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 2018 Crew Ambassador Carissa Rothstein 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.  



CUNA Young Professionals Conference |  May 2-3 |  Madison, WI

The first CUNA National Young Professional Conference, presented in cooperation with The Cooperative Trust, brings young professionals from across the country together to discover new strategies to guide credit unions to success for years to come. The conference will be held May 2 through 3 in Madison, Wisconsin. View Details.


Spring P2P | May 9 | Apple Valley

Attend the Crew’s spring event to hear Firefly Credit Union's SVP/Chief Marketing Officer Martin Kelly discuss current credit union trends in marketing, provide education on effective writing in the workplace, and share his professional journey. The event will also include lunch and roundtable discussions with young professionals working in your discipline. View Details.


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.



In December, members of the MnCUN young professionals group, the Crew, were invited to apply for two leadership opportunities.

  • The Crew Ambassador serves as a leader for the Crew. This person helps represent The Crew and other young credit union professionals in Minnesota at MnCUN events and other opportunities.
  • The Crew Advisory Group – this group includes Crew members who meet quarterly to help plan and promote Crew events.

Returning Crew Advisory Group Members:


  • Carissa Rothstein – Learning & Development Specialist, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union – 2018 Crew Ambassador
  • Kelsey Fogel - Financial Services Representative, Anoka Hennepin Credit Union
  • Derek Schmidt - Member Engagment Specialist, City & County Credit Union
  • Brittany Hill - Branch Manager, Co-op Credit Union of Montevideo
  • Susan Loesch - Manager/CEO, Energy Services Federal Credit Union
  • Xiong Lee - Business Development Specialist, Firefly Credit Union
  • SouaYee Vang - Sr. Financial Analyst, Hiway Federal Credit Union
  • Desmond Foy - Branch Manager, TopLine Federal Credit Union
  • Amanda Kissner - Director of Community Affairs, Wakota Federal Credit Union
  • Kelly Bechard - Corporate Counsel Manager/General Administration, Wings Financial Credit Union

Advisory Group Members Joining in 2018:


  • Ellie Backes - Marketing Manager, Mill City Credit Union
  • James Sackett - Board Member, Firefly Credit Union
  • Jenna Taubel - Marketing Specialist, First Alliance Credit Union
  • Tami Cybulki - Branch Manager-Hudson and River Falls, Royal Credit Union
  • Brandon Kuschel - Assistant Branch Manager, St. Cloud 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.


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St. Paul, MN 55102

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