Origence announces the appointment of five new Associate Directors to the company board

CENTENNIAL, CO (January 10, 2023) — Origence, the nation’s leading developer of lending software technology for the credit union industry, announced the appointment of five new associate directors to the Origence board of directors.

The new board members include:

  • Don Clark, president & CEO, Sound Credit Union
  • Ron Neumann, president & CEO, Oregon Community Credit Union
  • Karen Roch, president & CEO, Credit Union West
  • Sandra Sagehorn-Elliott, president & CEO, Vantage West Credit Union
  • Steph Sherrodd, president & CEO, Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union

“It’s an exciting time for Origence and our growing board of directors,” said Jim Laffoon, chairman of the Origence board. “We’re happy to welcome this exceptional group of leaders to share their insights and help us continue to deliver innovative, technology-driven solutions to our credit union partners.”

Also serving on the Origence board are Jim Laffoon, president & CEO, Security Service Federal Credit Union; Erin Mendez, president & CEO, Patelco Credit Union; Bob McKay, president & CEO, Together Credit Union; Todd Marksberry, president & CEO, Canvas Credit Union; Thayne Shaffer, president & CEO, America First Credit Union; Kim Sponem, president & CEO, Summit Credit Union; Keith Sultemeier, president & CEO, Kinecta Federal Credit Union; Bill Cheney, president & CEO, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union.

“I always say that we go as credit unions go,” said Tony Boutelle, president and CEO of Origence. “Adding five new associate board members with such impeccable credit union credentials is a huge win for Origence and helps position us for continued success for years to come. We are honored to welcome them all.”

About Origence

Origence provides lending technology solutions credit unions need to advance their total origination experience. We were established in 1994 as a credit union service organization (CUSO) and have helped thousands of credit unions process more than 88 million applications for $551 billion in funded loans. Our solutions include indirect lending, loan and account origination, auto shopping, marketing automation, lending operations, and more. Origence was named the 2023 CUSO of the year by NACUSO. Learn more at and follow us on X and LinkedIn.


Alison Barksdale

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