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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 candidate for its 2022 election.

Please review the campaign statement below and use the web ballot to vote for 4 of the 6 candidates.

Submit your completed ballot no later than 5 PM PT on Wednesday, March 30, 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

Silvia Dimma

Chief Human Resources Officer, Michigan State University FCU, East Lansing, MI

I am passionate about people strategies and to continue to servicing on CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council Executive Committee to partner with peers to advance the Human Resources discipline and enhancing strategic human resources partners and practices for credit unions through providing a forum for information exchange, education, networking and professional development of our members. My goal would be to continue to develop the Council services to help develop a stronger future for the Human Resources discipline and to help foster a stronger partnership amongst credit unions to share resources. I am very passionate about people strategies and I hope to serve as an Executive Committee member to support the evolving role of Human Resources.

Don Larsen

Chief Human Resources Officer, Local Government FCU, Raleigh, NC

I joined LGFCU in 2008.  At the time, I had no prior credit union experience.  Becoming a member of the credit union movement has been one of the greatest professional joys of my life.  My service began as the VP of Human Resources, then Sr VP of Human Resources, Learning & Development and now as Chief Human Resources Officer. I have been an active long-term member of the HR/OD Council and I am a proud member of the Executive Committee. It has been such a rewarding experience and I have a strong desire to continue serving on the Executive Committee. I am currently Chair of the Council’s Sponsorship Committee, and a member of the Conference Committee.  I also serve as a Board Director for the Nathan Leaf Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. I would be honored to continue to serve as an Executive Committee member and appreciate your consideration.

Jasiel Legon

SVP/Chief Talent Officer, GTE Financial, Tampa, FL

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the CUNA HR/OD Council Executive Committee – and I am honored to be running for re-election. Our credit union movement is stronger than ever – and our “People Helping People” philosophy is the backbone of the hard work we all do to serve our members, employees and the community. I joined GTE Financial as SVP, Chief Talent (HR) Officer in August 2016. Since joining GTE Financial we have been recognized for six consecutive years as a Top Workplaces Tampa Bay and Best Places to Work. I have more than 25 years of experience in financial services. I currently also serve CUNA in the capacity of Chair of the Membership committee, and member of the Conference Committee. A native of Florida, I enjoy spending time with my family at the beach, traveling, and spoiling our two little dogs “Lulu & Daisy”.

Spencer Park

VP, CPAO, Deseret First Credit Union, Salt Lake City, UT

I love credit unions! I’ve been in the industry for over 10 years and am amazed at the cooperation and value our industry brings to members all over the country. I love working with people.  I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Utah State University in Human Resources and Spanish. I am also a graduate of Western CUNA Management School, class of 2015. I have previously served on the Education Committee of the Utah Credit Union Association and on the Membership Committee of the CUNA HR/OD Council. I am currently the Chief People & Administrative Officer at Deseret First Credit Union in West Valley City, Utah. I have responsibility over HR, Learning & Development, Facilities, and Strategic Initiatives. I would be honored to continue to serve you all on the CUNA HR/OD Council Executive Committee.  I thank you for your consideration!

Yvonne Fossen

VP of Operations, North Star Community CU, Maddock, ND

 As a part of the Executive Committee, I will bring my unique knowledge of Operations, Information Technology, Management, Leadership, Human Resources, and Member Service to help support all CUNA Council Members and help you make a difference at your credit union.

I enjoy a challenge, finding solutions to problems, and breaking down barriers. “Either find a way or make one” by Hannibal is one of my favorite quotes to live by. There is always a way. We just have to find it. We cannot be afraid.

I want to serve on this committee to help you find a way to make you and your credit union successful!

Kris Walters

Human Resources Director, Members First Credit Union, Midland, MI

I have spent 20 years in the credit union industry and am passionate and committed to the “people helping people” philosophy.  I have been a CUNA HR/OD Council member since 2013 and have served on the Awards & Recognition Committee since 2016.  I have enjoyed presenting awards at the annual conference for all the wonderful innovations that my peers are making happen at their credit unions.  The Human Resources industry has been challenged over the past two years and has risen to the occasion and solidified the role of strategic partner.  I would be honored to serve on the Executive Committee to continue to provide resources, professional development, and a strong network to better serve each other, employees and members!   Thank you so much for your consideration!