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The $2.1 billion, based in Hollywood, Calif. First Entertainment Credit Union hiring larry grager as vice president of finance. In his new role, Grager will oversee all accounting and finance functions and provide analytical and planning support to senior management. Prior to joining First Entertainment, Grager worked as a CFO at credit unions and commercial banks, including loan company Golden State Farm Credit.

The $1.7 billion, based in Portland, Oregon Unitus Community Credit Union announced a promotion and executive recognition.

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Corlinda in wood was promoted to SVP/Chief Retail Officer. Wooden has been with Unitus Community for nine years through a series of different roles, taking on new responsibilities in each position. In her new role, she will continue to lead efforts within the credit union’s Hispanic community initiative, which has included the development of new products such as an immigration loan, ITIN mortgages, partnership funds transfer and the formation of an external Hispanic advisory committee. Additionally, she will work closely with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee at Unitus.

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the Portland Business Journal recognized as SVP/Chief Human Resources Officer Gayle Evans as the recipient of the 2022 Women of Influence Award. Evans joined Unitus in 2007. She is a Trustee of the Board of Trustees of Western Oregon University, Chair of the Healthcare Steering Committee of Oregon Business & Industry, and Mentor from the Portland Rose Festival Court. She has also been appointed to two committees by Oregon Governor Kate Brown: the Adverse Health Incident Resolution Task Force and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Safety Commission. Oregon patients. Evans holds a Master of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership and a Senior Professional Certification in Human Resources. the Portland Business Journal honored the 2022 Women of Influence at a ceremony on March 2 and will feature each winner in an upcoming special edition of the Newspaper.

Helen Gray Jones Helen Grays Jones

Helen Grays Jones$2 billion community relations manager, based in San Jose, Calif. Meriwest Credit Unionwas inducted into the Silicon Valley Black Legends Hall of Fame at the Virtual Black Legend Awards Induction Ceremony in Silicon Valley on February 19. -Stroughter Community Service Award.


Quinn Konieczka Quinn Konieczka

The $2.2 billion, based in Suitland, Md. Andrews Federal Credit Union announced two new hires and two promotions.

Quinn Konieczka was hired as vice president of home loans. He brings over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, including significant expertise in identifying, measuring and analyzing credit risk and lending opportunities.

Jonathan Hernández was hired as Assistant Vice President of Mortgage Services and Mortgage Administration. He brings over 15 years of experience including loan servicing, secondary, product and pricing, and default management. Hernandez was rehired by the credit union, as he previously worked at Andrews for four years.

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Bishop of Rosalind Bishop of Rosalind

Bishop of Rosalind was promoted to Director of US Retail Operations. In her new role, she will be responsible for improving the operational strength of all retail branches in the United States. Some of his main duties will include performing routine branch audits to ensure compliance with policies and procedures, planning and staffing of US branches, producing a number of reports and operational logs, as well as testing and validation of new branch-related technologies and equipment.

Sasha Harding Sasha Harding

Sasha Harding was promoted to branch manager of the Allentown Road branch in Suitland. She brings several years of experience and has mentored a number of Andrews associates. In her new role, she will be responsible for building on Allentown’s current success and bringing her own skillset to further improve service levels, production and overall efficiency at the credit union’s head office.


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The $1.3 billion, based in Warren, Ohio 7 17 Credit union hiring Daniel Harp to its management team as Senior Vice President of Lending. Harp received a master’s degree from Central Michigan University and is 7 17 years old with 17 years of credit union experience in consumer, commercial, real estate, indirect lending, loan in line and overlaps.

The $5.8 billion, based in Waterloo, Iowa Veridian Credit Union promoted Molly Red as a Bank Secrecy Act analyst. Reding worked at Veridian for four years and was previously a bank secrecy law enforcement officer.

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E.J. Donaghey E.J. Donaghey

The $1.9 billion, SD-based Rapid City Black Hills Federal Credit Union hiring E.J. Donaghey as Experience Director starting February 28. Donaghey’s extensive experience in the credit union industry has included working with the Illinois Credit Union League and the Alloya Corporate Federal Credit Union ($6.7 billion, Naperville, Illinois), as a vice- president of member contact and lending center for CommunityAmerica Credit Union ($4.4 billion, Lenexa, Kan.), as vice president of retail and marketing at Baxter Credit Union ($5 billion dollars, Vernon Hills, Illinois) and as executive vice president/COO at Great Lakes Credit Union ($1 billion, Bannockburn, Illinois). In addition, he served as president and CEO of two credit unions: University of Illinois Community Credit Union ($475 million, Champaign, IL) and Citizens Community Credit Union ($243 million, Fort Dodge, Iowa).

Dale Ditmer Dale Ditmer

Long-time board member of BlueOx Credit Union ($224 million, Battle Creek, Michigan), Dale Dittmer, will retire at the end of his term in April. Dittmer has been a member of BlueOx since 1959 and was elected to the board in 1988 when the credit union was known as School Employees Credit Union. He is a retired school principal and during his tenure on the BlueOx Board of Directors, he served on various committees such as Executive, Budget, ALM, and Building and Equipment Committee . Dittner also served as treasurer of the board.


Ken Gardner Ken Gardner

The $952 million, Austin-based Greater Texas Credit Union promoted Ken Gardner to the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources. In his new role, he oversees HR operations for Greater Texas and its subsidiary Aggieland. Gardner began his career in Greater Texas in 2012 as an HR assistant, progressing to HR manager, then Total Rewards and HRIS manager, a position he held before being appointed assistant vice president.

Federal Credit Union SAFE ($1.5 billion, Sumter, SC) promoted Wayne Bowling to the Assistant Vice President of Continuous Improvement and Project Management. Keels joined SAFE in 2018 as Director of Continuous Improvement and has over 20 years of continuous improvement and project management experience with expertise in strategy execution, systems integration and lean six. sigma. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and an MBA in marketing and project management from DeVry University in Naperville, Illinois.

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Terry McHugh Terry McHugh

Terrence McHughChairman and CEO of CUSO, a commercial lending company based in Troy, Michigan Business Alliance, LLC, announced his retirement effective March 31. McHugh began his career in commercial lending in 1979 at Michigan National Bank (MNB), where he spent 19 years and held leadership positions in commercial loan officer training, underwriting, and market lending. intermediate. Terry then joined TCF Bank, where he spent seven years. As Executive Vice President of TCF Bank, he oversaw the Commercial Real Estate, Commercial & Industrial, Small Business, Private Banking and Cash Management groups. In 2004, a small group of credit union CEOs created Commercial Alliance and named McHugh the organization’s first and only president/CEO.


Peter Benjamin Peter Benjamin

American Credit Union Mortgage Association (ACUMA) named Peter J.Benjamin President. He succeeds Tracy Ashfield and took office on March 7. Benjamin has 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry, including the last five years as senior vice president of mortgages for the $1.2 billion Lafayette Federal Credit Union in Rockville, Maryland. As president, Benjamin plans to grow. ACUMA membership, engage with affiliate members and sponsors of the organization to strengthen partnerships and seek to continue to deliver the highest quality education and networking events. He holds the Chartered Mortgage Banker designation.

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