Here at Mid-Illini Credit Union, we work hard to live the credit union philosophy of people helping people every day. Lenders help borrowers, employees help members, and we strive to create a fun environment where employees are valued and service to our members comes above all else.
Our employees are friendly people who genuinely care about our members and about one another.
Let’s meet a few of them:
Tom was born and raised right here in Bloomington and graduated from Bloomington High School, then Lincoln College. He's been a MICU member since he was 16, and started working here when he was just 18! Back then, MICU had just 7 employees and about $13 million in total assets. From 1989 to 2002, Tom worked his way up from Teller to Vice President before being promoted to his current position as President.
Over the years, Tom has come a long way - today MICU has 27 employees and nearly $50 million in total assets. That's a lot of growth!
Tom and his wife Andrea were married in 1992, and still live here in Bloomington with their daughter, who is a student in Unit 5. In his time off, Tom likes spending time with his family, traveling and tinkering with his classic collector cars.
Tom enjoys the relationships he's built with MICU members over the years, and the opportunity to truly help families build strong financial foundations through the products and services we offer here at MICU.
Lending & Operations
Darryl joined Team MICU in the spring of 2014 to serve in the dual role of Vice President over both Lending and Operations. Darryl brings over ten years of banking experience to MICU, including time as a personal banker and a business banking officer, a branch oeprations manager and a commercial lending specialist.
Darryl has a true entrepreneurial spirit and thrives on empowering others to reach their full potential.
A graduate of Illinois State University, Darryl has lived in McLean County for nearly 25 years. He lives in Bloomington with his wife and three children.
Marketing & Business Development
Julie has been working at Mid-Illini Credit Union since 2009, first as the Marketing Manager and now as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development.
A 1987 graduate of Illinois State, Julie was an Advertising Account Executive at The Pantagraph for 16 years and then worked for a national advertising agency over in Peoria before joining the team at MICU.
Julie has been married to her husband, Ward, since 1995, and they reside in Normal. Their two youngest children are still in school in Unit 5, and their oldest son lives in El Paso, Illinois with a family of his own.
Julie says her favorite part of working at MICU is going out to different community events and meeting MICU members face-to-face.
Mortgage Loan Officer
Derick comes to us from Pontiac, Illinois via Illinois State University. He graduated from ISU in 2004, with a degree in Finance. He joined MICU during his last semseter at ISU as a part-time teller, worked as our Teller Supervisor for several years and is currently serving as a Loan Officer.
Derick and his wife Meghan have been married since 2006, and make their home right here in Bloomington. Derick enjoys providing great service to MICU emmbers, and listening to all of their stories.
Business Development Manager
Robin grew up in the “booming metropolis” of Altona, Illinois, population: 501. She graduated from ROVA High School and then from Illinois State University before working for 10 years as an Account Executive for WEEK TV. After that, Robin owned a Power Sport dealership here in Bloomington for 13 years, sold it in 2009, and joined MICU in 2011.
Robin is serving as a Business Development Manager and a Loan Officer, managing our indirect lending relationships with area auto dealers, and helping our members finance all the things that make life easier.
Robin and her husband, John, live in Bloomington with two dogs and a parrot. She knew that working at MICU would be a good fit because of the great experiences she had financing motorcycles and ATVs for her customers when she ran her own dealership. Robin says, “Mid-Illini’s goal is to assist businesses in succeeding, growing and surpassing goals. It is a pleasure to lend a hand in the process.”
Cranston O. Sparks
Business Development Manager
An essential part of Team MICU since 2011, Cranston brings years of valuable experience to our credit union. He has an extensive background in different areas of the financial services arena including ten years at State Farm, time as a construction estimator, as a business owner and finally as a prominent Realtor right here in Bloomington-Normal. He's also a proven community leader and has served on the Board of Directors for several local non-profits.
Cranston is serving as our Business Development Manager in charge of company partner retention and recruitment. He also looks for ways to extend our partnerships with area businesses who may have customers who need financing.
He and his wife, Deborah, have been married for more than 25 years and have three children.
Member Services Representative
Andi joined Mid-Illini in March, 2015 after spending four years as the General Manager (GM) of Bloomington's Quality Inn and Suites. As GM, she worked in all areas of hotel management, from making sure guests had clean towels to managing vendor relationships, paying all the bills, managing receivables and processing payroll. Prior to her time at the hotel, she worked as a teller, then as a Member Services Rep at $276 million Otero Federal Credit Union in New Mexico, earning two promotions in just one year.
Andi grew up as part of a big family right here in Bloomington and enjoys spending time wiht her loved ones, including her Black Labs, Marley and Brody.
She enjoys the positive work environment here at MICU, but her favorite part of working here is being able to put members first and helping people learn to better manage their money.
Staff photos by B Corbin, Lewis Sisters Photography and Dawn Bergeron Photography.