services Professional (CRSP) and a Certified IRA Services Professional (CISP). Brandi is responsible for the administration of Individual Retirement Accounts and client support for employee benefit plans. She received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and graduated with honors from Cannon Financial Institute's Retirement Planning Services School.

Danville, Illinois Region

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James M. Mulvaney
Vice President, Trust Officer and Market Manager

Jim oversees trust functions in the Danville/Westville, Illinois area and has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Jim received his bachelor’s degree in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and his doctor of jurisprudence from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Jim’s office is at Towne Centre in Danville.

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Ann H. Reale
Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager

Ann is and assistant vice president and trust investment officer at First Financial Bank's Danville, Champaign and Pontiac, Illinois locations, where she assists trust officers and their clients with investment options for the assets held in their accounts. She is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a graduate of several courses at the Cannon Trust School. Ann also held security licenses 7, 8, 24, 63 and currently holds insurance licenses for life and health contracts. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana with a degree in Agriculture.

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Deneen M. Schendel
Trust Officer

Deneen was appointed as an assistant trust officer and administers trusts, guardianships and estates, working with clients to meet their fiduciary needs.  She has been with the bank since 2003 and is a lifetime resident of the Danville area.

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Mark E. Wetzel
Assistant Farm Manager and Trust Officer

Mark joined First Financial Bank in Danville in 2010 as a trust officer and member of the farm management team. An Accredited Farm Manager (AFM), he is a member of the American Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and the Illinois chapter of the organization. Mark is also a licensed real estate broker in Illinois with over 33 years of experience in the financial services industry. Mark received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana.

Pontiac, Illinois Region

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Brent A. Crane
Vice President and Farm Manager

Brent has worked in farm management in Pontiac, Illinois for more than 22 years. He is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and a member of the American Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Brent received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Agricultural Economics.


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