Lee Butke Elected to NCUF Board

Christopher Morris
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Madison, Wis.  – Lee Butke, President/CEO of Corporate One FCU in Columbus, Ohio has joined the board of directors of the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). Butke joined the board at NCUF’s board meeting on January 24, 2012 in Scottsdale, Ariz. and is the new Association of Corporate Credit Unions (ACCU) representative on the board.

The Foundation board also voted to update NCUF’s logo tagline and mission statement, as well as its annual grant process going forward.

“I’m deeply honored to join the board of directors of the esteemed National Credit Union Foundation,” said Butke. “The NCUF embodies what differentiates our industry from others and puts the ‘people helping people’ philosophy to work in very real and everyday situations through proven, effective programming, grants and relief. I look forward to contributing to this mission through my work on the board.”

“NCUF has worked with Corporate One FCU for many years, most notably on our primary funding mechanism the Community Investment Fund,” said Bucky Sebastian, NCUF Executive Director. “Butke has long been a champion of the credit union philosophy and we look forward to working with him to help more consumers achieve financial freedom through our programs and grants.”

NCUF Logo Tagline, Mission & Grant Program Refreshed

The Foundation board also approved an update to NCUF’s logo and mission. The new logo tagline is “Making Financial Freedom Achievable” and the updated mission statement is “making financial freedom achievable through credit unions.” The board also voted to refresh the Foundation’s annual grant program, Financial Education Grants, in order to make a bigger impact. Instead of making a number of smaller grants for different projects, the Foundation will make one large grant in support of one replicable project around financial education. Details are being finalized by the NCUF Grants Committee and an announcement will be made in the spring.

Other Board Changes

Effective after the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) board meeting in March, 2012, Winona Nava, President/CEO, of Guadalupe CU in Santa Fe, N.M. will join the NCUF Board as a CUNA Board Representative. Sandy Lingerfelt, President/CEO of Clinchfield FCU in Erwin, Tenn. currently holds the seat on the NCUF Board, but will reach the end of her term on the CUNA Board in March.

The additional members of the NCUF board include:

  • Gary Oakland, President/CEO of BECU in Seattle, Wash. (Chairman);
  • Laida Garcia, President/CEO of floridacentral Credit Union in Tampa, Fla. (Vice Chairman);
  • John Radebaugh, President/CEO of the North Carolina Credit Union League in Greensboro, N.C.(Secretary/Treasurer);
  • Bill Cheney, President/CEO of the Credit Union National Association in Washington, DC (President);
  • Paul Gentile, President/CEO of the New Jersey Credit Union League in Hightstown, N.J.;
  • John Gregoire, President of The ProCon Group in Madison, Wis.;
  • Joe Guilfoy, Executive Director of the Indiana Credit Union Foundation and Vice President of Consulting & Education at the Indiana Credit Union League in Indianapolis, Ind.;
  • Rudy Hanley, President/CEO, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union in Santa Ana, Calif.;
  • Stan Hollen, President/CEO of CO-OP Financial Services in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.;
  • Christopher Roe, SVP, Corporate & Legislative Affairs, CUNA Mutual Group in Madison, Wis.; and
  • Mark Twisdale, SVP, Human Resources, State Employees’ Credit Union in Raleigh, N.C.

Diverse Structure of the Board

The 13 voting seats on the NCUF Board include representatives of natural person credit unions, national organizations serving credit unions, corporate credit unions, state credit union foundations, state leagues and an at-large position.

*Note to editors: a high resolution version of Butke’s headshot in this release can be downloaded here:

The new NCUF logos can be downloaded here:


About the National Credit Union Foundation (

The National Credit Union Foundation is the US credit union movement’s primary national philanthropic program provider, fundraiser and grant-maker. Through NCUF grants and programs, credit unions provide widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial services, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes.

NCUF is funded primarily by investments in the award-winning Community Investment Fund (CIF) and by generous Supporters led by the Credit Union National Association and CUNA Mutual.  All NCUF donors provide support that empowers NCUF and state credit union foundations to make financial freedom achievable through credit unions.

The National Credit Union Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization and continues to earn the Better Business Bureau seal of approval as an “Accredited Charity” for meeting all 20 BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for national charities.

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