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Nominating Committee Report
The ECUC Board has approved the report of the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is pleased to propose the following for the ECUC Board:
Three-Year Term - Position One
William Sweeney, President/CEO
Bill Sweeney has spent 31 years in the financial services industry including district management responsibilities overseeing over 30 branch offices.
For the past 14 years he has served as the CEO of CORE Federal Credit Union, a $90 million credit union in East Syracuse, New York primarily serving schools and other not-for-profit community organizations.
Within the past four years CORE has been recognized nationally for its outstanding work in the area of youth financial literacy with the Excellence in Financial Literacy Award (EIFLE) from the Institute for Financial Literacy, the Credit Union of the Year Award from NAFCU, and three consecutive Desjardins Youth Financial Literacy awards from the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Bill was instrumental in opening the first student run credit union in Central New York at East Syracuse-Minoa High School in the fall of 2005.
In addition to his CEO responsibilities at the credit union, Bill served for 12 years as a member of the Board of Directors of Rebuild Syracuse, an organization that administers Economic Development Zone benefits for the city of Syracuse. He has also served for 15 years as a member of the loan committee of Home Headquarters, Inc., an organization founded to promote affordable home ownership that administers grants and low interest loan programs for low to moderate-income borrowers in Central New York. Bill also joined the Board of Directors of Home Headquarters in 2009. He has served as an active member of the board of directors of the Education Credit Union Council since 2012.
Bill is a graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York with a degree in political science and received his master's degree from Syracuse University in social science. He also completed the Bank Management Institute Advanced Commercial Lending and Credit Analysis program through the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Bill, his wife Janine DeBaise, and their four children live in Kirkville, New York.
Three-Year Term - Position Two
Joanne Todd, President/CEO
Joanne Todd is President/CEO of Northeast Family Federal Credit Union, a $73million financial cooperative where she began as a teller. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and has attended many credit union education programs.
Joanne is a philosophy-driven International Credit Union Development Educator. She is active in the international credit union movement as a member of the World Council of Credit Unions Women's Leadership Network.
Joanne has chaired the Credit Union League of Connecticut and the Supervisory Committee of Constitution State Corporate Credit Union. She has presented on credit union development and financial topics to audiences in the US, Africa, the Caribbean, and Uzbekistan.
Joanne volunteers in her local community as Treasurer of the Willimantic Food Coop and in the school-to-career program at Manchester High School where the credit union has a student-run office.
The Northeast Family FCU, located in Manchester, Connecticut has been an active and supporting member of the Education Credit Union Council since 1973.
Two-Year Term - Position Three
Frances Godfrey, CEO
Fran has been the CEO at United Educational Credit Union since 2007. She began her credit union career over forty years ago at United Educational Credit Union as a part time teller.
Over the years she has held several positions in the areas of finance, accounting, information technology, operations, lending and human resources. Prior to becoming the CEO she was the Vice President/Chief Financial Officer.
Fran's mission statement as the CEO is the willingness and ability to face what needs to be faced and to do what needs to be done such that she is confident that the Credit Union's values are being consistently executed and felt in every aspect of the Credit Union, Community and in the lives of those she influences.
Fran has her Associates degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Kellogg Community College. She currently serves as Secretary for the Battle Creek Chapter of Credit Union's Executive Committee and is a member of the Credit Union Executive Society. Fran served as a Board Member of Central Corporate Credit Union and is currently serving on Alloya Corporate Federal Credit Union's ALM Committee.
Fran has served on the ECUC Board since July 2014 when she was appointed to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of Lourdes Cortez, North Jersey FCU.
The ECUC bylaws allow additional nominees for designated positions (1, 2 or 3) to be submitted by ECUC member credit unions by petition signed by at least five ECUC member credit unions. Such petitions must be received by the executive director or secretary of the board by December 1, 2014. Since the bylaw provision requiring at least one nomination for each vacant position has been met, there will be no nominations from the floor.
The bylaws also state no more than one director from any given state may serve on the board. Other factors taken into consideration by the nominating committee are geographic location, representation from public school or university credit unions, asset size of the credit union, CEO or volunteer position, balance of male/female directors, participation in past conferences by the candidate and their credit union, as well as credit union support of and participation in ECUC programs.
Persons interested in serving on the ECUC board may send their resumes to the ECUC office, where a file of potential candidates is maintained.