Busy Weekend for Dakota Credit Union Leaders!
by CUAD Communications

Washington, D.C. – Many of our North and South Dakota credit union leaders arrived early and were busy chairing or participating in CUNA GAC pre-conference committee meetings and leadership events over the weekend. We appreciate all of these Dakota credit union professionals for their service to the industry, and for their dedication and involvement in these committees.

Those arriving early and engaged in weekend activities included:    

Jeff Olson, CUAD President/CEO, Bismarck, ND. Jeff participated in the Association of America’s Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) Executive Board meeting; National Action & Response Program (NARP) meetings on Friday and Saturday; the AACUL Executive Board and NASCUS Leadership team meeting; CU House Annual Meeting; League President’s meeting; and the CUNA Consumer Consideration Committee (CCC) meeting on Sunday. The Consumer Consideration Committee is responsible for ensuring a sustainable funding model and for the overall governance and direction of the CUNA “Open Your Eyes to a Credit Union” awareness initiative.

Roger Heacock, President/CEO of Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Rapid City, SD. Roger attended several meetings. He is finishing his second and final term as a CUNA Director representing District 5, Class B Division. He also serves as the Chair of the CUNA Strategic Services (CSS). Roger took part in CUNA Board meetings and Chaired the CSS Board of Directors meeting on Sunday.

Fran Sommerfeld, President/CEO of Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union, Sioux Falls, SD. Fran serves on the CUNA Powers Sub-Committee, which meets quarterly and provides feedback on pending legislative and regulatory proposals affecting credit union powers at the federal and state government level and to develop recommendations to the Advocacy Committee to address those concerns. Fran took part in the in-person meeting on Sunday afternoon.

Nick Woodward, President/CEO of United Savings Credit Union, Fargo, ND. Nick serves on the CUNA Small Credit Union Committee. This committee is comprised of leaders from smaller credit unions and tracks issues affecting small credit unions, promotes unity between credit unions of all sizes, and strives to defend against threats to their cooperative, not-for-profit, democratic structure. Nick took part in committee meeting on Saturday and he participated in the Small Credit Union Roundtable on Sunday.


Jean Peterson, Volunteer at Aberdeen Federal Credit Union, Aberdeen, SD. Jean is the Chair of the CUNA Volunteer Committee, which assists in the development of CUNA strategy for the increased involvement and support of credit union volunteers. In this capacity, she participated in the CUNA Board meeting on Saturday, providing the Volunteer Leadership Committee Chair report. She also participated in the CUNA Advocacy Committee Meeting on Saturday where she serves in an Ex-officio capacity. Jean will also be a featured panelist during a GAC conference breakout session on Tuesday titled “Your Role in Advocacy.”  

Paul Brucker, President of Railway Credit Union, Mandan, ND. Paul serves on the CULAC Executive Committee and is our North Dakota CULAC Trustee. He participated in the CULAC Executive meeting on Saturday, and the CULAC Board of Trustees meeting on Sunday.


Chad Moller, Branch Manager at Dakotaland Federal Credit Union, Brookings, SD. Chad is our South Dakota CULAC Trustee, and he participated in both the CULAC Leadership Training Workshop and the CULAC Board of Trustees meeting on Sunday.


Jay Kruse, CUAD Chief Advocacy Officer, Sioux Falls, SD. Jay Participated in the CULAC Leadership Training workshop and the Political and Grassroots Network meeting on Sunday and the Government Affairs Professionals meeting this morning.


Amy Kleinschmit, CUAD Chief Compliance Officer, Sioux Falls, SD. Amy was invited to attend a group discussion on development needs of compliance professionals.


Lori Welder, CUAD Director of Communications, Bismarck, ND. Lori was busy covering CUAD members during their respective meetings. She also took some time to participate in the CUNA GAC first-time attendee orientation on Sunday.


CUAD’s CUNA GAC Crashers: Three young professionals were selected to be GAC Crashers this year, including: Lacey TerWee, University FCU, Grand Forks, ND; Joey Rotert, Sioux Falls FCU, Sioux Falls, SD; and Rachel Lere, Black Hills FCU, Rapid City, SD. We are very proud of our Crashers, and all three have been engaged in training and leadership workshops all weekend. Their Crasher training will continue throughout the conference. 

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