Gerber Federal Credit Union President/CEO now serving on Spectrum Health West Michigan board of directors

FREMONT, MI (September 1, 2020)

Gerber FCU President/CEO, John P. Buckley, Jr, joins the Spectrum Health West Michigan Board of Directors, chaired by Lynne Ferrell, who will have oversight of the division’s 11 hospitals, post-acute enterprise and physician practices. The new board will be in place by September 1, 2020. The Spectrum Health System Board of Directors remains the governing body at the system level for Spectrum Health West Michigan, Spectrum Health Lakeland and Priority Health.

As Spectrum Health takes steps to achieve its vision of personalized health made simple, affordable and exceptional, it is working to optimize its operations. One step in that direction is the health system’s move to bring together its West Michigan-based hospital group and medical group into one division called Spectrum Health West Michigan (SHWM).  Spectrum Health Lakeland, Priority Health and SHWM are all aligned under the Spectrum Health System, which is led by President & CEO Tina Freese Decker.  SHWM represents the health system’s 13-county region surrounding Grand Rapids. One unified board of directors will govern the division and one executive will lead the combined team.

“I am honored to be invited to serve on the inaugural Spectrum Health West Michigan Board,” said Buckley.  “With representation by passionate leaders from all over the 13-county service area, I believe SHWM is driven to Improve Health, Inspire Hope, and Save Lives.”

John Buckley is the President/CEO of Gerber FCU, a Federal Credit Union located in Fremont, Michigan.  John was a commercial lender and community bank president for 22 years before joining Gerber in his current capacity in the fall of 2006.  He has a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also earned Certificates from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and from the School of Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in Labor Relations Management.  John is a 26-year Rotarian, Past President of the Fremont Rotary Club, Past Board Member of the United Way of the Lakeshore, Past Chair of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital, Past Chairman of the Michigan Credit Union League, Current Vice Chair of the Newaygo County Economic Development Committee and Current Board Member of the Spectrum Health West Michigan Board of Directors.  He has been married to his wife, Colleen, for 30 years.  They have two children, a son, Jack, who is a graduate of Butler University and Pepperdine Law School and a daughter, Kathleen, who completed a certificate program at the Nuvo School of Cosmetology.

About Gerber Federal Credit Union

Gerber Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit, cooperative financial institution headquartered in Fremont, Michigan. Gerber FCU provides financial services to residents and employees of Newaygo County and surrounding townships with two branches located in Fremont, Mich. and one in Newaygo, Mich. Visit for more information.


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