Northeast Community Credit Union with offices in Elizabethton, Johnson City, and Roan Mountain, announces the upcoming retirement of beloved long-time President and Chief Executive Officer, Kathy Campbell. After 38 years of service to the community and Credit Union, Campbell will be retiring and hopes to spend more time with family and on special projects.
“The Credit Union has been preparing for this for quite some time since I first made my retirement plans known. Our succession plan includes my continued involvement as Director of Community Development on a part-time basis. I look forward to the opportunity to still serve this wonderful Credit Union and will continue helping our community. This is an amazing Credit Union and I’ve loved having a part in the work we’ve done for our members and others we serve locally and around the region. When I started working at the credit union 38 years ago, I was the only employee and our assets were $500,000. We have grown from the ledger card operation to a sophisticated operating system with four branches serving over 10,000 members and assets exceeding $114,000,000. The years at NCCU have given me so many memories to treasure, and it is the people that made my years here so enjoyable. It has been a privilege to serve our members, and these are memories I will always cherish. Now, I look forward to new adventures, time with my grandchildren, volunteer opportunities, and lazy summer days with good books.”
Under Campbell’s leadership, the Credit Union has grown from a small operation with local school system employees as its only members, to a complex full-service financial institution with 4 locations, nearly 50 employees, and a diverse membership throughout the Tri-Cities area.
Teresa Colbaugh Arnold, the Credit Union’s Chief Financial Officer & current Vice President, will step into the position of President/CEO. Campbell states, “Teresa has a wealth of experience and is exceptionally qualified to take over when I leave. With nearly 25 years of experience here at NCCU and a career of more than 31 years in the industry, her vision and heart for serving is a clear indication that she shares a common focus and mission with myself and our Board of Directors. This ensures that our members can expect NCCU to continue upholding the highest levels of member service.”
Arnold is active in community service and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management from ETSU; she also has certifications in numerous industry focused programs. She remarks, “Kathy is an innovator at the highest level, and she has a natural ability to know how to really reach people – to be their partner through rough financial times, listen to their needs, or simply make their lives better in some kind way. She is a wise, genuine person who loves people and loves her work. It’s her generosity and compassion that we will strive most to model as we continue into the future. The major role she has played in this organizations’s tremendous growth and success over the years is phenomenal; she has taught us much about credit unions and even more about life.”