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  • Connexus Leadership2021-07-19T11:15:12-05:00

    Connexus Leadership

    Meet our Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team, who are committed to ensuring our members are at the heart of everything we do.

    Board of Directors

    Connexus' Board of Directors are elected by the membership to manage the credit union in a manner that keeps the Connexus member-owners' best interests at heart. Board members contribute to setting policies, approving budgets, and all other functions that help guide the success of the credit union, represent the members' best interests, and ensure Connexus maintains a sound financial condition.

    Alita Lobner

    Board Chair

    Alita Lobner joined the Connexus Board of Directors in 2018. She was previously the Board Secretary for Bull's Eye Credit Union. Alita's 27 years of experience at Verso Corporation included various roles in Finance, holding the position of Senior Financial Analyst at the time of her retirement.

    Alita Lobner

    Kelsi Seubert

    Vice Chair

    Kelsi Seubert has been a Board member since 2017. Previously, she held the role of Board Associate. Kelsi currently serves as the Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator at Northcentral Technical College (NTC), where she has articulated the collective narrative of the College since 2014. Prior to her time at NTC, Kelsi spent her career in media at WAOW TV-9.

    Kelsi Seubert

    Shanna Yonke

    Secretary/Treasurer

    Shanna Yonke has been a Board member since 2017. She has served as an attorney at Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C., in Wausau, WI, since 2012, where she focuses her law practice on trust, estate, and business succession planning.

    Shanna Yonke

    Steven C. Derebey

    Director

    Steven C. Derebey has been a Board member since 2015. He previously served as Chairman of the Board for the Air Line Pilots Association Federal Credit Union that merged with Connexus in 2015. Steve retired in 2016 as a Captain at United Airlines after a 42-year career in aviation.

    Steven C. Derebey

    Todd McDonald

    Director

    Todd McDonald joined the Board of Directors in 2011. Professionally, he has more than 20 years of experience in design, utility coordination, and project management roles at leading civil engineering consulting firms such as Mi-Tech, Becher Hoppe, Graef, and Terra Resources.

    Todd McDonald

    Michael Prestileo

    Director

    Michael Prestileo joined the Board in 2021. He serves as Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy, Product, & Underwriting for Guardian Life's Group Benefits business since 2020. Prior to that, Michael held senior executive leadership roles at both Lincoln Financial Group and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

    Michael Prestileo

    Kim Smith

    Director

    Kim Smith has been a Board member since 2016, and previously served as Chair of Cintel Federal Credit Union. Her 39-year career at Cincinnati Bell included many roles in Customer Service, Finance, and Human Resources, where she was the Senior Director of HR Operations and Compensation at the time of her retirement.

    Kim Smith

    Steve Zeinemann

    Director

    Steve Zeinemann has been a member of the Board since 1997. He has served as a Financial Associate at Thrivent Financial since 2010. Prior to joining Thrivent Financial, he served in a variety of management positions at Liberty Mutual such as Service Operations Manager and Manager of Software Development.

    Steve Zeinemann

    Senior Leadership Team

    The Connexus Senior Leadership Team spends every workday ensuring that the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of Connexus are bringing value to our members and exceeding their expectations, while supporting our fundamental credit union principles.

    Boyd Gustke

    Boyd Gustke

    President
    & Chief Executive Officer
    Chad Rogers

    Chad Rogers

    Executive Vice President 
    & Chief Operating Officer
    Jess Huggenvik

    Jessica Huggenvik

    Chief Human Resources Officer
    Eric Huseby

    Eric Huseby

    Chief Lending Officer
    Claire Meney

    Claire Meney

    Senior Vice President of Member Experience
    LaMont Bonham

    LaMont Bonham

    Senior Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management
    Sheila Polak

    Sheila Polak

    Senior Vice President of Finance
    Leif Christianson

    Leif Christianson

    Senior Vice President of Business Technology
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