Around the NW: Simplot Employees Credit Union Members Raise $14,500 for Families in Need

Simplot Employees Credit Union staff and members focused on helping families over the holidays through fundraising activities and their holiday skip-a-pay program. The credit union presented Ronald McDonald House Charities a total of $14,500, more than double its previous highest donation of $5,700.


Simplot Employees Credit Union’s staff and members recently raised funds to help local families in need as they grapple with the emotional and financial impacts of caring for a sick child. 

The Idaho credit union offered a holiday skip-a-pay program and instead asked members to donate $25 to Ronald McDonald House Charities. The fundraising resulted in a $14,500 donation – a record amount. 
“We are proud to follow the long tradition of the J.R. Simplot Co. in being good corporate citizens and giving back to our communities,” said Simplot CEO, Val Brooks. “With the help of our members, who are mostly employees of the J.R. Simplot Co., we were able to more than double our highest donation to Ronald McDonald House. Next, we will set our goal even higher for 2019.” 

The donation was Simplot’s fourth annual gift to Ronald McDonald House and included funds from sales of candy bars and the RMH Cookbook.  

RMHC keeps families under one roof and close to health care providers while children receive medical care. The J.R. Simplot Co., Simplot family, and their many employees have been integral in raising money for the creation and ongoing support of the Ronald McDonald House in Boise. 

Corlinda Wooden

Corlinda Wooden

Corlinda Wooden Returns to Unitus Community Credit Union 

Unitus Community Credit Union is pleased to welcome back Corlinda Wooden as its new Chief Retail Officer. After almost six years of serving Unitus as Director of Branch Services, Wooden left to manage an advisory firm with her husband. She also took time to further develop professionally with roles at Filene Research Institute and Southwest Credit Union National Association Management School. 

Wooden brings an extensive track record of credit union advocacy as well as firsthand knowledge of Unitus’ operations.  
“Corlinda’s wealth of experience and endless enthusiasm for learning will prove strong assets in our mission to better serve our members. She entered this role ready to contribute from day one, bringing creative solutions for short and long-term member success,” said Steve Stapp, Unitus President and CEO. “Over the last decade, Corlinda she has emerged as a powerful advocate in the credit union movement, and we are thrilled to have her back at Unitus Plaza.” 

New STCU Employees

Lukus Collins, Kelli Fahy, and Jennifer Bleggi

STCU Adds New Treasurer/Strategist; Two Home Loan Officers 

STCU has added Lukus Collins to its staff as Treasurer and Balance Sheet Strategist. Collins will provide planning and oversight to the accounting and finance department, coordinating liquidity management, investments, and balance sheet strategies to ensure the credit union meets its goals while making sound financial decisions. He has more than 14 years of financial leadership experience, and most recently held a vice president and treasurer role at an Oklahoma financial institution. 
The credit union also recently added two new home loan officers, joining four other lending professionals at STCU’s Argonne Home Loan Center in Spokane Valley, Washington. Kelli Fahy brings more than 15 years’ experience, and most recently worked in the title insurance industry. Jennifer Bleggi has 13 years of customer service and real estate experience, and most recently served as a mortgage loan officer. 

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