Publix Employees FCU Names Stephanie Straker CFO

Phoenix, AZ – Publix Employees Federal Credit Union (PEFCU, $1.4B, Lakeland, FL) has selected Stephanie Straker to serve as chief financial officer (CFO). She was placed by DDJ Myers, the well-known leadership development firm that is now an ALM First Company, and joins PEFCU today.

“Leah and the DDJ Myers team made the process seamless. The team was professional, honest, and really focused on what was in the best interest of their client and their candidate,” said Straker. “I’m grateful to the DDJ Myers team for creating this connection with PEFCU.” 

"We are excited to announce the addition of Stephanie to our PEFCU family," said Publix Employees Federal Credit Union President & CEO Jeremiah Kossen. "She brings extensive credit union and financial experience and a deep understanding of financial reporting and planning that maximizes value and minimizes cost and risk. She's the right leader to deliver a strategic financial vision to help us add value to our members' lives while driving PEFCU's growth and success."

Straker served as CFO for Envision Credit Union since 2018 and held various roles in finance, accounting, risk management, and operations during her 17-year tenure there. She also holds two CUNA certifications, as both a Certified Credit Union Investment Professional (CCUIP) and a Credit Union Enterprise Risk Management Expert (CUERME).

“I am thrilled to join the incredible team at Publix Employees Federal Credit Union as the Chief Financial Officer.  PEFCU is passionate about serving the membership base and creating deep relationships with Publix employees and their families. I look forward to furthering that mission by providing the best products, services and value to the members. I am honored to be a part of such a strong, prominent organization and team. I can’t wait to get started!”

Straker holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University, completed her MBA at the University of Florida, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  Straker enjoys family time with her husband, Jules, and daughters, Alexandra, and Kendall, especially supporting and watching her daughters grow through dance, gymnastics, and soccer. She is also a dedicated Florida State University Seminole fan and loves all things ‘Noles especially college football.

About Publix Employees Federal Credit Union
Headquartered in Lakeland, Fla., Publix Employees Federal Credit Union (PEFCU) is a member-owned co-operative that was founded in 1957 to meet the financial needs of Publix Super Markets Inc. associates and their family members. PEFCU, with over $1 billion in assets, is ranked in the top five percent of credit unions nationwide. PEFCU maintains a five-star rating by Bauer Financial and boasts an “A+” in financial health. PEFCU remains committed to improving the financial lives of its members and continues to expand its membership throughout the southeastern U.S. For more information, visit

About DDJ Myers, An ALM First Company
DDJ Myers specializes in leadership success through executive recruitment, strategic organization, and board development for financial institutions. In addition, they offer a broad range of online assessments to help companies optimize their greatest assets – their people. DDJ Myers joined forces with ALM First, a strategic partner that offers depositories an array of financial advisory services, in 2022 to provide expanded educational opportunities and solutions to help clients optimize both people and financial performance. Learn more at or visit our parent company

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