The Board

Julie KreinbringJulie Kreinbring, Board Chair

Julie Kreinbring works at Zeal Credit Union as their Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. Julie has been in the financial service industry for over 20 years; working in positions such as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. She has a Master of Science in Information Systems from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Davenport University. Along with working in the financial services industry, she has also been an adjunct professor/instructor at Davenport University in Auditing and Accounting. She resides in the Metro Detroit Area.

Mick OlsonMick Olson, Vice Chairman

Mick Olson is the Senior Vice President of Finance and the Chief Financial Officer for TopLine Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Maple Grove, Minnesota. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of finance, accounting, information services, compliance and card services, including strategic and risk planning and budgeting. Olson joined TopLine Federal Credit Union in 2006. Previously, he held various accounting/finance positions in several industries including healthcare and credit unions. He earned his B.S. in Accounting from St. Cloud University in St. Cloud, Minnesota and his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Olson is involved with the Credit Unions for Kids program, and a member of the CUNA CFO Council Education Committee. Olson and his wife reside in Ramsey, Minnesota with their three children.

Rich WendtRich Wendt, Secretary

As VP/Chief Lending Officer for Noble Credit Union, Richard (Rich) Wendt’s responsibilities include directing all of the lending and collection activities for Noble Credit Union. Rich is also an integral part of the Executive Management team at Noble.

Prior to joining Noble, Rich has spent twelve years in the credit union industry in executive leadership roles responsible for directing and monitoring lending and collection operations for two credit unions in California. Rich’s prior twenty years’ experience has been in lending/operations management in the big bank and consumer finance environments throughout the western United States.

Rich is a graduate of Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology.

Tom Becker Tom Becker, Board Member

Tom Becker is currently the Chief Lending Officer for Hanscom Federal Credit Union where he has been employed for the past 10 years. He is a results oriented management executive with over 35 years financial institution experience primarily in the area of lending operations. Skilled in growth and start-up situations implementing technologies, procedures and team-building to execute strategic goals and objectives within budgetary and time constraints. Tom received his B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University.

Dan PicardDan Picard, Treasurer

Dan Picard is VP of Consumer Lending & Collections at Hanscom Federal Credit Union. He has worked in the credit and collection areas of the Credit Union industry for over 20 years. He is a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor (CCUFC) as designated by the Credit Union National Association. In his role, he is responsible for the Consumer Lending products offered by Hanscom Federal Credit Union including the partnership with LendKey for the cuScholar Private Student Loan and the Student Loan Refinancing Program.

Dan is a resident of Dorchester, graduate of Catholic Memorial ’88 and holds a BSBA in Accounting from Suffolk University ’95. He is the proud father of 2 sons.

Kara Van WertKara Van Wert, Board Member

Kara joined Veridian Credit Union in 1991, with headquarters in Waterloo, IA. Having held various lending and branch management positions during this time, Kara is currently the Vice President of Lending. Her areas of responsibility are Mortgage Lending, Consumer Direct & Indirect Lending, as well as Account Resolution/Collections. Kara received her B.S in Business Management from Upper Iowa University.

Tom Becker Dan Czerniawski, Board Member

Daniel Czerniawski is Chief Executive Officer at Actors Federal Credit Union, headquartered in New York, NY. Prior to joining the credit union, Mr. Czerniawski held positions at Atlantic Federal Credit Union, Garden State Federal Credit Union, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, TD Bank and Capital One. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton and is currently pursuing his MBA at New Jersey Institute of Technology.


Tom Becker Jim Merrill, Board Member

Jim Merrill joined Inspire FCU as President/CEO in 2014. Jim is responsible for the overall strategic direction and leadership of the organization. Jim is a recognized leader in the credit union space and a financial services industry veteran with almost 32 years of experience in the credit union system. Jim earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from York College of Pennsylvania. Jim resides in Middletown Township, Bucks County and volunteers his time on multiple non-profit boards and committees, including serving as President of the Middletown Community Foundation, a charitable organization providing support to the residents of Middletown Township, Bucks County.