First Capital Federal Credit Union, York, Pa., has named Michele Wherley as human resources/training manager. Wherley will be responsible for developing, planning, and implementing educational activities at First Capital FCU as well as assuming responsibilities for recruiting, interviewing, hiring and improving employee relations. Wherley has a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications from Central Pennsylvania College. Prior to joining First Capital FCU, she was the recruitment specialist at HACC York Campus. The credit union also announced that Tara Houser has been promoted to vice President of marketing. Houser has served as the marketing director since 2008. She is responsible for developing marketing programs and initiatives that promote the credit union to current and potential members. Houser has a B.A. in speech communication and a B.S. in telecommunications from Kutztown University. Prior to joining First Capital FCU, she worked at CBS 21 in Harrisburg, where she was a news producer. First Capital FCU also promoted Trena Stonebraker to controller. Stonebraker has been an employee of First Capital FCU for 11 years, most recently serving as senior accountant. She graduated from YTI of York with a degree in specialized accounting. And Andrew Dombach has been promoted to systems administrator at First Capital Federal Credit Union. Dombach has been employed with First Capital FCU since 2004 in the information technology department. Dombach has an associate’s degree in computer systems specialist from York Technical Institute.
Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Kingston, N.Y., announced the promotion of Stephen A. Carle to senior vice president/chief lending officer. In this newly created position, Carle will provide oversight for mortgage operations, loan servicing, consumer lending, visa, and member business services. Carle joined MHV in 2002 as mortgage manager and was promoted to vice president of mortgage lending in 2004. MHV also welcomed Franco Bocchimuzzo as consumer lending manager. Bocchimuzzo brings over 20 years of lending and management experience to his new role at the credit union. Bocchimuzzo graduated with a B.S. in business administration from SUNY Albany.
World Council of Credit Unions, Madison, Wis., has named Catherine Haberland vice president of marketing and communications. The newly created position will oversee World Council’s strategic communications efforts for its organizational members and donor community. Haberland has led a range of international and domestic projects for the U.S. government, state government and nongovernmental organizations. She served as part of the senior management team with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions under former Gov. Jim Doyle, which included directing the department’s policy and communications and liaising with the Wisconsin Credit Union League to develop regulatory policy. Prior to that, Haberland served as regional team leader for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Transition Initiatives, where she initiated and supervised multimillion dollar projects to provide quick, targeted transition relief to countries overcoming conflict. Haberland earned a master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
BrightStar Credit Union, Sunrise, Fla., has named credit union executive Michael Molaka vice president of operations. Molaka has experience in branch operations, business development, customer service, mortgage and consumer lending. Previously, he held the position of assistant vice president/branch manager with CFE Federal Credit Union in Lake Mary, Fla. At CFE, he worked in all departments of the organization and was promoted five times in an eight-year period. Molaka is currently a member of the Cooperative Trust Association, a project in competition with CUNA Mutual and Filene. He is currently enrolled as a master’s in business administration candidate at the University of Florida. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida.
DeLeon & Stang, Gaithersburg, Md., announced that Jennifer R. Wilcox has been promoted to senior accountant. Wilcox joined DeLeon & Stang 2009. As a senior accountant in the firm’s business services and payroll department, she provides accounting, CFO and payroll services to her clients. She primarily works with for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Wilcox is a graduate of Tidewater Community College, where she received her associate degree in business administration, and she is currently pursuing her bachelor's in accounting.
Securian Financial Group, St. Paul, Minn., announced the appointment of Ryan Frantzen as national sales director for Securian’s financial institution group. Frantzen, a 12-year veteran of the financial services industry, joined Securian in 2008 as a regional vice president for the financial institution group. Prior to joining Securian, Frantzen worked in a similar position with the bank financial services group. Frantzen earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.