Northeast CU Adds Three New Senior Executives

From left to right: Susan Hannigan, Lee Schafer, Christy Zaudke

Northeast Credit Union Adds Three New Senior Executives in Key Functions: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Human Resource Officer, VP of Branch Strategy and Innovation

Northeast Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions serving New Hampshire and Maine, is pleased to announce several new key executive hires to further accelerate their mission of enhancing the financial well-being of their member-owners. These new hires add depth to the team and bring extensive experience to their respective roles to further position Northeast CU for continued growth.

“We are thrilled to welcome these experienced leaders to important roles. Each of these new team players will support our long-term growth and develop innovative strategies to build upon,” said Northeast Credit Union Former President & CEO Timothy J. Collia. “The future of Northeast Credit Union is bright because we have talented employees who not only know how to get the job done, but who embody our philosophy of doing all that we can to deliver excellent service to our members and employees.”

The new members of the senior leadership team include:

  • Susan Hannigan, a Certified Public Accountant, has been named Chief Financial Officer overseeing Accounting and Finance, provides organizational leadership and formulates corporate financial strategies and policies. Prior to joining the Credit Union, Hannigan served as a consultant providing leadership and financial services to the financial institution industry. She is a member of the AICPA and Massachusetts Society of CPAs. Susan serves on the FMS Boston Chapter Board, on the boards of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, and the Hanover Permeant Scholarship Fund.

  • Lee Schafer, appointed Chief Human Resources Officer, provides enterprise leadership for talent strategy, management and development and leads Northeast’s Human Resources and Learning and Development functions. Schafer most recently served as Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer at Alliant Credit Union in Chicago, Illinois, where he led the human resources, legal, and compliance functions.

  • Christy Zaudke, Vice President of Branch Strategy and Innovation is focused on deepening member relationships and delivering an enhanced member experience while aligning innovative operational strategies that support the credit union's strategic goals and objectives for growth and profitability. She has cultivated over 20 years of success in delivering record growth in market share and profitability for banking and retail industry leaders.