NYIB Network Honors Outstanding Contributors

(August 6, 2013) — Credit Union professionals were recognized at the National Youth Involvement Board’s (NYIB) 2013 Annual Conference in late July/early August in San Diego, CA.  Two individuals were chosen for their exemplary work in youth marketing and financial education and leadership development. Both awards were kept confidential until the Wednesday evening awards event aboard the Spirit of San Diego dinner cruise on July 31st.

NYIB named Teresa Shively from Gesa Credit Union (Richland, WA) as the 2013 Delegate of the Year.  Teresa has over 24 years of credit union experience.  Currently, Teresa coordinates and serves as community liaison for Gesa’s High School and Community Outreach programs.  These programs encompass seven student-operated high school branches, financial education workshops in local high schools and colleges and seminars for both teens and adults.  Teresa serves on three school district Career and Technical Education Advisory Committees, is a member of the Northwest Credit Union Association Education Committee and is Gesa’s Junior Achievement Executive Ambassador.  Teresa is proud to be a 2012 CUDE and resides in Kennewick, WA.

NYIB’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Year is Nate Gillen from Weokie Credit Union (Oklahoma City, OK).  Nate has been a part of the credit union movement for 11 years and has served credit union youth for five years.  Nate has overseen all 810 classroom presentations, having taught 721 of those presentations himself.  Together his team reached 3,539 students during the 2012-2013 school year.  Nate consistently reports his youth financial literacy presentations because he realizes the importance of capturing nationwide data to support the NYIB network.  Nate is also actively involved in other community groups, including the Weokie Foundation.  Nate strives to grow and learn and is excited to be enrolled in the Fall 2013 CUDE program.

The National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) has also selected three deserving credit union professionals for its annual scholarships, aiding the volunteer network’s objective to promote leadership development related to youth advocacy which includes financial education.

The North and South Regional scholarships were awarded to Natalie McLaughlin from Community Financial Credit Union (Plymouth, MI) and Caroline Barragan from Pima Federal Credit Union (Tucson, AZ), respectively.  Natalie is responsible for coordinating their 37 student-run branches and believes that attending the NYIB conference allows her to continue to have a positive and impactful presence in the communities she serves.  Caroline has served credit union youth for the past five years and has brought many innovative ideas back from the numerous NYIB conferences that she has attended.  The third scholarship was awarded to Kim Beaulieu from Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union (Boston, MA) for “serving the underserved.”  Kim has developed and implemented financial education workshops within several low-income communities and continues to make strides in changing lives.

The National Youth Involvement Board invites nominees for annual recognition including the Delegate and Volunteer of the Year, along with scholarship winners to attend its NYIB Annual Conference.   More information can be found at, where updates for 2013-2014 will soon be posted.

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