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GFA Federal Credit Union Appoints Employee Relations Officer

GFA Appoints Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management

PARKS APPOINTED TO GFA SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE

GFA Federal Credit Union Welcomes Back Lisa Hall as Branch Manager

GFA Federal Credit Union Welcomes Tammy Garcia as Branch Manager

GFA HELD 75th ANNUAL MEETING

Gardner Uptown Roots Music Festival

THREE ELECTED TO GFA’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sevigny Promoted to Branch Manager of GFA Ashburnham

GFA’s Student Advisory Board in Third Year

 

July 8, 2014
GFA Appoints Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management
 
Gardner, MA – GFA Federal Credit Union has appointed Juliette Andoh to the position of Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management. Ms. Andoh brings more than a decade of investigation, compliance and audit experience to GFA Federal Credit Union.
As VP/ERM, Ms. Andoh will oversee audit programs, managing compliance and regulatory changes, vendor management and enterprise risk management. Prior to joining GFA, she has held positions as Senior Compliance Lead Auditor, Senior Anti-Money Laundering Investigator, and Compliance Officer. Ms. Andoh also moonlights as a Criminal Justice Adjunct Professor. Her expertise includes management of compliance, Bank Secrecy Act, risk assessment and regulatory procedures.
 
Ms. Andoh will be reporting to David Bojarczuk, Senior Vice President/Director of Corporate Finance. “Juliette is an excellent addition to the GFA management team,” remarked Bojarczuk. “Her proficiency will ensure the Credit Union continues to uphold the highest standards of safety, soundness and security, for our Members.” he added.
 
Ms. Andoh obtained her Master of Arts in Justice Studies and Investigations from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Ms. Andoh also graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Crime, Law and Justice in University Park, PA. She currently pursuing certification as a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist.
 
GFA Federal Credit Union was established in 1938 and now serves 29,000 members who live or work in Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Family members are also eligible to join GFA. The financial well-being of members is GFA’s top priority as the institution continues to serve its mission by sharing profits with members through lower loan rates, rewards for checking accounts, and providing individualized investment services and competitively priced insurance for members. Visit gfafcu.com for more information. Like us on Facebook. Follow GFA Federal Credit Union on LinkedIn. Call 978-632-2542.
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July 2, 2014

GFA Federal Credit Union Appoints Employee Relations Officer
 
Gardner, MA –GFA Federal Credit Union appoints Amy Robbin to Employee Relations Officer. Ms. Robbin has management experience with employee recruitment, employee relations, compensation, benefits and performance management.
 
“Amy is a great addition to our team. She is both an experienced human resources professional and shares GFA’s vision as an employer of choice devoted to providing employees a culture that values passion, new ideas, and accomplishments,” said Tina M. Sbrega, GFA President & Chief Executive Officer.
 
Ms. Robbin is Senior Professional Human Resources certified by The Society for Human Resource Management. She earned  her bachelor degree in management from Lesley College. 
 
GFA Federal Credit Union was established in 1938 and now serves 29,000 members who live or work in Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Family members are also eligible to join GFA. The financial well-being of members is GFA’s top priority as the institution continues to serve its mission by sharing profits with members through lower loan rates, rewards for checking accounts, and providing individualized investment services and competitively priced insurance for members. Visit gfafcu.com for more information. Like us on Facebook. Follow GFA Federal Credit Union on LinkedIn. Call 978-632-2542.
 
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June 4, 2014
 
PARKS APPOINTED TO GFA SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE
 
The Board of Directors of GFA Federal Credit Union recently announced the appointment of JoAnne Parks to its Supervisory Committee. The Supervisory Committee consists of unpaid volunteers who serve to ensure GFA employs fiscal responsibility and sound internal controls. Ms. Parks will be joining committee members: James O. Garrison, Chair, Dr. Daniel M. Asquino, Elaine T. Fluet and Wendy Wiiks.
 
“We are delighted that JoAnne has agreed to serve as a member of our Supervisory Committee. She possesses the business acumen that is requisite for the responsibilities of this Committee” said Tina Sbrega, GFA President & Chief Executive Officer. The Supervisory Committee serves as the Credit Union’s Audit Committee, ensuring that the credit union remains in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations and that assets are safeguarded.
 
Ms. Parks is a resident of Winchendon, MA. She is the Operations Manager at M.H. Parks Company Incorporated. Ms. Parks is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
 
In addition her appointment to GFA’s Supervisory Committee, Ms. Parks serves on the Board of Trustees at Heywood Hospital; Finance Committee at the Clark Memorial YMCA and volunteers at Holy Rosary School.  
 
 
GFA Federal Credit Union was established in 1938 and now serves 29,000 members who live or work in Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Family members are also eligible to join GFA. The financial well-being of members is GFA’s top priority as the institution continues to serve its mission by sharing profits with members through lower loan rates, rewards for checking accounts, and providing individualized investment services and competitively priced insurance for members. Visit gfafcu.com for more information. Like us on Facebook. Follow GFA Federal Credit Union on LinkedIn. Call 978-632-2542.
 
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June 3, 2014 

GFA Federal Credit Union Welcomes Back Lisa Hall as Branch Manager
 
Peterborough, NH – GFA Federal Credit Union welcomes back Lisa Hall as their Peterborough Branch Manager located at 1 Jaffrey Road, Peterborough, NH. Ms. Hall previously served as the branch manager of Monadnock Community Bank, who was acquired by GFA Federal Credit Union in December 2012.
 
Ms. Hall brings more than a decade of banking expertise to GFA Members. Her background is strong in community banking and community engagement. In her role, Ms. Hall will help members achieve their financial goals through GFA’s financial suite of solutions designed for personal, business, insurance and investment needs.
 
“Lisa is a great addition to our team. She is an experienced financial solutions provider and shares our mission of assisting members in achieving their financial goals,” said Kelli Mason, Vice President of Sales & Service.
 
As Branch Manager, Ms. Hall is charged with building GFA’s membership, presence and participation in the Peterborough community. Already a member of the Peterborough community, Ms. Hall serves as Treasurer of The Place to Go – Kids Together, Member of Friends of Con-Val Athletics, Greenfield Oak Park Committee and the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.
 
She is also affiliated with the Kiwanis Club of Peterborough, Contoocook Valley Board of Realtors Affiliates Group, and the Massachusetts Retirement Plans Consortium.
 
Ms. Hall completed Branch Management studies at the Massachusetts Bankers Association. Ms. Hall is also a graduate of Westbrook College, where she earned her degree in Computer Management.
 
GFA Federal Credit Union was established in 1938 and now serves 29,000 members who live or work in Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Family members are also eligible to join GFA. The financial well-being of members is GFA’s top priority as the institution continues to serve its mission by sharing profits with members through lower loan rates, rewards for checking accounts, and providing individualized investment services and competitively priced insurance for members. Visit gfafcu.com for more information. Like us on Facebook. Follow GFA Federal Credit Union on LinkedIn. Call 978-632-2542.
 
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June 3, 2014

GFA Federal Credit Union Welcomes Tammy Garcia as Branch Manager
 
Gardner, MA – GFA Federal Credit Union recently recruited Tammy Garcia as Branch Manager of their Pearson branch at 67 Pearson Boulevard, Gardner, MA 01440.
 
Ms. Garcia brings nearly twenty years of banking expertise to GFA Members. Her background is strong in community banking, Member service and civic engagement. In her role, Ms. Garcia will help members achieve their financial goals through GFA’s financial suite of solutions designed for personal, business, insurance and investment needs.
 
“We are confident that Tammy’s skills and experience align with GFA’s culture and mission,” said Kelli Mason, VP Sales and Service. “In addition to her strong banking experience coupled with our dedicated employees at the Pearson location, our Members can expect continued delivery of Better Banking,” Mason added.
 
Ms. Garcia’s volunteer experience includes United Way of Central MA; Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and Girl Scouts of the USA. She studied Business Administration at Mount Wachusett Community College.
  
GFA Federal Credit Union was established in 1938 and now serves 29,000 members who live or work in Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Family members are also eligible to join GFA. The financial well-being of members is GFA’s top priority as the institution continues to serve its mission by sharing profits with members through lower loan rates, rewards for checking accounts, and providing individualized investment services and competitively priced insurance for members. Visit gfafcu.com for more information. Like us on Facebook. Follow GFA Federal Credit Union on LinkedIn. Call 978-632-2542.
 
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 May 14, 2014

GFA President & CEO Tina M. Sbrega addresses GFA members at the Annual Meeting highlighting the success and growth of the Credit Union.
GFA HELD 75th ANNUAL MEETING
 
GFA Federal Credit Union recently held its 75th Annual Meeting at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner and was attended by more than 120 GFA members. Veterans from the Montachusett Veteran’s Outreach Center were in attendance to present the American and Massachusetts flags and lead the group in the pledge of allegiance.
As a co-operative owned financial institution, the credit union’s annual meeting is open to all member-owners. GFA’s annual meeting serves as an opportunity for Members to participate in their credit union, elect Directors to serve a three-year term, and hear the State of the Credit Union.
The highlighted theme throughout the meeting was the success and growth of the credit union even throughout the challenging economy over the past five years. During this time period the credit union has continued to advance in the area of branching, technology, and growth.
 

June 3, 2014

 

May 5, 2014

 THREE ELECTED TO GFA’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
At the recent annual meeting of GFA Federal Credit Union, three individuals were re-elected to the Board of Directors to serve three-year terms. The re-elected Directors include Charles P. Bowles, Douglas R. Delay, and Mark P. Hawke.
 
Charles P. Bowles is a member of the GFA Board of Directors. Prior to his retirement in 2008, Mr. Bowles was the Chief Executive Officer at GFA for 24 years. He is an active member of the Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) Foundation, and previously served as a Trustee of the College. He has also served on numerous other community Boards and was a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of EasCorp, GFA’s corporate credit union. Mr. Bowles has been recognized for his community involvement as the Citizen of the Year by the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce in 1997 and the MWCC Foundation in 2004. He is a graduate of Western New England College. He completed graduate studies at WPI. He has served as a member of the GFA Board of Directors since1988.
  
Douglas R. Delay currently serves as the credit union’s Chief Governance Officer. Mr. Delay is the Purchasing Manager at Latrobe Specialty Steel Distribution, a division of Carpenter Technology Corporation. Mr. Delay is a graduate of Nichols College, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He has served on the GFA Board since 2003. Prior to being elected to the Board of Directors, Mr. Delay served on the Supervisory Committee from 1988 to 2003. 
 
Mark P. Hawke, Mayor of Gardner, is a member of the GFA Board of Directors. In addition to his service to the City of Gardner, he also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Wachusett Community College, is a member of the Board of Directors of Gardner Square Two, and an Incorporator of Heywood Hospital. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA from Anna Maria College.   Mr. Hawke has served on the GFA Board of Directors since 2012 and previously served on the Supervisory Committee since 2009.       
 
“Our three elected board members have the business acumen, knowledge, and commitment to GFA’s core values and to the members we represent,” said Tina M. Sbrega, GFA President & Chief Executive Officer.
As a co-operative, not for profit financial institution, GFA’s Board of Directors serve as representatives of the general Membership. Elected by the membership, they serve in a volunteer capacity and receive no remuneration for their service.
 
GFA Federal Credit Union was established in 1938 and now serves 29,000 members who live or work in Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Family members are also eligible to join GFA. The financial well-being of members is GFA’s top priority as the institution continues to serve its mission by sharing profits with members through lower loan rates, rewards for checking accounts, and providing individualized investment services and competitively priced insurance for members. Visit gfafcu.com for more information. Like us on Facebook. Follow GFA Federal Credit Union on LinkedIn. Call 978-632-2542.
 
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 April 10, 2014

 

Sevigny Promoted to Branch Manager of GFA Ashburnham
 
Ashburnham, MA – GFA Federal Credit Union recently announced the promotion of Kelly Sevigny to the position of Branch Manager of the credit union’s Ashburnham full service branch. Kelly has worked at the Ashburnham location for more than six years, most recently serving as Assistant Branch Manager.
 
Ms. Sevigny has nearly a decade of banking experience. She has worked at GFA Federal Credit Union for seven years, having started as a Teller. Since joining GFA, she has continuously advanced her responsibilities and has been promoted from teller to Member Service Supervisor and Assistant Branch Manager. “We are delighted to once again provide recognition for exemplary service with this promotion to Branch Manager. Kelly is an experienced financial solutions provider and shares our mission of assisting members in achieving their financial goals,” said Kelli Mason, Vice President of Sales & Service.
 
As Branch Manager, Ms. Sevigny is charged with building GFA’s membership, presence and participation in the Ashburnham community. Kelly serves as a Director and Treasurer of the Ashburnham Lions Club.
 
“I am most excited that I can continue to serve our Ashburnham members,” noted Ms. Sevigny. “It is most rewarding to help a member purchase their first car, a new home, or rebuild their credit to achieve desired financial goals,” she added.
 
Edmund Perry, Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager has relocated from Ashburnham to GFA’s main office in Gardner, MA.
 
GFA Federal Credit Union was established in 1938 and now serves 29,000 members who live or work in Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Family members are also eligible to join GFA. The financial well-being of members is GFA’s top priority as the institution continues to serve its mission by sharing profits with members through lower loan rates, rewards for checking accounts, and providing individualized investment services and competitively priced insurance for members. Visit gfafcu.com for more information. Like us on Facebook. Follow GFA Federal Credit Union on LinkedIn. Call 978-632-2542.
 

 January 27, 2014

GFA’s Student Advisory Board Members Front row: Kendra Keenan, Skyla Johnson, Jackie Nicholson, Rebecca Dorval, Allison Cheney, Dr. Carol Daring, Superintendent of Schools. Back row: Kyle Weidler, David Belitsky, Ben Caron, Troy Yacyshyn, Christoph Knoll, Mark Carpentier and Mark Pellegrino, Gardner High School Principal.
 
GFA Federal Credit Unions Student Advisory Board convened and using parliamentary procedure officer candidates were nominated and voted by the Student Advisory Board to serve for the third year.
 
The credit union and Gardner High School partnership provides ten students real world experience in learning about how a local financial institution runs and corporate governance, all while developing valuable financial literacy skills. GFA Student Advisory Board members include: Mark Carpentier, Chair; Jackie Nicholson, Vice-Chair; Rebecca Dorval, Treasurer; Skyla Johnson, Secretary; Kendra Keenan, Allison Cheney, Kyle Weidler, David Belitsky, Ben Caron, Troy Yacyshyn, and Christoph Knoll.
 
“We appreciate the commitment of these students and the opportunity to collaborate with Gardner Public Schools to provide financial literacy education to young adults as they approach their first financial needs,” said Tina M. Sbrega, GFA President & CEO. “The experience they gain in learning how a business operates and a board functions provides valuable real life experiences these students will use in their careers and in serving their communities,” she added.
 
The GFA Federal Credit Union management team meets with the board to provide education on a variety of relevant financial topics including: budgeting, what is a credit score, and guidance of banking. The students then help determine best ways to educate their peers in the school system.
 
“Financial literacy is a critical skill, and even more so in this economy. This partnership allows us to integrate real-life financial experiences to students in the classroom and provide lifelong lessons to our students,” said Mark Pellegrino, Principal of Gardner High School.
 
Since its 1938 founding, the financial well-being of members remains GFA’s top priority, as the institution continues to serve its mission by sharing profits with members in lower loan rates, no fee rewards checking accounts, and providing individualized investment services and competitive priced insurance for members.
 
GFA Federal Credit Union is a full service community financial institution serving Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Branch locations are in Ashburnham, Gardner, Hubbardston, Leominster, Peterborough, Rindge, Rutland and Winchendon. Visit gfafcu.com for more information.    
 
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