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About Us

Read about our roots, our team and where we're headed. See why membership with us truly has meaning and how we're advocates for our members and the communities we serve. Learn how to become a member, or part of our awesome team.

Our History

WyHy Federal Credit Union was chartered in December 1953 for Wyoming Highway Department employees and their families. A check was sent to the U.S. Treasurer for $35.00 and WyHy Federal Credit Union was established. The founding fathers believed in the Credit Union philosophy of "People Helping People" and to consider each member's situation individually and provide prompt financial advice to help members manage their finances.

WyHy was originally located in a small state office in the Barrett Building in downtown Cheyenne. Today, WyHy has branch locations in both Cheyenne and Casper, as well as over 5,000 branch locations nationwide with CO-OP Shared Branching. The nearly 10,000 square foot facility in Cheyenne features 6 drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, and a Call Center. This building acts as the main office for WyHy. Our 5,000 square foot Casper facility features 4 drive-up lanes, and a drive-up ATM.

WyHy has continued to grow by signing up additional businesses called Select Employer Groups (SEGs) for membership eligibility. Today, WyHy is over $210,000,000 in assets with more than 14,000 Members.

Our Vision

Building valued relationships by delivering personalized financial options.

Our Promise

  • To simplify your life
  • Work in your best interest
  • Be your lifetime partner to help you achieve financial success

It is from our history, to vision and promise that our overall statement of We're with you was created. In other words, no matter what stage you may be in life, we're here to be you and your family's financial partner, guiding you along the road to a healthy financial wellbeing.

Click here to learn more about our We're with you mission.

The WyHy Difference

Privileges and pride in WyHy membership

WyHy is a not-for-profit financial cooperative. Translation — we don't have customers, we have member-owners.

A cooperative by definition exists to serve its members, but what makes co-ops unique is that the members are also the owners. So in addition to getting the products and services you need at WyHy, you also have a say in various aspects of the Credit Union such as electing and voting for the Volunteer Leadership.

Rather than rewarding outside investors with its profits, WyHy returns surplus revenue to our members in the form or lower rates on loans, higher rates on deposits and fewer fees compared to traditional financial institutions. This democratic approach to business results in a powerful economic force that benefits the Credit Union, our members and the communities we serve.

We're also able to offer our members unique products, services and benefits that allow for a more personalized approach to banking such as with our SmartPoints program, CreditBuilder Auto Loan, as well as others!

Lastly, but just as importantly, the WyHy team sponsors, volunteers and donates to a number of local causes year-round, giving back to the communities we serve and enriching the lives of those in need. The list of support is long and includes the likes of Cheyenne Meals on Wheels, Jason's Friends, Cheyenne Animal Shelter, Race for the Cure, and many more.

Click here to learn more about our We're with you mission.

Also visit our We're with you section towards the bottom of the homepage, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to learn about our current community invovlement.

What's the difference between credit unions and banks?

Credit unions were originated in mid-1800s in Europe. Banks were reluctant to lend money to certain individuals or groups, and these underserved consumers pooled their resources and formed cooperatives. Credit unions exist to serve the needs of their members. Credit unions educate members about sensible money management to help improve their financial condition. This service-oriented philosophy is the most significant benefit of credit union membership. Credit unions are organizations of people, not of money and as part owners, members have the right to vote on decisions affecting the credit union. One member has one vote, no matter if his or her deposit is $25 or $25,000.

Key differences between credit unions and banks

Credit Unions

  • Credit unions are managed by volunteer Boards of Directors who serve only to assist the financial health of the entire membership. Credit union members vote in board elections.
  • Credit unions do not operate for a profit, and therefore do not pay corporate income taxes. Credit unions pay other state and national taxes.
  • Credit unions, by federal law, must retain a high percentage of capital to protect members' savings, weather tough economic times and fund the ability to grow and better serve members
  • Credit unions, as not-for-profit organizations, serve the financial well-being of the member through free consumer education and counseling

Banks

  • Banks are managed by boards of shareholders who expect to profit from the customers who use their products and services. Bank customers have no input into the management of their financial institution.
  • Banks operate for a profit, and therefore do pay corporate income taxes and all other state and national taxes
  • Banks can issue stock to raise capital and must retain a low percentage for savings
  • Banks can grow any way they choose and expand into any market they choose
  • Banks can serve any customer in any state, and their growth is not restricted by any government agency

We're With You

Pretty much anyone in Wyoming can belong to WyHy!

There are a number of ways you can qualify for membership with WyHy:

  • Live, work, worship or go to school in Laramie or Natrona counties
  • Be an employee at one of our many Select Employee Groups (SEG)
  • Be related by blood or marriage to a current WyHy member or current employee of a SEG

We also help to make the switch from any current financial institution to WyHy a easy as possible — and we promise you'll be glad you took the time to do so.

So contact us to learn more, or complete the membership application by clicking on the Join Today button below. Then bring your application into one of our branch locations to complete the final, and easy steps to becoming a member. We look forward to welcoming you to the WyHy member-family!

Join Today!

Work@WyHy

Leadership Team

WyHy's Leadership Team consists of paid employees whose primary purpose is to assist the Credit Union and its employees to fulfill its mission and service promises to our members. In addition, these individuals ensure financial stability commensurate with the best interest of the members, the employees and the Credit Union.

  • Bill Willingham, President/CEO
  • Bruce Bryan, Executive Vice President
  • Cyndi Patras, Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
  • Tanya Hobson, Vice President/Chief Administration Officer
  • Laura McFadden, Vice President/Chief Retail Officer
  • Vacant, Vice President/Chief Information Officer
  • Vacant, Vice President/Chief Lending Officer

 

Board of Directors

WyHy is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected by the membership. As a democratic representative group, this diverse group of individuals, each serving three-year terms, oversees the operations of the Credit Union and ensures the safety and security of members' funds. The Board works in conjunction with Credit Union employees to ensure exceptional service, competitive products and continuing dedication to our members through the promise we make every day: To simplify your life, work in your best interest and be your lifetime partner to help you achieve financial success.

WyHy's Board of Directors:

  • Pam Fredrick - Chair
  • Matt Simpson - 1st Vice Chair
  • Troy Loos - 2nd Vice Chair
  • Diane Nyffler - Secretary
  • Doug McGee - Treasurer
  • Greg Milburn – Director
  • Michael J. Miller – Director

Supervisory Committee

The Board of Directors appoints members to serve on the Supervisory Committee. This committee is established in accordance with federal regulations, and comprised of five member-volunteers. This committee is charged with the oversight of the audit process, researching members' concerns and ensuring the safety and soundness of our assets.

WyHy's Supervisory Committee:

  • Jim Wasson - Chair
  • Caryn Erickson - 1st Vice Chair
  • Linda Johnson - Secretary
  • Shelly Erickson - Member
  • Nicole Alonzo - Member

Asset Management Liability Committee

The Asset and Liability Committee (ALCO) is comprised of volunteers who ensure that WyHy's financial performance is maintained.

Volunteer Opportunities

WyHy is proud to be a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned and operated by its members for over 60 years. Our members create a strong and competitive financial institution and their dedication to the Credit Union is exemplified in their willingness to volunteer.

To find out how you can volunteer for WyHy, please contact us or click below to fill out the volunteer form.

Apply to be a Volunteer