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Muncie Banker Completes American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School

Published Monday, July 29, 2013 by Jaime Faulkner, Communications Coordinator

Tina Rabel, Business Banking Officer, MutualBank recently graduated from the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking in Philadelphia.

“Stonier has given me an excellent education as well as the chance to build relationships and exchange information and ideas with my peers,” said Rabel. 

Stonier is ABA’s national graduate school of banking, an intensive three-year program for bank executives.  Students are from the United States and international banks of all sizes, as well as state and federal regulatory agencies and other financial services organizations. This is the school’s 78th year, and it was held June 6 - 13, 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Rabel is a key member of MutualBank and her training at Stonier will help us identify the challenges our community faces and create permanent solutions,” said Pat Botts, COO and President of MutualBank.

Since its inception in 1935, more than 20,000 students have followed a curriculum of more than 45 courses and enjoyed networking opportunities with more than 500 fellow students. Between sessions, students keep up with trends by completing additional extension and online coursework. The program culminates with the Capstone Strategic Project, where students develop comprehensive business projects for their financial institutions.

A part of the MutualBank family for five years, Rabel has been in the banking industry for nearly 15 years. She spends time volunteering for the Muncie Community Schools, Project Leadership, SCORE, and Halteman Swim Club. Rabel is married with two daughters and resides in Muncie.

MutualFirst Financial, Inc. is the parent company of MutualBank, an Indiana-based financial institution. The company has thirty-one full-service retail financial centers in Delaware, Elkhart, Grant, Kosciusko, Randolph, St. Joseph and Wabash Counties in Indiana.  MutualBank also has two offices located in Carmel and Crawfordsville, Indiana specializing in wealth management and trust services and a loan origination office in New Buffalo, Michigan.  MutualBank is a leading mortgage lender in each of the market areas it serves, and provides a full range of financial services including business banking, wealth management, trust services, investments and internet banking services.  The Company’s stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol “MFSF” and can be found on the internet at


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Recently however, there has been an increase of social media account take overs by cybercriminals. As stated in the media, one contributing factor in some of the social media account takeovers has been the use of weak passwords.

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A popular and convenient two-factor authentication method is using a combination of both an online password and a text message verification sent to your phone. Enabling this type of authentication typically follows this process:

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This may seem like overkill, but enabling this two-factor authentication will drastically decrease the chances of your social accounts being hacked. And actually, the process of setting up and using this authentication is pretty simple and convenient.


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