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You're Invited to Our Annual Meeting
Wednesday, March 22
U.S. Geological Survey
Main Interior Building
Rachel Carson Room
2017 Board of Directors
Chris Colvin is a Legislative Affairs Specialist with the National Park Service. Prior to that he was a Management Analyst in the National Park Service Northeast Regional Office providing oversight on collection and expenditure of over $10 million in fee revenue per year. Chris has a B.A. in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley and a Masters degree in Environmental Management from Yale University, focusing on law and policy. He has worked as a seasonal biologist and as an “Operations Manager” for a research collaboration based at Stanford University, managing communications, hiring, grant proposals, and financial reporting for an annual budget over $4 million.
Chris first became aware of credit unions in college, through the a cooperative housing association. It was exciting to learn about the history of co-ops and the diverse sectors where cooperative business models are thriving, including banking. After the financial crisis in 2008, he joined Alliant Credit Union because he didn’t want to participate in a system where bank executives and shareholders profit excessively at the expense of their customers—banking and financial services should benefit communities directly and profits should be shared by member/owners.
With federal employee retirement on the rise, we are facing a huge opportunity for growth in the Interior FCU. Many young, new employees will be hired in the coming years and will be eligible to join the Interior FCU. These are also folks who are emerging adults who will be seeking assistance with saving and significant financing (home and car loans) for the very first time. As a young person and new member, Chris will be able to contribute perspectives to the Board of Directors that help increase the awareness of and engagement with the Interior FCU among new, young employees, including comparing with alternative banks and credit unions young people are considering (i.e., marketing), as well as the onboarding process at Interior FCU, including education about the relevant products and services Interior FCU offers. Chris would focus on recruitment of new members, especially new, young Interior employees to build the next generation of credit union members and advocates, improving new member onboarding, and increasing home and car financing, and saving.
Monica Taylor Lane
As a long time Interior employee, who has dedicated more than 30 years to the Department, Monica Taylor Lane is currently a Systems Accountant with the Office of Financial Management (PFM) in the Office of the Secretary (OS). In PFM, Monica serves as a financial management policy expert, writing Departmental policy for the 10 Interior bureaus and the Interior Business Center (IBC). Having worked in the various divisions of PFM, including the Systems, Financial Reporting and Internal Control and Audit Follow-up Divisions, she clearly demonstrates a wide range of knowledge, skills and abilities in financial operations. Early in her career, Monica worked as an Operating Accountant for OS and later as a Systems Accountant for the former Washington Administrative Service Center (now known as the IBC). She is a member of the Association for Government Accountants and is a Certified Government Financial Manager. Monica earned a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Johnson C. Smith University (summa cum laude), M.S. Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Maryland University College and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Today, Monica serves as the Chairperson of the Interior Credit Union Loan Review Committee and enjoys traveling with her husband Henry and 9 year old daughter Montaigne.
John Nyce (Incumbent)
John W. Nyce is currently the Vice President for one of the B3’s Solutions companies three Business Sectors. He has been with the company since his retirement from the Federal Government in December of 2011. In this capacity, he is responsible for the daily operations of his business sector, keeping clients satisfied under contracts valued annually at approximately $12M and for developing and expansion of the business base in his sector of the company. While in the Federal Government, John had over 35 years of experience, with the last twelve years at the Department of the Interior. In his last position, John was the Associate Director for Acquisition Services for the National Business Center (currently called the Interior Business Center) of the Department of Interior. The National Business Center was/is a fee for service organization that provides administrative services to DOI and other Federal agencies. His work experience at DOI included being the NBC Assistant Director of the Administrative Operations Directorate from 2001-2007. In this position, he had management oversight responsibilities for an organization consisting of over 200 employees’ nationwide, formulation and execution of a $50+ million dollar annual budget which crossed over 60 individual directorate accounts, and the delivery of a large array of products and services to both DOI and over 100 outside Federal agencies. In his last assignment as mentioned, John was the Associate Director of the NBC Acquisition Services Organization. In this position, John was responsible for the management of five acquisition offices across the US, 250 employees and the delivery of a wide variety of acquisition services. In the last year, his organization executed approximately 2 billion dollars of contractual actions. John has a MBA degree from George Washington University with a major in Finance and Investments and a BS degree from Penn State University with a major in Business. He is an active member of the National Contract Management Association and supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societies efforts to wipe out Leukemia.
John has been a member of the Interior Federal Credit Union for over 11 years. He shares the desires of the other members of the Credit Union board to ensure the soundness of the credit union, continually striving to expand the financial services available to the employees, family members and the associates of the Department and while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction at all times. Since joining the board in 2007, John initially served as the Chair of the Human Resources Committee as well as serving on the Strategic Planning Committee. While serving in this capacity, the credit union enjoyed a pattern of steady growth throughout some very austere economic times and also expanded the services to its members. During the past five years, John has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. While in this capacity, the Credit Union continued its steady growth pattern, introduced an expanded array of products and services, added various automation tools to make dealing with the credit union easier and finally the credit union continually scores very high when ranked against other Credit Unions in the DC metro area of comparable size to ours. John has found that serving on the board has been a very rewarding experience and hopes to be re-elected again in order to continue this association as a board member and by working with you the members and the Credit Union Leadership to achieve greater successes in the future.
Glenda Owens (Incumbent)
Glenda H. Owens is the Deputy Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). As Deputy Director, Ms. Owens provides executive leadership and direction for implementation of the requirements of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA). Ms. Owens oversees the bureau’s business operations, ensuring that it meets the requirements established for federal agencies by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management, among other things. Ms. Owens is also OSMRE’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for ensuring the bureau’s compliance with the Chief Financial Officers’ Act in its financial operations. She oversees the formulation and execution of OSMRE’s budget ensuring adequate resources are directed to improving OSMRE’s ability to effectively and efficiently implement the bureau’s regulatory and reclamation programs.
Prior to joining OSM, Ms. Owens was an Assistant Solicitor in the Interior Department’s Solicitor’s Office, Division of Mineral Resources, where she headed up a legal staff responsible for providing legal services to bureau and departmental officials.
Ms. Owens has served on the Interior Federal Credit Union’s (the Credit Union) Board of Directors for over 15 years. She has served as the Chair of the Board and currently serves as the Board’s Vice Chair. She has been instrumental in developing policies designed to increase financial services to the Credit Union’s members, enhance products, and expand membership opportunities. Among Ms. Owens’ goals for the Credit Union is not only to increase its membership, but to make the Credit Union the financial institution of choice for more of its members.
Ms. Owens has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from the Howard University School of Law.
Brenda Rodriguez (Incumbent)
Brenda Rodriguez has held several positions in Deputy Chief for Financial Management (CFO) organization at the Natural Resources Conservation Service in the Department of Agriculture. The organization undertook a major re-organization that greatly increased its size in the last year. She is currently the Director of the Program and Information System Division. This group focuses on internal coordination between the operations of the five divisions of the CFO and the operation of the financial and mixed systems that support the entire organization. Brenda has over 20 years of federal accounting experience. Prior to joining the Department of Agriculture, she was the Finance Officer for the Office of the Secretary at the Department of the Interior for over six years and spent the first 10 years of her Federal career at Treasury’s Financial Management Service, now known as the Fiscal Service. Brenda earned an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Accounting from George Mason University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. Brenda is currently serving as the Interior FCU’s Treasurer and is a member of the Asset/Liability Management Committee. She has been on the Credit Union’s Board of Directors since 2008 and prior to that served on the Credit Committee. She has held offices in several other volunteer organizations, including Treasurer of several local and regional organizations and currently serves as the treasurer of her homeowner’s association.
Credit Union Foundation Scholarship
2017 CU Scholarship for College-Bound Members
The $12,000 Credit Union Scholarship Program for 2017 is underway now! College-bound members are eligible to apply for one of ten $1,000 essay-based scholarships (one $1,000 video-based scholarship, and/or one $1,000 photo-based scholarship). All eligible members may apply in all three categories! Deadline for applications is March 31, 2017. Awards will be announced in May 2017. Click here for more details.
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