CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council annual awards presented

WASHINGTON, DC (April 28, 2022) — The credit union movement’s brightest human resources and organizational development stars were recognized during an awards luncheon ceremony at the CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council Conference, April 24-27, 2022, at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida. The winners and their accomplishments will be featured in an upcoming issue of Credit Union Magazine.

“HR and organizational development professionals continue to experience unprecedented challenges at their credit unions. Despite this, members of our community have forged ahead to convert these challenges to opportunities for providing even stronger solutions for their colleagues, members and communities,” said Jan Johnson, vice chair of the HROD Council, chair of the Awards & Recognition Committee, and executive vice president of organizational agility at Royal Credit Union. “We honor and appreciate their collaboration and leadership across the credit union movement.”

Recognition Award Winners:

  • Dawn Bartell, chief operations officer at Community First Federal Credit Union in Lakeview, Mich., has won the 2022 Professional of the Year Award. This award distinguishes an individual who consistently excels at creating value for their employer, elevates the HR or organizational development functions within their organization and contributes to the credit union movement.
  • Nicole Gaby, director of human resources, Financial Plus Credit Union in Flint, Mich., has been named the 2022 Rising Star, which recognizes an emerging credit union professional in HR or organizational development.
  • Marianne Scarzello, director of human resources, Tucson Old Pueblo Credit Union in Tucson, Ariz., was named the 2022 Top Community Contributor, which recognizes the value and expertise shared with peers through collaboration within the CUNA Councils Community.

Excellence in HR & Organizational Development Award Winners:

  • University of Michigan Credit Union in Ann Arbor, Mich., was named Best of Show, Employee Engagement, Assets More than $1 billion for their entry titled “Leadership Development Camp.”
  • Category: Employee Engagement (Assets Less than $499 million)
    Electro Savings Credit Union, St. Louis
    Winning Entry: Culture and Covid
  • Category: Employee Engagement (Assets More than $1 billion)
    University of Michigan Credit Union, Ann Arbor, Mich.
    Winning Entry: UMCU Success Celebration
  • Category: Innovative Staff Development (Assets Less than $499 million)
    Electro Savings Credit Union, St. Louis
    Winning Entry: Power Leaders Professional Development Program
  • Category: Innovative Staff Development (Assets More than $1 billion
    Consumers Credit Union, Gurnee, Ill.
    Winning Entry: Learning & Development Strategy
  • Category: Management Practices (Assets Less than $499 million)
    Minnesota Credit Union Network, St. Paul, Minn.
    Winning Entry: Tim Tacheny – Minnesota Credit Union Network
  • Category: Management Practices (Assets More than $1 billion)
    iQ Credit Union, Vancouver, Wash.
    Winning Entry: Inclusion & Belonging at iQ Credit Union


Front row – left to right: Ashley Keegan, VP of People, Electro Savings CU, St. Louis, MO; Kari Stansberry, Chief Administrative Officer, iQ CU, Vancouver, WA; Dawn Bartell, Chief Operations Officer, Community First FCU, Lakeview, MI: Victoria Hildwein, HR Generalist, Electro Savings CU, St. Louis, MO
Back row – left to right: Jim Eisert, Director of Learning & Development, Consumers CU, Gurnee, IL; Tim Tacheny, General Counsel, Minnesota Credit Union Network, St. Paul, MN; Jeff Senecal, Contact Center Manager, and Candy Keene, VP of Talent Development, University of Michigan CU, Ann Arbor, MI; Nicole Gaby, Director of Human Resources, Financial Plus CU, Flint, MI

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