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About CUNA

Board of Directors

Voted into their roles democratically, CUNA's Board of Directors represents credit unions of all sizes and geographical locations. Various nomination forms are available for download at the bottom of this page.

Executive Committee Members

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Bradley L. Green Bradley L. Green

Chairman

Listerhill Credit Union

Sheffield, AL

District 3, Class B
Term: February, 2022

Bradley L. Green is a seasoned financial executive with more than 20 years of credit union experience. He began his journey with Listerhill Credit Union as a student worker while attending the University of North Alabama. Mr. Green earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University Of North Alabama School Of Business. He was employed by Family Security Credit Union prior to returning to Listerhill Credit Union as the Director of Human Resources and Marketing. He was promoted to Executive Vice President and served in that capacity until being named President/CEO in September of 2008. Brad is married to Amanda and has one son, Jared.

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Tony C. Budet Tony C. Budet

Vice Chairman

University Federal Credit Union

Austin, TX

District At-Large, Class C
Term: February, 2023

Tony C. Budet has served since 2000 as President and Chief Executive      Officer of University Federal Credit Union (UFCU), Austin, Texas, a not-for-profit financial cooperative with over $7.6 billion in assets under management serving 340,000 members.  He is a seasoned executive, strategist, and innovator who, during his 37-year tenure with UFCU has held several executive-level roles, including Chief Financial Officer, and has successfully guided the organization through a variety of regulatory, economic, and competitive conditions. 

In partnership with his board, Tony has positioned himself and UFCU’s 800 employees to focus externally, utilizing the cooperative’s financial, human, and physical resources as conduits through which to reach into and transform communities served, particularly in the areas of financial health, post-secondary education, middle skills employment, and housing affordability.  His “relationships are all there is” approach to leadership has garnered the credit union considerable influence in local business and legislative circles while producing growth multiple times that of other credit unions.  

Tony served as the 2016 Chairman of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, was the recipient of the 2015 Credit Union National Association’s Buck Levins Political Activist award, and was designated the Credit Union Executive Society’s 2014 Outstanding Chief Executive.  He earned a BA in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin, and is active in leadership of the Credit Union National Association, CUNA Strategic Services, Inc., E3 Alliance, and Opportunity Austin.  He also has led or participated in a variety of community organizations, including Austin Bridge Builders Alliance, Austin Area Research Organization, Austin Young Chamber Advisory Council, Greater Austin Crime Commission, Athletes in Action Advisory Council, and Development Councils for the University of Texas System Chancellor, Dell Medical School, University of Texas Libraries, Concordia University, and Dell Seton Medical Center. 

Tony and his wife Nancy are blessed with two adult daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren, and are active members of Austin Ridge Bible Church.  

Committee Memberships

Advocacy Committee (Chair)

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Lisa Ginter Lisa Ginter

Secretary

CommunityAmerica CU

Lenexa, KS

District At-Large, Class C
Term: February, 2024

Lisa Ginter is a celebrated leader in Kansas City as both the CEO of CommunityAmerica Credit Union and an influential figure in the business, civic and philanthropic community.

Lisa has served in a leadership role at CommunityAmerica since she joined the organization in 1995. Since becoming CEO in 2015, Lisa grew the credit union from a $1.5 billion to a nearly $4 billion organization in just five years. With a mission to help members achieve financial peace of mind at every life stage, Lisa has inspired and advanced every division and line of business at CommunityAmerica. As the Official Banking Partner of the Kansas City Chiefs, and frequently named as Kansas City’s top Credit Union and ‘Best Place to Work,’ CommunityAmerica has become a powerhouse in Kansas City under Lisa’s leadership. She is also an advocate for credit unions on a national level, serving on the Executive Board of Directors for CUNA (the Credit Union National Association).

Lisa’s name can often be found in both local and national headlines. She is one of only three Kansas Citians to be recognized among the ‘Top 100 Financial Executives’ by the national Business Journal and has been selected as a ‘Power 100’ honoree by the Kansas City Business Journal for multiple years. She was also named one of 435 South Magazine’s ‘50 Most Powerful People in KC.’  

Lisa is a beacon of leadership in her beloved Kansas City community where she serves on the Executive Boards of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Kansas City Area Development Council. Her leadership presence is also strongly felt in the education community where she serves on the Board of Trustees at Rockhurst University and St. Michael the Archangel as Vice Chair.

Lastly, Lisa is heavily immersed in charitable give-back through active support of those most in need across Kansas City. Her philanthropic leadership positions have advanced our community in a big way, and in the last five years alone, Lisa has raised more than $6.5 million as an event chair for prominent KC charities. Last year she helped the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City raise a record-breaking $2 million at its first-ever virtual ‘Kids Night Out’ Gala. In recent years she broke fundraising records chairing the ‘Red Hot Night’ Gala for Children’s Mercy Hospital, Women’s Employment Network Luncheon, WIN for KC Luncheon, ‘Go Red for Women’ Luncheon, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon for Metropolitan Community College. Under Lisa’s leadership CommunityAmerica has been honored with the Junior Achievement Centennial Award, recognized as Non-Profit Connect’s ‘Business Philanthropist of the Year,’ and the #1 ‘Best Place to Work’ in the Kansas City Business Journal. Lisa was also personally named the ‘Community MVP’ from the ‘15 and the Mahomies Foundation,’ and received Rockhurst University’s Rashford-Lyon Award for leadership and ethics in 2020. This year Lisa will co-chair Inclusions Connections’ “FashionAbility” gala and the “Big Dreams Bright Futures” event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Operation Breakthrough. 

In her free time Lisa loves spending time with her family, including her granddaughters Ava and Emmie, relaxing at the lake and cheering on local sports teams. 

Committee Memberships

National Credit Union Roundtable Advisory Council (Member)
Advocacy Committee (Vice Chair)

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Caroline Willard Caroline Willard

Treasurer

Cornerstone League

Plano, TX

District At-Large, Class D
Term: February, 2022

Caroline Willard began her tenure as the president and CEO of Cornerstone League, Cornerstone Resources, and the Cornerstone Foundation in April 2017. She is responsible for growing the organizations by offering relevant services and ensuring that Cornerstone credit unions receive excellent support and leadership in government relations at the state level and in Washington, D.C.

As a representative of the Cornerstone League and Cornerstone Resources, Willard is on the Credit Union National Association, Credit Unions for Kids, CU Awareness LLC, and Plexcity boards of directors. On the CUNA board, Caroline serves as the at-large member of the Executive Committee.

Prior to joining Cornerstone, Willard worked for CO-OP Financial Services as executive vice president, markets and strategy. During her tenure, she also handled mergers and acquisitions, relationship management, marketing, product development, and strategic planning. Willard has worked at financial institutions, as well: Downey Savings in Newport Beach, Calif., and American First Credit Union in La Habra, Calif.

Willard earned a Bachelor of Arts at California State University, Fullerton, and a Master of Business Administration at Pepperdine University.

Committee Memberships

Finance Committee (Chair)

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Pat Pierce Pat Pierce

At-Large Executive Committee Member

City and County Credit Union

St. Paul, MN

District 4, Class B
Term: February, 2024

Patrick Pierce has been a leader in the credit union movement for over 32 years. He has had various roles including Chairman of the Political Involvement Committee of the Minnesota Credit Union Network and past member of the CUNA State Charter Enhancement Sub Committee and the CUNA Advocacy Committee. In addition, Pierce is a Certified Credit Union Executive with over 20 years' experience as a CEO. He has been the recipient of many credit union and civic awards including the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders Award in 2016. Pierce's passion for credit unions and money management started at University of Wisconsin - River Falls where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and passed his Certified Public Accountants exam on his first attempt. Patrick Pierce currently lives in River Falls, Wisconsin and is married with three grown children.

Committee Memberships
Finance Committee (Vice Chair)

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Jim Nussle Jim Nussle

President/CEO

Credit Union National Association

Washington, DC

Jim Nussle was named president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association in September 2014. Nussle, is a former eight-term congressman and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

CUNA is the largest and most influential national financial services trade association advocating for America's credit unions. There are nearly 6,700 credit unions nationwide, with over 100 million members and almost $1.1 trillion in assets.

Nussle has long admired the grass roots advocacy strength of the credit union movement. In Congress, he witnessed firsthand the enthusiastic advocacy the leaders and members of the nation's nearly 7,000 credit unions have.

Nussle served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991-2007 as a Republican representative from the State of Iowa. From 2001-2006, he served as chairman of the House Budget Committee, a key panel that oversees the federal budget process, including review of all bills and resolutions on the budget. In addition he was a member of the House leadership and served on the Banking and Ways and Means Committees.

In 2007, President Bush tapped him as the 36th director of OMB, the largest office within the Executive Office of the President of the United States. As OMB director, he was a member of the president's cabinet.

Nussle also served on the founding board of Growth Energy, a trade association of renewable energy companies and industry partners. He was recruited by his fellow board members in 2010 to help lead the organization as its President and COO. During his tenure, Growth Energy nearly doubled its revenue, increased membership by 18% to become the largest renewable energy association, and successfully navigated several regulatory and legislative challenges.

In his early career, Nussle served his community for four years as a first responder and firefighter with the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department. He also spent four years as the Delaware County Attorney, the chief prosecutor and civil attorney for the jurisdiction and established his own law practice. Nussle also serves as a director on the boards of Thrivent Mutual FundsPRA Group Inc., and as a special advisor on the advisory board of AVISTA Capital Partners.

In addition, he volunteers his time with The National Down Syndrome Society and as President of Epiphany Lutheran Church Congregational Council, where you can often find him "sitting in" playing guitar in the praise band for Sunday services.

A native Iowan, Nussle received a degree in political science from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and his law degree from Drake University in Des Moines. Nussle and his wife, Karen live in Virginia, and have two adult children.

Committee Memberships

National Credit Union Roundtable Advisory Council (Ex Officio Member)

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Directors

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Dallas W. Bergl Dallas W. Bergl

Director

INOVA Federal Credit Union

Elkhart, IN

District 2, Class B
Term: February, 2023

Dallas Bergl has worked in the credit union industry for twenty five years, twenty of which he has served as a Chief Executive Officer. Currently he is the President and CEO of INOVA FCU; a position he has held since 1999.

He serves as a member on the following Board of Directors; the Credit Union National Association, the Indiana Credit Union League, the Credit Union Centers, the Lerner Theatre Governing Board, the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, and as a Committee Members with the SOMA Committee for downtown revitalization, CUNA's World Leadership Development Committee, and ICUL's Governmental Affairs Committee. Past service includes; NAFCU's Governmental Affairs Committee, the Lerner Theatres fundraising committee, Elkhart's 400 block study group, DEI's Board of Directors and many other Boards and Committees.

While in the United States Army's Infantry, he served in President Ronald Regan's Presidential Escort. He has received numerous honors, awards and citations for both his military and his professional and public service. These include the Key to the City of Elkhart, Professional of the Year from the ICUL, the Paul Revere Award from NAFCU, a Presidential Unit Citation while serving in the Army's Honor Guard and others.

He was educated at the University of Maryland, in Business and Administration.

Committee Memberships

Audit Committee (Chair)
World Affairs Committee (Ex Officio Member)

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Brian Best Brian Best

Director

GTE Financial CU

Tampa, FL

District At-Large, Class C
Term: February, 2023

As President and CEO of GTE Financial, Brian's approach to leadership is all about serving others and ensuring that people always come first.  With the support and guidance of a progressive Board of Directors and a dynamic Executive Management Team, Brian is focused on maximizing return and value to the GTE membership, credit union team members and the local community - the people GTE exists to serve.  Through elevating the employee experience, members gain a caring financial advocate that ensures they earn more, save more and live better.  Additionally, GTE is focused on providing innovation through a service lens, ensuring the credit union stays relevant within an ever-changing industry permeated by new technology and sophisticated services.

Brian has evolved financial organizations for over 20 years, holding senior management positions at some of the nation's most preeminent banks and credit unions.  Brian brings a diverse background in commercial and consumer banking, collections, operations, retail strategy, process improvement, investment and risk portfolio management, organizational branding and troubled business restructuring.

Brian holds a B.S. in Marketing from Wright State University, as well as an M.A. in Business and Administration from Saint Leo University.  He has also graduated from the RMA School of Commercial Underwriting and Portfolio Management, and has received his accreditation with Six Sigma as a master black belt.

Currently, Brian serves on the Hillsborough Economic Development Council as a Committee Member, serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club as an Executive Committee Member, serves on the board of CU Engage as an Advisory Member, serves on the board of Junior Achievement as a Board Member, as well as serves on the Saint Leo Presidents Council.

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Pat Drennen Pat Drennen

Director

1st Gateway CU

Camanche, IA

District 4, Class A
Term: February, 2023

Pat Drennen is the CEO of 1ST Gateway Credit Union in Camanche, Iowa, and he's been with 1ST Gateway for over 27 years.  He began his career in the credit union movement immediately after college, when he joined the Iowa Credit Union Division as a Credit Union Examiner.  He joined 1STGateway in 1988 where he served as Assistant Manager, Manager and now CEO.

Pat was a member of the Iowa Credit Union League Board of Directors for over 20 years, including 3 years as Board Chair.  He has also served on a number of the Iowa League's subsidiary companies including a stint on their holding company, Affiliates Management Company (AMC) Board; in addition, he spent time as a member of the Iowa CUPAC Trustees, including time as the Chair.  He is a member of WOCCU's “International Executive Volunteer Corp” for his work in assisting both the trade association and credit unions in Panama.  He currently serves as the League's Principal Key Contact (PKC) for Iowa Senator, Charles Grassley, and also serves as a Board member for TMG Financial Services, the Iowa League's credit card portfolio management company.

Pat remains active in his community and currently serves as a Trustee on the Finance Council at the Church of the Visitation.  He holds a Bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in Ames, IA and is a graduate of CUNA's Management School in Madison, WI.  He and his wife, Pam, have 3 children and 3 grand-children.

Committee Memberships
Finance Committee (Member)

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Scott Earl Scott Earl

Director

Mountain West Credit Union Association

Denver, CO

District At-Large, Class D
February, 2023

Scott Earl serves as the president and chief executive officer of the Mountain West Credit Union Association. This association is a combined entity comprising the Arizona Credit Union League, the Credit Union Association of Colorado and the Credit Union Association of Wyoming. Earl was serving as president/CEO of the Arizona Credit Union League and Affiliates.

Previously Earl was vice president of league relations and director of disaster recovery and preparedness for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Prior to joining CUNA, Earl headed up the Credit Unions for Kids Program for Children's Miracle Network. Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for over 170 children's hospitals.

Earl began his credit union career in 1982 as marketing director for the Utah League of Credit Unions and was named president/CEO of the Utah League and its subsidiary the Credit Union Service Corporation in 1991, a position he held until the end of 2003.  

Earl is on the Credit Union National Association board of directors and is a past member of the CUNA Strategic Services (CSS) board of directors.  He has served on a number of national credit union committees. He was chairman of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL), chaired the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), served as a trustee for Western CUNA Management School and on the Filene Research Institute's Board of Directors. He is also a credit union development educator. Scott and his wife Bonny are the parents of four children.  A Utah native, he graduated from the University of Utah.

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Charles Elliott Charles Elliott

Director

Mississippi Credit Union Association

Jackson, MS

District At-Large, Class D
Term: February, 2023

Charles Elliott, CLE, CUDE, began his credit union career as a League Consultant in January 1980. He later held the positions of Director of Education/Public Relations, Director of Consulting Services, and Executive Vice President of the Mississippi Credit Union League and League Services Corporation. Charles was appointed President/CEO of the Mississippi Credit Union Association in January 1989.

Charles graduated with a B.S. Degree in Business/Management from Mississippi State University. He is a Certified League Executive (CLE) and a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE). He has served on the Executive Committee of the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) and many Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) committees. He has also served as chairman of the Credit Union House Board of Directors, and as president of the Mississippi Society of Association Executives (MSAE). He currently serves on the CUNA Board of Directors, as well as the AACUL Political Involvement & Grassroots Committee.

Mississippi Senator Trent Lott appointed Charles as a delegate to President Clinton's Summit on Retirement Savings in 1998. He was also appointed as a delegate to President Bush's Savers' Summit in 2002.

In September of 2005, on behalf of the Credit Union National Association, Charles provided his testimony to the members of Congress on the House Financial Services Subcommittee regarding financial institutions response to Hurricane Katrina. In February of 2006, he received the National Credit Union Foundation's Anchor Award for his “extraordinary strength and perseverance in helping credit unions recover from the worst natural disaster in American history.” He has made dozens of presentations to credit union organizations across the country regarding Hurricane Katrina and disaster preparedness.

The American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) recognized Charles in 2006 with the President’s Award and in 2020 with the Eugene H. Farley League Leadership Award. In 2008, he was inducted to the Credit Union House “Hall of Leaders."

Committee Memberships
Finance Committee (Member)

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Elizabeth Hayes Elizabeth Hayes

Director

Infinity FCU

Westbrook, ME

District 1, Class A
Term: February, 2023

Elizabeth (Liz) Hayes has served as President/CEO of Infinity Federal Credit Union since 2014.   Prior to joining Infinity FCU, Liz spent 14 years at Affinity Plus FCU in St. Paul, Minnesota, working her way up to Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer.  In addition to her many years in executive leadership, Hayes' background includes expertise in Strategic Planning, Branch Operations, Real Estate, Finance/Accounting, Investor Relations, Operations, Payment Systems, Business Performance, Quality Assurance, Human Resources and Marketing.  Hayes played a critical role in Affinity Plus FCU's organic growth from $335M to $3.6B in assets under management, increasing the number of members served from 55,000 to nearly 200,000 and served for 9 years as Board Chair of the Affinity Plus Foundation.

Since joining Infinity FCU as President/CEO, Liz has led a wholesale evolution of the credit union's culture, infrastructure, technology and product offerings.  Hayes' developed and introduced MOE (Member, Organization, Employee) as a member-first strategic filter for decision-making and execution to ensure strategic alignment and sustainable results.  Under Hayes' leadership, assets have grown nearly 24% and Infinity FCU has welcomed over 4,000 new members to the credit union.

Recognition/Awards

  • Selected as a Mainebiz Women to Watch in 2017.
  • Infinity FCU has been recognized as a “Best Places to Work in Maine” eight consecutive years, including each year under Hayes' leadership.
  • Recognized nationally three years running as “Best Credit Union to Work”  by the Credit Union Journal.
  • Participant at Harvard Business School on a panel moderated by HBS Professor Dennis Campbell on the topic of Open Book Management. (June 2018).
  • Participated in presenting the Affinity Plus business model to 900 1st year MBA students and professors at Harvard Business School.  (Cambridge, MA 2012)
  • Named one of Top 25 Women in Finance. (2010) Finance and Commerce Magazine.
  • Diamond Award for electronic media and advertising (2010) - “Ditch Your Bank” ad campaign.  Credit Union National Association.
  • “If we don't focus on the financials, the financials will follow”.  Harvard Business School business case on employee empowerment at Affinity Plus, written by Dr. Dennis Campbell; published by HBS in 2008.
  • “Building a Brand from the Inside Out”, written by Elizabeth Hayes, published by Callahan's Credit Union Report, June 2006.
  • Named “Woman Changemaker”. (2004) Twin Cities Business Journal

Membership

  • Member of the CUNA Committee on Consumer Protection (2016 - current)
  • Member of the Filene Research Institute Technology Advisory Committee (2017-current) 
  • Board member of CU Realty (2011-2013)
  • An alumnus of the Filene Research Institute's i3 team.  (Ideas, Innovation, and Implementation) With a passion for progressing the credit union industry through innovative change, Ms. Hayes is a member of the inaugural Filene Research Institute's I3 Group. 
  • Served on the board and an active participant at Member Gateways. Member Gateways, LLC is a national Credit Union Service Organization owned by 24 credit unions nation-wide (2003-2011)
  • Served as Chair of the Affinity Plus Foundation (2003-2012).  The Foundation is committed to promoting financial literacy and extends its outreach throughout many communities in Minnesota
  • Served on the Basilica of St. Mary's Finance Committee.  (2009-2012)

Committee Memberships

Consumer Protection Subcommittee (Member)
Audit Committee (Member)

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Tom Kane Tom Kane

Director

Illinois Credit Union League

Naperville, IL

District At-Large, Class D
Term: February, 2024

Tom Kane is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Credit Union System, leading the Illinois Credit Union League and LSC (ICUL Service Corporation) since 2015. A collaborator and strategic thinker, Tom is a longtime champion of the credit union movement and is strongly committed to the credit union philosophy of “people helping people.” Since joining the League in 2003, Tom has held key roles including Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Vice President/Operations, and Chief Security Officer.

Tom previously held leadership positions in a wide variety of organizations for more than 35 years, including Chicago-based companies Aon Corporation, Quaker Oats, and Focal Communications, and the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia. 

Tom serves on the boards of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), America’s Credit Union Museum, Cambio Financial Health, FIS Credit Union Advisory group, and League InfoSight, where he is Vice Chair. 

A native of Iowa, Tom earned a Master’s Degree in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a BA from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, majoring in Business, Political Science, and History. Tom and his wife Beth reside in Glen Ellyn, Illinois where they raised their four now-adult children and are in the process of renovating their 95 year-old home.

Committee Memberships
Audit Committee (Vice Chair)

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Debie Keesee Debie Keesee

Director

Spokane Media Federal Credit Union

Spokane, WA

District 6, Class A
Term: February, 2022

Debie's service to credit unions spans nearly four decades.  She has served in many positions from the front lines to the CEO's office.  She currently serves as President/CEO of Spokane Media Federal Credit Union. 

In her leadership roles as credit union CEO, a trade association chair, and a member of the CU*NorthWest Board of Directors, Debie Keesee has been a convincing voice for many initiatives that benefit the credit union movement as a whole.  These include campaigning for supplemental capital and increasing the NCUA definition of Small Credit Unions. 

She attended Eastern Washington University and is a graduate of the Credit Union National Association Management School, Claremont College, Pomona, California.  She holds a Development Educator designation from the National Credit Union Foundation, serves on the board of the Northwest Credit Union Association and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the CU*NorthWest Board of Directors.  

Debie and her husband Jim enjoy traveling across the country on their BMW motorcycle.  She has two grown children and her granddaughter and grandson bring her unparalleled happiness.

Committee Memberships
Finance Committee (Member)

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Jose Lara Jose Lara

Director

SchoolsFirst FCU

Santa Ana, CA

District At-Large, Class C
Term: February, 2024

Jose is responsible for all Member interaction areas of SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union. This includes the Branch Network, Real Estate and Consumer Lending, Member Contact Center (MCC), ATM Fleet Operations, Payment Operations, Records & Item Processing, Debit & Credit Card Servicing and Fraud. Additionally, Investment, Trust, Retirement and Insurance services are within his scope of oversight.

Jose Lara has been employed in the financial services industry since 1986. He came to SchoolsFirst FCU in 1993. Jose earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from California State University. He holds a Series Seven general securities license, is a graduate of Western CUNA Management School and is a CUES Certified Chief Executive.

Active in the community, Jose serves on several boards and committees, including the CSUF Philanthropic Foundation (Emeritus), Comunidad Latina Federal Credit Union, SchoolsFirst Insurance Services, SchoolsFirst Plan Administration, Wespay, CUES Advisory Board (Treasurer), UCI Customer Experience Council and CU4Kids CHOC Advisory Committee (Chairperson.)

Jose and his wife Priscilla have been married 31 years and are the proud parents of two adult children.  Their son Joel is a Special Education teacher and his daughter Sophia recently graduated from Gonzaga University and is pursuing a Masters in Speech & Language Pathology.

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Maria J. Martinez Maria J. Martinez

Director

Border FCU

Del Rio, TX

District 5, Class A
Term: February, 2024

Maria J. Martinez is the President/CEO of Border Federal Credit Union (Border FCU), a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), headquartered in Del Rio, TX, with over $210 million in assets and serving over 25,000 members.   Maria has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and is a proud Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE).  Her passion is making positive connections and being of service to others and she is constantly advocating for financial wellness for all within the credit union system. 

Maria serves on the CUNA Board representing CUNA’s District 5, Class A credit unions; she was recently appointed as an Associate Director to PSCU’s Board; is a founding member and Vice-Chairwoman of the Credit Union Women’s Leadership Alliance (CUWLA); is a founding member and the Chairwoman of the National Association of Latino Credit Unions & Professionals (NLCUP); is a member of the CU DEI Collective group formed in 2019; serves on CUNA’s CU Awareness LLC Board and the CUNA Strategic Services (CSS) Board; and volunteers in other boards and committees.

Among the recognitions Maria has received for her professional accomplishments, community contributions and leadership are the 2017 Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement, the 2015 Woman of Distinction Award by the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC), the 2016 Cornerstone Credit Union League Professional of the Year Award and other recognitions.

Committee Memberships
Credit Union Consumer Consideration Committee (Member)

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Nader Moghaddam Nader Moghaddam

Director

Financial Partners CU

Downey, CA

District 6, Class B
Term: February, 2023

Nader Moghaddam, President and CEO of Financial Partners Credit Union (86,000 Members and $1.8 Billion in Assets) has led the credit union since January 2005.  Financial Partners is a low-income designated CDFI organization focused on serving California communities.  Before starting his 36-year career in the financial services industry, Moghaddam earned his Bachelor of Science and a Master of Planning degrees from the University of Southern California (USC).

During Nader's 36-year career in financial services, he has held leadership positions in some of California's largest banks and credit unions. As CEO of Financial Partners, Nader created a culture focused on the member and creating tangible value. Under his leadership, the credit union has tripled in size and expanded its branch footprint north to South San Francisco and south to San Diego.

As a strong industry advocate, Nader is honored to volunteer his time by serving on the CU Direct Board of Directors (past Chair), founding member of CUNA CEO Council Executive Committee (past Chair), California Credit Union League Board of Directors (past Chair), Columbia Memorial Space Science Learning Center Foundation Board (Chair), Orange County CU 4 Kids Advisory Council (past Chair), CUNA National Credit Union Roundtable Advisory Council (past Chair), and CUNA Council Forum (past Chair) among others.

Nader works in Downey and lives in Orange County, California, with his wife and his 16-year-old daughter.

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Fred Robinson Fred Robinson

Director

Tennessee CU League

Chattanooga, TN

District At-Large, Class D
Term: February, 2024

Fred Robinson is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tennessee Credit Union League and its affiliates, CU Services, Inc. and League Capital, Inc. He has served in this capacity since November 1, 2012. Previously he served as Vice President Governmental affairs. He has been employed by the League since 1983.

Fred received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management from Bryan College.

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John Sackett John Sackett

Director

Royal Credit Union

Eau Claire, WI

District At-Large, Class C
Term: February, 2022

John Sackett has been a member of Royal Credit Union for over 45 years.  For 40 years he has served on the RCU Board of Directors, 17 as Board chair.  He is the President of the RCU Foundation and is chair of the RCU Audit Committee and he serves on the RCU Political Action Committee.

From 2011-2015 John served as chair of CUNA’s Volunteer Leadership Committee and has served on the Community Credit Union Committee, the CUNA Mergers Task Force and the CUNA Task Force on Due Diligence.

John currently is on the board of directors of the National Credit Union Foundation serving as Vice-Chair

 John has been on the CUNA Board since 2015 and has been a member the CUNA Audit and Finance Committees.  He is the first volunteer elected to the CUNA Board since the 1996 Renewal Review recommendations changed the election procedures and composition of the board.

John has attended and made presentations at numerous Credit Union Executive Society and CUNA conferences as well as many state and local seminars related to credit union activities and issues.  He has attained the Certified Credit Union Volunteer designation through the Credit Union Leadership Program and received the following certificates through the National Volunteer Achievement Program;  Edward Filene (1986), Friedrich Raiffeisen (1990), Roy F. Bergengren (1992), Technology (1999), Alphonse Desjardins (2003), Louise Herring (2003), Dora Maxwell (2003) and Thomas Doig (211).

John retired as Director of Finance at the Eau Claire Area School District in 2003 and continues to live in Eau Claire with his wife.

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Amey Sgrignoli Amey Sgrignoli

Director

Belco Community Credit Union

Harrisburg, PA

District 1, Class B

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Ron Smith Ron Smith

Director

Enbright CU

Nashville, TN

District 3, Class A
Term: February, 2024

Ron Smith is currently the President/CEO/Chief Security Officer for Enbright Credit Union headquartered in Nashville, TN. Ron started in the financial services industry over 25 years ago as a teller and has worked in almost every facet of the financial industry, including repossessions, skip tracing, and financial crimes. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.

Under his leadership, Enbright has grown from one branch to three, tripled its field of membership, and organically double in asset size. He has also been instrumental in working with the Tennessee legislature to draft and pass cybersecurity legislation, which is currently benefiting consumers and credit unions across the state.

 

Ron currently serves as a director on several boards; including the Credit Union National Association, Volunteer Corporate Credit Union (Treasurer), CUNA Mutual Select Credit Union Council, Nashville Chamber of Commerce CEO Round Table, and Almost Home Animal Rescue. He has previously served on the Infra Gard board, is a member of BUNCO Crimes Nashville, International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, Madison/Rivergate Chamber of Commerce (Past Chair), and holds dual membership with the Mt. Moriah and Former Texas Rangers Foundation Masonic Lodges as a Master Mason and Scottish Rights.

Ron and his wife Jennifer enjoy spending time with their dogs and horses on their ranch along with traveling as time permits.  

Committee Memberships
Ethics Committee (Member)

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Troy Stang Troy Stang

Director

Northwest Credit Union Association

Seatac, WA

District At-Large, Class D
Term: February, 2022

Troy Stang serves as the President and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA), the trade association representing more than 180 not-for-profit, member-owned credit unions in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.  More than 8.1 million consumers-55% of the northwest population-are members of those credit unions.

Under Stang's leadership, the Association is focused on nurturing an innovative public policy environment to ensure cooperative financial services are a relevant choice in the marketplace.  In addition to legislative and regulatory advocacy, the Association provides public relations, compliance and professional development to participating credit unions.

Stang has led Northwest-based credit union trade associations for over a decade.  Prior to this, he served in President George W. Bush's administration as senior staff to the US Treasury Secretary.  He has extensive hands-on financial institution experience in large and complex credit unions across the nation.

Stang is passionate about building awareness of credit unions and their not-for-profit structure as financial cooperatives, the value of the tangible benefits they generate and deliver to their members and the impact they have in communities they serve.

Stang holds a Master's Degree from The College of St. Scholastica in St. Paul, Minnesota, a Bachelor's Degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, and an Associate of Applied Science Degree from St. Cloud Technical College in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Stang also earned Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) distinction from the National Credit Union Foundation.

  • Immediate Past Chair, Board of Directors, Credit Union National Association (CUNA)
  • Member, American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL)
  • Member, (Former) System Evolution Task Force, American Association of Credit Union Leagues
  • Member, (Former) Consumer Awareness Task Force, American Association of Credit Union Leagues
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Stephanie Teubner Stephanie Teubner

Director

Blue Federal Credit Union

Cheyenne, WY

District 5, Class B
Term: February, 2022

Stephanie Teubner is a successful credit union and community leader who dedicates her time and talent to the credit union movement and the community she calls home, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Stephanie has led Blue Federal Credit Union toward tremendous success over the past 18 years.  As the largest financial institution headquartered in Wyoming, Blue is more than $1 billion in assets, serves over 81,000 members worldwide and has 13 branch locations in Wyoming and Northern Colorado. 

Stephanie leads by example and believes in 'doing good'.  As a civic-minded leader, she serves on a variety of boards, including the Wyoming Children's Society, Laramie County Economic Development Authority, Centennial Lending Board of Managers, and Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) Board of Trustees. Stephanie is a Development Educator with the National Credit Union Foundation and a Certified Executive with the Credit Union Executives Society (CUES).

Receiving local, state and national certification and recognition are some of Stephanie's many accomplishments.  The Mountain West Credit Union Association recognized her as the 2008 Professional of the year, the 2016 Wyoming Women of Influence in Finance award by the Wyoming Business Report and the 2017 Trailblazer CEO of the Year by the Credit Union Times.

Stephanie holds an Executive MBA and a Bachelor's in Business Management and Finance from the University of Wyoming.

Stephanie enjoys spending time and being active with her two sons, Jack (19) and Josh (14).  Their favorite activities are skiing, camping, hiking, scuba diving and going to the movies.  Stephanie is an avid runner.  She participates in numerous races throughout the United States. 

Committee Memberships
Audit Committee (Member)

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Joe Thomas Joe Thomas

Director

NextMark Federal Credit Union

Fairfax, VA

District 2, Class A
Term: February, 2022

Joe Thomas is the President/CEO of NextMark Federal Credit Union.  Joe's work in the credit union movement began in 1985 as a field officer for the Malawi Union of Savings and Credit Co-Operatives while serving as a US Peace Corp Volunteer in Malawi, Africa and has maintained a strong personal commitment to the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People”.  

As a volunteer, Joe serves on the board of a number of credit union organizations, including the Northern Virginia Chapter of Credit Unions, the Virginia Credit Union League, and the CU Cares Foundation as well as on numerous CUSOs.  In addition, he is active on both state and national league committees including the Virginia League's Government Affairs Committee and the Virginia-Estonia Partnership Committee, as well as CUNA's World Affairs Committee and the Community Credit Union Community. 

Joe is active in a local food bank.  He holds a bachelor's degree from Assumption College, an MBA from Averett College and a CUDE from Madison, WI.  He and his wife Sheila have 4 children.

Committee Memberships
Credit Union Consumer Consideration Committee (Member)
World Affairs Committee (Vice Chair)

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Scott Woods Scott Woods

Director

South Carolina Federal Credit Union

N. Charleston, SC

District At-Large, Class C
Term: February, 2022

Scott Woods has been President & CEO of South Carolina Federal Credit Union (SCFCU), located in Charleston, SC, since 2004.  Prior to accepting this role, he served as Chief Financial Officer of SCFCU, Chief Financial Officer of SRP Federal Credit Union, Chief Financial Officer of S.C. Telco Federal Credit Union and as a Senior Financial Institution Auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick, CPAs.

Woods received his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Charleston and his MBA in Finance from Auburn University.  Woods is also a graduate of the Southeast Regional Credit Union Management School, the Credit Union National Association Financial Management School and holds both Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor certificates.

Woods currently serves as the vice chairman of Vizo Financial Corporate Credit Union as well as on the boards of the Credit Union National Association, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, PaymentsFirst, Inc. and South Carolina Financial Solutions.  Woods also serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Carolinas Credit Union League.

He is a member of the Management Association of Carolinas Credit Unions, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, South Carolina Associations of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Woods has previously served as chairman of the board for the South Carolina Credit Union League, chairman of the board of Palmetto Cooperative Services, LLC and on the Executive Committees of the Carolinas Finance Council and the Carolina Lowcountry Red Cross.  Woods has also served on the Community Investment Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Credit Union National Association, and on the board of trustees for Charleston Southern University.

Committee Memberships
Finance Committee (Member)

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Diana Dykstra Diana Dykstra

AACUL Ex Officio

California/Nevada CU Leagues

Ontario, CA

Diana Dykstra is a dynamic chief executive with more than 40 years of experience in leading top organizations in the financial services industry.  She is currently the President/CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.

Previously, Diana served as President/CEO of San Francisco Fire Credit Union and CoastHills Federal Credit Union, as well as a Senior Vice President of Patelco Credit Union.  During her tenure as Senior Vice President at The Golden 1 Credit Union, Diana led her team to develop the prototype of the now successful Credit Union Direct Lending (CUDL) program.

Diana, a certified International Credit Union Development Educator (ICUDE), is a 1992 graduate and current President of Western CUNA Management School. She was awarded the James D. Likens Alumni Recognition Award in 2001, the California League’s Distinguished Service Award in 2002, the Phil Greer Lifetime Achievement Award from the CUNA Lending Council in 2012, the American Association of Credit Union Leagues’ highest honor—the Eagle Award—in 2014, and most recently The National Credit Union Foundation’s 2019 Herb Wegner Memorial Award Winner.

Diana previously served as chairman and board member of the California Credit Union League. She is currently serving as Board Chair of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL), as well as a board member on CUNA Strategic Services, World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), Global Women’s Leadership Network, ViClarity, and Plexcity—a cooperative business for member credit union leagues.

Committee Memberships

Advocacy Committee (Member)
World Affairs Committee (Ex Officio Member)

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