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CUANY Young Professionals Plan Initiatives
ALBANY, N.Y. (6/21/13)--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 during a meeting June 13.

Click to view larger image Members of Credit Union Association of New York's Young Professionals Commission gathered June 13-16 at CUANY's Annual Meeting and Convention in Albany.  (Photo provided by the Credit Union Association of New York )
These YPC officers were elected:

  • Chairperson--Aimee Johnson, Oswego County FCU, Oswego;
  • Vice chairperson--Cara Carlevatti, Great Erie FCU, Orchard Park; and
  • Secretary/communications chairperson--Stephanie Carl, Corning (N.Y.) FCU.
The group recognized Lisa Totaro, Sunmark FCU, Latham, who was a charter member of the YPC and has served as chairperson since 2010.

Six young professionals were installed as new YPC members. They include:

  • Alexa Bennett, Northern FCU, Watertown;
  • Whitney Cochran, CFCU Community CU, Ithaca;
  • Meghan McGee-Pelkey, UFirst FCU, Plattsburgh;
  • Jennifer Preston, Reliant Community FCU, Sodus;
  • Katie Sugorovskiy, Western New York FCU, West Seneca; and
  • Christin Vincent, The Summit FCU, Rochester.
New this year, the CUANY board appointed YPC members to represent the group on four of CUANY's boards/committees. Appointed were:

  • Awards Committee designee: Adam Amesbury, St. Pius X Church FCU, Rochester;
  • CULAC/CUPAC board of trustees designee: Heather Wood, AmeriCU CU, Rome;
  • Governmental Affairs Committee designee: Stephanie Carl, Corning FCU; and
  • New York Credit Union Foundation board of trustees designee: Cara Carlevatti, Great Erie FCU.
YPC members also are 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 younger peers. They also intend to plan a young professionals only Hike the Hill event in Washington, D.C., this fall.


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