Career Development Division



The future of community banking depends upon a new generation of bankers and community bank supporters — progressive, energetic, community-minded, and well-informed. The purpose of CBAI's Career Development Division (CDD) is to keep members on the cutting edge of community banking through:

  • Quality Educational Programs
  • Professional Publications
  • Leadership Training
  • Networking Opportunities

Make an investment in the future of community banking. CBAI's Career Development Division, the only of its kind in Illinois, is dedicated to advancing the principles of community banking and making CBAI Illinois' strongest association.


The Career Development Division is designed for career-aspiring community bankers in Illinois and representatives of CBAI associate members firms. Members should be:

progressive, energetic bankers who want to better themselves both personally and professionally;
bankers who have set their sights on a leadership role in their banks and communities;
bankers who are committed to preserving and enhancing community banking and its philosophy; and
representatives of associate member firms who want to improve professional skills and network with future bank leaders.


Any staff member over the age of 21 employed by a CBAI member bank or a representative of a CBAI associate member firm.


The People - Contacts you develop through CDD are an invaluable resource of ideas and information. When facing a challenge or a new banking issue, you have a network of individuals to draw upon for solutions.


CDD members receive a 10-percent discount on all CBAI one-day seminars and CBAI's Annual Convention.

Leadership Training

Take an active role in moving up the management ladder. CDD is governed by a 13-member board of directors.


CDD members receive Banknotes, CBAI's bi-monthly magazine, which keeps you abreast of political issues, laws, regulations, and CBAI activities, as well as products and services available through CBSC and CBIS. Each issue contains an article on CDD activities. Also, CDD members receive an electronic newsletter, Eagle Express bi-monthly. In addition, CDD information is posted on the Internet at


CDD hosts a Fall Meeting and an Annual Spring Conference.

Economic Education Program

CDD members can become involved in their communities and local schools by using the lesson plans, "Making Smart Credit Choices." Also, CDD members receive a resource document which lists pamphlets, coloring books, videos, and lesson plans that can be ordered. Finally, each CDD member receives a copy of the "Career in Community Banking" pamphlet to use at local career fairs.


CDD members select a "Career Banker of the Year." Criteria for selection include CDD & CBAI involvement and personal achievement. CDD members receive recognition for educating their communities on economic issues and one CDD member will receive the "Economic Educator of the Year" award. 

Join Now . . . Become part of a select group of career community bankers and associate members who are on the fast track by joining CDD.

For more information on CDD, contact Melinda McClelland, Vice President Education & Special Events, at 8000-736-2224 or 217-529-2265.




2018 CDD Spring Meeting To Be Held May 7, 2018 at

Hyatt Regency at the Arch, St. Louis

Topics Include: Selling with Honor, Hypnotic Selling, Emloyee Motivation, and 12 Critical Skills of a Manager



Group 1 & 2 - Erik Schelling, Senior Vice President, PeopleFirst Bank, Joliet

Group 3 - Amy Thiede, AVP & Commercial Lender, Prairie Community Bank, Marengo

Group 4 - Jenny Babashka, VP & Senior Accounts Officer, Durand State Bank

Group 5 - JoAnna Engels, AVP Loan Officer, Lending Compliance Officer, Peru Federal Savings Bank

Group 6 - Haley Guisti, Compliance Officer, North Central Bank, Ladd

Group 7 - JT Thoenen, Loan Officer, Rushville State Bank

Group 8 - TBD

Group 9 & Chairman - Ryan Heiser, Senior Vice President, The Fisher National Bank

Group 10 - Jami McElroy, Teller Supervisor, First National Bank of Raymond

Group 11 - Bruce Luthy, Assistant Vice President, Buena Vista National Bank, Chester

Group 12 - Eric Seitzinger, Assistant Vice President, Peoples State Bank of Newton

Group 13 - Shellie Astin, Admininstrative Loan Assistant, First State Bank of Campbell Hill

Immediate Past Chairwoman - Didi Drake, Compliance Officer & Director, Bank of Chestnut


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Welcome to CBAI's Career Development Division's (CDD) membership directory. CDD is designed for career-aspiring community bankers in Illinois and representatives of CBAI associate member firms. This directory is a current listing of all CDD members. You may search for a CDD member either by CDD member name, bank, or city. For more information on becoming a CDD member please contact Melinda McClelland for more details.

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Fall Meeting

October 11, 2017
Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bloomington, IL