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CUNA to hold board elections

CUNA receives three additional board nominations

November 2, 2021

CUNA has received three additional nominations for its Board of Directors. Nominations are now being accepted for nine open director positions on CUNA’s Board of Directors.

The deadline for nominations and seconds is Thursday, Nov. 11. In contested elections, voting will begin Nov. 12 and close Dec. 16. 

Nomination information can be found on CUNA's website.

CUNA received three additional nominations this week:

  • District 2, Class A – Joe Thomas, President/CEO, NextMark Credit Union, Fairfax, Va.
  • District 5, Class B – Stephanie Teubner, President/CEO, Blue Federal Credit Union, Cheyenne, Wyo.
  • Class C – Debbie Smith, President & CEO, Georgia United Credit Union, Duluth, Ga.

They join other confirmed nominees:

  • District 1, Class A Special Election – Jason Lindstrom, President/CEO, Evergreen CU, Portland, Maine
  • District 3, Class B – Alvin J. Cowans, President/CEO, McCoy FCU, Orlando, Fla.
  • District 6, Class A:  Jim Morrell, President/CEO, Peninsula Community FCU, Shelton, Wash.
  • Class C:  John Sackett, Director, Royal CU, Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Class D – Caroline Willard, President/CEO, Cornerstone League, Plano, Texas

Directors elected in eight regular elections will take office upon the adjournment of CUNA's Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held Feb. 28, 2022, during CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) and will serve through the 2025 AGM. 

For the special election, the director elected will take office Dec. 17 and will serve through the 2023 AGM.

Each credit union nominee must be an employee or a voting board member of the nominating credit union, with the nomination seconded in writing by at least two other credit unions from the same class and, for Class A and B, district.  Nominees to be elected by leagues must be a league chief executive officer and be nominated in writing by that league, with the nomination seconded in writing by at least one other league.

Two Class A and two Class B positions are up for election as follows:

  • District 2, Class A:  Credit unions having less than 38,000 members in Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia;
  • District 3, Class B:  Credit unions with at least 38,000 and not more than 141,000 members in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee;
  • District 5, Class B:  Credit unions with at least 38,000 and not more than 141,000 members in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming;
  • District 6, Class A:  Credit unions having less than 38,000 members in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Guam, Johnston Atoll, Midway Atoll, Northern Mariana Islands, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Atoll.

The special election will be held in

  • District 1, Class A:  Credit unions having less than 38,000 members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

Two Class C and two Class D positions are also up for election.  Elections for Class C (credit unions having more than 141,000 natural-person members) and Class D (leagues) will be conducted at-large nationwide, rather than by district. 

NOTE: CUNA’s Bylaws state a maximum of 10 percent of the Board may be credit union directors from Class A, B or C from any one (1) state. In addition, no more than one voting CUNA Director shall be from the same credit union. No individual may hold more than one CUNA Director position. 

The CUNA Board currently has two representatives from the following:

  • California – Terms of the two current CUNA directors from California expire in 2023 and 2024. Therefore, no candidates are eligible to be nominated and elected from California for the District 6, Class A position or the Class C position.
  • Texas – Terms of the two current CUNA Directors from Texas expire in 2023 and 2024. Therefore, no candidates are eligible to be nominated and elected from Texas for the District 5, Class B position or the Class C position.

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