Marine Stories We consist of a diverse group of people brought together by common beliefs: Courage, Collaboration, Compassion, Commitment – and Advancing Lives. Our Marine community is rich with stories that inspire us professionally and personally.
Sonia McCabe’s caring nature, she shared, comes from her mother and step-father who worked hard and always went out of their way to help others. Sonia said she learned to go out of her way to care for her team from her leaders at MCU. Sonia has been with MCU for over 21 years. “I love my job, my team and what I do,” Sonia shared.
Initiator of the Heart of MCU project, Caitlin Wilson learned to create connection through storytelling at a young age. “In the world, we rush past people. Loneliness has become an epidemic. That gift that you can give another person … to hear them and tell their story and preserve it and push it out into the world. What an honor.”
Marie MacGlashin said it was important to her to work for an organization that aligns with her personal values and encourages her to serve the underserved in her community. “We only have one shot at this,” Marie shared. “You want to know you are making a difference … leaving a legacy.”
After a few career moves, Joshua Russell said of Marine Credit Union, “The buck stops here. God orders our steps and everything we do. MCU aligns with how I like to help people – empower people. It’s not just about closing the deal,” he added. “We help people take control of their finances.”
Kris Culligan said she has made a life-commitment to help people, help her team and her community. After sharing her personal story of overcoming difficulties and trauma as a child, Kris shared that she gets her strength through her “strong relationship with God. My heart is to help people,” she said. “I have a strong faith. I want to help them find that within themselves.”
Sabina Guyer said she learned that it is important to have compassion after growing up in a broken home and having spent time in foster care. She now spends time learning about those she serves and listening to their stories. “It’s not about the sales numbers,” she said. “It’s about knowing that I am helping people in my community.”
Using a difficult past to become “the person others need,” Valerie Williams now serves her community and MCU members with compassion and empathy. She “steps up” at work and in her personal life and says she aligns personally with the MCU core values of compassion, collaboration, commitment, and courage. “MCU,” Valerie said, “aligns with who I am as a person.”
George French III shared that he got his passion to serve the community growing up with a midwestern farm family mentality. It was all about helping your neighbors. “People helping people is a smart business model,” he said, and he gets to do so every day as a mortgage lender at MCU. “My job is great,” he shared. “I get to help people for a living.”
Molly Slater’s positive attitude and team spirit helped her raise her son as a single-mom and helps her create a caring environment for her community and for MCU members. She is always going out of her way to go above and beyond the normal responsibilities of her job. “You just have to be a good person,” she said. “Do the right thing. You have to go to bed with yourself every night.”
Inspired by the resiliency of her mother, Kaitlyn Rowe said she is passionate about living out the core values of MCU. She explained how her collections department uses education, compassion, and empathy to help their members and others in the community reach financial success.
Ed recalled a memory when he was only five years old seeing his father break down and cry when he closed on their family home. Ed uses his experiences growing up in a family who immigrated to the U.S. to now help individuals with what he called “challenging credit” and “unique lending needs”.
After having experienced financial hardships as a young mom, Kirstin Kisgen now works as a CUNA certified financial counselor to help educate Marine Credit Union members. “It takes compassion,” she said. “Sometimes there are tough conversations. But we are in it together.”
Growing up in an extreme traditional culture, Maira Sarfraz shares her story of overcoming an abusive arranged marriage so she can help others. “I know my voice can help to inspire others,” Maira said, “even if I can only help one other person. The company I work for encourages that.”
Mellony Thesing clearly has a passion for serving animals she helps to rescue as well as members she serves at Marine Credit Union (MCU). Being able to volunteer on company time to help her community and help rescue animals is one reason why Mellony said she is grateful to work at MCU.
Robert shared he came across a classified ad that “spoke” to him. “We offer talented and motivated people the opportunity to do the best work of their lives.” The position was the Director of First Impressions – La Crosse at Marine Credit Union. “I’m in the middle of my 12th year at MCU and love it,” Robert said with a dashing smile.