Jason Ford, Afena FCU
Emerging Leadership Award Winner 2016

Jason Ford
Jason Ford is a branch manager, and he has also worked as a loan officer. He is politically active, having served as Clerk-Treasurer for nine years in Fairmount, and he has worked on the political campaigns of others. A graduate of CUNA Management School, he was elected by his peers as class vice president and served in that capacity for two years. He holds the Certified Credit Union Executive designation. He is also a past president of the Grant County Chapter of Credit Unions. Additionally, Jason is an active community volunteer, working with his church and on behalf of a number of non-profit organizations in the Marion area.




Brittani Richards, Thrive FCU
Emerging Leadership Award Winner 2016
Brittani Richards
Brittani Richards is director of Marketing and Training. She has been one of the driving forces behind the transformation of the credit union, which used to be known as Industrial Centre. The name change and branding overhaul, combined with a renewed focus on three core values are changing the culture at the credit union, and they are a centerpiece for her marketing and training efforts. She is a founding member of Credit Unions for a Cause, a group of five Delaware County credit unions that educate about the credit union difference while supporting various community causes and events. One project of note is the group’s award-winning International Day of Kindness.




Kerie Sekal, INOVA  FCU
Emerging Leadership Award Winner 2016

 Kerie Sekal
Kerie Sekal is vice president of marketing and member engagement, but she has worked many jobs in the credit union business at INOVA FCU and elsewhere. Since coming to INOVA FCU, she has been a branch manager and has worked with the credit union’s prepaid Visa Card CUSO, Innovative Card Services. This is in addition to being a team member on a variety of other projects focused on the credit union’s success. Outside the credit union, she is a graduate of the Elkhart County Chamber of Commerce Leadership academy, a member of several boards, and an active community volunteer.



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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



​Jason Ford
Brittani Richards
Kerie Sekal

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