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MCUL Upper Peninsula Chapter
District IV
Michigan Credit Union League
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2021 UP Chapter of MCUL Person of the Year

Kim Kareckas - Peninsula Federal Credit Union
Pictured are David Rautiola, UP Chapter Chair and Kim Kareckas  

Kimberly started her journey with Peninsula Federal Credit Union in 1999. In her 22 years of service, she has remained passionate about her job and credit unions. Kim has obviously never heard of the saying “you can’t do it all,” because she has proven again and again that she can do it all! Kim currently holds four titles at PFCU, she manages the marketing and training team, she is the Manager of Culture and Member Engagement, and she is also the Branch Manager at Peninsula Federal Credit Union’s Main Headquarters. Her door is always open for everyone, whether it be a staffer or a member she is always very welcoming. She is not just a manager, she’s a mentor and coach. One of her many jobs includes teaching new employees how to create member loyalty. She also teaches DISC Assessment: and traveled to Ontonagon to teach DISC to another credit union, helping create a strong working relationship between credit unions. Along with her many duties and titles within the credit union, Kim manages to find time to volunteer within the community. Kim participates with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a big sister. She participates in many local walks and runs including Pink Pumpkin of Delta County, Esky Walk in the Park, and OSF Foundation Stroke Awareness to name a few. The Pink Pumpkin walk is an organization that helps families and individuals who are going through cancer treatment within Delta County. Esky Walk in the Park is an event where the proceeds go towards brain cancer research. She also volunteers at a local church to help put together an annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Along with the Thanksgiving dinner, she plans a Church Picnic yearly for her parish. She has also volunteered in the Esky Cleanup, helping rake, shovel, and clean up the streets within the city of Escanaba. Along with the countless hours that she has spent volunteering Kim never misses an opportunity to learn and promote credit unions. Kim is on the UP Chapter Legislative Committee. This year she attended the UP Chapter golf outing, which raised funds for the UP Honor Flight that helps fund the trip for veterans to visit the monuments in Washington D.C. She also attended the AC&E conference and the Executive Summit. She is continually looking for ways to grow her knowledge and to promote credit unions. Outside of her career, she has a very busy and fun-filled life with three children: Spencer, Mary, and Hanna, and one grandchild named Ellie.

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