CUNA Finance Council 2021 award recipients announced

June 2, 2021

CUNA Finance Council recognized its best and brightest via five awards presented at the recent CUNA Finance Council Virtual Conference, May 18-20. The winners and their accomplishments will be featured in an upcoming issue of Credit Union Magazine. Click here to view the full awards presentation.

“In a year that was so challenging to many, it’s been inspiring to see so many peers step up and rise to the occasion. That’s what working at a credit union is all about, people helping people,” - Justin Mouzoukos, chair, awards & recognition committee and chief financial officer, Mazuma CU.

The 2021 award recipients are:

Influencer of the Year AwardCasey Kucera, chief financial officer, Jefferson Financial FCU in Metarie, Louisiana

This award honors an individual who has achieved a position of prominence and influence within the credit union financial service industry and is positioned to lead the industry in the future.

Mentee of the Year AwardKaci Kamaloski, chief financial officer, Filer CU in Manistee, Michigan

This award honor’s an individual based on their involvement in the Mentor Match Program and developed a successful mentoring relationship that significantly influences or brings about positive change in the partnering credit union.

Professional of the Year AwardJustin Mouzoukos, chief financial officer, Mazuma CU in Overland Park, Kansas

This award honors an individual who exemplifies excellence in credit union financial management.

Rising Star AwardBrian Kelbley, vice president of finance and business services at Sun FCU in Maumee, Ohio

This award honors up-and-coming talent in the ranks of credit union finance leadership.

Top Community Contributor Award – Diane Kotlewski, chief financial officer, Chaffey FCU in Upland, California

This award recognizes the value and expertise shared with peers through collaboration within the Councils Community networking platform.

CUNA Finance Council congratulates the fourteen worthy nominees from credit unions all over the country.