LCUL announces Kristi Thornhill as 2022 Emerging Leader Award Winner

HARAHAN, LA (August 15, 2022) — The Louisiana Credit Union League (LCUL) presented the 2022 Emerging Leader Award to Kristi Thornhill of Neighbors FCU during the League’s Annual Convention on August 5 in New Orleans, LA. The Emerging Leader Program recognizes the achievements of exceptional individuals who consistently integrate themselves into the industry through development, service, and engagement.

Kristi is recognized for successfully launching and managing the Virtual Teller Center from the ground up. Her leadership and innovation have been the ingredients to an incredibly successful shift in the credit union’s business strategy. She stays highly engaged with industry trends which has helped Neighbors FCU to stay informed on best practices and industry insights in the ITM environment. Kristi welcomes credit unions from all over for site visits while helping them from the beginning to the end in their ITM journey.

Thornhill was selected from five Emerging Leader finalists who represented the elite among the promising credit union professionals across the state of Louisiana. Industry leaders evaluated all nominees to determine who would be represented in the statewide competition. The five finalists received a full scholarship to LCUL’s 2022 convention. As the overall winner, Thornhill receives a full scholarship to the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Emerging Leader Institute, an educational event designed to help credit union leaders develop effective management techniques.

For more information on the LCUL’s Emerging Leader Program, visit


Louisiana’s Credit Union League’s 2022 Emerging Leader Finalist: (left to right) Kristi Thornhill (Neighbors FCU), Rachell Murray (INSTEP CU), Shasta Leininger (OnPath FCU), Gina Foshee (Barksdale FCU), and Ben Dubuc (First Pioneers FCU); pictured with LCUL President/CEO Matt Rookard

About Louisiana Credit Union League

The Louisiana Credit Union League (LCUL) is a nonprofit, professional trade association that exists to serve credit unions in Louisiana. LCUL is dedicated, through cooperation, to promote, protect and perpetuate the credit union movement. For additional information, visit


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