Northwest Federal Credit Union Announces Burks Successor

Karyle Thornton
Vice President of Marketing
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Herndon, VA
– The Board of Directors of Northwest Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce the selection of Chris McDonald as the successor CEO to Gerrianne D. “Winky” Burks, who will retire in mid January after a 41-year career at NWFCU.   McDonald possesses extensive credit union experience spanning over 28 years.  He began his career as a state regulator, and then went on to hold the position of EVP/VP of Finance and Information Systems at First Community Credit Union in Houston.   

For the past 12 years, McDonald has been very successful leading credit unions in Texas and Maryland, serving the last four years as the CEO of Andrews Federal Credit Union in Suitland, Maryland.  McDonald is expected to join NWFCU in the September timeframe, providing a three-month overlap period creating a smooth CEO transition.

Board Chairman Tom Conroy stated, “The board is looking forward to having Chris McDonald join NWFCU.  His proven track record and solid reputation in the industry speak very highly to his professional capabilities and to the leadership he will provide Northwest Federal Credit Union in the future.”  

McDonald stated, “I have known Winky Burks for several years and have seen NWFCU progress and grow under her leadership.  I am extremely proud and honored to be joining the NWFCU family. I have tremendous respect for Winky and for the outstanding legacy she has built.  I anticipate a smooth transition and the continuation of the traditions of great service and financial strength that Northwest members expect.”

About Northwest Federal Credit Union  
Northwest Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution ranking among the largest credit unions in Virginia and in the top 100 credit unions in the nation. Established in 1947 and headquartered in Herndon, Va., Northwest Federal is dedicated to providing financial services and education to its members and the community. The Credit Union currently serves more than 111,000 members and has assets in excess of $2.2 billion. For more information, visit

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