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 cuypvt@gmail.com.

Congratulations to the 2018 Rock the AVCU Annual Meeting scholarship winners!

  • Amanda Adams – NorthCountry FCU
  • Tara Burke – NorthCountry FCU
  • Jason Felch – VSECU
  • Sammi McNally – Heritage Family CU
  • Megan Miller – NorthCountry FCU
  • Samantha Nalepa – Vermont FCU
  • Savannah O’Neil – New England FCU
  • Ara Penny – Heritage Family CU
  • Mackenzie Warner – Heritage Family CU

Through this program, every CUYPVT Board member and scholarship winner receives complimentary access to Saturday’s entire education program, as well as breakfast and lunch at Woodstock Inn — a $285 value — in exchange for volunteering to help AVCU staff stations at the Life Simulation in the afternoon. This means that AVCU is underwriting $5,700 in scholarships to our member credit unions to help develop the next generation of Vermont’s credit union leaders.

AVCU congratulates the nine scholarship winners and greatly appreciates the efforts put forth by the CUYPVT Board in developing and promoting the application process.  We are excited to watch these 20 passionate young credit union leaders — 15 of whom will attend our convention for the first time — Rock AVCU’s 71st Annual Meeting.

Meet the CUYP Vermont Board


Sara DeLance (CUDE)
Board President
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 also serves on the CUNA Young Professional Advisory Board, CUES emerging leader focus group, and serves as the Board Secretary for the Rutland County Parent Child Center.
Mallory has been at NorthCountry Federal Credit Union since 2012 and has held her current position of Support Services Supervisor since February 2017. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in psychology and received her Masters in Business Administration in May 2016. She is also a current member of Filene i3.

Recognized as a valuable resource for process improvement, problem solving, and personal development, Mallory recommends enhancements that help the credit union provide world class service to its employees and members.

Mallory Surprenant
Board Vice President

Erin Thompson
Board Secretary
Erin is a Digital Marketing Specialist for NorthCountry Federal Credit Union where she has worked since 2012.

She also volunteers her time as Director of Marketing & Communications with Vermont Association for Talent Development.
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
Marketing Chair
Tessa ColletteTessa 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.
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

Austin Mullen
Austin has been a loan officer in the White River office of Members Advantage Community Credit Union since August, 2015.

She is also a member of AVCU's Outreach committee and a member of the CUNA Lending Council's Engagement Committee.

In 2017, Austin was Vermont's Crash representative to the 23rd annual CUNA Lending Council 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
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.
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.

Shauna Wheaton

Blair Wolston
Blair is a Member Service Consultant II at the St. Johnsbury branch of VSECU where he began his credit union career in 2014. He also serves on VSECU's Young Professional Steering Committee.

In 2016, he was selected as a Rockstar by Credit Union Magazine and in 2017 was Vermont's Crash representative to CUNA's Governmental Affairs Conference.