2019 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

Bridgeport Chapter

Vinny CiambrielloVincent Ciambriello
President/CEO, Sikorsky CU

As League Director for the past five years, Vincent has served as Treasurer of the Board as well as headed up the Finance Task Force which was charged with updating the Leagues dues structure. Currently he serves as Vice Chairman of the Board and serves as the Chairman of the League Service Corporation Board.

His work history is brief with one company, Sikorsky Credit Union since 1986, but his experience is vast as he has managed all departments within the credit union and has been the President/CEO since 2013. This involvement in all departments within a credit union has helped him understand the full workings of a financial services provider and has guided him in his decisions.

Vincent holds a BS in Accounting and an MBA in Finance. He also earned the CUES Certified Chief Executive (CCE) designation.

Vincent has enjoyed helping the League position itself as a resource to all assets size credit unions in CT and looks forward to continuing in this role.

Hartford Chapter

Karen Viets 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 23 years in the Credit Union movement.

Karen was appointed to the CULCT Board in June 2018 by the Hartford Chapter. She actively attends League and Hartford Chapter events. She has also 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 continue 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 on the Board for 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.

At-Large

John Holt
President/CEO, Nutmeg State Financial CU

John Holt is dedicated to the credit union movement within the state of Connecticut and nationally. His experience and passion for promoting financial education and inclusion 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 15 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. His vision is to become an industry leader in technology, making it easy for anyone to transact regardless of delivery channel. This approach inspired Nutmeg to create a technology CUSO. The formation of this CUSO included the acquisition of DaLand Solutions, a technology consulting firm who successfully serves credit unions across the country.

Under John’s leadership, the credit union has expanded its outreach to underserved communities. By becoming a designated Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), Nutmeg has successfully transformed into an organization that serves higher volumes of low income and minority members while also maintaining strong financial stability. This growth has proven beneficial to the organization and to many families in the community.

John’s focus on innovative alliances also led to the creation of a partnership with the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. This partnership allows CT residents to conduct DMV transactions inside select Nutmeg locations, a first among credit unions. This partnership has garnered unprecedented national and local exposure that will continue to grow with new shared locations.

In addition to his tireless work for Nutmeg, John continues to give back to the community by 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. Last year he served 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 John enjoys running, working out, traveling and being in 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.