UCU announces employee Financial Counseling Certifications

ORONO, ME (December 11, 2019) — University Credit Union is pleased to announce three Campus Branch Managers have successfully completed the Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP) through the Credit Union National Association, the most influential financial services trade association and the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America’s credit unions.

“With certified financial counselors on staff, credit unions are better able to help those experiencing financial difficulties [and] demonstrate the credit union difference,” according to CUNA’s website.

“We’ve found that, often, members ask for help with understanding their financial situation, especially those new to managing their own finances for the first time,” said Stacey Young, Assistant Vice President of Retail Services at UCU. “We are focused on providing this help at any stage in life, and having three employees with the FiCEP distinction allows us to best provide this.”

The following UCU employees recently completed the CUNA FiCEP program:

  • Lesley Ridge, of Portland, serves as the Campus Branch Manager at UCU’s University of Southern Maine campus location in Gorham.
  • Jennifer Deschene, of Presque Isle, serves as the Campus Branch Manager at UCU’s University of Maine at Presque Isle campus location.
  • Randy Manzo, of Brewer, Maine, serves as the Campus Branch Manager at UCU’s University of Maine campus location in Orono.

As a four-time Best Places to Work in Maine honoree, UCU is proud to recognize the accomplishments of its talented and dedicated employees. If you are interested in a rewarding career with UCU, please visit for information on available employment opportunities.

About University Credit Union (ME)

Established in 1967, UCU is an innovative, full-service financial institution dedicated to promoting financial well-being for the individuals and communities it serves. UCU is one of the largest credit unions in Maine, serving members across the state of Maine with locations in Orono, Bangor, Farmington, Gorham, Portland, Presque Isle, Machias and soon, Augusta. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, UCU returns its profits back to members in the form of lower loan rates, higher deposit yields, lower fees, and more solutions and services. For more information visit


Josiah Petrin
Broadreach Public Relations

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