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CU People and News Briefs
Thursday, December 19, 2013 6:30 AM

Dee Crisp
Dee Crisp

Government Employees Federal Credit Union (GEFCU) is pleased to announce the selection of Dee Crisp as the organization’s new president/CEO effective Jan. 6, 2014.

“GEFCU is excited to have Dee take on the role of President/CEO,” said Jim Walker, chairman of the board. “Dee comes to GEFCU with a great deal of experience and vision and we are excited to see what the future holds for our membership.”

Crisp has spent the last eight years with United San Antonio FCU in San Antonio, Texas serving as the vice president of Finance. Dee has been an instrumental part of the leadership team that drove performance and membership growth at United San Antonio FCU.

“Dee has a great deal of financial and business acumen knowledge and we are confident he will bring a bright and prosperous future to GEFCU as president/CEO. His unique vision and drive will ensure continued success for the credit union,” continued Walker. “The Board is looking forward to seeing what the future holds for GEFCU under Dee’s leadership.”

When asked about his new position at GEFCU, Crisp stated, “It is an honor to accept the role of President/Chief Executive Officer of GEFCU. The organization has such a rich history and opportunity for success, I am eager to begin my service to the credit union and its community.”


SSFCU Food Drive
Pictured from left are Morgan Harrison, Cox Media; Victoria Finch, Cox Media; Sara Chadek, Cox Media; John Worthington, SSFCU; Eric Cooper, San Antonio Food Bank; Kali Scheben, San Antonio Food Bank; Linda Kieu, SSFCU; Katherine Crabtree, H-E-B.

With help from thousands of generous individuals across the San Antonio area, Security Service FCU (SSFCU), along with other community partners, collected nearly a million and a half pounds of food for the San Antonio Food Bank during this year’s Food4SA food drive, held in November. 

“SSFCU members stepped up to the plate to help our community in such a big way this year,” said John Worthington, SSFCU executive vice president. “We are humbled by their generosity.”

In addition to all the canned goods they dropped off, every $10 donated provided 70 meals for children, seniors and families in need. Now in its 11th year, the annual, month-long drive hit a record amount of donations – 1,477,080 pounds – enough to provide more than 1,152,122 meals.

“Due to the generosity of our community, we are able to provide meals along with a message of hope and caring,” says Eric Cooper, president and chief executive officer for the San Antonio Food Bank.


National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Chairman Debbie Matz has announced the selection of Joseph Ostrowidzki as associate regional director for Operations in the agency’s Region III office. Ostrowidzki, who currently serves as a Region III supervisory examiner, succeeds Myra Toeppe, who was named regional director in September. He will begin his new duties Dec. 29.

Ostrowidzki has more than 26 years’ experience in regulating credit unions, joining NCUA as an examiner in 1987. Prior to becoming a supervisory examiner in 2010, Ostrowidzki served as director of insurance in Region III. He also has held positions as a supervision analyst, insurance analyst and training specialist.

Based in Atlanta, NCUA’s Region III presently oversees federally insured credit unions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and the U.S. Virgin Islands. At the start of 2014, Ohio will move to Region II, and Arkansas and Louisiana will become part of Region III.


AMOCO FCU Hope Village
Pictured from left is Kevin Venable, David (a resident of one of the village’s) and Roger McCrary (Santa Claus).

On Dec. 16, AMOCO FCU hosted a Christmas Party for Independence Village and Hope Village (both AMOCO SEGs) at its Friendswood Branch. Independence Village and Hope Village are assisted living quarters for people with mental and developmental disabilities. Independence Village assists people with physical disabilities as well.

The villagers Christmas party follows the annual Hope Village Christmas Pageant, which took place Dec. 12. This year’s Christmas pageant marked Hope Village’s 40th year to have a Christmas performance. AMOCO sponsored a table at the pageant and employees brought their friends and families to enjoy the show.

“It takes an entire village to make this event so successful,” Kevin Venable, culture and communications manager said. “Not only did the entire culture and communications team contribute to this event, but we also had Santa’s helpers (Platinum Club members) there to help too.”

As each guest arrived they were greeted by Santa Claus, who was actually Roger McCrary, an AMOCO board of director. Salad, pizza, pasta, cupcakes and ice cream were on the menu for lunch, and after dessert the real treat was served, presents were given. Every one of their guests was presented with necessary toiletries and Santa handed out handmade tissue holders, made by Mrs. Claus, a role filled by Dianne McCrary.