ACUMA APPROVES NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Jason Sasena, Alissa Sykes are newest members; Bob McKay steps down
LAS VEGAS – Two new board members have joined the Board of Directors of the American Credit Union Mortgage Association (ACUMA), and Bob McKay, CEO of Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union, has stepped down from the board after serving the maximum time under the board’s term limits. At the ACUMA Annual Meeting on Sept. 26, the membership elected nominees Alissa Sykes, Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at Sunmark Federal Credit Union, and Jason Sasena, Senior Vice President of National Mortgage Production at Lake Michigan Credit Union. Each will serve a three-year term.
Also, Board Chair Pam Davis, Senior Vice President of Branch Delivery and Operations at Delta Community Credit Union, and past chair Mark Wilburn, Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at Truity Credit Union, were elected to new three-year terms.
Continuing board members are Amy Moser, Vice President of Mortgage Services at Mountain America Credit Union; Tim Mislansky, Senior Vice President of Wright-Patt Credit Union and President of myCUmortgage; and Barry Stricklin, Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer at Tower Federal Credit Union.
The volunteer board serves as the governing body for ACUMA, a non-profit association.
Sasena oversees sales leadership, mortgage marketing and technology for Lake Michigan CU, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. LMCU operates Distributed Retail and Member Direct mortgage origination channels in Michigan and SW Florida. Sasena also held leadership roles with Kinecta Federal Credit Union, JP Morgan Chase, GMAC Residential Capital and ditech.com. He is a contributing author of “The Mortgage Professional’s Handbook,” a comprehensive multi-volume resource since the 2008 “meltdown,” covering every aspect of the mortgage business.
Sykes oversees all aspects of lending including mortgage, home equity, consumer and business lending, loan servicing and collections at Sunmark FCU, based in Latham, NY. Under her direction, Sunmark’s mortgage department has enjoyed significant growth. She has successfully advocated for the addition of loans from FHA, VA, USDA, SBA, the State of New York Mortgage Agency, and construction lending.
Sykes regularly mentors smaller credit unions who need assistance keeping up with the swift pace of regulation changes, or ideas to expand impact. She is building a Community Banking initiative with a focus on new membership growth.
McKay, a past board chair at ACUMA, served for 13 years. Prior to being named CEO at Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Baxter Credit Union.
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The American Credit Union Mortgage Association (ACUMA) is a non-profit trade association committed to promoting credit union mortgage lending. The organization provides high-quality education and networking using experts from the mortgage banking and credit union communities.