More than 50 employees, friends and family members from the $706 million CoastHills Federal Credit Union conquered the steep upper loop at the La Purisima Mission in Lompoc on June 23, raising $10,000 for the Cottage Children’s Hospital in Santa Barbara. This year’s climb was the third for the Lompoc-based credit union and the Santa Barbara hospital, part of the Children’s Miracle Network. The contribution was again matched by CO-OP Financial Services, resulting in a total gift of $20,000. In this photo, CoastHills employees Marc Sexton, left, and Donato Ricci lead family and friends around the upper loop trail at the La Purisima Mission in Lompoc.


First Financial Federal Credit Union, Wall, N.J., has hired Deborah Downie as director of business development. Downie brings to First Financial over 21 years of experience at various Wall Street firms in corporate lending and institutional investing. Prior to her employment with the credit union, she founded the Two Rivers Women In Business Consortium in Red Bank, NJ., a professional networking group to help foster and support relationships while sharing resources and giving back to the community. Downie is a CFA and attended Baruch College where she earned her degree in finance and investment with minors in business law and education. She then went on to obtain her M.S. in investment management at Pace University’s Peter Lubin Graduate School. First Financial also announced that Richard Stubbs Jr. was promoted to senior accountant. Stubbs began his career at First Financial as a teller in 2011 while finishing up his bachelor’s in accounting. Three months later, he was transferred to the accounting department as an accountant. Stubbs is responsible for daily accounting operations as well as preparing financial reports for management and responding to internal inquiries. He graduated from Kean University in Union, N.J., with a BS in accounting in June 2011. He is currently pursuing an MBA from Keller Graduate School via their North Brunswick, N.J., campus.

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