The Executive Team works with our Board of Directors to ensure the direction of daily operations is in alignment with our overall corporate initiatives and goals.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
VSECU is governed by a volunteer board composed of members, who serve a three-year term and meet monthly with the CEO and Executive Team.
Our Supervisory Committee consists of three members who meet quarterly with a responsibility of overseeing annual audits and affairs of the credit union.
VSECU’s Executive Team
Our Executive Team works closely with our Board of Directors to ensure that our credit union is providing members with the best possible experience and service.
Chief Executive Officer
Senior Vice President
Yvonne M. Garand
Senior Vice President
Marketing & Business Development Officer
Senior Vice President
Technology & Operations Officer
Head of Consumer and Residential Lending
Director of Business Lending and Services
VSECU Board of Directors
VSECU is governed by our Board of Directors who are member-volunteers elected by the credit union membership.
Serving on the VSECU Board of Directors is a unique opportunity to get involved and share your expertise in guiding the credit union. The responsibility of the Board of Directors is broad, requiring a prudent, responsible, and thoughtful commitment to overseeing the safety and soundness, risk management, operations, performance and strategic direction of the credit union. A diverse and skilled board that represents the diversity of our membership is important.
Board members serve a three-year term and meet monthly with the CEO and Senior Executive Team. Additional sub-committees focused on policy, community contributions, environmental concerns and more also gives board members an opportunity to delve into areas of their expertise.
Members interested in serving on the board can submit their name each year as part of the VSECU annual meeting process. Qualified candidates are selected by the Nominating Committee for election or members may petition to the Supervisory Committee.
Supervisory Committee – Members serve a three-year term and meet quarterly with a responsibility of overseeing the comprehensive annual audits and affairs of the credit union.
2018 Board of Directors
We encourage our members to be engaged and to contact us with concerns, compliments, or issues that we as a board should be considering. We typically meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Montpelier main branch office, located at One Bailey Avenue, Montpelier, Vermont. Members are welcome to personally attend the meeting during an open forum period that commences at the beginning of each meeting. If you are a member and would like to attend the Member Forum portion of the meeting, please arrive prior to 5:00 pm. You can also contact us by email and we will respond! BoardofDirectors@vsecu.com.
Board of Directors Serving Three-Year Terms
Kimberly B. Cheney, Serving 2002 to 2020
A little about Kimberly: After about four years in the U.S. Navy Kim became a lawyer. He has worked as Washington County State’s attorney, the Vermont Attorney General, Chair of Vermont Labor Relations Board, Chair of the Advisory Commission to U.S. Civil Right Commission, Member of the Montpelier School Board, and Chairman Montpelier Planning Commission as well as practicing law while working on several legislative reform projects.
What Kimberly says about serving on the board: “When I was elected to the VSECU Board of Directors in 2002 I found there was not only the opportunity but the necessity to learn about a business I knew very little about. It’s challenging to work in an organization that is dedicated to doing what is best for over 50,000 members. Two years ago my colleagues elected me Vice Chairman. Along my journey I have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people with a wide variety of interests, needs and personalities and the members of VSECU are among the best. VSECU is a great institution and a pleasure to be part of.”
Ben Doyle, Serving 2018 to 2021
A little about Ben: Ben Doyle is the director of community and economic development for USDA Rural Development. In that capacity, he works across Vermont and New Hampshire to increase the economic vitality and quality of life in rural communities through strategic public investment in the areas of housing, infrastructure, and business development. In 2017, Rural Development invested over $400,000,000 in Vermont and New Hampshire. Ben is the former chair of the Board of Directors of the Vermont Humanities Council and is currently the president of the Vermont Community Development Association. He has served as a Peace Corps volunteer and administrator and holds an MA from New York University in the humanities and a BA from the University of Vermont in English.
What Ben says about serving on the board: "VSECU is a fantastic organization and I’m honored to serve on its Board of Directors. As someone who is keenly interested in the social and economic future of rural communities, I’m excited to support VSECU’s work to grow the cooperative economy and to help more Vermonters achieve financial success. "
Michael Hogan — Vice Chairman, Serving 2016 to 2019
A little about Michael: Mike recently retired from the State of Vermont, after 30 years of service. He served the last 17 years of his career as commissioner for the Department of Liquor Control. Mike has been a VSECU member for three decades and has found it easier to shoulder life’s demands with the help of the credit union’s services. Mike and his wife Mary Ellen live in rural Cabot and enjoy raising a few Black Angus cows, and biking and running the back roads of their community. Mike is currently a member of the Cabot Select Board and has served in various offices in his town. He is an avid reader of history and is active in his church.
What Michael says about serving on the board: “As a newly elected member, I am very pleased to be part of an organization that lets its customers know that they are valued. I hope to use my business experience and skills to grow the VSECU membership.”
Janet Hollner, Serving 2018 to 2019
A little about Janet: Janet Hollner is the corporate accountant for Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington. In that role, she tracks and helps to steward the donations and grants received by the health system, ensuring that the funds are used for their intended purposes. As part of the Finance team at SVHC since 1996, Janet has worked with her colleagues to accomplish successful financial audits for many years running. Janet served on the Board of PMH Credit Union and was Board chair during the search for a merger partner and through the process of merging with VSECU in 2014. She is currently a member of the VSECU Board of Directors. As a part-time, non-traditional student, while working and raising two children, Janet earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southern Vermont College.
Ben Kidder, Serving 2015 to 2019
A little about Ben: Ben recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire, Durham with a B.A. in Economics and History and a Minor in Business Administration. He moved to Montpelier after accepting a job at the Vermont Department of Labor as an economist in the Economic and Labor Market Information Division. He previously worked in a Vermont community bank for seven years, where he grew to appreciate the benefits of local banking. Ben particularly enjoys the skiing, mountain biking, and hiking Vermont has to offer.
What Ben says about serving on the board: “It is a great privilege to be elected onto a board with so many established community members. I intend to help VSECU serve and attract new young members, by offering the perspective of a young person.”
Spencer Newman — Treasurer, Serving 2018 to 2021
A little about : Spencer Newman is president of Green Mountain Insight, a financial and strategic planning firm that helps mission-focused Vermont businesses grow and prosper in their communities. Several of Spencer’s clients have transformed from start-up businesses to employing hundreds of people, providing stable jobs and good wages for their employees. Spencer also serves on Governor Scott’s Strategic Planning Team and was chair of the Burlington Electric Board for five years, during which time the city became 100% powered by renewable energy. Spencer has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA from Tufts University. He lives in Burlington with his wife and two teenage children, and enjoys skiing, hiking, and cooking and generally living in Vermont.
What Spencer says about serving on the board: “It’s an honor to represent the members of VSECU. l feel passionately that the credit union can plan a crucial role in supporting its members through innovative financial programs and educational offerings, and improving the lives of Vermonters and Vermont businesses throughout the state."
Norman D. McElvany — Chairman, Serving 2013 to 2019
A little about Norm: Norm McElvany and his wife have lived in Williston for 35 years where they raised their family. Norm teaches Business and Hospitality-Tourism Management at Johnson State College.
What Norm says about serving on the board: “As a newly elected Board member I’m working to ensure that our credit union remains financially strong and member focused."
Heather Neuwirth, Serving 2017 to 2020
A little about Heather: Heather has dedicated her career to driving positive social change through innovative and entrepreneurial education. She is the director of programs at the Middlebury College Center for Creativity, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship, where she empowers students to translate their ideas into action by providing them with the tools, relationships, and funding they need to develop projects.
What Heather says about serving on the board: “I’m honored to represent the VSECU membership by serving on the Board in support of the organization’s social mission. One goal of my professional life is to keep young talent in our state and by serving, I hope, to further engage students throughout the state to build awareness of the benefits of living and working in Vermont.”
Janet Spitler, Serving 2018 to 2020
A little about Janet: Janet is the CFO at Housing Vermont, a non-profit organization that supports investment in the economic, environmental and social well-being of Vermont communities by creating permanently affordable housing and financing key community developments in downtown and village centers. Prior to joining the staff at Housing Vermont Janet was the CFO at Merchants Bank for 17 years. Her 20 plus years of experience in executive leadership positions, as well as her experience with non-profit boards, make her a strong candidate for the board of VSECU. Janet hold a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from William Smith College.
Mary Trepanier — Secretary, Serving 2015 to 2021
A little about Mary: Mary is the Mammography Team Leader at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. She graduated from Champlain College in 2002 with an Associate’s degree in Radiography Sciences, and again in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration; she is now working toward a Master’s Degree. Mary is also the Clinical Coordinator and Instructor for the Radiography program at River Valley Community College. In her spare time, Mary enjoys spending time with her family, motorcycling, reading, and playing the piano/organ, or volunteering as a basketball coach at Rumney Elementary School. Mary has been a member for more than a decade, recently financing a new home with VSECU.
What Mary says about serving on the board: “As a long-term member at VSECU, I have utilized the credit union for a multitude of different loans. My experiences here have always included a personal touch, something you do not typically see anymore. I am excited to serve the members of VSECU and give back to the credit union that has given so much to me and my family.”
Heather Wright, Serving 2017 to 2020
A little about Heather: Heather has years of experience using the cooperative business model to grow and develop organizations. She is a labor law attorney and a managing partner of WrightJones PLC. Heather supports cooperative and socially responsible business development by serving on the Steering Committee for Cooperative Vermont, the Board of Directors for Full Barrel Brewery Cooperative, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s Public Policy Committee; she teaches strategic human resource management at Marlboro College’s MBA in Sustainability program.
What Heather says about serving on the board: “I am honored to bring my experience growing socially-conscious and member-owned businesses to the members of VSECU and, by extension, the people and communities of Vermont.”
Supervisory Committee Volunteers
Normand Desrochers, Chair – Serving 1992 to 2020
Eugene Wescott – Serving 2018 to 2021
Sarah Miller – Serving 2010 to 2019
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