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Origence Announces the Appointment of Five New Associate Directors to the Company Board

Irvine, CA, January 9, 2023 — Origence, the nation’s leading developer of lending software technology for the credit union industry, announced the appointment of five new associate directors to the Origence board of directors.

The new board members include:

• Don Clark, president & CEO, Sound Credit Union
• Ron Neumann, president & CEO, Oregon Community Credit Union
• Karen Roch, president & CEO, Credit Union West
• Sandra Sagehorn-Elliott, president & CEO, Vantage West Credit Union
• Steph Sherrodd, president & CEO, Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union

New Origence board members

“It’s an exciting time for Origence and our growing board of directors,” said Jim Laffoon, chairman of the Origence board. “We’re happy to welcome this exceptional group of leaders to share their insights and help us continue to deliver innovative, technology-driven solutions to our credit union partners.”

Also serving on the Origence board are Jim Laffoon, president & CEO, Security Service Federal Credit Union; Erin Mendez, president & CEO, Patelco Credit Union; Bob McKay, president & CEO, Together Credit Union; Todd Marksberry, president & CEO, Canvas Credit Union; Thayne Shaffer, president & CEO, America First Credit Union; Kim Sponem, president & CEO, Summit Credit Union; Keith Sultemeier, president & CEO, Kinecta Federal Credit Union; Bill Cheney, president & CEO, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union.

“I always say that we go as credit unions go,” said Tony Boutelle, president and CEO of Origence. “Adding five new associate board members with such impeccable credit union credentials is a huge win for Origence and helps position us for continued success for years to come. We are honored to welcome them all.”

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About Origence

Origence is a credit union service organization (CUSO) providing financial technology that elevates the origination experience to increase loan volume, create efficiencies, and grow accounts. With Origence, financial institutions can originate consumer loans with greater levels of productivity and increased scale while also delivering a convenient and personalized borrower experience. Solutions also include marketing automation, auto shopping, lending operations, and more. Origence is headquartered in Irvine, California. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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