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Jean Haulotte is a Loan Processor at Integra First Federal Credit Union. She has been employed with IFFCU since September of 2014. She started working part time as a teller and just recently became a Loan Processor in November 2017. She cannot wait to see where this new opportunity will take her.

Outside of the credit union Jean is focused on her family. She loves four wheeling, fishing, and nerf gun wars with her husband and four-year-old son. She also loves playing with her two dogs Remington and Kessler.
Jean is excited to see what the UP Crash is all about and learn as much as she can. She wants to be able to take as much information as she can back to her credit union to help make IFFCU grow!

Allison Theoret is 21 years of age and graduated from Carney Nadeau Public School in 2014. She immediately went to Bay College in the fall of 2014 to further her education.
Allison has worked with Great Lakes First Federal Credit Union for two years now and has come to find that she could never see herself anywhere else. For her first year at GLFFCU she was a teller and since has become the receptionist. She adds, “Working at the credit union and being around the members every day is where I belong and want to spend the rest of my time until retirement.”
Outside of the credit union Allison enjoys hunting, fishing, and relaxing on weekends with her fiancé.

Sara Gearhart works at Peninsula Federal Credit Union as a Teller. She has had the great pleasure of being a part of the PFCU team since August 2017 and is so excited for her future with the Credit Union.

Aside from work, Sara loves spending time with her 3 kids (Keegan, Lainey, and Skylar) and her husband Lance. She tells us, “They are most definitely my pride and joy!” She also enjoys camping, eating sushi, and attending social gatherings with family and friends. Sara enjoys working with flowers and designing arrangements, which she did before coming to the credit union at Jack's Floral, and still gets to take part in doing on holidays.

Sara looks forward to being part of the UP Crashers and learning new ways to grow in the Credit Union Industry. She is excited to bring back the Information she learns to help other young professionals grow themselves!

Brooke Bowden is a graduate of Escanaba Senior High School & Bay de Noc College. Her career began at Peninsula Federal Credit Union in 2013 where she started as a part time Teller. Brooke has worked her way up the ladder to the position of Loan Officer, where she strives to help members every day.  She does this by continually developing her knowledge and experience through programs like UP Crash and Delta Force.
When not at work, Brooke enjoys being a busy mother of three who loves to spend time with the family. Brooke and her husband, Mike, enjoy teaching the kids about the wonderful outdoors by creating family traditions of fishing and hunting.

Brooke is beyond excited for this wonderful opportunity she has been given. She can not wait to expand her knowledge and grow with her peers! She hopes to bring back knowledge that will help her continue to grow in her position and create loyal members for years to come. 

Brooke Bowden
Peninsula Federal CU

Allison Theoret
Great Lakes First FCU

Jean Haulotte
Integra First FCU

Sara Gearhart
Peninsula Federal CU

Jennifer Gartland began her employment with Delta County Credit Union in 2004 as a part time teller.  Shortly thereafter, she relocated to Marquette for school and joined the team at U.P. Catholic Credit Union in 2006 for two years.  Jennifer then moved back home to Escanaba and joined Delta County Credit Union from 2008-2010 until mandatory military orders transferred her to Memphis, TN and she then took two years off as a stay at home Mom.  Delta County Credit Union reached out to Jennifer in 2012 when she moved back to Michigan to come back where her financial career started.  Since then she has changed positions multiple times from teller, vault control, Payday Lender, MSR, to her current position as Loan Clerk.

Jennifer is very passionate about her role at the credit union.  She loves to be creative, productive, and independent.  Her favorite part of working at the credit union is serving the members by creating and developing ideas specially designed for their needs.  She has assisted with many ongoing projects at the credit union such as Delta’s Deals and supervising Delta County’s newest student branch at Gladstone Schools called Save the Braves Way.

Jennifer resides in Gladstone with her fiancé, Keith, and her two children, Varrah and Blake.  Most of her nights and weekends are spent as the Mom taxi running to dance class, CCD baseball, softball and football.  In her spare time Jennifer enjoys the outdoors fishing, hunting, bonfires and relaxing with friends. 

Samantha DeCremer has been working at Peninsula Federal Credit Union for just about 6 months. She is beyond excited for her Crash experience. She enjoys being a vault teller and looks forward to her everyday interactions with her members. She cannot wait to bring back all the knowledge she gains from UP Crash and share it with her credit union.

As a wife and mother of three, nothing matters more to Samantha than her family. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and playing softball and volleyball.

Megan LaPlante is 26 years old and was born and raised in Baraga, Michigan. She is a new mother of a 3 month old baby boy named Jackson and a step-mom to two awesome kids- Alexia and Davin. She says, “Being a mom is wonderful and the kids make my life better every day.”

Megan started working at the Baraga County Federal Credit Union 3 and a half years ago after working a job making pizzas for what seemed like forever. She loves her job and the people she works with. She is very excited to be a 2018 Crasher. She can’t wait to learn new ways to better herself and her credit union.

Samantha DeCremer
Peninsula Federal CU

Megan LaPlante
Baraga County FCU

Jennifer Gartland
Delta County CU


If you are a credit union professional under the age of 40 who's interested in broadening your credit union career horizons, networking with UP credit union peers, and learning new things - then we encourage you to apply future UP Crash Events! 

UP Crashers "Crash" the U.P. Annual Chapter Meeting, a convention involving networking and meetings which cover a range of  topics pertaining to every day operations at a credit union. This gives young Credit Union employees a chance to attend and gain knowledge and experience from an event that typically only senior staff are able to attend. 

Crashers participate in the convention’s scheduled meetings (which cover a range of  things pertaining to every day operations at a credit union) as well as exclusive Crash group meetings in which they share ideas about the future of credit unions and how they can meet the needs of our generation and future.  This opportunity is an outstanding way for credit unions to engage younger staff in the greater credit union movement.

Applications are now closed for 2018 UP Crash.
If you are a credit union employee under the age of 40, we encourage you to apply to future UP Crash events.

Network. Innovate. Learn. Grow.
Crash the UP Annual Chapter Meeting

Crasher Alumni

  1. 2015 UP Crash
    2015 Crashers
    (Back Row) Lindsey Benson, Kristi Lordson, Andrea Pepin (Crash Leader), Michelle Maki, Sam Tennyson (Front Row) Alyssa LaLonde, Brittany Buckland, Heather Perkins
  2. 2016 UP Crash
    2016 Crashers
    (Back Row) Nicolas Nastoff, Katie Wilcox, Crystal Porior, Courtney Klitzke, Lindsey Benson (Crash Leader), Andrea Pepin (Crash Leader) (Front Row) Jennifer Launderville, Rachael Strand, Kali Katarincic, Samantha Brown, Heather Perkins (Crash Leader)
  3. 2017 Crashers/Crasher Alum
    2017 Crashers/Crasher Alum
  4. 2018 Crashers
    2018 Crashers
    Back Row (Left to Right): Sara Gearhart, Jennifer Gartland, Samantha Brown (Crash Leader), Katie Wilcox (Crash Leader), Samantha DeCremer Front Row (Left to Right): Jean Haulotte, Brooke Bowden, Megan LaPlante, Alli Theoret