Freedom Credit Union Announces Board Appointments, New Hires

SPRINGFIELD — Barry Crosby, president and CEO of Freedom Credit Union, announced the new executive committee of the board of directors, the appointment of a new board member, and two appointments to the leadership team of the credit union.

At the recent annual meeting of the credit union, Lawrence Bouley was elected chairman of the board of directors for the next three years. Bouley has been a board member of Freedom for the past 11 years and, prior to that, served on the FHBT Credit Union Board for 25 years. During his tenure, he will play an active role in the strategic direction of the credit union.

Along with Bouley, the following board members were elected to three-year posts on the board’s executive committee: Donald Emerson, vice chairman; Louis Guillette, treasurer; William Carey, clerk; and John Reigner, security officer.

Brian Harrington has been appointed to the board of directors to fulfill the unexpired term of a recently vacated seat. Harrington is an attorney and a deputy regional director in the Springfield office of the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection. While on the Freedom board of directors, he will be a member of the auditing committee, site committee, and security committee.

In other news, David Chase Sr. has joined Freedom Credit Union as vice president of Member Business Lending. Chase has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry with an extensive background in commercial lending. Most recently, he was vice president of Commercial Lending at Hampden Bank. Chase is actively involved with several organizations, including the West of the River Chamber of Commerce as a board member. Chase is also a vice president of the board of Gray House and also serves as a member of the town of Agawam Planning Board.

Finally, Christine Williams has been promoted to branch officer of the Freedom branch in Easthampton. In this capacity, she will oversee the financial and lending operations of the branch and develop new business opportunities with individuals and companies. For the past two years, Williams has been the assistant branch officer at the Easthampton Branch, and, prior to that, she worked at Citizens Bank. She has more than eight years of banking and credit-union experience.

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