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Loan Officers

David Platteter, Bath

David Platteter located at our Main Office in Bath, is our Senior Vice President overseeing the bank’s lending department amongst other key responsibilities like bank security. He started his banking career at Bangor Savings Bank where he worked as a night teller and loan processor, before moving to First Federal Savings & Loan for the last 28 years. He’s an avid continuous learner and can be found listening in on webinars daily, taking nights classes, and completing the Graduate School of Banking Colorado program in 2013 for emerging leaders in the bank industry.

As a Bath area resident for nearly 50 years, David knows the community we support and the needs of its residents as well if not better than anyone else. Customers that work with David will tell you this is an obvious reason why he has the role he does at First Federal and how impactful it is on the community.

There is no shortage of home building in the area and David offers abundant personal experience having built his own home and tackled numerous renovation projects. As the Main Office’s commercial lender, David has spent 25 years working with local commercial fishing entities, restaurants, light manufacturers, auto repair companies, vehicle retail, resident rental real estate, building trades and self-employed professionals in many industries. If you want to work with someone that understands your industry and can offer wisdom you don’t traditionally see in a banker, we recommend you come to 125 Front Street and meet David.

David boasts that he has been a First Federal Savings customer for more than 30 years. The service and flexibility in how we do business with our customers can’t be found at other institutions and is what makes this bank a true community bank and one of the last remaining. When David fields an application, he sees the person, their life experiences, strengths and weaknesses, and their goals. Many banks and Loan Officers today see an arbitrary number preventing an important opportunity to understand the story of a community member and meet their needs.

If you’re looking someone that wants to learn about you, your business, and help you meet your unique needs – Give us a call at 207-442-8711. David will make time for you.

Donna Gregory, Boothbay Harbor

Donna Gregory joined our family in 2021 when First Federal Savings was in the middle of managing key retirements and well-deserved promotions at the same time. These wonderful changes came with unique challenges as our people were learning new functions. She brought a wealth of banking experience (22-years at the time) to a new opening as Head Teller in Wiscasset at a time when we needed strength and a short learning curve to help with our employee transitions and ensure we maintained the level of service and presence our customers expect of us.

She was born and raised in Boothbay and has spent her entire life local, enjoying this beautiful region. Even as a little girl, Donna had dreams of becoming a banker. She saw the importance of personal finance and financial awareness and felt it would be a meaningful endeavor to establish a career working with people in our community to explore their financial interests, needs, and help them reach their goals. She has spent time as a Teller, Head Teller, Managing and now provides leadership for us as a Loan Officer for our Boothbay Harbor branch. Donna has made it clear that she is willing to work tirelessly to find the best solution for the people she serves.

This promotion allows Laurie Simmons (AVP, Branch Manager) to focus on managing the branch operations and doing all the amazing things that our customers have grown to love of her over the years and allows Jean Huber (VP and former Loan Officer and Branch Manager) to be a full time Financial Advisor, expanding our availability for customers interested in financial planning. First Federal Savings wants to make sure we have the right people and the right level of availability to do meaningful work for the Boothbay Harbor community. Donna shared that she has loved her transition to First Federal Savings and plans to stay with the Bank well past her retirement so she can stay loyal to those she serves in the community and continue to help them find the solutions that best meet their needs in life.

We asked Donna to share some of her favorite memories in banking, because sharing that with our customers and community sheds a lot of light on her character and the type of person that she is, under the covers of the relationships she has, and those she can establish at First Federal Savings. She spoke candidly about her experiences with first time homebuyers, and the feeling that comes with making such a big moment in life, or dream come true, for the people she has had the pleasure of serving. When a young couple is looking for funds to buy that perfect and reliable vehicle as they plan for their first newborn. Or being there to help someone find a new path as they navigate their way through life’s curve balls like medical emergencies, surmounting credit card debt, or other things that seem impossible to get past. These are the types of things that make Donna feel whole and bring her back to Townsend Avenue each morning.

We feel lucky to have her as a part of the First Federal Savings family and we look forward to seeing what she can do for you in the years to come.

Come meet Donna at our Boothbay Harbor branch or call us at 207-633-2660. We will make time for you.

Brenda Scherer, Damariscotta

Brenda, our Damariscotta Vice President, Branch Manager and Lender is a lifelong Mainer. As you will find with the majority of First Federal Savings employees, Brenda still finds herself living in the same town where she was raised near Damariscotta. She attended Lincoln Academy in Newcastle before moving on to Thomas College. In addition to staying close to family, the natural beauty of the lakes, oceans and mountains have kept her local, something we can all appreciate no matter how long we’ve been here.

36 years into her banking career, Brenda has excelled in a variety of roles, starting her career at Damariscotta Bank & Trust, and transitioning to First Federal Savings where she’s currently celebrating her 20th year as a leader at our institution. In addition to the people skills that she’s developed over the years, she spent time as a Teller, processing loans, bookkeeping, secretarial duties to the President, lending and more. Her experience comes together to present a skillset that goes above and beyond what most bank customers have come to expect from lenders. She has personal experience buying land and building homes which goes a long way in her role working with homeowners and developers at all experience levels.

Brenda chose First Federal Savings for the same reasons that you should. The employees are local and people she knows. We all share similar experiences that are unique to Midcoast Maine. Most importantly, she knew it was a place she could grow and establish meaningful relationships. In the same way that customers want to know their bankers and have easy access to important conversations, Brenda wants to get to know her customers to be able to better meet their needs.

If you’re looking for a partner, give us a call in Damariscotta at 207-563-3111. We’ll make time for you.

Jean Huber, Wiscasset

Jean Huber is Vice President at our Wiscasset Branch. She wears many hats; as the Loan Officer and managing the bank’s independent investment program for all of First Federal Savings.

Midcoast Maine has been home for Jean her entire life. She started her professional career as a paralegal, a common component of many of her colleagues at the bank. She took this knowledge and started her own small business with five employees, doing research for local attorneys and building what proved to be a foundational skillset for helping prospective homeowners navigate their real estate transactions.

Jean has been in banking for more than 20 years, spending the duration as a manager, financial advisor, and loan officer. Customers at our institution have come to expect more from their bankers and Jean is the perfect example representing why. She is a trusted advisor with experience investing, purchasing homes, and owning and operating a small business. The value she has to offer as a partner is above and beyond the norm and what we at First Federal Savings and have come to realize is what our customers need.

Anyone living in the Midcoast region can appreciate how unique the place we call home is. The folks that we call customers also have unique needs and First Federal is one a kind when it comes to our approach for meeting these unique needs. We work closely with our customers to ensure we understand what they’re trying to do and how we can help pave the path to help them reach their goals. When asked why she chose First Federal Savings, Jean mentioned how the bank gives back to the communities it resides through each unique transaction with customers, but also the time and support the institution offers to community organizations. Jean is incredibly involved, as member on the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club, and a former board member of 7 Rivers Habitat for Humanity, the Lincoln Home, and the Town of Wiscasset’s Planning and Appeals Boards.

If you’re looking for an adviser to help you meet your goals, give us a call in Wiscasset at 207-882-6266. We’ll make time for you.

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