Press Release

April 25, 2017 - First Columbia Bank Announces Danville Branch Manager

Bloomsburg, PA –  Kara Aurand joins the First Columbia Bank as Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager for their new community banking office in Danville slated to open in June 2017.

Kara has more than 30 years of banking experience, beginning her career at the former Commonwealth Bank in Danville where she grew her career from Administrative Assistant, to Teller, and then Customer Service Representative and Loan Officer. Prior to joining First Columbia Bank, she was the Assistant Branch Manager at FNB Bank, N.A. for nearly eight years. 


Lance Diehl, President & CEO, noted, “While we are very pleased with the construction of our new branch in Danville, we are even more pleased with the team of bankers who will work there. Kara’s extensive banking experience, her commitment to customer service, and her genuine affinity for this region, position her perfectly as we look to serve new and existing customers in the Danville area.”   

Aurand added, “I am delighted to join a community bank that is solely focused on the needs of our local individuals, families and businesses. I also very much look forward to being a part of the bank’s unparalleled efforts to support and give back to the communities it serves.”

Kara has two children, two grandchildren, and a rescued black lab. She and her husband enjoy antiquing and the quiet country life and live on a farm just outside of Danville.

First Columbia Bank & Trust Co. has been a local community bank for nearly 120 years. With nearly $674 million in assets as of December 31, 2016, First Columbia offers a full complement of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses throughout Columbia County and the surrounding area. The locally owned and managed bank operates thirteen branch offices in the communities of Benton, Berwick, Bloomsburg, Buckhorn, Catawissa, Elysburg, Lightstreet, Orangeville, Millville, and Scott Township, with its fourteenth branch to open in June 2017 in Danville, Montour County.