MADISON, Wis. (7/26/13)--The Filene Research Institute Wednesday announced the addition of three new members to its research council.
The research council's 38 members help plan the organization's research topics, volunteer to pilot Filene innovations at their credit unions, and work with Filene's outside researchers to provide access and insights to the credit union system.
"When searching out new candidates for the research council, we look for credit union leaders with a clear track record of innovation," said Mark Meyer, Filene CEO. "These three leaders play integral roles in continuing the advancement of the credit union movement. There's no better way for us to set and adjust our research agenda than by doing it with those who will use the research."
New members of the council include:
- Linda Bodie, chief + innovator at Element FCU, Charleston, W. Va. Since joining Element in 1998, Bodie developed processes such as digitizing 99% of the credit union's paper, streamlined business processes with technology, and implemented electronic check deposit services. She also co-developed and deployed the world's first remote-deposit capture iPhone app.
- Bob Morgan, CEO, NorthCountry FCU, Burlington, Vt. Morgan joined the credit union in 2000 as a branch manager, working his way to vice president of lending and administration, executive vice president and then CEO in 2012. Morgan also served on the Association of Vermont Credit Unions' board, as chair of the association's social responsibility committee and government relations committee. Morgan is a Filene i3 alum.
- Eileen Rivera, president/CEO, SkyOne FCU, Hawthorne, Calif. Rivera has worked at SkyOne FCU for 25 years, including 20 years as the president/CEO. She is on the California Credit Union League's board, serving as chairman in 2011 and was on the association's search committee to hire the league president. She also serves on the RMJ Foundation's board, which promotes financial literacy, and as vice chairman of the Credit Union Advisory Board for the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Rivera is a member of the Credit Union National Association awards committee.