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Coast Central Credit Union Welcomes New VP Information Systems


August 23, 2022

Coast Central Credit Union announced that Vaughn Peterson has been appointed Vice President, Information Systems, reporting to President/CEO James T. Sessa. Peterson is responsible for the organization’s technology areas, ensuring the highest level of network security and compliance with all systems, increasing efficiencies and enhancing operations, monitoring trends to advance the credit union’s products and services, and overseeing a team of 11 skilled employees.

Peterson brings over 20 years of information technology experience to Coast Central, most recently serving as Chief Technology Officer of Cyprus Credit Union in West Jordan, Utah, the longest-serving credit union in the state, with currently 20 branches. His experience spans development and implementation of strategic plans, software development, incident response, enhancement of policies and procedures, fraud protection, system conversions, and project management. Prior to his time at Cyprus, Peterson served as Information Technology Manager of Greater Nevada Credit Union.

Peterson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cyber Security from the University of Maryland University College as well as various related certifications.  He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Science degree from the SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, and Security) Institute, and plans to  graduate next summer.

“In considering making the move to California, I was immediately drawn to Coast Central’s reputation as a great organization to work for, the strong management team, and its beautiful location on the North Coast,” Peterson stated. “I am excited about my new roots in Humboldt County and serving Coast Central members and teams for many years.”

Sessa added, “The Board of Directors and I are very pleased to welcome Vaughn to the Coast Central Credit Union family.  His many years of credit union experience, coupled with expertise in technology and security areas, will serve us and our membership very well.”

Coast Central Credit Union is the largest member-owned financial institution in the area, with over $2.1 billion in assets, 76,000 members, and operating 11 Member Services Branches throughout Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties, including McKinleyville, open six days a week and Bayshore Mall, open seven days a week.  Individuals and businesses in those three counties are able to join online at Members also have access to free Online and Mobile Banking and free access to a network of 30,000 ATMs nationwide. More information is available at at, or by calling (707) 445-8801.

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