Joseph, President, CEO
President and CEO, Joe Kelly, is a third generation Chicoan who was in the very first graduating class of Pleasant Valley High School and went on to receive his B.S. degree in Economics from CSU, Chico. Joe has been a banker in Northern California for over 30 years. Twenty of those were spent with a 100-year old, family-owned community banking institution headquartered in Stockton, California. Joe managed the main office and then became the head of their San Joaquin County Commercial Banking Group. In addition to his role as a commercial banker in Stockton, Joe was active in many Stockton community organizations.
Joe brought his banking expertise to STAR, along with his enthusiastic commitment to community involvement, when he came to Chico in 1998 as the STAR President and CEO. Since returning to Chico, Joe has directed the transformation from the former University & Butte School Employees Credit Union to STAR Community Credit Union. He has overseen the introduction of many online banking products and services, competitive loan and deposit products, debit cards and our ATM machine. Under Joe’s leadership, STAR has grown from $12 million in assets to over $35 million.
In addition to working for the community, Joe and his wife, Barbara, enjoy golfing and the outdoors. Joe is delighted to be working for STAR and feels fortunate to have been given the opportunity to return to Chico, where he continues a family tradition dating back to the early 1900s.
Michelle Paris is responsible for maintaining the financial records of the credit union.
As a Butte County native, Michelle attended Butte Community College for two years and then attended Cal Northern School of Law, graduating and receiving her Juris Doctor in 1993 at the age of 24. After practicing water law for five years, Michelle decided to pursue a career in a different field.
Michelle joined STAR in October of 2000. She and her husband have two children. Michelle appreciates the flexibility her job provides to enable her to be a full-time mother to her children while working from home.
Rita, Administrative Assistant
Rita has worked in Chico finanacial institutions since 1972 with eight years at 7UP/RC of Chico. She was born and raised in Chico. Rita attended Notre Dame School, Chico Senior High School and Butte College. She has two children: Adam, who lives in San Francisco; Amber, in Western New York, along with her grandson, Domenic. Rita is a member of the Sons of Italy, Vincenzo Bellini Lodge #2519. In her spare time, Rita enjoys spending time with friends, activities with Le Donne Eleganti Red Hat Group and relaxing at home.
Vanessa, VP of Operations
Vanessa was raised in Santa Rosa, Ca. She moved to Chico in 1997 to attend Chico State University. She first joined STAR in 2001 as a New Accounts Representative but left to start a family in 2004. She rejoined STAR in 2008 as the Operations Manager. Vanessa enjoys being a mother of two children as well as volunteering her time as the Financial Secretary of Marigold Elementary School's PTA and putting on meets with Oroville Gymnastics. In her spare time she enjoys activities with her family such as camping, swimming and fishing.
Megan, Lending Department Manager
Megan was born and raised in Chico. She joined STAR as the Lending Services Manager in October 2010 after previous lending experience with Butte Community Bank. Megan recently celebrated her one year anniversary with her husband, Justin. Megan enjoys reading as well as taking trips to the Ocean with her two dogs.
Tara, Operations Manager
Tara was raised in North Carolina, and attended UNC-Chapel Hill for two years completing the general requirements for a degree in Business Administration. She moved to Chico after meeting her husband, a Chico local, in Chicago on a business trip. Tara started with the Credit Union in 2008 and has over 14 years of customer service experience.
Alicia, New Account Representative
Alicia was raised in Willits, Ca. She graduated from Willits High School and attended Mendocino College. Alicia relocated to Chico in April of 2009 and joined the STAR team. She has 3 years prior banking experience.
Kaci , Loan Assistant
Kaci was born and raised in Chico, CA. She graduated from Pleasant Valley High School and now currently attends Butte College. She joined our STAR team in May of 2012. Kaci enjoys being a mother to her one year old daughter Ella as well as reading, cooking, spending time with her fiance Tyler, and playing with her two dogs Michael and Skye.
Joline, Member Services Representative
Joline joined the STAR Credit Union team in 2011 after many years working for a large retail Bank. Prior to coming to work here, she served on the Supervisory Committee for several years. In her spare time, Joline enjoys practicing yoga, exploring Bidwell Park, and dog-sitting for her friends.
Stefanie, Member Service Representative
Stefanie grew up in Sacramento and has come to Chico after living in San Diego. She graduated from CSU, Sacramento. During her undergraduate program Stefanie was an international student in Guadalajara, Mexico where she learned to speak Spanish. She began her graduate program in counseling through Capella University in 2011. Stefanie has over 10 years of customer service experience, including her experience as a teller at San Diego County Credit Union.
Casey, Member Service Representative
Casey grew up in Southern California in a small town called Big Bear. She moved to Chico in 2007 to attend Chico State. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Anthropology in December 2012. She has a passion for animals, especially Big Cats. Casey joined STAR in April 2013 and is completely new to banking! On her free time, she enjoys reading, painting and spending time with her two cats, Korra and Ludo, and her two dogs, Frodo and Taz