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 25 employees and $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.
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 our local newspaper 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.
Vice President, Lending
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 ten years as an Account Executive at a local television station. 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.”
Sabrina was born and raised in Danville, IL, moving to Normal in 1998. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and is a graduate of the B/N Multicultural Leadership Program, Class of 2013.
Sabrina worked at two credit unions over a span of 13 years in various positions from Teller to Accounting/Financial Manager before joining MICU in 2012 as the Branch Manager of our West Market Street location. In 2014 she transitioned to our Eastland Drive location as the Administrative Assistant and now serves as our Operations Manager.
Sabrina and her husband have three children, one in college and two Unit 5 students. She enjoys spending time with her family and supporting her children in their various community activities.
Sabrina is a community volunteer who believes in service to others, and she appreciates the opportunity to serve at MICU.
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 in the insurance industry, 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.
Mortgage Loan Officer
Eric is a proud graduate of Illinois State University, class of 2000.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, and has more been working in the lending industry for more than ten years.
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 members, and listening to all of their stories.
Terri comes to us from the mountains of Afton, Wyoming, an area also known as Star Valley. Her banking career started as a loan assistant at a big bank out west, where she earned experience in consumer and commercial lending. She moved to Illinois in 1997, went to work in Peoria, and then worked at another Bloominigton-based credit union for five years. After a few years of staying home with her young children, she joined Mid-Illini in 2011 and is currently serving our members as a loan officer. Terri lives in Bloomington with her two boys and two big dogs. Of her work, she says "I love doing what I do! Knowing I was part of a special purchase or easing a financial burden makes it all worth it."
Grace grew up in the farming community of Minier, and earned her associate's degree from Heartland Community College.
She joined MICU in January, 2014, as a Member Business Associate, and then, just one year later, was promoted to the position of Loan Officer, and moved over to work full-time at our West Market Street branch. In addition to serving as a loan officer, Grace is actively involved with the Downtown Bloomington Association (DBA), and engages with our community partners to help provide financial literacy resources wherever they're needed.
Grace and her husband, Trevin recently purchased their first home. Grace appreciates the family atmosphere that MICU has for both our members and our employees. Whether it is high-fiving kids at a local parade or working side-by-side with members to help organize their financial futures, Grace's favorite thing about working at MICU is being able to provide everyone with a safe place to protect their assets while helping them improve their overall financial well-being.
Andi joined Mid-Illini in March, 2015 after spending four years as the General Manager (GM) of a local hotel. 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 a $276 million 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 with 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.
Photos by B Corbin, Lewis Sisters Photography and Dawn Bergeron Photography.