I was extremely pleased with O’Rourke & Associates’ meticulous process in aiding Orion’s search for two new executives. They took the time to understand our culture and strategic goals to better identify qualified candidates. Collaborating with them made the process seamless. I would recommend their services to any credit union and I plan to use them with future recruitment needs.
Jason Lee, Former EVP / CFO
Orion Federal Credit Union
Our exclusive focus on financial services provides us with the depth of knowledge and experience necessary to help our clients maneuver through a continuously evolving marketplace.
Years of Leadership
Primary Practice Areas
Compensation and Retention Analysis
The leadership challenge of the future will be retaining your key talent and developing compensation strategies that link core organizational strategies with employee compensation. We take a consultative approach to understanding your current compensation philosophy. Our team will benchmark your organization’s compensation structure against comprehensive survey data to determine competitiveness and relevance against the evolving retail financial service marketplace. We provide recommendations and strategies to ensure ongoing recruitment and retention success for your organization. Learn More
CEO and Executive Recruitment
With a strategic understanding of financial institutions and financial services, we develop a comprehensive assessment of your organization to determine a specific recruitment plan. Once completed, a customized search is conducted to select the best candidates for your organization. You retain an O’Rourke & Associates team that becomes your business partner in assessing and recruiting top talent. Learn More
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Our Management Team
PRESIDENT/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Nowacki has practical experience in politics and communication; human resources and strategic planning; community development and marketing. With each role, her purpose remained the same: Help credit unions realize their full potential to expand the economic capacity of members and communities.
Jill has deeply engaged with credit unions across the country, working with Boards of Directors and executive teams to foster growth. They need products, services, and technology to meet member needs, but the true differentiator is in credit unions that leverage the value of human capital to make their systems work best.
Today, Jill helps credit unions increase relevance and win the war for talent at all levels, from front-line staffing through the Board of Directors. By strategically addressing the value of human capital, credit unions can create environments where people bring their best, authentic selves to work; resulting in diversity in thought, increased innovation, stronger succession planning, and ultimately: Relevant, growing credit unions that expand the economic capacity of the members and communities they serve.
Jill holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Montana and a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Public Relations from Carroll College (Helena, Montana). She is a certified International Credit Union Development Educator and a Certified Association Executive.
DIRECTOR OF EXECUTIVE SEARCH AND STRATEGY
With over 30 years of credit union industry experience Lisa has a strong depth and breadth of knowledge in all areas of credit union operations. She began her career as a marketing consultant for over 60 credit unions in the Midwest and then started her tenure in natural person credit unions as Vice President of marketing for State Employees Credit Union in Lansing Michigan (now known as LakeTrust Credit Union). Lisa served as Chief Executive Officer for Parkside Credit Union in Livonia Michigan and Chief Operations Officer for Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union in Clinton Township Michigan. Immediately prior to joining the O’Rourke and Associates’ team she was the Chief Operations Officer for the service corporation of one of the country’s premier Credit Union Leagues.
Lisa holds a Master of Business Administration degree and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Central Michigan University. Lisa has earned many credit union designations from CUES and CUNA and most recently completed the designation of Chief Innovations Officer by attending the Strategic Innovation Institute at MIT and Stanford. In addition to these credit union specific designations Lisa has earned the SPHR designation and the SHRM-SCP the two premier designations of Human Resource professionals.
From Our Clients
New York, NY – November 1, 2020 - The Board of Directors of Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union (LES People’s) is pleased to announce the appointment of Aissatou Barry-Fall as the credit union’s new President/Chief Executive Officer. LES People’s is a...
ONTARIO, CA (October 22, 2019) — O’Rourke & Associates — an established firm helping credit unions attract the best in leadership — is now a division of Humanidei, the industry’s newest consultant for executive coaching, human capital solutions, and training in...
Hampden, ME – September 13, 2019 – The Board of Directors of Changing Seasons Federal Credit Union is very excited to announce the hiring of Rob Picard as their new President/CEO, placed by O’Rourke and Associates. Mr. Picard will replace long-term CEO, Sue Cross who...