MADISON, Wis. (9/28/09)--World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has welcomed nine credit union professionals to its International Executive Volunteer Corps. (IEVC). Established in 1995, the corps recognizes inductees for their years of international service to WOCCU. The 2009 inductees are:
* Mike Delker, vice president of credit union relations, the Texas Credit Union League; * Pat Drennan, president/CEO, 1st Gateway CU, Camanche, Iowa; * Patrick Jury, president/CEO, Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL); * Mike Lanotte, senior vice president of association services, Credit Union Association of New York; * Luis Lopez, executive president, Cooperativa Abraham Rosa, Puerto Rico; * Sue Mitchell, CEO, Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates, Boulder City, Nev.; * Murray Williams, chief operating officer, ICUL; * Vicki Williams, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, League of Southeastern Credit Unions (formerly Alabama Credit Union League); and * Gary Wolter, retired president/CEO of the former Alabama league.
"These are individuals who have repeatedly given their time and expertise to credit unions around the world," said Brian Branch, WOCCU executive vice president and chief executive officer. "Their volunteer work enables us to reach out to many more credit unions than we can by ourselves." IEVC members and other volunteers contribute valuable technical assistance and credit union industry know-how, bolstering WOCCU's efforts in developing countries. Participants also gain international development experience through volunteer service to the global credit union movement. "Credit unions derive their strength from volunteer efforts," said Pete Crear, WOCCU president/CEO. "Thanks to the generosity of this year's inductees and those who have come before, we've been able to tap into this vital energy and commitment on behalf of credit unions worldwide." Past inductees into the four-year-old program include: Pat Bodnar, Arizona Credit Union League; Carlos Calderón, OAS Staff FCU; Kathy Chartier, Members CU; David Chatfield, formerly of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues (CCUL); Anne Cochran, Louisiana Credit Union League; Letty Cordon-Hernandez, formerly with CCUL; Richard Ensweiler, Texas Credit Union League (TCUL); John Florian, Ohio Credit Union League; Mary Martha Fortney, National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS); Dana Hofmann-Geye, formerly with the Minnesota Credit Union Network; David Low, OSU FCU; Kurt Lykins, Corporate One FCU; Rick Myxter, Pennsylvania Credit Union League; Barbara Pogue, NASCUS; Bill Raker, US FCU; Kasey Rockwell, Credit Union Association of Oregon; Marcus Schaefer, Truliant FCU; Sarah Turner, Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association; and Linda Webb-Mañon, TCUL.