NASCUS welcomes new member of management team, says goodbye to another

ARLINGTON, VA (January 6, 2014) —  National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS) President and CEO Mary Martha Fortney announced that after more than 15 years on the NASCUS management team, Jenny Champagne, NASCUS’ vice president of regulatory and government relations, is leaving the Association for a second career. At the same time, Elizabeth Kirkland was welcomed as NASCUS’ new director of communications and marketing.

In her years at NASCUS, Champagne has held numerous responsibilities, including NASCUS’ educational programs, regulatory and government relations, and communications. Champagne also worked as the NASCUS state programs coordinator at NCUA, which serves as the liaison between the state and federal regulatory systems.

Champagne is pursuing a secondary education career. She will begin working as a teacher-in-training in a middle school English classroom in Northern Virginia in January 2014. She will earn her teaching certificate in May 2014.

“Jenny has been a tremendous and an invaluable asset to NASCUS and a key player on the management team since 1997,” Fortney said. “During her time with NASCUS, she has worked in virtually all NASCUS departments and was known as one of the ‘go-to’ people for many of our association members. We wish her much success in her future endeavors.”

Champagne, who has a B.A. from the Harrisonburg, Va. -based James Madison University and an M.P.A fromGeorge Mason University, in Fairfax, Va., said, “I have greatly enjoyed my time at NASCUS working with state regulators and the credit union system. I have tremendous respect for NASCUS’ work, our members, my colleagues, and credit unions. I will look back fondly at my time here and wish everyone the best.”

Kirkland, who formerly served as the director of publications for the Alexandria, Va.-based International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), took the reins as NASCUS’ director of communications and marketing on Dec. 16.

“Elizabeth has years of experience in communications, making her an excellent fit for the role of NASCUS’ communications and marketing director,” said Fortney. “I have the utmost confidence that she will excel in her new position here at NASCUS.”

As NASCUS’ director of communications and marketing, Kirkland will work on general marketing, communications and branding, as well as on the creation, development and maintenance of all Association publications, and will coordinate media relations.

Kirkland, who holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi, has an extensive background in communications and marketing, having launched, owned and run the award-winning Prince William Living magazine—the premiere lifestyle magazine of Prince William County and Greater Manassas, Va.


NASCUS, a professional association formed by state credit union regulators in 1965 to promote the safety and soundness of state-chartered credit unions, is the primary resource and voice of the state governmental agencies that charter, regulate and examine the nation’s state-chartered credit unions. NASCUS membership is made up of state-chartered credit unions, state regulators and other supporters of the state credit union system. NASCUS is the only organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of the state credit union charter and the autonomy of state credit union regulatory agencies. To learn more about NASCUS, visit


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