Columbia CU Promotes Four Leaders from Within

Columbia Credit Union is celebrating several rising leaders. It has promoted Penny Harris to the role of SVP, Chief Financial Officer, Nicole Arneson to VP, Core Services, Emily Yoder to VP, Controller, and Joe Dunn to VP, Consumer Credit. All four are long-time Columbia CU employees with unique career journeys.

Penny Harris joined the Credit Union as VP Controller in 2005 and made the most of opportunities to grow her skills, assisting Columbia CU in past transitions by leading as Interim CFO prior to her current promotion.

“Penny is an instrumental, hands-on mentor and leader for both our accounting and finance teams,” said Columbia CU’s President and CEO, Steve Kenny. “She’s involved in our community, from planting hundreds of trees to contributing her financial acumen to nonprofit boards. She’s someone we can relate to, who works hard to make life better.”

Harris said she’s proud of the role she’s played in the growth of Columbia CU over the past 16 years.

“I look forward to my strategic involvement as a member of our Senior Management team. I hope my professional story is an inspiration to others who receive opportunities to advance in their careers.”

Columbia CU’s second internal promotion sees Nicole Arneson move into the VP Core Services role. Arneson was also hired in 2005 and has been a go-to resource in the Information Technology department.

“Nicole is helping us create the future and inspiring us all,” said Mark Michaels, Columbia CU’s SVP and Chief Information Officer. “On the heels of being recognized as a woman in technology with the Credit Union National Association’s 2020 ‘Rock Star’ designation, this internal promotion showcases her talent and commitment to getting things done.”

“When I first started at Columbia CU 16 years ago as a part-time teller, I never would have imagined where I am today,” said Arneson. “I feel so lucky to work for a company that encourages its employees to grow and helps them achieve their goals.”

Emily Yoder started her Columbia CU career as an intern in 2013 and now takes on the VP Controller position.

“Emily’s ability to learn quickly and apply her skills to different situations has allowed her to grow into many roles,” said Harris. “Her knowledge of Columbia CU’s accounting and finance functions as well as her continued professional development showcase Columbia CU’s commitment to career mentorship.”

Yoder shared that she’s grateful for this growth opportunity and appreciates that her contributions were recognized as worthy of leadership.

“I want to wholeheartedly thank the senior management team and my colleagues, without whom it would never have been possible for me to reach this position, as I look forward to uplifting Columbia CU towards new goals and adding more value to the team in my new position.”

Joe Dunn has been promoted to VP of Consumer Credit, a new leadership role having previously held the position of VP of Underwriting.

“Joe has been with us since 2012 and is a fantastic person to work with—to say nothing of the proficiency he brings to the team, which is unmatched,” said SVP Chief Credit & Lending Officer Marc Timm. “His promotion to the VP Consumer Credit position is well deserved. Joe is a thoughtful leader who cares for our membership and our community. That creates an exciting future with him in this role.”

“I am grateful for the trust that Columbia Credit Union has shown in recommending me for this position,” said Dunn. “I plan to fully embrace this increased responsibility and the opportunity that comes with it to better support the lending needs of our community.”


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