Michelle Graven has started a new position as marketing representative for Illinois Educators Credit Union, as of Feb. 22. However, she will also continue working in a part-time capacity for her previous employer, United Way of Central Illinois, until the organization hires her replacement. “There’s a lot coming up, so I didn’t want to just run out,” Graven said. She had worked for United Way since June 2019, and prior to that, in marketing positions for Coldwell Banker and Marine Bank.

Last year, IECU consolidated its locations at 1420 S. Eighth St. and 1124 Centre West Drive into the 22,000-square-foot brick building at 3101 Montvale Drive that previously housed Robert Morris University. Although she will be headquartered in Springfield, Graven noted that IECU serves multiple counties through central and west central Illinois.

She also said that she is passionate about helping educators. “I’m the daughter of a kindergarten teacher, so working for a place that serves educators is a good fit for me,” said Graven. “I’m excited to now be a part of that.”