CUYP Vermont

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


Meet the CUYP Vermont Board

Amanda Reid
Amanda 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, is a member of various VTFCU committees, including Appreciative Inquiry and Wellness, and is also active in her community.
Tim 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.
Tim Carpenter
Vice President
Erin Thompson
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.
Samantha started in the credit union industry in 2015 and is currently a Member Resource Specialist at NorthCountry Federal Credit Union. In 2018 she was selected to attend AVCU's Annual Meeting as one of the first CUYPVT Rock Stars. This experience was instrumental in helping discover her passion for the movement and joining up with other CUYPs.

Sam is also passionate about giving back to her local community where she spends free time volunteering for multiple special events. She is currently attending Champlain College and working towards her B.S. In Business Management.
Samantha Nalepa
Communications Chair
Jessie CurryJessie 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.
Nate works as a Senior Consumer Loan Underwriter for VSECU at their Montpelier branch. For the last six years he has made it his goal to learn as much as possible about the credit union industry, focusing primarily on lending. Nate has been a catalyst for employee engagement and is always pushing for positive changes to the culture at his credit union. His experience with volunteer boards began last year when he joined the board of directors for Community Capital of Vermont whose focus is on flexible small business lending in VT. As a native Vermonter, Nate is an avid outdoorsman, and enjoys spending time with his young children. Nate Messier
Katye Munger

Katye is an employee of Heritage Family Credit Union. Her picture and biography are currently unavailable but are coming soon.
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.

Dan is an employee of Members Advantage Community Credit Union. His picture and biography are currently unavailable but are coming soon.
Dan Souza
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.
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.
Blair Wolston

Sara DeLance
Director Emeritus
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 is also the founder of CUYP Vermont and is a certified Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE).

She serves on the CUNA Young Professional Advisory Board, was a recipient of the 2018 Vermont Rising Stars award, led the Filene Follow A Crasher series in 2017 and was chosen in 2015 to Crash Filene’s Big Bright Minds conference.