CUNA Councils Executive Committee

The CUNA Councils Executive Committee consists of two officers from each of the six Council Executive Committees. The group then elects two individuals, to serve as chair and vice chair of the CUNA Councils Executive Committee.

The mission of the CUNA Councils Executive Committee is to:

  • Ensure consistency in administration among Councils;
  • Share ideas between Councils to improve member benefits;
  • Support innovative networking within and across Councils;
  • Encourage collaboration among disciplines, to identify important issues facing practitioners in the industry AND bring awareness to CUNA, CEOs and Council members to assist in creating focus for problem solving.

Michelle Hunter

Michelle Hunter – Councils Chair

Chief Communications & Experience Officer
Credit Union of Southern California
Anaheim, CA


  • Stanford University Executive Development Program
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications with an emphasis in Advertising, California State University, Fullerton

Professional Activities

  • Judge, 2008 CMBDC Website Diamond Awards
  • Judge. 2008 Marketing Professional of the Year Award
  • Member of CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council
  • Member of Marketing Association of Credit Unions

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • Recipient of American Society of Association Management Gold Circle Award of Excellence, Marketing & Exposition Marketing
  • Recipient of numerous CMBDC Diamond Awards-1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Recipient of numerous CUNA Pro & Blockbuster Awards-1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Highly-rated public speaker

Greg Inman

Greg Inman – Councils Vice Chair

Chief Operating Officer
Neighbors Federal Credit Union
Baton Rouge, LA


  • BA Management, Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Honor Graduate, Southwest CUNA Management School
  • Certified Credit Union Executive
  • Certified Lending Specialist

Professional Activities

  • CUNA Operations & Member Experience Conference Committee and Member Resource Committee

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • President's Council Award Recipient-CUNA Mutual

Heather Lally

Heather Lally-Voigt – Councils 2nd Vice Chair

Vice President Operations
Alliant Credit Union
Chicago, IL


  • BA Business Administration-DePaul University
  • Certified Black Belt Six Sigma-Motorola University
  • Gallup Strengths Coach

Professional Activities

  • CUNA Tech Conference Committee 2010-11

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • CU Times Trailblazer Award - 2013

Ashlee Micale

Ashlee Micale
Finance Council Chair

San Diego County CU
San Diego, CA


  • Masters of Business Administration, University of Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Accounting, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
  • Western CUNA Management School Graduate, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
  • Credit Union Enterprise Risk Management Expert (CUERME)
  • CUES Advanced School of Business Lending

Professional Activities

  • CUNA CFO Council Executive Committee
  • CUNA CFO Council - Regulatory & Conference Committees
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Past Dedicate to Graduate Board Member
  • Past Community Education Foundation Board Member

Honors, Awards and Major Accomplishments

  • 2014 CFO of the Year, San Diego Business Journal
  • Founded a Leadership Development Mentoring Program
  • Speaker and contributor at various events and topics, including University of San Diego, NCUA, ERM, ALLL, and CECL
  • Mom to 3 beautiful children, including twins

Brad Barnes

Brad Barnes
Finance Council Vice Chair

Air Academy FCU
Colorado Springs, CO


  • B.S. in Accounting - Missouri State University (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Certified Public Accountant

Professional Activities

  • Chairperson - United States Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation Audit Committee
  • Board of Directors - Challenger Learning Center of Colorado
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • CUNA CFO Council - Regulatory & Legislative Committee

Honors, Awards and Major Accomplishments

  • NCAA First Team Academic All-American - Soccer
  • Filene Research Institute's i3 innovation program
  • Father of Twins + 1, all under 3 years old

Buddy Bennett

Buddy Bennett
Operations & Member Experience Council Chair

Vice President Operations  
Cyprus Federal Credit Union
West Jordan, UT


  • Salt Lake Community College – Associates Degree
  • Western CUNA Management School
  • University of Utah - Currently studying

Professional Activities

  • CUNA HRTD Membership Committee

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • Elected CUNA School Class Officer

Jim Block

Jim Block
Lending Council Vice Chair

EVP, Chief Operating Officer
Baxter Credit Union
Vernon Hills, IL


  • MBA, Northwestern University – Kellogg Graduate School of Management
  • BA, Economics and Political Science, Northwestern University
  • Executive Education Certificate in IT PPM - Kellogg Graduate School of Management

Professional Activities

  • Advisory Board Member for Experian Credit Union Vertical
  • Advisory Board Member for TransUnion Credit Union Vertical
  • Advisory Board Member for CU Direct Corporation
  • Member of PSCU Possibility Makers (innovation advisory group), Past mem
  • Past member of PSCU Service Delivery Advisory Board
  • CUNA Lending Council member

 Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • Past Board Member of local Family Service organization
  • Panelist and speaker at industry conferences

Leigh Brady

Leigh Brady
HR & Organizational Development Council Vice Chair

EVP Organizational Development
State Employees' Credit Union
Raleigh, NC


  • BA - Accounting, North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC
  • MBA - Meredith College - Raleigh, NC
  • Licensed Insurance Agent - L&H, Personal Lines, LTC/Med Supp
  • CUDE

Professional Activities

  • NC Financial Literacy Council
  • Board member - NC Council on Economic Education
  • National BizKid$ Advisory Council
  • SECU Rep - NC Business Committee for Education
  • SECU Rep - Consumer Federation of America (currently serving on two subcommittees for CFA)

Tammy Fleiger

Tammy Fleiger
Operations & Member Experience Council Vice Chair

VP Operations
Liberty Lake, WA


  • MBA - Western Governors University
  • BS - Computer Information Systems - Eastern Washington University

Professional Activities

  • Member, CUNA OpSS Council
  • Member, NWCUA Operational Relevance 2025 Task Force (2016)

Brian Grytdal

Brian Grytdal
Marketing & Business Development Council Vice Chair

VP Marketing
Horizon CU
Spokane Valley, WA


  • Bachelor of Arts double major in Marketing and Finance with a minor in Economics from Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
  • Masters of Business Administration emphasis in Marketing, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Professional Activities

  • NWCUA Regulatory Affairs Committee 2014
  • NWCUA Grassroots Advocacy Subcommittee 2013 to present
  • Judge 2012 Golden Mirror Awards
  • Member of CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council
  • Member of Central Valley School District Facilities Subcommittee 2007-2008

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • Many CUNA, CUES, and NWCUA Spectrum awards

Ray Lindley

Ray Lindley
Lending Council Vice Chair

Chief Operating Officer
Elevations Credit Union
Boulder, CO


  • B.A in Accounting from Northwest Nazarene University
  • MBA in Finance from Northwest Nazarene University
  • CCE Institute Graduate

Professional Activities

  • Past Board Member United Way
  • Past Board Member Education Initiative
  • Volunteer Meals on Wheels
  • Volunteer Flat Irons Community
  • Member CUNA Regulatory Affairs Committee

Jason Lindstrom
Marketing & Business Development Council Chair

Evergreen CU
Portland, ME


  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science/Public Administration - California State University, Long Beach
  • Graduate - Western CUNA Management School
  • Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) - National Credit Union Foundation

Professional Activities

  • Member of Filene I3 Program
  • Member of CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council
  • Virginia Credit Union League:
    • Past Chapter President (Northern Virginia Chapter)
    • Grassroots Committee Member
    • Credit Union Awareness Committee Member
  • California Credit Union League:
    • Past President of the Board of Governors (Orange County Chapter)
    • Past Legislative Advocate (Orange County Chapter)
    • Past Committee Member of the Political Action Committee (PAC)
  • CUDE Mentor

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • 3 CUNA MBDC Diamond Awards
  • 4 CUES Golden Mirror Awards
  • 2008 California Credit Union League Political Professional of the Year Award
  • 2001 Chairman's Award for Excellence - Orange County's Credit Union
  • Named to the Top CMO's on Twitter by Social Media Marketing Magazine

Caroline Martorano

Caroline Martorano
Technology Council Vice Chair

Director, Operations & Support
Baxter Credit Union
Vernon Hills, IL


  • Indiana University – Bachelor of Science Computer Information systems

Professional Activities

  • Technology Council Speed Round Committee Chair
  • Technology Council Conference Committee Member
  • Akcelerant Symitar Users Group Chair

Chris Saneda

Chris Saneda
Technology Council Chair

EVP Technology and Digital Innovation
Virginia Credit Union
Richmond, VA


  • BS Computer and Information Science; University of Maryland
  • MS Telecommunications and Information Systems; Johns Hopkins University
  • Certified IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation
  • Certified Six-Sigma Green Belt

Professional Activities

  • FIS MISER Credit Union Advisory Council
  • PSCU Technology Advisory Group
  • Mentorship Program, Virginia Commonwealth University

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • 2012   Unisys / FIS FIRST Award for introduction of unique product or service
  • 2011   RichTech Technology Stars Award for "use of technology to create significant new processes, methodology, and/or service”
  • 2010   CIO-100 for “creating new business value by innovating with technology” - CIO Magazine
  • 2009   Premier 100 for “leading their organization with exceptional strength and savvy” - Computerworld Magazine
  • 2008   Laureate Honors for “visionary applications of information technology that promote positive social, economic and educational change” - Computerworld Magazine

Cindy Swigert

Cindy Swigert
HR & Organizational Development Council Chair

Vice President Human Resources
UVA Community Credit Union
Charlottesville, VA


  • M.B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana
  • B.A. Personnel Administration, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • B.S. Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) - Human Resource Certification Institute
  • SHRM-SCP (Society of Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional) certification
  • Certified Chief Executive Program, CUES CEO Institute
  • CUNA Financial Management School Parts I and II
  • Korn/Ferry – Lominger Certifications for Leadership Architect®, Choices® and Voices® instruments
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Qualified Administrator, Center for Applications of Psychological Type

Professional Activities

  • CUNA HR & OD Council, Vice-Chair 2014-2016, Member 2000 - present
  • Society for Human Resource Management, Member 1998 - present
  • Credit Union Executive Society, Member 2004 – present
  • Miami Valley Human Resource Association, President-Elect, 2009-10; Member 2003-2010, and 2016-present
  • Southwest Michigan SHRM Chapter, Member 2011-2016

Past Professional Activities

  • Spousal Employment Support Coordinator (Volunteer) for 2005 BRAC moves. Worked in conjunction with the Dayton Development Coalition and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Job Seekers Group Facilitator, Dayton, Ohio
  • Group Co-Chair, Michigan's Great Southwest Strategic Leadership Council
  • Accelerate Leadership Program inaugural class, St. Joseph, Michigan

Honors, Awards, and Major Accomplishments

  • 2014 Recipient CUNA HR & Organizational Development Excellence Award
  • Conducted Industry-wide CEO Competency Model study; results published in CUES CU Management Magazine, August 2011
  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Commendation for Community Service

Additional Members

Sue Douglas

Sue Douglas
Member Emeritus

Chief Operating Officer  
State Employees Credit Union
Raleigh, NC

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson
Member Emeritus & CUFX Liaison

Senior Vice President Information Technology
Baxter Credit Union
Vernon Hills, IL


  • Lawrence University, BA in Economics
  • Kellogg Graduate School of Management, KMI
  • University of Chicago, Certificate in Leadership Arts

Professional Activities

  • Symitar Strategic Advisory
  • Technology Executive Network

Updated: 11/2019