2024 OBL Summer Banking Institute Kicks Off!


Last week, a cohort of 26 emerging professionals participated in the highly touted Summer Banking Institute (SBI) “Summer Bootcamp” at Ohio Dominican University before heading to their summer internship at an Ohio community bank. The student interns traveled to Columbus and were greeted by past SBI participants to  listen to first-hand accounts of how the Ohio Bankers Leagues provides emerging professionals with training and  development opportunities in the banking industry. More importantly, how SBI  prepared them for their future career.

Students from ten participating universities and colleges cultivated a strong bond and heard presentations on topics facilitated by industry professionals.  Sessions were led by Union Savings Bank, Civista Bank, JP Morgan Chase, and the Ohio Division of Financial Institutions, just to name a few. Students learned soft skills centered on workplace success, in-depth knowledge of industry regulations and how their role will not only support the host bank, but the communities they serve.

Students also had a chance to volunteer at Lifecare Alliance, providing them an opportunity to understand the “community” part of banking.  This came as part of a new course focused on service, giving time instead of money to those in their community.  During their time at Lifecare Ae, students packaged meals, supported animal care and created greeting cards for those in need. 

This week, students will begin their internship experience with their host bank (full list below).  SBI will continue throughout the summer with the OBL’s Kimberley Mason, Higher Education Partnership Manager, checking in with interns and their host banks throughout that time.   Without the support of the host banks willing to take interns for the summer, this program would not be possible.  Thank you for your commitment to empowering young, diverse professionals to become a part of the banking industry!  A special thank you goes out to Union Savings Bank  and Guardian Savings Bank for their consistent commitment to SBI since its inception.   OBL would also like to thank the colleges and universities that send their best and brightest to be a part of this one of a kind program (full list below). 

To learn more about how you can partner with the Ohio Bankers League or participate in the Summer Banking Institute, please feel free to contact Kimberley Mason at kmason@ohiobankersleague.com.


Full List of Ohio Host Banks, their interns and their college/university with photos:


First Federal of Lakewood

Shacila Brown from Bowling Green State University

Preet Labana from Kent State University

Lily Palisin from Kent State University


Union Savings Bank/Guardian Savings Bank

Gabriel Narth from Central State University

Braeden Morse from University of Cincinnati

Ryan Rosenberg from University of Cincinnati

Damari Lipscomb from Central State University

Adam Zarour from University of Cincinnati- Blue Ash

Jackson-Hughes N'cho-Allepot from University of Cincinnati- Blue Ash

Astria Williams from Central State University


Park National Bank

Stacy Powell Griffith from Central State University

Yawree Jones from Central State University


First Federal Community Bank of Dover

Evan Klar from Kent State University


Peoples Bank

James "Jimmy" Hanselman from Kent State University


The Hocking Valley Bank

Emily Clifton from Ohio University


The Union Bank Company

Elliott Veenstra from Ohio Northern University


Westfield Bank

Logan Brady from Kent State University


Civista Bank

Marcella Wlodarsky from Bowling Green State University

Anthony Lambert from Kent State University

Jacob Thomas from University of Cincinnati


First Commonwealth Bank

Camron Dillard from Central State University


Dollar Bank

Amir-Joelle Wells from Otterbein University

Dar'Neja Skipper from Central State University



 Not pictured:

The Farmers and Merchants State Bank

Kristian Pace from Central State University

FC Bank

Winston Sawaneh from Ohio Domincan University

Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati

Adonay Kebede from University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash