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.


WHO SHOULD JOIN THE CREW? Any staff member or volunteer from a Minnesota credit union - 40 and under - interested in networking, career development and education is encouraged to join the Crew.


WHAT DOES THE CREW DO? The Minnesota Credit Union Network hosts special sessions for Crew members at major MnCUN events as well as standalone Crew education sessions, happy hours, & volunteer opportunities throughout the year.


HOW DO I GET INVOLVED? There is no cost or commitment to joining the Crew. By signing up you will begin receiving emails from MnCUN and the 2018 Crew Ambassador Derek Schmidt alerting you of upcoming Crew events and opportunities.


  1. create an online account with MnCUN
  2. navigate to My Profile and choose edit
  3. under subscriptions, click the box next to Crew
  4. keep an eye out for upcoming events & opportunities!


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.



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.

2019 Crew Advisory Group Members:


  • Derek Schmidt - Card Program Officer, Novation Credit Union, 2019 Crew Ambassador
  • Ellie Backes, Marketing Manager, City & County Credit Union
  • Tom Barkley, VP, Sales and Solutions, TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union
  • Kelly Bechard, Corporate Counsel Manager/General Administration, Wings Financial Credit Union
  • Caitlin Barrineau, Branch Manager, Anoka Hennepin Credit Union
  • Sharon Bechstein, Marketing Specialist, Hiway Federal Credit Union
  • Tami Charlton,  Member Account Rep, Royal Credit Union
  • Maria Corradi, Operations Manager, Northern Communities Credit Union
  • Brittany Harrington, Consumer Loan Manager, Heartland Credit Union
  • Brittany Hill, Branch Manager, Co-op Credit Union of Montevideo
  • Lisa Jacobson, Indirect Lending Manager, TopLine Federal Credit Union
  • Brandon Kuschel, Branch Manager, St. Cloud Federal Credit Union
  • Xiong Lee, Business Development Specialist, Firefly Credit Union
  • Jodi Maus, Talent Development Specialist, Central Minnesota Credit Union
  • Cory Ouellette, MSR Manager, Minnesota Power Employees Credit Union
  • Carissa Rothstein, Learning & Development Specialist, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
  • Jessica Stevens, Branch Manager – Plastics, Richfield Bloomington Credit Union
  • Jenna Taubel - Marketing Specialist, First Alliance Credit Union


Online Forum - 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.


Crew Calendar - a full list of upcoming events relevant to credit union young professionals in Minnesota.


About the Crew - this handout provides an overview of the Crew and step-by-step instructions to join the list. This handout can be used to invite your co-workers to events, post in your break room, and to share the mission of the group.


The Cooperative TrustThe Cooperative Trust, with its award-winning Crash programming, is the international community of young credit union professionals, brought to you by Filene Research Institute and made possible by Credit Union National Association.

 With questions about the Crew, contact MnCUN.

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