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The $790 million Charter Oak Federal Credit Union of Groton, Conn. announced it has promoted three employees to assistant vice president positions. All three have worked their way up through the organization after being hired on more than 25 years ago.
Waltnita Brown was named assistant vice president-electronic banking. Brown joined Charter Oak in September 1985. She has served as a teller, member service representative, branch supervisor, call center manager, research and development manager, data base analyst and most recently, electronic banking manager.
Victoria Damaschi was promoted to assistant vice president-programming. Damaschi joined Charter Oak in April 1986 and has filled the positions of teller, loan clerk, member service representative, training specialist and data base analyst.
Ann Stavrou was named assistant vice president-risk management. Stavrou was hired at Charter Oak in July 1986 and has been a teller, loan processor, collections clerk, member service representative, work leader, training coordinator, call center manager and most recently, risk management coordinator.
The $402 million Dover Federal Credit Union is proud to announce that Leslie Hazelton Odell has been hired as the Dover, Del.-based institution’s Residential Lending Coordinator. Odell comes from Citizens Bank, where she served as a banker 1, working with checking, savings, credit, and mortgage lending products. Odell has more than 18 years of experience in management of personnel and operations, with expertise in team building and cross-functional leadership. She holds an associate’s degree from St. Petersburg Junior College in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The $2.3 billion Affinity Federal Credit Union of Basking Ridge, N.J. announced Dr. Lauretta A. Farrell was hired as assistant vice president of external affairs and will also fill the role of executive director for the Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation. Farrell will be responsible for establishing goals, executing major initiatives, and directing long and short-term strategic plans with regard to legislative, regulatory, public policy, the Affinity PAC, community-centric financial literacy programs, and the philanthropy, community activism and scholarship programs that fall under the Affinity Federal Credit Union 501(c)(3) charity foundation.
The $1.3 billion Royal Credit Union of Eau Claire, Wis. has named Char Gurney vice president of business loans and services. Gurney will be responsible for working directly with businesses of the Chippewa Valley to provide financial assistance for growth and profitability. She comes to RCU from the West Central Regional Planning Commission where she most recently served as the economic development fund manager. Gurney received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin‐Eau Claire. She also holds the Economic Development Financial Professional certification from the National Development Council.
The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based CUSO Michigan Business Connection announced that Irina Petcu has joined the firm as a portfolio manager. Her prior experience includes four years at asset-based lender Greenfield Commerical Credit where she was a collateral and loan analyst and later operations manager.
David Roffman has joined the $1.6 billion, Fort Worth-based EECU as senior director of indirect lending, bringing more than 20 years of automotive finance experience to the financial institution. Roffman previously served the auto finance divisions for DaimlerChrysler Financial Services and Nissan Motor Acceptance. At EECU, he will oversee relationships and operations of the indirect lending department, which offers financing for purchase or lease of new and used automobiles, and maintains close relationships with auto dealers throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The $2 billion Texas Dow Employees Credit Union of Lake Jackson, Texas has announced the promotion of Rocky Vibrock to mortgage origination manager at its Victoria Navarro branch. Vibrock is an eight-year employee of TDECU and most recently served as the branch manager of TDECU’s Rio Grande branch. As TDECU’s new mortgage origination manager, Vibrock will be primarily responsible for managing all processes related to originating, verifying, compiling, completing, and documenting application information for mortgage loans.
The $1.7 billion Technology Credit Union of San Jose announced that Janikke Klem has joined its team as vice president of community relations. In this role, Klem will focus on continuing to develop relationships within the Bay Area for Tech CU’s community outreach program, and she will serve as the company’s government relations’ liaison. Klem comes to Tech CU from San Jose State University where she served as director of alumni engagement and director of development.
The $2.2 billion Redwood Credit Union of Santa Rosa, Calif. has promoted Cynthia Negri to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief lending officer. Negri will set strategic direction for all of RCU’s lending programs, including consumer, mortgage and business lending. This includes managing loan policies, processes, guidelines and underwriting standards, credit risk and financial assistance. She has been with RCU for more than 16 years, serving most recently as senior vice president of retail lending. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Finance from San Francisco State University.