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Finance Council Executive Committee Election

The CUNA Finance Council Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following candidate for its 2022 election.

Please review the campaign statement below and use the web ballot to vote for 2 of the 3 candidates.

Submit your completed ballot no later than 5 PM PT on Friday, April 29, 2022. Ballots received after this date will not be used in the final tabulations. The candidates will take their seats on the executive committee in April 2022 at the conclusion of the annual conference.

* - indicates inumbent

Christine Messer

* Christine Messner

VP Accounting & Finance
Heritage Family FCU
Rutland, VT

I am humbly asking for the Council to grant me another term (along with the opportunity to contribute and add value) to the CUNA Finance Council Executive Committee. I have been a member of the Council for 8 years and an active participant in the annual conferences. Most recently, I have been a chair of the conference planning committee; which has been very insightful. Being on that committee has highlighted the educational opportunities the Council has for those aspiring to advance in their careers or stay fresh on trending topics. As an SVP, who transitioning to a (first-time) CFO, in the next three months, I can continue to offer that unique perspective of someone who knows the work that is done to advance yourself in this industry. I would be thrilled to continue that voice making sure we have both the resources and education as we reach our career goals.


Tracey Jackson

Resource One CU
Dallas, TX

I'm seeking a position on the Executive Committee because I would like to make a difference in the Credit Union movement. I have been in the Credit Union industry for sixteen years and I have loved every aspect of it. Helping our members succeed in building better financial lives is my passion. I know that helping our members will not only build more loyalty but help them make wise decisions about their finances. As financial professionals in the Credit Union movement, we owe it to ourselves to become educated in everything that will help us add value to our Credit Unions. The expansion of our knowledge base will help our Credit Unions serve our members to the highest level. I believe I would bring fresh ideas and another perspective to the Executive Committee to help financial professionals continue to grow. Can I count on your vote?

Joe Niehaus, CFA

Vice President of Finance
Golden 1 Credit Union
Sacramento, CA

Members, my name is Joe Niehaus, and I humbly request your consideration to serve as a member of the Executive Committee of your Finance Council. During my career, I have worked hard to gain diversity of experience and knowledge so that I have something to share with my peers and with those following in my footsteps. What makes our industry so much fun to be a part of is the fact that we get to focus on our members instead of corporate profits. It is this member driven focus that facilitates so much knowledge sharing and valuable peer connections, without concern for who may take advantage one’s openness and willingness to share insights and experiences, and I hope to be able to amplify these attributes of our credit union industry as a member of the Finance Council’s Executive Committee.