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Leadership Team
 
E.J. Donaghey, CCUE
President/Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Donaghey has been with the credit union since 2008 as the President/CEO. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Chicago, he has worked in the financial services industry and credit union industry for close to 30 years. A huge advocate for credit unions and financial cooperatives, Mr. Donaghey’s career has spanned the entire credit union industry, from trade associations, to correspondent banking, to investments, to retail delivery of financial services.  He also has over 20 years of strategic planning and strategic facilitation process experience.

Mr. Donaghey received his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business and Spanish from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. He went on to earn his MBA from the top rated, Northwestern University Executive Masters of Business Administration Program (EMBA) at the Kellogg School of Graduate Management in Evanston, Illinois. Mr. Donaghey is also a Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) and Certified League Executive (CLE). He is a member of the Illinois Credit Union League/League Service Corporation Board of Directors. He is active as an alumni and mentor for undergraduate and graduate students at Elmhurst College, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois.  Mr. Donaghey is also proud to be part of the University of Illinois College of Business’ Center for Professional Responsibility & Ethics where he helps different professors and students connect their academic studies with their coursework and future.

 
Greg Anderson, CCUE
Senior Vice President/Chief Relationship Officer

Mr. Anderson is the Senior Vice President/Chief Relationship Officer at the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union. Anderson has over 24 years of experience in the credit union movement and has been with the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union since 1993. He has held positions in lending, marketing, operations, and member service over his credit union career. Anderson received his Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Minnesota. He completed CUNA Management School in 1998 and received his Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) certification in 2000.


Jennifer Peyton
Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

Mrs. Peyton is the Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer at the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union. She joined the credit union in 1992. Peyton received her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her MBA from Eastern Illinois University.

 
Kim Cheek
Executive Vice President of Human Resources & Development/CAO

Mrs. Cheek is the Vice President of Human Resource Management and Development. She joined the credit union in 1993. Cheek received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Illinois in 1993 and her Masters of Education in Human Resource Development in 2011.



 
Chris Harlan
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Harlan is the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union.  He joined the credit union in 2009, bringing with him five years of professional management experience within the financial services industry.  Including prior experience as a local small business owner, Harlan has spent nearly 15 years focusing on retail and financial services sales management. 

A native of Champaign-Urbana, Harlan has taken many opportunities to serve within the community.  He has volunteered as the Board Chair for the Urbana Business Association, a mentor for Big Brother Big Sisters, a Committee Chair for the Champaign County Freedom Celebration, and as an Employee Campaign Coordinator for the United Way of Champaign County.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Illini Media Group.

Mr. Harlan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Illinois State University and an Associate’s Degree from Parkland College.  He completed his Executive MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2013.  Harlan lives in Mahomet with his wife and three children. 


  

Ryan Fisher
Vice President of Finance & Accounting/Controller

Mr. Fisher is the Vice President of Finance and Accounting/Controller at the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union. He joined the credit union in 2009. Fisher received both his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness, Farm and Financial Management and his MBA from the University of Illinois.

  

Susan Toalson
Vice President of Community & Business Development/Chief Marketing Officer

Ms. Toalson is the Vice President of Community and Business Development/Chief Marketing Officer at the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union. She joined the credit union 2011, bringing with her over 20 years in the marketing, business and community development experience. Ms. Toalson presents annually to her peers at Credit Union National Association, CUNA, Business Development conference. She is also a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois, and has brought her story of money management to more than 1,000 students, staff, faculty and community members

She has a passion for her community and has served on numerous planning committees, and volunteers her time with a variety of local community nonprofits, including Crisis Nursery, Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, and Women in Transition. She was the 2013 Co-Chair for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women’s Luncheon.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Greenville College, as well as a 2013 Leadership Illinois Alumni. Ms. Toalson lives in Philo with her husband and son.



 
Keon Conerly
Assistant Vice President of Research & Development

Mr. Conerly is the Assistant Vice President of Research & Development at the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union. He has held many positions in his tenure, including member service, lending, operations, and marketing. Conerly received his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business from Eastern Illinois University and his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As an Urbana-Champaign native, Conerly serves as a Director for the Urbana Business Association. He serves on a variety of campus and community marketing, membership, and planning committees.



 
Stacey Russell
Assistant Vice President of Underwriting 

Mrs. Russell is the Assistant Vice President of Underwriting at the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union. She joined the credit union in 1995 and has held various roles ranging from the teller department to consumer and mortgage lending. She received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.



 
Sheri Shannon
Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors and CEO

Mrs. Shannon is the Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors and CEO at the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union. She has over 25 years of experience in the credit union movement and has been with UIECU since 1996.



 
Courtney Sanders
HR Representative/Administrative Assistant  

Mrs. Sanders is the HR Representative/Administrative Assistant at the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union. She joined the credit union in 2010 after receiving her Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Illinois State University. She has worked in the financial services industry since 2005 and has held multiple positions at the credit union.

 
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