The CEO panel included (left to right): Travis CU CEO Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, Freedom First CU CEO Paul Phillips and HEW FCU CEO Kathy Geary.

WASHINGTON – Three credit union CEOs stressed that collaboration is key to successfully reaching out to low income communities during an afternoon break-out session at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference Tuesday afternoon.

Paul Phillips, president/CEO of the $315 million Freedom First Credit Union of Roanoke, Va., Kathy Geary, president/CEO of the $155 million HEW Federal Credit Union of Alexandria, Va. and Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, president/CEO of the $2.1 billion Travis Credit Union of Vacaville, Calif., sat on a panel that was moderated by Gigi Hyland, executive director of the National Credit Union Foundation.

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