July 07, 2021
Passing of Paula Stopera
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we acknowledge the passing of CAP COM Federal Credit Union’s former President/CEO, Paula Stopera.
Paula joined the credit union in 1980 as a Membership Relationship Officer when CAP COM had just 9 employees. By 2004 she had ascended to the role of President/CEO. Serving for over 15 years in that role, Paula oversaw CAP COM’s record growth to 130,000 members, almost $1.8 billion in assets and over 360 employees. Paula was known throughout the Capital Region as a strong proponent of corporate giving and service, and she leaves a legacy of philanthropy both personal and professional. In 2003 Paula, along with Sharon Phillips, founded the CAP COM Cares Foundation which has donated approximately $5 million to local non-profits. She retired from CAP COM in 2019.
“Paula’s influence on CAP COM is beyond measure,” stated President and CEO, Chris McKenna. “As the architect of our philanthropic culture and a passionate advocate for our ‘every member, every time, every day’ philosophy, Paula shaped the direction of CAP COM forever. Her infectious personality, her steady hand and her huge heart will be missed by all of us.”
CAP COM Board Chair Pat Kelly noted, “Paula’s legacy of service and stewardship of our credit union over many years, stands tall amongst all of us. The CAP COM family of companies mourns the loss of an extraordinary woman, businesswoman, mother and grandmother.”
Paula’s influence in the Capital Region community went well beyond her role at CAP COM. Her positive impact lives on in the many charitable institutions she supported, the men and women she mentored, and her legacy of support for a growing and thriving Capital Region business community. Paula’s greatest passion was her family and the love for her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter Amanda Goyer, son-in-law Chris Goyer, and beloved grandsons Roen and Noah. In her passing, Paula joins her beautiful son Alex Stopera.
Those who wish to remember Paula are invited to make a donation in her honor to The CAP COM Cares Foundation. Paula’s legacy lives on through the organization she created to support local nonprofits and reach out to our neighbors in need.