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* RICHARDSON, Texas (1/7/09)--David Addison announced Tuesday his resignation as president/CEO of the $1.8 billion asset Texans CU, effective Jan. 31. He led the Richardson, Texas-based credit union and its subsidiaries for six years. Mike Sauer, a long-term board member who has held all board officer positions during his tenure, will act as interim CEO until a replacement is made by the board within the next 90 days, said the credit union in a press release. Addison said the decision to leave is a “personal one that involved much discussion and planning with my family and the board of directors. While I am saddened to depart from this wonderful institution, I have great confidence that the rich history and great success of Texans CU will continue under the leadership of the board and able management team.” Board Chairman Judith Moore said Addison’s “guiding vision and leadership will be sorely missed” … * ALBANY, N.Y. (1/7/09)--Congressman-elect Eric Massa (D-Jamestown/Buffalo) attended the Jamestown chapter of the Credit Union Association of New York’s 15th annual Toys for Kids dinner. A lifetime credit union member, Massa congratulated the chapter credit unions for making a difference for hundreds of disadvantaged children and setting an example for community service. “Credit unions are an integral part of the American economy and the American working family, and I am proud to be both a member and a supporter of these great institutions,” he said. He added he looks forward “to working in Congress to increase membership and further strengthen our nation’s credit unions.” From left are: Pastor Gail McCrory, Solomon’s Porch Ministries; Vicky Matteson, manager, Jamestown Area Community FCU; Julie Fenton, human resources coordinator, Greater Chautauqua FCU; Travis Heiser, CEO, Inner Lakes FCU; Massa; and Cheryl Frantzen, political action coordinator, and Leona Haberstro, advocacy specialist, both from Credit Union Association of New York. (Photo provided by the Credit Union Association of New York) … * ST. PAUL, Minn. (1/7/09)--A branch manager/security officer in charge of security camera videotapes at a St. Paul credit union was charged with two counts of theft after tapes, due to be recycled a few days later, showed her closing a member’s certificate of deposit account. Samantha Mae Thrond, 26, was charged with stealing more than $17,000 from accounts of members of Capital Trust FCU (St. Paul Pioneer Press Jan. 3) … * OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (1/7/09)—Donna Kay Gainer, 61, of Drummond, Okla., a former employee of Tinker FCU’s Enid branch, pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling between $30,000 and $70,000 from the credit union. She admitted to taking more than $1,000 in June 2008. Gainer faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sentencing will be in several months (The Daily Oklahoman Jan. 5) … * ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (1/7/09)--Thomas J. Ryan, president of First Financial CU in Albuquerque, N.M., from 1958 to 1986, died Friday, according to the Credit Union Association of New Mexico. He was also president of the credit union’s subsidiary, Credit Union Services, from 1987 to 1990. Ryan was active in the credit union community, serving on boards of the New Mexico Credit Union League and National Association of Federal Credit Unions, which named him Professional of the Year. He oversaw the development of many services, including checking accounts, certificates, open-end lending, ATM services, the CU ANYTIME ATM network and investment services for the credit union. Services are scheduled for this coming Friday … * HARRISBURG, Pa. (1/7/09)--Anthony Alviani, CEO/treasurer of New Brighton Schools FCU in New Brighton, Pa., died Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 61. Alviani was a teacher for 35 years, including 30 years at New Brighton High School, where he taught computer science, math, business education and typing. He also taught classes at the Community College of Beaver County and the Beaver County Vocational Technical School. The credit union has $546,057 in assets (Life is a Highway Jan. 6) …


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