This past week, CO-OP Financial Services’ Sarah Canepa Bang and Craig Beach moved up the ladder while credit unions across the country announced hires, promotions, board appointments and retirements.


The $1.6 billion Elevations Credit Union in Boulder, Colo., promoted Steven Schmidle (pictured) to the newly created role of chief strategy and performance officer. He will now be responsible for the development, implementation and achievement of the organization’s strategic plan as well as all financial activities of the credit union. Schmidle joined the Elevations team 11 years ago and most recently served as senior vice president of finance.

The $1.2 billion LBS Financial Credit Union in Long Beach, Calif., hired Jeff Niedenthal as senior vice president of member services. Niedenthal will oversee several departments within LBS Financial and will be responsible for LBS Financial’s payment systems, electronic delivery channels, branches and call center. He brings more than 20 years of financial industry experience to the position.

The $1.3 billion Whitefish Credit Union in Whitefish, Mont., has named new department vice presidents. Jennifer Archer was promoted to vice president of credit administration. The Northwest Montana native began working with Whitefish in 2005. Since then, she’s helped the loan department grow its portfolio through direct oversight into the formation of processes and the credit administration department. Allison Deaver was promoted to vice president of human resources. Deaver previously served as the credit union’s human resources manager, overseeing recruitment, benefits and training. Brett Merkel was promoted to controller vice president. He will now oversee accounting functions and coordinate enterprise risk management and vendor management processes. He was previously employed as the credit union’s controller. Barb Pearson was promoted to mortgage loan supervisor vice president. Before taking over the position, she spent 30 years as the credit union’s real estate loan officer, helping members receive loans custom-tailored to their individual needs.

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