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HR & Organizational Development Council Executive Committee Election

The CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following candidates for its 2023 election.

Please review the campaign statements 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 Wednesday, March 22, 2023. Ballots received after this date will not be used in the final tabulations. The candidates will take their seats on the executive committee at the conclusion of the annual conference - April 23 -26, 2023 in San Diego, CA.

* - indicates incumbent

Trent Savage *

Chief Human Resources Officer, Mountain America Credit Union, Sandy, UT

I joined the Credit Union Industry 4.5 years ago and am excited about the possibilities for HR. As a current member of the CUNA Executive Committee, I believe I can continue to provide insights and innovation to help support the growth of CUNA HR members.  Having spent time with some of the most progressive HR companies in the world including Procter & Gamble and Amazon, my breadth of industry and global experience, and depth of HR experience with these leading companies has enabled me to bring a strategic view to enable credit union success.  I’m passionate about effectively partnering with business leaders to provide clarity in direction and help create high performing organizations.

My experience and expertise will provide significant value to the executive committee and the broader Credit Union HR community.  I’m excited to share some of the great things we’re doing at Mountain America to build a world class credit union.

Carolyn White *

VP Community Engagement, CoastHills Credit Union, Santa Maria, CA

I have been working in the credit union industry for over 35 years.  When I had the opportunity to attend the CUNA HR/OD Council Conference over 10 years ago, I jumped at the chance.  After that, I was hooked.  I have been active with the Council ever since.  I have volunteered on many committees and also acted as the chairperson.  The past couple of years I have had the honor of being on the HR/OD Council’s Executive Committee and also representing you on the main CUNA Council Executive Committee in Washington D.C.  Last year I received the CUDE designation, continuing to spread the credit union industry mission.  I am committed to elevating the HR industry and ensuring we are always looked at as strategic partners in our organizations.  It would be my pleasure to continue to serve you and this Council.

Kristine Pender

Chief Human Resources Officer, Hanscom Federal Credit Union

I began working at HFCU in 2019 after many years in corporate America and have found a great community within the credit union space. As a leader in HR, I am energized by the opportunity to effectively influence our organizations in the talent space.

My interest in the committee stems from the credit union philosophy of people helping people. Prior to joining HFCU as CHRO three years ago, I was not very familiar with credit unions and the impact and reach that we offer our members. My volunteer experience with the HR & Organizational Development Council includes a leadership role in planning the 2022 conference and participating in a cross-council chat in 2021. Both experiences were beneficial as opportunities to give back as well as share knowledge.

Thank you for your consideration, I welcome the opportunity to serve our community.

* - indicates incumbent