NEW CASTLE, Del. (6/2/14)--For one Delaware family, credit union service is a three-generation tradition.
From left, Evelyn Kyritsis, Sara Bartley and Susan Kyritsis Winward represent three generations of on family's credit union service in Delaware. (Photo provided by Delaware Credit Union League)
The tradition began in 1970 when Evelyn Kyritsis became manager at Delaware Central FCU, according to the Delaware Credit Union League (
June 1). Evelyn went on to work as manager of City of Newark FCU, where she remained until 1992. Evelyn told the Delaware league she enjoyed working at credit unions "because it felt like family" and the work performed was benefiting financial standing of members.
Her daughter, Susan Kyritsis Winward, got her first credit union experience when she helped Evelyn prepare the monthly member statements for mailing. When an opportunity to work as a loan officer Capitol Trail Auto Workers FCU was presented to Susan in 1977, she followed in her mother's footsteps. Capitol Trail Auto Workers FCU is now known as Delaware First FCU, Wilmington, with $26 million in assets.
In 1994, Susan returned to her credit union roots, following a stint with the U.S. Postal Service. She combined the two career paths, becoming an assistant manager at Wilmington (Del.) Postal FCU. In 2000, the board of directors at Wilmington Postal FCU rewarded Susan's dedication naming her CEO, a position she still holds with the $16 million-asset credit union.
The family tradition continued when Susan told her niece, Sara Bartley, the daughter of her sister, Marilynn Kyritsis Bartley
about a job opportunity at Delaware First FCU. Although Sara had never planned to work at a credit union, she accepted a teller position at Delaware First FCU--the same credit union where Susan Winward started her career.
Sara has set her sights set on advancing in the credit union system, with hopes of following in the footsteps of her grandmother and aunt to eventually become a credit union CEO herself. She takes advantage of training opportunities whenever possible and joined the Delaware Credit Union League's Young Professionals Network. Sara finds the group's energy invigorating and likes being able to "share ideas with other young credit union employees."