CU People on the Move: Credit Union America and Kansas Teachers Community

Published 1.11.22

Credit Union of America (Wichita, KS) announced appointments, and Kansas Teachers Community Credit Union (Pittsburg, KS) announced retirement of long-time president, Mark Kolarik, and his successor, Elesa Parsons. 

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Credit Union of America kicks off 2022 with new appointments

Nicole El-Chami has been appointed CUA's assistant vice president of deposit and support services. An 11-year employee of CUA, El-Chami was recently the AVP of electronic services where she led the development and implementation of a dispute/fraud processing program that prevented fraud losses.

She is both an accredited ACH and Payments/Risk Professional. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and an MBA from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas.   

El-Chami’s new role will showcase her management skills as she oversees staff, programs, productivity, and quality for IRA & retirement services, deposit quality, CUA’s member support, and the teller assist professionals (TAP) area where members are served across the state via TAP machines in CUA drive-throughs and lobbies. 

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Nicole El-Chami

Morgan Hawkins has been appointed the branch manager of CUA’s newest branch, located at 12320 E. 21st St. North in Wichita. Hawkins started her three-year tenure at CUA as the branch manager for the office in Pratt, Kansas. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. and received her MBA from Friends University, Wichita, KS. 

Hawkins will be responsible for managing the staff, operations, member service, and growth initiatives at the new office. The office opened December 13, 2021 and offers smart-ATM service 24/7 through the drive-thru, with teller assist available during business hours, as well as CUA’s full offering of consumer and small business services.  

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Morgan Hawkins

Melissa Gattenby has been appointed as assistant vice president of business practices.

A fourteen-year employee of CUA, Gattenby was recently CUA’s AVP of deposit services. 

In her new role, Gattenby will manage enterprise project management and delivery, business process improvement, and business intelligence which includes data warehouse, business analytics, and KPI/executive reporting.  

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Melissa Gattenby

Kansas Teachers Community Credit Union's president retires Feb. 1, 2022


Kansas Teachers Community Credit Union’s (KTCCU) long-time president Mark Kolarik will retire on February 1, 2022. Mark has been the credit union’s president for the last 19 years and has guided strong credit union growth. Under his leadership, KTCCU now serves residents and family members in 51 Kansas counties with five branch locations. 

The Board of Directors has announced that Elesa Parsons has been hired as the new president of KTCCU. Elesa had been employed by Quantum Credit Union, located in Wichita, KS for the last 20 years. She has extensive 
credit union experience in many operational areas and has been involved in many national and state-wide credit union organizations.

KTCCU will host an open house on Monday, January 31, 2022 from 2-4:30 p.m. at the 416 North Broadway branch. There will be snacks and drinks. Please stop by to welcome Elesa and wish Mark well in his upcoming retirement.

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Elesa Parsons