Linda Medina named 2019 CUES Distinguished Director

The board chair at Guadalupe Credit Union is known for her passionate community work.

President/CEO John Pembroke (left) and 2018 CUES Distinguished Director James Sackett were on hand to congratulate this year’s honoree, CUES member Linda Medina, chair of $175 million Guadalupe Credit Union, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Also a CUES member, Sackett is vice chair of $1.3 billion Firefly Credit Union, Burnsville, Minnesota.

Linda Medina, board chair at $175 million Guadalupe Credit Union, Santa Fe, New Mexico, was named the 2019 CUES Distinguished Director at Directors Conference yesterday.

A board member for 17 years, Medina played a key role in developing the credit union’s current mission to help its membership base become financially empowered.

Medina’s passion to serve the surrounding community, which includes many recent immigrants and the underserved, was key in keeping the credit union focused on this mission and vision. As a result, Guadalupe CU became a Community Development Financial Institution and has since received over $3.8 million in funding. The institution has grown during this timeframe from under $20 million in assets serving residents of Santa Fe County to over $180 million in assets serving more than 20,000 members in seven counties.

“What a great honor,” Medina said, accepting her award. “I’m very thankful to our CEO, [CUES member] Winona Nava, for nominating me, and CUES, for presenting me with this award. I’m also thankful to the members of Guadalupe Credit Union for allowing me to serve as a volunteer for the past 25 years.


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