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  1. Slovenian Spotlight: Susie Lavely

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    Susie Lavely is a lifelong resident of Johnstown. A Westmont Hilltop graduate, she has been part of the teller team at our West Hills branch for five years.

    “I love how community-based Slovenian Savings & Loan is,” Susie says. “Most of our customers are from around here, and I really enjoy getting to know them.”

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  2. Now hiring! Full-time teller for our West Hills branch

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    Come work with us! Slovenian Savings & Loan is seeking a full-time teller for our West Hills branch. We’re looking for self-starters who can take the initiative when responding to customer concerns and complaints. The ideal candidate will have a friendly personality and a head for numbers. They should understand the roles that financial institutions serve in the community and have a customer-focused attitude.

    Please inquire at any branch, or send resumes to Slovenian Savings & Loan, 585 Goucher Street, Johnstown PA 15905, or support@sloveniansavings.com.

  3. Beware of online scams this holiday season!

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    Online scams are increasing as the holiday shopping season continues. Generally speaking, scammers will attempt to gain trust by impersonating a known contact or business, and will often create their own verification procedure that seems legitimate – like asking for personal information on a website or over the phone.

    To stay safe online, Slovenian Savings & Loan encourages you to keep an eye out for these danger signs:

    • Unsolicited texts or emails asking for money or a payment. Even if you recognize the person or company asking for help or payment, scrutinize details such as the originating email address or phone number, as well as the spelling and grammar of the message. Contact the person or company over the phone to check legitimacy before you act.
    • Requests for money or payment by a specific method. Often, scammers will request payment via unconventional means such as gift card, money or wire transfer, or cryptocurrency – this is because these methods are difficult to track, and even harder to recover. Unlike secure transactions with a bank/credit card, or PayPal/Venmo, you have no dispute rights if you pay with one of these methods.
    • A deal that’s too good to be true. There are a lot of great sales out there, but check to make sure any online vendor that’s offering an amazing deal is actually legitimate! Other scams in this general category offer a prize, an unclaimed inheritance, or a get-rich-quick investment opportunity in exchange for a fee.
    • An urgent call to action. Scammers try to get you to act before you think, often by appealing to your emotions — often fear (examples: a relative needs money urgently; you’ll lose an amazing deal if you don’t act right now). Make sure the message is legitimate before you do anything that might compromise your finances or online security.
    • Links to websites that spread malware or solicit personal information. Never click on a questionable link in an email or text message — your computer could become infected with malware. Other links may lead to legitimate-looking websites that ask for personal information as a log-in or verification of some kind. If the message or the link itself seems sketchy, contact the business or individual who appears to have sent it before you click.

    Slovenian Savings & Loan encourages you to pay special attention to online transactions to make sure they’re not part of a scam or other illegal activity! The bottom line: if something seems off, it probably is.

  4. Congratulations to Chelsea Kozar, who has been promoted to Loan Officer!

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    Chelsea Kozar, a 15-year veteran of the banking industry, began working for Slovenian in August 2019 as a full-time teller at the Windber branch, was promoted to head teller, and was recently named a Loan Officer!

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  5. Congratulations to Scott Malisko, the new Vice President at Slovenian!

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    Scott Malisko has been promoted to Slovenian Savings & Loan’s new Vice President! Born and raised in Windber, Scott is a 1997 graduate of Windber High School. He began his career in banking as a teller in 2001, while still working on his business degree at Penn State-Altoona. In 2004 he became the Branch Manager at our Windber branch.

    “I’m grateful for all the opportunities that the Association has provided to me over the years,” Scott says. “Not too many people are lucky enough to live two blocks from where they were born, work in the same town, see their family each day and give back to a community that has shaped who they are as an individual throughout life.”

    Scott completed an MBA at St. Francis University in 2012.

    When not working, Scott enjoys the outdoors, running, listening to music, and spending time with his family and his two labradors – and most of all, being with his wife, Candace, who is his high school sweetheart and best friend.

  6. Congratulations to Tina Knepper, who has been promoted to Assistant Compliance Officer!

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    Tina Knepper has been promoted to Assistant Compliance Officer at Slovenian! Back in 1989, Tina’s typing teacher, Mr. John Milavec, sent her to Slovenian in her senior year at Conemaugh Valley High School to fill a part-time filing position. After two years, she became a teller at the Conemaugh branch. In 2012, she transferred to the Moxham branch, where she served as head teller before this promotion.

    “Slovenian has been good to me over the years – they are a family-first type of institution from the board to management at each office, and fellow employees,” Tina says. “Slovenian cares about their customers and the communities where each office is based. They stay involved and give back.”

    Tina, who marks 32 years with Slovenian this September, has been married for almost 28 years to her husband, David. The couple resides in East Taylor Township, and have two adult daughters who live locally.

  7. Congratulations to Melissa Sarlouis, who has been promoted to Moxham Branch Manager and Chief Compliance Officer!

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    Slovenian Savings & Loan is delighted to announce that Melissa Sarlouis has been promoted to Branch Manager for our Moxham location, as well as Chief Compliance Officer.

    Melissa’s career with us began back in 1991, when she was recommended for a part-time position by her Conemaugh Valley High School teacher, John A. Milavec.

    “I would go to school half a day and then work half a day,” she remembers. “My first job at Slovenian was filing all the canceled checks and processing the statements to be mailed.”

    She became a full-time teller soon after her 1992 graduation. Sarlouis, who also holds an associate’s degree from Cambria County Area Community College, was promoted to Assistant Compliance Officer in 2006.

    “I have literally grown up with these people and so have many of my co-workers,” she says. “We know our customers, and we know their families. I am proud when I say where I work and I hear someone say that they, their parents, or even their grandparents got their first loan with Slovenian.”

    Melissa is the youngest of the three children of Gary and Eilene Sarlouis. She resides with Tiger Strank and three rescue cats in Cover Hill. A lover of the outdoors, she enjoys camping, fishing, kayaking, and side by side riding in her free time.

  8. We’re hiring! Slovenian is looking for part-time tellers for our Richland branch

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    Our small but growing financial institution needs detail-oriented part-time Tellers to join our exemplary staff. We’re looking for self-starters who can take the initiative when responding to customer concerns and complaints. The ideal candidate will have a friendly personality and a head for numbers. They should understand the roles that financial institutions serve in the community and have a customer-focused attitude. We promote from within, so potential career paths could include the possibility of becoming a full-time Teller which could lead into personal banking, lending and other department positions within the Association.

    Interested? Send your resume to us at support@slovenian.com, drop off your resume at the Richland branch (95 Hostetler Road), or apply through Indeed.

  9. Debbie Castiglione, SS&L Vice President, to retire on June 30 after 47 years of service

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    Slovenian Savings & Loan congratulates Debbie Castiglione, our Vice President, who is retiring on June 30 after 47 years of service!

    Debbie’s career with us began soon after she graduated from Conemaugh Valley High School in 1974. She began working in the Conemaugh branch, which was then our only branch, as a teller. In 1986, she was offered the Branch Manager position at the new Moxham office. She has also served as Secretary of the association’s Board of Directors since 1988, and became Vice President in 2017.

    Please join us in wishing Debbie all the best in her retirement!