Strongsville Branch


Strongsville Branch

14047 Pearl Road, Strongsville, OH 44136
(440) 572-6080

  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed
Headshot of Michelle Cabassa
Michelle Cabassa
Branch Manager
Michelle Cabassa | Branch Manager

NMLS# 712860
Phone: (330) 273-3511

Michelle Cabassa began her career with First Federal Lakewood in 2002 as a teller and has held positions of increasing responsibility. Today, she serves as Branch Manager for three branch offices—Brunswick, Strongsville and North Royalton. In this role, Michelle is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all three locations, ensuring each branch office provides customers with the highest level of service. She is adept at educating customers on personal and business accounts and all the services associated with them, as well as home equity lines of credit. Michelle is a past recipient of First Federal Lakewood Employee of the Month and Employee of the Year awards, as well as the Essential Piece Award, Investment Services, which recognizes employees who gain the most referrals companywide. Michelle is a graduate of the First Federal Lakewood Retail Management Trainee Program and is a member/volunteer for the Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce, Strongsville Area Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement. She also serves on the American Red Cross blood drive committee.
Headshot of Culley Emerson
Culley Emerson
Assistant Branch Manager
Culley Emerson | Assistant Branch Manager

NMLS# 1130683
Phone: (440) 582-2010

Headshot of Brandi Pogue
Brandi Pogue
Sales Manager
Brandi Pogue | Sales Manager

NMLS# 531900
Phone: (216) 239-5846

Brandi Pogue has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. As Sales Manager, Brandi specializes in helping Ohio residents achieve their personal and financial goals. Brandi is highly experienced in home equity loans and lines of credit, auto and marine loans, small business lending, consumer and small business checking, and savings and retirement accounts. Prior to joining First Federal Lakewood in 2015, she was a Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President for six years and a Branch Manager for 10 years with two large regional banks. During her career, she has spent multiple years in the $1 million loan club and has been recognized for exemplary customer service. Brandi is involved in the Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce, the Medina Chamber of Commerce and North Royalton Chamber of Commerce and served as past president, vice president and board member of the Medina County Young Professional Association from 2007 to 2013.
Headshot of Scott Merdes
Scott Merdes
Mortgage Loan Originator
Scott Merdes | Mortgage Loan Originator

NMLS# 712890
Phone: (216) 239-5812
Cell Phone:(440) 915-1613
Fax: (216) 452-4632

Scott Merdes joined First Federal Lakewood in 2008 and serves as a Mortgage Loan Originator. For more than 18 years in the mortgage lending industry, he has been helping families realize the dream of home ownership. Scott works with each customer to ensure they can make the most informed mortgage decision possible and choose the right product for their situation. His success has been built through referrals, one happy customer at a time. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Toledo. In addition to being an affiliate member of the Cleveland Area Board of Realtors, he has conducted several realtor education classes at Hondros College and implemented training classes for loan officers.

“Biggest factor in my decision to go with First Federal Lakewood really was your agent: Scott Merdes --very easy to deal with --details were made clear --communication was ongoing --process was as simple as possible. Would definitely recommend First Federal Lakewood and Scott Merdes to anyone in need of mortgage services.”
-Bob & Sara H.
Headshot of Nina Salsgiver
Nina Salsgiver
Financial Counselor
Nina Salsgiver | Financial Counselor

NMLS# 1118356
Phone: (216) 475-5200

Young woman counting banknotes after withdrawing cash from an ATM

Find a Location or
ATM Near You