Staff & Board Members


Manager: Darlene Lopez
Asst Manager: Becky Pohl
Loan Officers: Becky Pohl, Kelli Michael, Jenna Blume
Collection Officer: Becky Pohl
IRAs: Becky Pohl


Member Service Representatives:
Michelle Jahr, Haley Luhrsen,
Cindy Shubert, & Heather Clizbe
Visa Coordinator: Jenna Blume
New Accounts: Libby Coney/Heather Clizbe
ATM Coordinators: Libby Coney/Heather Clizbe


Board of Directors:

Chairman of the Board: Nick Kowalski
Vice Chairman: Margaret Walden
Secretary: Brian Ruckert
Treasurer: Dave Cherrone

Mike Damiano
Larry Regina
Michael Filipski

Supervisory Committee: Brad Fuelling, Nick Miller, & John Knepp

About South Bend Firefighters CU:

South Bend Firefighters CU is your credit union in South Bend, IN providing auto loans, home equity loans, personal loans, checking, savings, cd’s, deposits, home banking, bill pay and other financial services for anyone who lives or works in St. Joseph County, Indiana and your immediate family members. With over 63 years of helping our community with their financial needs, Providing quality financial services to our members in a friendly and professional environment.

Your credit union was organized on October 1959 at a meeting held at the Central Fire Station at 200 E. Wayne Street. Nine firefighters formed the not-for-profit financial service cooperative with the purpose of helping members improve their financial well being. After many years at the Central Fire Station, the Credit union purchased a building and moved it to our present location 1122 S. Main Street.

The original charter members were Virgil Martz, Richard Sowala, Lowell Badman, Joseph Szekendi, Richard Busfield, John Filchak, Harold Schuttrow, Russell Hoffman, George Krovitch.

The first manager of South Bend Firefighters Federal Credit Union was Richard Sowala followed by Joseph Nyerges with 27 years of dedicated service and recently retired Margaret Walden with 30 years of service. Present employees to be recognized are: Manager Darlene Lopez, Assistant Manager Becky Pohl, Kelli Michael, Haley Luhrsen, Jenna Blume, Heather Clizbe, Elizabeth Coney, Michelle Jahr, and Cindy Shubert. They have all given an enormous amount of time to bring the credit union to where it is today.

Our credit union Motto is “People Helping People.” We’re all working together to help each other. As member-owners, we all have a stake in the credit union’s success. The better our credit union does, the better you do. That’s the value of credit union membership.

New Auto Loans

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Personal Loans

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Home Equity Loans

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