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.  




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

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. City & County Credit Union Marketing Specialist Laura Jorris has been selected as the 2017 Crew Ambassador.
  • The Crew Advisory Group – this group includes Crew members who meet quarterly to help plan and promote Crew events.


Returning Crew Advisory Group Members:

  • Laura Jorris, City & County Credit Union – Crew Ambassador
  • Carissa Rothstein, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
  • Derek Schmidt, City & County Credit Union
  • Susan Loesch, Energy Services Federal Credit Union
  • Andrew Deans, Hiway Federal Credit Union
  • SouaYee Vang, Hiway Federal Credit Union
  • Brianne Meszaros, Royal Credit Union
  • Amanda Kissner, Wakota Federal Credit Union


Advisory Group Members Joining in 2017:

  • Kelsey Fogel, Anoka Hennepin Credit Union        
  • Brittany Hill, Co-op Credit Union of Montevideo
  • Xiong Lee, Firefly Credit Union
  • Desmond Foy, Royal Credit Union
  • Kelly Bechard, Wings Financial Credit Union



Recent Crew Events

The Crew Holds Life Simulation to Help Credit Unions Better Serve Low Income Members

In November, 80 credit union professionals took part in a Life Simulation 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 were grouped into “families” struggling to make ends meet in a simulated month of four fifteen minute weeks. Each participant played a unique role within the family. These simulated families visited a variety of booths, including a school, employer, pawn shop and payday lender. Through the exercise, they encountered events & financial crises faced by many low-income Americans, including eviction, loss of utilities, lack of reliable transportation, crime, and the moment-to-moment stress of making ends meet. At the conclusion of the exercise participants shared their experiences and emotions in a powerful debriefing session.


“As a volunteer, I watched the room go from calm to chaotic in an hour. Seeing people try to make the best use of their time and resources gave me a closer look at the daily decisions many our members must make,” said City & County Credit Union Marketing Specialist Laura Jorris. “I walked away with a deeper commitment to educating our staff, members and community about personal finance and the resources available to make managing money easier.”


“It is important to Minnesota’s credit unions that their staff, volunteers, and leadership receive ongoing training to best serve their members,” said MnCUN President & CEO Mark Cummins. “The ability to empathize with members struggling through financial difficulty encourages credit union professionals to offer products, services, and solutions to help improve those members lives.”


The event was hosted by the Minnesota Credit Union Network and supported by the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation. The event was run by volunteers of the Minnesota Credit Union Network young professionals group, The Crew.




During Co-op Month, when many Minnesota credit unions are giving back to their communities, Minnesota credit union young professionals from across the state gathered together for community good.


Last week, nine members of the Crew, the Minnesota Credit Union Network young professional group, volunteered for an afternoon completing yard clean up, window washing, weeding and other needed tasks for Anna Marie’s Alliance in St. Cloud, Minnesota.


The group volunteered in central Minnesota to give more credit union young professionals in Central Minnesota an opportunity to meet and work alongside others in the credit union industry.


“Building relationships is a vital part of the credit union mission,” commented Andrew Deans, the 2016 MnCUN Crew Ambassador. “Everything credit unions do revolves around relationships, so bringing credit union young professionals together to serve, connect and grow perfectly aligns with all of our credit unions’ purposes.”


The Crew will gather again on November 2, 2016, to volunteer and participate in the Life Simulation experience, a simulation that helps employees, volunteers and leadership begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month.



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