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Amanda Merz, Community Impact Manager for SAFE CU and a “Credit Union Hero of the Year” finalist.
Amanda Merz, Community Impact Manager for SAFE CU and a “Credit Union Hero of the Year” finalist.

‘Credit Union Hero of the Year’ Finalists: SAFE CU & 3 Others

Voting ends soon for the “Credit Union Hero of the Year” — so cast your vote by March 18! This year, SAFE CU Community Impact Manager Amanda Merz is taking the spotlight with three other credit union “hero” nominees from across the nation.

Credit Union Magazine has selected these industry leaders as its 2023 finalists, and YOUR VOTE can help determine the “Credit Union Hero of the Year.” You can read why the nominees were selected (scroll down) and make your choice on the “hero” voting/information site here (open through March 18).

The finalists are:

  • Amanda Merz, community impact manager for SAFE CU (Folsom, CA).
  • Michael Ray, vice president of business development for PAHO/WHO FCU (Washington, D.C.).
  • Amanda Swan, vice president of community engagement and philanthropy for Numerica CU (Spokane Valley, WA).
  • Joanne Todd, CEO of Northeast Family FCU (Manchester, CT).

While their stories are unique, each of Credit Union Magazine’s 2023 Credit Union Heroes are making a difference in their community, promoting the credit union philosophy, and improving their members’ lives. They have demonstrated leadership through community initiatives, movement advocacy, and exceptional member service.

In addition, heroes were profiled this year for creating cultures of caring, prioritizing member needs, promoting financial wellness, and uniting credit union voices together.

You can view Merz’s profile here: “3 Pillars of Philanthropy — Amanda Merz Sees Firsthand the Impact Small Kindnesses can Have on Those who Struggle.”

“We want everyone to learn about these unsung heroes who, with their passion and dedication, have made a lasting impact on their credit unions and communities,” said Credit Union Magazine Publisher Michelle Willits. “A Credit Union Hero exemplifies credit union philosophy and ideals by going above and beyond to make a difference.”

Credit Union Magazine will announce and honor the winner in future online coverage!

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