Pennsylvania Credit Union Association

PA Credit Union Youth Ambassadors Named

HARRISBURG – At the 36th Annual Youth Ambassador Contest of Pennsylvania, April Singleton of Downingtown representing the Lan-Chester Chapter of Credit Unions was named 2012 Credit Union Youth Ambassador of Pennsylvania. The annual statewide contest was held during the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association’s (PCUA) 78th Annual Convention & Expo held in Pittsburgh.

 Singleton, 25, is an eBusiness Web Account Specialist at Citadel Federal Credit Union headquartered in Exton.  She is a currently attending Delaware County Community College toward a degree in business management and finance, and is a graduate of Coatesville Area High School.  For the next year, as the Pennsylvania Credit Union Youth Ambassador, Singleton will represent the PCUA at events.

The First Alternate was awarded to Andrea Garver, 23, of Pittsburgh, who is employed as a Marketing Coordinator at Pittsburgh Central Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Sewickley, represented the Pittsburgh Chapter of Credit Unions.

The Second Alternate went to Matthew Lynn, 24, of Huntingdon Valley, a Member Service Representative at TruMark Financial Credit Union, headquartered in Trevose, represented the Montgomery Chapter of Credit Unions.

Serving as the Master of Ceremonies was Scott Alexander, Radio Personality of STAR 100.7 in Pittsburgh.
The contest judges were:
  1.  Josie Collins, CUDE, Resource Development & Donor Relations Director, National Credit Union Foundation, Madison, WI;
  2.  Lori Gall, SVP, Administration, Mid-Atlantic Corporate Federal Credit Union, Middletown, PA;
  3.  Kelli Hoy, Manager, Community Sales, Division, Card Services for Credit Unions (CSCU), Tampa, FL;
  4.  Robert Israelite, Credit Sales Specialist, CUNA Mutual Group, Madison, WI; and
  5. Tim Samolis, Senior Instructor, Pittsburgh Technical Institute, Pittsburgh.
Thirteen finalists won regional contests before advancing to the state finals.  The finalists completed a written exam before presenting speeches about credit union topics.  A panel of five judges selected the winner, tallying scores from the test, personal interview, and speech.

The additional 10 contestants were:
  •  Beaver Valley Chapter – Andrew Razanauskas, Keystone United Methodist Federal Credit Union
  • Delaware County Chapter – Nicole Myers, Sun East Federal Credit Union
  •  Erie Chapter – Rostislav Lonskiy, Erie General Electric Federal Credit Union
  • Harrisburg Chapter – James Kroll, Hershey Federal Credit Union
  •  Monongahela Valley Chapter – Robert Crall, Valley 1st Community Federal Credit Union
  • Philadelphia Chapter – Lubens Thermitus, Freedom Credit Union
  •  Schuylkill Chapter – Emmanuel Mercado, Bellco Federal Credit Union
  • Susquehanna Valley Chapter – Logan Frantz, West Branch Valley Federal Credit Union
  •  Wyoming Valley – Ashlee Choman, Choice One Community Federal Credit Union
  • York Chapter – Janet Fleming, First Capital Federal Credit Union
The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association conducts the contest to attract young people to credit unions and to prepare them for leadership roles.  Credit union members between the ages of 17 and 25 compete and are sponsored by the Association’s chapters.  The contestants are judged on their knowledge of credit unions and their ability to communicate that knowledge.

Several hundred young people have competed in the Credit Union Youth Ambassador Contest since the early 1970s.  Many of the contestants have gone on to hold volunteer and professional positions within the credit union movement.  

Credit unions are financial cooperatives that provide affordable financial services to help their owner/members.  The Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Credit Union Association is a trade association that provides legislative, promotional, educational and operational support for more than 400 credit unions in Pennsylvania.  These credit unions have assets in excess of $36 billion and serve more than 3.7 million members.  For additional information about credit unions or to find a credit union near you, visit

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