Stories of HOPE – Molly Fedorchak

Molly Fedorchak began her career in the banking industry nearly 40 years ago. She currently serves as Vice President and Senior Community Relations Manager for Union Bank in Sonoma, Northern California, a branch where she was also part of the team to open it in 2010 and served as branch manager for two years. She enjoys her time with Union Bank, especially as Union Bank is dedicated to giving back to the communities where they do business. “Each year, Union Bank donates two percent of its net profits back into the community through local nonprofits and community organizations,” Molly points out, “In my role as senior community relations manager, I work with the bank’s community partners to help build strong, healthy, and vibrant communities.”

Stories of HOPE – David Kim

David Kim started working in the financial industry in college as a part-time teller at Union Bank. He never envisioned himself having a long-time career with the bank. However, after graduating from UC Irvine, David was nominated by his supervisor to participate in the bank’s management training program. During the orientation meeting, David had the opportunity to meet and network with Union Bank senior executives and was astounded to learn that many of them had been with company for up to 40 years. It was at that moment that he decided to begin his career at Union Bank. Currently, David is Vice President and Branch Manager for Union Bank in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Stories of HOPE – Thad Bagnato

Thad Bagnato is originally from Lewis Run, a small town made up of mainly first and second generation Italian immigrants in Pennsylvania. He grew up next door to his grandparents, who both emigrated from Southern Italy. During his years in a Catholic high school, Thad had a nun take special interest in his education. This nun pushed him into taking forensic (speech) classes, which, at the time, seemed to have little relevance to his life.

Stories of HOPE: Chris Hainey

Chris Hainey’s career in banking began over 25 years ago in Chicago as a residential mortgage loan processer for a small community bank. He eventually advanced into commercial banking, due in large part to a series of promotions coupled with his acquiring an MBA in finance from DePaul University. As a result of his commitment to furthering his education and position, Chris now works as a business loan officer with Talmer Bank and Trust in Chicago.

Stories of HOPE: Dorothy Watson

Dorothy Watson truly believes in the service of others through time, talent and resources. As a child, she learned first-hand, through the example of her parents, to invest in her community. “I grew up understanding that it was always a worthwhile endeavor to help people in need however and whenever possible…For me, it is quite natural to volunteer my time and resources with local organizations and through my church,” she says. And, as mother to five children and grandmother to two grandchildren, Dorothy also understands how to invest in her own personal community.

Stories of HOPE: David Mooney

David Mooney is based in Chicago, Illinois. As President and CEO of Alliant Credit Union, the sixth largest credit union in the United States, Mooney works to ensure that Alliant provides a high value benefit to employees and members of over 150 companies and associations. Prior to becoming Alliant’s CEO, David held a number of executive positions at JP Morgan Chase and its predecessor banks.

Stories of HOPE: Hazel Love

For Hazel Love, life happens in the most unexpected ways. Beginning with the death of a child in October of 2009, closely followed by a long fought divorce in November, Hazel found herself unemployed after fifteen years of working in mid-level customer service management. Pushing through the pain of a broken heart, she graduated in November of 2010 with an undergraduate degree in Economics from California State University. However, with no job opportunities and the still sore remnants of her past lingering, Hazel decided to move to Baltimore, Maryland in the spring of 2011, determined to search for fresh perspective.

Stories of HOPE: Anis Salah

Anis Salah grew up in American Canyon, CA in a single parent home with four siblings. After high school, he attended St. Mary’s College, where he majored in Finance. Anis enjoyed his college years tremendously and graduated Cum Laude. After college, he joined the finance industry, where he has remained to this day. His current position at First Republic Bank is one of dedication and growth. He started out as a temp for a specific project and, after performing his job well, was hired when a new team was created in Quality Assurance.

Stories of HOPE: Cynthia Adamson

Cynthia Adamson wanted to be a teacher. However, after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a minor in elementary education and a teaching license from Metro State, Cynthia was unsure of where her passions lay and what she wanted to teach. So, she took a job as a teller at US Bank to buy herself some time to figure out what she wanted to do. Despite her early reservations, banking proved itself to be much more enjoyable than Cynthia had previously thought. Ten years later, Cynthia is still banking and loving it.

Stories of HOPE: Brian Scrip

Brian Scrip is not a superstar. At least, not according to him. “I am just a person who is lucky enough to be able to teach financial literacy to kids and help Operation HOPE,” he says. It’s a win-win scenario for Brian.

Stories of HOPE: Volunteer Tod Vedock

Tod Vedock grew up in a poor to middle class family with divorced parents in Kansas. As a child, Tod was an average student at best, and was not very interested in school. Based on this, his high school counselor told him that college probably was not his best option. However, Tod decided to ignore his counselor’s advice and apply to the University of Kansas. He was accepted and, at the end of his four-year college career, Tod graduated with a degree in Business Communications. Looking back now on this time in school, Tod realizes that he had ADHD and was unable to focus his attention on schooling at that time.

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Starting a business in the current economy can seem like an unachievable dream. But Leroy Jackson has already shown that he can beat the odds. Now, with the help of Operation HOPE's Small Business Empowerment Program and the new Kiva Zip program, Leroy is turning his dreams into action and raising funds to start his own accounting and tax preparation business, The Jackson Group, LLC.

Stories of HOPE: Stellar Feedback for the Poway HOPE Center

Dear Erik Pelayo, Operation HOPE has provided me with amazing services. Overall, the services were stellar, from the receptionist down to the counselor. They are all friendly and professional people with a common vision to help satisfy their customer’s needs. They responded to my questions and concerns in a timely manner which shows that they value and care about customer satisfaction. I would gladly refer...

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