ESL Federal Credit Union, Rochester, N.Y. announced the addition of John Cirella as business banking relationship manager. In his new position, Cirella will be responsible for identifying, developing and managing business banking relationships in the Greater Rochester area. He will also facilitate the full range of loan, deposit and other non-credit services to existing and prospective clients. Cirella previously managed a portfolio of diverse clients as a commercial loan officer for Northwest Savings Bank, where he specialized in developing commercial credit opportunities. He also worked at Five Star Bank in several capacities. including branch management and small business development. Cirella is a graduate of the University of Rochester, where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Lowell, Mass., announced that Kathleen Grieco, senior vice president and chief lending officer, will be retiring on Dec. 31. Grieco joined Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union in 1992 as the assistant vice president-mortgage lending. Throughout her tenure, she has overseen consumer and mortgage lending as well as collections. She has more than 30 years of financial management experience in the banking industry.
New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, Concord, N.H., recently appointed Julie Raposa as an interim director for the credit union. Raposa will fill the vacancy that was left after long-time NHFCU director, Edward McCann, retired from the board after 19 years. Raposa graduated in 1970 from Bridgewater State University with a bachelors’ in science and mathematics. She had previously worked for Citizens-Union Savings Bank in Fall River, now BayCoast Bank, in Massachusetts from 1977 until her retirement in 2006, most recently holding the position of senior vice president.
Sunmark Federal Credit Union, Latham, N.Y. has announced that Alissa Sykes was recently promoted from mortgage manager to director of mortgage lending. Sykes’ new responsibilities include providing leadership for and enhancing, developing, implementing and enforcing policies and procedures that improve overall operations and effectiveness of the mortgage and home equity departments. Sykes founded the Albany-based Credit Union Real Estate Network and involved in the credit union movement and is a volunteer in the local community. She serves on the advisory board to PHH Mortgage and has been a member of the Rensselaer County Housing Resources board for more than ten years, serving in various leadership positions.
Teachers Federal Credit Union, Hauppauge, N.Y., has named Lynne Viccaro O’Leary, vice president-marketing, responsible for creating the marketing strategies, concepts and ideas to produce successful outcomes for both current and future members. O’Leary will oversee and develop TFCU’s internal and external communications including social media, media relations, special events, advertising and public relations. She will also monitor trends and new developments in the regional financial marketplace. O’Leary earned a BA in English at Hofstra University. She is active in the Social Media Association of Long Island, Public Relations Professionals of Long Island and the Social Enterprise Alliance of Long Island.
Catholic Federal Credit Union, Saginaw, Mich., announced that Gina Kellogg has been promoted to vice president of human resources. Kellogg has over seven years of banking experience and over 20 years in the human resources field. She is a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor of science in business administration majoring in management and human resources. She has also been certified as a senior professional in human resources.
Community First Credit Union, Oshkosh, Wis., Megan Pruno has been promoted to vice president of finance. Sje will oversee financial reporting, budgeting and asset liability management. Pruno joined the credit union in September of 2008 and most recently held the position of assistant vice president of operations. In 2011 she received a master’s degree in business administration from UW-Oshkosh. Craig Gloudemans has been promoted to the position of accounting manager where he manages day-to-day accounting functions. Gloudemans began his career with Community First as a high school student at Community First’s Appleton West High School branch. During his college years, he worked in Community First’s accounting department and joined the credit full time upon graduation from UW-Platteville in 2005. Debra Fernau joins Community First as vice-president of operations overseeing ACH, checking, cash letter, deposit and member research functions of the credit union. Fernau brings more than 25-years of financial operations experience to the credit union.
Kellogg Community Federal Credit Union, Battle Creek, Mich., announced the recent hiring of Wendy Ballast as chief human resource officer. Ballast brings over 20 years of human resource experience to KCFCU. She has achieved her MBA from Western Michigan University, and her BS from Michigan State University. As KCFCU’s chief human resource officer, Ballast will be responsible for all aspects of human resources at KCFCU. including benefit design and administration, payroll, performance evaluation, and employee relations. Ballast will also recruit new hires and implement employee retention programs.
Wright-Patt Credit Union, Fairborn, Ohio announced the addition of Matthew Davidson as chief financial officer. Davidson joined the credit union in 2012 after serving as executive vice president at Kern Schools Federal Credit Union in Bakersfield, Calif. Davidson brings 25 years of executive financial management and operations experience to the credit union, including collaborative and consultative experiences with the NCUA and the California Department of Financial Institutions on asset programs, capital planning, enterprise risk management and financial analyses. Davidson was Superintendent of Credit Unions with the Ohio Department of Commerce, where he helped craft legislation and testified before congress. He also has held several president/CEO positions with both large-scale and small-scale credit unions throughout the United States.