Working Together.



Meet our Team

Our management team is focused on providing the best in financial services for our members. Whether through digital channels or in our branches, they spend every workday ensuring that all UFirst members receive the outstanding service they have come to trust and deserve.

Kasey Kirk
Dedicated since 2008
Plattsburgh Main
Jody Carpenter
VP of Human Resources
Dedicated since 1999
Plattsburgh Main
Eric McDowell
VP of Member Experience
Dedicated since 2006
Plattsburgh Main
Kelly Senecal
Branch Manager
Dedicated since 2018
Plattsburgh Main
Shelby Siskavich
Branch Manager I
Dedicated since 2001
Plattsburgh North
Jessica Bernard
Lending Manager
Dedicated since 2017
Plattsburgh Main
Meghan McGee-Pelkey
Marketing Manager
Dedicated since 2003
Plattsburgh Main

Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee

Members of our Board of Directors are not only long-time members of UFirst, they are your neighbors. Here in the North Country, that means something. They have shown their commitment to the communities in which we serve through education or service. Their diverse backgrounds allow them the opportunity to share their unique viewpoints and expertise in a way that best represents you.

What they do?

One of the most important differences between a credit union and a bank is our member elected, volunteer Board of Directors. These unpaid volunteers are focused on the welfare of their fellow members and the sound operation of the credit union.

Meet the volunteers dedicated to serving you.

We would like to recognize and thank each of our volunteers for their service and commitment in helping to make UFirst such a wonderful credit union.

Board of Directors

“While serving my community as a member of Law Enforcement for 23 years, It seemed normal, when asked,
to serve the members of my Credit Union, as a Board member. Now, after more than two decades as a Board member, it has been exciting to see our Credit Union grow and be able to provide our members and the community with a quality of service unmatched in this industry” ~ Peter Zielinksi, Board Chair

Michele Friedman
Serving since 2016
Director of Career & Technical Education, CV-TEC

William D. Laundry
Vice Chair 
Serving since 1985
Retired, Vice President for Student Affairs, SUNY Plattsburgh

Ryan Lee
Serving since 2020
Client Advisor, Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group

Jim Abdallah
Serving since 2018
Vice President, Architectural & Engineering Design Assoc., P.C.

Robert Gertsch
Director & Supervisory Committee Chair
Serving since 2002
Retired, Computer Information Services Office, SUNY Plattsburgh

David Graves
Serving since 2008
Retired, Wyeth Labs

Michael Caraballo
Serving since 2016
Director of Emergency Management, University Police

Brian Post
Serving since 2018
Director of Upward Bound, SUNY Plattsburgh

Richard Higgins
Serving since 2019
Retired, Assoc. Vice President for Enrollment Management, SUNY Plattsburgh

Vicki Marking
Associate Director
Serving since 2022
Sales & Marketing Director, LayerEight

Supervisory Committee

Appointed by the Board of Directors, the Supervisory Committee performs and oversees audits and investigations to ensure our members’ accounts and financial records are safely and adequately protected.

Robert Gertsch
Committee Chair
Serving since 1994
Retired, Computer Information Services Office, SUNY Plattsburgh

Michael Cashman
Committee Member
Serving since 2018
Plattsburgh Town Supervisor

Ginny Brady 
Committee Member
Served since 2022
Retired, Employment & Training Counselor, OneWorkSource 

Contact Us
P.O. Box 2560
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-0229

Your vote matters for our future.

As a credit union owner and member, you have a voice. Each year, UFirst FCU hosts an Annual Meeting that is open to our entire membership. This is a huge part of what makes credit unions so different from banks. It is at the Annual Meeting that the members get to choose the Volunteer Board of Directors for the credit union, ask questions, voice your opinions, and be involved in making the credit union better. Now what bank lets you do that?! The UFirst Annual Meeting is held every year on the last Wednesday of September, so be sure to mark your calendars!


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