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Erica Plaza

Erica Plaza is grounded in her traditional values in her personal and professional life. She said that Marine Credit Union’s core values “speak” to her. “I am where I have to be, career-wise,” Erica commented. “It is my calling to be here.”

Courtney Shaw

“We aren’t the only place (members) are behind,” Courtney Shaw shared during her interview. “If they are behind on their house or car, they are probably living paycheck to paycheck.” Courtney said that having her training in financial counseling and having experienced her own financial hardships in the past helps her to dig deeper into members’ situations and put them on a better financial path.

Brooke Liu

Early on, Brooke Liu studied with the intention of working on mass murders and serial killers for the FBI, but her path led her to serving the community in security and banking. “There are times it is hard to work in fraud,” she said. “Identity theft is a traumatic event for members. You have to build a rapport with them. I let them know, ‘I will help you through this.’”

Barb Kotsonis

“I love learning,” Barb Kotsonis, who does a lot of training at Marine Credit Union, shared during her Heart of MCU interview. “That is why I love teaching. I will continue to learn whether I am in the classroom or not. My goal is to learn something every day, not just to quench your thirst for knowledge, but to keep yourself young.”

Arlys Lankey

Arlys Lankey “technically” has been with MCU for 11 years but has been working in the banking field for over 30. What makes her great at customer support? “People say that I have great empathy, patience, and understanding for the person on the phone,” she answered during her Heart of MCU interview. And it doesn’t hurt having those 30 years of experience as well.

Lucas Zuiker

Taking after the examples his father and his “selfless” and “giving” mother, even as a young boy, Luke Zuiker was the kid who helped others out. Now in his role at MCU and as a CUNA certified financial counselor, he shared that he loves being able to help members realize things they hadn’t been able to before. “MCU is a more caring organization. I’ve always felt good about the loans I’ve written here.”

Cassandra Sears

Cassandra Sears shares her own personal story of financial hardship and compares it to many of the members she now serves as an MCU Consumer Loan Officer. “It’s why I wake up and go to work,” she said. “Those are the people we are able to help. We really get to change the course of their lives just by listening to them.”

Kyli Hames

MCU Foundation Coordinator Kyli Hames shared her story of overcoming a drug addiction at a very young age. “I find light in dark situations,” she said. “I felt I was in quicksand, but I knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel. It seemed hopeless but I was still hopeful. We were all created to experience love with the Creator.”

Meghan Lawrence

Family is important to Meghan Lawrence, Senior Deposit Operations Representative. Meghan said she not only appreciates the compassionate and collaborative culture in her own department but that the collaboration between departments at MCU is “amazing to see.” She explained that same compassion is carried out to members as well. “For some members, you are the person they can confide in. Maybe they don’t have anyone else. They became like family.”

Bob Holtz

Bob Holtz, Inside Mortgage Specialist is a self-aware man. He said that MCU employees, like himself, might be “different from the norm” because they have the courage to have tough conversations and the compassion to help their members – however they can. “I wouldn’t change anything,” Bob said of his job at MCU. “I’m loving it.”

Brenda Warren

Brenda had a successful career in catering prior to a journey that how has her serving as Real Estate Loan Support Supervisor. She shared she was making cookies “as soon as I could stand on a chair.” Catering, she said, “was so fun … so awesome. It’s service. A different type. You can’t mess with some things. It has to be done exactly right.” With loan support, she added, “We have to make sure everything is signed correctly. Our team is responsible. We catch it and have to get it fixed.”

Mary Jo Healey

“Bank” Mary Jo Healey, Marine Credit Union (MCU) Market Manager said jokingly, “is a four-letter word.” The mission behind a credit union, Mary Jo said, “is in my bones. My number one priority is what is in the best interest of the member.” At MCU, Mary Jo said, “We always make sure to put our members in a better position when they leave than when they came in, or give them the tools to get there.”