The Filene Research Institute has formally named 16 new credit union executives to its i3 team dedicated to pursuing industry innovation and ideas during the next two years.
The latest group was drawn from more than 50 applications and constitutes “a national work group of insightful credit union professionals selected to be transformational leaders in building the future of credit unions and the credit union industry,” according to Filene.
The inductees include Dana Clark, assistant vice president, Connex CU, North Haven, Conn.; Joline Epple, director of marketing, Target Corp CU, Minneapolis; Betsy Guerrero, chief financial officer, Westerra CU, Denver; Jean Hughes, senior vice president, CommunityAmerica CU, Kansas City; Jennifer Kulkoski, marketing director, First Financial CU, Skokie, Ill.; Adam Marlowe, assistant vice president, Georgia’s Own CU, Atlanta; Josh McAfee, marketing director, Leaders CU, Jackson, Tenn.; Michelle Merkley, director-marketing/business development, Keystone FCU, West Chester, Pa.; Sandra Sagehorn-Elliot, senior vice president/chief operations officer, Bellco CU. Greenwood Villa, Colo.; Soma Sarkar, executive vice president/ chief operations officer, Credit Union of New Jersey, Irving; James Simon, senior vice president, Suncoast Schools CU, Tampa and Michael Spink, communications manager , Local Government FCU, Raleigh, N.C.; Ray Springsteen, SVP, Fort Knox CU, Radcliff, Ky.; Steve Webb, chief operations officer, Neighbors CU, Baton Rouge, La.; Jason Werts, vice president, Unitus Community CU, Portland, Ore.; and Linda Young, director-research & products, Coast Capital Savings, British Columbia, Canada.
Filene said each of the i3 new members will serve a two-year term and participate in semi-annual meetings arranged by Filene including the next conference Oct. 12-14 in Kansas City.
The latest group was selected with the help of Murray Barrick, a professor at Texas A&M University, with evaluations based on “leadership, creativity/innovation and teamwork.” Other factors considered were present position, geography, and type of credit union.
Denise Gabel, Filene’s chief innovation officer, said this year’s class of candidates is promising because “we’re seeing more and more institutional support from credit unions.”
She added, “I think CEOs are realizing that i3 puts not just the participant but the entire organization at the forefront of innovation work.”