Lake County Branch

Welcome to the Notre Dame FCU
Whiting Branch

Now Open! Notre Dame FCU is proud to have served the Lake County market for many years. With the opening of our new Whiting Branch, we are excited to continue spreading the Notre Dame FCU mission of financial empowerment.

Our Services

Contact the Lake County team today to learn more about our dividend-earning checking accounts and unique loan solutions for individuals, non-profits and businesses. As a Member-Owner, you immediately gain access to 80+ shared branches and more than 32,000 fee-free ATMs, making accessing your new account easier than ever.

         

Our Office

    Address:1200 119th St, Suite A, Whiting, IN 46394
   Phone: 219-296-6010
  Email: ndfcu@NotreDameFCU.com


Open a checking account with direct deposit and we'll give you $200
Elevate. Drect funds to the eligible non-profit organization of your choice.

Meet Our Team

John Wilkening

CHIEF RETAIL OFFICER/NORTHWEST INDIANA MARKET PRESIDENT

Raised in the Goose Island neighborhood of Whiting, Indiana, Wilkening graduated from Whiting High School in 1986 and Indiana State University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Public Relations.

With over 25 years of banking experience, John began leading the retail team at Notre Dame FCU as Chief Retail Officer in 2015. During his tenure at Notre Dame FCU, John has led a team of Financial Physicians trained to always do the right thing for the credit union’s Owners. This steadfast leadership earned him the honor of NAFCU’s 2019 Executive of the Year. In addition to his duties as Chief Retail Officer, John has taken on the additional role of Market President.

John also serves as a Financial Instructor at various schools, community centers and jails. He has also spent the last 35 years coaching community baseball and softball and has served on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army. In his personal time, John enjoys spending time with his wife of 30 years, Crystal, and their five daughters.


John Wilkening

Jesse Hunt

Jesse Hunt

SENIOR COMMERCIAL LOAN OFFICER

Jesse specializes in commercial lending, SBA 504 lending and business banking. Jesse grew up in Whiting, graduating from George Rogers Clark High School. He has over 15 years' experience in banking and looks to establish long trusting relationships with his clients.

Jesse currently serves on the Advisory Board and Finance Committee for the Salvation Army of Lake County, as well as, the Board of Directors for the Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce. He is also a father of 4 and his hobbies include golf and weightlifting.


GET IN TOUCH

JHunt@NotreDameFCU.com


Enrique Magallanes

SEG DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Enrique has spent his career in banking, including in Chicago, as well as, Lake, Porter and St. Joseph Counties in Indiana. He graduated from Morgan Park High School in Chicago and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management from Robert Morris College.

Enrique, his wife and their 3 children currently reside in Portage, Indiana. They enjoy spending time with family, especially at baseball games, watching football, cooking, DIY projects and vacationing together.


Enrique Magallanes

Sandra Gomez

Sandra Gomez

BRANCH MANAGER

Sandra began her banking career as a teller over 36 years ago just a few years after graduating from Lew Wallace High School in Gary, IN. Over the past 36+ years, she has worked her way through the ranks to her current role. Sandra's goal is always to see the smile on her members' faces as they leave.

Sandra now resides in Hobart, IN with her husband and enjoys visits from her 6 grandchildren. She can often be found cooking for and spending time with her close friends. Sandra also serves as a Deaconess of Hospitality in her local church and has a passion for DIY projects.



Ryan Yonts

ASSISTANT BRANCH MANAGER

Originally from Elkhart, IN, Ryan graduated from Indiana State University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. With over 20 years of customer service experience, including more than 10 years of management and 6 years with Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, he has a diverse background, a passion for helping others, and is excited to permanently reside in Whiting, IN.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys golfing, playing guitar, and spending time with his family and friends.


Ryan Yonts

Jay Harris

Jay Harris

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE

Jay is a long-time Lake County resident. After graduating from Crown Point High School in 2015, he went on to earn his bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sports Management in 2019 from University of Southern Indiana.

Jay is new to banking, but is looking forward to helping and serving the community. His hobbies include watching sports, boxing and working out.



Jesse Wilkening

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE

Jesse is originally from Cedar Lake. After high school, Jesse played baseball in the Big Ten for three years at the University of Nebraska, where he also earned his degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Then in 2018, he was drafted to the Philadelphia Phillies where he played in the minor leagues for three years. Jesse has recently retired from his professional baseball career and has begun his new career in banking. He is eager to help serve his community.

In his spare time, he enjoys bow hunting and is part-time owner of the baseball organization, Great Lake Sports Hub in Crown Point, where he enjoys teaching baseball to the youth in the community.


Jesse Wilkening

Shellie Dell

Shellie Zaberdac Dell

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE

Shellie has served Northwest Indiana for many years through her work with non-profit organizations in both volunteer and professional capacities. She is a Region Native, graduate of Crown Point High School, and received her bachelor's degree from Indiana University Northwest. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Non-Profit Administration from the University of Notre Dame. Her primary area of focus will be serving Lake County non-profit organizations.

Shellie enjoys golfing, watching Indy Car Series races, Cubs games, and most importantly cheering on the Fighting Irish either in person or from home. Shellie resides in Crown Point with her husband and their 2 Irish Doodles, Addison and Ivy.


GET IN TOUCH

SDell@NotreDameFCU.com


Daniel Rodriguez

PRIVATE MEMBER BANKER

Daniel has more than 15 years’ experience in banking, most recently in the Private Banking Sector for Cook, Lake and Porter Counties. He is a native of Whiting, Indiana, where he attended George Rogers High School.

During Daniel’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his two boys showing them the game of golf and baseball. He also enjoys practicing his golf swing in his garage or on the course.


Daniel Rodriguez

Amanda Downen

Amanda Downen

SERVICE SUPERVISOR

Originally from Chicago, IL, Amanda has enjoyed living in Whiting since 2001 where she has gotten to know much of the community personally. With over 25 years in banking, Amanda’s experience and community relationships are invaluable.

In her space time, Amanda enjoys watching her daughter in cheerleading, as well as, spending time with her grandson.



Aaron Stokes

MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATOR

Aaron has more than 15 years’ experience in the mortgage lending and real estate sectors helping families find and obtain their dream home.

Aaron is looking forward to applying his years of experience to the member-owners of Notre Dame FCU.


GET IN TOUCH

AStokes@NotreDameFCU.com
219-296-6019

Aaron Stokes

Tim Gard

Tim Gard

MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATOR

A graduate of Purdue University, Tim has been working in the financial field for more than 20 years. He has lived in Whiting for the last 15 years and is actively involved in the community. Tim has served in multiple officer roles in the Whiting Lions Club, as well as, serving as a member of the Hammond and Whiting YMCA advisory boards.

Tim enjoys spending his spare time travelling with his family, coaching his son's various sports teams, and being involved in community events and volunteer work.


GET IN TOUCH

TGard@NotreDameFCU.com
219-296-6017


Cristal Alcantar

MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATOR

Cristal Alcantar has over 15 years of experience in the banking industry. A lifelong resident of the Chicagoland area, Alcantar graduated from George Rogers Clark High School in Whiting and is fluent in Spanish.

Alcantar volunteers for the Lakeshore Chamber luncheons and the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors Young Professionals Network.


GET IN TOUCH

CAlcantar@NotreDameFCU.com
574-400-4212

Cristal Alcantar