Our Story

Transforming Generations and Communities. Simply. Personally. 

As a local not-for-profit financial institution, we don't just say we care, our very foundation for our existence is to care for our members. As we grow and evolve, the local communities we serve grow and strengthen too! As a Credit Union our earnings are put back into our members' hands through better rates and yields, more services, and support for our local non-profits and charities. 

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Our History

Lucifer falsCFCU Community Credit Union opened its doors in 1953 and has roots deep in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Back then, we were known as Cornell Federal Credit Union, and served the employees of Cornell University. In 1997, we adopted a state charter and became Cornell FingerLakes Credit Union. Then in 2003, we converted to a community charter for Tompkins and Cortland counties and officially became CFCU Community Credit Union.

In 2017, we expanded and now serve individuals in Tompkins, Cortland, Cayuga, Ontario, and Seneca County, as well as any business or organization located in these counties. This means anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or maintains a business in these counties is eligible to become a member.

With eleven locations, more than 70,000 members and over $1 billion in assets, CFCU is one of the largest credit unions in New York State. Our ongoing success can be traced to a number of factors including sound management practices, adherence to a strict code of ethics, excellent rates, and great products. But what truly sets us apart from other financial institutions is our ability to deliver highly personalized, quality service. CFCU Community Credit Union is truly "More than banking."

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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the highest level of personal financial services in a friendly, professional manner; to encourage thrift, savings and the wise use of credit; to increase the knowledge and ability of our members to manage and control their financial well-being; to provide sound financial management in order to maintain earnings for our continued growth and to provide our employees with a challenging and rewarding career.

Executive Leadership Team

Executive Leadership Team:

Lisa Whitaker

Lisa Whitaker

President and CEO
Paul Kirk

Paul Kirk

Chief Financial Officer
Cathy Benson

Cathy Benson

Chief Lending Officer
William Crane

William Crane

Chief Administration Officer
Eliza Mulhern

Eliza Mulhern

Senior VP of Compliance and General Counsel

Volunteers

Board of Directors:

Brian Mitteer

Brian Mitteer

Board Chair
Amy Wood Gonzalez

Amy Wood Gonzalez

Vice Chair
Joseph During

Joseph During

Treasurer
Skip Hewitt

Skip Hewitt

Secretary
Dana Decker

Dana Decker

Member
Katie Foley

Katie Foley

Member
Lisa Whitaker

Lisa Whitaker

Member

Supervisory Committee Members:

The Supervisory Committee would like to remind members that any member who suspects that there has been a violation of corporate policy, laws or regulations, or general business ethics should report their suspicion.  You may contact the Supervisory Committee in writing or by email.  All mail is strictly confidential.  You do not have to identify yourself, but it is important that you provide enough information and/or documentation to allow the Committee to investigate your concern.

To report any violation to the Supervisory Committee, please email SCommittee@mycfcu.com or write a letter to:

Supervisory Committee P.O. Box 4321 Ithaca, NY 14850

Blixy Taetzsch

Blixy Taetzsch

Supervisory Committee Chair
Susan Schattschneider

Susan Schattschneider

Supervisory Committee Member

Debbie Conley Jordan

Debbie Conley Jordan

Supervisory Committee Member