SEATAC, Wash./TIGARD, Ore./BOISE, Idaho —The Northwest Credit Union Association is launching a Northwest Young Professionals Network across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
It is collaborating with YCUP Portland, YCUP Greater Seattle Area, and Climb Idaho to create the new initiative.
According to the NWCUA, the Northwest Young Professionals Network will show its collective force for the first time during the NWCUA’s annual MAXX Convention in Spokane, Wash., in October, where it said “an impressive group of 18 young professionals will serve as ‘YP Leads’ will connect colleagues with new learning opportunities.” A regional delegation of “Champions” judged the YP Lead candidates.
“During the selection and judging process, there was one consistent characteristic that stood out among all applicants: the passion that each of them displayed for helping others through the Credit Union Movement,” said Ed Bedell, Business Development Officer at Spokane Federal Credit Union.
The 18 YP Leads who will launch the Northwest Young Professionals Network are:
- Jennifer Ash, Market Research and Consumer Advocate Administrator, Horizon CU
- Nikie Bauer, Branch Supervisor, Clarity CU
- Katie Bledsoe, Loan Officer 1, Simplot Employees CU
- Sarah Buck, Training Coordinator and Marketing Assistant, USAgencies CU
- Morgan Cole, Public Relations Specialist, Inspirus CU
- Linda Crane, Executive Administrative Assistant, Global CU
- Sam Jensen, Lead Video Financial Solutions Partner, Pioneer FCU
- John Lindsay, Fraud Investigator & BSA Compliance Associate, SELCO
- Caitlin Lyon, Marketing Coordinator-Administration, Rogue CU
- Toni Mathews Executive Assistant, Trailhead CU
- Valentin Palomino, Assistant Branch Manager, Numerica CU
- Mallory Randazzo, Training and Development Specialist, Verity CU
- Karen Rowe, Administrative Assistant, Beehive FCU
- Rebekah Schroeter, Member Consultant, Verity CU
- Symantha Sermino, Member Business Services Assistant, Northwest Community CU
- Titan Sweeten, Consumer Lending Agent, Beehive FCU
- Mary Vasquez, Community Advocate, Point West CU
- Alisha Watson, Community Relationship Specialist, P1FCU
The NWCUA said it has established an online community to connect and influence the long-term development of the movement’s future leaders. Posted resources include mentoring outreach opportunities to connect with “YP Champions,” career training opportunities, introductions to the 2017 YP Leads, and additional networking opportunities.
Steve Pagenstecher, VP Member Experience at Portland-based Point West Credit Union, has long been involved in Young Professional networking, and is now serving as a YP Champion for the Northwest Young Professional Network.
Troy Stang, president/CEO of the NWUCA, said the new organization reflects a responsibility the trade group takes seriously.
“It is clear,” he said, “that we have the talent to lead the industry right here in our region, and it is our responsibility to cultivate that talent by providing and fostering opportunities like these for our young professionals—those who will advance our industry’s future.”.