Credit Unions Name New CEOs in Hawaii, Missouri: People
New credit union CEOs have been named to replace retired chief executives in Hawaii and Missouri.
The $396 million Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union in Kaiula-Kona promoted Tricia Buskirk to president/CEO. Buskirk had been vice president of corporate development and marketing. She succeeds retired Iowa Credit Union League President/CEO Tom Griffiths, who has served as interim CEO/president at HCFCU since James Takamine stepped down on Jan. 1.
Buskirk began her career as secretary at the Konawaena Student Credit Union in high school. She later worked in leadership roles at Hawaii State Federal Credit Union, City Bank, International Savings & Loan and First Hawaiian Bank. In California, she also worked in leadership roles at Sharp Federal Credit Union and Del Mar Datatrac, a mortgage software company.
Meanwhile, the $60 million Community Financial Credit Union in Springfield, Mo., named Loretta Roney as its new president/CEO. She succeeds Cathy Stroud, who is retiring after 32 years at the helm of Community Financial and 42 years in the movement.
Stroud also served as board chairman for the Missouri Credit Union Association from 1991 to 1993 and served as a member of the Missouri Credit Union Commission since 1998. Roney has more than 13 years of experience, most recently as president/CEO of the $19 million Highway Alliance Credit Union in Jefferson City, Mo.
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The $404 million Sunmark Federal Credit Union in Latham, N.Y., promoted Lisa Totaro to marketing manager. Totaro had been marketing associate and content manager. She has been a national participant in the Cooperative Trust’s “Crash the GAC” program was named a CU Times Trailblazer 40 Below in April 2012.
The $605 million First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union in Fairhaven, Mass., hired Tad Morse as mortgage originator for Plymouth County. He has more than 10 years of mortgage lending experience.
The $2.6 billion Northwest Federal Credit Union in Herndon, Va., hired Jeff Bentley as SVP of lending. Bentley has more than 25 years of financial services experience. He succeeds Colleen Daly, who retired in March, who began her career with Northwest Federal in 1984 as a teller. Daly also led the formation of CU Realty, a CUSO that represents credit unions across the region.
The $2.4 billion Service Credit Union in Portsmouth, N.H., promoted Cherilyn Puffen to manager of its new Franklin Branch and David Long to manager of its Nashua Branch. Long has been with Service Credit Union for more than five years and had managed the Newington in-store branch since 2011. Puffen was hired in 2007 and has been financial services supervisor since 2012 at the Derry in-store branch.
Ronald Hance, president/CEO of the $362 Heritage Family Credit Union in Rutland, Vt., was honored at the statehouse in Montpelier, Vt., for his more than 38 years of service to the credit union movement. Rep. Larry Cupoli (R-Rutland) and other House members and senators supported the passage of a resolution honoring Hance.
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The $539 million Power Financial Credit Union in Pembroke Pines, Fla., named David L. Tuyo II as its CFO. Tuyo has more than 14 years of industry experience, most recently as SVP of solutions at Lending Solutions Inc. in Illinois. He also has been EVP and CFO and interim president/CEO at Pen Air Federal Credit Union in Pensacola, Fla., and was named a CU Times Trailblazer 40 Below in March 2012.
The $1.1 billion Allegacy Federal Credit Union in Winston-Salem, N.C., named Steve Franke as program manager for Allegacy Investment Group, Annette Knight as chief human resources officer, Rick Leander as president/managing director of Allegacy Business Solutions, and Ashley Kohlrus as COO. Franke had been president of Franke Professional Services Inc., providing financial management oversight for planning programs at 12 credit unions and banks. Knight joined Allegacy in 2013 and has almost 30 years' experience. Leander has been with Allegacy since January 2011 and was previously the credit union’s chief strategy officer. Kohlrus has been with the credit union since 2004, most recently as chief experience officer.
The $2 billion Chartway Federal Credit Union in Virginia Beach, Va., said its We Promise Foundation named its 2014-2015 board of directors. They are John W. Blum, chairman; Beth K. O'Toole, vice chairman; Cindy Casteen, secretary/treasurer; and directors Al Merritt, Heidi Worker, Mark Widdison and Wayne Foshay. Chartway and its foundation have raised nearly $6 million since 1999 to make once-in-a-lifetime dreams come true for children battling life-threatening, debilitating or chronic illnesses.
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The $1.4 billion Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire, Wis., re-elected Nancy Beltz and Tom Huffcutt to three-year terms on its board of directors at its 50th annual meeting on April 29. At the reorganization meeting, Doug Olson was elected chairman; Bill Blackburn was elected vice chairman, John Sackett was elected treasurer and Jennifer McDonough was elected secretary.
The $3.7 billion DFCU Financial Credit Union in Dearborn, Mich., hired Lesli Matukaitis as senior vice president of corporate banking. Matukaitis had been with Comerica Bank for 16 years.
The $970 million US Federal Credit Union in Burnsville, Minn., hired Xiong Lee as business development specialist. She has more than 10 years of experience in the credit union industry.
The $1.7 billion United Federal Credit Union in St. Joseph, Mich., promoted Brittany Grasley to the newly created position of market vice president of remote member experience. She had been manager of UFCU’s St. Joseph branch. Jennifer Roth was promoted to finance manager from financial analyst. UFCU also named Sarah Drummond as manager of its Rogers Avenue branch in Fort Smith, Ark. She had been a branch manager and commercial services officer at First National Bank in Fort Smith.
The Minnesota Credit Union Network announced its Outstanding Credit Union Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Credit Union Professional of the Year award winners at its annual meeting on April 26. Leonard Luoma, 41-year board chair of the $119 million Hermantown Federal Credit Union in Hermantown, was the volunteer feted. Barbara Brown, president/CEO of the $74 million Northwoods Credit Union in Cloquet was the professional of the year.
The $203 million 1st Financial Federal Credit Union in Wentzville, Mo., elected James Setzekorn and Gina Hackenworth to its board of directors at its 46th annual meeting Jim Combs is board chairperson.
The $77 million Hopewell Federal Credit Union in Heath, Ohio, promoted Kimberly McGee to member service associate. She has been with the credit union for five years, including as a teller, image processor and ACH/payroll coordinator. HFCU also hired two new tellers: Laurinda Johnson and Abbie Hughes.
The $230 million Financial Plus Credit Union in Ottawa, Ill., said State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) honored CEO Jack Teausant on the Illinois State House floor with a resolution for his lifetime of dedicated service. The event was part of the Illinois Credit Union League’s annual legislative day event and marked Teausant’s upcoming August retirement after 38 years in the credit union movement.
The CUNA HR/TD Council in Madison, Wis., announced the elections results for its executive committee officers at its April 27-30 annual conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Robert Davis, senior vice president of human resources for VyStar Credit Union in Jacksonville, Fla. will become the council chair. Cindy Swigert, chief human resources officer for United Federal Credit Union in St. Joseph, Mich. will become council vice-chair, and Lisa Baron, SVP of human resources and talent management for Baxter Credit Union in Vernon Hills, Ill. will be second vice chair. New executive committee members named were Buddy Bennett, manager of human resources and training for Cyprus Federal Credit Union in West Jordan, Utah.; Mark Millwood, director of human resources for Eastman Credit Union in Kingsport, Tenn.; and Nora Swart, SVP of talent for Lake Michigan Credit Union in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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The $982 million Columbia Credit Union in Vancouver, Wash., re-elected three board members and one supervisory committee member to three-year terms at its 62nd annual meeting. Incumbent directors were Larry Paulson, Al Schauer and Dean Sutherland. Mona B. Ail was re-elected to the supervisory committee.
The $2.4 billion Redwood Credit Union in Santa Rosa, Calif., re-elected Robert Steele, Debra Watts and Robert Wieck to its board of directors. David Gouin and Brian Elliott were re-elected to RCU’s supervisory committee. Rod Dole was selected as board chair, Greg McGuirk as board vice chair, Robert Eyler as board secretary, Bob Steele as board treasurer, Brian Elliott as supervisory committee chair, David Gouin as supervisory committee vice chair, and M. Christina Rivera as supervisory committee secretary. The credit union also promoted Darcie Williams to assistant vice president/branch manager at its Washougal branch, where she became assistant branch manager in 2013. She replaces Ed Hakanovic, who now manages Columbia CU’s EastRidge Branch in Vancouver.
The $2.4 billion Redwood Credit Union in Santa Rosa, Calif., has hired Suzanne Knowlton as marketing manager. Knowlton has more than 15 years of experience in marketing management at companies such as Lowepro, Blurb Inc. and O’Reilly Media.
The $89 million NW Preferred Federal Credit Union in Tigard, Ore., named Tracy Jones as vice president of operations and manager of its Tigard branch. Jones has been with NW Preferred since 1987, most recently as StaytonBranch manager.
Del Mar Recovery Solutions in Carlsbad, Calif., hired Claudia Plascencia as SVP in charge of client relations and business development. She spent the past five years at Repo Remarketing where she was in acquiring numerous large corporate accounts.
SilverCloud Inc. in Portsmouth, N.H., hired David Hadley as chief technology officer at the provider of member self-service solutions to credit unions. Hadley had been at Deep Green, where he led the development, operations and security teams for the Internet0only bank and was special adviser to an FFIEC task force on e-banking and information security.
Kearley & Co. in Fort Worth, Texas, hired Emma Seidler and Meredith Mahoney as art directors at the provider of strategic marketing and branding services to credit unions. Mahoney had been a graphic designer and multimedia director for Polka Dot Design while Seidler had been a graphic designer for a large format/retail merchandising firm in Fort Worth.