Heritage Bank is State chartered and opened in 2003. The Bank has one location located at 3024 SW Wanamaker Road in Topeka, Kansas. We offer a full array of Bank services and desire to be a premier community bank striving to build long-term relationships with both individuals and small businesses, primarily in Shawnee County. These long-term relationships are based on mutual trust and our expertise and accountability which will allow our customers and community to prosper.
Mission and Values
Our Shared Mission
Heritage Bank desires to be the premier community bank for both individuals and businesses in Shawnee County by striving to build long-term relationships based on trust, expertise and accountability and by helping our customers and community prosper.
Our Shared Values
- Be Engaged
- Be Real
- Be Bold
We feel the same way as M & T Bank banker, Robert G. Wilmers (1934-2017) --
"We believe deeply in the idea that a bank run the right way can make a community a better place to live. We believe that if the community succeeds, we will succeed along with it."
Meet Our Team
President / CEO
Ernie has been in banking for over 40 years. The expertise he brings compliments the community bank approach of Heritage Bank. He is a loyal fan and alumni of Kansas State University.
Ernie is known for his community involvement and personal service. He likes to attend area High School Sports events and Arts/Cultural events. When not at work, he can be found golfing, gardening or biking.
Executive Vice President / CCO
Dave is a native Kansan with over 40 years of banking experience. He enjoys the approach to banking that a community bank offers.
A resident of Topeka for over 8 years, he enjoys the diverse culture of the city. In his free time he enjoys running. He has two children and one granddaughter.
Vice President / Business Development
Born and raised in Seneca, Kansas, Barb moved to Topeka in 1975 and has been in banking world ever since. Barb enjoys working with people and helping them with their banking needs. Barb has raised four boys in the Topeka community and is blessed with four grandchildren. Barb loves the outdoors, walking, working in the yard and playing with the grandchildren.
Vice President / Retail Banking & Cashier
A Hutchinson, Kansas native, Nicole began her banking career in 1999 and has recently moved to the Topeka area to further her career. Nicole is passionate about delivering high-level customer service as well as building relationships with her clients. She is dedicated to training and mentoring her team members to achieve their professional goals. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and is an avid fan of KU basketball and KC Royals baseball. Nicole resides in Lawrence with her family.
Vice President / Lending
Ben, a Kansas native, is a 2010 graduate from Kansas State University with six years of bank experience. He has a major in Finance and a minor in Economics. In his spare time, Ben enjoys attending K-State sporting events, reffing Upward Basketball and golfing.
AVP of Operations/IT
Kathy has nine years of bank experience, with four years at Heritage Bank. In her free time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her grandson, gardening and playing with her dogs.
Retail Operations Officer
Katie was born in Washington State, but was raised in Osage City, Kansas. She began her career in banking in October 2009 and came to Heritage Bank in 2015 as a Personal Banker. She takes pride in providing top-notch service to her customers. Outside of the bank, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and son and is a University of Kansas Jayhawks fan. She likes to spend time on the beautiful lakes and rivers of Kansas, fishing and being outdoors as much as possible.
Scott Cromer recently joined our Lending Department as the credit analyst. Cromer graduated K-State in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics. In his free time he enjoys water skiing, camping, and reading.
Loan Administration Assistant
A 20-year banker, Yolanda came to Heritage Bank in 2018. She brings a wide variety of knowledge in all aspects of banking and is utilizing her skills as a Loan Administration Assistant. You can find her in the lobby, where she will capably assist you with any of your banking needs.
Loan Administration Assistant
Delanie began working as a Personal Banker with Heritage Bank in September, 2017 and enjoys assisting customers in all areas of retail banking. You can find her in the teller window and new accounts desk. Delanie is currently pursuing her Accounting degree from Washburn University.
Andi, a native of Stockton, Kansas, graduated from the University of Kansas in 1981 with a degree in Elementary Education. She has many years of experience in banking, teaching, and retail management. Andi has three sons and an energetic young grandson and in her spare time enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Dee grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas and attended Kansas State University. She enjoys cheering on her favorite college sports team – the K-State Wildcats! Her hobbies include knitting, cooking, and flower gardening.
Kaitlyn Lesperance has been added to our team of Personal Bankers. She is committed to above and beyond customer service. Her primary duties include opening new accounts, providing customer assistance in all banking services.
Kaitlyn is a Topeka, KS native, who enjoys playing with her son, ice skating, reading and listening to podcasts. We welcome you anytime to drop in and meet our newest Brilliant Banker.
Kaden Harms has been added to our team of Personal Bankers. Harms recently graduated from Washburn Rural High School and will be attending Washburn University, majoring in accounting. Harms is also a member of Doxazo in the Topeka community.
Dr. JuliAnn Mazachek Chairperson
Juli is Vice President of Academic Affairs at Washburn University where she has served since 2002. She previously held posts as President/CEO of Washburn University Foundation, dean of the School of Business at Washburn University and as associate professor of accounting. She was drawn to Washburn because of the match between her and the University’s commitment to high-quality teaching. She was recognized with the Ned Fleming Excellence in Teaching award while a professor.
Juli earned a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management with an emphasis in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1984, an MBA from the University of Kansas in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Kansas in 1993. Juli currently serves on the Board of Directors of St. Francis Health Center in Topeka, Kansas, the Kansas Hospital Association, Junior Achievement of Kansas, and the Kansas District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
Juli, and her husband Dr. Keith Mazachek, director of the engineering transfer program at Washburn University, have been married 30 years and have three children.
Carol worked in various banking positions for 21 years; Trust Investments, Correspondent Banking, Commercial Lending and Cash Management ending her working career as a Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking. She is one of the founding Board of Directors of Heritage Bank, 2004 to present.
Carol was born in St. Louis and grew up in Emporia. She holds her undergraduate degree from Emporia State University majoring in Business (computer science) and Economics, She earned an MBA from University of Kansas.
She is also currently the Recording Secretary of the Board of Directors, Topeka Country Club.
Her husband, Ken, retired from ownership of a commercial general construction company and a masonry company. They belong to Christ the King Church. The Pecis’ have two grown children.
B. Kent Garlinghouse
Kent was born in New York City and grew up in St. Louis. He graduated from Wesleyan University (Connecticut), and received an M.B.A. from Harvard.
Kent is Chairman of M-C Industries, Inc. (Polo Custom Products), a Topeka-based manufacturer with plants in Iowa and Mississippi and production in Asia.
Kent and his wife founded Topeka Collegiate School (K through 8th grade) in 1982; at the time it was only the second independent school in Kansas.
He has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and chaired Topeka Collegiate School, Heritage Bank, St. Francis Health Center, and Children’s Discovery Center. He has served on the Boards of Washburn University Endowment Association and Topeka Community Foundation.
Kent and his wife, Susan, live in Topeka, Kansas. They have five children and 12 grandchildren.
Margaret S. La Rue
Margaret is a community volunteer and a Director of her family's business, Salisbury Supply Co. Inc., a distributor of construction and industrial supplies. Previously, she was a Vice President with Capitol Federal Savings in Topeka. During her tenure she served in the areas of Retail Banking and Residential Mortgage Lending.
Margaret holds a B. S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas.
A life-long resident of the Topeka area, Margaret has volunteered for over 15 years for the Kansas Children’s Service League currently serving as Vice Chairman, she’s a Kansas Children’s Service League Foundation Trustee and the Fund Development Chairman, also an Episcopal Diocese of Kansas Trustee and the Finance Committee Chairman, while serving the Topeka West High School PTO/Booster Club as Treasurer.
Margaret is a founding member of The Women’s Fund and a sustaining member of The Junior League of Topeka.
She and her husband, Tighe, have two children.
Brett is the Vice President of Operations at Midwest Health in Topeka. He graduated from the University of Kansas. He has been a Topeka resident his entire life.
Brett is involved in many community organizations including Chamber of Commerce, Topeka Community Foundation, 20/30 Club and Visit Topeka.
Lee is the Vice President of Senior Living at Midwest Health in Topeka. He graduated from Washburn University. He has lived in and around Topeka for his entire life.
Lee is involved in many community organizations including Junior Achievement, Heart Association, Arthritis Foundation, Kidney Foundation, 20/30 Club and local hospital charities.
Dave Sandir grew up in Kansas, having attended Shawnee Mission West schools and furthering his education at KU, graduating with a BSB in Business Management and minors in Marketing and International Management. At an early age Dave developed a passion for business, joining Commercial Group in 1999. He rose quickly to senior executive staff, eventually purchasing the Company. In his role as President and CEO, Dave supervises all new development and acquisition projects as well as overseeing over 50 properties and assets of over $150 million dollars in Commercial Management’s current portfolio. He collaborates with partnerships that require him to work directly with government officials, attorneys and syndicators. Dave is often sought out for his strategic planning and entrepreneurial expertise.
Dave & his wife, Panna, reside in Topeka and stay very busy keeping up with their two boys and their many activities.
J.D. Lakhani is a long time Topeka resident having moved here from India. He has been instrumental in the development of many commercial properties in and around Topeka as well as being the founder of Commercial Group, a development company providing low income housing in many states throughout America. Even though he officially “retired” at age 80, that hasn’t slowed J.D. down any. He serves in an advisory capacity to many Topeka businesses and volunteers his time as a mentor through the local chapter of the nationwide non-profit organization, SCORE, dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship .
JD and his wife, Kusum, are the proud parents of two daughters, Priti and Purvi. They love to travel and cherish the time they spend with their grandson Paul.