NET Credit Union Awards Scholarships

NET Credit Union awarded $10,000 in scholarships to two local recipients at our Annual Meeting. Each recipient won a $5,000 scholarship. Each applicant must be a NET Credit Union member, have proof of a B average or better, proof of attendance, and must submit a 1,000 word essay with a cover page answering the scholarship question.

This year’s scholarship question included: What does “next generation banking” mean to you? How does NET Credit Union’s digital banking relate to it?

NET Credit Union Awards Scholarships

NET Credit Union awarded $10,000 in scholarships to two local recipients at an annual meeting. Each recipient won a $5,000 scholarship. Each applicant must be a NET Credit Union member, have proof of a B average or better, proof of attendance, and must submit a 1,000 word essay with a cover page answering the scholarship question.

Congratulations to Maya Chorba and Tara Sweeney for winning this year’s scholarship.

NET Credit Union Announces 2023 Charity Recipient

Camp Freedom is NET Credit Union’s 2023 charity recipient. Laura and Bill Bachenberg founded Camp Freedom in January 2018 due to a passion to serve others and provide healing outdoor adventures for disabled Veterans, First Responders, and Gold Star families. The Executive Director, Matthew Guedes, shares the same passion for Veterans, First Responders, and Gold Star families and has an extensive background in the outdoors.

The mission of Camp Freedom is simple – to heal heroes through outdoor adventures. Camp Freedom is an adventure camp for disabled Veterans and First Responders, their family members, and Gold Star families providing quality hunting, shooting sports, fishing, hiking, biking, and other year-round outdoor activities. These activities remove individuals from clinical settings into the healing environment of the outdoors and nature. Camp Freedom also promotes the social well-being of the participants through peer-to-peer interaction, camaraderie, and outdoor adventures. Camp Freedom’s staff and experienced volunteers lead all activities. Camp Freedom provides services to other nonprofits who have a similar mission for a collective impact.

During the first year, Camp Freedom was able to serve forty-nine guests. In the five years since Camp Freedom opened its doors, they have served over 6,300 of America’s Heroes from over forty states and have saved lives of many of those men and women.

Camp Freedom is continually expanding services to reach a greater number of the Veteran and First Responder community. These expansions include building an event and education center where Veterans will be able to use their Post-911 GI Bill funding to take classes that will make them more employable. They are also adding a long-distance shooting range, a 3D archery course, and clay shooting stations that are accessible despite any physical limitations.

This year, all funds raised by NET Credit Union’s fundraising efforts will benefit Camp Freedom. NET Credit Union will be hosting our 10th Annual NEToberfest Golf Tournament on Friday, October 6th at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course. Learn more about our fundraising efforts and event details here.

Since 2015, NET Credit Union has and will continue to fundraise for local charities. In 2022 alone, NET Credit Union donated over $50K to our local community. “People helping people” is not only our motto, but also our community’s motto. Together, partnered with Camp Freedom, we are determined and committed to helping them achieve their goals.

NET Credit Union Sponsors Interactive Wall of Fame for Mid Valley School District

NET Credit Union is the sponsor for the new Interactive Wall of Fame for Mid Valley School District. There will be three screens installed throughout their high school, elementary school and an outdoor display at their future pavilion within the Athletic Complex.

The Wall of Fame is an interactive and digital touch screen that displays athletic awards, general school history and information to share with past students, present students, future students and the community. The information displayed on the screen is also shareable anywhere the internet is available.

Mid Valley School District is a Preferred Partner Group of NET Credit Union. This means all faculty, staff and their families are eligible to join NET Credit Union.

Pictured Left to Right: Principal Jeffrey Kovaleski of the Mid Valley Secondary Center; Christina Dehaba, NET Taylor Branch Manager; Jessica Tonkin, NET Olyphant Branch Manager; Lauren Pabst, NET Marketing Manager and Tom Nowaowski, Mid Valley Director of Transportation/Athletics

NET Credit Union Promotes Employees

NET Credit Union makes career moves with multiple employee promotions.

Scranton, PA March 13, 2023 – Mary Rapach has been promoted to Director of Member Experience. In this roll, Mary will manage Branch Operations, the Member Service Center, and corporate training. Mary has over 20 years of diversified banking experience and her goal is to unite all of our front line member experiences with consistent sales and service standards.

Phil Zvirblis has been promoted to Branch Operations Manager. In this roll, Phil will manage all branch operations. Phil has nearly 10 years of banking and credit union experience and has lead our branches in serving our members.

Sean Thorpe has been promoted to Scranton Branch Manager. Sean has over 13 years of banking experience and knowledge. Sean has been an asset to NET for over 6 years and has been a cornerstone of our lending department.

Jessica Tonkin has been promoted to Olyphant Branch Manager. Jessica has dedicated 14 years to NET and has worked in many departments throughout the years. Jessica has been essential in the development and training of our branch staff.

Christina Dehaba has been hired as Taylor Branch Manager. Christina brings with her over 20 years of lending and management experience.

Jean Seifert has been promoted to Scranton Assistant Branch Manager. Jean has served as a key member of the NET team for nearly 27 years. Jean has excelled at training new employees, while overseeing all facets of the teller line, and has demonstrated relationship building skills with both employees and members.

Devon Hessmiller has been promoted to Olyphant Assistant Branch Manager. Devon has been an asset to NET for 15 years. Devon has excelled at learning new processes in the branch and has been integral in the running of the branch with the implementation of new software and training new tellers.

Jessica Hernandez has been promoted to Taylor Assistant Branch Manager. Jessica has been with NET since 2017 and has been member-centric in her roles in collections and lending. Jessica also brings with her years of experience in business development.

Jessica Fashouer has been promoted to Member Service Center Supervisor. Jessica has been with NET Credit Union for 15 years. With the knowledge and skills she has accumulated during that time, she is an invaluable part of the creation and development of the Member Service Center.

NET Credit Union Accepting Scholarship Applications

NET Credit Union is now accepting 2023 Annual Scholarship Applications. NET will award $10,000 in scholarships at our Annual Meeting this spring to two deserving members.

NET Credit Union will award one high school senior and one current college/trade school student a $5,000 scholarship each. Please see requirements below:

  • Applicants must be NET Credit Union members.
  • Must have proof of a B average or better and proof of attendance.
  • Must submit a 1,000 word essay with a cover page answering the question below:

Banking shouldn’t be difficult at any age. What do you think banking is? How do you manage your money? Is there a different account or benefit you’d wish NET offered that could help improve your banking?

Please see full details here: Please send any questions with subject line “Scholarship Question” to Deadline to enter is Friday, March 31st, 2023.

NET Credit Union Donates to Saint Joseph’s Center

NET Credit Union recently donated $30,000 to their 2022 charity recipient, Saint Joseph’s Center Trinity Child Care Center. All funds raised from the 9th Annual NEToberfest Golf Tournament at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, as well as donations through our branches, benefited the children at Saint Joseph’s Center Trinity Child Care Center.

In 2014, Saint Joseph’s Center opened its latest program, Trinity Child Care Center. Their mission is to help children who require medical care throughout the day flourish developmentally, cognitively, and emotionally. Individual programs focus on a child’s abilities and small group activities develop play skills and peer interaction.

The need in our area for a facility like Trinity Child Care Center is higher than most think. The center is for children whose parents are working or attending school that struggle finding appropriate childcare. Trinity Child Care Center is a relief for parents due to the professional trained staff and hands on care.

Pictured from left to right: Karen Clifford, NET Credit Union Board Member; Michele Johnston, RN, Director of Trinity Child Care Center; Sister Maryalice Jacquinot, IHM, President & CEO of Saint Joseph’s Center; Clarence Baltrusaitis, NET Credit Union CEO; and Lauren Pabst, NET Credit Union Marketing Manager.