Officers & Directors Message

First Independence Bank opened its doors on May 11, 1970. We have served the banking needs of the Detroit Metropolitan area for over 48 years. Our culture focuses on friendly and personal service to individuals and businesses by providing innovative financial products while remaining committed to improving economic conditions within the diverse communities served. This business approach allows the bank to develop long-term partnerships with our customers. We’re an equal opportunity employer with 80 full-time employees, 3 convenient branch locations and over $287 million in Total Assets as of December 31, 2017.


Bank Officers:

  • Kenneth Kelly, CEO & Chairman
  • Elizabeth Zuchelkowski, VP, Chief Financial Officer
  • Alberta Pearson, VP, Corporate Secretary
  • Gerald Wasen, VP, Chief Credit Officer
  • Mark Sebastian, VP, Compliance
  • Cathy Ballard, VP, IT and Bank Operations Manager

Board of Directors First Independence Bank & First Independence Corporation:

  • Kenneth Kelly – Chairman
  • Alan Young
  • Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony
  • William Phillips
  • Linda Forte
  • Dr. Tonya Matthews
  • Dr. Phares Noel
  • Earl Newsome
  • Derron Sanders
  • Pat O’Keefe