FSBT Board of Directors Announces Election, Promotion

FREMONT – The First State Bank and Trust Company Board of Directors announced at their annual meeting that Chuck Johannsen, President and CEO was elected to Chairman of the Board and Kristy Pafford was promoted to Vice President – Human Resources.

Johannsen started as a consumer loan manager with First State Bank and Trust Co. in 1988. He has since held the roles of Assistant Vice President – Consumer Lending & Security Officer, Vice President – Lending and Security Officer and Executive Officer, Executive Vice President and was named President in 2008. He took on the role of CEO in 2019.

Johannsen serves on the board of the Fremont Health Foundation and the Greater Fremont Development Council. He is a past chairman of the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce, Fremont Area United Way, Greater Fremont Development Council and past district chairman of the Goldenrod Division of Boy Scouts. On the state level, Johannsen has served on the Nebraska Bankers Association Education Council. In 2017, Johannsen was honored by the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce with the Compass Leadership Award.


Pafford has worked at First State Bank & Trust Co. for nearly 20 years. She started as a Teller and Customer Service Representative and then became a New Accounts Representative. She has since held the roles of Lobby Supervisor, New Accounts Representative, Compliance Assistant, Assistant Cashier, and Assistant Vice President – Human Resources. Pafford is also a member of the Human Resource Association of the Midlands and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Pafford is a past executive member of the Fremont Area Managers Association and is active with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Dodge County, where she serves as treasurer. She was recently elected to the Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.