World Council Board takes office

World Council presents new members at 2018 WCUC

MADISON, WI (July 17, 2018) — Steven Stapp has been elected the Chair of World Council of Credit Unions Board of Directors. Stapp is President/CEO of Unitus Community Credit Union in Portland, Oregon and formally took office during the World Credit Union Conference General Session on 17 July 2018 in Singapore.

“Although I come from the U.S., I consider myself a global ambassador of credit unions – a servant of the people. World Council and the work of those that have gone before us have brought us together. We must not forget that we drink the water from the well that others have dug, but now is our time to take this work forward,” said Stapp. “The challenge is before us and let us stand together and be counted. We have the world to show that financial cooperatives provide a path for prosperity and independence through a democratic process.”

There were no challenging nominations and all incumbent board members were re-elected for two-year terms.

World Council’s 2018-2019 executive committee is as follows:

Steven Stapp, Chairman – USA

Rafal Matusiak, Vice Chair/Secretary – Poland

Diana Dykstra, Treasurer/Chair, Audit & Risk Management Committee – USA

Martha Durdin, Chair of the Governance and Elections Committee – Canada

The 2018 World Credit Union Conference concludes 18 July. Follow conference activities and daily event photos on Facebook and Twitter with #WCUC2018.

The 2018–2019 World Council Board of Directors (Seated from left) George Ototo, Steven Stapp (Chair), Brian McCrory, Diana Dykstra (Treasurer/Chair, Audit & Risk Management Committee) (Standing from left) Jaime Chavez Suarez, Carla Cicero, Rafał Matusiak (Vice Chair/Secretary), Aaron Moses, Dallas Bergl, Manfred Dasenbrock, Martha Durdin, (Chair of the Governance and Elections Committee), Michael Lawrence, Kevin Sitka and Younsik Kim

About World Council of Credit Unions

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development platform for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach. World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 90 countries. Worldwide, 82,758 credit unions in 97 countries serve 404 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at


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