Members 1st names new Chief Lending Officer

MECHANICSBURG, PA (January 11, 2022) — Members 1st Federal Credit Union has announced that Jeff Ernst has been named Chief Lending Officer (CLO) as of January 3, 2022 following the retirement of CLO Karen Christian in December 2021.

In his new role, Ernst will ensure that Members 1st maintains its strong lending infrastructure. He will oversee all aspects of the credit union’s lending efforts including but not limited to member service, achievement of the credit union’s lending goals, the loan pipeline, service levels and numerous software systems.

Ernst has worked in the underwriting, lending and risk management field for over 30 years, having spent 25 of those years in management. Prior to being named CLO, Ernst served as the credit union’s Senior Vice President of Consumer Lending for five years.

“Jeff has been a valued member of our team since joining the credit union,” said Members 1st President & CEO George Nahodil. “He has helped to ensure that the credit union has a healthy lending portfolio available for our members, and he has managed the growth of our consumer lending area. We are excited to have him lead this crucial part of our business.”

Ernst has been part of the Members 1st faM1ly for five years since joining the credit union in 2016. He holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Applied Mathematics from Shippensburg University. Ernst has been married to his wife Jann for 31 years. He has a daughter who is currently serving in the United States Air Force and a son who is a mechanical engineer, both graduates of The Pennsylvania State University.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the last five years more than any other tenure throughout my career,” said Ernst. “It is an honor to be part of the credit union’s Lending team, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to lead this talented group in my new role so that we can continue making a difference in the moments and milestones of our members’ lives.”

Pictured is Members 1st’s recently appointed Chief Lending Officer, Jeff Ernst.

About Members 1st Federal Credit Union

Members 1st Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution with  nearly 600,000 members and $7 billion in assets. While its administrative headquarters is based  in Enola, PA, Members 1st serves its members and communities through its network of nearly  60 branch locations throughout Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon,  Lehigh, Northampton, Perry and York counties, as well as its robust digital banking and call  center channels. To learn more about Members 1st, visit or follow us on  Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X. 


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