News from our CUs


New Mexicans become CUDEs

Matt Schmidt, CEO of Los Alamos Schools Credit Union, Emily Nail of High Plains FCU, and Britni Romero and Angelica Garcia of Guadalupe Credit Union are among the 47 credit union professionals who recently became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs).

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BAB, Jemez Valley get NCUA grants

Two credit unions in rural New Mexico have been awarded grants from the National Credit Union Association to help bridge the job skills gap in the form of staff training and student internships.

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Clovis paper takes Dems to task over data breach

The Clovis News Journal featured n editorial shaming NM Dems for inaction on the data breach law.

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Nusenda pursues stadium naming rights

Albuquerque Public Schools' Community Stadium could become Nusenda Credit Union Community Stadium.

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USNMFCU now U.S. Eagle

Armed with a new name and a new image, the state’s oldest credit union is poised to grow. U.S. Eagle Credit Union, formerly U.S. New Mexico Federal Credit Union, is planning to expand its presence in Farmington and to open a new branch in Santa Fe.

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Chino, FFCU to merge

Chino Federal Credit Union (CFCU) members have voted affirmatively to merge into First Financial Credit Union (FFCU). 

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First Financial opens Gallup financial fitness center

As part of its longstanding commitment to financial literacy, First Financial Union has created an interactive Financial Education Learning Center located at their Mesa View Branch, 1382 N Hwy 491 in Gallup, NM.

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NMEFCU now Nusenda

altNew Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union is changing its name to Nusenda Credit Union.

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From the Albuquerque Journal.

NMEFCU making random acts of kindness

For the sixth year, the Division of Student Affairs partners with the UNM Dean of Students Office, New Mexico Educators Federal Educators Federal Credit Union (NMEFCU), and new this year, LoboTHON, to celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) week, Feb. 9-15.

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NMEFCU teaches UNM students to be careful about debt

Anneliese Elrod, senior vice president of marketing at the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, says the credit union aims to train students during orientation so that all are aware of how to approach credit cards.

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Educators pays dividends to members

New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union paid more than $7 million to its qualifying member-owners.

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Roswell Community FCU's Hardwick now a DE

Kate Hardwick from Roswell Community Federal Credit Union was among the 43 credit union professionals who became certified Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after being guided by eight dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation). The Winter DE training was held January 14-21, 2015 at the American Airlines Training & Conference Center in Dallas, Texas.

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Chino to vote on merge with First Financial CU

Members of Chino Federal Credit Union will soon have a question put them — to merge or not to merge. Chino Federal Credit Union's board of directors voted unanimously in November to merge with First Financial Credit Union, based out of Albuquerque, starting April 1.

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Nava re-elected to NCUF board

The National Credit Union Foundation board of directors held officer elections at its January 14 meeting, electing Winona Nava, President/CEO of Guadalupe Credit Union in Santa Fe, as Vice Chairman.

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NMEFCU helps snag city grant

Albuquerque is one of 14 cities to receive an "innovation team" grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies that will add $1.2 million toward the city's efforts to find new approaches to job growth and other issues. The city pursued the grant in partnership with New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union.

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NMEFCU's Laudick chairs Innovate ABQ

New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union CEO Terry Laudick has been named chairman of the Innovate ABQ board.

"The regents have tasked us with fostering the vision and activities of Innovate ABQ," Laudick said. "We look forward to working with Perkins + Will architectural and design firm in collaboration with the Mayor's Innovation Central to bring together intellectual resources and economic opportunities to accelerate job creation through innovation and entrepreneurship."

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NMEFCU's Brule at collaborative meeting

Robin Brulé, the vice president of community relations for the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, was invited to participate in the Urban Institute's Learning Collaborative in Houston.

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Guadalupe's Romero a CUNA Rock Star

Here's how Tanya Romero's 13-year career at Guadalupe Credit Union in Santa Fe, N.M., has unfolded: part-time teller, teller supervisor, assistant branch
manager, branch manager, training director, branch operations manager, and chief operating officer.

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Guadalupe staffers become CUDEs

Maria Vigil and Nelson Medina, Guadalupe Credit Union employees in Santa Fe, were among the 44 credit union professionals who recently became certified Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs).

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Teacher/CU staffer goes to White House

alt align=right src=One Albuquerque teacher who also works at a local credit union will be recognized at the White House on Monday. She’s getting an award for her work with students when it comes to financial education and job training. She’s more than a teacher.

Shana Runck was nominated by her peers and chosen from a long list of finalists. It’s for a program she worked on with Mayor Richard Berry, one that helps students get a jump-start on their careers. Runck is the Assistant Vice President of Community Relations and Capabilities with the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union but her other role is a teacher. She helped design a course where students learn about different jobs in the financial field, from HR to IT.

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Two NM CUs receive grants

The U.S. Treasury Department has announced that Guadalupe Credit Union in Santa Fe and Chino Federal Credit Union in Silver City will receive part of a $195.4 million grant to increase their lending and investments in low-income and economically distressed communities, including Native American communities.

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USNMFCU catches check cashing scam try

alt align=left src=An Albuquerque man ended up being among the latest targets of an all-too-common “check overpayment” scam that has been circulating on online sites such as Craigslist and eBay pretty much since they were founded nearly 20 years ago. US New Mexico FCU recognized a check he received as part of the scam.

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US New Mexico FCU Helps Bust Young Adult Fraud Scam

Math doesn’t lie – that is, $400 minus $200 does indeed equal $200 – but it shouldn’t trump common sense. So if a stranger should approach you with a promise of making some easy money by depositing a check in your account, don’t do it. If you do, you will become the latest victim of what appears to be a relatively new scam sweeping the nation called “card-cracking.”

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Laudick excited about Innovate ABQ

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alt align=right src=The University of New Mexico closed on the First Baptist Church property at Central and Broadway, which will become the site of Innovate ABQ. The site will be a new incubator planned by UNM to host new companies and create new ideas Downtown.

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Educators CEO on CUSN board

The CU Service Network in Lakewood, Colo., appointed Terry Laudick, president/CEO of the $1.5 billion New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union in Albuquerque, to the board of managers of the shared branching network as CUSN expanded its board to eight people to include representation from New Mexico.

NMEFCU's Brulé honored

alt align=right src=WASHINGTON — Robin Brulé, vice president of membership development at New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union was named as Professional of the Year by the National Association of Federal Credit Unions.

NAFCU honored two federal credit unions of the year, CEOs of the Year, Professionals of the Year and Volunteers of the Year, one of each in two asset-size categories: $250 million or less, and more than $250 million.

NAFCU said its awards recognize association member credit unions for their excellence and achievement.

"This year's annual awards winners are all exceptional leaders whose hard work personifies the dedication they have for the credit union industry," NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger said. "NAFCU is thrilled to recognize our members for all of their extraordinary accomplishments."

DNCU awards scholarships

alt align=right src=Del Norte Credit Union, Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial co-op, is pleased to announce the winners of the DNCU Scholarship Program for 2014. The seven winners each will receive $1,000 toward the higher education program in which they are enrolled in the fall of 2014.

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CUs noted for NM volunteerism

A common thread that tends to run through exceptional companies and organizations – and precisely what the Albuquerque Journal’s Top Workplaces publication recently found – is an ingrained sense of supporting the community. In this article, two Albuquerque-based credit unions are cited as examples of credit unions volunteering in New Mexico.

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NMEFCU matches Give Grande donation

Thousands of people donated to hundreds of New Mexico nonprofits Tuesday as part of a national online campaign, raising about $853,000 for organizations across the state.

The statewide campaign, called Give Grande New Mexico, was part of the national Give Local America campaign and organized by the Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico. In total, 409 New Mexico nonprofits signed up for the event.

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New Mexicans named to CUNA committees

New Mexico credit union activists have been named to CUNA committees by CUNA CEO Bill Cheney.

Winona Nava, CEO of Guadalupe Credit Union, is chair of the Audit Committee that provides oversight of CUNA finances. Nava is also vice chair of the Awards Committee that oversees the Dora Maxwell and Louise Herring awards. She has been on the CUNA committees for six years.

Guadalupe board chair Linda Medina was named for the third year to the Volunteer Leadership Committee that assists in development of CUNA strategy for increased involvement and support of volunteers.

Chavez named to Filene research council

Robert Chavez, president/CEO of Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union, is one of seven new credit union CEOs the Filene Research Institute has added as members of its research council.

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Estacado, Lea Community merge

Lea Community FCU and Estacado CU in Lovington officially merged on April 1 to become Estacado Federal Credit Union. EFCU continues to be community-based and available to residents, employees, students, and those who worship in Lea County.

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Ron Moorehead new FFCU CEO

The Board of Directors of First Financial Credit Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Ronald Moorehead to the position of President and CEO.

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NMEFCU, ABQ, UNM in partnership for big grantsalt align=right src=

The city, the university and one of the state's biggest credit unions could end up receiving million in grants to revitalize Albuquerque.

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Robert Chavez steps up to CEO post at SLFCU

New Sandia Laboratory FCU CEO Robert Chavez is involved in credit unions and his community.

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SLFCU breaks ground in Rio

New Sandia Laboratory FCU branch to serve growing Rio Rancho membership.

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