Chad Helminak, Director of Credit Union Development & Cooperative Values Engagement | National Credit Union Foundation
In this role, Chad leads the Foundation’s signature Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) Program and provides strategic direction and resources that help credit unions communicate and leverage their differentiating value proposition.
Since joining the credit union movement in 2006, Chad’s experience includes a variety of leadership and consultant roles in the areas of communications, advocacy, community development, research & innovation and talent engagement. Prior to joining the Foundation, he held positions with CUNA Mutual Group, Heritage Credit Union, Filene Research Institute and the Wisconsin Credit Union League.
Chad was certified as a CUDE in 2009 and has served as a facilitator and mentor for the U.S. and Africa CUDE programs. Over the years, he’s presented at industry events across the country, helped to grow numerous young professional networks, and co-created a financial literacy music project for children.
Mary Bliss, Executive VP & Chief Operations Officer | The League
Mary is in charge of the League’s human resource function, plays a key role in our Convention planning and addresses credit unions’ planning and operational needs as a consultant.
She is a certified Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE), indicating a deep understanding of credit unions’ social responsibility and influence on domestic and international development. Mary’s passion for credit unions and their social impact guided the formation of the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation, which promotes financial literacy and growth and health of credit unions and their communities. She serves as a staff liaison to its board and manages the organization's day-to-day operations.
Having joined The League in 1978, Mary knows League operations and credit unions inside and out. Her experience in product development, member services, and human resources has impacted League-affiliated credit unions of every size and charter type.