Cross Valley Federal Credit Union

About Cross Valley FCU

Finding "Solutions for your financial life" since 1969…

Nearly 150 years ago credit unions were organized with one simple philosophy in mind – "People Helping People". Over the years, while our services and products have evolved, Cross Valley FCU has remained true to its roots and this very same principal. Our mission is simply to serve our members. At Cross Valley FCU we believe that by keeping this mission in sight in our daily work, we have been able to gain the trust and support of our members. We look forward to serving you!

Our mission is to provide quality service to our membership with convenient, flexible access to their financial needs through multiple channels. Cross Valley strives to become your primary financial institution by building a trust and continually evolving to provide "Solutions for your financial life".


Cross Valley FCU was chartered by the National Credit Union Association (NCUA) in February 1969.Originally chartered as the Wilkes-Barre Federal Employees Federal Credit Union, its sponsor was the Data Operations Center of Social Security in Wilkes-Barre. Subsequent expansion of the Federal Charter was approved by NCUA to include Select Employee Groups (SEGs) in Northern Pennsylvania soon after.


The Credit Union has grown and prospered over the years, thanks to a dedicated board of directors and Credit Union members who truly believe in the founding philosophy of "People Helping People". In January of 1994, the Credit Union changed its name to Cross Valley Federal Credit Union and in April of 1994 moved into its Main Office, located at 640 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre in the East Mountain Corporate Center.


In July of 2008, the NCUA awarded Cross Valley Federal Credit Union a community charter, granting permission for the Credit Union to provide affordable financial services to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in the Pennsylvania Counties of Luzerne, Lackawanna, or Wyoming. Today Cross Valley FCU is proud to serve over 23,000 members and has over $150 million in assets, and continues to serve its community as a full-serviced financial intuition.

Elected by the membership, our volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of members of the Credit Union who lend their managerial and financial expertise to help guide the direction and mission of Cross Valley FCU. Our current Board Members are:


Mr. Shields has been a member of the credit union since 1976 and a member of the credit union's board since 1997. He has served as Chairman since 2000. He is a member of Am vet Post 189, American Legion Post 585, Exeter Lions Club Past President, Pittston Knights of Columbus Council 372 and Assembly 948 and served as Past Grand Knight, Former Faithful Navigator and Former District Deputy. Mr. Shields served as past Chairman of the Step by Step advisory board. Mr. Shields retired from the Social Security Administration where he retired as District Manager after nearly thirty five years of serve.


Mr. Dombroski has been a credit union member since 1977. He has also served on the Supervisory Committee from 1982 to 2000 and has been an active board member since. He is retired from Social Security Administration.


Mr. Chepalonis has been a credit union member since 1990 and an active Advisory Committee member since 2010. Mr. Chepalonis is currently employed by Martz Trailways and holds the position of General Manager. Mr. Chepalonis will be replacing the late Al Baloga who recently passed. Mr. Chepalonis will complete Mr. Baloga’s remaining term of two years.


Mr. Prekel has been active in the credit union movement since 1976. Mr. Prekel has been a member of Cross Valley FCU since 1993 and is active on our Board of Directors since 2001, serving as Secretary since 2016. He is currently employed as a Senior Collection Specialist with United Parcel Service Supply Chain Solution, Atlanta GA.

LEONARD V. SHIMKO-Member, Supervisory Chair

Mr. Shimko has been a member of the credit union since 1969. He is the credit union’s first Board Treasurer and is now a board member and Supervisory Committee Chairman. Mr. Shimko served as the credit union’s President/CEO for over 40 years. He is active as a Board of Director for Habitat for Humanity and is on their executive committee, and is past president and a board member emeritus on the Luzerne County Community College Foundation Board of Directors

JEFF STEWART-Vice Chairman

Mr. Stewart has been a credit union member since 1980. Mr. Stewart served several years on the Advisory Committee, prior to becoming a board director. Mr. Stewart is now serving as board Vice Chairman since 2014. He was self-employed for over twenty years and is now retired, now working part time for Geisinger Health System.


Mr. Donahue served on the Advisory Committee and accepted a Board of Directors position in April 2015. Mr. Donahue is a long time member of Cross Valley FCU and is retired from the U.S. Government.

Cross Valley FCU’s management team helps implement strategic initiatives and keeps the day-to-day credit union operations running smoothly. Our Management Team members are:

Traci Donahue, CEO/President
Steve Brindamour, Chief Financial Officer
Ron Ferrance, Chief Lending Officer
Jill Houseknecht, Chief Experience Officer / Marketing
Jeremy Bealla, Chief Operations Officer
Joanne Bonning, VP of Human Resources
Kristina Meixner, Chief Compliance Officer
Lee Sorber, Chief Information Officer
The difference is in the people & the history that has made Cross Valley FCU what it is today!

To learn more about Cross Valley FCU or any of our finical services contact the credit union or visit a Cross Valley FCU branch location nearest you.