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Meet our Team of Professionals

Brian C. Wright, JD Vice President - Trust Officer
Kathleen Lamonica Krochock, JD Vice President - Trust Officer
Jennifer A. Johnson, JD Vice President - Trust Officer
Ann M Neumann, JD Vice President - Trust Officer
Lori A. Duffy Executive Administrative Assistant
Joy D. Gradert Trust Administrator
Nancy Rice Trust Administrative Assistant
Maritza Gonzalez Trust Administrative Assistant
Amy Thorpe Trust Administrative Assistant

 

Team Profiles

 

Brian C. Wright, JD

Vice President - Trust Officer

(309) 732-5110

 bwright@ambankqc.com

 

Brian C. Wright JD, serves as Vice President & Trust Officer for American Bank & Trust.  He is responsible for assisting clients with the planning and administration of investment agencies, philanthropic gifts, personal trusts, estates, conservatorships and guardianships.  Brian has 25 years of experience in financial, charitable and estate planning.  He formerly served as Director of Planned Giving for Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and as Director of Planned and Major Gifts at Des Moines University.  Brian currently serves on the Board of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa Foundation and the Illowa Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.  He is a two time graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.A. and a J.D. from the College of Law.

 


 

Kathleen Lamonica Krochock, JD

Vice President - Trust Officer

(630) 444-2939

kkrochock@ambankqc.com

 

Kathleen Lamonica Krochock, JD, is Vice President and Trust Officer for American Bank and Trust Company, N.A. in St. Charles, Illinois. Kathy is responsible for the administration of trusts, estates, guardianships, IRAs and investment agency relationships.  She has been advising clients and their families in Chicago and the collar counties in financial, retirement and estate planning matters since 1984. She formerly served as a senior fiduciary administrator for First Chicago, Merrill Lynch Trust Company and the Trust Company of Illinois.  Kathy has also served as an expert witness in civil matters regarding fiduciary responsibilities.  She is a graduate of Bradley University with a B.S. in accounting and The John Marshall Law School with a Juris Doctorate.  Kathy is an active member of the Kane and DuPage County and Illinois Bar Associations, and several local Estate Planning Councils.

 


 

Jennifer A. Johnson, JD

Vice President - Trust Officer

(630) 444-2944

jjohnson@ambankqc.com

 

Jennifer A. Johnson, JD, is Vice President and Trust Officer for American Bank and Trust Company, N.A. in St. Charles, Illinois. Jennifer concentrates on the administration of traditional trusts, estates, guardianships, IRAs, and all types of special needs trusts. Jennifer also administers the Life With Dignity OBRA ’93 Pooled Trust, a pooled trust for the benefit of disabled children and adults. Prior to joining American Bank and Trust, Jennifer worked as a legal services attorney focusing on seniors and individuals receiving public benefits of all types, and in private practice assisting clients with their estate planning and closely held business planning. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.A. in English and Philosophy, University of Illinois with a M.A. in Comparative Literature, and Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctorate. Jennifer is an active member of the Kane and DuPage County and Illinois Bar Associations, is a coordinator of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 2451, and an enthusiastic Girl Scout leader.

 


  

Ann M. Neumann, JD

Vice President – Trust Officer

(309)732-5045

aneumann@ambankqc.com

 

Ann M. Neumann, JD, serves as Vice President and Trust Officer for American Bank and Trust Company, N.A.  She is responsible for the administration of trusts, estates, guardianships, IRAs and investment agency relationships.  Ann has been advising clients and their families in the Quad Cities with financial, retirement and estate planning matters since 1997.  She spent several years in the private practice of law advising clients on estate planning, long term care planning and real estate.  Ann then served as a financial advisor with Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. where she obtained her Series 7 investment license and was responsible for the investment and portfolio management of individual clients.  Ann is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a B.A. in Political Science and Valparaiso University with a Juris Doctorate.  Ann serves as President of Northside Elementary School PTA and as a Trustee at Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo, IL.  Ann has served as Vice President and Financial Officer for the Junior League of the Quad Cities, and was named Member of the Year in 2004.

 


 

Lori A. Duffy

Executive Administrative Assistant

(309) 732-5042

 lduffy@ambankqc.com

 

Lori A. Duffy is the Executive Administrative Assistant at American Bank and Trust Company. She serves as the principal internal and external liaison for the Executive Vice President and Trust Manager. She has over 20 years of experience working with trusts and estates. Lori graduated from Kirkwood College and has taken many courses over the years, keeping current on trust issues. She previously worked for First National Bank of the Quad Cities, now known as Wells Fargo Bank – Quad Cities. She is a member of The Women's Connection.

 


 

  

Joy D. Gradert

Trust Administrator

(309) 732-5031

jgradert@ambankqc.com

 

Joy D. Gradert is a Trust Administrator specializing in estate administration at American Bank and Trust Company. Joy attended the University of Illinois and has over 20 years experience working with trusts and estates. She previously worked for Nash, Nash, Bean & Ford and John W. Sandholm and Robert G. Alvine, Attorneys At Law. She currently serves as Andover Township Clerk in Henry County and is an active member of the Osco Community Church, Illinois State Stock Horse Association, and the Tri-City Trailriders.

 


 

 

Nancy Rice

Trust Administrative Assistant

(630) 444-8005

nrice@ambankqc.com

 

Nancy Rice is a Trust Administrative Assistant and focuses on estate, guardianship and trust administration.  For the past 28 years, she has been a Legal Assistant to transactional attorneys in the areas of estate planning, probate, corporate law and real estate.  Nancy’s specific duties have included administration of decedent’s estates, guardianships and trusts, document preparation, accounting and fiduciary tax processing.  She has worked extensively with both individual and corporate fiduciaries.

 


 

Maritza Gonzalez

Trust Administrative Assistant

(630) 444-2938

mgonzalez@ambankqc.com

 

Maritza Gonzalez is a Trust Administrative Assistant, and works with both administration and operations in the trust department.  Maritza is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.A. in Political Science and emphasis in Public Administration and Economics.  She has previous experience with State Bank of Illinois and Prairie State Legal Services.

 


 

Amy Thorpe

Trust Administrative Assistant

(309) 732-5315

athorpe@ambankqc.com

 

Amy Thorpe is a Trust Administrative Assistant at American Bank and Trust.  Amy has attended Blackhawk College and has more than ten years of banking and processing experience.  She previously worked for BankORION.  She serves on committees for the Make-A-Wish and Walk for Wishes, and is an active volunteer for Make-A-Wish, Junior Achievement, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters.