UCU Announces New Executive Administrator and Staff Promotions
ORONO, Maine (May, 2023) – University Credit Union (UCU) is pleased to announce the following staff hires and promotions.
Jess Francis has been hired as Executive Administrator. Francis brings over 16 years of credit union experience and expertise, having held a variety of roles during her career, from member services to administration to marketing. Francis is very active in the community, currently serving as event chair of the Courageous Steps Project and organizer for the Stillwater River Trail of Lights in Orono. In 2023, Northern Light Health’s Champion the Cure Challenge named her Volunteer of the Year.
Michael Connors has been promoted to Marketing Manager (previously Senior Marketing Specialist). Connors began his UCU career in 2013 as a Member Services Representative shortly before joining the Marketing department. As Marketing Manager, he focuses on creating multi-channel marketing campaigns in support of the credit union’s strategic goals and ensures the highest quality of branding standards across all credit union assets. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Maine.
Cathy Philbrick has been promoted to Member Services Manager (previously Branch Manager). A 28-year veteran of the financial services industry, Philbrick has worked in almost every role in retail banking, from mortgage loan officer to commercial loan officer to branch manager. Philbrick first joined UCU in 2012 as Branch Manager for three locations in Orono.
Josh Kiesman has been promoted to Branch Manager (previously Assistant Branch Manager). Kiesman joined UCU as a Member Services Representative in 2018 assisting with day-to-day functions at the credit union, before his promotion to Assistant Branch Manager in 2020. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications Technology from Husson University.
Paige Everett has been promoted to Project & Training Manager (previously Training Coordinator). Everett joined UCU in 2016 as a Member Services Representative. In 2022, Everett took on the role of Training Coordinator, responsible for managing employee training and professional development. As Project & Training Manager, Everett will continue to curate the credit union’s training program and serve as project lead in new developments.
“As a six-time Best Places to Work in Maine honoree, UCU is known for investing in employees’ professional development, for recognizing employee achievements, and for creating a fun and welcoming workplace,” said UCU President and CEO Renee Ouellette. “These individuals have demonstrated outstanding performance in their respective roles and are responsible for the high quality of service our members have come to expect from UCU. Congratulations to all!”
If you are a current or prospective credit union professional seeking new opportunities, please visit ucumaine.com for information on career opportunities with UCU.
About University Credit Union
Established on the University of Maine campus in 1967, University Credit Union is an innovative, full-service financial institution with a mission to actively advance the financial well-being of our members in every stage of their lives. UCU is the seventh largest credit union in Maine in terms of total assets, sixth in total members, and has retail locations across the state located in Orono, Bangor, Farmington, Gorham, Portland, and Presque Isle. For more information visit ucumaine.com.