Meet the members of the Freedom Credit Union senior management team.
Glenn S. Welch | President and Chief Executive Officer
Glenn joined Freedom Credit Union in 2016 and has more than three decades of experience in the Financial Services industry. He was President and CEO of Hampden Bank from 2013–2015 before the Berkshire Bank acquisition, and was employed at Hampden Bank for 17 years.
Glenn is a graduate of Western New England University and earned his MBA from the University of Massachusetts. He is currently active on many boards throughout the Pioneer Valley, including Way Finders, Pathlight, the Business School Advisory Board at WNEU, Develop Springfield and Springfield Business Leaders for Education.
Louis “Jay” Scungio | Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Jay joined the credit union in 1999 as the CFO and currently oversees its accounting, compliance and facilities functions. He has more than two decades of experience in the financial services industry.
Jay earned both his bachelor’s degree and his MBA from Western New England University. He is a board member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County and the Hartsprings Foundation.
Gina Noblit Giannetti | Vice President, Human Resources
Gina joined Freedom in 2016 and manages all human resource activities for the credit union. She has more than three decades of HR experience in both health care and manufacturing. She came to Freedom from Baystate Health where she was a senior human resources consultant.
Gina earned her master’s degree in human resource technology from American International College, and her bachelor’s degree from Westfield State University. She also earned her Credit Union HR Compliance Professional certification in August 2017.
Kara B. Herman | Vice President, Retail Administration
Kara joined Freedom in 2007 and has more than 25 years of banking and credit union experience. She oversees the administration of the credit union’s 11 branches, as well as the marketing and business development departments. In 2013, she earned her Certified Credit Union Executive designation through the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).
Kara has a bachelor’s degree from Westfield State University, and is a certified trainer through the American Society for Training and Development. She is a board member of the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the Massachusetts Credit Union League.
Cheryl L. Podgorski | Vice President, Operations
Cheryl joined the credit union in 2012 and has more than three decades of operations experience in both the banking and credit union industries, having held several senior management positions throughout her career. She oversees the credit union’s information systems, vendor management and operations departments, including the call center, deposit services, loan servicing and electronic services.
Cheryl earned her master’s degree in business administration from Western New England University and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. She is a past Certified Treasury Professional through the Association for Financial Professionals, and serves as board vice president for the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center in Springfield.
Jeffrey M. Smith | Vice President and Chief Loan Officer
Jeff joined the credit union in 2013 and manages its commercial, mortgage and consumer lending functions. He has more than three decades of lending experience in the financial services industry and has held several senior management positions throughout his career.
Jeff earned his MBA in finance from Western New England University. He is a board member of the Northampton Rotary Club and is a member of the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley. Since 1994, He has been an instructor for the Center for Financial Training, teaching courses on subjects such as real estate finance, marketing, accounting and analyzing financial statements.