Northwest Continues Strong Presence on CUNA Board—Keesee Elected to Board

Spokane Media Federal Credit Union CEO Debie Keesee was elected to the CUNA Board of Directors last week.

Debie Keesee, CEO of Spokane Media Federal Credit Union, was elected by acclamation to the CUNA Board of Directors last week. Keesee, who also serves on and previously chaired the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Board, has proven herself a powerful and dedicated advocate.

Keesee has served in many national roles, including CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Committee, its Charter Review and Enhancement Task Force, and as a mainstay on its Small Credit Union Committee, most recently as its Chair. Keesee also serves as a passionate CULAC Trustee. Her election to the CUNA Board and the advocacy engagement she demonstrates will benefit credit unions and the Movement nationwide.

“I feel truly privileged to have spent 39 years involved personally and professionally in an industry that I love. Serving on the CUNA Board will be the pinnacle of my credit union service and continuation of my advocacy commitment,” said Keesee. “As the industry navigates a shifting landscape of challenges, I look forward to being a part of the solution for our future.”

Keesee’s election also showed the Northwest’s commitment to engaged advocacy. When she is seated in February she will become the third Northwesterner on the Board. Association President and CEO Troy Stang was reelected by acclamation last week, and CUNA Board Chairman Susan Streifel is the President and CEO of Woodstone Credit Union in Federal Way, Washington.

 “I believe CUNA is well-positioned to deliver the necessary leadership in this next chapter of the system’s evolution that encourages united engagement from its member credit unions, leagues, and system partners,” said Stang. “I am excited to continue my service as a Board Member, ultimately supporting the Board, management, and the entire system as we work together to remove barriers, protect and advance the charter, and maximize the public’s awareness of credit unions as the best choice in financial services.”

Nine nominations were submitted for eight open director positions on CUNA’s board of directors. Friday was the deadline for nominations and seconds. There is one contested election [reporting from CUNA]:

District 5: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming:

  • Class B: Roger Heacock, president/CEO, Black Hills FCU, Rapid City, S.D., and Paul Trylko, president/CEO, Amplify CU, Austin, TX have each submitted their nomination for the District 5, Class B seat. Class B credit unions have at least 30,000 but not more than 106,000 natural-person members.

Credit unions in that district and class will have an opportunity to cast an electronic or paper ballot. Voting begins Dec. 9 and closes Jan. 15.

The full list of candidates elected by acclamation includes:

District 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands:

  • Class C, credit unions having at least 106,000 natural-person members: Mark S. Brantley, board member, Municipal CU, New York.

District 2: Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia:

  • Class A, credit unions having less than 30,000 natural-person members: Joe Thomas, president/CEO, Fairfax County FCU, Fairfax, Va.

District 3: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee:

  • Class B, credit unions having at least 30,000 but not more than 106,000 natural-person members: Bradley Green, president/CEO, Listerhill CU, Sheffield, Ala.

District 4: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin:

  • Class C: John C. Sackett, board treasurer, Royal CU, Eau Claire, Wis.

District 5: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming:

  • Class D, league presidents: Scott Sullivan, president/CEO, Nebraska Credit Union League.

District 6: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Guam, Johnston Atoll, Midway Atoll, Northern Mariana Islands, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Atoll:

  • Class A, Debie Keesee, CEO of Spokane (Wash.) Media FCU; and
  • Class D, Troy Stang, president/CEO, Northwest Credit Union Association.

Those elected will take office upon the adjournment of CUNA’s Annual General Meeting in Washington, D.C., Feb. 22, during the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790,

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