8 credit unions in 6 states appoint new leaders

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The board of directors of the $2.1 billion Pen Air Federal Credit Union in Pensacola, Fla., announced on Monday the appointment of Delbert Lee Morgan as chairman and chief executive officer.

He succeeds William C. Scarborough.

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Morgan joins Pen Air from the $548 million ValleyStar Credit Union in Martinsville, Va., where he served as chairman and chief executive officer. Prior to ValleyStar, Lee also served as president and CEO of the $302 million Southeastern Federal Credit Union in Valdosta, Georgia.

Pen Air’s 335 employees operate 18 branches and serve 115,098 members.

Tonia Niedzialkowski has been named chair of the $870 million Point Breeze Credit Union in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Tonia Niedzialkowski Tonia Niedzialkowski

Bernie McLaughlin, who previously served as President and CEO, continues to serve as CEO.

In his new role, Niedzialkowski will continue to oversee the credit union’s operations as well as manage the management team.

She has held various positions at Point Breeze since joining in 1994, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Point Breeze’s 119 employees operate five branches and serve nearly 60,000 members.

The board of directors of the $760 million Merck Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Union in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, has named Dana DeFilippis as president and CEO.

Dana DeFilippis Dana DeFilippis

She succeeds David B. Whitehead who plans to retire in April after 24 years of service with the MSDFCU.

DeFilippis has over 25 years of banking experience, including 23 years at the executive level with MSDFCU.

She launched her career at the credit union in 1999 as Vice President of Finance and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2019.

MSDFCU’s 85 employees operate eight branches and serve more than 30,000 members.

The board of directors of the $689 million Verity Credit Union in Seattle, Wash., has named Tonita Webb as president and CEO.

Tonita Webb Tonita Webb

She will succeed current Chairman and CEO John Zmolek, who will retire in April.

Webb will join Verity from the $959 million Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, where she served as executive vice president-COO and chief administrative officer for 15 years.

Webb, who will become the first woman to lead Verity, will take office on April 5.

Verity’s 155 employees operate nine branches and serve more than 36,000 members.

Joshua I. Brier has been named president and CEO of the $601 million GFA Federal Credit Union in Gardner, Mass.

Joshua Brier Joshua Brier

He succeeds Tina Sbrega, who had served as GFA’s president and CEO since 2009 and will retire in April, the credit union said.

Brier served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of GFA for more than two years. Prior to joining the credit union, he held senior positions at Dime Bank and Bank of America.

GFA’s 91 employees operate 10 branches and serve more than 30,000 members.

The $177 million Somerset Federal Credit Union has named Joseph Lajoie as president and CEO.

He succeeded Pamela Mello, who retired in January after serving as CEO for more than five years.

Joseph Lajoie Joseph Lajoie

Lajoie joined the Somerset, Mass.-based credit union with more than 20 years of banking and finance experience.

Prior to joining Somerset, he worked at the $648 million Greenwood Credit Union in Warwick, RI, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Lajoie also served as vice president/assistant controller of the $2.7 billion Navigant Credit Union in Smithfield, RI

SFCU’s 31 employees operate a branch and serve more than 11,000 members.

The $119 million Hopewell Federal Credit Union in Heath, Ohio has named Chris Simmons as its new president and CEO.

Chris Simmons Chris Simmons

He will succeed current chairman and CEO James G. Johnson, who will retire at the end of March, Hopewell said.

Simmons most recently served as vice president of specialty lending at the $357 million CME Federal Credit Union in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to this role, Simmons worked as a consumer loans manager at the $1.7 billion Kemba Financial Credit Union in Gahanna, Ohio.

Hopewell’s 34 employees operate three branches and serve more than 8,000 members.

The $93 million PALCO Federal Credit Union in Muncy, Pa., has named Scott Naughton as president/CEO.

He succeeds Tom Rachael who retired after 18 years as CEO.

Naughton has over two decades of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, he served as Vice Chairman of Penn Woods Bancorp.

PALCO’s 17 employees operate a branch and serve more than 6,000 members.