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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 2021 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, March 26, 2021. 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 2021 at the conclusion of the annual conference.

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* Leigh Brady

Chair - CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council, EVP Organizational Development, State Employees CU, Raleigh, NC

I am passionate about people and have a strong desire to continue serving on the CUNA HR/OD Council Executive Committee, helping to provide our peers with resources and a strong network to better serve employees and members! I am currently Chair of our Council’s Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Member Resources Committee, as well as a member of the HR/OD Council’s Forum committee. A North Carolina native, I am a graduate of NC State University, hold an MBA from Meredith College, and hold several insurance licenses. While unusual in these times, I am a career employee of State Employees’ Credit Union, initially hired has an accountant and have held various positions, now serving as Chief HR and Communication Officer overseeing HR, Employee Education, Communications and Member Education/Outreach. Thanks so much for your consideration!   


* Jan Johnson

SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice-Chair - CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council EVP Organizational Agility, Royal Credit Union, Eau Claire, WI

When I joined Royal in late 2012, I had no prior credit union experience. I was quickly introduced to, and amazed by, our industry’s commitment to People Helping People. The Council exhibits this philosophy as we provide opportunities to share best practices, knowledge, professional development, resources, recognition, and networking opportunities. I have a passion for elevating the strategic capabilities and contributions of the human resource and organizational development business units within my organization. It is a delight to be able to apply that passion within our industry by serving as Vice Chair of our Council. I also chair the Awards & Recognition Committee and the Forums Committee and serve on the Conference Committee. I previously chaired the Member Resources Committee. Being a member of the team guiding our Council through the challenges of the pandemic and ensuring we continue to meet our members’ needs has been a fulfilling experience. I hope to continue having the honor and privilege of serving our members.

Tara Neal, CUDE, CUHRCP, SCMS alumni

Chief Human Resources Officer, Texoma Community CU, Wichita Falls, TX

The credit union industry, principles and philosophy, and motto of “people helping people” runs deep within me as I make daily decisions in my organization in my role as Chief Human Resources Officer. I would be honored to serve in this vacancy because I have a strong desire to promote and educate future credit union leaders. My ability to serve in leadership capacities is proven within my roles on multiple boards and committees. My background in educational development and training places me in the ideal position for this role. I excel in change management and see the value in creating diversity within the development council. Serving as an officer in Southwest CUNA Management School (Class of 2020) has provided me with key resources and networking opportunities that would benefit the council. Please consider voting for me!