At its Jan. 14 board meeting, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) announced that Laida Garcia, president/CEO of floridacentral Credit Union in Tampa was elected chairman of the NCUF. Garcia assumed the seat from Gary Oakland, CEO of BECU in Seattle; Oakland recently retired from the credit union.
“Laida has been a tremendous asset to the Foundation board over the past few years,” said Bucky Sebastian, NCUF Executive Director. “I look forward to her leadership and to working with her to help even more consumers achieve financial freedom through our programs and grants.”
"Board chairs before me have laid a solid foundation for NCUF and I hope to follow in that same tradition,” noted Garcia. “We have an excellent board and executive director, and together we will continue to fulfill our mission as the philanthropic arm of the credit union movement."
John Radebaugh, president/CEO of the North Carolina Credit Union League in Greensboro, N.C. was elected vice chairman. Lee Butke, president/CEO, Corporate One FCU, Columbus, OH, was elected treasurer and Winona Nava, president/CEO, Guadalupe Credit Union, Santa Fe, NM was elected secretary.