Employee Recognition

Celebrate employee recognitions with us, such as new management, team members, retirements and anniversaries.

Ann Loftis

Ann Loftis

Congratulations to our President and CEO, for 30 years of service at First Nebraska!

7/1/22 -Ann has 45 years’ experience in banking and finance, having worked in every area of bank operations and lending. She started at the credit union as a Loan Officer in 1992, implementing mortgage lending and risk-based lending programs and overseeing loan operations. Ann has also served as the Mortgage Loan Manager, VP of Lending, and Executive Vice President prior to being promoted to her current position as CEO/President. 

Ann has a passion for helping people, pursuing excellence in work, and all that you do. She has continued educational and professional development for herself and others over the years. 

Ann enjoys time country life, traveling, camping, and spending time with her family. She has been married to Joel for 43 years, they have four children, and six grandchildren; with the oldest grandchild proudly serving in the army! 


Thomas Rief

Promoted to Senior Branch Manager – 48th and Elkhorn locations

6/23/22 – Thomas has been with First Nebraska Credit Union for 4 years, and in the financial industry for 19. He started as a Branch Manager at the Bedford location, and is now the Senior Branch Manager at our 48th and Elkhorn locations.
Thomas is originally from Woodbine IA, a small town about 50 minutes northeast of Omaha. He has two beautiful children, and his first-born was born in Hawaii. He is a big sports fan, but his favorite sport is bowling.
He said, “I love a good comedy show, and spending time with family and friends. I am also a lifelong 49ers fan, and I have multiple tattoos.”


Samantha Altstadt

Promoted to Branch Manager – Bedford location

6/23/22 – I have been in the financial industry for about 4 years, and at FNCU since October 2020, as a Financial Services Specialist, then as a Senior Branch Assistant.
I was born in Blair, Nebraska and grew up in the Florence area (North Omaha). I moved to southeast Kansas for about 3 years and then moved back to Omaha and joined the FNCU family shortly after.
I look forward to continuing to grow here at the credit union and help my team grow. You are only as successful as those you manage. I am so lucky to have such wonderful people to work beside every single day. One of my favorite quotes of all time, and the one I live by daily is “If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room”.
I enjoy painting, reading, and spending time with my family. I have a beautiful 9-month-old daughter with whom I hope to show what good work ethic and integrity can accomplish in life.
A little fact about me – I am a twin (and lucky for the world, it was a boy, so there aren’t two of me running around!). We are also in the record books at the Blair hospital as the largest twins ever born there. My brother was 8lb 5oz and I was 6lb 15oz. My poor sweet mama.

Nicco young

Nicco Young

Promoted to Senior Branch Assistant– Lincoln North Location

4/5/22 – Nicco has been with First Nebraska Credit Union since March 2021. He started as a teller at our Lincoln North branch, and is now the Senior Branch Assistant.
Nicco is from Golden Colorado and currently lives in Lincoln. He says, “I’ve been married to the love of my life for about 1 ½ years. I love spending time with my wife, family, and friends.”
He also enjoys playing sports, exercising, and going on adventures. He looks forward to learning and growing in his new role, and working with our incredible team to help as many members as possible.

Megan Klitzke

Megan Klitzke

Promoted to Senior Branch Manager – Lincoln locations

3/22/22 – Megan has been with First Nebraska Credit Union for 9-1/2 years and in the financial industry for 11. She has been the Senior Branch Assistant at our Yankee Hill branch in Lincoln since 2018.
Originally from Axtell, NE, a small town in central Nebraska, she moved to Lincoln in 2005. She has been married to Ethan since 2018. They recently built a home in Southwest Lincoln. They enjoy hiking and traveling, and have a goal of visiting all of the national parks in the United States (they have visited 7 so far).
Megan also enjoys live music and spending time with family and friends. She is a lifelong Husker fan, and especially enjoys watching the women’s volleyball team.

Ken Stithem

Ken Stithem

Promoted to Assistant Sales and Service Manager

3/3/22 – Ken has been with FNCU for almost 1.5 years as our Senior Branch Manager for our Lincoln locations.

He has been in the financial industry for over 22 years. He is originally from Grand Island, but has lived in Lincoln for about 17 years.

He has been happily married for almost 28 years and has 5 children and 21 grandchildren. He enjoys camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family. He said he’s looking forward to continuing his journey of passionately serving our members at FNCU.