2022 Board Nominee Info

Pam Blessing

As a longtime member of the Board of Directors of ETFCU, I value the opportunity to represent our continually expanding membership and dedication to the credit union philosophy. In the last year, we have experienced tremendous growth in our membership base and assets while at the same time returning financial rewards to members, adding enhancements to services, and supporting our branch locations’ local communities.

During my 36 years as a member of the Board of Directors, I have been privileged to serve as chairman of the board several times in addition to serving on the executive, asset protection, personnel, marketing, nominating, scholarship, facilities, indirect lending, and technology committees during my tenure. Each of these committee assignments provided an in depth understanding of the many facets that, along with our outstanding management team and staff, combine to make ETFCU the thriving financial institution it is today.

During the 2020-2021 COVID crisis, ETFCU met the financial needs of our members. As a former teacher and administrator with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation and a member of the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Southern Indiana, I am proud to serve this outstanding organization and ask for your support.


Andrew Guarino

I retired as an administrator from the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in 2013, but have continued my service as a School Board trustee for the past 8 years. I presided as President in 2017 and 2021. I have also humbly presided as your ETFCU Board President the past two years, enjoying our organization’s unprecedented growth and prosperity. ETFCU has flourished tremendously in 2020 and 2021and will continue to strive for excellence by increasing our assets, locations, and services. I am ecstatic that we now have 32 locations in 5 different states, and that we were designated first place nationally in community involvement. We also are number one in Indiana for financial return to members at $13 million plus, and first place statewide in financial education. Other creative services that have advanced our strategic goals are our checking account for debit users, and our Signature service of Vertical Checking, which pays 3.30% APY, designated the best checking account in America.

It would be a great honor to continue serving you on the Board of Directors of the ETFCU. I sincerely appreciate your past support, and I humbly ask for your continued support in my re-election bid.


Gary Hackney

As a young teacher, with a growing family, I joined the Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union in the early 1980s when the branch was new to Vincennes. I leaned on ETFCU for most of my banking needs. And now, some 40 years later, as a retiree getting ready to begin a part-time job, I still put my trust into an organization that has grown, matured, and continues to meet my financial needs better than I could have ever imagined.

Along with the advantages of being an Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union member for many years, I have spent my professional life as a public-school educator and administrator in healthcare. Also, I have served as a community leader on civic boards and groups. I have also had the privilege to serve on our credit union’s Supervisory Committee the last seven years. This Committee has provided me with education and insight into the inner workings and regulations of the credit union industry, and ETFCU specifically.

My wife Michelle and I are honored to have been blessed as parents and grandparents. Consequently, we enjoy spending time with our family as much as possible.

I now have decided, with my experience and knowledge as a member and representative, I would like to be a voice for each of you as a member of our Board of Directors. Your vote will be highly appreciated.


Mike Russ

I am proud to have served members of the Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union for over 30 years. I have been an active participant in the growth our organization’s financial soundness and services offered to all of our members. Your credit union has always looked out for ALL of our members. We have consistently implemented products and services that can help all members develop a strong financial foundation for the present and the future. As Director, I have tried to find ways to help all members meet their financial goals, and do it in a safe and secure manner. With dynamic leadership and hard work from our employees, the last few years have seen unprecedented growth in terms of services offered to our members and the amount we have given back to our members in terms of higher dividend rates and lower interest rates. And all of this has been accomplished while not forgetting the importance of the friendly, hometown customer service we have all come to expect. I pledge to continue our credit union on this sound financial path.


Harold Smith

Thanks to the support of our members, I am currently serving on the ETFCU Board of Directors. I have been involved with ETFCU since the mid 1980s and have had the opportunity to serve as treasurer, secretary, vice chairman, and chairman of the board as well as chairman of the supervisory committee. These opportunities along with my Title I budget and compliance experience at the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation have provided me valuable experience and understanding of the business side of the credit union.

I look forward to continuing to use this knowledge as I work with ETFCU’s excellent staff, my fellow board members and our progressive thinking CEO to ensure our credit union continues to be the financial leader in our community. It is Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union’s continuing growth that enabled it to return over $13,000,000 to our members in 2021 and keep investing in the community through organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Hangers, Chemo Buddies, Challenger Baseball, and Junior Achievement to name a few.

If reelected, I pledge to continue to work with the same positive vision that has enabled your credit union to provide the new and outstanding products, opportunities and services for the past 86 years.