Awards Programs & Committee

The Minnesota Credit Union Network Awards Committee facilitates statewide and national awards programs and judges entries. On the national level, the committee coordinates Minnesota’s entries for CUNA’s Dora Maxwell and Louise Herring Awards and the Desjardins Award for Financial Education.

On the state level, the committee recognizes individuals and organizations through the Professional and Volunteer of the Year Awards.


Open to all MnCUN member credit unions, the awards will recognize outstanding programs in the areas of branding, community impact and outreach, digital advertising, printed material, video, and complete campaigns.


Statewide award winners are announced in August or September. Winning state entries advance to compete nationally, with national results typically available in late November to early December.


  • Louise Herring Award for Philosophy-in-Action – focuses on the internal programs and services of a credit union. Credit unions who received the award have demonstrated the practical application of the credit union philosophy within the actual operations of the credit union.
  • Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education Awards – recognizes the leadership of individual credit unions and chapters on behalf of youth and adult financial education. Activities eligible for consideration include those that raise awareness and marshal resources on behalf of financial literacy.


MnCUN is now accepting nominations for its most prestigious awards. Now is your chance to nominate a colleague for the Outstanding Professional of the Year or Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. The deadline for nominations is Mon. Feb. 10.


  • Outstanding Professional of the Year recognizes the notable service of one outstanding credit union professional who has selflessly given time, effort and talent to the support and promotion of the credit union mission and who has gone above and beyond to improve the credit union culture in Minnesota.
  • Outstanding Volunteer of the Year is given to one extraordinary credit union volunteer who best exemplifies the credit union spirit through dedication to, and belief in, the credit union movement. Grounds for nomination include involvement in the credit union movement at local and state levels and participation in other activities that support the credit union mission.

Committee Members

Terri Maloney, Chair
Catholic United Financial CU

Nancy Brady
United Educators CU

Xiong Lee
Firefly CU

Annie Lepper
Minnesota Power Employees CU

Lacey Mack
Financial One CU
Theresa Malone
Associated Healthcare CU
Nicholas Mathiowertz
NorthRidge Community CU
Gary Meyer
Central Minnesota CU

Daren Swanson
Minnco CU

*Julia Miller
MnCUN Staff





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