NWCUA Presents 2014 Directors’ Awards; Honors Presented for Leadership, Advocacy, Innovation and Impact


June 10, 2014

Lynn Heider
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NWCUA Presents 2014 Directors’ Awards
Honors Presented for Leadership, Advocacy, Innovation and Impact

TIGARD, Oregon — Four credit union board members and two credit unions took top honors in the Northwest Credit Union Association’s 2014 Directors’ Awards. Their contributions to the credit union movement were celebrated with a gala dinner during the 2014 NWCUA Directors’ Conference in Vancouver, Washington June 6-8.

Winning awards were:

  • Credit Union Director of the Year: Warren Kuwahara, who has served NW Plus Credit Union (Everett, Washington) in advocacy and board leadership roles for 25 years. Kuwahara supported the credit union through mergers, the expansion of branch networking and the transition to a state charter.
  • Spirit of the Community Award: Lee Duncan, IBEW & United Workers Federal Credit Union (Portland, Oregon) board member. For twelve years, Duncan has spearheaded “Unions for Kids” which raised nearly $400,000 for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland.
  • Distinguished Impact Award: Jerry Hauck, an 11-year veteran on the Rogue Credit Union (Medford, Oregon) board. Hauck is credited with supporting the credit union with full staffing needs and services throughout the economic crisis — when members needed the most of their credit union.
  • Advocate of the Year — Oregon: Jan Uffelman, a director on the Mid Oregon Credit Union (Bend, Oregon) board who has attended the CUNA GAC seven times, while maintaining contact with both of Oregon’s U.S. Senators with six state legislators to champion credit unions.
  • Advocate of the Year — Washington: The entire board of TwinStar Credit Union (Lacey, Washington) for outreach resulting in member engagement and support of credit-union-endorsed candidates.
  • Credit Union Commitment to Board Excellence: USAgencies Credit Union (Portland, Oregon) for developing a training and mentoring program requiring potential board members to complete a year of training before becoming eligible for nomination.

“All credit union board members are making important contributions to their credit unions, to their executive teams, to their members and their communities,” said Troy Stang, president and CEO. “It is inspiring to note the accomplishments in particular of the board members and the credit unions which we honored.”

More information on the 2014 NWCUA Directors Awards can be found here.


The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association serving 164 of Oregon and Washington’s credit unions and their 4.5 million members. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support and business solutions to its members. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.

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