Repositioning our experts to better serve YOU

TUCSON, AZ (June 15, 2018) — As of this year, Tucson Federal Credit Union has announced that they will be restructuring a team of executives to better serve as resources to the internal team of experts.

These three important components of our current and future success will now be represented at the highest level of management and oversight. These areas have become too large and complex to manage as “one more thing” our existing C-Suite has on their plate, and these three individuals definitely have what it takes to excel in their new positions. – Susan Stansberry, CEO

The expectation of this restructuring is that TFCU will now have an even stronger impact on the community, their members as well as their employees.

Meet the members of our new C-Suite:

Ellen Yacovone (Chief Lending Officer), originally hails from Ithaca, New York. She came from Tucson via Pensacola, Florida and San Diego, California.  Ellen has been married to Richard, her husband of almost 39 years, and together they live in Oro Valley with their two dogs (Shilo & Booduh) and one cat (Sandy). In addition to their fur babies, Ellen and Richard have two children, three granddaughters and three great granddaughters, who all live on the East Coast. Ellen has been with TFCU for eight years, starting as the Lending & Collections Manager. She has been in the financial industry since the age of 16, working her way up from a teller in the savings and loan world before coming to “credit union land.” One of her most proud achievements at TFCU happened last year when the company received national recognition from CU Direct and was awarded Best Practice in Direct Lending. In fact, they received two trophies! Aside from her work life, Ellen likes to spend her time quilting; she fell in love with the hobby about a year and a half ago and has been doing it ever since. Last summer, she entered two of her quilts into a quilt show and won two honorable mentions. Ellen likes to live by a few mantras including the familiar “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” but a quote which she finds to resonate best is “We have two ears and one mouth; let’s use them proportionately.”

Trish Kordas (Chief Culture Officer), leads the enterprise Human Resources & Development function for Tucson Federal Credit Union and joined their dynamic team almost 10 years ago. She is engaged in the Society for Human Resource Management of Greater Tucson chapter where she served in the President role (2015) and currently serves as Director of Community Outreach.  She serves as the 1st Vice President on the Board of Directors for Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation and serves as Secretary of the Board at Elements City Church. She possesses over 20 years of progressive human resource and development experience and has a true passion for driving positive company culture through enhancing the employee experience. Her mantra is #giveplayslay and lives this out with her amazing HR & D team any chance they get; serve their community, put fun in everything they do, and be dedicated to do it exceptionally. She has an enthusiasm for developing talent and has created an innovative way to identify and prepare future leaders through a Prospective Leaders Program at TFCU. Trish spends some of her free time with local musicians and has a passion for creating music.  Trish and her husband are both Tucson natives and have been happily married since 2001 where they live with their beautiful toddler and 4 fur-baby boxers.

Jason Zeider (Chief Digital Officer) is from Lafayette, Indiana and has been married for 25 years (on July 10) to his wife Kristina. Together, they have two children: Kira, who is 20 years old and goes to the U of A and is a double engineering major, and Justyn who is 18 years old and attends ASU, majoring in Psychiatry. The Zeider family also includes three pets: one Australian Shepard named Indy, and two cats – Sahara and Midnight. Jason graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Advertising and a double minor in Photography and English. Jason still remembers the exact date he was hired: August 23, 1996, which makes it nearly 22 years that he has been with TFCU. Some of his most notable achievements include his leading role in converting TFCU to a community-chartered credit union, involvement with the establishment of TFCU’s current logo, and the implementation of every TFCU website succeeding the original one, which was launched in 1997. Fun fact: Jason also started the financial education program at TFCU. Aside from his many duties as CDO for TFCU, Jason prefers to spend his time doing a variety of fun hobbies which include: hiking, watching movies, reading, traveling, and last, but certainly not least, spending time with his family. There are a few mantras/quotes that Jason fancies: “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” F. Scott Fitzgerald “[It is] Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” – Mark Twain or Abraham Lincoln, “Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.” – James Lane Allen and “If you’re not first, you’re last.” – Ricky Bobby—all great quotes!

About Tucson Federal Credit Union

Established 86 years ago in the basement of Tucson High School with 38 members and $349 in assets, Tucson Federal Credit Union has grown to serve more than 58,000 members with over $675 million in assets. TCFU is committed to empowering members, improving lives within the community it serves, and raising the level of prosperity for generations to come. For more information, visit:


  Elizabeth Berger


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