CU Magazine announces 46 who rock the CU movement

October 13, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (10/14/14)--Though she's only worked at Syracuse (N.Y.) Fire Department FCU for four years, member service representative Amanda Galloway has already achieved legendary status.

At least she has in the eyes of her colleague Virginia Victory, branch manager at the $79 million-asset credit union, who says that Galloway makes the credit union "a better place to work."

"I love meeting new people and establishing a friendship with our members, like (the TV show) 'Cheers,'" Galloway told Credit Union Magazine. "It makes each visit feel more like a family environment, which I believe is less stressful when handling transactions or issues with members' accounts."

In honor of International Credit Union Day, which falls on Thursday, Credit Union Magazine has released its second annual "Rock Stars" issue, which highlights the extraordinary work carried out by those credit union employees who typically operate behind the scenes, like Galloway.

This is the first of four "Rock Stars" that News Now will highlight in the coming days. To access the magazine's full coverage of its stars, use the resource link below.  

While Galloway usually sends the members who appear at her window away with a smile--in addition to making sure they've been helped in a timely manner--as Victory mentioned, it's not only members who enjoy Galloway's service.

Galloway told the magazine she's constantly making her co-workers laugh, which can add levity to occasionally stressful situations that arise during the work day.    

She even brings sketch comedy to the table.

"One of my favorite hobbies is creating silly characters like you would find on 'Saturday Night Live,' mostly because I've loved the show since I was a little girl and aspire to be a part of the cast one day," Galloway said.

Whether Galloway is sending her coworkers into stitches, or regaling them with stories of her mischievous bunny "Jaxon Bentley," there's no questioning the passion she brings to the credit union each day.

"I ultimately came to work here because I enjoyed the atmosphere of the credit union," she told the magazine. "I wanted a position that would challenge me in different ways than I had been before."

The following is a full list of Credit Union Magazine's Rock Stars:

  • Josh Allison, relationship development manager, Horizon CU, Spokane Valley, Wash., with $602 million in assets;
  • Lisa Asadourian, vice president of marketing, Nutmeg State FCU, Rocky Hill, Conn., with $363 million in assets;
  • Allison Barna, vice president of member services, New York Credit Union Foundation, Albany, N.Y.;
  • Joe Bertotto, chief culture officer, MY CU Services, LLC, Middletown, Pa.;
  • Kimberly Bohannon, vice president of compliance and risk management, Knoxville (Tenn.) TVA Employees CU, with $1.3 billion in assets;
  • Rebecca Cardwell, vice president of community relations, University of Virginia Community CU, Charlottesville, Va., with $676 million in assets;
  • Gail Cook, president/CEO, Widget Financial FCU, Erie, Pa., with $264 million in assets;
  • Nancy Deavours, president/CEO, Merced (Calif.) School Employees FCU, with $407 million in assets;
  • Rob Detrick, vice president of branch operations, Credit Union of America, Wichita, Kan., with $566 million in assets;
  • Pam Evans, assistant vice president of member services, First Alliance CU, Rochester, Minn., with $143 million in assets;
  • Andrea Finn, digital marketing specialist, Royal CU, Eau Claire, Wis., with $1.4 billion in assets;
  • Amy Forcier-Pabst, executive vice president of member experience, Royal CU;
  • Galloway;
  • Melissa Gamble, executive assistant, Sun Center FCU, LaGrange, Ohio, with $35 million in assets;
  • Michelle George, teller supervisor, Abilene (Texas) Teachers FCU, with $386 million in assets;
  • Tara Graff, director of marketing, Spire CU, Falcon Heights, Minn., with $626 million in assets;
  • Cathy Graham, vice president of marketing, Desert Schools FCU, Phoenix, with $3.8 billion in assets;
  • Chad Graves, senior vice president of technology, payments and marketing, Ent FCU, Colorado Springs, Colo., with $3.9 billion in assets;
  • Jeff Green, president/CEO, GROhio Community CU, Mansfield, Ohio, with $9 million in assets;
  • Kaytlin Greenley, assistant manager of marketing, Coosa Valley FCU, Rome, Ga., with $169 million in assets;
  • Melissa Harper, vice president of training and development, Magnolia FCU, Jackson, Miss., with $131 million in assets;
  • Megan Hendrix, project manager/executive assistant, Honor CU, St. Joseph, Mich., with $495 million in assets;
  • Michelle Hunter, senior vice president of marketing and development, CU of Southern California, Whittier, Calif., with $742 million in assets;
  • Trevor Hyre, chief operations officer, Pioneer West Virginia FCU, Charleston, W.Va., with $180 million in assets;
  • Rich Jones, senior vice president of marketing, business development and business intelligence, Eli Lilly FCU, Indianapolis, $1.1 billion in assets;
  • Michael Jordan, vice president of branch administration/security officer, Metro CU, Chelsea, Mass., with $1.3 billion in assets;
  • tephanie Ludington, director of human resources and training, NRL FCU, Alexandria, Va., with $455 million in assets;
  • Michael Mahiya, vice president/chief information officer, XCEL FCU, Bloomfield, N.J., with $154 million in assets;
  • Kristen Mashburn, vice president of marketing, Listerhill CU, Muscle Shoals, Ala., with $645 million in assets;
  • Josh McAfee, vice president of marketing, Leaders CU, Jackson, Tenn., with $226 million in assets;
  • Amy McGraw, vice president of marketing, Tropical Financial CU, Miramar, Fla., with $566 million in assets;
  • Courtney Moran, executive director, Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation, Farmers Branch, Texas;
  • Trudi Mullins, vice president of communication and team development, Singing River FCU, Moss Point, Miss., with $197 million in assets;
  • Tracy Myers, member development manager, Allegacy FCU, Winston-Salem, N.C., with $1.1 billion in assets;
  • Bonnie Ortiz, chief operating officer, The Partnership FCU, Arlington, Va., with $149 million in assets;
  • Jonathan Patrick, senior vice president/chief lending officer, UT FCU, Knoxville, Tenn., with $220 million assets;
  • Lori Perkins, director of marketing and business development, Rock Valley CU, Loves Park, Ill., with $88 million in assets;
  • Angel Phillips, director of marketing, Reliant FCU, Casper, Wyo., with $111 million in assets;
  • Aerik Radley, marketing communications/social media specialist, Edge FCU, Liverpool, N.Y., with $41 million in assets;
  • Tanya Romero, chief operating officer, Guadalupe CU, Santa Fe, N.M., with $135 million in assets;
  • Bryce Roth, director of cooperative outreach, CitizensFirst CU, Oshkosh, Wis., with $402 million in assets;
  • Herman Stevenson, vice president of lending and operations, Dow Louisiana FCU, Plaquemine, La., with $253 million in assets;
  • Dillon Tardif, marketing manager, Seasons FCU, Middletown, Conn., with $142 million in assets;
  • Matt VanRemortel, teller, Blackhawk Community CU, Janesville, Wis., with $392 million in assets;
  • Kaylee Williams, public relations coordinator, Honor CU; and
  • Cookie Yoder, president/CEO, City Co FCU, Pittsburgh, with $21 million in assets.

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