PEWAUKEE, Wis. (7/17/08)--The Wisconsin Credit Union League this week announced its councils and committees for this year, including the newly created Young Professionals Council. The Young Professionals Council will be appointed annually at the discretion of the league president, to advise league staff on the direction and focus of the league’s initiatives to reach out to young adults. It will meet twice a year, under the direction of staff liaison Jill Weber, league director of member solutions. Council members, age 35 and younger, will be asked for input on practices to recruit young adult credit union members, employees and volunteers, and efforts to develop young credit union professionals into positions of leadership within the credit union industry. The council also may be asked to provide input on educational programs directed toward young adults and professionals. “We have a very talented group of individuals as a part of this first council,” Weber told News Now
. “We hope to keep them around and increase their numbers. “The past two years, the league has provided incentives for credit unions to bring young adults to our annual convention, since that event is considered by most of our credit unions to be the premier event for networking and professional development,” Weber continued. “There are other ideas we have been considering to help with development of younger credit union employees into leadership positions within the movement. “The idea for a league council devoted to such issues stemmed from some of those discussions and was truly validated by one of our newer League Board members, who happens to be a Young Professional himself,” she added. Members include:
* Dominic Sloma, Best Advantage CU, Brillion; * Dan Fandrey, Blackhawk Community CU, Janesville; * Danielle Storck, Blackhawk Community CU, Janesville; * Ashley Borchardt, Bull’s Eye CU, Wisconsin Rapids; * Sarah Engevold, Central City CU, Marshfield; * Sarah Fecht, Community CU, Lacrosse; * Dan Winters, Cooperative CU, Racine; * Beth Krahn, County-City CU, Jefferson; * Josh Jones, Credit Union National Association, Madison; * Jennifer Schilling, Empower CU, Milwaukee; * Bill Fern, Enterprise CU, Elm Grove; * Ed Miller, Focus CU, Menominee Falls; * Scott Roesch, Fond du Lac (Wis.) CU; * Christine Petroff, Glacier Hills CU; West Bend; * Megan Pruno, Miller Electric CU; Appleton; * Mandi Paulick, Oshkosh (Wis.) Community CU; * Angie Retzlaff, Sheboygan (Wis.) Area CU; and * Elyse Smithback, St. Mary’s & Affiliates CU, Madison.
More than 100 credit union staff members from around the state are serving on Wisconson league councils, including: the League Council, Governmental Affairs Committee, the REAL Solutions Council, the Services Council, Audit Committee, and Young Professionals Council. The councils and committees advise league staff on the direction and focus of the league’s initiatives. The appointments were effective July 1.