Karol Griffin
Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame Inductee 2017

Jerry Walters
Karol Griffin
There isn’t much Karol has NOT done at Teachers CU (TCU) over her 40-year career. Starting as a teller, she held a variety of positions in the credit union and currently serves as historian. She was the first female to reach the vice president level and has seen numerous milestones along the way as TCU has grown to serve nearly 300,000 members. Her contributions outside TCU have benefited credit unions and members in Indiana and nationwide. Karol’s leadership was instrumental in the growth of shared branching as Credit Union Centers of North Central Indiana merged with others to form one statewide organization called Credit Union Centers of Indiana and eventually included Illinois to become Credit Union Centers, where Karol was president for 15 years. Her skills were recognized on a national scale when she was elected to the board of CUSC, a position she held for 10 years. She was influential in helping the CUSC board adopt the vision and strategy that led to combining the operations of three shared branching networks into CO-OP Shared Branching, a unified national network, which currently has more than 5,600 locations throughout the United States. Karol also holds Certified Chief Executive credentials from Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) and has received the CUES Rising 100 Award.
 
Frank Gulley
Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame Inductee 2017
Jerry Walters
Frank Gulley
Frank started as a volunteer at what was then known as Marion Independent FCU. He joined the board in 1985 and has served in a volunteer capacity ever since, holding every position on the board including multiple terms as chairman. The credit union is now known as Afena FCU. His contributions to his credit union have been combined with two other careers over many years – he is retired from General Motors, and he has held teaching and instructional positions at a variety of institutions, including Ivy Tech. Frank served on the Indiana Credit Union League board from 2007-2016, and he was board chairman from 2012-2013. During his service, he was a champion for credit union volunteers, leading the way for web-based and in-person educational efforts and serving as a popular facilitator at the League’s Volunteers/Officials Leadership Conference. Frank’s service to credit unions extends beyond the state of Indiana. He has served on two national committees at CUNA, including the Awards Committee and the Volunteer Leadership Committee, where he is currently a member. He is also a board member of the Council of General Motors Credit Unions and a board member of the Combined Council of Credit Unions.
 
Chris Wardrip
Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame Inductee 2017
Jerry Walters
Chris Wardrip
Chris has been both a director and CEO/Manager of the credit union over the past 22 years. Since he took the helm in 1995, many things have changed for the positive. When he first arrived at what was then known as Methodist FCU, it was in financial trouble. Within two years he had restored the credit union to sound footing. Under Chris’ leadership, Financial Health FCU has not only created and implemented many programs, products and services aimed at the underserved market, it has also demonstrated convincingly that serving the underserved can be a sustainable and successful strategy. His passion for credit unions has led him to be a valued advisor to other credit unions, a board member of the Central Chapter of Credit Unions and a member of League committees. His dedication to cooperatives and to his urban members inspired him to become involved in the development of a food co-op in a neighborhood where the credit union had a branch, but members had little access to fresh groceries. He served as both president and treasurer of the co-op. He has been recognized for these contributions – he received the League’s Professional Achievement Award in 2013, and he was inducted into the Indiana Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2014.

Award Criteria

METHOD: The Awards Committee may select one person based upon the criteria relating to credit union, chapter, League, national, volunteer and community activities. Due to the criteria and qualification process, the Hall of Fame Award may not be presented every year. Nominations may be submitted by the Awards Committee or board of directors of any chapter or credit union in Indiana by completing a nomination form and returning it by the deadline. A Personal Data Form will be sent to each nominee.

RECOGNITION: Induction into the Hall of Fame takes place at the League’s annual convention. A photo-etched plaque of each inductee will also be displayed in the Credit Union Hall of Fame, located in the League office.

ELIGIBILITY: Any person who has given long-term paid or volunteer service to the credit union movement is eligible. The immediate past chairman of the Indiana Credit Union League automatically will be considered for the Hall of Fame. Current directors and employees of the League and Servicecorp are not eligible to receive the award.

CRITERIA: To be inducted into the Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame, the recipient must:

  • be a volunteer, employee and/or member of a credit union that is a member of the League.

  • have served on the League board, a League committee, as a chapter official and/or on the national level.

  • have selflessly given exceptional time, effort and talent to the betterment of the Indiana credit union movement.

  • have served, assisted or been involved in the credit union movement for more than 20 years.

  • be in good standing in the community.

  • understand and personify the credit union philosophy of "People Helping People," promote the credit union ideal and actively demonstrate loyalty to the entire organized credit union movement.

  • have demonstrated organizational leadership, high professional standards, volunteer contributions to the movement and technical innovations in credit union service.

Past Winners

​2017 ​Karol Griffin
Frank Gulley
Chris Wardrip
2016 ​Jerry Walters

2015

Jeffrey McComas
George McNichols

2014

​Lori Gonzalez
Ruth Jenkins
Lamoura Munse
Robert "Smokey" Stowers

2013 ​Ron Mazur
2012 ​Millie Cox
Loren Roth
2011 Norm Blum
Ron Collier
Sandy Heller
2009 Ann Garmon
2008 Jenny Budreau
Bruce Ingraham
Carol Stanley
2007 Angela Dufour
Mike Hussey
Ron Linstromberg
Ralph Marvel
2006 Ed Meyer
Barbara Berghoff
2005 Gary Irvin
Roger Sepanski
2004 William Connors
Shirley Wilhelm
2002 Trent Kerr
2000 Ronald Budzinski
John Jeter
1998 Randy Glassburn
Donna Hasty
1997 William F. Hannah
1996 Loretta Burd
F.E. Maxwell
Dan Schoenherr
1995 Richard J. Devine
Leo Kaminsky
1994 ​Americo (Bill) Borgetti
Jerry Yerkes
1993 ​Bruno J. Setlak
1992 ​Anthony J. Alt
Larry Zehrung
1991 ​Rudy J. Rossi
1990 S.M. (Pete) Crear
Judy M. James
Michael H. Phipps
Robert W. Pogue
Robert D. Swem
1989
Paul Aimone
W. Lloyd Alsman
Leona Bruno
E.E. Barnbrook
James A. Barney, Sr.
Gregory L. Blount
Walter Campbell
Clarence Clarkowski
Richard V. Cleaver
Jim Coffin
S.P. (Sal) DeMao
Kenneth C. Duncan
Robert H. Gard
Earl Hardy
Waymon B. Hawkins
E.R. (Tony) Hile
W. A. Hinze
Harry B. Holloway
Morton E. Jester
Charles W. Jones
Ruth E. Kelly
Laurence B. Kilburn
W.G. (Bill) Kirby
Maxwell A. Meise
Clarence E. Oldham
Ralph N. Phelps
L. S. Poliquin
Richard J. Rice
Fred Robinson
Harold E. Short
Logan K. Smith
Michael Verkuilen
William R. Warner
Douglas Yoder
William H. Yohler