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Our Team

Senior Leadership

Chris Felton

“I am fortunate to lead an exceptional team of passionate credit union visionaries laser focused on helping credit unions to be Wildly Successful. At Corporate Central we are redefining the role of a corporate credit union and how we deliver innovative solutions to credit unions. Through our family of CUSOs, we have assembled industry leading expertise in technology, balance sheet optimization, and innovative business solutions to serve the credit union movement. A movement that continues to prosper and strengthen on the simple philosophy of "People Helping People." Through stewardship, collaboration, and exceptional member service we help credit unions serve their members and successfully grow.”

Chris became President/CEO in May 2016. He began his career at Corporate Central in 1990 as the first field representative; and spent his early years on the road building relationships with credit unions. After holding various leadership positions, Chris was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2012, overseeing areas such as planning, sales, strategic partnerships, operations, budgeting and forecasting, and market expansion. Chris has 25+ years of experience proudly serving the members of Corporate Central, endeavoring to improve the financial success of all members by creating member value and enduring partnerships.

As President/CEO, Chris is responsible for the culture, vision, and strategic direction of Corporate Central. Chris focuses his leadership team on growing the organization, expanding member relationships, acquiring new members, developing new services, securing new service partners, and delivering service excellence. His strategic vision for Corporate Central is to collaborate on initiatives and innovation to help members to be wildly successful.

Chris is on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation, is a member of the Corporate Credit Union Alliance, serves as a Committee Member to Corporate Central’s ALCO and serves as Chairman of all three Corporate Central CUSOs, InterLutions, Emergifi and QuantyPhi.

Chris's educational background includes a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

For 28 years, Chris has been the lucky husband to his bride, Kristy, and he is also an inspired father to three wonderful children - a son and two daughters.

Kevin P. Chiappetta, CFA

Kevin's initial career at Corporate Central began in January 1996 as Vice President Investments where he managed the loan, deposit, and investment portfolios. Kevin departed in June 2002, where he spent 11+ years working with credit union investment CUSOs and two years with an asset-liability modeling & consulting firm. Working primarily with credit unions throughout his career, Kevin brings a rich history of experience in his 30+ years providing financial services, with a primary emphasis in fixed income security analysis, portfolio management, and balance sheet risk management.

In August 2016, Corporate Central welcomed Kevin back as the Senior Vice President Investment Services to assist members in understanding the complete risk profile of their balance sheet risk, re-think traditional security analysis, and build portfolios to compliment the optimal performance of the entire balance sheet. Kevin also focuses on the continuing education for members and their supervisory committees and boards.

In May 2017, Corporate Central launched its balance sheet optimization CUSO, QuantyPhi, and named Kevin as President. QuantyPhi’s ALM experts focus on finding opportunity on both sides of the balance sheet by running what-if scenarios that facilitate successful relative-value balance sheet decisions.

Kevin's education includes a bachelor's degree in Accounting from St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. Kevin is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and an active member and volunteer for the CFA Institute in Charlottesville, VA. Kevin was elected to the CFA Society Milwaukee Board in July 2019. He has been an active member of the society for 25+ years.

Kevin married his college sweetheart in 1987 and assisted in the upbringing of his son and daughter. As of today, Kevin still has the role of cheerleader, proud supporter, and provider of unlimited, unsolicited life advice to his children. In his free time, Kevin is interested in soccer at all levels, watching a variety of sports, reading about interesting topics, spending time with family, and correcting their grammatical errors.

Nicholas A. Fanning, CFA

Nick brings 20+ years of experience serving credit unions to his role of Senior Vice President / Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for leading all aspects of the investments, accounting, lending, and asset/liability management functions for Corporate Central. In his prior role, he also directed the IT department for nearly ten years.

Nick has honed his skills in the management of the organization's investment and loan portfolios, funding and liquidity positioning, investment and credit analysis, asset/liability management (ALM), financial modeling, and the development and pricing of financial products and services in the years since he began his career at Corporate Central in 1997. He has been entrusted to manage Corporate Central's balance sheet since 2002. Nick also passionately presents on topics related to investments, economics, asset/liability management, and risk management.

As a member of the Executive Management team, Nick is significantly involved in strategic planning, establishing goals and objectives, budgeting, developing and maintaining effective policies, and ensuring compliance with regulations. He is a member of the Asset/Liability Committee (ALCO) and the Enterprise Risk Management Committee (ERMC).

Nick has bachelor's degrees in both Finance and Economics and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Milwaukee. Nick was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin CUES Council in 2017.

Jesse Kohl

Jesse began his career at Corporate Central in August 2002 and has been instrumental in the expansion efforts of Corporate Central’s products, services, strategic alliances, education, and overall membership base. Jesse started as a Relationship Development Officer and worked directly with member credit unions to assess their financial climate and needs and deliver value-added solutions to enhance their operations. In April 2008, Jesse became Director-Business Development and oversaw all Midwest growth efforts for Corporate Central. In January 2014, Jesse became Vice President Business Development and now leads Corporate Central's sales, business development, marketing, and strategic alliance efforts by working with existing and future member credit unions across the country.

In 2016, Jesse was named President of Corporate Central’s wholly owned CUSO, InterLutions, with a drive to provide innovative business solutions to credit unions across the country.

With nearly 15 years of experience working in the credit union movement, Jesse is proud of the accomplishments credit unions have achieved over the years and believes there is tremendous opportunity for all credit unions to become wildly successful. “It’s been an absolute joy working with so many credit unions across the country and witnessing first-hand the amazing benefits credit unions provide to their members and communities. Through hard work and collaboration, the credit union movement will not simply survive, it will thrive!”

Jesse graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Business Finance. Although 50 years late to the wild music scene known as the British Invasion, Jesse still considers himself a “Beatle-maniac,” has learned every Beatles song on guitar, and will challenge anyone to a game of Beatles Trivial Pursuit. He resides in Fort Atkinson, WI with his amazing wife and their three wonderful children.

Nancy Morgan

Nancy joined Corporate Central in March 1992. Nancy's commitment to members is to ensure her resolve for enterprise wide compliance oversight aligns with her pure passion for member service solutions. She ensures that Corporate Central’s regulatory, procedural, risk, and contingency goals are aligned with operational efficiency and innovation to proactively clear the road for a smooth ride on the highway of Corporate Central's strategic vision. She loves the challenge of tearing down roadblocks of the juxtaposed objectives of compliance and creativity.

In November 2016, Nancy was appointed to the board of the Electronic Check Clearing House Organization (ECCHO), with a goal of representing the best interests of credit unions nationwide. Nancy believes that Corporate Central's seriously solid structure allows our future design/build options to be flexible and functional yet provides a sound and connected foundation for the future growth in meeting the needs of our members. Currently, Nancy is responsible for the operations of Corporate Central including member services, compliance, business continuity, enterprise risk management, strategic initiatives, human resources, and helping to shape our technology vision.

Nancy has provided leadership in the areas of operations, member service and support, project management, risk management, compliance, governance, and financial controls. This varied experience offers a well-rounded perspective of Corporate Central's internal operations and an ability to relate to the operations of our members. The insight and heartfelt compassion derived from this personal credit union experience has led Nancy to be a credit union advocate to anyone that will listen. Nancy’s entire career has been within the credit union movement; it is her steadfast belief in the superior benefits credit unions provide that has determined her path. Promoting the conscious practices of the credit union movement is in harmony with Nancy’s personal interests of pursuing strengthening, mindful, and healthy lifestyle choices.

Gregg Tushaus

Gregg joined Corporate Central in December 2016 as the Senior Vice President / Chief Technology and Strategy Officer. He is responsible for providing vision, strategy, leadership, and technical expertise for developing and delivering information technology services that facilitate the organizational strategy and goals. As the Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Gregg provides technical leadership and innovation and pursues technology entrepreneurial opportunities. We are pursuing FinTech ventures and applying innovative technology in the finance and investing space for our credit union members. The financial services industry is changing, and technology is a major driver. Corporate Central will provide credit unions technology leadership and enhance technology services such as cloud transformation, digital transformation, mobile, big data, identity management, block chain, and artificial intelligence.

In August 2017, Gregg took on an additional role as the President for Corporate Central's Technology CUSO, Emergifi. Gregg provides leadership for a technology solutions company with a singular credit union focus streamlining operations, reducing costs, enabling faster response, increasing productivity, and improving security.

Gregg is the founder, and former CEO, of Tushaus Computer Services. He had a successful exit after selling Tushaus Computer Services to Dedicated Computing in 2011. He continued to serve as a member of the executive team, Chief Information Officer, until departing in 2016. The company saw exceptional growth under his leadership, growing to more than 140 employees with revenues exceeding $32 million. Tushaus is an Inc. 500 company, a VAR Business 500 company, and was selected as a FUTURE 50 company in 1996, 1997, and 1998 by the Council of Small Business Executives through the Metropolitan Association of Commerce (MMAC). Financial services were a major customer segment for Tushaus Computer Services including many credit unions. His financial services experience extends back nearly 30 years.

Gregg received a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has been recognized by numerous business and technology organizations, and most recently received the BizStarts Milwaukee’s “Inspirational Entrepreneur” award, presented to Milwaukee area business leaders who have successfully established thriving companies in Milwaukee. Gregg was recognized in the "Who's Who" list in Milwaukee by The Business Journal and as one of The Business Journal's 40 Under 40, Wisconsin's new generation of business and community leaders. Gregg is a past member of the Milwaukee chapter of Young Entrepreneur's Organization (YEO), a member of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, a member of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), and a member of the CEO Roundtable program through the MMAC. Gregg is a member of the prestigious Birthing of Giants program, class of 2000, co-sponsored by Inc. Magazine, YEO, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

In his free time, Gregg enjoys playing golf, racquetball, snowboarding, watching movies, and playing video games.


Cherie Spargur, CMA

Cherie started her career at Corporate Central in November 1996. Since that time, Cherie has gained vast experience within the Accounting department which lead her to be promoted to the Vice President Accounting in October 2008. Cherie oversees the Accounting department, directs and leads the development and implementation of new techniques, and accurately communicates federal, state, and local regulatory reporting.

Cherie holds a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation and is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, Inc. She also has a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Ottawa University in Brookfield, WI.

In her free time, Cherie enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Linda Resler

Linda began her career at Corporate Central in April 2010. She has been the Manager Accounting since January 2012. In this role, she oversees the daily accounting functions including timely and accurate postings to member accounts. She also provides reports and financial statements to the Board and Senior Leadership team.

Prior to joining Corporate Central, Linda worked for a full-service, natural-person, community credit union with two branches in the Milwaukee area for 17+ years. She spent her first seven years as a Lead Accountant. The last nine years, in addition to leading the accounting department, she served as the Executive Vice President. Linda has 25+ years of experience within the credit union industry. Her educational background includes a bachelor's degree in Accounting.

In her spare time, Linda enjoys going to craft fairs and spending as much time as possible visiting family in Door County, WI.

Susan Grassell

Susan began her career at Corporate Central in March 2008 as a Staff Accountant. In this role, she is responsible for performing efficient, timely, and accurate reconciliation of accounts and fixed asset system functions; accounts payable and cash management duties; and providing error resolution assistance to the member services department.

Peter Iwanowski

Peter joined Corporate Central as a Cash Management Accountant in March 2008. His responsibilities include accurate and proficient review, analysis, and administration of activities related to Corporate Central's financial data and accounting systems. He also performs efficient, timely, and accurate reconciliation of accounts, payment processing, and data entry.

His educational background includes a bachelor's degree in Accounting. In 2016, he joined The Wisconsin Credit Union League's (WCUL) Young Professionals program.

Outside of accounting, he loves to work out, play golf, and eat pizza!

Will Valadez

Will joined our team in June 2018 as an Accounting Assistant. In May 2019, Will extended his role to Accounting and Compensation Coordinator. In his new hybrid role, Will provides accurate and proficient review, analysis, and administration of activities related to the organization’s financial data and accounting systems. He also performs backup support within Accounting department and serves as a resource for member service needs.

Will brings previous experience as an Accounting Specialist of natural-person credit union experience to Corporate Central. This credit union experience taught him the value of the credit union movement and the concept of “creating member loyalty,” both internal and external. 

Outside the accounting world, Will enjoys playing disc golf, biking, rooting for the Packers and Bucks, watching Netflix originals, and is a collector of new experiences.

Business Development / Marketing

Chris Geisler

Chris joined Corporate Central in October 2017 as a Business Development Manager. In December 2018, he was promoted to Director Business Development. Chris focuses on the financial climate and needs of members and future members. He co-leads all aspects of sales and business development among sales staff through development of strategies and support materials. Chris also focuses on building relationships with credit unions in the Michigan and Indiana markets.

Chris has 19 years of experience in retail banking management, most recently as a Branch Manager of a natural-person credit union. Chris uses his background in the industry to help our members become wildly successful by finding new ways to save money and better serve their members and employees. Chris is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, with a bachelor's degree in Economics.

When he is not working, Chris enjoys golfing, bowling, going to concerts, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Chris Hytinen

Chris Hytinen has joined Corporate Central's technology CUSO, Emergifi, as a Business Development Executive in May 2018.

Chris comes from a credit union family, and his father and step-mother were both former credit union executives. Chris initially started his career with CUNA Mutual Group and then, its subsidiaries. His work was in providing insurance and complex financial solutions to credit unions. More recently, Chris served as a Business Development Executive and minority owner of an equipment maintenance management services company serving nearly 200 community banks and credit unions in 30 states.

Chris has a keen understanding of both credit union operations and the technology challenges faced by executives today. Chris looks forward to sharing with credit union executives valuable technology insights and cost-saving solutions to help organizations save time, save money, improve productivity, and enhance data security measures.

Chris has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Public Policy and Administration, with an emphasis in Economics.

In his spare time, he can be found supporting his wife, Terri, or one of his kids at the next high school musical, basketball game, choral recital, or band concert.

Brittany Jordan

Brittany started her career at Corporate Central in March 2018 as a Digital Marketing Specialist. In September 2019, she was promoted to Director Digital Marketing. Brittany manages all aspects of Corporate Central's digital marketing efforts, which includes the expansion of Corporate Central’s digital brand through website enhancements, search engine optimization, social media growth, and digital analytics. She also oversees the Email Marketing Coordinator Intern and assists with internal training and development.

In October 2018, Brittany assumed the duties of the organization's Philanthropy Officer. As the Philanthropy Officer, Brittany builds and strengthens member relationships, helps to advance the credit union movement, and collaborates with members on volunteer opportunities and philanthropic events. She serves as the liaison between Corporate Central and non-profit organizations to plan drives, donations, and other volunteer events. Brittany also leads Corporate Central's internal Emerging Leaders initiatives.

Prior to joining Corporate Central, Brittany worked in both B2B and B2C digital marketing and print advertising positions. Brittany graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI with two bachelor's degrees in Cross-Media Graphics Management and Digital Marketing Technology. She also holds two minors in Spanish and Web Technology, and an emphasis in Sales and Marketing. Brittany is also a part of The Wisconsin Credit Union League's (WCUL) Young Professionals program.

Outside of the digital world, Brittany loves volunteering, especially with Special Olympics Wisconsin, and is passionate about ADA and WCAG (2.0 and 2.1) compliance. She also enjoys traveling to music festivals and EDM concerts and has seen 250+ DJs/producers so far!

Gail Kearney

Gail started her career at Corporate Central as a Member Service Representative in July 2001. After spending five years in the member service department, Gail transitioned to the investment department as a Financial Strategist until 2012.

In February 2014, Gail rejoined Corporate Central, leveraging her additional credit union experience and knowledge to become Corporate Central’s Director Member Solutions. Gail is committed to providing superior service by delivering creative and valuable solutions to credit unions across the country.

Gail is responsible for strengthening all existing relationships with Corporate Central's members and developing new relationships with future members.

Mark Sowinski

Mark joined Corporate Central in November 2018 as an Executive Account Manager. His primary duties are to proactively develop strong relationships with Corporate Central’s members and grow InterLutions’ I-Care solution.

Sowinski dedicated 41 years of his career in financial services to U.S. Bank National Association. He spent 18 years in general bank operations from 1977 to 1995. During that time, Mark managed the ACH department, retail and wholesale remittance processing, data entry, Elan payroll ops services, mail room processing, wire transfer, collateral and loan operations, demand deposit, account reconciliation, check processing (day one and day two operations), float management, and adjustments.

After leaving bank operations in May 1995, Mark joined the correspondent banking division as a Check Collection and Treasury Management Sales Representative, calling upon financial institutions of all sizes across the United States, serving as an extension of the overall business development and relationship team.

Mark married his wife, Diane, in 1987. They reside in the Bay View area of Milwaukee, WI, his hometown, where they raised three, now adult, children. He enjoys traveling, golfing, reading, woodworking, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.

Mark Volz, CUDE

Mark joined the Corporate Central team in April 2018 as a Relationship Development Officer. His main focus is to strengthen our existing relationships with credit unions in Wisconsin.

He comes to Corporate Central with seven years of experience in the banking industry, with the most recent two as a business lending manager of a full-service credit union. He is excited to use his background in the industry to help our members become wildly successful by finding new and innovative ways to help find solutions to credit unions issues.

Mark graduated with a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is very involved in advancing the credit union movement by helping with the Cream City Chapter. In November 2018, Mark became a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) through the National Credit Union Foundation. Mark serves on a board for a non-profit adoption and foster care organization. He also enjoys helping out with the Wisconsin Cystic Fibrosis Chapter, where he was nominated as one of Milwaukee's Finest Young Professional's in 2016.

When he is not working or studying, Mark enjoys attending Brewers, Bucks, Packers, and Wisconsin Badger games, golfing, and seeing live music. 

Justin Weber

Justin joined the Corporate Central team in April 2018 as a Business Development Manager in the Iowa and Illinois region. He works with current and future members in the territory to foster and grow new relationships, in addition to promoting credit union growth overall. 

Justin has been in the financial industry since 2011, working with both banks and credit unions as a Financial Advisor. Justin has two bachelor's degrees from the University of Northern Iowa, in Finance and Real Estate, as well as a master's degree in Financial Analysis. He is a certified credit union Financial Counselor and has more than five years of investment experience.

Justin enjoys all sports, spending time with his family and friends, listening to music, and most importantly, helping members achieve their goals!

Julie Woloszyn

Julie began her career at Corporate Central in August 2008 as the Director Brand Awareness. Her primary responsibilities include formulating creative and successful marketing programs to effectively meet Corporate Central’s business development and marketing initiatives. She is also responsible for leading Corporate Central's efforts to establish, schedule, and promote educational sessions to inform, educate, and train members. Julie earned her bachelor's degree in Communication Arts from UW-Madison. She has past experience working for a natural person credit union and also as a financial aid manager. Outside of work, Julie enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and being a mama to her sweet little girl, Mazzy.

Orianna Valentine

Orianna joined Corporate Central in August 2019 as an Email Marketing Coordinator Intern. Orianna assists with Corporate Central and CUSO email marketing to help communicate with credit union members across the nation. Her main duties are to develop strategic Corporate Central and CUSO email marketing campaigns and to help grow our social medai presence.

Orianna comes to us with a unique, creative background in arts and education. She has two degrees, both from UW-Milwaukee. Prior to earning her marketing degree, she was a public-school art teacher in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District where she had the pleasure of encouraging thousands of students to reach their creative potential.

In her spare time, Orianna continues to be an active supporter of the arts and community in Milwaukee. She enjoys painting, drawing, DIY home projects, gallery nights, local theater, small concerts, and events that raise arts awareness. She loves to plan new travel adventures, especially to visit far-flung family and friends.


Frederick L. Blask, NCRM

Frederick's first credit union experience was back in 1993 when he wanted to take out a loan for a computer (they used to be rather expensive). A family member helped explain the credit union difference and recommended joining one. Years later while making a career change to information technology, he was encouraged by family again to go the credit union way.

In April 2006, he started in Systems Information Support at Corporate Central. During his time with the IT department he was responsible for maintaining network and information security as well as providing IT project management assistance to various departments. In July 2014, he began a new role as Project & Compliance Risk Manager where he oversees the enterprise risk management program. Fred promotes the credit union's overall compliance culture and coordinates various internal audits and exams. His IT background has been beneficial in evaluating areas of risk and compliance with various technology partners and vendors.

In October 2017, Fred was promoted to Vice President Risk Strategy & Execution. Fred's duty is to ensure that Corporate Central is compliant. He is in charge of enterprise risk management, coordinating audits and exams, business continuity planning, incident respondance, strategic initiatives, our third-party oversight program, and BSA, AML, and OFAC compliance. Fred is also a NAFCU Certified Risk Manager (NCRM).

Fred has two daughters, who keep him both young at heart and balding on top. When he's not working, Fred enjoys spending time with family, reading comic books, playing and watching sports, and seeing live music.

Laurie Dellevar, NCBSO

Laurie joined Corporate Central in April 2006 as a Member Service Representative and moved into the role of Compliance Analyst in February 2016. She is responsible for transaction monitoring for BSA/AML, audit transactions, FINCEN Reporting for SARs and 314(a), verification and OFAC checking, updating our OFAC and sanctions information, and completing due diligence requests from credit unions.

Laurie has been working in the credit union industry for over 30 years. Prior to joining Corporate Central she was an accountant and computer operator for a full-service credit union in Milwaukee. She is also a NAFCU Certified Bank Secrecy Officer (NCBSO).

Laurie attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and received a bachelor's degree in Marketing, with a minor in Accounting. In her free time, Laurie loves hiking, camping, and visiting national parks and wilderness areas. She also enjoys crafting, and reading historical fiction or adventure novels.

Human Resources

Michele Vukovic

Michele joined Corporate Central in April 2005, as a Human Resources Manager. She works diligently to provide oversight and support for the workforce needs of the organization.

Prior to joining Corporate Central, Michele worked as a Customer Service Office Supervisor, a Paralegal, an Executive Assistant, and an HR Assistant. Michele holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations, and a master's degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also obtained a graduate certificate in Mediation and Negotiation from UW-Milwaukee.

Michele is proud to work with staff members dedicated to the ‘people helping people’ philosophy, a hallmark of both the credit union industry as well as the Human Resources (HR) function. Her passion for learning and advocacy, which began when she was a youngster growing up in the middle of a large family – Michele has 9 siblings – is what led her to pursue a career in HR. In her free time, she pursues a permanent 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Information Technology

Kyle Gutierrez

Kyle joined Corporate Central as an Information Technology Technician in November 2015. He provides primary support for both internal and external employees for hardware, software, and security management applications. He also performs management, maintenance, and upgrades to all of Corporate Central's information technology systems.

In previous positions, he has worked in hardware support, performing computer repairs, and in procurement, maintaining regular computer order requests and managing computer life cycles.

Kyle has an associate's degree in Information Technology - Networking from Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, WI and a bachelor’s degree in Information Science and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).

Jeffry L Lundgren

Jeffry started his career at Corporate Central and its technology CUSO, Emergifi, in August 2018 as a Cloud Migration Engineer. He works with members to move their email and infrastructure away from traditional server-based platforms to secure cloud-based platforms.

Jeff has been an IT engineer for 35+ years, serving multiple clients across Wisconsin and Illinois. He has been on the leading edge of cloud technology, being one of the first engineers to migrate email users to the cloud since 2011. Jeff previously worked as an engineer at Tushaus Computer Services, successfully transitioned to Dedicated Computing, and then to RMM Solutions after each acquisition. His focus on client satisfaction has made him a highly sought-after engineer to clients in each of these organizations. Jeff is a Microsoft Certified Server Engineer (MCSE) in email and collaboration; a Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) in routing and switching; and a Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP). He also has certifications in various firewalls and virtualization products.

Jeff holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In his free time, he enjoys playing one of his many guitars and listening to music.

Ryan McMillan

Ryan joined Corporate Central in November of 2017 as a Senior Systems Engineer. As a Senior Systems Engineer, Ryan is responsible for maintaining operating systems, application software, and system management tools, both on premise and in the cloud. Ryan proactively ensures the highest levels of IT systems and infrastructure availability to maintain security, backup, and business continuity strategies.

Ryan is also the Director of Technology Solutions for our technology CUSO, Emergifi. He is a seasoned technology industry leader with deep technical knowledge of designing, managing, and maintaining complex IT infrastructures including cloud-based servers and applications. He leverages previous experience as a Network Administrator, an Associate Network Engineer, a Network Engineer, and a Manager of Information Technology in multiple industries — including academia, healthcare, and SMB — to drive positive outcomes while lowering costs and increasing customer defined success. 

Ryan holds a Network Specialist associate's degree from Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, WI. He is also a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), a Google Certified Educator (GCE), and a Sophos Certified Engineer (SCE). Additionally, Ryan has CompTIA certifications in Network+ and Security+. 

In his free time, Ryan coaches youth baseball and enjoys spending time with his family.

Brian Nowak

Brian joined Corporate Central in December 2018 as the Information Technology Director. He is responsible for leading the advancement of Corporate Central’s information technology operations. Brian has a strong focus on consistent and reliable delivery of all services to ensure that information technology can be a strategic differentiator within the organization.

Brian is also the Director of Business and Service Automation for Emergifi. In this role, Brian is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the business process and service delivery automation. He is focused on the efficient and consistent delivery of services to our members.

Brian has been in the technology industry for 20+ years. Most recently, he was the Director of Information Technology for an IT services company. He was responsible for approximately 40 staff who delivered hosting services out of two data centers within Wisconsin, as well as, managed services to over 130 clients. He has been an individual contributor and leader of IT help desks, data centers, and managed services.

While not in the office, Brian likes to spend time with his wife, Amy, and their two children.

Kay Biberstein

Kay joined Corporate Central as a Digital Information Specialist in March 2017. She develops, drives, and leads efforts to facilitate efficient access, utilization, and organization of digital information for our organization. Kay also assists with internal staff training so that we can serve our members better.

Kay is a wearer of many hats. Her wide variety of information technology experience includes Microsoft SharePoint, web design and management, organization and imaging of materials, graphic design, project management, and organizational change management. In a previous position, Kay developed and managed a statewide local history digitization project (one of the first of its kind) which involved developing rules, marketing, knowledge sharing (consulting, training, presenting, and writing magazine articles), and providing tech support.

She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and a certificate in Project Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. During the same time of her bachelor's pursuit, Kay worked her way up in a Center for Computation for Physics Professors and their graduate students, which started her on her IT Ninja path. 

Kay is a collector of hobbies and interests. She enjoys going on adventures with friends, creating things, and spending time with animals. Some of her pastimes include playing Dungeons and Dragons, painting miniatures, creating and showing model horses, quilting, traveling, riding and training her horse, and spending time with her cats. She also volunteers her time as the webmaster for Forever Morgans Rescue, Inc. for horses, and, on occasion, a Bengal cat rescue.

Brian Stefanski

Brian joined Corporate Central in June of 2017 as Software Engineer. He designs and develops software solutions for Corporate Central and our technology CUSO, Emergifi.

Brian holds a degree in Computer Science and he brings 27+ years of experience in software development. His experience includes application development, project management, support, process improvement, and business requirements. Brian specializes in Microsoft technologies (.NET, C#, VB.Net, ASP.NET, SQL) which is the platform for our existing custom applications and many partner interfaces and integrations.

Brian believes that software development will support our operational efficiency initiative. Software development is a key component to big data, data analytics, digital solutions, and digital transformation initiatives. Software development provides us a valuable tool for integrations across our many vendors and applications.

Brian's charge simply stated is automate re-engineered business processes and transform data into intelligence. Work smarter.

Kent Tushaus

Kent joined Corporate Central in October 2018 as a Senior Software Engineer. In this role, Kent delivers business process improvements and automation to better assist internal operational needs. He is responsible for designing, developing, and integrating efficient business intelligence and database systems and front-end user interfaces.

Kent brings 30+ years and a wide-breadth of experience across many industries in software design and development (including desktop, web applications and office automation), database administration and management, data integration, and data analysis and reporting. He received a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee along with a minor in Marketing.

In his free time, Kent loves spending time with his wife, Stacey, and their children Josiah, Aliyah, and Moriah. He is a very active parent attending all of his children's activities and festivities. He also enjoys reading, bicycling, gardening, camping, Eurogames, and strategic video games.

Kathy Westphal

Kathy started in June 2018 as a Product Manager & Business Analyst. She is responsible for developing, driving, and leading efforts to facilitate effective, efficient business process improvement; direct influence across the organization to drive change; translate business processes and needs into application development, and configuration; collaborate with and support stakeholders to achieve the initiatives and goals.

Kathy joins us from RMM Solutions where she served as a business analyst and key team member on a variety of business applications including accounting systems, service systems, professional services automation (PSA), customer relationship management (CRM), and document management. Kathy began her career as a business analyst for banking applications. She served as a business analyst automating, integrating, and digitizing business processes such as accounting system and PSA integration, accounts payable payments via ACH, service billing, product invoicing, and financial statements.


John F. Hickey, CCUIP, CWCUL

John started his career at Corporate Central in July 2007 as an Investments Officer. In January 2014, he was promoted to Vice President Investments. John directs daily functions related to member loan operations and asset liability management (ALM). He serves as portfolio manager for investments, loans and deposits, and is a member of the ALCO Committee. Additionally, John is responsible for research and development of new products, services, and partner relationships. 

Prior to joining Corporate Central, John was a 10-year veteran of the commercial and industrial lending sector with experience in loan origination, portfolio management, structuring, and underwriting with both regional and national banks. In 2009, John became a registered representative and began working exclusively with credit union CEOs and CFOs trading marketable securities. He holds his Series 7 and 63 licenses, and Six Sigma Green Belt certification. In 2018, John participated in The Wisconsin Credit Union League’s Leadership Program and earned the designation for Certified Wisconsin Credit Union Leader (CWCUL).

John received a bachelor's degree from UW-Madison. He is also a retired semi-professional rugby player.

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Danny McIntyre

Danny brings over 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He began his career in New Orleans trading US Treasury, Federal Agency and mortgage backed securities. In 1987 he and his new bride Diana moved to Dallas, TX where he established and managed a taxable bond trading desk for a regional brokerage firm.

In January 2003, Danny “discovered” credit unions. He worked at a corporate credit union to help establish a broker-dealer and trading desk and very quickly became a big fan of the credit union movement. He has spent the past 14 years dedicated to helping credit unions be successful. Actively involved in asset liability management, he has helped credit unions build investment portfolios that complement their balance sheets and help them manage based on both risk as well as return.  Assisting with education and training for credit union professionals and volunteers remains a primary focus for Danny as well. “Education allows us to help members be more efficient which in turn affords them more time to serve their members – people helping people.” 

Danny attended Loyola University and Delgado College in New Orleans. He completed his studies as a business major at Tulane University. He holds his Series 7 and 63 licenses. When asked about his greatest accomplishment, Danny points to convincing his wife Diana to marry him 30+ years ago. He said the only two things that come close to that are raising their son, Chase, and watching the Saints win the Super Bowl in 2009, although he admittedly had little to do with the latter.

*Securities offered through ProEquities, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, and member of FINRA and SIPC. Corporate Central Credit Union is Independent of ProEquities, Inc. Check the background of your financial professional on FINRA’s BrokerCheck.


Chad Ullenberg, CCUIP

Chad joined Corporate Central in October 2016 as an Investment Analyst. His primary duties include reporting and evaluating credit, ALM, risk, liquidity, investment, economic, market, and sector analysis measures for members and Corporate Central.

Prior to joining Corporate Central, Chad was a Fund Administrator for U.S. Bank Fund Services in Milwaukee, WI. His educational background includes a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Ben Wierzba, CCUIP

Ben began his career at Corporate Central in June 2016 as a Financial Strategist. In February 2019, Ben became Corporate Central's ALM & Investment Analyst. His main duties are to develop and maintain investment and liquidity relationships with members of Corporate Central.

Prior to joining Corporate Central, Ben had previous experience with a retail brokerage firm. His educational background includes a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds his series 7 and 63 licenses and is a Certified Credit Union Investments Professional (CCUIP).

In his free time, Ben enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf.

*Securities offered through ProEquities, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, and member of FINRA and SIPC. Corporate Central Credit Union is Independent of ProEquities, Inc. Check the background of your financial professional on FINRA’s BrokerCheck.

Dace Bregantini

Dace joined Corporate Central as a Financial Strategist in September 2019. His primary role is advising credit unions on methods to proactively manage their balance sheets, while providing fiduciary expertise to credit union decision-makers.

Dace obtained two bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Accounting from UW-Milwaukee. In addition to his two majors, he participated in the UW-Milwaukee Investment Management Certificate Program.

Prior to joining Corporate Central, Dace spent 18 months conducting fixed income analysis and due diligence. Currently, he is in pursuit of his CFA charter and has passed the level I examination.

Wade Cooper

Wade joined Corporate Central as a Financial Strategist in April 2019. His primary role is to help credit unions optimize and build a balance sheet that maximizes performance and allows them to better serve their members. Wade helps members learn about what their balance sheet needs from an ALM, risk, liquidity, and investment perspective. Once we determine those needs, he can assist credit unions with using the tools that they need to build an optimal balance sheet.

From 2015 to 2019, Wade served as the Supervisor of the Credit Union Section for the state of Illinois. At the time of his departure, there were 191 state-chartered credit unions with approximately $39 billion assets. He led an exam team of 14 examiners and three office staff. As a regulator, Wade made decisions regarding field of membership expansions, mergers, lending limit increases, disciplinary matters, legislation, and rule-making. He led the team to obtain accreditation from NASCUS for the first time. Additionally, Wade spearheaded a pilot program for an indirect investment pool which eventually became a permissible investment.

Wade brings varied experience in government and finance. From 2001 to 2007, Wade worked for the Illinois State Treasurer, Judy Baar Topinka, in the Illinois Funds which is an investment pool for public entities. In 2008, he joined the $70 million Prairie Trail Credit Union (PTCU) in Joliet, IL. PTCU would merge with the $210 million, privately insured, Argonne Credit Union, which would eventually be known as Abri Credit Union in Romeoville, IL. Following Abri, and before becoming a regulator, Wade obtained his Series 7 and Series 66 and became a financial advisor for two and half years.

Wade has a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in Ames, IA, and a master's degree from Governors State University in University Park, IL.

*Securities offered through ProEquities, Inc., a Registered Broker/Dealer, and member of FINRA and SIPC. Corporate Central Credit Union is Independent of ProEquities, Inc. Check the background of your financial professional on FINRA’s BrokerCheck.

Member Services

Karen Christie

Karen started her career at Corporate Central in June 1987 as a part-time Account Representative. She knew, immediately, that the credit union philosophy of ‘People Helping People’ were not just words, but what every employee at Corporate Central truly believed. She was inspired by that philosophy then, and throughout her career, that philosophy has never changed.

“Working with our credit unions has truly been a pleasure and honor for me and I have come to think of our members as more of an extended family. Helping credit unions serve their members and support their needs is so rewarding and knowing that we are all on the same team is something really special.”

Karen has covered many positions over the years — a Member Service Representative, Wire Transfer Operator, Wire Transfer Supervisor, Manager Member Services, and Assistant Vice President Member Services — which provides her with knowledge in all areas of member services, along with expert oversight in her current position of Vice President Member Services.

In her current role, Karen is responsible for directing and supporting operational efforts to enable delivery of superior service to members in all relationships, including investment and settlement accounts, funds transfers, ACH origination and receipt, image cash letters, currency delivery, Federal Reserve Bank online account access, and transactional operations. Karen takes great pride in providing service to meeting members’ needs. “Member service is not just a department at Corporate Central, it’s our heart and soul!”

Outside of work, Karen enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her husband and five grandkids.

Stephanie Schmidt, AAP, CWCUL

Stephanie started her career at Corporate Central in February 2015 as a Member Services Representative. In September 2016, she was promoted to a Member Services Specialist. In June 2017, Stephanie was promoted to Manager Member Services. She directs and provides operational support of Corporate Central’s products/services and transactional operations to enable delivery of superior member service; oversees and ensures alignment of department processes/procedures with relevant regulations and industry best practices; provides guidance and performance management efforts for Member Services staff; and assists senior management in providing training and development for staff to facilitate achievement of individual, departmental, and organizational goals and accountability.

Stephanie brings over a decade of full-service credit union experience to Corporate Central. She started her career in the credit union industry as a Teller, worked her way up to a Loan Officer, and then to a Lead Member Service Representative. Stephanie is an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP). In 2018, Stephanie participated in The Wisconsin Credit Union League’s Leadership Program and earned the designation for Certified Wisconsin Credit Union Leader (CWCUL). She is also a part of The Wisconsin Credit Union League's (WCUL) Young Professionals program.

Stephanie truly enjoys creating lasting relationships with the members that she works with, and she looks forward to more opportunities to serve our Corporate Central family. Stephanie is known for loving things encrusted in glitter and rhinestones, and when she is not with her work family she can be found reading, teaching/watching/performing ethnic dance, or spending time with her friends and family.

Shannon Cate

Shannon started her adventure at Corporate Central in September 2014 as a Member Services Representative. "I get to talk to our members on a daily basis and really help them with their day to day lives. I like to think that I truly make a difference every day," she says.

Before joining Corporate Central, Shannon held a Teller II position at a full-service credit union for five years. She also holds an associate's degree in Business.

Outside of Corporate Central, she loves to spend time at home with her husband, daughter, and cat.

Terri Drobka

Terri joined Corporate Central in January 2016 as a Member Services Representative. Terri is one of the first voices you will hear when calling Corporate Central, and is available to answer member questions, solve problems, and direct your call to other departments in a fast and friendly manner. When asked about her role, Terri says, “I love it!” Terri has 20+ years of experience working with credit unions, having been a loan officer and branch manager. “I truly believe in the people helping people philosophy.”

Dawn Freiburger

Dawn joined Corporate Central in June 2018 as a part-time Member Services Representative. As a Member Services Representative, Dawn will support the Member Services area as a front-line representative to our member credit unions. She assists with cash verification, cash letter posting, transfers, e-mailing incoming wires, and completing ring central forms.

She has 13 years of natural-person financial institution experience, five of those spent in a credit union. Dawn enjoys working for credit unions because credit unions work for their members’ best interests. She also appreciates that the credit union atmosphere is friendly and welcoming to all. 

When Dawn is not sharing her kindness and positive spirit with our members, she loves to walk her dogs, play with her grandkids, garden, bike, watch movies with her hubby, and spend time with her friends.

Sandy Garcia-Alvarez

Sandy began her career as a Member Services Representative at Corporate Central in January 2011. Her passion for helping others drives her to be the best she can be in this role. Sandy is readily available to help assist members with all aspects of their credit union.

Prior to joining Corporate Central, Sandy was part of two full-service, community credit unions within the Milwaukee area. She spent 15+ years working with these two credit unions and held various roles including Teller, Head Teller, Accounting Assistant, and Loan Officer. In her 21+ years working within the credit union industry, Sandy has found great satisfaction in working with members to help them solve problems or to become more successful.

Outside of Corporate Central, Sandy loves spending time with her friends and family.

Malisha Yang

Malisha rejoined Corporate Central as a Member Service Representative in June 2017. She has several years of experience helping credit unions through her amazing member service skills. Malisha is responsible for FedLine Wires, ACH, cash orders, research request, and is readily available to assist with other member requests.

Malisha is a part of The Wisconsin Credit Union League's (WCUL) Young Professionals program.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her amazing son, Jakobe.


Dawn Beyer

Dawn has been with Corporate Central since January 1998, serving as a Member Representative, Administrative Secretary, and Executive Assistant before becoming the Administration Manager in March 2014.

Prior to joining Corporate Central, Dawn worked in retail management. In her current role as Administration Manager, Dawn serves as the Membership Officer, and provides executive support on all matters pertaining to the office of the President/CEO. She also serves as the primary point of contact for Corporate Central Credit Union’s Board of Directors and various Board Committees. Her position also provides support services to top-level management and encompasses organizational and administrative functions.

As enthusiastic as Dawn is in her career, she equally enjoys quiet time at home with family and friends. Her hobbies and interests include crafting, gardening, painting, party planning, scrapbooking, and watching football. She is passionate about cooking and baking, as they are her favorite form of creative art. Dawn loves inspiring her inner chef with new recipes and presenting them like an artist.

Ramona Verburgt

Ramona was excited to start the next chapter of her career here at Corporate Central in April 2017 as an Office Assistant and was promoted to an Accounting and Office Assistant in March 2018.

Ramona provides general office and clerical support for the accounting and operations departments. Prior to her role with Corporate Central, Ramona worked for a local distributor for 40 years, in multiple positions, until the company closed.

When not working, she enjoys boating and hiking with her family in Crivitz. One of Ramona’s hobbies is looking for hidden treasures at yard sales. A fun fact about Ramona is that her father served in the Army for 21 years, and because of this, she had the fantastic opportunity to live in multiple states, as well as Germany.

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