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Movers & Shakers in CU Movement
Thursday, November 7, 2013 6:30 AM

Bill CheneyCredit Union National Association (CUNA) president and CEO Bill Cheney is featured in The Hill's annual list of top lobbyists--this year for "fighting tooth and nail" to preserve the credit union tax status "amid fierce opposition from the banking sector.” The Hill says of its prestigious list: "While not every advocate on the list fits the traditional K Street mold, they all have one thing in common: a proven ability to make things happen in Washington." It is Cheney's third consecutive year on the top lobbying list; he became head of CUNA in 2010. CUNA was one of just 69 associations named to The Hill's 2012 list of nonprofit lobbyists. The Hill also lists leaders in grassroots, corporate and "hired gun" categories.

The Hill noted that it uses the term "lobbyist" broadly "to encompass the people who are working day in and day out" to help shape federal policy. Not all of those listed are registered lobbyists, The Hill added.


Annette ZimmermanAnnette Zimmerman, PrimeWay FCU’s president/CEO has been named Volunteer of the Year by Career and Recovery Resources, Inc., a non-profit, United Way agency. The organization helps people identify and overcome barriers to employment. Established in 1945, Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. offers employment, professional and job retention services to assist clients of all backgrounds.

Zimmerman serves as co-chair of Career and Recovery Resources, Inc.’s marketing committee. She is proudly active in the organization’s fundraising efforts and is also happy to donate her time to help put Houston citizens back to work.

“I am proud to be part of an organization that strives to help people overcome obstacles when it comes to finding work,” said Zimmerman. “Any efforts on my part went towards a much greater cause. Their initiatives and support of those in need is nothing short of amazing.”


Eileen MaresSecurity Service FCU (SSFCU) announces two staff promotions. Eileen Mares has been promoted to branch manager of the credit union’s Nacogdoches location, and Rachael Siebenaler-Garcia has been promoted to assistant vice president of marketing.

In her role, Mares will be responsible for the overall operation of the branch, including handling cash operations, overseeing member service, meeting established goals, and promoting SSFCU products and services.

Mares joined the credit union in 1998 as a vocational education student. Throughout her 15-year career, she has steadily worked her way to management: loan file technician, loan receptionist, member service representative level 1, member service representative level 2, member service officer, senior member service officer, assistant service center manager, service center manager and senior branch manager.

In addition to her work experience, Mares is on the board of directors for the Southwest Outreach for Older People (SWOOP) as a treasurer and secretary, vice president of membership for Toastmasters International-CU Speak Club, yearly participant of the San Antonio Light the Night Walk, active supporter of United Way, Alamo Chapter of Credit Unions participant, and member of Open Arms International Ministries. 

She is currently pursuing a degree in business and management at Palo Alto College. Mares was also selected for the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s City South Leadership Academy of 2013-2014. 

Rachel Siebenaler-GarciaIn her new position, Siebenaler-Garcia will run all the day-to-day operations of the marketing department, including hiring, training and leading in-house creative services, research and operational staff as well as providing direct marketing, advertising and branding solutions for the credit union and multiple lines of business such as lending, mortgage, insurance and investments.

Siebenaler-Garcia started her career with SSFCU in 1999 in the business development department, where she was responsible for expanding the credit union’s field of membership and maintaining select employer group (SEG) relationships within the San Antonio, Colorado Springs and Pueblo markets.

In 2001, Siebenaler-Garcia moved into the marketing department, holding multiple positions of increasing responsibility including creative marketing analyst, senior creative marketing analyst, supervisor of creative marketing and marketing manager.

She is a graduate of the North San Antonio Chamber Leadership Lab, has a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and was a Division I softball player for Ball State University for four years.


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