CUES Hall of Fame Inductees

2022 Award Winners

Ed Bergen

Barry Nelson, CCE

Retired CEO
Travis Credit Union

Vacaville, California

Barry began his career at Travis Credit Union in January 2000 as Assistant Vice President of Finance.  After several promotions, in August 2014, he became president and CEO. In 2011, he earned his Certified Chief Executive (CCE) designation.

Under his leadership, Travis CU grew to be the 12th largest credit union in California with 24 branches, $4.7 billion in assets, and more than 217,000 members.

Travis CU has been recognized at the state and national level for continuously delivering more than expected by seeking new ways to help the members and community.

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Erin Mendez

Erin Mendez, CCE

Patelco Credit Union

Pleasanton, California

Erin has been leading Patelco CU as CEO since 2013. In 2012, she earned her Certified Chief Executive (CCE) designation. In 2021, she joined the Patelco Credit Union Board of Directors.

Erin spearheaded the credit union’s evolution from a rate- and fee-focused institution into a mission-driven organization focused on the financial health and well-being of the communities it serves. Under her leadership, Patelco has grown from $3.9 billion to over $8.9 billion in assets.

The San Francisco Business Times listed her as one of the top five people to know in the Tri-Valley.

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Sterling Nielson

Sterling Nielsen, CPA

Mountain America CU

Sandy, Utah 

Sterling became president/CEO of Mountain America Credit Union during the banking crisis in 2008.

Under his leadership, Mountain America CU has grown over $5 billion in assets and added over 20 branches throughout the intermountain west. The strategies he set forth allowed the credit union to grow at an average of 17.39% from 2016 to 2018. 

He was named the 2019 CUES Outstanding Chief Executive. And he was selected by Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce as one of the 2018 Titan Award recipients.

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Paul Kelly Paul Kelly

Retired CEO
connectFirst Credit Union

Calgary, Alberta

Paul joined connectFirst in 1995 as the VP/finance in what was then First Calgary Savings. After two other promotions, in 2009, he was appointed as president/CEO.

Through a strong focus on sustainable growth, Paul was instrumental in bringing together First Calgary Financial and Chinook Credit Union to form Connect First Credit Union in 2014.

The success of this growth strategy also saw mergers with Legacy Credit Union in 2017 and Mountain View Credit Union in 2018.

In 2021, he oversaw the CU’s rebrand as connectFirst.

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2022 Hall of Fame Inductee Ed Bergen
Ed Bergen, CCD, CCE

Sunova Credit Union Limited
Selkirk, Manitoba



2022 Hall of Fame Inductee Tyrone Muse
Tyrone Muse

Vision Federal Credit Union
Endicott, New York



2022 Hall of Fame Inductee Kit Snyder
Kit Snyder, CCE

Consumers CU
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Stu Ramsey
Stewart Ramsey, CCD, CIE, CCE

Retired President/CEO
Pen Air Federal Credit Union

Pensacola, Florida

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Maurice SmithMaurice Smith

Local Government Federal Credit Union
Civic Federal Credit Union

Raleigh, North Carolina

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2019 Hall of Fame Inductee Joe HearnJoe Hearn, CCE

Dupaco Community Credit Union

Dubuque, IA



2019 Hall of Fame Award Inductee Steph SherroddStephanie Sherrod, CCE


Lake Jackson, TX



2019 Hall of Fame Inductee Greg SmithGreg Smith

Retired President/CEO

Harrisburg, PA



2019 Hall of Fame Inductee Kim SponemKim Sponem

Summit Credit Union

Madison, WI



2019 Hall of Fame Award Inductee Al SuraciAl Suraci, CCE

Retired CEO
Northern Credit Union

Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario

2018 Hall of Fame Inductee Marty Komsa

Marty Komsa

Retired President/CEO
Windsor Family Credit Union

Windsor, Ontario




2018 Hall of Fame Award Winner Elieen Rivera

Eileen Rivera

Retired President/CEO
Skyone Federal Credit Union

Hawthorne, CA



2018 Hall of Fame Award Winner Cathie Tierney

Cathie Tierney, CCUE

Retired President/CEO
Community First Credit Union

Appleton, WI

2017 Hall of Fame Inductee Douglas Fecher

Douglas A. Fecher, CCE

Wright-Patt Credit Union, Inc.

Fairborn, OH




2017 Hall of Fame Award Winner Mike Valentine

Michael G. Valentine


Vernon Hills, IL


2016 Hall of Fame Inductee Sally DischlerSally A. Dischler, CCUE, CCE

Heartland Credit Union

Madison, WI



2016 Hall of Fame Inductee Joseph Melbourne

Joseph A. Melbourne, Jr.

CFE Federal Credit Union

Lake Mary, FL



2016 Hall of Fame Inductee William Raker

William A. Raker, CCE

Firefly Credit Union

Burnsville, MN