Meet The Team

Seasoned experts

Attentive service

Your business needs are our priority.

Whatever your Southeast Texas-based business requires, we work hard to find the right solutions and pair you with the right services. We take time to listen to your specific circumstances and understand your business because one-size-fits-all answers don't fit you.

Rely on Education First.

Trudy Johnson
VP of Business Lending

(409) 898-3770

Trudy Johnson brings 34 years of banking experience to Education First Federal Credit Union. Her expertise has been mainly in commercial/small business lending, but also includes branch management, operations, compliance conversion and documentation management.

Prior to joining EFFCU in 2015, Trudy worked as VP of Commercial Lending with a local financial institution. Her banking career began in Beaumont and continued on when she moved to Houston, Texas in 1983. She returned to Beaumont in 1999 and continues to help Small Business owners achieve their financial goals here at EFFCU.

During her career, Trudy has attended Texas Bankers Association Lending School, numerous professional conferences regarding best lending practices, including the 2015 & 2019 National Credit Union Business Services Conference.

In 2005 Trudy became a member of the Small Business Alliance Millionaire’s Club when she closed a loan that brought a new medical facility to Beaumont and 20 new jobs to the area.

Trudy is an active member of the local chamber of commerce, a 2002 graduate of Leadership Beaumont (serving as Chairman in 2010), and the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award in 2008.

Trudy serves on the Board of Directors for the Garth House, holding various positions, including President. She was appointed as a Child Advocate for CASA in the court of The Honorable Judge Larry Thorne, and served as Treasurer of the organization for four years. Here at EFFCU, Trudy supports our Volunteer Investment Program (VIP) program and enjoys volunteering with her co-workers for worthy civic causes.

Trudy has been married 37 years and is the proud parent of two children, two step-grandchildren, and two grand-dogs.


Amanda Ellis
Business Development Officer

(409) 896-8769

A native of East Texas, Amanda is no stranger to the financial services industry.  With over 25 years in banking, Amanda has served in almost every capacity – from the teller-line to lending to business and professional services.

She spent the last ten years working with clients in business and commercial services at a large community bank in Longview, Texas, before relocating to Beaumont in June 2020 and joining the Business Services team at Education First.

An active member of the community, Amanda is a member of Beaumont Rotary, the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, and the 2021 class of Leadership Beaumont. In her spare time, she enjoys running in 5k races and playing in softball tournaments in support of charitable organizations.  Amanda and her husband, Lin, are blessed with five children and one grandchild.