Carmen Vigil serves as the Assistant Vice President of Member Engagement for the GoWest Credit Union Association. In this role she has the pleasure of connecting with various micro-communities across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho including Credit Union Chapters, Councils, Leaders of Small Credit Unions, Young Credit Union Professionals, Alumni of Western CUNA Management School, and more. She serves as a member of the Juntos Avanzamos Advisory Board and volunteers for various organizations including Financial Beginnings and the Treehouse Graduation Success program.

Carmen has worked in the Credit Union Movement for over 10 years and has been named a Trailblazer under 40 by Credit Union Times. Prior to her role at the NWCUA, she worked in several roles at Rivermark Community Credit Union where she was active on multiple committees including Community and Governmental Affairs. She also served as a board member for the Young Credit Union Professionals (YCUP) networking group. Carmen graduated from Portland State University in 2013 with a degree in political science.

Carmen is a proud Credit Union Development Educator. She is constantly in awe of the impact that credit unions make in the communities they serve. A true believer in the power of collaboration, Carmen is passionate about building connections with people and helping them succeed.

ADDITIONAL MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS TEAM MEMBERS

Lynn Heider

Lynn Heider

VP, Communications & Public Affairs

Phone: 503.350.2225

Toll-free: 800.995.9064 x225

lheider@gowest.org

Lynn Heider, GoWest Credit Union Association’s Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs, leads the Association’s internal and external public relations, public awareness, media outreach, media training, and crisis management efforts. Heider has a wide range of educational experience, starting with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She’s […]

Andrew Kobialka

Manager, Communications

NWCUA

Phone: 206.651.1828

Toll-free: 800.995.9064

akobialka@gowest.org

Andrew Kobialka is the Communications Manager for the Northwest Credit Union Association. In this role, he is responsible for being the planner, editor, and primary writer of the NWCUA’s weekly Newsletter, Anthem, which informs senior leadership and credit union employees, industry regulators, and the trade press. Kobialka brings NWCUA a wide array of communications, content […]

Melissa Lovejoy

Melissa Lovejoy

VP, Enterprise Engagement Resources

Phone: 206.340.4830

Toll-free: 800.995.9064 x108

mlovejoy@gowest.org

Melissa Lovejoy is the Vice President of Enterprise Engagement Resources at the GoWest Credit Union Association. In this role, she works with all Association departments. Lovejoy implements project management tools and methodology, assisting staff in meeting their goals. She’s always working to increase staff efficiency by providing these tools and improving workflows. Lovejoy, who has […]

Christine Ruzzi

AVP, Enterprise Engagement

Phone: 503.350.2206

Toll-free: 800.995.9064 x206

cruzzi@gowest.org

Christine Ruzzi is the AVP, Enterprise Engagement for the GoWest Credit Union Association. She ensures that member credit unions take full advantage of the resources available to them through the Association, matching their needs with everything the Association has to offer. Before coming to the Association, Ruzzi spent 16 years in the accounting industry, serving […]

Ben Shuey

Specialist, Digital Marketing & Analytics

Phone: 208.297.5421

Toll-free: 800.995.9064 x307

bshuey@gowest.org

Ben Shuey is the GoWest Credit Union Association’s Digital Marketing and Analytics Specialist. In this role, he is in charge of managing the Association’s website, helping in the creation of the weekly Anthem newsletter, creating relevant marketing and other member communications, and tracking and analyzing web analytics. Shuey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business […]