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SOUTH Alabama Telco Credit Union, Birmingham, Ala., announced the hiring of Scott Lazore as branch manager for its new Helena location. Lazore comes from Regions Bank and has been in banking for over five years. The Helena branch marks the sixteenth location for the credit union in the state and the ninth in the Birmingham area. Redstone Federal Credit Union, Huntsville, Ala., has named Liz Ponder vice president, direct retail. Ponder, who has more than 13 years of experience in the financial services industry, is responsible for the overall management and operations of direct retail, including branch operations, real estate and financial counseling. Her primary focus is in-branch delivery of products and services that meet members’ financial needs. Virginia Credit Union, Richmond, Va., announced that its President/CEO Jane Watkins was named the 2009 Outstanding Woman in Business by the YWCA of Richmond, which cited her leadership of the credit union and its role in promoting financial literacy in the community. Watkins’ commitment to this issue led Virginia Credit Union to hire a full-time educator in 2007 to teach financial literacy in schools, colleges and the community. In 18 months, more than 10,900 young people and adults learned money management skills through the credit union’s seminars, workshops and classes. Credit Union of Georgia, Woodstock, Ga., announced the promotion of Rebecca Cooper to director of business development. In her new position, Cooper will be responsible for leading the business development team in identifying and developing opportunities to serve new member groups as well as maintaining relationships with existing member groups. Cooper rejoined the credit union in 2008 as a member solutions representative after having previously worked as its marketing manager. Insight Financial Credit Union, Orlando, Fla., announced that Sanna S. Henderson has retired after serving on the board of directors for many years. Henderson helped lead the credit union as it grew to 11 branches and was present for the merger of Lake County Schools Credit Union with Bell-Tel Credit Union into Insight Financial Credit Union. Henderson has been active within the community as a Lake County school teacher for almost 20 years and a city commissioner for Leesburg, as well as mayor of Leesburg.

Peter Westerman

Credit Union Times

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