Carissa Rodeheaver is president, chief executive officer (CEO) chairman of the board of First United Bank & Trust and First United Corporation, a $1.8 billion publicly traded financial holding company headquartered in Oakland, MD.
Rodeheaver is passionate about customizing financial solutions for customers throughout Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, having worked in the banking industry for more than 30 years. Her career in banking began in wealth management where she served as a trust administrator, sales officer and sales manager before she transitioned into bank finance where she served as the chief financial officer (CFO) before becoming CEO.
At the state level, Rodeheaver is a past chairman of the Maryland Bankers Association (MBA), where she continues to sit on the board of trustees. Rodeheaver is also a founding member of the MBA Council of Professional Women in Banking and Finance.
Nationally, Rodeheaver currently serves as a director and treasurer for the American Bankers Association (ABA) and is a member of the ABA Government Relations, Budget, Audit, Investment & Venture Investment Capital Committees and Voter Education Advisory Council. She has past involvement serving on the ABA Accounting Committee and is the past chairman of the ABA’s BankPac and Membership Committees.
In her local community of Oakland, Rodeheaver serves on boards and committees for the Garrett College Foundation, the Garrett Development Corporation the Garrett County Public Schools CTE Committee, the UPMC Western Maryland Health Systems and the Community Trust Foundation.
Rodeheaver is a certified public accountant, holding a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she graduated with honors. Throughout her career, Carissa has been publicly recognized by the Maryland Association of Public Accountants as a Woman to Watch and has been inducted into the Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame. Rodeheaver has also been recognized by The Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2020 and 2022, was The Daily Record’s 2022 Maryland Power 30 in Banking and Finance and was named to their 2022 list as a Most Admired CEO. Recently, Rodeheaver was named as co-recipient of the 2023 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Garrett College.
Under Rodeheaver’s leadership, First United Corporation has been recognized for multiple years by Women on Boards and Executive Alliance 20/20 Honor Roll for its gender diversity. Rodeheaver and the bank has also established the First United Community Dreams Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, which benefits the communities where the bank operates through grants, sponsorships and investments. The foundation primarily supports K-12 education, college, career and technical readiness and affordability, workforce sustainability and financial literacy/competency, housing stability and home ownership, small business financial guidance and more.