United Community Credit Union appoints Distin as new CEO

Sarah Distin

Sarah Distin | Photo courtesy of United Community Credit Union

QUINCY — United Community Credit Union recently appointed Sarah Distin as president and CEO. Distin had been serving as interim CEO following the resignation of Mark Dietrich earlier this year.

Distin joined the credit union in 2008 as operations manager. From 2013 up to her recent appointment, she has served as vice president of operations.

In a press release, Distin said “We have a remarkable team here and one that is ready to serve our communities today, tomorrow and into the future. It’s truly a pleasure to serve our members and this team as CEO.”

When searching for the next CEO, the UCCU board of directors didn’t have to look far.

“The board has observed Sarah’s dedication to UCCU and its members. The well-being of our members has always been her main focus. We look forward to her continued dedication and leadership moving forward into the future,” board chairman Andy Doellman said.

In Distin’s 14-year career at UCCU, she has played a significant part in the credit union’s growth from $34.5 million to $121 million in total assets. The number of members has nearly doubled from 5,382 to more than 10,000.

Growth, however, goes beyond numbers, according to Distin. She sees growth in terms of community impact and the success of her team.

“I will ensure we continually develop our team to reach new heights and achieve personal growth. This allows us to better serve our members and improve their lives as well,” Distin said. “Our members join us not just for the friendly, local touch but for the best-in-class advice and guidance they have come to expect. Our community is only as strong as our community members are financially. Our goal is to improve each member’s life that we come into contact with, and collectively, keep strengthening our community one member at a time.”

United Community Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative providing financial services to approximately 10,000 members with three offices in Quincy and one in Hannibal, Mo. Membership is open to those who live or work in Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike, and Schuyler counties in Illinois and in Lewis, Marion, and Ralls counties in Missouri. To find out more, visit myuccu.com.

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