This year, our Nominating Committee selected three candidates for three open positions on our Board of Directors. With no successful petition candidates, a member ballot was unnecessary, and we welcomed the following as members of our Board of Directors at our Annual Meeting on June 30, 2021.
- Carol Armitage
- Dr. Alan Roberts
- Nancy Kappler-Foster
Each of these Board Members will serve a three-year term.
New Associate Board Member Program
Our Board recently approved a new Associate Board Member (ABM) Program to attract, train, and educate potential directors who have the necessary attributes and characteristics to serve on the Hudson Valley Credit Union Board of Directors. The program is designed to give ABMs an opportunity to learn about HVCU and its governance structure so they can proactively contribute to and support the Credit Union’s constructive partnership among the Board, CEO, and Management should they apply for Nomination to the Board as a Director at a later time. The Nominating Committee may submit an ABM for consideration to the Board, which interviews and approves the candidates; up to two may serve at one time. These members serve at the will of the Board and may be appointed for a renewable one-year term.
We’re pleased to introduce our first Associate Board Member, Dr. Lubna Somjee. A Psychologist and Executive Coach in private practice since 2005, Dr. Somjee earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Dakota, serving Fellowships in Clinical Psychology at Yale School of Medicine and in Clinical Health Psychology at the VA Connecticut Healthcare, both in New Haven. A twenty-year member of HVCU, she is the Founder of the Professionals of Color Network Hudson Valley and was the founding Chair of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Alliance’s annual diversity event. With strong experience supporting organizations’ strategic plans, Dr. Somjee has worked with leaders to identify and develop growth opportunities. Her skills in leadership development, diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, and psychology bring unique perspectives to her volunteer efforts, and we welcome her in this new role with HVCU.