Recruitment committee actively seeks candidates for open Board seats

October 8, 2019

CUNA’s Recruitment Committee is actively recruiting candidates for two open Board seats. The committee was approved by the Board in March to recruit candidates for Board seats in which incumbents are not seeking re-election while, in the spirit of cooperative democratic values, continuing to accept self-nominated candidates. 

The deadline for nominations and seconds is November 6. In contested elections, voting will begin November 12 and close December 18. Nomination information can be found here.  

The Recruitment Committee is searching to fill the following seats: 

  • District 1, Class A (credit unions from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands with less than 38,000 members); and 
  • Class C (credit unions with at least 141,000 members, elected at-large nationally) 

In addition, there are six Board seats for which the incumbent has indicated they will seek re-election: 

  • District 2, Class B [incumbent Dallas Bergl, Ind.] 
  • District 4, Class A [incumbent Patrick Drennen, Iowa] 
  • District 6, Class B [incumbent Teresa Freeborn, Calif.] 
  • Class C [incumbent Tony Budet, Texas] 
  • Class D [incumbent Scott Earl, Mountain West Credit Union Association]; and 
  • Class D [incumbent Charles Elliott, Mississippi Credit Union League]. 

To view the current CUNA Board of Directors, class sizes and district boundaries, visit the 2019 CUNA Board of Directors homepage. 

CUNA’s Board has determined that a candidate should possess certain qualities and characteristics. The CUNA Board also desires to be diverse and inclusive.  

The Board considers diversity to encompasses all the characteristics, experiences and cultural influences that make each person unique.  The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent plays a significant part in the strength of the CUNA Board.   

Candidates should consider these characteristics, experiences and influences when self-assessing their qualifications for a Board position.  

CUNA’s Recruitment Committee will consider these characteristics the Board has determined important in qualified and diverse candidates: 

  1. Demonstrated commitment and engagement in the CUNA/League System 
  2. Involvement in their credit union community 
  3. Proven decision-making skills 
  4. Demonstrated local, state and national CUNA advocacy experience/efforts 
  5. Business savvy 
  6. Communication skills 
  7. Strategic expertise 
  8. Dedication to credit union values 
  9. Leadership skills 
  10. Demonstrated commitment to ensuring diversity and inclusion in professional settings, e.g. qualifications, experience, geography, demographics, etc. 

Candidates will have the opportunity to address how they meet these characteristics as they complete their candidate profile form.