10 UC Professionals Receive New Titles and Awards

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Jeanne Gaspard Jeanne Gaspard

The $2 billion, based in Hollywood, Calif. First Entertainment Credit Union hiring Jeanne Gaspard as Vice President of Human Resources. In his new role, Gaspard will be responsible for establishing and administering all HR policies, procedures and best practices for the credit union. She will also help First Entertainment evolve the employee experience by facilitating and coordinating compensation and benefits programs to attract and retain top talent. Prior to joining First Entertainment, Gaspard worked for the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union ($1.3 billion, Van Nuys, CA), where she spent over 20 years leading human resources programs, most recently in as LAPFCU’s Human Resources Manager.

Heather Diamond Heather Diamond

Heather DiamondSVP of Business Development and Community Relations for $11.6 billion, based in San Diego, Calif. San Diego County Credit Union was named among SD Metro Magazine‘s Top 40 Under 40. The award recognizes outstanding young leaders who have a positive impact on their organization and the San Diego community, and Diamond was selected in part for her leadership and passionate commitment to positively impacting the San Diego community through financial education, business development. and community relations. Diamond joined SDCCU as Head of Business Development and Community Relations in 2018, bringing nearly a decade of experience in marketing, business development and communications. She was promoted to Vice President, Business Development and Community Relations in 2021, and Senior Vice President in 2022. She holds an MBA from San Diego State University.

Ie Chen Cheng Ie Chen Cheng

The $3.4 billion, based in Chatsworth, Calif. Premier American Credit Union announced two new recruits.

Ie Chen Cheng was hired as SVP/CFO. Cheng brings over 25 years of experience in the credit union industry, having held leadership positions with credit unions in finance and audit. She also spent 10 years at McGladrey LLP. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, finance and accounting, with a focus on operational efficiency and a collaborative approach to planning and embracing future change.

Shelley Tam Shelley Tam

Shelley Tam was hired as Senior Vice President/HR Director. Tam brings over 20 years of experience leading talent management strategies across various industries, including fintech, financial services, banking, management consulting, nonprofits, and utilities. Prior to joining Premier America, she held several Human Resources leadership positions, including as Director of Human Resources for AmeriHome Mortgage Company. In her new role, she will provide vision and leadership around Premier America’s “Employer of Choice” strategy, creating a transformative corporate culture and driving innovation through the human resources and development divisions. organizational.

Sunder Srinivasan Sunder Srinivasan

The $4.3 billion Technology Credit Union in San Jose, California, hired Sunder Srinivasan as Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President. In his new role, he will be responsible for driving Tech CU’s information technology strategy and implementation. Srinivasan brings over 30 years of IT leadership experience in banking/financial services, and has expertise in managing technology transformation strategies, vendor relationships, data management, regulatory requirements banking and governance. Prior to joining Tech CU, he held leadership positions at Revolut, Silicon Valley Bank, Alta Devices, Charles Schwab and Wells Fargo.

Fabiana Burket Fabiana Burket

Orange County Credit Union ($2.4 billion, Santa Ana, CA), promoted Fabiana Burket to Chief Risk Officer, a new position within the credit union’s management team. In his new role, Burkett will work to collaborate and create solutions for the credit union community, focusing on risk management, vendor management, regulatory compliance, business recovery and loss prevention. She will also oversee day-to-day operational risk management functions and serve as a corporate partner for the credit union’s leadership. Burkett, who previously served as vice president of enterprise risk management for UC Orange County, has more than 20 years of experience in credit union regulatory compliance and risk management. She previously held leadership positions at Xceed Financial Federal Credit Union and Kinecta Federal Credit Union, based in Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Xceed merged with Kinecta in 2021). Burkett holds a Juris Doctorate from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil, as well as the following certifications: CUES Chief Executive, Credit Union Enterprise Risk Management Expert, Credit Union Compliance Expert, and Credit Union Development Educator.


Alyssa Strukel Alyssa Strukel

Royal Credit Union ($4.2 billion, Eau Claire, Wisconsin) named Alyssa Strukel and Cooper Larson its new Royal Credit Union Young Professional Credit Union Activists (YP CU Activists.) Royal launched the YP CU Activist program in 2019 to strengthen the credit union movement and amplify the voice of young professionals.

YP CU activists will serve from August 2022 to July 2023 and work to share the credit union difference with policy makers at key advocacy events. Strukel will represent Royal at Minnesota advocacy events and Larson will participate in Wisconsin advocacy efforts. They will meet with their state legislators in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Madison, Wisconsin, in January 2023, and return to Washington DC in February 2023 to attend the CUNA Government Affairs Conference.

Cooper Larson Cooper Larson

Additionally, Strukel and Larson will spend about two hours a month learning more about credit union advocacy and preparing to attend events. They will also participate in visits by legislators to Royal and attend key political events in the community.


Joe Newberry

Joe Newberry$7.6 billion CEO, based in Huntsville, Alabama Redstone Federal Credit Union, received the John W. Dixon Award from the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) for selfless service and devotion to the Army and its Soldiers. Newberry will be officially honored as the recipient of the National Award at AUSA’s Annual Meeting and Exposition scheduled for October 10-12 in Washington, D.C. Redstone has been a Community Partner of AUSA’s Redstone-Huntsville Chapter since 2004.

The $3.9 billion, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Truliant Federal Credit Union promoted Linell Johnson please, controller. Previously, he was vice president, controller, a position he held since 2017. In his new role, Johnson leads Truliant’s financial reporting, operational accounting, internal controls, financial policies and financial analysis departments. He also oversees budgeting, risk analysis, fixed asset management and ACH processing. Johnson joined Truliant in 1994 and worked in accounting before becoming its first financial analyst in 1997 – developing organizational and profitability systems and refining budgeting processes. Johnson, a CPA, is Treasurer of Truliant’s Political Action Committee and co-founder and former coach of the Winston-Salem Roadrunners Track Club.

Linell Johnson Linell Johnson

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