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Committees, Groups and Task Forces

Credit union professionals who serve on our collaborative groups, including our various committees, councils and networking organizations, play a significant role in our success. We are in the process of retooling many of these opportunities!

StateWide Advocacy Council (SWAC)

SWAC is composed of credit union representatives from the four regions across the Commonwealth. Council members coordinate grassroot support, including events such as Hike the Hill; establish VACUPAC goals for each credit union and coordinate fundraising efforts; and create activities for legislators to showcase the "Credit Union Difference."


Name Credit Union
Jeff Long Apple FCU
Jeff Margeson Northwest FCU
Glenn Birch Virginia CU
Craig Zuidema BayPort CU
Phil Richards Chartway FCU
Chris Michael Member One FCU
Chris Anuswith ABNB FCU
Elizabeth McNeal Parkview FCU
RoseMary O’steen Argent CU
Heather Minestreet Peoples Advantage FCU
Jeff Bentley (VACUL Board Liaison) Northwest Federal Credit Union
CeJae Vtipilson (VACUL Staff Liaison) Virginia Credit Union League


Emerging Professionals Network

The Emerging Professionals Network (or EPN) is a network of like-minded credit union professionals and volunteers from across Virginia. Our mission is to attract, develop and retain young talent within Virginia's credit union system by connecting, empowering and engaging young professionals. Members of the EPN share a common passion for the credit union industry, professional success and growth, and providing continuous value to their credit unions.


Name Credit Union
Cedric Claude Virginia Credit Union
Heather Farrar DuPont Comm. CU
Diana Flowers MemberOne FCU
Jen Fox NextMark CU
Amy Mallinson Beach Municipal FCU
Marc Odom ABNB FCU
Trent Saflin Northwest FCU
Juan Sanmartin Henrico FCU
Danielle  Kennett ValleyStar CU
Justin Platt UVA Community CU
Andrew Reynolds (VACUL Board Liaison) Blue Eagle Credit Union
Mary Amyx (VACUL Staff Liaison) Virginia Credit Union League


Policy Committee

The Policy Committee will meet regularly and discuss and recommend policy positions to the League Board of Directors on issues that impact credit unions at both the state and federal levels. The Policy Committee, with assistance from League staff, will seek feedback from member credit unions when formulating policy for the League. The members of the Policy Committee will also seek feedback through appropriate channels within their credit union, in addition to giving their own expertise, to ensure that they are representing the viewpoint of the credit union leadership.


Name Credit Union
Jennifer Yocke Henrico FCU
Woody Windley Roanoke Valley Comm FCU
Jim Wilmot Arlington Comm. FCU
Kristin Schultz Spectra CU
Chris Saneda Virginia CU
Tim Rowe MemberOne FCU
Mark Robnett Justice FCU
Geri Metzger Beach Municipal
Pat McNichol Navy FCU
Owen McKinnie First NRV FCU
Greg McConville Beacon CU
Cheryl Doss URW Credit Union
Sharon Conti VA Educators CU
Jamie Asciolla Argent CU

Paul Muse (VACUL League Liaison)

1st Advantage FCU

JT Blau (VACUL Staff Liaison)

 Virginia Credit Union 


Financial WellBeing for All Committee (previously Financial Education Committee)

The Committee's purpose is to aid credit unions in living the "Credit Union Difference.”  The Committee will seek to assist credit unions in addressing financial participation, education and inclusion for both the broader population and the more financially vulnerable members of our communities, through initiatives and programs designed to improve households' financial outcomes. The Committee will also seek to leverage its initiatives and knowledge gained from credit unions to advocate for the industry and educate policymakers about credit unions' efforts to improve financial outcomes for our members and the communities we serve.


Name Credit Union
Belinda Aboagye BayPort CU
Kimberly Allen Baylands Family CU
Cherry Dale Virginia Credit Union
Jerome Fowlkes Langley FCU
Fred Hayes Baylands Family CU
Sarah Landrum DuPont Community CU
Katie Knight Apple FCU
Lauren Polen TopSide FCU
Silvia Riggins Fort Lee FCU
Cassandra Riggins UVA Community CU
Adam Riggleman Parkview FCU
LauRae UpChurch Commonwealth One FCU
Rachael Williams ValleyStar CU
Amanda Wilson Fort Lee FCU
Kim Little (VACUL Board Liaison) Chartway CU
Carrie Hunt (VACUL Staff Liaison) Virginia Credit Union League


Credit Union Growth Committee (previously Marketing & Business Development Council)

The financial landscape is ever-changing and competition has never been more fierce. The Credit Union Growth Committee will address credit unions' opportunities and challenges across a broad spectrum, including lending, marketing, business development, technology, demographics, the competitive landscape, strategic business partnerships (including fintechs) and small credit union issues. An important focus for the Committee will be delivering timely, relevant educational opportunities and resources to credit unions.


Name Credit Union
Brandize Braxton Credit Union of Richmond
Jim Eads The United Methodist CU
Lisa Gilliam DuPont Comm. CU
Fred Hayes Baylands Family CU
Randa Monroe TopSide FCU
Melissa Judy Apple FCU
Pam Lease Bronco FCU
Sarah Marks Fort Lee FCU
Amber Mooney TruEnergy FCU
Kris Morelli Dominion CU
Chris Nunnaly RVA Financial
Emmanuel Obe Commonwealth One FCU
Stephanie Potter ValleyStar CU
Joseph Raichel UVA Community CU
Bill Susewind Beach Municipal FCU
Janine Williams (VACUL Board Liaison) UVA Comm. Credit Union
David Deacon (VACUL Staff Liaison) Virginia Credit Union League


Audit Committee

This committee reviews the audit report and reports to our Board of Directors.


Credit Union 
Sharon Conti 
Virginia Educators Credit Union 
Allan Davidson 
Kemba Federal Credit Union 
Ricky McCormick 
Argent Credit Union 
Karen Orie 
Hampton Roads Educators Credit Union 
Lewis Smith 
BayPort Credit Union
Simuel Young 
NextMark Credit Union 
Bruce Six 
(League Board Liaison)
Topside Federal Credit Union
Karima Freeman
(League Staff Liaison) 
Virginia Credit Union League 

Governance Committee

This committee seeks recommendations for nominations to the Board of Directors.


Credit Union 
Bill Hawkins (Chairman)
Healthcare Systems Federal Credit Union
Katrina Hayes-Peerman  
Virginia State University Federal Credit Union
Dean Marshall
Celco Federal Credit Union 
Jeff Thompson
Blue Eagle Credit Union
John West
Call Federal Credit Union 
Chris Williams
(League Board Liaison)
Henrico Federal Credit Union
Lewis Wood
(League Staff Liaison) 
Virginia Credit Union League 

Estonia Partnership Committee

This Committee helps the Baltic nation of Estonia revive its credit cooperative movement and aid their efforts to become independent, competitive financial institutions.


Name Credit Union
Juri Valdov Northwest
Joe Thomas (VACUL Boar Liaison) NextMark
Carrie Hunt (VACUL Staff Liaison) Virginia Credit Union League



In addition to our own committees, we also help support the work of regional chapters, groups of credit unions who have joined together to support our advocacy work, offer educational and networking opportunities and engage in community-based projects, including charitable fundraising.

Need help? Contact Lewis Wood.

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