St. Cloud Financial Credit Union has a new chief lending officer.

Chase Larson has almost 15 years of banking and finance experience. He has expertise in mortgage lending, business banking and SBA lending, according to the company. 

“I am excited to get back to my credit union roots and work alongside the talented staff at St. Cloud Financial Credit Union serving their great members and communities,” Larson said.

Larson is a St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Top Hat Ambassador, a board member of St. Cloud Stand Down, a Sartell Chamber Blue Jacket Ambassador, a volunteer with United Way of Central Minnesota and a member of the Central Minnesota Builders Association. 

Reach-Up Head Start employee receives award from state association

Karla Christiansen has received the Minnesota Social Service Association Region 7 award for 2021 Outstanding Staff Achievement.

The award recognizes professionals in the health and human services field “who routinely demonstrate outstanding service to their clients, colleagues and workplace.” 

According to MSSA, Christiansen has been an integral part of helping Reach-Up Head Start continue its services during the COVID-19 pandemic. She’s been employed with Reach-Up Head Start for more than 20 years and helps families prepare for their child to be in kindergarten.

MSSA is a membership association that covers nine Central Minnesota counties.

Lutheran Social Service  recognizes St. Cloud resident 

St. Cloud resident Nisreen Abuhadid was one of 92 Minnesotans recognized with a 2021 Spirit Award in September. 

These awards recognize employees who demonstrate “outstanding commitment and dedication to the vision and mission” of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, said a press release from the organization.

12 CliftonLarsonAllen LLP employees receive promotions

A dozen CliftonLarsonAllen employees in St. Cloud have advanced their careers. 

Professionals in new roles are:

  •  Kristen Houle: Signing director
  • Kaylea Stier: Director
  • Sandra Strand: Director
  • Ashley Kruse: Director
  • Bethany Anderson: Senior
  • Christy Masog: Senior
  • Elizabeth Kisch: Senior
  • Isaac Heying: Senior
  • Patrick Spaniol: Senior
  • Matthew Dale: BizOps senior
  • Amanda Flemming: Senior
  • Sarah Elliott: Senior

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP is a national wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax and consulting service firm.

Sarah Kocher is the business reporter for the St. Cloud Times. Reach her at 320-255-8799 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @SarahAKocher.

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