Ana Montoya Receives 40 Leaders Under Forty Award
Recognized for equality and inclusion efforts and community involvement
LOVES PARK, Ill. (June 2022) – Rock Valley Credit Union (RVCU) is proud to announce Community Outreach Director Ana Montoya has been recognized as one of the 2022 40 Leaders Under Forty by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce
To receive the recognition, honorees must be younger than 40 and have distinguished themselves in their professional fields, be engaged citizens, and provide leadership by volunteering their time and talents to the community.
"Ana is a vibrant person who is truly making a difference in all our lives. She’s reaching people in creative and thoughtful ways and is especially enthusiastic about making sure our young people are educated and have financial literacy,” said Darlyne Keller, President and CEO at RVCU. “Ana is someone who makes us all better.”
In 2021, Ana completed eight community financial workshops or webinars and provided 4,000 families in the Harlem School District with financial education newsletters. She also coordinated 30 community volunteering events and sponsorships and encouraged RVCU employees to participate alongside her. Ana was also involved in RVCU’s 12 Days of Giving campaign in December, gifting $50,000 to RVCU members and 10 local non-profit organizations.
"The kindness and compassion Ana brings to everything she does is complemented by her work ethic,” said Tanya Peterson, Executive Vice President at RVCU. “Whether it’s helping members at RVCU, reaching out to young people, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity or running a 5K for cancer research, Ana is, as we like to say at RVCU, ‘totally here for it.’”
Ana is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is instrumental in maintaining RVCU’s welcoming culture. She moved to the United States from Mexico when she was five years old and says her passion for volunteering is inspired by that experience.
"I'm honored to receive this recognition,” said Montoya. “I’m also proud that my children, and all Hispanic young people, get to see someone who looks like them in their community.”