Announcement of New Leadership in Human Resources, Marketing, and Operations
Brea, CA — February 15, 2017 — Evangelical Christian Credit Union (ECCU) is pleased to announce its newest directors Kay An, Director of Human Resources; Valerie Blaze, Director of Marketing and Product Management; and Heath Burke, Director of Cash Management Operations. All three were promoted within the ECCU team, now serving in lead director roles at the organization.
“These three directors bring admirable and innovative leadership to our senior management team at ECCU,” said ECCU CEO Abel Pomar. “Since our story began over 50 years ago, our growing staff of more than 200 has continued to serve the needs of our members, using their professional experience to further our niche in ministry banking, missionary banking and personal banking.”
Kay An, Director of Human resources, now directs all aspects of human resources. This includes recruiting, benefits, employee relations, performance management, compensation, development and policies. An joined ECCU in 2005 as a corporate recruiter, then moved to manager, and now director. She received her SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) designation in 2013. Her ministry background and financial services experience in the insurance industry make her a driving leader in human resources. She attends First Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton.
Valerie Blaze now serves as Director of Marketing and Product Management at ECCU. After her three years of leadership, Blaze now leads the marketing and product management teams and is responsible for developing ECCU’s marketing and new product development strategies impacting all consumer and commercial banking. With over a decade of experience in both agency and in-house marketing, Blaze is well-versed in all facets of strategic planning, research, advertising, social media, and public relations. Blaze graduated with a bachelor of science in marketing from Azusa Pacific University, and is a resident of Fullerton, attending First Evangelical Free Church.
Serving as Director of Cash Management Operations at ECCU is Heath Burke. He has been at the financial institution for 11 years, and his new role includes leading key initiatives of all banking operation units, business planning, project sponsorship, and vendor management. In addition, Burke will drive leadership development, performance tracking, and the maintenance of ECCU’s policies and procedures. Formerly, Burke served at ECCU in the roles of systems analyst, implementation & systems supervisor and manager, and director of electronic payment systems. He received his bachelor of arts in communication studies from Cal Poly Pomona, a masters in business administration from West Texas A&M University, and is an accredited ACH Professional (AAP). Burke resides in La Verne, and attends Baseline Community Church in Claremont.