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* TOLEDO, Ohio (6/18/10)--Ohio's first and newly chartered Latino credit union, Nueva Esperanza Community CU, Toledo, has hired its first full-time employee. Lillian Sue Cuevas will serve as the credit union's manager, according to the Ohio Credit Union League (eLumination Newsletter June 16). Cuevas has more than 20 years experience in the banking industry. She has held positions ranging from loan director and mortgage loan officer to banking center manager and financial investment assistant. Cuevas is president of the Hispanic Awareness Organization of Northwest Ohio and a member of the Toledo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is fluent in Spanish, which will help the credit union build relationships with South Toledo's Latino community, said the league ... * MISSOULA, Mont. (6/18/10)--Ben A. Diveley, 34, of Helena, Mont., pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling nearly $77,000 from Helena Community CU, where he worked as a loan officer for five years (Associated Press Newswires June 16). He entered his pleas to credit union embezzlement, money laundering and identity theft before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Missoula. While working at the credit union, Diveley allegedly took out loans totaling $75,000, using false borrower names and guaranteed with a member's certificate of deposit without the member's permission. Sentencing is set for Sept.24 ... * SHELTON, Wash. (6/18/10)--Joe Robertson, president/CEO for the past 25 years of Our Community CU in Shelton, Wash., will retire Dec. 31, the credit union announced
Thursday. Bert Fisher, currently chief operations officer (COO), will be promoted to CEO on July 1, to begin the transition to succeed Robertson at the end of the year. Robertson's career with the credit union began in 1975, when he was hired as a collection manager and later promoted to operations manager. He was appointed CEO in 1985 and has been active in the credit union industry, particularly with the Washington Credit Union League and as an advocate for credit unions on both Capitol Hill and in the community. Fisher has been COO since 2005, when he was hired as part of the succession plan for Robertson's retirement. As COO, Fisher oversaw branch operations, call center, lending and collections, human resources, staff development and the compliance department. He also has more than 24 years' experience in the wood products industry ... * WASHINGTON (6/18/10)--Gordon E. Hurd, former development director with the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and later a senior development officer in institutional philanthropy for AARP, died May 17 of cancer at his home in Arlington County, Va. Hurd joined WOCCU in 1976, holding positions in strategic planning and media management and as an international liaison before becoming development director in WOCCU's Washington, D.C., office He moved to the organization in Madison, Wis., in 1989. He began working for the University of Wisconsin Foundation in 1995, before joining AARP's staff in 2005. He is survived by his wife, one son, a sister and a brother (Washington Post June 17) ... *OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (6/18/10)--Donald Anton Brown, 92, died June 12 in Oklahoma City. He spent 50 years in the aviation industry and maintained an active pilot's and aviation mechanic's license for 60 years. Brown was president of the FAA CU, based in Oklahoma City, for seven years. He remained on the board of directors at the credit union for 25 years and was active in many community and aviation organizations. He is survived by two sons, one daughter, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one brother and one sister (The Oklahoman June 15) ...


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