Call for Nominations: Apply by Nov. 9 to Serve on NWCUA’s 2019 Committees

Ashish Garg, CEO and Founder of Eltropy, discusses his company’s services with the Value Creation Task Force during MAXX 2018 in Tacoma, Wash., Oct. 15.


Members of the Northwest Credit Union Association’s committees and task forces are some of our most vital collaborators, working with NWCUA staff to improve the operating environment and increase opportunities for Northwest credit unions.

Contributing your voice to one of our committees is one important way you can advance your credit union and the Credit Union Movement.

If you’re interested in serving on a committee next year, or if you know someone who would make a great candidate, the 2019 committee nomination period is open through Nov. 9. Click here to submit your nomination today.

It is important to note that if you, or individuals from your credit union, have served on a committee in the past, you must still put forward your recommendation for the 2019 NWCUA committees.

“Serving on a committee is a win-win engagement,” said Rick Hein, President and CEO of Oregon State Credit Union. Hein serves as co-chair for the Advocacy Sub-committee and as a member of the Oregon Governmental Affairs Committee.

“You have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding on an issue and may even help create a direction for the future of the industry,” Hein said. “You also get the opportunity to build your network and contacts by working with your peers on credit union industry issues, needs, and achievements. You’ll learn diplomacy and the art of persuasion as you engage with other credit union professionals. Through it all, you have fun. That’s why people should volunteer to be on a committee, especially those rising stars.”

Debie Keesee, President and CEO of Spokane Media Federal Credit Union echoed Hein’s sentiments. Keesee is also a co-chair for the Advocacy Sub-committee and a member of the Washington state Governmental Affairs Committee.

“I can’t emphasize enough how valuable an experience it is to serve on an NWCUA committee,” Keesee said. “I always think of it as being like the Wizard of Oz. It is an opportunity to take a peek behind the curtain and see how things really work. It is your chance to truly make a difference in the way the Association formulates its direction, allowing the Association to continue its great work on behalf of all of our credit unions. This insures all three of our states maintain our success as a movement.”

Read on to learn more about the committees credit union leaders in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington are invited to serve.

  • Advocacy Sub-committeeThis committee is responsible for developing and training advocacy leaders within the credit union industry, and for setting fundraising goals and assisting in fundraising events on behalf of state PACs and CUNA’s CULAC. For more information about this committee, contact Samantha Beeler, AVP, Advocacy.
  • Awards Committee: This committee heads the overall administration and judging of the annual awards program, which is designed to connect and honor excellence in the Northwest credit union community. For more information, contact Christine Ruzzi, Director, Member Resources.
  • Defense Fund Oversight Sub-committeeMaintaining a strong defense fund is critical to the Credit Union Movement. This sub-committee is responsible for providing oversight to the defense fund expenditures. For more information, contact Jennifer Wagner, Chief Advocacy Officer.
  • Idaho, Oregon, and Washington Governmental Affairs Committees: Each state’s Governmental Affairs Committee assists the Association in an advisory capacity by providing guidance on federal and state legislative and regulatory issues, and by developing policy recommendations to present to the ICUL and NWCUA boards. Contact Ryan Fitzgerald for Idaho information and Jennifer Wagner for Oregon and Washington information.
  • Regulatory Advisory Sub-committeeMembers of this subcommittee partner with regulatory agencies to develop responsible rules and regulations. They also gather feedback from member credit unions, which informs the Association’s regulatory priorities. For more information, contact John Trull, AVP, Regulatory Advocacy.
  • Strategic Market Share Task Force: This task force works with Association staff to help Northwest credit unions discover market share growth opportunities. For more information, contact Danielle Sittu, Vice President, Communications and Marketing.
  • Value Creation Task Force: Members of this task force connect Northwest credit unions to fintech opportunities by examining emerging trends, gathering ideas, piloting small-batch beta tests, providing feedback, and helping NWCUA staff determine win-win opportunities that benefit consumers, credit unions, partners, and the Association. For more information, contact Jason Smith, Vice President, Strategic Resources.

Your Association values the guidance of all credit union professionals who participate on our committees and task forces. Please help us serve Northwest credit unions better by submitting your nomination today.

The full roster of 2019 committee appointments will be announced before year end. Current 2018 committee members will continue to serve in their respective committees until Dec. 31.

For more information about committee nominations, contact Christine Ruzzi, Director, Member Resources, at

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