The Crew


The Crew is a group for young professionals – under 40 years old - working in the credit union movement in Minnesota. The Minnesota Credit Union Network hosts special sessions for Crew members at major MnCUN events as well as standalone Crew education sessions, happy hours, and volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

There is no cost or commitment to joining the Crew. By signing up you will begin receiving emails from MnCUN Crew liaison Laura Whittet and the 2017 Crew Ambassador Laura Jorris alerting you of upcoming Crew events and opportunities.

An online Forum has been created in the Crew Group page of the MnCUN website. This is where the members of The Crew can come together to share ideas and educate one another on credit union strategies and concerns. Share your stories ideas, questions, and concerns in this collaborative Forum. You can also use this space to find out who else from your area is planning on attending Network events.


join the crew

QUICK, EASY SIGN UP: Visit the member profile page of the MnCUN website. Under Subscriptions, click the box next to Crew. 

Please note: Individuals must have a username and password to join the Crew. If you don't have one, please request an account - requests are processed within one business day.  


Upcoming Crew Opportunities

Crew Ambassador & Advisory Group Applications Now Open

The Minnesota Credit Union Network is looking for the next Crew Ambassador and seeking members for the Crew Advisory Group! The 2018 MnCUN Crew Ambassador application and the Crew Advisory Group Application are open now through Wednesday, December 20.  Applications for the Crew Ambassador position you will automatically be considered for the Crew Advisory Group unless otherwise noted in the application.

  • The Crew Ambassador serves as a leader for his or her peers in the Crew. This person helps represent The Crew and other young credit union professionals in Minnesota at MnCUN events and other professional development opportunities. The Crew Ambassador must be able to commit to attending Crew events and MnCUN major events throughout the year, have a letter of recommendation from their Manager/CEO, and be interested in leading the Crew Advisory Group. Apply Online.
  • The Crew Advisory Group includes up to 15 Crew members who meet quarterly at the MnCUN office to help plan and promote Crew events. Applicants must be able to commit to attend hour-long meetings on a quarterly basis, have a letter of recommendation from their Manager/CEO, and be interested in improving the Crew. Apply Online.


Life Simulation | Nov. 30 | Maplewood

The life simulation is designed to help sensitize credit union employees, volunteers, and management to the financial needs of low-wage working families. During the three-hour activity, participants will be grouped into “families” struggling to make ends meet in a simulated month of four twenty minute weeks. Throughout the exercise, attendees will encounter events & financial crises faced by many low-income Americans. Registration is available online.


Crash the GAC | Feb. 25 through March 1 | Washington D.C.

The Cooperative Trust, in partnership with Credit Union National Association (CUNA), is now accepting applications for Crash the GAC 2018. Once again, 52 young professionals will have the opportunity to experience the industry’s largest education and advocacy conference along with special programming and social events just for crashers. Applications close Nov. 28.





To develop young credit union professionals and volunteers through education and networking in order to create and retain a strong, passionate workforce of future credit union leaders.


2017 Crew Ambassador, Crew Advisory Group members

  • Laura Jorris, City & County Credit Union – Crew Ambassador
  • Kelly Bechard, Wings Financial Credit Union
  • Andrew Deans, Hiway Federal Credit Union
  • Kelsey Fogel, Anoka Hennepin Credit Union       
  • Desmond Foy, Royal Credit Union
  • Brittany Hill, Co-op Credit Union of Montevideo
  • Amanda Kissner, Wakota Federal Credit Union
  • Xiong Lee, Firefly Credit Union
  • Susan Loesch, Energy Services Federal Credit Union
  • Brianne Meszaros, Royal Credit Union
  • Carissa Rothstein, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
  • Derek Schmidt, City & County Credit Union
  • SouaYee Vang, Hiway Federal Credit Union


With questions about the Crew, contact MnCUN Crew liaison Laura Whittet.



The Crew 2014 Event Calendar

Oct. 15  
CUNA Mutual Discovery Conference (Online & Free)

 Nov. 5

The Crew Social Media Roundtable

For more important dates and events visit the MnCUN calendar.

In addition to the events outlined above, we offer a comprehensive slate of live webinars and on-demand webinars, as well as and in-person roundtables, based on various departments within credit unions such as Business Development/Marketing, Commercial Lending, Collections, Compliance/Fraud, and Trainers.


Minnesota Credit Union Network
555 Wabasha Street N, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55102

(651) 288-5170
(800) 477-1034