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California league to recognize CU leaders
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (9/28/12)--Six California credit union leaders and volunteers--including 2012 Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Bruce Barnett, retired CEO of Fresno-based Educational Employees CU--will be honored at this year's California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' Annual Meeting and Convention.

During his 32-year career, Barnett was involved with credit unions in California's Central Valley and at the state level beginning in 1976 when he became CEO of Electrical Workers CU. In 1982, he became assistant general manager of Educational Employees CU and became president/CEO in 1988. Under his leadership from 1982 through 2008, the credit union grew to a $1.5 billion asset credit union with 12 branches.

Award recipients, in addition to Barnett, include:

  • Distinguished Service Award: Linda White, CEO of United Health CU (UHCU), Burlingame;
  • Outstanding Volunteer Awards:  Roy Brooks, board treasurer of Mid-Cities CU, Compton, and Hugh Rafferty, board chairman, CoastHills FCU, Lompoc; and
  • Tomorrow's Star Awards:  Courtney Derby, membership development manager of San Francisco FCU, and Jennifer Kato, accounting manager, Nikkei CU, Gardena.
White has served the past 14 years as CEO of UHCU. She serves on the California Department of Financial Institutions' Advisory Committee and as president of the leagues' El Camino Chapter.  She is a founding member and secretary of the Healthcare Credit Unions of America, and a founding member of the Credit Union Bay Area Executive Coalition.

Brooks became a volunteer at Mid-Cities CU in 1969. He served as chairman of the credit union's personnel and finance committees and is currently board treasurer. He also served as interim CEO, on the California Credit Union League's Audit Committee and on the board of governors of the leagues' Long Beach (now Beach Cities) Chapter.

Rafferty has been on the board of CoastHills FCU for eight and a half years and board chairman since 2008.  He has been involved in a CEO transition, a branch expansion of three facilities and a merger with Atascadero FCU, and supported the addition of business services and development of a 5019(c)(3) organization to increase community support and better serve the underserved. He is vice chairman of the National Association of Credit Union Chairmen and worked in 2011 with leagues to establish a Chairman's Circle network for credit union chairmen in California and Nevada.

Derby, who joined San Francisco FCU in 2009, chaired the credit union's Community/Share community giving and outreach committee; promoted credit union services in the community; and developed a youth program that provides youth-specific accounts, financial education and financial resources for members age 6-17. Derby also led the credit union's efforts to give back to the community through donations, volunteerism and fundraising.

Kato has been in the movement seven years and is the first employee from Nikkei CU to have graduated from Western CUNA Management School. She was an honors graduate in 2009.  She has held various positions in the leagues' Beach Cities Chapter, including secretary, education chair, and treasurer, and she assists a number of credit unions with accounting functions.  Kato helped organize the 2012 spring training, "Inspire Me," for the Southern California Credit Union Alliance.


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