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Carissa Rodeheaver


  • Chairman, President and CEO
  • First United Bank & Trust
  • Oakland, MD

Carissa Rodeheaver is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer for First United Bank & Trust and First United Corporation, a $1.8 billion publicly traded bank holding company headquartered in Oakland, Maryland and operating 27 branch offices and a $1.4 billion wealth department. Carissa is passionate about customizing financial solutions for customers throughout Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, having worked in the banking industry for over 30 years. Her career in banking began in wealth management where she obtained her Certified Financial Planner license and served as a Trust Administrator, Sales Officer and Sales Manager before she transitioned into bank finance where she served as Chief Financial Officer before becoming CEO. She is an avid supporter of the financial industry through her involvement as past Chairman for the Maryland Bankers Association, Director for the Maryland Bankers Association and Treasurer for the American Bankers Association, Chairman for the American Bankers Association BankPac and Membership Committees, member of the American Bankers Association Government Relations Committee and Voter Education Advisory Council,  past member of the American Bankers Association Accounting Committee and founding member of the Maryland Bankers Association Council for Professional Women in Banking and Finance.

Locally, Carissa currently serves on boards and committees for the Garrett College Foundation, the Garrett Development Corporation, UPMC Western Maryland Health Systems, the Community Trust Foundation and the Garrett County Public Schools CTE Committee.

Carissa is a certified public accountant with a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland at College Park where she graduated with honors. During her career, Carissa has been publicly recognized by the Maryland Association of Public Accountants as a Woman to Watch, was inducted into the Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame, was recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record in 2020 and 2022 and their 2022 Maryland Power 30 in Banking and Finance.  Under her 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 and has established a charitable foundation to benefit the communities where the bank operates.

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