This month, we'd like you to meet Mandea Edwards, the most recent addition to our CU Works Accounting department. Mandea is a Financial Specialist who will assist credit unions with CFO-related services. Let's learn more about her:
I am honored and excited to join CU Service Network in sharing my almost 30 years of experience serving the credit union community.
Upon graduating from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, I moved to New York City in 1989, only staying for little over a year. Being a 3rd generation Colorado native, I missed my family, the mountains and the slower pace of Colorado.
I began working for the Colorado CU League as an auditor, way back in 1990, until the birth of my first child in 1992. No longer able to travel, I started my own practice providing auditing and accounting services to credit unions in the Denver Metro area. I have been very fortunate to have dedicated my life's work in the credit union industry and look forward to new opportunities in keeping the credit union movement alive.
I have been blessed with three children, Alex (25), Michele (21), and Stephanie (15).
Alex is working on his engineering degree, while gainfully employed. Michele is living in Honolulu, attending Chaminade University, pursuing a nursing degree. Stephanie is a sophomore at Chatfield Senior High School. It's truly amazing how fast the years go by.
We raised our family and currently still reside in the oldest rock house in Colorado, located next to Red Rocks. The construction of the house was started in 1860 (when Lincoln was President!). During the years, we have raised turkeys, ducks, geese, chickens, peacocks, llamas and goats. Getting tired of feeding the wildlife, we now only have domesticated animals; 2 cats and 2 dogs.
My future inspiration is to consolidate all of the history I have gathered about the house, it's former owners, and surrounding area, and write a book. History is lost if not recorded. The first chapter will include; how the original homestead family donated much of the land surrounding the house, to Jefferson County Open Space, so that it could never be developed for commercial gain.
This sacrifice reminds me of the legacy of credit unions and the important role they play in the lives of consumers and communities now and historically. I look forward in continuing to serve in this legacy.
Wow, what an awesome addition to our team! Let's give a warm welcome to Mandea.