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1st class selected for new Kan. leadership program

December 5, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (12/8/14)--The Kansas Credit Union Association announced the formation of CUlead, a one-year leadership development program for on-the-rise credit union employees.

"Top-notch employees are hard to find, and sometimes they are even harder to keep," said Gina Evans, the league's assistant vice president of education and councils and CUlead coordinator. "With statistics showing that many credit union executives are nearing retirement age, it's more important than ever for credit unions to prepare for the future and develop staff to fill these top roles."

The league said the program was developed in part based on feedback from member credit unions. 

To provide an intimate class setting to enhance leadership skills, class size was limited to 15 applicants. Credit union employees selected as the inaugural class of the program include:

  • Corey Winter, branch manager, Meritrust CU, Wichita, with $969 million in assets;
  • haron Thornhill, vice president/assistant manager, Bell CU, Hutchinson, with $11 million in assets;
  • Mary Wehner, chief financial officer, Central Star CU, Wichita, with $76 million in assets;
  • Chris Correll, branch manager, Emporia State FCU, Emporia, with $68 million in assets;
  • Christy Bales, member service supervisor, Cessna Employees CU, Wichita, with $233 million in assets;
  • Kimberly Beltran, branch manager, MidAmerican CU, Wichita, with $226 million in assets;
  • Erik Breckenridge, business systems manager, Meritrust CU;
  • Preston Ford, indirect lending manager, Educational CU, Topeka, with $193 million in assets;
  • Rob Detrick, vice president, branch operations, CU of America, Wichita, with $565 million in assets;
  • David Linderman, accounting manager, Quest CU, Topeka, with $280 million in assets;
  • Michael Griffin, branch manager, Educational CU;
  • Geoff Strole, mortgage development officer, Truity CU, Bartlesville, Okla., with $726 million in assets;
  • Donna Miller, branch manager, Heartland CU, Hutchinson, with $220 million in assets;
  • Kelly Martin, assistant vice president, operations, TECU CU, Wichita, with $69 million in assets; and
  • Jeremy Stauffacher, assistant vice president, retail operations, Heartland CU.

The program's first session is Feb. 9-10, in conjunction with the association's annual Day at the Capitol in Topeka. Other sessions are scheduled for April, June, October and December.