Lending Council Executive Committee

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2017-18 Lending Council EC

2017-2018 CUNA Lending Council Executive Committee at the 2017 CUNA Lending Council Conference in Nashville, TN

L-R Front Row: Jim Block, Bob Stowell, Mike London. L-R Middle Row: Stephanie Zuleger, Sandi Papenfuhs, Dan Picard, Faye Nabhani, Rita Fillingane. L-R Back Row: Kevin Kesecker, Dona Svehla, Ray Lindley, Jon Paukovich, Steve Quigley


CUNA Lending Council was proud to present its 2017-2018 Executive Committee at their 2017 CUNA Lending Council Conference, November 12-15, in Nashville, Tenn.

The new additions to the executive committee include Jon Paukovich, Dan Picard, Stephanie Zuleger, Faye Nabhani and Gregg Edwards. These individuals will be stepping in as Aaron Bresko, VP Indirect Lending and Consumer Underwriting, BECU; Chris Oldag, CLO/VP, Pacific Service CU; and Stacy Field, SVP/CLO, Travis CU have announced their departure from the committee.

The full 2017-18 Executive Committee includes:

  • Robert Stowell, Chair of the CUNA Lending Council Executive Committee and SVP/CLO, Firefly CU
  • Michael London, Vice Chair of the CUNA Lending Council Executive Committee and SVP Lending, Georgia United CU
  • Jim Block, 2nd Vice Chair of the CUNA Lending Council Executive Committee and SVP/CLO, Baxter CU
  • Gregg Edwards, CUNA Lending Council Executive Committee YP Liaison and Consumer Lending Manager, Market USA FCU
  • Rita Fillingane, VP Research & Collaboration, CA & NV CU League
  • Kevin Kesecker, SVP/CLO, SECU
  • Ray Lindley, SVP Lending, Elevations CU
  • Faye Nabhani, SVP/Chief Credit Officer, SAFE CU
  • Sandi Papenfuhs, SVP Consumer Lending, First Tech FCU
  • Jon Paukovich, SVP/CLO, Ent CU
  • Dan Picard, Consumer Lending Manager, City of Boston CU
  • Steve Quigley, SVP Retail, University of Iowa Community CU
  • Dona Svehla, SVP/CLO, GTE Financial
  • Stephanie Zuleger, VP/CLO, Y-12 FCU

Bob Stowell

Bob Stowell – Chair

SVP, Chief Lending Officer
Firefly Federal Credit Union
Burnsville, MN
Bob.stowell@fireflycu.org

Education

  • Graduated from Minot State University

Professional Activities

  • Chairman, Burnsville Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman, Burnsville Political Action Committee
  • Member, Burnsville Chamber Public Policy Committee
  • Past District Governor, Rotary District #5950
  • Board of Directors, 360 Communities

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • Credit Union Magazine "Rock Star" in 2013
  • Burnsville "Business Person of the Year" in 2014

Michael London

Mike London – Vice Chair

SVP, Lending
Georgia United Credit Union
Duluth, GA
michael.london@georgiaunitedcu.org

Education

  • MBA, Georgia Institute of Technology – Scheller College of Business
  • BBA, Finance, Georgia State University – Robinson College of Business
  • LSSBB, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Georgia State University

Professional Activities

  • CUNA Lending Council Conference Committee Member
  • Advisory Board Member for Experian Credit Union Vertical

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • Recipient of the 2008 Atlanta Society of Financial Analysts CFA scholarship


Jim Block

Jim Block – 2nd Vice Chair

SVP, Chief Lending Officer
Baxter Credit Union
Vernon Hills, IL
Jim.Block@BCU.org

Education

  • MBA, Northwestern University – Kellogg Graduate School of Management
  • BA, Economics and Political Science, Northwestern University
  • Executive Education Certificate in IT PPM - Kellogg Graduate School of Management

Professional Activities

  • Advisory Board Member for Experian Credit Union Vertical
  • Advisory Board Member for TransUnion Credit Union Vertical
  • Advisory Board Member for CU Direct Corporation
  • Member of PSCU Possibility Makers (innovation advisory group), Past mem
  • Past member of PSCU Service Delivery Advisory Board
  • CUNA Lending Council member

 Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • Past Board Member of local Family Service organization
  • Panelist and speaker at industry conferences

Rita Fillingane

Rita Fillingane

VP, Research & Collaboration
California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues
Ontario, CA
ritaf@ccul.org

Education

  • Graduate - Western CUNA Management School
  • CUNA Regulatory Compliance School
  • Bachelor of Arts – English, California State University, Fullerton

Professional Activities

  • Western CUNA Management Alumni Association board secretary
  • CUNA Lending Council member
  • Former California Jump$tart Coalition board member

Kevin Kesecker

Kevin Kesecker

VP, Chief Lending Officer
SECU
Linthicum, MD
kevin.kesecker@secumd.com

Education

  • Potomac State College of West Virginia University

Professional Activities

  • CUNA Lending Council Member
  • Panelist and Speaker at Industry Conferences
  • ACUMA Member
  • Panelist and Speaker at Industry Conferences

Ray Lindley

Ray Lindley

SVP of Lending
Elevations Credit Union
Boulder, CO
Ray.Lindley@elevationscu.com

Education

  • B.A in Accounting from Northwest Nazarene University
  • MBA in Finance from Northwest Nazarene University
  • CCE Institute Graduate

Professional Activities

  • Past Board Member United Way
  • Past Board Member Education Initiative
  • Volunteer Meals on Wheels
  • Volunteer Flat Irons Community
  • Member CUNA Regulatory Affairs Committee

Faye Nabhani

Faye Nabhani

SVP, Chief Credit Officer
SAFE Credit Union
Folsom, CA
faye.nabhani@safecu.org


Sandi Papenfuhs

Sandi Papenfuhs

SVP, Consumer Lending
First Tech Federal Credit Union
Beaverton, OR
Sandi.Papenfuhs@firsttechfed.com

Education

  • Pacific Coast Banking School  
  • ACFE, Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Institute for Internal Controls, CCS

Professional Activities

  • CUDL Strategic Advisory Council
  • Experian Credit Union Advisory Board
  • NWCUA: Oregon Governmental Affairs Committee

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • Pioneer Award, Akcelerant
  • Largest Merger of Credit Union Equals

Jon Paukovich

Jon Paukovich

SVP, Chief Lending Officer
Ent Credit Union
Colorado Springs, CO
jpaukovich@ent.com

Education

  • MBA - Arizona State University - Carey School of Business
  • BSC - Santa Clara University - Leavey School of Business

Professional Activities

  • CUNA Lending Council Conference Committee Member
  • Radian Mortgage Insurance Credit Union Advisory Committee Member

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • Former Board Member of the Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association
  • Former Member of the Fannie Mae Western Region Consumer Advisory Board
  • Former Member of the Mortgage Cadence Advisory Board
  • Panelist and speaker at industry conferences
  • Multiple press interviews in national and local publications

Dan Picard

Dan Picard

Consumer Lending Manager
City of Boston Credit Union
Boston, MA
dpicard@cityofbostoncu.com

Education

  • BSBA Accounting, Suffolk University, Sawyer Business School
  • CUNA Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor

Professional Activities

  • CUSO Board Member and Treasurer, Member Student Lending, LLC. (LendKey)
  • Member, CUNA Lending Member Resource Committee
  • Past President, 2010-2011, New England Adjustment Manager's Association

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • 2008 Credit Union Journal Best Practices Winner for Charge Off Procedures
  • 2013 and 2014 Boston Marathon Finisher

Steve Quigley

Steve Quigley

SVP, Retail
University of Iowa Community Credit Union
Iowa City, IA
squigley@uiccu.org

Education

  • Bachelors of Business Administration - Finance Major, Accounting Minor, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Masters of Business Administration, Drake University, Des Moines, IA

Professional Activities

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County - Board Member and Treasurer
  • Iowa City Noon Rotary Club - Board Member, past Treasurer, and President-Elect

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • The #1 financial institution in terms of member giveback in 2015 and 2016
  • The #1 auto lender in the state of Iowa in 2015 and 2016

Dona Svehla

Dona Svehla

SVP, Chief Lending Officer
GTE Financial
Tampa, FL
Dona.Svehla@gtefinancial.org

Education

  • Master’s in Business Administration - Marketing, Saint Leo University, Tampa, FL
  • Bachelor of Arts – Social and Behavioral Science, National Louis University, Glen Allyn, IL

Professional Activities

  • Tampa YMCA Board
  • CU Servnet Board
  • DePaul University, Professional Advisor

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • 2013 CU Times Trailblazer - Lender of the Year

Stephanie Zuleger

Stephanie Zuleger

Chief Lending Officer
Y-12 Federal Credit Union
Oak Ridge, TN
szuleger@y12fcu.org

Education

  • Doctorate of Education - Organizational Leadership - Pepperdine University
  • MBA - HR Management and Marketing - University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
  • Bachelor of Science - Business Management - Cardinal Stritch University

Professional Activities

  • Chair of TN MIC, Tennessee Credit Union League's Young Professionals Group
  • Advisory Board Member for Transunion's Credit Union Vertical
  • Advisory Board Member for Radian's Credit Union Vertical
  • Secretary/Board Member for CASA of the Tennessee Heartland
  • YP Liaison to the CUNA Lending Council - 2017
  • CUNA Lending Council Member

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • Credit Union Times "Woman to Watch" - 2016
  • First CUNA Lending Council's "Rising Star" Award Recipient - 2016
  • Keynote Speaker for the Credit Union Managers' Association in Ireland - Fall Conference 2017
  • Speaker at Industry Conferences
  • Excellence in Mortgage Lending Award - 2015
  • Excellence in Consumer Lending Award - 2017

Young Professional Liaison

Gregory Edwards

Gregory Edwards

Consumer Lending Manager
Market USA FCU
Laurel, MD
gregory.edwards@marketusafcu.com

Education

  • School of Mortgage Banking
  • Indirect Lending Institute
  • University of Lending
  • CUNA Management School 2018

Professional Activities

  • CUNA Lending Council Executive Committee, Young Professional Liaison

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • 2017 CUNA Lending Rising Star Award Recipient