Veridian CEO Announces 2015 Departure
After 25 years as president/CEO of Veridian Credit Union in Waterloo, Iowa, Jean Trainor will step down in 2015. According to a Thursday statement, she will leave the post to help her son fulfill a career dream of giving a voice to others who, like him, are unable to speak.
Nate Trainor has Joubert Syndrome, a disorder that causes a brain abnormality of the cerebellar vermis, which controls balance and coordination, according to the Joubert Syndrome & Related Disorder Foundation.
Though this disorder has left Nate unable to speak, he communicates by typing on a tablet device.
“His career goal is to teach others to type,” said a statement from Veridian CU announcing Trainor’s plans. “In Nate’s words, ‘we free voices so hearts can dream.’ Jean wants to play a role in working alongside Nate to make that a reality starting in 2015.”
In 1982, Trainor joined the $2.4 billion Veridian CU in Waterloo, Iowa, which serves more than 183,000 members. By 1989, she was appointed CEO and chief inclusion officer. She was instrumental in leading inclusion efforts at Veridian as well as in helping establish the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, according to the credit union’s prepared statement.
Under Trainor’s leadership, the credit union’s membership grew by 333%. That growth led to the creation of more than 500 new jobs at Veridian, according to the credit union’s prepared statement.
“I took the job at the credit union because of the people and it is the people I will miss most,” she said.
Trainor also volunteers her time and expertise to UnityPoint Health/Allen Health Systems Board as its chair, as well as volunteering with Inclusion Connection Board, TASH board of directors and UNI College of Business Administration Advisory board, among other groups and organizations.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to work for the credit union and very proud of our accomplishments,” Trainor said. “I’m leaving the credit union in the hands of a very strong team. Veridian is strong financially and well positioned for the future.”
Trainor is expected to step down after her successor is named next year, the credit union said.