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Meet the Committee

Amanda Habansky

Amanda is the Vice President of Lending and Business Development for Peoples Advantage Federal Credit Union, which provides her the opportunity to make a significant impact in her credit union and in her community. She is responsbile for business development and loans.  Being a four year veteran in the credit union industry, her skill set has helped to establish a unique and diverse loan program at her credit union which offers competitive rates and "out side the box" loan solutions. 

She looks forward to continuing her role in the credit union movement as a leader with the Young Professional Network. She believes the Network allows many rewarding opportunities for our next generational leaders and is looking forward to contributing to it's growth. 

Richard Hayden (Chair)

Richard, the Business Data Analyst for Virginia Credit Union, has been dedicated to serving credit union members for the past four years. From starting in the contact center as an Account Representative to his present role, Richard’s work is executed with the purpose of credit unions in mind, “solely in service to members.” His current role has him digging through databases, exploring web analytics, and piecing together who his credit union’s membership is, in order to better serve his members.

Richard has had the opportunity to discover, through collaboration with fellow young professionals, the educational, inspiring, and rewarding benefits that will ultimately become the hallmark of the Young Professionals Network (YPN). He looks forward to watching the YPN grow, as other young professionals add their knowledge, enthusiasm, and camaraderie to the network.

Amy McConnell (Vice Chair)

Amy, a ten year veteran of the financial services industry, currently serves as the Marketing and Public Relations Manager at Belvoir Federal Credit Union. She constantly strives to improve the members’ experience through all channels while assisting to improve the credit union’s bottom line. Through innovation and creative solutions, Amy utilizes her role at the credit union to make a difference for members and employees through the products, services, and tools offered by the credit union.

As a leader, Amy believes the Young Professionals Network offers a community for the young and inventive minds within Virginia’s credit unions to meet, collaborate, and kindle the credit union passion. Sharing ideas, expertise, and dedication, Amy looks forward to when the members of the Young Professionals Network emerge as leaders in the credit union movement.

Anwarul Mir (Immediate Past Chair) 

Anwarul has been a dedicated member of the credit union movement for seven years and currently serves as Henrico Credit Union’s Contact Center Manager. In the contact center, each day brings unique challenges and opportunities. Whether it’s coaching the team on how to cross-sell a new service or staying a little late to help the team answer the last few calls in queue, Anwarul finds that keeping his membership and staff at the forefront of his efforts ensures the challenges are met and the opportunities are seized.

Anwarul made his first appearance with Virginia Credit Union League as a participant in the Rising Stars Program and his contributions with that group set the foundation for the Young Professionals Network. He believes that young professionals from across Virginia are as passionate about the movement as he is and the YPN will allow them the opportunity to build strong working relationships and share valuable experiences that will benefit all Virginia credit unions.

Paul Speight

Paul’s journey in the credit union movement began over seven years ago. He currently serves BayPort Credit Union as an Assistant Branch Manager. Paul is passionate about helping his members improve their financial well-being, as well as, coaching individuals and teams towards maximizing their personal and collaborative potential.

Paul believes the Young Professionals Network (YPN) offers a unique opportunity for the next generation of credit union leaders to hold each other accountable, seek out co-operative opportunities, and retain great talent that will be critical to maintaining the ‘people helping people’ backbone of the credit union movement amidst an increasingly competitive financial services industry.

Wesley Williams

Wesley has been working within the Credit Union Industry for seven years and currently serves as the Special Projects Manager for ValleyStar Credit Union. His current role affords him the opportunity to analyze inefficiencies across the organization and propose solutions that will benefit his Credit Union,  fellow employees and ultimately the members we serve.

Young Professionals Networks are just what the Credit Union industry needs in order to help retain and promote the next generation of CU leaders. EVERY Credit Union should make it a priority to empower, train and reward Young Professionals who are looking to further the Credit Union Movement.