Leadership

Rooted in a Shared Local Vision

At Union State Bank of Atchison, we’ve always been about the people and the communities in which we operate. We believe financial decisions are best kept close to home, and what’s best for the community is at the heart of everything we do. Our leadership team demonstrates what these beliefs mean every day, across the little things and the big things. Take a moment to get to know our Union State Bank leadership – and know that you are always welcome to stop in and say hello at any of our locations.

Jeff Caudle, Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey Brockhoff, Chief Technology Officer
Jane Bruning, Chief Operations Officer and Cashier
Lennie Herman, Chief Lending Officer
Stacie Henry, Chief Finance Officer
HIllary Boye, General Counsel 
Alana Neale, Executive Vice President 



 

Meet Jeff Caudle, Union State Bank CEO 

Jeff began his career with Union State Bank in 1993, serving as one of five original staff members of the bank’s first branch in Atchison, Kan. He has held several positions through his 27-year tenure, including titles in commercial and real estate lending and supervision – as well as EVP and Chief Strategy Officer – prior to being named CEO in 2019. Across his Union State Bank career, Jeff has been an active participant as strategies were developed leading to significant asset growth for the bank. Mr. Caudle also serves as Vice President of the bank’s holding company, Everest Bancshares, Inc.

Jeff is a 1990 graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business–Accounting and Business Administration. He received his Executive MBA from Benedictine College in 1999.

Jeff’s hometown is Bendena, KS where he was raised alongside his two brothers on a diversified grain and livestock farm.  He enjoys partnering with his brothers and parents on family farm investments to this day. He demonstrates his commitment to the local community in many roles, including volunteer leadership, practicing and encouraging ‘local investing’, and making sure the bank’s staff is always keeping the community’s needs in mind.

Meet Jeffrey Brockhoff, Chief Technology Officer 
As Chief Technology Officer, Jeffrey leads the Union State Bank’s technology efforts to provide innovative bank services while protecting customer information.  Jeffrey has been with the bank since 1997 and has watched technology grow from debit cards and check imaging to real-time mobile banking and mobile deposit.  Union State Bank tries to combine the latest technology with personal service.  Jeffrey graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Agriculture.
 
 
Meet Jane Bruning, Chief Operations Officer and Cashier 

Jane Bruning serves as Chief Operations Officer and Cashier, and offices in the Everest, Kansas, location.  She started working for Union State Bank in June 1976. She and her husband, George, live outside of Everest and have 3 children, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They spend their spare time watching the grandchildren participate in activities, and race dirt track with a Pure Stock Ford.  (George, son Jacob and grandson Rex drive, Jane and company are the pit crew!)  Jane also serves on the Housing Authority of Everest and is active in the Everest Christian Church.

Jane has “I’ve been blessed to have some great mentors through the years, while working with a wonderful group of co-workers and for a very family-oriented management group here at Union State Bank.  It is amazing the transition of banking since I started….the changes in technology and products we have to offer!  We take pride in offering personalized service for any of our customers’ banking needs.  Each of our locations remain 'Rich in Community!'"  

 
Meet Lennie Herman, Chief Lending Officer
As Chief Lending Officer, Lennie Herman helps ensure the communities and surrounding area the bank serves have the necessary capital to help them grow. "We pride ourselves on giving quality service in each of our
communities. My role is to make sure we mitigate any unnecessary risk to protect our depositors and stockholders of the bank," says Lennie. 

Lennie comes to Union State Bank from Dighton, Kan., a small rural town in southwest Kansas. He grew up on a small farm, where his family raised wheat, milo and livestock. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Fort Hays State University. Lennie and his family reside in Smithville, Missouri, surrounded by 5 of his 6 children and 12 grandchildren.

He started his banking career in his home town, and spent 26 years with a family-owned and operated
bank, a one bank holding company with assets of $49 million. In 2008, he moved to Garden
City, Kansas, and spent the next 8 years working for Western State Bank another family-owned
community bank with assets of $480 million. Lennie served 8 years as Sr. Lending Officer, servicing Ag
and Commercial customers of various sizes. In November of 2016, he came to Union State Bank as Chief
Lending Officer for the Missouri branches. In August of 2017, Lennie was appointed Chief Lending Officer for
the Kansas and Missouri locations. 
 
Meet Stacie Henry, Chief Finance Officer

As Chief Finance Officer, Stacie Henry leads the Bank’s finance team and is responsible for the accounting and financial reporting functions of the Bank.

Stacie grew up on a farm in Nortonville, Kansas where her family has a corn and soybean farming operation. It was there that she found her love for riding and showing horses. She carried this love with her to college and joined the K-State Equestrian team, showing horses for the University while she was receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. She later went on to receive her Masters Degree in Business Administration from Northwest Missouri State University.

Stacie started her banking career working for one of the fifteen largest banks in the country in an urban market. After five years, she realized she missed her small town roots and chose to make the move to more personalized banking. She left that position as a senior accountant and moved into Community Banking. Stacie then worked for Bank of Weston for 6 years as the Senior Vice President of Finance. In October of 2018, Stacie had the exciting opportunity to join Union State Bank at their Atchison, Kan., location, in a market that is close to where she grew up.
Meet Hillary Boye, General Counsel 
As General Counsel, Hillary Boye enjoys being involved with the bank at the employee level, including serving as head of HR.  "I like being involved with the employees from the beginning of their time at USB, and I like getting to know the employees at other branches," she says. 

Hillary's hometown is Hiawatha, Kan., and she began her service with Union State Bank in 2014. She has extensive experience in banking, business and finance, including 15 years as an attorney. Hillary graduated from K-State University with her undergraduate degree, and Washburn University for her J.D. 

She lives in Hiawatha with her husband, Noel, and their three children. They enjoy a range of children's sports and activities.  
Meet Alana Neale, Executive Vice President 
Alana Neale is from Springfield, Mo., originally and moved to Parkville, Mo., in 2008. She has served Union State Bank since 2019, bringing 30 years of banking, business and finance experience. 

Alana previously served as CFO for USB in 2017 and recently rejoined USB as Executive Vice President in Spring of 2021, bringing 30 years of banking, business, and finance experience. She began her career as an FDIC Examiner after earning a B.S. in Accounting from MSU in Springfield, Mo. She also earned her CPA license.  

Alana's son, Alex, is a freshman business major at the University of Missouri, and her daughter, Megan, is a junior in high school and very involved in dance. (Which she says keeps her family very busy!)  

"I am very excited about my new position and to be back at USB and working with the team again," says Alana. "I am proud to work for an organization that is focused on the future and doing the right thing for the communities, customers and employees."