Meet Your 2019 YP Leads Cohort


The 2018 YP Leads having a fun time at the annual MAXX Convention in Tacoma in 2018.

It’s official – the 2019 YP Leads are headed to MAXX – and they’re pumped!  

Twenty Young Professionals from across the Northwest, including Alaska, are headed to the Northwest Credit Union Association’s annual convention, to be held in Spokane from Oct. 15-17. Your Association and generous sponsors provide free MAXX registration to every YP Lead, giving them the opportunity to immerse themselves in three days of Credit Union Movement action. 

The YP Leads program, now entering its third year, was born out of the collaboration of local Young Professional groups, including YCUP Portland & SW Washington, Climb Idaho, YCUP Greater Seattle Area, and Inland Northwest YCUP. This year, we are excited to also partner with the grassroots group, Emerging Credit Union Leaders of Alaska. Members of those boards served as program judges and will be onsite the week of MAXX as mentors.  

“I’m very excited to attend the MAXX conference and have the opportunity to network with other YP Leads,” said Christine DeLoza, who was chosen this year and works for Rogue Credit Union. “I can’t wait to go through this experience and share the knowledge with my credit union! My involvement in various committees within Rogue has motivated me and helped me understand the importance of being educated and aware of the Credit Union Movement. I believe that our voice and participation matters! 

Over the course of the year, YP Leads also will play a key role in building a network of engaged peers by participating in pre- and post-MAXX gatherings, serving as  credit union advocates, and becoming involved with their local Young Professionals Group or Credit Union Chapter. 

“We are so proud of all these young credit union professionals, and we can’t wait to bring them together at MAXX,” said Carmen Vigil, NWCUA Director of Cooperative Momentum. “Each year YP Leads network and bond at MAXX, and that leads to valuable professional connection and learning that brings tangible value back to individual credit unions.  

Your Association thanks all the outstanding credit union professionals who applied to be a YP Lead this year. Each of you are the future of the Credit Union Movement! 

Introducing the 2019 YP Leads: 

  • Stacy Ammerman, Human Resources Manager, Credit Union 1 
  • Hannah Baldwin, Marketing Specialist, InRoads Credit Union 
  • Alyssa Clare, Regional Operations Specialist, Northwest Community Credit Union 
  • Jade Commack, MSR Lead, Tongass Federal Credit Union 
  • Christine DeLoza, Employee Services Assistant, Rogue Credit Union 
  • Deborah Donnelly, Senior Manager of Learning and Development, BECU 
  • Rachel Farrell, IHP Analyst, Northwest Community Credit Union 
  • Matthew FitzGerald, Call Representative, Verity Credit Union 
  • Daphne Girard, Business Development Officer, iQ Credit Union 
  • Joshua Harris, Branch Manager, Beehive Federal Credit Union 
  • Laura Henry, Business Process Manager, Oregon Community Credit Union 
  • Cindy Ho, Branch Manager, Sound Credit Union 
  • Kristina Miller, Bankruptcy Specialist, HAPO Community Credit Union 
  • Jessica Morgan, Consumer Underwriter, Icon Credit Union 
  • Katherine Nugent, Loan Officer, Consolidated Community Credit Union 
  • Shawn Ohki, Consumer Loan Underwriter, Unitus Community Credit Union 
  • Juvent Ramirez, Market Development Officer, Mountain Gem Credit Union 
  • Brandon Rolfe, E-Branch Specialist, East Idaho Credit Union 
  • Blaire Terry, Member Service Specialist, Clarity Credit Union 
  • Amber Young, Education and Outreach Specialist, Gesa Credit Union 

“I applied for the YP Leads program after hearing great things from a colleague,” said Cindy Ho with Sound Credit Union. “I am excited to meet and connect with other young professionals from different credit unions. It will be a great opportunity to exchange ideas, collaborate, and expand my professional network.” 

Blaire Terry with Clarity Credit Union echoed her colleagues’ sentiments. “I am excited about creating new relationships with my peers and making many new lifelong friends.” 

 If you missed this year’s opportunity to apply, please note that there are opportunities all throughout the year to get involved and meet likeminded credit union advocates. Visit the YP Network page online to learn more. If you would like to connect with your local Chapter or YP group, visit the Micro-Communities page or reach out to Carmen Vigil at

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