Mary is not your typical CFO. Raised in a small town in Central Wisconsin, her father was her English teacher in high school and Mary learned early on the value of education. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business/Accounting at Viterbo College and UW-La Crosse. The not-typical part is that Mary actually started out as an Art Major.
Mary’s first real job was at the local CPA firm Hawkins, Ash, Baptie, CPAs. At HABCO, Mary was able to work with all types of businesses including banks and credit unions. Mary started at the Credit Union in 1988. Mary has been able to work in or lead all areas of the business including Compliance, Security, Deposit Operations, Fraud, Retail, Phone Center, Lending, Payments, Human Resources, IT and E-Services in addition to her Accounting related responsibilities. Mary brought Altra its first debit card, Call Center and Online Banking products. Mary is a big believer in continuous learning and recently became a Certified Chief Executive Officer, and also is a Certified Compliance Officer and ALM Specialist.
Mary is married, has two grown children, and more recently two grandchildren. While her children were growing up she was actively involved in all of their activities including serving on show choir, dance team and church committees. She is currently helping many organizations including serving as President of the La Crosse Community Theatre board, an activist for the Wisconsin Credit Union League, and several credit union vendor advisory boards.