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2021 Board of Directors Elections

Hudson Valley Credit Union’s Nominating Committee has nominated the following candidates for three open positions in our Board of Directors Election. Candidates are listed in random order. Below is information for those seeking to run by petition. Final election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting on June 30, 2020.
 

Candidate #1- Carol Armitage (Nominated by the Nominating Committee)

 

Present & Past Work Experience

Co-owner, The Center of Being, Inc., serving as strategic and business lead for holistic health education company. Began career at AT&T Network Systems (now Lucent Technologies) holding various positions of increasing responsibility culminating in Next Generation Access Director role spearheading start-up of the multi-location development program for AT&T’s Hybrid Fiber Coax system. Served as Sr. Vice President of Engineering and then Sr. Vice President of Technology and Strategy for General Instrument, a $2 billion American electronics manufacturer specializing in semiconductors and cable TV equipment. Served on the Board of Directors for 4 national/international companies, including: Windstream Communications (2007 – 2018); Scala, Inc. (2000 – 2015); YDI Wireless (2003 – 2004); and Telaxis Communications (2000 – 2003).
 

Education

Masters in Electrical Engineering, Princeton University. Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, University of Delaware.
 

Credit Union Involvement

Member since 2009 with deposit and investment accounts. Attendee of webinars offered through HVCU Wealth Management.
 

Civic Involvement

Advisory Board member, Circle of Friends for the Dying (cfdhv.org), working on strategic planning as well as accelerating their timeline and probability of success to meet their goals. Attends Hudson Valley Technology Meet-up meetings regularly. Focus group member for the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware to help clarify their strategic plan for the next few years. Previously active member of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) for many years providing counseling to small and start-up companies.
 

Statement

I have lived in the Hudson Valley full time since 1998. My husband and I were introduced to the area well before that, when we came here to camp, hike, fish, and motorcycle the back roads of the area. I am a recently retired executive from the telecom industry, where I spent over 35 years in technology and strategic planning. My husband and I also own a small holistic health education company here. I enjoy the balance of nature and business involvement this area provides. I have significant Board of Directors experience, and wish to bring that to the Hudson Valley Credit Union Board. Having also worked outside the Hudson Valley, I hope to bring another perspective to our discussions and decision-making. I look forward to helping oversee the best interests of the Credit Union members, employees, and the community where it operates. 
 

Candidate #2 – Alan Roberts, Ed.D. (Nominated by the Nominating Committee)

 

Present & Past Work Experience

President, SUNY Ulster in Kingston since 2015. Previously held teaching and administrative roles at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida (1988 – 2015) including Business and Accounting Professor/Department Chair, Dean of Business and Industrial Technology, Dean of Health Sciences, and Vice President of Applied Science and Technology.
 

Education

University of Central Florida, Doctor of Education Degree in Community College Curriculum and Instruction. University of New York at Albany, Master’s Degree in Distributive Education (Occupational Education); Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing. North County Community College in Saranac Lake, Associate Degrees in Retail Management and Marketing.
 

Credit Union Involvement

Member with deposits at HVCU.
 

Civic Involvement

New York Community College Association of President’s Executive Committee. Member, Rondout Valley Business Association Chamber of Commerce. Vice Chair for the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Volunteer for Rondout Valley Food Pantry and United Way of Ulster County. Active volunteer in Florida with organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Exchange Club, Hospice, Rotary, United Way of St. Lucie County, and the YMCA.
 

Statement

During my career as a community college leader, I have had extraordinary opportunities to deepen my belief in the value of commitment to our community. In addition, I have seen first-hand the power of a superior vision to steadfastly lead an institution into a future of growth and excellence. As a member of the leadership team, working closely with other board of trustees, I have consistently used my creativity and innovation to develop and implement numerous programs, facilitate tremendous growth, and ensure unparalleled programmatic quality and success. These many successes were dependent upon my ability to develop and implement strategic and operational plans, which included setting priorities, promoting the mission and goals, and working within a fixed budget to serve the needs of a number of institutions. Being a board member can be hugely rewarding and provides the opportunity to make a lasting difference in helping define an organization’s future. I will be passionate about the role and have an understanding of its place in society. As a board member I will take this important position very seriously, and look forward to bringing my professional experience and demonstrated record of achievement to help our cooperative.
 

Candidate #3 – Nancy Kappler-Foster (Nominated by the Nominating Committee)

 

Present & Past Work Experience

Various Accounting staff and management positions in IBM from 1983 to 2004. Career Counselor at Adult Career and Education Counseling Center, Dutchess Community College, 1979–1980. Previously Lifework Planning Advisor and Community Coordinator for Project Second Chance - SUNY New Paltz, developing and presenting programs for Dutchess County women, and providing individual mentoring.
 

Education

BA American Studies, Syracuse University. BS Business, SUNY College, New Paltz. Several continuing education courses, seminars, and conferences on credit union and Supervisory Committee related topics. Member of Institute of Management Accountants.
 

Credit Union Involvement

Director 2012-present, Board Chair since 12/2019. Previously served as Treasurer; Chair of Asset Liability Management Committee; member of Strategic Planning Task Force and chair of 2 other task forces; member of Supervisory Committee including 2 terms as Chair. Utilize various savings, loan, and insurance products.
 

Civic Involvement

Current: Treasurer, Board of Trustees, Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church. Past: SCORE - Certified Business Mentor and Assistant District Director; Poughkeepsie Journal - "Ask the Expert" business column, and Diversity Award Committee; Family Partnership - Treasurer and Board member; United Way of Dutchess County - Board of Directors and Chair of Allocations Division; Eleanor Roosevelt at Val-Kill - Girls Leadership Conference; Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce - Education Committee; Dutchess Outreach - Treasurer, Chairman of the Board; Community Nursery School –Treasurer.
 

Statement

Serving another term as a Director would provide the opportunity for me to contribute to continuing the work the Board has committed to this last year. With a strategic perspective, we have the opportunity and challenge to serve more members, invest in the communities in our expanded charter area, support our employees and maintain the safety and soundness of the credit union. It would be an honor to have the opportunity to serve and be a part of HVCU's "next steps."
 

Nomination by Petition

Other members age 18 or older may petition for a position on the ballot by calling 845.463.3011, option 1 ext. 3710. Your completed petition signed by 500 or more current members must be received by 5 pm ET on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at the Nominating Committee’s post office box. Solicitation of signatures on HVCU property is not permitted and will invalidate a petition. Completed petitions will not be accepted at any HVCU office. No nominations will be permitted from the floor at the Annual Meeting.

If any petition candidates are successful, ballots will be sent to eligible voting members in late May. If no petitions are successful, a ballot will not be necessary. Election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting on June 30, 2021.

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