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JDCU’s Mark Cochran: a true ‘partner’

The credit union hired Mark Cochran. Cochran, by everyone’s account, has filled Mayotte’s shoes, and then some. As its leader, he has overseen impressive growth, including a new five-story, state-of-the-art corporate headquarters at Tremont Yard in Lowell; new branch offices in Methuen, Dracut and Westford; a new main office on Merrimack Street in Lowell; asset growth from $600 million in 2007 to more than $1.1 billion today; and membership growth edging towards 70,000.
In terms of the partnership, Cochran is ubiquitous, representing JDCU at dozens of local events. Now he has another to add to his busy calendar: The Merrimack Valley Food Bank will honor Cochran,  of Dunstable, at its  22nd-annual golf tournament on Monday, September 14, 2015 at Indian Ridge CC in Andover.
“For over a decade, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union employees have contributed significantly to the success of the food bank’s mission. Dozens of the credit union employees have served on our board of directors, fundraising committees, and in our food distribution center,” said food bank Executive Director Amy Pessia. Through the We Share a Common Thread Foundation, the food bank has also received financial support enabling it to distribute more nutritious food to families throughout the community, Pessia said.
“I am deeply honored by this recognition from the Merrimack Valley Food Bank,” Cochran said in a statement. “The Food Bank does incredibly important work to help those less fortunate in the region and I am happy Jeanne D’Arc is able to provide assistance through volunteer efforts, food drives, and monetary donations. Credit unions are all about people helping people, and the Merrimack Valley Food Bank certainly lives that same mission. We are proud to be involved in their efforts and I am humbled by this honor.”
The food bank provides food for nearly 70,000 people monthly in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, through a network of member food pantries, shelters, day and residential programs in over 30 communities.
Cochran was recently awarded Community Teamwork Inc.’s Community & Volunteering Award at the organization’s 50th Anniversary Gala. He is also a board member and treasurer for both the Lowell Plan and D’Youville Life & Wellness Community and is a member of the board of governors of Lowell General Hospital.  He also serves on the Supervisory Committee of Eascorp, a corporate credit union, and is vice-chair of Octant Business Services, a jointly owned credit union service organization. Additionally, Cochran is president and CEO of the Credit Union’s We Share A Common Thread Foundation.
Golf registration begins at 11:00 and a shot gun start at 12:30. Non golfers can enjoy the awards dinner at 6:30pm. Contact Debbie Callery at 978-454-7272, or via e-mail at, for more information.