NWCUA’s Troy Stang; Spokane Media FCU’s Debie Keesee Re-Elected to Serve on CUNA’s Board of Directors

Board members advocate for the Credit Union Movement on the national level while also strengthening the Movement regionally.

2/12/2019

Troy Stang, President and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association, and Debie Keesee, President and CEO of Spokane Media Federal Credit Union, have been re-elected to sit on the Credit Union National Association Board of Directors.

Troy Stang

Troy Stang, President and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association.

Director terms begin March 11 and expire in 2022 at CUNA’s annual meeting. Stang’s seat, Class D, represents League Presidents who are elected at-large nationally. Keesee’s District 6, Class A seat represents credit unions with 38,000 or less members in several states and territories, including Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. CUNA Board members are voted into their roles democratically and represent credit unions of all sizes and geographic areas.

Both Stang and Keesee have served on CUNA’s Board of Directors previously. In 2018, Stang served as Secretary, and prior to that, as Treasurer.

“I am honored to serve on CUNA’s Board of Directors, where I and my fellow Board members will have a national voice in advocating for the Credit Union Movement,” Stang said. “Our progressive priorities focus on removing barriers for credit unions to better serve their members, foster membership growth, and increase awareness of credit unions as the best financial option to consumers.

“Northwest credit unions are helping to lead the charge in advocacy, and S.2155 is the best example of that with its Northwest roots,” Stang continued. “I’m so proud to be part of this incredible Movement.”

2155, the Growth, Regulatory, Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, was introduced by Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and signed into law in May of last year. Credit union professionals from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington played an integral role in advocating for its passage, and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) initiated a key provision of the landmark legislation – the “Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act.”

John Zmolek, NWCUA Board of Directors Chairman and President and CEO of Verity Credit Union, said having a strong relationship with CUNA is critical for advocating on behalf of credit unions.

“To assure that the credit union charter and movement is as strong as it can be, we need a vibrant and healthy relationship between CUNA and the regional associations,” he said. “With Troy’s position not only on the CUNA Board, but also on the executive team, he can bring the best advocacy practices in the nation back to the NWCUA. Only through having a strong national association, and a great local association, can we achieve more victories such as S. 2155.”

Keesee said she, too, is honored to once again have the opportunity to serve on CUNA’s Board.

Debie Keesee

Debie Keesee, President and CEO of Spokane Media Federal Credit Union.

“I am truly humbled by my reelection to the CUNA Board and the honor bestowed on me by the 361 credit unions I represent. I never take that honor for granted, and I am always open to hearing from the credit unions I’ve been elected to serve.”

She is eager, she said, to see response to CUNA’s national awareness initiative, “Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union.”

“As I begin my new term, I am looking forward to the success of the biggest initiative ever undertaken by our movement. Having seen all the work and research that has gone into developing the plan, I am eager to see the results,” Keesee said. “I anticipate we will finally be moving the needle on consumers’ understanding that credit unions truly are the best financial partner.”

Keesee encourages credit unions to get involved with the initiative. Any contributions credit unions are able to make toward the initiative are appreciated.

The newly convened CUNA Board of Directors will gather during CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference, March 11-14 in Washington, D.C., where they will advocate on behalf of credit unions with legislators, hear from keynote speakers, and network with other credit union advocates.