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Sarah Liporace, Why I Care Member Recipient

Sarah Liporace

Sarah Liporace was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society (ACS) in numerous capacities for more than a decade, but it was when a close friend of hers was diagnosed with breast cancer that she sa

Chris Duwe, Why I Care Employee Recipient

Chris Duwe

What started out as a tribute to his late colleague and friend, Mary St. Germain, turned into a record-breaking fundraiser captained by Chris Duwe, Senior Vice President of Risk Management.

Figuring Out a 401(k) Strategy That Works for You

 

A young family sitting on a couch

Everyone wants a comfortable retirement, but the road you take there will depend on your specific situation. When you invest, you assume a certain level of risk (but like everyone you’re hoping that your holdings will increase in value). 

Lou Anne Bigaouette

Lou Anne spent her entire career working in the financial industry and retired from Homeowners Advantage (a subsidiary of legacy CAP COM) as the Director of Mortgage Servicing and Secondary Market. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Siena College. Throughout her career, Lou Anne was involved with many banking and credit union organizations and chaired several committees. In her capacity as a volunteer, Lou Anne has served as a member of the Board of Managers for 5 years, as  Vice Chair of the Supervisory Committee, as well as serving on the Risk Governance Committee.

Robert Davis - Vice Chair

Robert Davis has been an active credit union volunteer since July of 1993. During his tenure, he has served on the Board of Managers, the Policy Review Committee, the credit union’s Financial Services Board of Managers and Investment Committee, as well as the Chair of the Supervisory Committee.    

Bob also served as the President of the West Point Parent’s Club of Upstate New York for several years. He served as a Field Force Representative for the United States Military Academy Admissions Office. Two of his three sons are USMA graduates representing the Class of 2004 and 2007.

Amy Barber

Amy Barber joined the credit union’s Supervisory Committee in April of 2021. She is currently retired but was previously employed for over 30 years with Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation (National Grid). At the time of retirement, Amy held the position of Eastern Division Manager of Integrated Resources and Budget. Other positions within Niagara Mohawk encompassed Government Affairs, Public Relations, Consumer Advocate, and Schenectady Area Manager.

Brenda Robinson, Associate

Hon. Dr. Brenda Robinson is a Doctorate prepared Registered Nurse who was born and raised in Albany NY. She wears many hats revolving around community service, health and advocacy. She has worked for the Veteran Health Administration for over 25 years and serves as the City of Albany Human Rights Commissioner since 2013. In addition, she is an  Albany Public Library Board Trustee and also President of the Arbor Hill Neighborhood Association. She works diligently in her community, city and nationally.

Harold Horning, Emeritus

Harold Horning has been a credit union member since 1965 and was the CEO of legacy CAP COM FCU from 1984 to 1995. He has been a volunteer with the organization for 49 years, serving on the Board of Directors since 1974, and as Chair of the Board (of legacy CAP COM) from 1997 to 2000. Harold has served on many credit union volunteer committees. He retired form NYNEX in 1984 after 31 years of employment and is an active member of the Telephone Pioneers of America as well as the Directory Alumni Council and is involved in various golf leagues.

Ed Gilligan, Emeritus

A credit union member since 1957, Edward Gilligan began his service as a Board member in 1993, which included serving as Chair of the Board (of legacy CAP COM) from 2000 through 2019. Ed retired from the telephone company in 1997 after 41.5 years of service. In his capacity as Board member, Ed’s service includes roles as First Vice Chair of the Board, and a member of the credit union’s Executive, Volunteer Loan, Risk Governance, Policy Review, Supervisory, Financial Services Board, and Legislative Review Committees.

Bill Fitzpatrick

Bill Fitzpatrick retired from General Electric after 34 years as Resin Department Leader.  He began his Board service as a Member of Silicone employees Federal Credit Union (prior to its merger with CAP COM) in 2005. Bill has served on the Board of Directors since that time.  

Beth King

Elizabeth (Beth) King joined our Board of Directors team, serving on the Legislative Review Committee. She currently serves as Director of Member Benefits at the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA). Beth was promoted to this position after spending three years as CSEA’s Director of Purchasing. Prior to joining CSEA, Beth worked for over 17 years as an Account Representative for Business Partners Forms and Systems, Inc.

John Ericson

John Ericson is a retired Detective from the crime scene investigation unit for Schenectady Police Department, where he served for 25 years. John attended Hudson Valley Community College Zone 5 Law Enforcement Academy, graduating as a New York State Certified Police Officer. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children named Natalie and Zachary. John volunteers his time at the Ancient Order of Hibernians where he currently serves as their Board President. In his spare time, John owns Little John's BBQ which takes up his weekends during the spring, fall, and summer.

Marty Finn

Marty is an attorney and certified public accountant, and a founding partner of the law firm Lavelle & Finn, LLP. Mr. Finn counsels clients on estate, financial, tax, business and elder law issues including personal and corporate tax planning, business counseling, structuring of business transactions, estate administration and estate and business succession planning.

Chip Lawrence

Chip Lawrence is currently employed by Verizon, where he began his employment in 1995. He joined the credit union that same year. Chip attended The University at Albany, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1995. He earned his Associate Certificate in Project Management in 2009 from The George Washington University of Business and became a certified Project Management Professional in 2009 by The Project Management Institute.

Mark Marchand

Mark Marchand has served as a Board of Director’s member for the credit union since 2004. Mr. Marchand is an adjunct professor in the Journalism Department at the University at Albany (SUNY). He is also a writer and consults on public relations, strategic communications, and crisis communications. Previously, he was Director of News and Editorial Services at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Director of Communications at SUNY’s Rockefeller Institute of Government.

Patrick Kelly, Chair

Mr. Patrick Kelly, originally from Glens Falls, New York, earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Clarkson College and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at The Rochester Institute of Technology.  He has worked in the communications industry for over 38 years and retired from Verizon after 30 years.  Mr. Kelly has served as a member of the credit union’s Board of Directors since 1990.

Leanne Shufelt, Why I Care Employee Recipient

Leanne Shufelt, Why I Care Employee Recipient

As a child, Leanne Shufelt remembers her family making donations to local food pantries, Toys for Tots, and other nonprofits, but said at the time she never really understood the full concept of why they were doing it.

SEFCU Proudly Shows its Pride!

SEFCU employees around pride banner

While there has been significant progress toward equality for the LGBTQIA+ community in recent years, SEFCU recognizes the work that is being done by the non-profit community to continue to pave the road to equality and combat various forms of exclusion and d