HERSHEY, Pa. (5/19/09)--The Pennsylvania Credit Union Association named board officers and bestowed awards at its annual business meeting Friday in Hershey. Ray Brunner, CEO of WEST-AIRCOMM FCU, Beaver, was elected as the new chairman of the association’s board, succeeding Diana Roberts, CEO, Hershey (Pa.) FCU, who has served as board chair since May 2007 (Life is a Highway
May 18). Mike Kaczenski, CEO of Sun East FCU, Aston, was elected vice chair. Also, retiring District 4 Director Lanny Horn was honored. Maria LaVelle, CEO, Westmoreland Community FCU, Greensburg, was elected to Horn’s board seat. Other news from the business meeting:
* Norb Kaczmarek and Ron Lasich were honored as the newest inductees into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders. Their names are on the Hall of Leaders plaque on display at Credit Union House in Washington, D.C.; and * Herb Yolles, NCUA Region II associate regional director for operations, provided an update on the status of credit unions in Region II. He told the delegates that 2009 first quarter data show Pennsylvania’s credit unions to be stronger than credit unions in other states. Overall, Region II credit unions are performing better than the rest of the country.
Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to two credit union leaders at the association’s 75th Anniversary gala banquet. Barb Fortney, retired CEO of LANCO FCU, Lancaster, was awarded the 2009 William W. Pratt Professional of the Year Award. Herb Yost, retired board chairman of Diamond CU, Pottstown, was presented the 2009 Joseph A. Moore Volunteer of the Year Award. Thirteen young people competed for the title of the 2009 Credit Union Youth Ambassador of Pennsylvania during the 33rd annual contest on Friday night. Laura Huggins of the Harrisburg Chapter and Belco Community CU, Harrisburg, won the state title.