Meet Your 2020 Director Candidates
Voting is open January 8th – February 20th, 2020. Election results will be announced at WCCU’s Annual Meeting on March 3rd, 2020 at the Westby Community Center, 206 N. Main St, Westby, at 7:00 p.m.
WCCU Directors have duties and responsibilities set forth in the bylaws and Board policies. In addition they must understand and demonstrate a commitment to WCCU products and services, keep current with issues affecting credit union movement, attend monthly board meetings and annual meeting, participate in committees, prepare for and be an active participate in meetings, mentor new board members, maintain confidentiality and foster a positive working relationship with our Board members.
Two candidates will be elected to each serve a three year term.
Only the primary member (the first person named on the account) is eligible to vote (one vote per member); a member must be 18 years of age or older to vote; and, an eligible voter must have been a member of Westby Co-op Credit Union (WCCU) for at least three months.
2020 Board of Director Candidates
Lisa Evans worked in financial services industry for 18 years and was a Financial Advisor for Northwestern Mutual. She began her career in 1998 a financial advisor assistant. She obtained her Wisconsin health and life insurance license followed by the series 7 & 63. She worked as a registered sales assistant, financial representative and back office operations. She joined Northwestern Mutual in 2013. She had obtained her Series 10 and was working on the Series 9 (in addition to the CHFC designation) when she experienced a life changing event. In 2016 she was injured during a surgical procedure. The function in her right arm was affected. Unable to return to her previous occupation, Lisa desires to continue to do volunteer work as well as contribute to other organizations. Her community involvement includes: Vets Roll Member, Village of Lone Rock Board Member, Spring Green Lions Club, Spring Green Senior Center lunch volunteer and Meals on Wheels volunteer. Lisa and her husband, Tom Frieberg, live in Lone Rock. They have one child and 3 grandchildren.
Kevin Larson joined the WCCU Board of Directors in April of 2019. He has been a life-long resident of the Westby and Viroqua communities. Kevin graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in animal science. Kevin owns Three Chimney Ag Service and for the past six years has worked as a Sales Agent for Pioneer, a division of Corteva Agrisciences. Kevin serves on the Vernon County Board of Supervisors where he is the Vice-Chair. He is also Vice-Chair of Finance and the Land and Water Committee, as well as Chair of the Extension Committee. In addition, he is on the Vernon County Fair Board, a member of the Viroqua FFA Alumni, Vernon County Dairy Promotion, Vernon County Holstein Association and the Westby-Coon Prairie Lutheran Church. His past work experience includes livestock nutrition sales and consulting with Star Blends, Nelson Agri-Center, and Land O’Lakes. Kevin was also a self-employed dairy farmer for ten years. He and his wife, Julie, have two grown children and live on a 300-acre crop and small dairy heifer farm in rural Viroqua.
Kevin Larson (appointed incumbent)
Sarah Mani (elected incumbent)
Sarah Mani has been honored to represent and serve WCCU members since being appointed to the WCCU Board of Directors in April of 2016. In 2017, she was elected to serve an additional three year term. Sarah currently serves on WCCU Asset Liability Management Committee and the WCCU Personnel Committee. She also served as Board Secretary for one year. Sarah is a graduate of the University of a Wisconsin Platteville with a degree in Business-Finance and has been a Tax Accountant with Accounting and Tax Service of Viroqua for the past 7 years. She previously worked 6 years as a Licensed Financial Advisor, holding her Series 7, 66, and insurance licenses. In addition, Sarah volunteers in many areas at the Mission Church in Richland Center and in the classroom at Ithaca Public Schools. Sarah lives with her husband, Mike, and two young children in the Richland Center area.
Brenda Walther has owned and operated Mellem’s Fish House for the past 12 years. She currently has seven people on her staff. In addition, Brenda is a cook at Schmitt Woodland Hills. For several years, she managed group homes in Richland County. Brenda has been involved with the Schmitt Woodland Hills Golf Outing, Christmas Gala and Candlelight Supper. Her and her husband, Steven, live in Richland Center. They have four children and three grandchildren.
You are eligible to vote if you are the primary owner listed on the account (the primary owner is defined as the person whose Social Security Number/Tax ID# is primary on the account), have been a member for 3 months, and you are over the age of 18.
This year you will have the option of voting with an assigned Personal Identification Number (PIN) or by using your account number. Both methods are secure. PIN numbers will be sent to all eligible voting members. Members with an e-mail address will receive them via e-mail. All others will receive their PIN numbers by standard mail.
Election results will be announced at WCCU’S Annual Meeting on March 3, 2020 at the Westby Community Center, 206 N. Main St., in Westby at 7:00 p.m.
Four Ways to Vote:
Vote in any WCCU Office
Electronic voting will be available at all WCCU offices. WCCU staff will be happy to assist you!
The electronic (internet) voting will be handled by CU Ballot, an independent, secure website. Members will receive easy to understand instructions on how to vote when visiting this site: https://wccucreditunion.cuballot.com
Call Toll-Free to vote: 1-855-390-5472
Telephone voting allows members to cast votes by dialing the above toll-free number which is specifically assigned for this election. Members may simply follow the prompts of an interactive voice response system.
Paper Ballots are available in all WCCU Offices. Paper ballots will be mailed directly to CU Ballot for tabulation.
We have once again partnered with CU Ballot to conduct our election. CU Ballot has the resources and expertise to conduct large credit union elections. They are able to offer our members confidentiality as WCCU is provided with only the tabulated results – WCCU is not provided with any information regarding individual ballots. With the use of their technology and expertise, they are able to conduct an election that is cost effective, compliant, and fair. Our WCCU bylaws state that all ballots need to be verified to ensure they are from eligible voting members. Through the use of technology and automation, CU Ballot has the capability to verify all ballots by using either your assigned PIN number or your account number.