Meaghan Elpers, Evansville Teachers FCU
Emerging Leadership Award Winner 2015

Meaghan Elpers
Elpers is Vice President of Operations at Evansville Teachers FCU (ETFCU). She began as a teller at the credit union in 1999 and has also been a member service manager and director of operations. She played an important role in the credit union’s online banking and core conversions in the past two years, helping the credit union to become more operationally efficient. Twice she has been nominated by co-workers and received the ETFCU Employee of the Year Award. She has also been active in the Southwest Chapter of credit unions, serving as treasurer and as a member of the golf fundraising committee for several years.




Claire Kellems, INOVA FCU
Emerging Leadership Award Winner 2015
Claire Kellems
At INOVA FCU in Elkhart, Kellems is Assistant Vice President of Process and Data Analytics, a position she was recently appointed to. When beginning in this role, she had only about 18 months of credit union experience, but quickly learned about INOVA FCU’s business processes and systems and has been instrumental in improving efficiencies. She has either led or been a team member on dozens of high-profile projects at the credit union including upgrading the online banking and bill pay products, launching mobile deposit capture, improving processes in the title department and much more.




 Amanda Middleton, Financial Center First CU
Emerging Leadership Award Winner 2015

Amanda Middleton
Middleton is Managing Director of Member Experience at Financial Center FCU in Indianapolis. She has been with the credit union for 10 years, starting as a district retail sales manager. She has also worked as electronic services manager for the credit union. An alumnae of the League’s ignite program, Middleton and her ignite teammates have worked on projects for member onboarding and for using credit card rewards as a means to save for children’s educations. Nationally she has represented her credit union at PSCU Knockout, a 24-hour collaboration event. She has also served as a diplomat for the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.



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Award Criteria

The Emerging Leadership Award was created in 2007 to recognize the next generation of credit union leaders in Indiana for their accomplishments and for their potential to be an Indiana credit union leader in the future.

METHOD: Individuals are nominated by others from their credit union, or from among their credit union peers. Self-nomination is not allowed. The Awards Committee may select up to three individuals each year, none from the same credit union, based upon the individuals’ accomplishments and their essay-style responses to two questions. Answers should be a maximum of 250 words.

  1. What do you see in the future of the credit union movement?
  2. What have you done to prepare for that future, and how will you lead?

RECOGNITION: The winners will be announced at the League’s annual convention. In addition, the recipient’s name will be added to a plaque in the lobby area of the League’s office that lists winner of this award.

ELIGIBILITY: Individuals employed by League-affiliated credit unions holding managerial positions, with the exception of President/CEO/Manager, are eligible. Current League Board members are excluded from consideration.

CRITERIA: Candidates will be judged by the Awards Committee based on their accomplishments and on their answers to two screening questions.

Past Winners

2015​ ​Meaghan Elpers
Claire Kellems
Amanda Middleton

​Chad Gramling
Charlie King
Cari Palmer

​2013 Deidre Davis
Tara Holloway
Sven Leander
2012 Andrew Spirrison
2011 Bill Hord
Brett Rinker
2010 Kim Stambush
Kim Kniola
Kevin Kosek
2009 Michael Hostetler
Matt Snively
Kevin Sparks
2008 Melissa Comfort
Carma Parrish
2007 Lisa Halboob
Doug True