THE FUTURE OF TENNESSEE CREDIT UNIONS
Tennessee’s Credit Unions will need new leaders.
Our purpose is to equip them.
We have tons of passion and enthusiasm, but sometimes we check it at the back door whenever we arrive at work. TNMIC is focused on channeling youthful energy into productive and efficient work output.
Banking is like bread, milk, and eggs: a commodity. There are new forces in our industry creating change and threatening to capture our markets. TNMIC intends to capture the innovative thought of rising stars and allow statewide credit unions to share the benefit.
In the social age of online networking, making meaningful connections can sometimes feel impossible. Do you know even half of your Facebook friends or Linkedin connections? TNMIC is driven by a desire to forge meaningful ties between young professionals.
Chief Lending Officer at Y-12 Federal Credit Union
Stephanie is the Chief Lending Officer Y-12 Federal Credit Union in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Stephanie started as a teller in the credit union industry 15 years ago and has held a variety of positions in both branches and lending. She recently graduated with her doctorate from Pepperdine University in May of 2016, and she focused her research on Identifying Impediments to Succession Planning in Credit Unions.
Stephanie is also an adjunct professor and has been teaching courses on Contemporary Management and Social Media Marketing at Kishwaukee College for the past two years. She represented the state of Tennessee as a crasher at the 2016 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), and she was named one of the top 15 candidates in the CUES “Next Top Credit Union Executive” competition in 2016. Stephanie also was recognized as a 2016 Credit Union Times “Women to Watch.” She is very passionate about the credit union industry and believes that strong, quality leaders are how the industry will continue to thrive and flourish. She focuses her time on challenging the status quo, building leaders in and outside her credit union, and bringing new ideas to the market. When she takes a break from all the work stuff, you can find her in the kitchen cooking up something fun, drinking wine, gardening, or traveling.
CFO at US Community Credit Union
Nathan is the Vice President of Accounting at US Community Credit Union in Nashville, TN, overseeing all aspects of the credit union’s financial and back office operations. Nathan graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2009 with a degree in Finance. He began his career at USCCU in 2010, working in the IT Department, where he assisted in building and configuring financial models. Eventually, Nathan transitioned to the Accounting Department as an ALM Analyst and has worked in the department since.
While not working, Nathan enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and two kids, playing golf and softball, and following his many sports teams.
Director of Education & Communications at Tennessee Credit Union League
His primary responsibility is the coordination of training for credit union staff, management and volunteers, through conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars. He also helps coordinate philanthropic programs with credit unions. He is responsible for a variety of League communications, including Management Notes.
Matt also helped lead the creation of a young professionals network for employees of Tennessee credit unions (that’s TNMIC).
Before joining the Tennessee Credit Union League, Matt served as a Volunteer Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Xavier University. He is a 2013 graduate of Xavier University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He was also a member of both the cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field programs.
Today, Matt Coniglio lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee and makes his living as one of the 98% of former collegiate student-athletes to go pro in something other than sports.
Marketing Specialist at Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union
An East Tennessee native, Jessica first fell in love with communications while working as a tour guide at the Lost Sea in high school. While she knew that she didn’t want to tell people the difference between stalactites and stalagmites forever, she quickly realized that she enjoyed sharing information and driving people to action.
Today, she uses this passion as a marketing specialist at Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union in Chattanooga. In this role, she is responsible for helping increase awareness of the TVFCU brand, products and services to members and prospective members in TVFCU’s 13-county service area through integrated marketing communication strategies and tactics. She develops awareness campaigns, writes and develops member communications; creates ads and graphics; and represents TVFCU at community events.
She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 3.5 years with a Bachelor of Science in Communication in 2005. Since moving to Chattanooga a decade ago, she is has worked in nonprofit, corporate and agency settings. She is the president of the Public Relations Society of America Lookout Chapter and is one of 40 members of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Chattanooga, 2015-2016 class.
Jessica lives in Ooltewah with her husband, Dustin, and their 7-year-old chocolate Labrador, Mason.
Mortgage Loan Processor at Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union
Jessica Parrish works in the Real Estate Department at Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union in Chattanooga. She is a lifelong resident of Chickamauga, Ga., just across the Tennessee/Georgia state line. She started out in the credit union industry in May 2015. She was one of the first personal tellers in the TVFCU Live Studio, where she helped introduce TVFCU members to interactive teller technology. Jessica has passion for serving others and ensuring that no matter what she does in life she makes it a positive and memorable experience.
She is very family oriented. She enjoys spending time with her son and being outdoors!
Credit Union Development Specialist at the Tennessee Credit Union League
Matt Zumbrun is a Credit Union Development Specialist, primarily responsible for the sale of products and services of CU Services, Inc., and its business partners to member credit unions and serving as relationship manager to assigned credit unions. In his role as relationship manager, Matt assists in the preservation and growth of small credit unions, helping them thrive and prosper as viable players in the financial marketplace. Matt has been with the League since 2014.
He is one of the principal creators of TN MIC (Motivate, Innovate, Connect), the young professional organization for credit union employees in Tennessee, which formed officially in 2016.