GREENFIELD, Wis. (8/20/12)--The Wisconsin Credit Union Shared Service Centers (WCUSSC) Friday announced changes on the shared branching organization's board of directors, including the resignation of its board chairman, Quirin E. Braam.
Braam, former Journal CU president, retired on June 20 and has resigned from WCUSSC's board. Braam was instrumental in the development of the service organization and had been chairman and a board member since its inception in 1995.
"Quirin was the engine that made shared branching run in Wisconsin," said WCUSSC President Rick Hagopian. "We are fortunate to carry on with a devoted and experienced group of credit union professionals who embrace the collaborative credit union values Quirin established."
Kimberly Youngblood, senior vice president/chief operating officer of Focus CU, Wauwatosa, has been named as the new chair. Sam Sauer, president of Gundersen Lutheran CU, La Crosse, will fill the director seat left vacant by Braam's retirement.
Jennifer Schilling, president of Empower CU, West Allis, replaces Youngblood as board secretary. Other officers are Vice Chair David Stark, president of Bull's Eye CU, Wisconsin Rapids, and Treasurer Alan Zierler, president of Capital CU, Kimberly.
Earlier this year, another retirement vacancy on the board was filled by Wisconsin Credit Union League President Brett Thompson. Jon Lowrey, president of Dane County CU, Madison, rounds out the seven-member board.
WCUSSC offers mobile banking, remote deposit, disaster recovery and call center services in addition to shared branching. Recently it and the league partnered with CO-OP Financial Services to offer CO-OP's surcharge-free ATM network and electronic funds processing for Wisconsin credit unions. It operates 46 Credit Union Shared Service Centers.