Senior Fraud Investigator
2004 Owens Graduate
"I found out quickly, though, that the biggest advantage of attending Owens - besides the convenient class times and affordability - is the experience the instructors bring to the classroom."
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Like many students enrolled at Owens Community College, Christi Herder, a Senior Fraud Investigator at Sky Bank and 2004 Owens alumna, has been one very busy individual. Since 1996 when she first enrolled at Owens until only just recently, Christi successfully split her time serving as a full-time Fraud Investigator, a part-time Police Officer, a part-time student and a full-time mother.
Christi, a native of the McClure, Ohio area, graduated from Napoleon High School in 1987. Upon graduation, she embarked on a journey in the accounting field where she held a number of positions responsible for payroll and organizational finances.
In the early '90s, Christi decided she wanted to become a police officer and enrolled in a local (now defunct) academy. She graduated from the academy in 1995 and began working part-time as a police officer in Deshler, Ohio, while still working full-time in the accounting field. In 1996, Christi enrolled in Owens' Criminal Justice Program to gain more knowledge and experience in law enforcement.
"Obviously, because my work schedule was horrendous, I needed someplace that was very flexible," Christi said. "I attended Owens on a part-time basis for a number of years, so the evening courses were perfect for me."
She added, "I found out quickly, though, that the biggest advantage of attending Owens - besides the convenient class times and affordability - is the experience the instructors bring to the classroom. Many of them have real world experience and have actually lived it. That part was so beneficial. I don't think you get that at a lot of other colleges or universities."
In 1997, Christi was hired at Sky Bank as a full-time Fraud Investigator, where she was able to combine her two loves - law enforcement and accounting. Currently, as Senior Fraud Investigator, she serves in a supervisory role and is responsible for all types of fraud from counterfeit checks to forgeries to loan fraud at Sky Bank.
Christi graduated from Owens in 2004 with an associate degree in Criminal Justice and has since discontinued her work with the Deshler Police Department in an effort to focus solely on her children and her career with Sky Bank.
"I am so happy with where I'm at in my career," she said. "I enjoy doing investigations for the Bank and find it very interesting. No two days are ever alike."
A recent addition to the Owens Community College Alumni Association Board, Christi is also involved with the Aurora House Friends Committee and the Toledo chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).
Christi's hobbies include participating in a variety of outdoor sports, being involved in her children's sporting events and school activities, and bowling. She resides in Deshler, Ohio, with her significant other, Mike Wagner, and their three children, Matt (16), Taylor (14) and Natalie (7).
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