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What We are Thankful For

November 21, 2019


Welcome to our yearly employee "thankful" article. 2019 has been a year of growth, new faces, and many new clients. We are so thankful that the credit union industry continues to find value in the collaborative services we provide, whether it be shared branching, accounting, or compliance. 

Some of our staff here has shared what they were thankful for in 2019.  We hope you enjoy putting a face to a name to many of the individuals you talk to at CU Service Network - we are real people behind the computers here! And as always, thank you, our readers, for making the credit union movement stronger and impacting members' lives for the better.

Doug Burke, President/CEO

Where do I start?

A. Family, friends or coworkers?
B. How about our health, always an important one?
C. Or is the roof over our head
D. My job or the country we live in?
E. All of the above

There are sooo many things to be thankful for. I will select e) All of the above.

Doug and Ty
^ Doug's wife Ty

Kristen Tatlock, Compliance

I’m the first one to admit that, every year, I have so much for which to be thankful – a loving family, wonderful friends, good health, a great job, etc.  But this year, among the usual things, I am giving thanks for the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship won by the University of Virginia. Wahoo Wah!!

Kristen Tatlock VA1

Kristen Tatlock VA2

Trisha Wiggin-Fausnaugh, Operations 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

I like Thanksgiving. I love getting the family together, getting up early to watch the Macy’s parade and then the Westminster dog show, the smell of turkey roasting all day, and dinner, of course. The best part is looking around the table at my husband, sons, their wives and my brother. I love the banter, the laughter, and the love that flows.

Here’s wishing each of you feelings of warmth and love this holiday season.

For the record, my favorite holiday is Halloween. I just love happy-looking bats!


Gaye DeCesare, Compliance

This year I’m thankful for checking off another Bucket List item. Dubbed the 2019 Southwest Geological Nerd Tour by my husband, we explored Arches National Park, Capitol Reef NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Grand Canyon NP, and Monument Valley - in six days! We bookended this whirlwind tour visiting family in Denver.


Alicia Disantis, Marketing

Happy Thanksgiving! This year, I am thankful for my beloved pets pulling through illness. Over the course of two weeks, my goofy greyhound Sal severely broke his foot (which is a big deal for greyhounds), and my spunky cat Jannie got a severe stomach infection, nearly killing her. Thousands of dollars and dozens of vet visits later, both have made a full recovery. People think I am crazy for spending so much on them, but they are my family.  I'll never take my pets for granted again.

 Here's a photo of the two of them bonding in what I dubbed the "inFURmary." Poor Sal couldn't get his leg in his kennel so he was stuck on the rug for 8 weeks!

Alicia pets 1

I am also thankful to have had the opportunity to learn piano and vocals, which has been a dream of mine for years and years. I have a new appreciation for musicians - boy is it hard!

alicia pets 2

Diane Parham, CFO

I’m thankful for change.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to move to Colorado (I have long considered CO “my happy place”).  For my amazing husband who supported and encouraged the decision to take a leap and move to Denver.  To my kids for making this change in the middle of the school year with amazing attitudes every single day.  I’m thankful to CUSN for extending the job offer that allowed us to move.  To quote Abraham Maslow, “in any given moment we have two options:  to step forward into growth or step back into safety.”  I’m thankful for a support system that allows me to step forward into growth.

Jenny Thomas, Sales and Marketing

I know that despite my hardships, I have so much to be thankful for. We recently added a new addition to our family this year, Alexa Grace. She is currently 7 ½ months old, and while she is a handful and always into everything, she is such a joy and brings so much happiness to our family. I am also thankful for my older (smart aleck know-it-all at times) daughter, Callie. While we are now in the dreaded teen years, she has a big heart and I don’t know what I would do without her. I am also so incredibly thankful for my parents. They are such amazing, giving people, and I am forever indebted to them. I can only hope that one day, I am able to repay them for everything that they have done for me.

Jenny Thomas Family






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