2018 League Board Candidates

League Chapter and At-Large League Director Candidates

In accordance with Credit Union League of Connecticut bylaws, mail-in ballots have been sent to all affiliated credit union CEOs to vote for Chapter Directors and At-Large Director. A memo describing the voting process is included with the ballot. Below are the candidates, including their biographies and photos.

Chapter Candidates

Eastern Chapter

Bradley J. Sullivan
SVP/Chief Financial Officer, Charter Oak FCU

Brad Sullivan joined Charter Oak in December of 2007. Mr. Sullivan began his career in public accounting with Ernst & Young in Hartford, Connecticut and has 30 years of experience in financial leadership roles within the financial services industry. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and earned his MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Sullivan has served on the Board of the Credit Union League of Connecticut, representing the Eastern Chapter since 2015. He has also been active with the League through his participation in the Finance Committee, Reality Fairs and the GAC. He currently serves on the Member Advisory Panel of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.

Mr. Sullivan’s strong financial experience uniquely positions him to help lead the League during challenging economic times. He resides in Webster, MA with his wife Deirdre.

New Haven Chapter

Michael J. Hinchey
President/CEO, Wepawaug-Flagg FCU

For the past 10 years I have been the President and CEO of Wepawaug-Flagg FCU in Hamden, additionally for the past 6 years I have had the pleasure of serving on the Board of the League as the representative of the New Haven Chapter. I have served as the Chairman of the League Board for the past two years. I wish to continue working for the credit unions in Connecticut for a final three-year term.

I think the league’s role in advocating for credit unions is very important, so I regularly participate in the Advocacy Action Calls, GAC and Hike the Hill in both Washington DC and in Hartford. I also write comment letters and make phone calls to our legislative members to advocate for our members.

I believe that another of the key roles of the league is to help the long-term sustainability of all size credit unions. To me that means working to keep dues affordable, making education services available at reduced, low or no cost and making sure the vendors that are endorsed by the league provide affordable services to credit unions after being properly vetted by the league staff.

I have diverse work experience which includes auditor, investment portfolio manager, compliance officer, asset/liability manager, business and consumer loan officer, CFO and CEO.

I am a lifelong resident of Connecticut and graduated from UConn. I am a Certified Public Accountant with over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry.

I ask your support for a third term as your chapter director representative.

At-Large

Carl Casper
EVP and COO, Connex CU

Carl Casper is EVP and COO at Connex Credit Union, where he has worked for five years. In that role, Casper oversees the Retail Branch Network, The Contact Center, Marketing Department, Consumer Lending area and the Compliance function. He started his career nearly thirty years ago as a management trainee at The Bank of New York and has held many senior level positions in commercial banking since then. Immediately prior to joining Connex, he held a Marketing position with Webster Bank. Casper received his BA from the University of South Carolina and MBA from Quinnipiac University. He currently serves as the Secretary on the Board of Benhaven in Wallingford, an organization that assists individuals on the autism spectrum. He has served on several other non-profit boards prior to these organizations, dating back over 20 years. He is presently the chairman of the Credit Union League’s Consumer Awareness Committee and has served in that role for four years. That committee seeks to leverage various low cost marketing methodologies to drive awareness of Connecticut’s credit unions. Carl also serves on the Board of the Credit Union League of Connecticut’s League Services Corporation, which seeks to drive alternative sources of revenue to help fulfill the credit union mission.

Carl has become a strong advocate for the credit union movement, attending CUNA’s GAC for the past four years to lobby and ensure our message is being heard by our legislators. He has been a member of the CULAC Capital Cub for the past three years. He believes the mission is one that is vitally important and that credit unions play a unique and necessary role within the financial services industry; consumers need credit unions now more than ever, particularly as the biggest banks continue to consolidate and dominate the playing field. In his time at Connex he has leveraged the institutions resources to deliver on their mission through expansion of products, services and the creation of ConnexCares, the charitable giving umbrella of Connex which donates in excess of $30,000 each year to help members and the community at large. He believes that, as credit unions, we are singularly chartered to focus on our members and the goal of improving their financial lives. It is well within the scope of our responsibilities to create programs, and processes that have a direct positive impact on their financial futures. Particularly rewarding is the work that Connex has done around financial literacy. During his tenure they have built and hosted a number of programs for members and non-members alike that are designed to help people improve their understanding of the skills needed to navigate today’s labyrinth of fiscal options. This work has been recognized at the state and national level, as they have been awarded 1st Place for the Desjardins Award in 2014, 2015 & 2016. Connex also received an Honorable Mention at the national level in 2014 in this category. In addition, the League awarded Connex 1st Place in the Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Award for 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 and the Dora Maxwell Award for 2014, 2015 & 2016. While we are proud of the awards, we are more rewarded by the environment we have created and the work we have done to help our members.

Casper said, “If elected into the position, I hope to be able to utilize my energy and passion for our movement to be an active part of the leadership of our league and bring experience that, together with all of the other dedicated board members, will help to continue to elevate our industry.”


John Holt
President/CEO, Nutmeg State Financial CU

John Holt is dedicated to the credit union movement within the state of Connecticut. His experience and passion for ensuring financial education and soundness among members has been a steering force in his position and organization’s success. As a driven leader, John is looking to become an At-Large League Director to further his professional and personal passions of helping others.

John is the President and CEO of Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union. John maintains a versatile combination of proven success with sales, service and operations management. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with 14 of those years in credit unions. He possesses a strong desire for helping members achieve their financial goals and a commitment to improving the communities the credit union serves. He demonstrates a strong sense of business strategy, motivates change by building and guiding teams, and develops innovative products and services.

John brings a unique perspective to Nutmeg. John’s philosophy is to make the credit union more attractive by understanding the many different financial needs of the membership. John’s success in this realm comes from his previous long-standing experience as Executive Vice President of Dade County Federal Credit Union, and before that as Director of Retail Banking at Hudson River Bank & Trust Company. John joined Nutmeg as the CEO in 2010 and continues to look ahead at industry and technological trends to bring success to the credit union as well as its members. His vision is to become an industry leader in technology, making it easier for anyone to transact regardless of delivery channel. His goal is to position the credit union to provide the best financial services in Connecticut.

Among his tireless work for Nutmeg, John continues to give back to his community serving on many volunteer boards throughout the state including the Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Connecticut Channel 3 Kids Camp and Catholic Charities. This year he is also serving as the honorary Chair of the CT March of Dimes March for Babies event. John also serves as a committee member to the CUNA Regulatory and Legislative Committee and as Vice Chair for the NASCUS Legislative and Regulatory Committee.

In his free time he enjoys running, working out, traveling and being in the warm weather. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Western New England College, Springfield, MA; and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY.


Jo-Ann Palladino
President, SoundView Financial CU

My name is Jo-Ann Palladino. I started my journey in the banking industry. I learned about lending and collections while working for a finance company. It was a time when regulations were loose and it was commonplace to go door to door collecting. At that point, I decided to consider working for a bank. I began working for a small community bank where the emphasis was on customer service and lending funds to local community residents and businesses. There I learned operations and compliance. As the years progressed, the start of mergers began; one bank became another bank taken over by another bank, then another and then a pink slip. That is when I discovered credit unions. It was banking the way it used to be, helping people. I knew this is where I belonged.

I am currently the President of SoundView Financial Credit Union. I also am President of the Bridgeport Chapter of the Credit Union League of CT. My experience in lending, strategic planning and community involvement has been helpful to me as I serve my members and community. I currently volunteer my time to Junior Achievement of Western Connecticut, Banzai, and lend a hand to Reality Fairs as I am able across the state. I feel that the financial wellbeing of our young people is so important to focus on because these initiatives closely tie to what we do every day. I would like to be considered for an At-Large seat on the board. I would like to represent small to mid-size credit unions so we have a voice and what we face on a day to day basis is represented. Thank you.


Karen Viets
CEO/Treasurer, Metropolitan District ECU

Karen Viets is CEO and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan District Employees’ Credit Union in Hartford, CT. Karen has over 30 years’ experience in financial services including 22 years in the Credit Union movement.

She has served the credit union community as Vice President of the Hartford Chapter, as a volunteer for Financial Reality Fairs since their beginning, as a member of the Cooperative Development Committee, and a supporter of the workability program. In 2008 Karen was selected to intern in Trinidad and Tobago as part of the League’s International Partnership.

Karen is certified as a Credit Union Development Educator through the National Credit Union Foundation in Madison, WI. She has put this certification into action. Her CUDE project and goal as a CU executive is to follow the cooperative principles and to train staff and members about the importance of financial literacy for all.

MDECU is a single sponsor credit union, offering a full array of services, with $24.5million in assets -- close to the median asset size of Connecticut’s credit unions. Being from a small Credit Union that has benefited from League membership, Karen understands the importance of the partnership between Credit Unions and the League. She hopes to bring an understanding of small credit union needs to the Board and to help other small Connecticut credit unions gain a full understanding of the value of the League.

Outside of the Credit Union, Karen has held various volunteer positions on youth boards in her community. She currently sits on the HS Football Supporter Board is the Treasurer of the Granby Parents for Safe Graduation, and secretary of the Granby Community Fund. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management/Accounting from Colby-Sawyer College in NH. She resides in Granby, CT with her husband and two children.