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24 Selected for CUlead 2019 Class

A record number of CUlead submissions this year made for a tough decision for our CUlead selection committee to select the 2019 CUlead class.  Now in its fifth year, CUlead is a one-year, interactive program for Kansas and Missouri credit union staff who possess leadership potential and are ready to further develop their skills.

The following individuals have been selected for the 2019 CUlead class:  

  • Melinda Barbosa, Teller Supervisor, Riverways Federal Credit Union (Rolla, MO)
  • Sara Bass, AVP of Branch Operations, Heartland Credit Union (Hutchinson, KS)
  • Becca Brink, Manager, KS Air Guard Credit Union (Topeka, KS)
  • Paige Brown, Assistant Branch, Manager, Volt Credit Union (Springfield, MO)
  • Emily Buehler, Director, Talent Management, Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union (St. Louis, MO)
  • Sarah Calhoun, Interim CEO, Kansas City Credit Union (Kansas City, MO)
     
  • John Etter, Member Solutions Manager, Mainstreet Credit Union (Lenexa, KS)
  • Kayla Fay, Accounting Manager, Envista Credit Union (Topeka, KS)
  • Dana Gering, Dual Branch Manager CommunityAmerica Credit Union (Lenexa, KS)
  • Tammy Hermosillo, Member Solutions Manager, Missouri Valley Federal Credit Union (St. Peters, MO)
  • Jim Jacobs, AVP Risk Management, Credit Union of America (Wichita, KS)
  • Kathy League, Director of Retail Banking, Meritrust Credit Union (Wichita, KS)
     
  • Danielle Napier, Indirect Loan Manager, Mid American Credit Union (Wichita, KS)
  • Erin Olson, Training Coordinator, kstate Credit Union (Manhattan, KS)
  • Dawn Perkins, Director-Collections & IT, Holy Rosary Credit Union (Kansas City, MO)
  • Stacey Sanford, Accounting Specialist, Riverways Federal Credit Union (Rolla, MO)
  • Valerie Shely, VP of Branch Operations, Wichita Federal Credit Union (Wichita, KS)
  • Beth Smith, FSR Supervisor and Community Development/Member Service Specialist, Central Missouri Community Credit Union (Warrensburg, MO)
     
  • Amy Spencer, Operations Manager, Azura Credit Union (Topeka, KS)
  • Tinesha Tyler, Accounting Supervisor, Electro Savings Credit Union (St. Louis, MO)
  • Dan Umscheid, AVP Support Services, Credit Union of America (Wichita, KS)
  • PJ Watson, Assistant Manager, KC Fairfax Federal Credit Union (Kansas City, KS)
  • Daylene Wittman, Branch Manager, Azura Credit Union (Topeka, KS)
  • Dakota Wolf, Special Accounts Supervisor, Mid American Credit Union (Wichita, KS)

The class represents staff from Missouri credit unions in Rolla, Kansas City, St. Louis, Warrensburg and St. Peters, and Kansas credit unions in Hutchinson, Topeka, Kansas City, Wichita and Manhattan.

CUleaders will meet six times during the year to learn everything from credit union philosophy, advocacy and communication skills to regulator insights, financial analysis and strategic planning. Each session includes two intensive days of learning from experts, bonding with each other, and self-reflection.

As many credit union executives approach retirement age, credit unions know they need key staff to step up and fill top-level roles. Our CUlead program prepares these employees. In addition, graduates have made valuable connections with their peers.

“The primary purpose of our CUlead program is to build leaders, but we keep hearing about the connections and relationships formed between the class members," said Clint Armistead, director of training & events and CUlead coordinator. “Even years later, graduates of the program keep in touch."

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