DCUC Hall of Honor

WASHINGTON, DC (August 24, 2020) — The Defense Credit Union Council’s Hall of Honor was established in 2000 as a means of recognizing those individuals whose exceptional contributions over the years have made a significant difference to DCUC and the defense credit union community. This prestigious award highlights the outstanding accomplishments of leaders, volunteers, management and staff alike, whose efforts and endless support of the credit union movement and DCUC epitomize the Council’s values and philosophy of “Serving Those Who Serve Our Country”.

This year, three extraordinary individuals were selected by the DCUC Hall of Honor Committee, chaired by Patsy Stuard, Fort Lee FCU president/CEO.

From Abound Credit Union, Richard “Dick” Ardisson, was selected for his dedicated service to his credit union for the past 22 years. Ardisson has played a vital role in moving Abound CU forward, as it continues to grow and thrive. Abound CU is a leader in financial education and provides critical support for veteran and military families. Ardisson has contributed to this success and helped ensure Abound CU’s continued financial stability as it grew in assets and membership. In addition to his contributions to Abound CU, Ardisson tirelessly advocates for financial education and promotes the benefits of credit unions to the military families across Kentucky.

Brigadier General Frank Cardile, Chairman of Andrews Federal Credit Union is being recognized for his incredible leadership and guidance over the past 27 years. Cardile retired from the United States Air Force after a 30-year career and chose to continue supporting service members at Andrews FCU. During his time as a volunteer board member, he has guided Andrews FCU through a period of unprecedented growth and expansion. As Andrews FCU continues to provide new products to their members, Cardile ensured focus always stayed on the needs of the military community that Andrews FCU serves. Additionally, Cardile has actively supported DCUC by attending the Overseas and Annual conferences and voicing his support at other industry events.

The third inductee to the Hall of Honor is ABNB Federal Credit Union’s Mary Ann Melchers. Melchers has dedicated more than 55 years to the credit union movement. She has led the way not only for women, as the first woman to chair the board of directors at ABNB’s predecessor NBNFCU, but also propelled ABNB FCU into the digital age of financial services. Every decision Melchers has made is founded on what is best for ABNB’s membership and under her stewardship, ABNB FCU is on pace to become a one-billion-dollar institution. Her passion for the credit union movement and serving the defense community is unmatched and truly a part of her DNA. She is also long-term supporter of DCUC, attending conferences, serving on committees, and actively supporting the defense credit union community over the years.

Under normal circumstances, DCUC inducts honorees into its Hall of Honor at its Annual Conference each year. However, with this year’s conference taking place virtually, DCUC postponed honoring these individuals until the 2021 Annual Conference in Naples, Florida. DCUC looks forward to formally recognizing their achievements and celebrating their dedication to the defense credit union movement in person.

Richard “Dick” Ardisson

Brigadier General Frank Cardile

Mary Ann Melchers

About Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC)

The Defense Credit Union Council is the premier resource for credit unions on all military and veteran matters. By maintaining a close and constant liaison with the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, and NCUA, the Council champions the interests of credit unions serving our military and veteran communities by coordinating policy, procedures, and legislation impacting morale and welfare, financial readiness, and the delivery of quality financial products and services. Organized in 1963, the Council’s membership is comprised of 180 credit unions with over 35 million members. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact DCUC at


Haleigh Laverty



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