Deonne Edwards joins Mazuma CU as chief operations officer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Fri., May 3, 2013) – Mazuma announces that Deonne Edwards has joined the Kansas City, Missouri based credit union in their new leadership position of chief operations officer. Edwards assumes responsibility for all operational aspects of Mazuma’s nine branch office network, as well as the member support division. She brings with her 20 years of financial experience focused on operations management, cross-departmental leadership, business development, community outreach, and strategic visioning while developing her career in Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

“It was very exciting when Mazuma’s COO position presented itself, because it created a fantastic opportunity for me to utilize my last 10 years of credit union experience and pour it into a credit union that intends to grow rapidly and become the very best,” said Edwards. “I can make an immediate, positive difference by applying my experience and leading the various operational components that comprise an organization on the path to incredible growth. I am honored to be a part of Mazuma and to become an active participant in the communities we serve.”

“Deonne is undoubtedly a talented and proven leader and exactly the kind of credit union professional I hoped our executive search would uncover. Mazuma was fortunate to bring such an experienced and energetic executive to Kansas City,” said Brandon Michaels, president and CEO of Mazuma Credit Union. “We’re confident Deonne will prove a wonderful asset to our credit union and the greater Kansas City community. She’s just about seen it all and is intensely focused on operational strategy, innovation, and member satisfaction. Never before has Mazuma become so primed for growth, with an organizational structure that supports our vision to become the most respected and envied credit union in the country. Deonne will play a major role, along with our executive leadership team, in Mazuma more rapidly attaining our internal and community outreach goals.”

Edwards attended the University of Nevada-Reno, and graduated with high honors from the CUNA Management School in 2011. She also earned CUNA’s Credit Union Management Award. Edwards counts her tenure as a HOPE VI Program board member as one of her key accomplishments. The HOPE VI Program, originally known as the Urban Revitalization Demonstration (URD), was developed as a result of recommendations by the National Commission on Severely Distressed Public Housing, which was charged with proposing a National Action Plan to eradicate severely distressed public and Indian housing.

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About Mazuma Credit Union Established in 1948, Mazuma Credit Union serves more than 52,500 Members and has more than $490 million in assets. Mazuma is open to membership for those living or working in Cass, Clay and Jackson Counties in Missouri. For more information about the Credit Union that's "all about you," visit Mazuma's website at www.mazuma.org, or contact Andy Dickhut at Andrew.Dickhut@mazuma.org.

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