New Hires, Promotions and Honors: People
Credit unions in the East were active this week in announcing new executive promotions and new hires. Meanwhile, trades in the Midwest and South honored a young credit union professional and a lawmaker for advocating financial literacy requirements for high school students and the developmentally disabled.
The $2 billion Municipal Credit Union in New York City announced the promotions of three senior executives and the promotions of two staff members. Richard Casamassa was promoted to executive vice president/chief member services officer. He joined the credit union 42 years ago and most recently served as senior vice president of member services operations. Norman Kohn was promoted to executive vice president/chief credit officer. He joined MCU 37 years ago and most recently served as senior vice president, chief credit officer. Linda Lambert was promoted to senior vice president/chief financial officer. An employee of MCU for the past 25 years, she most recently served as vice president of accounting and finance. Joseph Rini was promoted to vice president of accounting and finance. A four-year MCU employee, he was most recently worked as assistant vice president of accounting, and Stacy Riley was promoted to financial analysis manager. Employed at MCU for two years, she was most recently served as a financial analyst.
Christine Phillips joined the business development team at the $252 million Sussex County Federal Credit Union in Seaford, Del. Phillips and other business development team members Deb Jewell and John Rodriguez, hold a combine 28 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Erin Carlotto, shown at left, joined the $1 billion Greylock Federal Credit Union in Pittsfield, Mass., as a mortgage loan officer. She holds 11 years of banking experience, including three years as a loan originator.
Audrey Stone was promoted to sales and marketing specialist for the $439 million Sunmark Federal Credit Union. Stone, who joined the Latham, N.Y.-based credit union four years ago, also volunteers for the Sunmark Council, which directs staff-driven community engagement efforts.
Julie Roll, left, a network administrator for the $573 million LAFCU in Lansing, Mich., was selected as the 2015 Woman of the Year by the Seven Islands Chapter of the American Business Women Association. The award recognizes a member who embodies the mission of ABWA and made notable contributions to its success. Roll has been active in ABWA since she joined it in 2010 by leading programs and working on nearly every committee. She currently serves as chapter secretary on the executive board.
The $2 billion Veridian Credit Union in Waterloo, Iowa announced that Joe Lichty was promoted to manager of account resolution. He joined the credit union 11 years ago and most recently served as a branch manager. Veridian CU also announced that Alan Stalnaker was promoted to branch manager. He joined the credit union nearly nine years ago. SOUTH
Ron Smith, president/CEO of the $60 million Electric Credit Union in Nashville, was appointed to fill an unexpired term of the $1 billion Volunteer Corporate Credit Union also in Nashville. Smith brings to the VolCorp board 25 years of financial services industry experience in consumer, real estate, wholesale and indirect lending, as well as legal, loan processing, skip tracing and repossessions.
The $4.1 billion Patelco Credit Union in Pleasanton, Calif. hired of Nathaniel (Nate) Burns to serve as its Credit Union Affairs Executive Director. He holds extensive experience in the financial services industry including former roles as vice president of de novo branches at JP Morgan Chase and vice president of corporate marketing, sales and service for California Bank and Trust. The credit union also hired Luis Jara to serve as the financial literacy specialist on its first- community outreach team. Jara joined Patelco with more than a decade of financial services expertise and worked as a mortgage banker, retail branch bank manager, community lending supervisor and as a Series 7 and 66 licensed banker.
Jack Kerr, shown at left, joined the $4 billion Ent Federal Credit Union in Colorado Springs, Colo., as a corporate lending officer. Kerr’s 35-year career in the financial services industry includes extensive commercial lending and regulatory experience as a senior liquidator for the FDIC.
The League of Southeastern Credit Unions and Affiliates announced that Florida State Senator Dorothy Hukill was honored with CUNA’s Desjardins Financial Education Award for state policymakers. Sen. Hukill was recognized for introducing a bill, which would require high school seniors to earn a half credit of financial literacy before they graduate. She also introduced another bill that would require financial literacy for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Meagan Peasley, a senior member service representative at the $175 million Central Macomb Community Credit Union in Clinton Township, Mich., received the Young Professional of the Year Award from the Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates. The award honors credit union professionals under the age of 40 who show enthusiasm and dedication for the credit union movement. The Michigan league said Peasley implemented a program that teaches members how to manage their accounts, executed an initiative that streamlines the loan process and earned many excellent member reviews.
The board of directors of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues appointed Pennsylvania Credit Union Association President/CEO Patrick Conway to fill an unexpired term on its board. Conway’s appointment to the unexpired term runs through the AACUL annual meeting in November.