OneAZ Credit Union’s Lisa Day Retires After 47 Years in the CU Movement

Lisa Day, a leader at Phoenix-based OneAZ Credit Union, is retiring on May 3, 2024, after serving the credit union industry since 1977. What started as a career at just 17 years old turned into her life’s passion and led Lisa to positions in a multitude of credit unions, councils, and associations throughout the years.

Lisa started her career in February 1977 at Arizona Central Credit Union, where she worked for 13 years, before moving to Arizona Federal (now Arizona Financial) for seven years and then Desert Schools (now Desert Financial) for three years. Her next move, to OneAZ in 2002, became her home for the past 23 years where she served as branch manager at two locations as well as the State & University Program Director from 2015 to 2017.

“Lisa embodies the spirit of tireless service and leadership that we strive for every day at OneAZ,” said Brandon Michaels, President and CEO of OneAZ Credit Union. “For 23 years, she’s been a relentless champion for OneAZ and the remarkable impact that credit unions bring to their members and community. As she embarks on this new chapter in life, we celebrate her achievements over the past two decades and wish her many unforgettable memories with her loved ones.”

Her deep involvement in the larger Credit Union Movement began in the mid-1980s when she got involved in the Arizona Credit Union League and the Arizona Family Marketing Council (now called Arizona YCUP).  She was a representative of the National Youth Involvement Board in the late 1980s and early 1990s and served as the national chairperson from 1994 to 1996.

In 1987, Lisa became a Credit Union Development Educator through the World Council of Credit Unions and attended numerous workshops with that organization through the years. “The DE program is a wonderful organization and my training there was one of my favorite professional memories,” reminisces Lisa.

She was elected to the board of the Valley of the Sun Chapter of Credit Unions in 2007 and served as board chair twice during her tenure. “Lisa’s unwavering dedication to our chapter and the credit union movement has been a beacon of inspiration,” said Marci Aguayo, Vice President of Valley of the Sun Chapter and Area Vice President of Global Credit Union. “Her enduring commitment has not only shaped our present but promises a brighter future, reminding us that true impact is measured in the depth of one’s contributions and the lives they positively touch.”

“I met Lisa at a chapter event back in 2008, and her passion was evident from the first interaction I had with her. Her laughter and fighting spirit will be missed the most,” shared Kellie Henzel, Treasury Board Member of the Valley of the Sun Chapter and District Manager of True West Credit Union. “Through Lisa’s contributions, the chapter was able to provide an avenue for unity among Arizona credit unions through communications, training, career development, networking, and community involvement events.”

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