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Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Board of Directors

William J. Small
William J. Small
Chairman
William J. Small Chairman, President and CEO of First Defiance and Chairman of First Federal Bank from 1999 through December 2013. Mr. Small also served as Chief Executive Officer of First Federal Bank from 1999 until December 2008. Mr. Small understands both the challenges and opportunities facing First Defiance as well as the details of current operations and finances. The Board benefits greatly from his familiarity with the Company, his extensive knowledge of the financial services industry and his involvement with leadership positions relevant to that.
John L. Bookmyer
John L. Bookmyer
Vice Chairman
John L. Bookmyer Mr. Bookmyer is the Chief Executive Officer of Pain Management Group in Findlay, Ohio. Mr. Bookmyer also is a Certified Public Accountant. He was appointed to the board in February, 2005. He is a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Investment Committee.
Douglas Burgei, D.V.M.
Douglas Burgei, D.V.M.
Douglas Burgei, D.V.M. Dr. Burgei was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1995. He is a veterinarian practicing in Napoleon, Ohio since 1978. He is member of, Strategic Planning Committee, Succession Planning Committee and Investment Committee.
Donald P. Hileman
Donald P. Hileman
Donald P. Hileman President and Chief Executive Officer of First Defiance Financial Corp. and First Federal Bank based in Defiance Ohio. Mr. Hileman was appointed to serve as President and CEO with First Defiance on January 1, 2014. On January 1, 2015, he was appointed to serve as President and CEO of First Federal Bank. Prior to that, he served as the CFO of First Defiance Financial Corp. and First Federal Bank and the CEO of First Insurance Group.

Donald Hileman has worked in the financial services industry for more than 40 years. Prior to joining First Defiance in 2007, he served as a corporate controller with Sky Financial Group, Inc., a $19 billion financial services holding company. He previously served as a community bank Chief Financial Officer, and has held various positions in banking.
Jean A. Hubbard
Jean A. Hubbard
Jean A. Hubbard Mrs. Hubbard is a graduate of Defiance College with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and is also a graduate of the Ohio School of Banking and the ABA School of Human Resource Management. She is currently Business Manager and Corporate Treasurer for The Hubbard Company in Defiance, Ohio, and has more than 30 years of experience in banking. She is a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Succession Planning Committee.
Barbara A. Mitzel
Barbara A. Mitzel
Barbara A. Mitzel Mrs. Mitzel has a Bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University and is the Area Manager for Consumers Energy in Adrian, Michigan, where she is responsible for community and local government relations in the areas of economic development, public safety, franchise renewals and infrastructure-related work across two counties. She serves on the Corporate Governance Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Investment Committee.
Samuel S. Strausbaugh
Samuel S. Strausbaugh
Samuel S. Strausbaugh Mr. Strausbaugh is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of JB & Company, Inc. in Tiffin, Ohio. He was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board in January 2006. He serves on the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Succession Planning Committee and the First Insurance Group Board.
Charles D. Niehaus
Charles D. Niehaus
Charles D. Niehaus
Thomas A. Reineke
Thomas A. Reineke
Thomas A. Reineke
Robert E. Beach
Robert E. Beach
Robert E. Beach
Terri A. Bettinger
Terri A. Bettinger
Terri A. Bettinger
Thomas K. Herman
Thomas K. Herman
Thomas K. Herman
Mark A. Robison
Mark A. Robison
Mark A. Robison

Executive Management

Donald P. Hileman
Donald P. Hileman
President and CEO – First Defiance Financial Corp.
President and CEO – First Federal Bank
Donald P. Hileman President and Chief Executive Officer of First Defiance Financial Corp. and First Federal Bank based in Defiance Ohio. Mr. Hileman was appointed to serve as President and CEO with First Defiance on January 1, 2014. On January 1, 2015, he was appointed to serve as President and CEO of First Federal Bank. Prior to that, he served as the CFO of First Defiance Financial Corp. and First Federal Bank and the CEO of First Insurance Group.

Donald Hileman has worked in the financial services industry for more than 40 years. Prior to joining First Defiance in 2007, he served as a corporate controller with Sky Financial Group, Inc., a $19 billion financial services holding company. He previously served as a community bank Chief Financial Officer, and has held various positions in banking.
Kevin T. Thompson
Kevin T. Thompson
Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer
Kevin T. Thompson Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of First Defiance and First Federal Bank since January 1, 2014. Mr. Thompson was appointed Executive Vice President after joining First Defiance in August 2013. Prior to joining First Defiance, Mr. Thompson served as a consultant to the financial services industry, as Line of Business Chief Financial Officer for Huntington Bancshares, Inc. and Chief Financial Officer of Sky Financial Group, Inc. He is a graduate from Clemson University and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
John R. Reisner
John R. Reisner
Executive Vice President, Legal Counsel and Chief Risk Officer
John R. Reisner Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer of First Defiance and First Federal Bank since September 2013. Prior to joining First Defiance, Mr. Reisner was Managing Director and Principal – Risk Management Division at Austin Associates LLC from April 2008 to August 2013. Prior to that, he served as General Counsel at Sky Bank and Director of Corporate Compliance at Sky Financial Group. Mr. Reisner has worked in the financial services industry for over 35 years.
Sharon L. Davis
Sharon L. Davis
Executive Vice President, Director of Human Resources
Sharon L. Davis Executive Vice President, Director of Human Resources of First Defiance and First Federal Bank since November 2015. Prior to joining First Defiance, Ms. Davis was Senior Vice President and Human Resources Director at First Community Bank from October 2007 to November 2015. Prior to that, she served as an Assistant Vice President, Senior Human Resources Business Partner for BBVA Compass.
Dennis E. Rose Jr.
Dennis E. Rose Jr.
Director of Strategy Management
Dennis E. Rose Jr. Executive Vice President, Director of Strategy Management since 2017. Mr. Rose was appointed as Executive Vice President in 2001 and has served as Head of Business Banking, Director of Operations, and Controller at First Federal Bank. Prior to joining First Federal Bank, Mr. Rose was a Manager in Audit at Ernst and Youn
Michael D. Mulford
Michael D. Mulford
Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Administration Officer
Michael D. Mulford Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Administrations Officer for First Federal Bank since January 2018. Prior to his current role, Mr. Mulford served as Chief Credit Officer since April 2011 and Senior Vice President since July 2004 when he joined First Federal Bank. Prior to joining First Federal Bank, Mr. Mulford was a Credit Officer for Key Bank.
Timothy K. Harris
Timothy K. Harris
Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer
Timothy K. Harris Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer for First Federal Bank since December 2017. Prior to his current role, Mr. Harris served as the Eastern Market Area President since January 2008 and Executive Vice President since January 2008. From January 2007 until January 2008, Mr. Harris was a Senior Lender. Mr. Harris joined First Federal Bank as a Commercial Lender in October 2000.
Marybeth Shunck
Marybeth Shunck
Executive Vice President, Director of Sales
Marybeth Shunck Executive Vice President and Director of Sales for First Federal Bank since December 2017. Prior to her role, Ms. Shunck served as Northern Market Area President since January 2014. Prior to her promotion to President of the Northern Market Area, Ms. Shunck served as Senior Vice President and Head of Retail Administration since 2008. She joined First Federal Bank in 2006 as the Northern Market Retail Administrator.
Amy L. Hackenberg
Amy L. Hackenberg
Executive Vice President, Southern Market Area Executive
Amy L. Hackenberg Executive Vice President, Southern Area Market Area Executive for First Federal Bank since December 2015. Prior to joining First Federal Bank, Ms. Hackenberg served as Senior Vice President for Huntington National since 2007.
James R. Williams III
James R. Williams III
Executive Vice President, Northern Market Area Executive
James R. Williams III Executive Vice President, Northern Market Area Executive since December 2017. He served as Western Market Area President in 2010 and Commercial Senior Lender since January 2009 and Commercial Lender since January 1998 when he joined First Federal Bank.
Gregory R. Allen
Gregory R. Allen
Executive Vice President, Fort Wayne Market Area Executive
Gregory R. Allen Executive Vice President, Fort Wayne Market Area Executive for First Federal Bank since January 2018. Prior to his current role, Mr. Allen served as the Community Banking President since January 2015 and President of First Federal Bank’s Southern Market Area since January 2006. Mr. Allen served as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of First Federal Bank since 1998.
Joel P. Jerger
Joel P. Jerger
Executive Vice President, Toledo Market Area Executive
Joel P. Jerger Executive Vice President, Toledo Market Area Executive for First Federal Bank since October 2017. Prior to joining First Federal Bank, Mr. Jerger served as Senior Vice President for Huntington National Bank since 2011 and Vice President for Fifth Third since 2004.
David D. Dygert
David D. Dygert
Executive Vice President, Columbus Market Executive
David D. Dygert Executive Vice President, Columbus Market Area Executive for First Federal Bank since February 2014. Prior to joining First Federal Bank, Mr. Dygert served as Executive Vice President at Farmers Citizens Bank since 2006, Chief Lending Officer at First City Bank since 1999 and worked in the real estate and investment field.