Transition Board for America’s Credit Unions announced

August 9, 2023

CUNA and NAFCU released details of the proposed Transition Board for America’s Credit Unions, including members of the Executive Committee. Brian Schools, current vice chair of the NAFCU Board of Directors and president/CEO of Chartway Federal Credit Union (Virginia Beach, Va.), is set to lead the charge as the association’s first chair.

“I am honored to be at the forefront of a vote for a historic merger where CUNA’s and NAFCU’s collective influence will prove to be a powerful force when advocating with regulators and lawmakers from all levels of government,” said Schools. “I am confident that we will continue to provide innovative, collaborative, and aggressive advocacy to bring victories for our credit union members and ensure the industry’s best days are ahead of us.”

Lisa Ginter, current chair of the CUNA Board of Directors and CEO of CommunityAmerica Credit Union (Lenexa, Kan.), is slated as the Transition Board’s vice chair.

Other proposed seats on the board’s Executive Committee include Pat Pierce, CEO of City and County Credit Union (St. Paul, Minn.), as treasurer and Karen Harbin, president and CEO of Commonwealth Credit Union (Frankfort, Ky.), as secretary.

Ginter and NAFCU Board Chair Gary Grinnell, president/CEO of Corning Federal Credit Union (Corning, N.Y.), announced the proposed board in messages to CUNA and NAFCU members Tuesday.

In addition to the proposed officer seats, the emails detailed the planned composition of the Transition Board, as well as the Continuing Board, which would take effect after the Transition Board members’ three-year terms conclude.

The proposed Transition Board members will be voted on by members of America’s Credit Unions. CUNA and NAFCU last week announced their intent to merge; a vote by members of both associations to approve the merger is set to begin later this month.

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