TUCSON — Vantage West Credit Union of Arizona has announced the selection of its new president and CEO.

Following a nationwide search, the Board of Directors has selected Sandra Sagehorn-Elliott as the new CEO. Sagehorn-Elliott is set to officially begin her position with Vantage West on Oct. 5.

“Finding the right executive to lead our organization and contending with the challenges of hiring during a pandemic was not an easy task, but the board is confident that Sandra is a great fit for our organization. Sandra’s experience and knowledge of the financial services industry is exactly what we need to lead Vantage West into the future,” said board Chair Oscar Lizardi.

Sagehorn-Elliott has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and comes from Workers Credit Union in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where she was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the $1.6 billion organization since 2015. During her tenure there, Sagehorn-Elliott was responsible for all operations and oversaw a commercial lending portfolio of $165 million. Sagehorn-Elliott developed a new leadership development program, rebuilt the credit union’s training function and championed the creation of a groundbreaking member financial wellness initiative.

Prior to her time at Workers Credit Union, Sagehorn-Elliott was chief operating officer at Bellco Credit Union in Colorado. Her time there spanned 14 years and also included positions in the areas of customer relationship management, marketing and the call center. Sagehorn-Elliott holds a bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

“I am thrilled to join a credit union with such a rich history and am eager for the opportunity to lead Vantage West. The credit union has expanded its presence and impact across Arizona while remaining true to its roots of service to members from all walks of life. I look forward to continuing that legacy,” said Sagehorn-Elliott.

Vantage West Credit Union was originated in 1955 in a barracks room at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to serve Tucson’s airmen and their families. Today, Vantage West is a community-based credit union and has grown to over $2 billion in assets and serves more than 160,000 members via 19 locations in Pima, Pinal, Maricopa and Cochise counties.

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