Credit Unions End 2017 With Hires, Recognitions
Credit unions kept busy until the close of 2017, with eight credit unions announcing new hires, promotions, donation efforts, staff and credit union accomplishments, and retirements.
Employees from the $7.6 billion Alaska USA Federal Credit Union in Anchorage, Alaska donated $50,000 to United Way. The credit union partnered with United Way to solicit donations from employees through several fundraising events. Events included Jeans Day for United Way, which allowed employees to wear jeans to work in exchange for a donation; Coffee for a Cause, in which Alaska USA executives served coffee and donuts to employees; Giving for Goodies, an employee bake sale; and Donate for Days Off.
Jeff Wright, senior loan officer at the $1.3 billion Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union in Lowell, Mass., was recently recognized by MassHousing for his hard work in guiding and educating borrowers who used the MassHousing program through Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union in fiscal year 2017. MassHousing works with more than 150 financial partners in Massachusetts to provide affordable homeownership opportunities to thousands of families each year. The agency lends funds to low and moderate-income homebuyers, and developers who build affordable rental housing.
The $1.1 billion Interra Credit Union based in Goshen, Ind., promoted SVP Duane Wilcoxson to chief information officer. In addition to his responsibilities as SVP, Wilcoxson will lead the development of Interra’s branch operations, e-services, information technology and project management teams. He joined Interra in November 2016 as SVP of technology. Wilcoxson has more than 19 years in the technology industry, serving in the credit union industry for the past 14 years.
The $91 million Hopewell Federal Credit Union based in Heath, Ohio, expanded its team with two new employees.
Tim Gearry was hired as a teller. Gearry, a resident of Johnstown, Ohio, brings financial experience to the team. He is a 2014 graduate of Northridge High School and is currently pursuing a degree in accounting and finance from Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio.
Renee Stewart (pictured) was hired as a teller. Stewart also brings financial experience to the team. She previously served as a customer service representative for a savings and loan organization. In 2002, Stewart graduated from Granville High School in Granville, Ohio.
Becky Howell, MedPro Division CEO of the $83 million Ohio HealthCare Federal Credit Union in Dublin, Ohio, is retiring. Howell was the president/CEO of MedPro Federal Credit Union when it partnered with Ohio HealthCare in 2013. Howell has been employed in the credit union movement for 38 years, serving as MedPro’s CEO for more than 33 years. Through her credit union tenure, Howell devoted time to mentoring and training smaller credit unions with employee training, policy development and management mentoring.
The $3.4 billion Veridian Credit Union in Waterloo, Iowa, promoted two employees.
Staci McConville was promoted to team leader in the member contact center. McConville, a resident of Waterloo, has worked at Veridian for four years. She was previously a learning and development specialist. McConville has a degree in human services from the University of Northern Iowa.
Alan Stalnaker was promoted to manager of the member contact center. Stalnaker, a resident of Cedar Falls, has worked at Veridian for 11 years. He previously served as the Martin Plaza branch manager. Stalnaker has a degree in French from the University of Northern Iowa. He is a member of the Cedar Falls Parks and Recreation Commission and treasurer for Cedar Heights Parents and Teachers United.
The $477 million PrimeWay Federal Credit Union in Houston named Bob Morgan chief information officer. Morgan is charged with leading the organization’s technology and security strategies. Prior to joining PrimeWay, Morgan served as director of business application support with Alert Logic. He led a team responsible for both development and support initiatives for multiple business applications.
Team members from the $2.1 billion Chartway Federal Credit Union in Virginia Beach, Va., created colorful collection boxes for each of its departments and branches in Virginia, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Florida, Texas and Utah. Through these efforts, the credit union was able to collect 2,128 toys to support the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. The organization’s charitable arm, The We Promise Foundation, also raised approximately $1 million this year through various fundraisers. The proceeds will provide life-changing experiences that bring joy, hope and smiles to children facing medical hardship or illness.
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