Chad A. Fett, CTFA, CFP® // President – Trust
Chad started his career with First State Bank and Trust in 1987 as a part-time teller and joined the Trust Department in 2001. He has held various positions throughout the organization over the years and is currently the President of the Trust Department. Chad graduated from Concordia University with a degree in Business Management and is a Certified Financial Planner® and a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. He serves on the Board of the Family Resource Center of the St. Croix Valley.
A lifelong resident of Hudson, he and his wife, Heidi, reside there will their three daughters. When not at the office, Chad enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Kathleen M. Elbert, CTFA, CFP®, AIF® // Senior Vice President – Trust
Kathy has been with the Trust Department of First State Bank and Trust since 1998, and has over thirty years of experience. She enjoys working on all aspects of the client relationship, including trust administration, investments and tax planning, and has been known to embrace change for the opportunities they present.
Kathy is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (B.A.Sc) in Mathematics.
Her professional designations include Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®) issued by the College for Financial Planning, Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP®) from the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation, Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) issued by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA) issued by the ABA Institute of Certified Bankers, and Accredited Fiduciary Investment Manager (AFIM®) and the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) issued by the Center for Fiduciary Standards.
Kathy is an active member of the Stillwater Noon Rotary. She lives near Hudson, WI with her husband and has two grown children.
Robert M. Gray, CTFA, CRPC® // Senior Vice President – Trust
Bob has been with the Trust Department since 2010, and has over thirty years of financial services experience. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and holds the professional designations of Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA) and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®).
Bob is an active participant and supporter of St. Croix area community, philanthropic and professional organizations. He is the Past President of the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club, Board Member of the Stillwater Area Community Foundation, Inaugural President of the Ponies Touchdown Club, Past President of the St. Croix Valley Athletic Association, participates in the STRIVE mentorship program, serves on several community and school district committees, and has been a volunteer coach for numerous youth football, baseball, and basketball teams.
Bob is an active skier, outdoor enthusiast, and loves to travel. He resides in Stillwater with his wife Kelly, and they have two grown sons.
Pamela A. Baker, CTFA, CPA // Vice President – Trust
Pam started her career in public accounting and moved into trust services in 2007. She joined the Trust department of First State Bank and Trust in 2015. With over thirty years of experience in financial services, Pam enjoys working with clients on financial planning, portfolio management, estate planning and the administration of estates and trusts.
Pam received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She holds the professional designations of Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA) and Certified Public Account (CPA).
Pam lives in Lake Elmo with her husband and two children. They are active members of the community and in their leisure time enjoy traveling and time spent on Lake Elmo lake. Pam serves as an active member and past president of the Lake Elmo Rotary Club and on the Stillwater Area ACT on Alzheimer’s Action Team.
Alex R. Zeien, CTFA, CFS®, AIFM® // Vice President - Trust
Alex Zeien graduated senior merit honors from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Management Emphasis, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He joined First State Bank and Trust in 2013 as a teller and was promoted to the Trust Services Department in 2016. Alex continues to further his education and has received the designations of Certified Trust Financial Advisor (CTFA), Certified Fund Specialist (CFS®), and Accredited Investment Fiduciary Management (AIFM®). He is currently a Vice President for the Trust Department where he provides administration on a number of accounts and is an active member of the department’s Investment Committee team.
Alex lives in Hudson and serves on the board of local foundations. When not in the office, Alex enjoys spending time with family and friends and kayaking on nearby lakes and rivers.
Katie A. Kranz, J.D., AEP® // Vice President - Trust
Katie received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2010 and her accreditation in estate planning (AEP®) in September of 2019. She worked as a trust and estates attorney for 8 years prior to joining the Trust Department in January 2020. As an attorney, Katie guided clients through the estate planning process and created documents that helped them preserve their assets and protect their families. As a Trust Officer, she assists clients with financial planning, portfolio management, investment analysis, estate planning, and trust administration.
Katie lives in Stillwater, MN with her husband and three children and currently serves as the Secretary for the Hudson Hospital Foundation and Board Chair for the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. She is also a member of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils as well as the local Twin Cities chapter. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching the Minnesota Twins.
Nichole A. Cherrier // Trust Officer
Nichole joined the Trust Services Department in 2017. She has her degree in Contemporary Business. Nichole continues to further her education and is currently pursuing her Certified Trust Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation. She is a member of the Stillwater Kiwanis Club and the Hudson Hospital Foundation Event Committee.
Nichole grew up in Stillwater and currently lives in New Richmond with her husband Aric and their two Boston Terriers. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with their five children and crafting.
Charley W. Clements, CTFA // Trust Officer
Charley is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where he studied Economics and Management. While in college, Charley spent two summers as an intern in the Trust Department at First State Bank and Trust. Since graduating, he has worked in the brokerage and fiduciary areas of the financial services industry and joined First State Bank and Trust as a Trust Officer in 2021. In addition to helping clients, Charley continues to grow his skillset and has earned the designation of Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA).
Charley grew up in Bayport, MN and currently lives in Minneapolis, MN. In his free time, he enjoys golf, music, running and biking. Charley is also a fan of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Karyn A. Kollitz, CPA, CDFA // Trust Officer
Karyn graduated from St. Olaf College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After working in health care for 5 years, she joined her father’s firm and has been a trusted CPA in the St. Croix Valley for over 20 years. She comes to the Trust Department with a wealth of knowledge in the tax preparation and tax planning realm. Karyn enjoys helping clients navigate the complex world of taxes and is looking forward to assisting the Trust Department clients with proactive tax planning.
Her professional designations include Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA). She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, MN Society of CPAs and the Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts.
Karyn lives in Hudson with her husband and has two grown children. She has been on the board of several area non-profits, including Let’s Go Fishing, Hudson Hockey Association and currently is the Treasurer of The Butterfly Path.
Trust Services Department Staff
Vital client services and account maintenance activities are handled by our knowledgeable Trust Services Department staff members.
Pictured above: Sue, Brian, Brenda, Laurie, Megan, Nichole, Tom, Kathy, Chad, Pam, Bob, Alex, Katie, Brenda, Mary Jo, Dick, Jamie, Summer, Stacy & Billy.
*Products are not a deposit or other obligation of, or guaranteed by, the bank or any of its affiliates. They are not insured by the FDIC/NCUSIF or any other agency of the United States, the bank, or any of its affiliates. There is investment risk including the possible loss of value.