Credit Union Industry Leaders

Our experienced leadership team keeps Student Choice on track for continued success while you maintain ownership and control of your loans.

Executive Team

Credit Union Student Choice is led by a Board of Directors and Management Team that has a collective wealth of experience in the financial services arena, providing a deep understanding of the challenges faced by credit unions in today's economic landscape. With a keen focus on innovation, this group is committed to helping credit unions become leaders in education finance.

Scott Patterson

Scott is an original founder of Student Choice and formerly served as the CUSO's Executive Vice President before ascending to the role of President/CEO. He has nearly 18 years of experience in the credit union industry, including more than 16 years at Callahan & Associates. During his tenure at Callahan, Patterson led numerous business initiatives, including development of the popular Peer-to-Peer and CUAnalyzer.com financial performance analysis ventures, as well as the launch in 1999 of the CreditUnions.com website as a premier information resource for credit union professionals. In addition to his leadership role with Student Choice, Scott is also a Partner at Callahan & Associates and he serves on the boards of two technology development CUSOs.

Jim Holt

As the Chief Development Officer and SVP, Jim combines his more than 25 years of lending and financial experience to help credit unions learn about, and successfully enter, the private student lending market. Before joining Student Choice, Jim held leadership positions at Overture Technologies, a leader in marketing and decisioning tools within the private loan space, Citibank's Student Loan Corporation where he helped launch their private student loan program, and Sallie Mae. Jim got started in lending as a mortgage loan originator and managed a Chicago banking branch, now owned by Chase. This industry and financial expertise allows Jim to collaborate and help credit unions structure sustainable solutions for new and existing Gen Y members.

Melissa Hunt

With 25 years of financial institution experience Melissa focuses on the success of Student Choice through both internal and external channels.  This includes product development and enhancement, managing vendor relationships, and overseeing daily operations.  Before taking on the role of Chief Operations Officer, Melissa led Client Relations and worked directly with clients and schools while also managing client facing vendor relationships. Prior to joining Student Choice in 2008, Melissa spent almost 18 years in the credit union industry working as the Vice President of Business Development for 4 years at Smart Financial CU in Houston, TX, and 13 years with Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union in Tampa, FL.

Doug Jabbour

A student lending industry veteran, Doug has nearly 30 years of experience in the technical development of loan origination systems and processes. Doug previously served as Vice President, Technology and Business Services for Cology, Inc., a leading provider of student loan origination software, as well as ELM Resources and Citibank's Student Loan Corporation.

Michael Weber

As the Chief Marketing Officer, Michael not only builds awareness of Student Choice within the credit union industry but also works directly with client credit unions and business partners to market the program. With more than 20 years of marketing, advertising and public relations experience, Michael spent nine years as the Vice President of Marketing at Dupaco Community CU in Dubuque, IA, before joining Student Choice.

Brad Bowland

Brad brings a history of proven success and broad experience in private student lending portfolio management to Student Choice.  Prior to joining Student Choice, Brad spent 12 years at Wells Fargo Bank, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Portfolio Risk Management where he helped to manage and improve the bank’s student-lending portfolio. A seasoned risk analyst and advisor, Brad has earned a reputation for integrating sound risk-management principles to achieve business growth and profitability goals.

Board of Directors

Brian Ducharme, Chairman of the Board: President and CEO, MIT Federal Credit Union

Tom Berquist: Senior Vice President, Member Strategies, BECU

Charles "Chip" Filson: Chairman, Callahan & Associates

Scott Patterson: President, Credit Union Student Choice

Tom Gandre: Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, PSCU

Craig Roy: Senior Vice President, Retail Lending, Digital Federal Credit Union

Tim Mislansky: Chief Lending Officer, Wright-Patt Credit Union and President, myCUmortgage