Cheyenne, Wyo. (May 10, 2023) – Western Vista Credit Union announced at its annual meeting that Mark Mercer and Vickie Nelson were elected to another term on the credit union’s board of directors.

Mercer is the technology supervisor for the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities. He has been a member of the Laramie County Community College computer information systems technical advisory committee and has served on the governor’s link Wyoming broadband advisory committee. He has been a member of Western Vista for 40 years and has served on the board of directors since 2014.

Nelson has spent much of her life working at credit unions and retired as president/CEO of River-Rail Federal Credit Union. She has been a member of Western Vista for nine years and has served on the board of directors since 2020. She holds a master’s degree in accounting and earned the Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE) designation from the Credit Union National Association.

Following the annual meeting, the board of directors convened and elected its officer team. They are:

Mark Mercer, Chairman
Aimee Lewis, Vice Chairman
Christine Kronz, Secretary
Vickie Nelson, Treasurer
Tim Bolin, Assistant Secretary
Cindy Garvin, Assistant Treasurer

La Velle Van Voast, who served on the board of directors from 2019 to 2022, announced her resignation from the board of directors. She recently relocated to Great Falls, Mont. to be closer to family. She will remain on the board of directors for the Western Vista Community Foundation.

Pursuant to the bylaws, the board of directors filled Van Voast’s position by a board appointment. Frank Magazine, of Cheyenne, will serve on the board for one year on an interim basis.

Magazine is the former CEO of Melvin Brewing, Wyoming’s largest brewery, and has been a member of Western Vista since 2009. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in chemical engineering. He has served on several non-profit boards and is currently on the board of directors for the Laramie County Library.


Casper, Wyo. (May 8, 2023) – Lori McLean, mortgage loan originator at Western Vista Credit Union, was named the 2023 recipient of the Brown-Wells Service Award.

McLean received the award on Thursday, May 4, 2023 at the Wyoming Mortgage Lenders Association (WMLA) Conference in Cody, Wyo.

McLean has more than 11 years of experience in the mortgage lending industry and 24 years of experience in the real estate industry. She has originated more than 1400 mortgage loans, helping countless people realize the dream of home ownership.

She served 10 years on the WMLA board of directors and has served on the boards of directors for Casper Youth Baseball and the Wyoming Landlord’s Association.

The Brown-Wells Service Award was established by the WMLA in 2014 to honor an individual within the Wyoming mortgage lending community who exemplifies service above self in commitment to his or her profession, customer, and the community they live in.

The award was named after Mike Brown and Scott Wells who were both Officers/Directors of the WMLA Board. Brown was one of the founding members of the WMLA which was formed in 1986. Both individuals held high ethical standards in business and used their professional knowledge to serve the community in many ways.



Cheyenne, Wyo. (April 12, 2023) – Western Vista Credit Union is pleased to announce the promotion of two members of its team.

Ann Riney has been promoted to director of underwriting, assistant vice president. Riney has been a member of the Western Vista team since June 1987 and is the credit union’s longest-tenured employee.

Riney manages underwriting and the consumer loan processing department. During her tenure, she successfully implemented indirect lending and credit card programs and provides training on loan policy to the lending team. She has attended Creditor Law Center Mapother Bankruptcy School and received certifications from CampusMortgage on the Dodd-Frank Rollback and FHA Direct Endorsement. Riney was named to the Quarter Century Honor Roll by the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) in 2017.

She subscribes to the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” and has volunteered for numerous organizations, including Junior Achievement, American Red Cross, Juvenile Diabetes and the Wyoming Credit Union League.

Tanr Tempel has been promoted from indirect lending manager to director of indirect sales. Tempel is a seasoned sales professional and has spent the last 17 years in banking and healthcare.

He works with automotive and RV dealerships across Wyoming, as well as in Colorado, Nebraska and Montana, cultivating relationships to expand Western Vista’s lending portfolio in the western region. Tempel has been instrumental in the growth of the credit union’s indirect lending program in his five years at Western Vista.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from Montana State University-Bozeman. Tempel has received Western Vista’s volunteerism award several times in recognition of his community service to organizations such as the Central High School Athletic and Activities Club, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, BEAST Foundation and the Cheyenne Country Club, where he serves as the board president.


(January 31, 2023) – Western Vista Credit Union is pleased to announce five new leadership opportunities to ensure operational efficiency and organizational effectiveness as the credit union continues expanding and bringing additional products and services to its members. 

 “It’s an exciting time to be part of the Western Vista team,” said Steven Leafgreen, president/CEO at Western Vista Credit Union. “In my six years leading this organization, I have witnessed tremendous growth. I am extremely proud of the work we have done, and I am honored to recognize my executive team for their efforts.” 

 Lorrell Walter has been promoted to chief marketing officer. Walter, who has worked at the credit union for more than six years, oversees and directs all marketing and communication initiatives. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of California, Davis and has more than 22 years of public relations and marketing experience. In 2022, Walter received the inaugural Community Outreach Professional of the Year award from the Credit Union National Association Marketing and Business Development Council for her work with the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, Air Force Association, Kiwanis, Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative and Cheyenne Frontier Days. 

Mike Mason has been promoted to chief financial officer. Mason began his career at Western Vista in 2019. He oversees and directs the strategic and tactical activities of accounting, operations, facilities, compliance and human resources. 

He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Trinity University.  

Dan Moss has been promoted to chief information officer. Moss moved to Cheyenne from Montana to join the Western Vista team in 2021 and has been instrumental in the success of several technology initiatives. 

Moss retired from the United States Army in 2009.  He holds a master’s degree in information technology management from Webster University. Most recently, he was recognized with Western Vista’s volunteerism award for his work with the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee, Hunting with Heroes Wyoming and the Laramie County Library Foundation. 

PJ Brennan has been promoted to senior vice president, sales and financial services. Brennan has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services sector. He has served in numerous roles, most recently as Western Vista’s financial services director. 

Dan Buchan changes roles and is now senior vice president, credit and lending. Buchan began working at Western Vista in 2018 and brings more than 20 years of experience in the areas of credit, underwriting, and risk management.  

He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, serves on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Laramie County, and has previously served on the board for the Old West Museum and the Cheyenne Depot Museum. 


Western Vista received the Community Service Award from the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce at its annual banquet. The award is given to a business that ‘make a difference through outstanding initiatives and contributions.They generously put others first and are businesses who support charitable organizations.”

Western Vista Federal Credit Union has had a prominent presence in the Cheyenne community for nearly 80 years, supporting and encouraging community development and growth. Western Vista’s employees donated 4,086 hours of volunteer time to a variety of different organizations, including Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Library Foundation, Kiwanis, Rotary, BDAR, youth athletics, the Air Force Association, Cheyenne Stampede Hockey and, of course, the Chamber.

As a company, the credit union supported its staff with an additional 664 hours of time dedicated to lunches, meetings, etc. that occur during regular credit union hours. Combined, the credit union and its employees have given 4,750 hours of support and service. For an organization of this size, this is a truly impressive display and a great representation of the credit union spirit!

Western Vista Announced as a PR News Finalist

(January 20, 2019)  – Cheyenne, WY – Western Vista Credit Union has been named a finalist for the PR News Corporate Social Responsibility Awards in the “CSR on a Shoestring Budget” category. In 2017, Western Vista coordinated an effort to recycle solar eclipse glasses after the solar eclipse. The credit union collected more than 5,500 pairs of solar eclipse glasses and sent them to the non-profit organization, Astronomers Without Borders.