Around the Northwest: Mountain America Credit Union Raises $13,500 for St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital

Mountain America Credit Union donated $13,500 to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho. Credit union officials made a check presentation during the final home game on March 9.


As the preferred credit union of the Boise State Broncos, Mountain America Credit Union made a commitment to donate to a charity. This year, the credit union chose to continue its support of St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho, by donating $50 for every three-pointer made by the men’s basketball team in the 2018-2019 season.

At the final home game against the Air Force on March 9, Mountain America’s Public Relations Manager, Angie Nelson, and Vice President of Corporate Sponsorships and Events, Jason Smith, presented a check for $13,500 to Sherry Iverson, St. Luke’s Children’s Director of Community Education, and Dr. Alicia Lachiondo of St. Luke’s Treasure Valley Pediatrics.

“Mountain America is proud to support St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital as they continue to grow and advance the services available to Treasure Valley families,” Smith said. “It is amazing what they are doing to improve the health and well-being of all our children.”

The Utah-based Mountain America has more than 80 branch locations in Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Wendie Ellis

Wendie Ellis, Director of Payment Services at Horizon Credit Union

Horizon Credit Union Welcomes Wendie Ellis as Director of Payment Services

Washington’s Horizon Credit Union has hired Wendie Ellis as Director of Payment Services. Ellis previously served as Assistant Vice President of Loan Administration at Washington-based Numerica Credit Union, and brings over 18 years’ experience in a variety of loan, deposit, and branch administration and operations roles.

Ellis held a credit union membership prior to starting her credit union career and appreciated credit unions’ philosophy on providing members with financial education and the principle of “People Helping People.”

 “I am proud to work in an industry that prides itself on helping others,” says Ellis.

She is a graduate of Western CUNA Management School, and has served as President of the Spokane Chapter of Credit Unions since 2014. Ellis also serves on the Credit Union National Association’s Operations and Member Experience Council, Members Resource Committee.

Brian Teegardin, Columbia Credit Union Wealth Management Investment Advisor

Brian Teegardin, Columbia Credit Union Wealth Management Investment Advisor

Brian Teegardin Joins Columbia Credit Union’s Wealth Management Team

Columbia Credit Union has welcomed Brian Teegardin to its Wealth Management team. Teegardin will serve as a Wealth Management Advisor to meet the credit union membership’s long-term savings, insurance, estate, and retirement planning needs.

Teegardin brings 10 years’ experience in the financial services field and will focus on making life better for the credit union’s members.

“The opportunity to join an organization with Columbia Credit Union’s exceptional presence in Clark County just couldn’t be passed up,” says Teegardin. “This is a great partnership that will help me better serve the needs of my clients.”

Rogue Credit Union Presents Service Awards

Outstanding employees and departments stole the spotlight at Rogue Credit Union’s annual awards banquet. The Oregon credit union honored seven employees and three departments for exemplifying the credit union philosophy, dedication to Rogue’s values, and commitment to serving members and the community.

  • Rookie of the Year: Jason Clark
  • External Service: Jillian Marks
  • Internal Service: Connie Adams
  • 212° Individual: William Whitney
  • 212° Team: Employee Development and Loyalty
  • Leader: Derek Reeser
  • Vern Arnold Learner: Adam Korth
  • President’s: Kelsey Esqueda
  • External Team: Float Member Service Team
  • Internal Team: Lending Services

Award honorees were selected for their contribution to the overall success of the credit union, exceptional member service, and for exceeding expectations.

Posted in Around the NW, Member News.