Alice Golombesky came into the office seven weeks ago as a farm credit manager. She has five years of banking experience and will lead a team of three farm lending trainees with one to three years of experience. Everyone is expected to complete their studies by the end of this year.
“We are now in the process of rebuilding our relationship in Nobles County and five other counties (Cottonwood, Jackson, Lyon, Murray and Rock),” Golombesky said. For the past year and a half following the loss of the farm loan manager, the office has been sending all loan applications to neighboring counties for processing.
This will continue until the local team is ready to start working again.
“We try to get used to each workflow schedule, what everyone’s responsibilities are and how we can help each other,” said Golombesky, a 2011 Ellsworth High School graduate with a degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Engineering from South Dakota State University. from Brookings and an MBA from Dakota Wesley University in Mitchell, South Dakota.
Golombesky worked in Credit Analysis and Marketing at Peoples Bank in Clive, Iowa, before being hired as a loan officer at Farmers Trust & Savings Bank in Spencer, Iowa in 2017. She remained there until she switched to a new job at the FSA in July. and said she understands the financial side of her new role. She is currently studying FSA procedures and rules.
Agricultural Loans Officer Trainees Hannah Cockett and Lindsay Bents joined the Nobles County FSA immediately after graduating from college a year ago. Both have agricultural backgrounds and are in the process of completing modular training, as is Don Weseman, who has been with the FSA for three years.
“Dawn started out as a program technician, moved on to an analyst (role), and is now on an internship,” Golombesky said. “She’s very important in teaching everyone different forms and how we do things.”
After completing the training, all three will pass a comprehensive test to become eligible for a loan.
“While this is happening, they will be visiting farms, accepting loan applications and helping with loan servicing,” Golombesky said.
Raquel Stroot also serves as an analyst on the team. She joined the FSA in January after leaving an accounting position at POET in Ashton, Iowa.
“We are very excited now that people know that we have created our farm lending team to help farmers,” Golombesky said. “The second day when I worked here, the phone kept ringing, people wanted to fill out a loan application.”