2023 Award spotlight: Outstanding Professional

Recognition Awards were presented to New York credit unions and individuals during the New York Credit Union Association’s Annual Meeting & Convention at the Sagamore Resort on Lake George June 15–18. The awards were presented during the general session on Friday, June 16.

The Outstanding Professional Award honors individuals who have a true passion for credit unions and who inspire others with their hard work, dedication and success.

The 2023 Outstanding Professional Award recipient is Constance Kelkenberg of Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union. Kelkenberg began her career at Cornerstone as a temporary employee in 1970 and progressed through many roles over the years to her current position as SVP, director of auditing.

Kelkenberg earned the designation of NAFCU certified compliance officer by completing a rigorous course of study and five tough examinations. She was also honored in 2006 by NAFCU with the Quarter Century Honor Roll for her contributions to the credit union movement for 25 years or more. Most recently, she improved the efficiency of Cornerstone’s internal audit process by leveraging technology to improve communication and engagement with the management team.

Kelkenberg has seen Cornerstone grow from an office in a basement to six branches serving over 40,000 members in two counties, and demonstrates her passion and dedication daily.

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