Diana Dykstra, president/CEO of the $670 million San Francisco Fire Credit Union, has been selected to lead the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, the organizations recently announced. She will begin her new role as president/CEO on Oct. 18.
Dykstra succeeds Bill Cheney, who was selected in May to become the president/CEO of CUNA. Dave Chatfield, retired CCUL president/CEO, has served as the leagues' top executive since July 6.
"The league conducted an extensive search for candidates whose breadth of credit union experience is best suited to lead the leagues in moving forward as we address the current and future challenges in our two states," said CCUL Board Chairman Jeff York, CEO of CoastHills FCU. "Diana was highly recommended by the search committee, and unanimously approved by the league executive committee and board of directors."
A widely recognized credit union leader with more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Dykstra has served as president/CEO of SF Fire CU since August 2004. Previously, she worked for the $7.2 billion The Golden 1 Credit Union, where she developed a prototype that would later become the Credit Union Direct Lending program.
Dykstra is a former chairman of the CCUL and currently serves on the league's board of directors. She is a graduate of and current instructor at Western CUNA Management School, is currently vice chair of Prime Alliance Solutions and serves as chairman of the board for O'Rourke and Associates. She served on the WesCorp Board of Directors when the NCUA conserve it.
"I am very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead as president and CEO of the California and Nevada Leagues," Dykstra said in a release. "I look forward to working with the boards of both leagues and our outstanding staff to meet the needs of our member credit unions today and in the years ahead."
SFFCU has selected Darren Herrmann, executive vice president of member experience, to serve as interim CEO. Herrmann, who has been with SFFCU for seven years, will have to manage without Dykstra's advice for now; she's on vacation until Sept. 21. Herrmann said the overseas trip was planned months ago and that Dykstra's time away from the credit union has nothing to do with her resignation.
Herrmann said SFFCU will form a search committee to recruit outside candidates for Dykstra's position. He would not say if he or other internal candidates will apply for the job.