Creative You 2014


Congratulations to all of our innovative Creative You teams! A HUGE congrats goes to the winning team...
Team XCEL-lent!


Hear from the mentors and CEOs of the teams who give their congrats! 

Final Presentation Videos

Greater Team Alliance's Final Presentation
Click Here for Greater Team Alliance's Final Concept Document


Team Aspire's Final Video
Click Here for Team Aspire's Final Concept  Document


Team XCEL's Final Presentation
Click Here for Team XCEL's Final Concept Document


Check-In Videos

Hear from Greater Team Alliance on their Creative You Progress

Johana Gomera, Dan Mezzina, Ellie Lombardo and Ana Suarez introduce the newest addition to their frontline and update us on their Creative You progress. 


It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Team Aspire! 

Aspire FCU's super hero Creative You team members Ginny Garbowski (Robin), Tiffany Masters (Batgirl), and Michael Tango (Mr. Invisible) give an update on how their new online platform can "save the day".


Hear from Team XCEL-lent on their Creative You Progress ​​

Conrad Benitez, Bernie Armendi and Josephine DeSucre give us an update on their Creative You experience and the progress they've made on their innovative mobile app.

CU Reality Check 2014

At the Creative You presentation session at the 2014 CU Reality Check, Filene’s Mollie Bell chose to work with Greater Team Alliance on deploying an iPad/tablet technology within to automate member service workflows, Filene’s Andrew Downin chose to work with Team Aspire on their idea for “Family Memberships”, and Filene’s Tansley Stearns chose to work with XCEL FCU on their idea for an all-encompassing, very advanced mobile app. These three teams will work with their mentors over the next few months to further develop and grow their ideas, then they will each present at NJCUL’s Annual Meeting & Convention in September! 

For more photos from the Creative You session, click here.

President/CEO Tom O'Shea photobombs Aspire team members. 


Team Greater Alliance (plus one).


The XCEL'lent Team XCEL!

Entry Videos and Project Documents

Check out the Creative You team videos and their projects:


Greater Team Alliance
Project Scope Document



Team Aspire
Project Scope Document




Project Scope Document



Team Y.O.L.O.
Project Scope Document


 Team Symbionce
Project Scope Document

Meet Our Teams


Team Y.O.L.O. (Young Optimists Leading Others)
Yvana Ellison, E-Marketing Coordinator, Atlantic FCU
Gabrielle Crisafulli, Operations Support, Atlantic FCU
Matthew Krynicki, Member Services Representative, Atlantic FCU

Bernie Armendi, Membership Development Representative​, XCEL FCU
Giuseppina DeSucre, Loan Officer, ​XCEL FCU
Conrad Benitez, IT Manager​, XCEL FCU

Melissa Nesi, Marketing Associate, Asipre FCU
Tiffany Zalasar, Business Development Representative, Asipre FCU
Ginny Garbowski, Member Service Representative, Asipre FCU
Michael Tango, Loan Processor, Asipre FCU

Team Symbionce
Cindy Rein-Zima, President/CEO, Hamilton Horizons FCU
Patti McNeill, Loan Manager, Novartis FCU
Kelly Weiss, President/CEO, Community Financial Services FCU
Marie Holowka, President/CEO, Rutgers FCU

Greater Team Alliance
Ellie Lombardo, Director of Branch Operations, Greater Alliance FCU
Ana Suarez, New Business Officer, Greater Alliance FCU
Daniel Mezzina, IT Manager
Johana Gomera, VP, COO, Greater Alliance FCU

What Creative You is All About

Creative You is a program designed for credit unions to share their innovative and creative solutions to challenges the system is facing here in New Jersey. It's a collaborative initiative with a competitive element that will bring together credit unions and their ideas.

These teams will work collaboratively to come up with solutions. These teams will submit videos introducing their ideas, which will then be posted to the Creative You page of the NJCUL Web site. They will then work on their innovative ideas and present their projects at the 2014 CU Reality Check before a panel of judges who will choose teams to work with to further develop their ideas.

All of this will culminate at NJCUL’s 2014 Convention, where the teams will present their finished projects and a winner will be determined by a final vote. And, of course, there are great prizes to be won! 


Contact any of the League employees below with any questions: 

Barbara Agin     Marissa Anema     Yvette Segarra
800-792-8861 ext. 111   800-792-8861 ext. 117     800-792-8861 ext.  103