Cathy Leist

Personal Trust Officer

Cathy joined First Merchants in September 1990 as an Administrative Assistant, followed by a promotion to Executive Administrative Assistant, with supervisory responsibilities. In 2002, Cathy was promoted to Trust Administrator, managing a number of trust accounts. In 2004, she was promoted to Assistant Vice President and Personal Trust Officer and in 2006 to Vice President. She currently holds the position of Secretary to the Trust Oversight Committee.


Cathy completed the three-year Cannon Financial Trust School in 2006. She has completed several AIB courses, several college courses and the Manager Certification Program within First Merchants Corporation. She completed the Academy for Community Leadership in 2009.


She is a member of the East Central Indiana Estate Planning Council, past President of Cancer Services of East Central Indiana -Little Red Door, Morrison Woods Senior Advisory Board member as well as a member of the Exchange Club of Muncie. She is the current President of her homeowners’ association. Cathy is involved with various community activities and fundraisers.

Call Cathy at 765.747.1547 or email her at

Cathy Leist
Personal Trust Officer

Estate Planning 


Office: 765.747.1547
Fax: 765.747.1533

200 E. Jackson St.
Muncie, IN 47305