The $82 million Inspire Federal Credit Union in Bristol, Pa. appointed Karen Walter as senior vice president and chief operating officer and Lou Hyjurick as director of information technology. Walter joined the credit union with more than 18 years of experience and previously served as executive vice president at First National Bank, director of sales at Susquehanna Patriot Bank, and regional sales manager at Sovereign Bank. Hyjurick holds more than 28 years of experience in the information technology field. Before joining Inspire, he was the service manager of Lexicon International, specializing in IT consulting and data protection. He also served in a leadership role at Bell Atlantic for 18 years.

Heidi Wrights was appointed to community manager for the State College Financial Center in State College, Pa., the $4.2 billion Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union in Harrisburg, Pa. said. She began her career with PSECU as an intern in the cooperative’s education center while pursuing her Associate’s Degree in business and marketing. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in management and organizational leadership at Eastern University.

The board of directors at the $1 billion Greylock Federal Credit Union in Pittsfield, Mass. announced the election of Gerard Burke as chair, Ann Deely as vice chair, Stanley Walczyk as secretary/financial officer and JamieEllen Moncecchi as assistant secretary. John Law is the newest member elected to the credit union’s board of directors. He replaced outgoing director Fred Shogry who retired after serving 19 years on the board.


Gene Novello was named senior vice president and chief lending officer for the $2.6 billion Teachers Credit Union in South Bend, Ind. He joined the credit union seven years ago and previously served as president of TCU Insurance Agency. Novello has worked in the financial services industry for more than 30 years.

The $850 million Credit Union ONE in Ferndale, Mich. announced that Nickolas Nickolopoulos joined the cooperative’s board of directors. Nickolopoulos was board chair of the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Pontiac Federal Credit Union, which merged with Credit Union ONE. He is the director of nursing for medical/surgical and critical care at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Oakland.

Judd McNally was appointed chief lending officer for the $465 million Notre Dame Federal Credit Union in Notre Dame, Ind. His experience includes 11 years of commercial banking and financial institution experience. The credit union also appointed Shane Wagoner to branch manager. He holds 16 years of experience in the retail banking industry.

The $2.6 billion Veridian Credit Union in Waterloo, Iowa hired Anthony Stefancik as a PC Specialist. He previously served as IT Technician at Terex Cranes.

Paul Hensel joined the $1.4 billion Indiana Members Credit Union in Indianapolis as a loan officer and relationship manager. He brings 22 years of experience in consumer and business lending to the cooperative.


Judy Tharp, president/CEO of the $301 million Piedmont Advantage Credit Union in Winston-Salem, N.C., was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of the Richmond’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. The Advisory Council advises the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s leaders and Board of Governors about the state of local economies, banking conditions and other issues. With 36 years of experience, Tharp has served as president/CEO of Piedmont Advantage Credit Union since 2006.


Robert D. Ramirez, president/CEO of the $1.4 billion Vantage West Credit Union in Tucson, Ariz., was named professional of the year by the Mountain West Credit Union Association. The award recognizes industry executives who have demonstrated productive service to their credit union, its association and its subsidiaries, credit union chapters, CUNA and other organizations. Ramirez began his career at Vantage West Credit Union in 1985.

Shannon Watkins was named consumer-lending manager for the $158 million Aventa Credit Union in Colorado Springs, Colo. With more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, she previously worked for UMB Bank as a client relationship manager. She served for five years at the $950 million Meritrust Credit Union in Wichita, Kansas.

David Flood was promoted to vice president of lending at the $2 billion Spokane Teachers Credit Union in Liberty Lake, Wash. He served as the credit union’s director of consumer lending for three years. Flood joined the credit union as a loan and member service officer in 2000.