Operations & Member Experience Council Executive Committee

CUNA Councils is run by credit union professionals, for credit union professionals. 

Many credit union leaders volunteer their time for the Councils.  All Council members are encouraged to serve on committees, and run for the Executive Committees.


Buddy Bennett

Buddy Bennett – Chair

VP Operations  
Cyprus Federal Credit Union
West Jordan, UT
Buddy.Bennett@cypruscu.com

Education

  • Salt Lake Community College – Associates Degree
  • Western CUNA Management School
  • University of Utah - Currently studying

Professional Activities

  • CUNA HRTD Membership Committee

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • Elected CUNA School Class Officer

Tammy Fleiger

Tammy Fleiger – Vice Chair

VP Operations
STCU
Liberty Lake, WA
tammyf@stcu.org

Education

  • MBA - Western Governors University
  • BS - Computer Information Systems - Eastern Washington University

Professional Activities

  • Member, CUNA OpSS Council
  • Member, NWCUA Operational Relevance 2025 Task Force (2016)

Jason Rogers

Jason Rogers – 2nd Vice Chair

SVP Member Service
Mountain America Credit Union
West Jordan, UT
jarogers@macu.com

Education

  • BS – Accounting – Weber State University
  • Master of Professional Accountancy – Weber State University
  • Certified Public Accountant

Professional Activities

  • CUNA OME COO Exchange / Forum Committee
  • CUNA OME Sponsorship Committee

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • Utah Business Forty Under 40 Recipient

Wendie Ellis

Wendie Ellis

Director Payment Services
Horizon Credit Union
Spokane, WA
wellis@hzcu.org

Education

  • MBA - Western Governors University
  • BS - Business Management / Finance, Summa Cum Laude Colorado Technical University
  • Western CUNA Management School, High Honors

Professional Activities

  • CUNA Ops&ME Member Resources Committee - Member
  • Spokane Chapter of Credit Unions - President
  • Spokane International Credit Union Day Committee - Member
  • NWCUA Strategic Market Share Task Force - Previous Member

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • 2018 CUNA Ops&ME Professional of the Year
  • 2018 Volunteers of America Community Partner Award (International Credit Union Day)
  • 2018 Recipient of Spokane Mayoral Coin for Community Involvement
  • WCMS Class Vice President & Golf Tournament Vice Chair, Event Chair Class of 2015

Jason Ford

Jason Ford

Chief Operating Officer
Harvester Financial Credit Union
Indianapolis, IN
jason@harvesterfcu.org

Education

  • BS - Business Administration - Indiana Wesleyan University
  • CUNA Management School - CCUE

Professional Activities

  • Leadership Education & Development (LEAD) Inc - Board of Directors
  • CUNA OME - Membership Committee
  • Indiana Credit Union League - Awards Committee

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • 2016 Indiana Credit Union League Emerging Leadership award
  • Vice-president of CUNA Management School Class of 2013

Jennifer Kimmell

Jennifer Kimmell

VP Member Services
TruWest Credit Union
Scottsdale, AZ
jmkimmell@truwest.org

Education

  • MBA, currently pursuing – University of Phoenix
  • BS Business Management – University of Phoenix
  • Western CUNA Management School

Professional Activities

  • CUNA OME Sponsorship Committee
  • CUNA OME Membership Committee
  • Junior Achievement of Arizona Ladies Day to Play Committee Member

Judy Kinney

Judy Kinney

SVP Branch Delivery & Ops
LGE Community Credit Union
Marietta, GA
jkinney@lgeccu.org

Education

  • AABA, American Intercontinental University

Professional Activities

  • Member, CUNA OpSS Council
  • Member, CUNA OpSS Membership Committee
  • Member, CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council, 2005
  • Georgia Credit Union League – Regulatory Committee, 2006-2007
  • Georgia Credit Union League – Greater Atlanta Chapter, Board of Directors
  • CUES – MNA ServiStar Sales & Service Institute, 2009

Heather Lally

Heather Lally-Voigt

VP Operations
Alliant Credit Union
Chicago, IL
hlally@alliantcreditunion.com

Education

  • BA Business Administration-DePaul University
  • MBA - Benedictine University
  • Certified Black Belt Six Sigma-Motorola University
  • Gallup Strengths Coach

Professional Activities

  • CUNA Tech Conference Committee 2010-11

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • CU Times Trailblazer Award - 2013

Julie Linch

Julie Linch

SVP Retail Delivery
Directions Credit Union
Toledo, OH
JLinch@directionscu.org

Education

  • BS degree in Public Administration and Economics – University of Toledo
  • AAB degree – Retail Management and Marketing
  • Certified Credit Union Executive designation (CCUE)

Professional Activities

  • Advisory Committee – CSCU Card Services for Credit Unions
  • Advisory Committee – job placement for disabled young adults, Lucas County
  • Citizens Review Committee – community block grant funding, City of Toledo

Laura McFadden

Laura McFadden

Consultant, Credit Union Operations
Mountain West Credit Union Association
Denver, CO
lmcfadden@mwcua.com

Education

  • Regis University – Bachelor of Science Business Administration with an Emphasis in Management – Graduated Cum Laude
  • Western CUNA Management School
  • The National Foundation Development Educator School - CUDE
  • Integrity Solutions – Certified Coaching Trainer
  • Credit Union National Association – Certified Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist
  • Credit Union National Association – Certified Sales Strategies Leadership Facilitator

Professional Activities

  • Past Chair Rocky Mountain Chapter of Credit Unions 2003 - 2017
  • Past Secretary of Rocky Mountain CUES Council 2009 - 2017
  • CUNA OME Council Executive Committee

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • Women of Distinction Nominee for Banking/Finance April 2016
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award 2005 and Honor Pin Award 2007
  • CUES Rising 100 Award November 2006

Maggie Robarts

Maggie Robarts

VP of Operations (Lending, Sales/Service, Marketing)
Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union
Tampa, FL
mrobarts@tampabayfederal.com

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Business, University of Phoenix
  • CUNA Management School - CCUE
  • Certified facilitator of The Member Advantage (Integrity Solutions)

Professional Activities

  • CUNA OME Council Executive Committee
  • CUNA OME Council- Membership Committee 2nd Vice Chair
  • Ethics Committee - University of Phoenix

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • Graduated with Honors obtaining my BS


Updated 9/2019