CUANY’s Young Professionals Commission welcomes new members, plans initiatives

Contact: Ron McLean, Association SVP
(800) 342-9835, ext. 8191, cell: (518) 469-5945

(June 20, 2013 - Albany, NY) – During a meeting held June 13, members of the Credit Union Association of New York’s Young Professionals Commission (YPC) elected new officers, welcomed new members and began planning several initiatives for the months ahead.

The following YPC officers were elected:

  • Chairperson Aimee Johnson, Oswego County FCU;
  • Vice Chairperson Cara Carlevatti, Great Erie FCU; and
  • Secretary/Communications Chairperson Stephanie Carl, Corning FCU.

The group recognized outgoing Chairperson Lisa Totaro, Sunmark FCU, who was a charter member of the YPC and has served as chairperson since 2010.

Six young professionals were installed as new YPC members, including:

  • Alexa Bennett, Northern FCU;
  • Whitney Cochran, CFCU Community CU;
  • Meghan McGee-Pelkey, UFirst FCU;
  • Jennifer Preston, Reliant Community FCU;
  • Katie Sugorovskiy, Western New York FCU; and
  • Christin Vincent, The Summit FCU.

New this year, the CUANY board of directors appointed YPC members to represent the group on four of CUANY’s boards/committees. The following individuals were appointed:

  • Awards Committee designee: Adam Amesbury, St. Pius X Church FCU;
  • CULAC/CUPAC board of trustees designee: Heather Wood, AmeriCU Credit Union;
  • Governmental Affairs Committee designee: Stephanie Carl, Corning FCU; and
  • NYCUF board of trustees designee: Cara Carlevatti, Great Erie FCU.

YPC members are also developing initiatives to promote engagement and cross-generational cooperation. They plan to create an alumni group, enabling former YPC members to continue networking and sharing insights with their younger peers. They also hope to plan a young professionals-only Hike event in Washington, D.C., this fall.

“As the new chairperson, I am beyond excited to see what the YPC can accomplish this year,” said Johnson. “We have a great group of motivated, passionate young professionals, and the possibilities are limitless. In the year ahead, we will continue to engage young professionals throughout the state and get them motivated, educated and involved in all our credit union movement has to offer.”

The YPC was founded by CUANY in 2010 to help develop strategies for engaging and retaining young professionals within the credit union industry. Members include credit union professionals and volunteers age 35 and younger who are nominated by their credit union’s president/CEO. To learn more, visit

The Credit Union Association of New York has served as the trade association for the state’s credit unions for 96 years. New York credit unions have assets of more than $62 billion and serve 4.8 million members. To learn more about the Association, visit To find a credit union or learn more about the credit union movement, visit


Members of CUANY’s Young Professionals Commission gathered
June 13-16 at the Annual Meeting & Convention.