64 credit union professionals to participate in Tristate Mentorship Match

New program launches as a collaboration among Minnesota, Montana, and Wisconsin Credit Union Leagues

ST. PAUL, MN (October 12, 2021) — 64 participants from three states were selected to participate in the inaugural Tristate Mentor Match – a 12-month formal mentorship program developed in partnership by the Minnesota Credit Union NetworkMontana’s Credit Unions and the Wisconsin Credit Union League. The program is designed to build, grow, and support professionals and inspire commitment to a career in the credit union movement.

“Mentoring is a cost-effective, valuable tool for developing the credit union movement’s most important asset, our people,” said Mark Cummins, President of the Minnesota Credit Union Network. “We are excited about the opportunity to bring our collective credit union employees in all three states an opportunity to network and grow.”

“This program has generated a ton of excitement in Montana, especially since we’ve been working with two other leagues,” said Ranel Smith, Vice President-Relationship Management for Montana’s Credit Unions. “That partnership means we have a larger pool of talented mentors and eager-to-learn mentees that we can match. It’s a great collaboration that will grow the talent in our industry.”

Brett Thompson, President & CEO of The Wisconsin Credit Union League, echoed these statements, adding, “The Tristate Mentorship Match program has been an excellent opportunity to tap into the talents and resources of our Movement across state lines, and we look forward to seeing the fruits of this collaboration.”

32 pairs will meet monthly for the next year, supported by a program guide, check-ins from league staff, and additional resources to help maximize the experience for both the mentee and mentor.

The Tristate Mentorship Match is sponsored in part by Alloya Corporate Federal Credit Union, Corporate Central Credit Union, and Millennium Corporate Credit Union.

Congratulations to the following participants:

  • Dave Larson, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
  • Lupe Cuveas, Anoka Hennepin Credit Union
  • Sara Maliszewski, Arcadia Credit Union
  • Theresa Malone, Associated Healthcare Credit Union
  • Cathy Grider, Billings FCU
  • Kristin Brojanac, Brewery Credit Union
  • Sarah Messerschmidt, Capital Credit Union
  • Alyssa Lueck, Central Minnesota Credit Union
  • Jodi Maus, Central Minnesota Credit Union
  • Jennifer Busch, Community First Credit Union
  • Mark Volz, Corporate Central Credit Union
  • Tim Rask, Daniels-Sheridan Credit Union
  • Caitlin Brama, Financial One Credit Union
  • Mike Rosek, First Alliance Credit Union
  • Luke Kroeplin, First Alliance Credit Union
  • Diana Mack, First Community Credit Union
  • Katherine (Katie) Schoeder, Fox Communities Credit Union
  • Melissa Graham, Great River Federal Credit Union
  • Tina Liegel, Heartland Credit Union
  • Kathleen Harrington, Heartland Credit Union (MN)
  • Anne Zickus, Heartland Credit Union
  • Martha Miltko, Heritage Credit Union
  • Tara Graff, Hiway Credit Union
  • Savanna Givens, Hiway Credit Union
  • Trish Ackart, Intrepid Credit Union
  • Amy Ketterhagen, Lakewood Credit Union
  • Jami Olcott, Marathon County Employees Credit Union
  • Jonathan LeMieur, Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union
  • Jill Casper, Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union
  • Kristy Tate, Mile High Credit Union
  • Anita Quaglia-Ganje, Minnco Credit Union
  • Mitch Myre, Minnco Credit Union
  • David Sawin, Minnesota Catholic Credit Union
  • Whitney Johnson, Mountain West Credit Union
  • Kevin Kubat, Northridge Community Credit Union
  • Janell Rewitzer, Northwoods Credit Union
  • Logan Edwards, Novation Credit Union
  • Jeremy Presta, Park Side Credit Union
  • Carol Beniger, Park Side
  • Lauren Markle, Park Side Credit Union
  • Darci Parsons, Ravalli County Credit Union
  • Juniper Carpenter, Rocky Mountain Credit Union
  • Holly Lane, Rocky Mountain Credit Union
  • Cyrus Malkin, Rocky Mountain Credit Union
  • Jessica Davey, Rocky Mountain Credit Union
  • Krysta Dziak, Rocky Mountain Credit Union
  • Joe Wathke, Royal Credit Union
  • Kristen Norgaard, Royal Credit Union
  • Elizabeth Villa, Royal Credit Union
  • Jill Mchugh, Royal Credit Union
  • Jesse Smith, Royal Credit Union
  • NIcole Frederick, Royal Credit Union
  • Joshua Odegard, Royal Credit Union
  • Scott Wuerch, Royal Credit Union
  • Jose Lopez, Southern Lakes Credit Union
  • Craig Backstrom, Spire Credit Union
  • Justin Burleson, Spire Credit Union
  • Shelby Lee, Spire Credit Union
  • Scott Olson, Star Choice Credit Union
  • Carla Hansen, TopLine Federal Credit Union
  • Elizabeth Melendez, University of Wisconsin Credit Union
  • Eddie Black, Vocal Credit Union
  • Jackson Burgau, Whitefish Credit Union
  • Stephanie Mathews, Whitefish Credit Union

About Minnesota Credit Union Network

The Minnesota Credit Union Network is the statewide trade association that works to ensure the success, growth, and vitality of Minnesota credit unions. With over $40 billion in assets, Minnesota credit unions are local, trusted financial cooperatives that serve 2.2 million members at 405 branch locations around the state. As not-for-profit institutions, credit unions give back to the communities they serve. For more information, visit

About Montana’s Credit Unions

Based in Helena, Montana, Montana’s Credit Unions exists to promote and enhance a thriving credit union community. Its various entities support this mission. Montana currently boasts 46 credit unions, with 124 branches in communities across the state. Those credit unions currently serve more than 412,639 Montanans – who are members and owners.

About the Wisconsin Credit Union League

Founded in 1934, The Wisconsin Credit Union League is the dues supported trade association for Wisconsin’s credit unions–not-for-profit financial institutions that are cooperatively owned by their more than 3.5 million members. The League is dedicated to serving Wisconsin’s credit unions and promoting the credit union difference through advocacy, education, and public service.


Julia Miller
Director of Communications
Minnesota Credit Union Network
(612) 380 -1433

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