People in the News - Sept. 23, 2013
The $1 billion Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union in Lowell Mass. announced that Anne-Marie Bisson, vice president-financial education, and Mariann O’Brien, assistant vice president-branch operations, were named 2013 Credit Union Heroes by Banker & Tradesman, a weekly publication that provides Massachusetts financial services and real estate news. The Credit Union Heroes award celebrates individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry and the community. Bisson was cited for financial education and her work in founding and operating Catie’s Closet, a nonprofit initiative that provides clothing and other necessities for children and teens struggling with homelessness and poverty. O’Brien’s nomination noted her her work as a director of Budget Buddies, a nonprofit organization that improves the financial literacy of low-income women, and her work on Lowell’s Acre Committee To Improve Our Neighborhood. The two women received their awards during a September 12th ceremony at the Omni Parker House in Boston.
Other winners included Ingrid Adade, financial education officer, at the $607 million Leominster Credit Union in Leominster, Mass.; Robin Burns, corporate trainer, at the $465 million Sharon Credit Union of Sharon, Mass.; Catherine Goodall, vice president, controller, and Herb White, assistant vice president, business development, at the $979 million Workers’ Credit Union of Fitchburg, Mass.; Debra Hayward, vice president of lending, at the $45 million Pioneer Valley Federal Credit Union of Springfield, Mass.; David A. L’Ecuyer, president/CEO, at the $376 million Central One Federal Credit Union of Worcester, Mass.; Michael Maestri, consumer loan manager, and Saritin Rizzuto, community relations and business development officer, at the $1.2 billion Metro Credit Union of Chelsea, Mass.; Jon Reske, vice president of marketing and member outreach at the $377 million UMassFive College Federal Credit Union of Hadley, Mass.; and Ray Wrobel, vice president, business development, at the $547 million Align Credit Union of Lowell, Mass.
Leominster Credit Union announced it has hired Craig Madonia as senior vice president of lending. Madonia will oversee all commercial, consumer, indirect and real estate lending, as well as collections and loan servicing. He fills the position vacated by John O’Brien, who was recently appointed president/CEO. Madonia was previously with the $376 million Central One Credit Union in Shrewsbury, Mass. where he was responsible for overseeing the lending functions including commercial, mortgage and consumer lending programs as well as collections. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Fitchburg State University.
The $560 million LAFCU in Lansing, Mich., recently promoted Patrick Spyke to the newly created position of executive vice president. In his new position, Spyke will oversee the operations, lending, marketing and facilities departments. Spyke has 22 years of credit union experience and most recently served as LAFCU’s senior vice president–marketing. Spyke joined LAFCU’s lending department in 1992 and has worked in branch management, regulatory compliance and government relations, sales and service and marketing. For two years he served as CEO of a Livonia credit union, but returned to LAFCU in 2004.
The $263 million American 1 Credit Union in Jackson, Mich., recently promoted two internal employees, and hired one additional manager. Dennis Wendorf was promoted to director of research and development. Wendorf has had numerous roles at the credit union over the past 15 years including member service, loan department, teller supervisor and training. Janelle Merritt was promoted to director of training after serving as one of American 1’s staff trainers for more than 11 years. Hired in 2000, Merritt worked directly with members for two years before moving on to the training department. Cheryl Schantz was hired as director of human resources. Having spent the last 25 years at Citizens Bank she held a variety of positions, most recently as a senior vice president.
The $1 billion Numerica Credit Union in Kennewick, Wash announced that Kelly Farrington has joined its home loan department as a senior loan officer. Farrington has 10 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to joining Numerica, she was a loan officer for Banner Bank and Key Bank. HFarrington earned her associate of arts degree from Lower Columbia Community College in Longview, Wash.
The $499 million Solarity Credit Union in Yakima, Wash., hired Roger White as its new CFO. He will oversee all accounting/finance, central operations, information technology and facilities. White has more than 39 years of experience in financial institutions and prior to joining Solarity, was the CFO for Visalia Community Bank in Visalia, CA.
The Members Group in Des Moines, Iowa announced that Ryan Anderson is joining the company as vice president of product. Anderson comes from Wells Fargo, where he served in a variety of senior-level positions since 2002, most recently as vice president of business & market strategy. As VP of product for TMG, he will oversee strategy and execution for the payment company’s product developments and enhancements.