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Mary Ann Kosel honored a Credit Union Builder by South Metro Federal, Wakota Federal Credit Unions

Monday, May 8, 2017  
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The Leadership Teams and Board of Directors of the South Metro Federal and Wakota Federal Credit Unions are pleased to jointly announce Mary Ann Kosel is being honored as a Credit Union Builder. Mary was surprised with the award at the Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Conference in Bloomington.

Mary Ann has over a half century of service to credit unions in Minnesota as a member, volunteer Board member, an employee and as a consultant. She is currently an Operations Support Specialist at South Metro Federal Credit Union. Additionally, she serves as the Board Treasurer at Wakota Federal Credit Union. Mary Ann served as a volunteer at Wakota on both the Board and Supervisory committee since 1991.

“A true credit union advocate, Mary Ann has provides pro-bono or low cost consulting to small credit unions for almost 22 years,” said South Metro Federal Credit Union President Don Crofut. “She volunteers her time for credit unions in need. When asked how many credit unions she volunteered to assist in some manor her best guess-timate was more than 50.”

”Mary Ann believes strongly in the credit union principles ‘People helping People’ and ‘Cooperation Among Cooperatives’, and has personally been instrumental in perpetuating the movement here in Minnesota,” said Wakota Federal Credit Union President Mary Matheson.

Kosel joins 43 other individuals who have been honored since 2008 with MnCUF’s Credit Union Builder Award. The names of the recipients and the contributing credit unions are permanently displayed in the Minnesota Credit Union Network’s lobby as a tribute to their accomplishments. The honorees receive a plaque from the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation, and donors are also listed online and in the MnCUF’s annual report.

To learn more about the Credit Union Builder Award and to view a list of those who have been honored with this recognition, visit the MnCUF website.

Photo: (L to R) South Metro Federal Credit Union President Don Crofut, Minnesota Credit Union Network Board of Directors Chairman Dan Stoltz, Mary Ann Kosel, Wakota Federal Credit Union President & CEO Mary Matheson, and Minnesota Credit Union Foundation President Mark Cummins at the Minnesota Credit Union Network Annual Conference in Bloomington.


Focused on financial education and professional development initiatives, the Minnesota Credit Union Foundation is dedicated to providing the resources for credit unions and communities to prosper and thrive. MnCUF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1969 that serves as a charitable arm of the Minnesota credit union movement. For more information, visit

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