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Meet the HCUA Board: 3 Questions with Kirk Mondy

To introduce our Heartland Credit Union Association Board of Directors, we will run a special feature that spotlights a director of the HCUA Board each week.

Kirk Mondy has been the president of Ozark Federal Credit Union since 1999. Previously, he held other positions at the credit union, including operations officer and vice president. He graduated from the CUNA Management School in 2000, and has also been involved with a number of boards within the credit union industry, such as the Missouri Credit Union Association Board of Directors (2002-2008, 2011-2014), Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation (2008-2014), and Southeast Chapter of Credit Unions.

Each board member was given the same list of questions, and he or she answered a few of them for the spotlight. 

When did you first become involved with credit unions?

My credit union career started in 1982 at this very credit union, Ozark Federal Credit Union (then Poplar Bluff Federal Credit Union). I attended church with the manager who hired me and she knew I needed a job. I began as a part-time teller/clerk, working three days a week. After three months, I became full-time. I thought it would be a stopgap job to carry me until I found a “real” career job. There are very few credit unions in rural Missouri; I had never heard of one before working here.

This stopgap job turned into a career, as I learned more about the credit union and took some basic business courses. Eventually I became operations officer, then vice president and finally president in 1999. CUNA Management School has helped me expand my knowledge of credit unions and the credit union industry—class of 2000!

Where is your favorite place to be?

My everyday favorite place is at home in my recliner. If we were talking vacation places, I’d have to say Puerto Rico!

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I hold a bachelor’s degree in church music, and I have some Spanish skills (I can get along). It comes in handy sometimes, especially in Puerto Rico.