CUYP Vermont

CUYP Vermont

Mission & Purpose
The mission

Mission & Purpose

The mission of the Credit Union Young Professionals of Vermont (CUYPVT) is to attract and retain credit union young professionals through leadership development, community outreach, and networking opportunities that will enhance their professional growth and the advancement of the credit union movement.

Our Vision

CUYPVT connects, empowers, and motivates young professionals through education, information and networking to ensure the future growth of credit unions in Vermont.  If you would like more information, please email

Congratulations to the 2019 CU Young Professional Rock Star “Day of Service” Scholarship Winners:

  • Emily Crepeau (Vermont FCU)
  • Leah Grzych (New England FCU)
  • Abbie Jefferis (New England FCU)
  • Sarah Marshall (Vermont FCU)
  • Katye Munger (Heritage Family CU)
  • Mariah Powers (NorthCountry FCU)
  • Kimberly Rhodes (NorthCountry FCU)
  • Dylan Watts (Heritage Family CU)

Through this program, all CUYPVT Board members and the Rock Star scholarship winners received complimentary access to Saturday’s entire education program, as well as breakfast and lunch at Topnotch Resort — a $295 value — in exchange for volunteering to work the stations at the Retire on Track Retirement Fair in the afternoon. Altogether AVCU underwrote $4,720 in scholarships to our member credit unions to help develop the next generation of Vermont’s credit union leaders.

Meet the CUYP Vermont Board

Blair Wolston
Blair is a member of the Financial Services team at VSECU, serving their members in Chittenden County. He started his career with VSECU in 2014 at their St. Johnsbury branch, relocating to Burlington with his wife in 2018. He also serves on VSECU's Young Professionals steering committee.

In 2016, he was selected as a CU Rockstar by Credit Union Magazine and in 2017 was Vermont's Crash representative to CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference.
Jessie began her career at Vermont Federal Credit Union (VTFCU) in 2011 as a teller and is currently a Training and Service Specialist. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Elementary Education and has a passion for teaching and learning.

She is a co-chair of VTFCU's Young Professional committee and serves on the Appreciative Inquiry and Funshine committees. She also enjoys volunteering for the Special Olympics and Spectrum Youth and Family Services.
Jessie Curry
Vice President
Shauna Wheaton
Shauna is a Branch Manager with New England Federal Credit Union where she has been employed since 2013.

She enjoys all opportunities to volunteer her time assisting the credit union with delivering financial education.

In 2018, Shauna was Vermont's Crash representative to CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference.
Erin began her career with NorthCountry Federal Credit Union in 2011 working in the Contact Center, later progressed to the Information Technology Department, and has been in her current role as Digital Marketing Specialist since September 2016.

Erin also volunteers on the Vermont Chapter of Association for Talent Development (ATD) as the Director of Marketing and Communications.
Erin Thompson
Tim CarpenterTim began his career at Opportunities Credit Union in 2013 as a Mortgage Originator. He entered his role as the Sr. Lending Manager at the beginning of 2017 and currently oversees all consumer, mortgage, and business loans.

He graduated from Bentley University with two majors, a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a concentration in Ethics and Social Responsibility.
Tessa has been employed at VSECU in multiple positions since 2011 and is currently a Senior Consumer Loan Advisor in the Sales & eCommerce Department.

Her love of creative lending brought her to her current position, where she helps members navigate the lending world and determine which loan products best fit their goals.

Tessa is also the Treasurer for VSECU’s Young Professional Steering Committee.
Tessa Collette

Sara DeLance (CUDE)
Sara has worked in the credit union movement since 2004 and is the senior vice president of retail at Heritage Family Credit Union where she manages 10 branches, a call center, and deposit operations.

She graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from Green Mountain College, is currently working towards her MBA at Champlain College, and is a certified Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE).

She currently serves on the CUNA Young Professional Advisory Board, was a recipient of the 2018 Vermont Rising Stars awards, led the Filene Follow A Crasher series in 2017 and was chosen in 2015 to Crash Filene’s Big Bright Minds conference.
Mahasidhdhi has worked at New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) since June, 2014, most recently transitioning into her role as a Business Loan Analyst in October, 2016.

She graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is the co-founder of the Young Professionals Program at NEFCU.
Mahasidhdhi Parmar

Prabin Pokhrel
Prabin began his credit union career with Opportunities Credit Union in September 2018 as a mortgage Loan Processor/Closer. He graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a B.S in Economics / Business Administration and is currently working towards a Master's Degree in Finance at Southern New Hampshire University.

In 2019, he was selected by The Cooperative Trust to be Vermont’s Crash representative to CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference.

Prabin enjoys playing Cricket and travels around the U.S to participate in tournaments representing the Vermont Cricket Team.
Shannon has been with Heritage Family Credit Union as an AVP Marketing Manager since 2015. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Communications Management and Design.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Rutland Partnership and is on volunteer committees for Friends of Pediatric Services, Rutland Young Professionals, the YP Summit of Vermont, Rutland Winterfest and HFCU Young Professionals.

Shannon Poole
Amanda ReidAmanda has been with Vermont Federal Credit Union (VTFCU) since 2012 and is currently an HR Specialist. Her undergraduate studies were at the University of Vermont and graduate studies were at Johnson State College.

Amanda is passionate about credit unions and a member of various VTFCU committees, including Appreciative Inquiry and Wellness. She is active in her community as the PTO President at Flynn Elementary School, a member of Vermont Human Resources Association, a troop leader for Burlington Scouts, and a volunteer for the Burlington Amateur Hockey Association.