First Federal Lakewood Appoints Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper to Board of Directors


First Federal Lakewood, the largest independent depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio, today announced the appointment of Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper to its board of directors.

“Ellen brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, leadership development and organizational change management to the First Federal Lakewood board and her unique skill set comes at a pivotal time as we continue to explore growth opportunities,” said W. Charles (Chas) Geiger III, board chair of First Federal Lakewood. “In addition, her focus on community engagement and leadership is in direct line with our mission as a community bank.”

Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper, PhD, MBA, MBB
Burts-Cooper is a senior managing partner of Improve Consulting and Training Group, a firm that provides personal and professional development training, coaching and consultation. She is also a  member of the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in the Weatherhead Executive Education Program and The Institute for Management Studies. The author of several published books, Burts-Cooper has significant experience in the financial services industry. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Stillman College, a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.

First Federal Lakewood
First Federal Lakewood is the largest independent depositor-owned bank headquartered in Ohio with assets of $1.6 billion. With 18 full-service branch locations and 14 mortgage lending offices throughout Ohio, First Federal Lakewood provides deposit, lending, residential mortgage lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and businesses. Since 1935, First Federal Lakewood has been a stable community owned bank committed to deploying funds that foster local economic growth.