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|Travis CU CEO Patsy Van Ouwerkerk is the 2013 Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.|
In addition to Van Ouwerkerk, this year’s recipients include:
Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award: This is the League's highest honor, recognizing excellence in credit union philosophy and a lifetime of contributions to the California credit union movement. Patsy Van Ouwerkerk is slated to receive the award October 28, the first day of the AMC. Her 38-year credit union involvement includes serving on the boards of the California League and Western CUNA Management School, as well as being a founder of the World Council of Credit Unions' Global Women's Leadership Network (GWLN) and chairing fundraising activities for Children's Miracle Network.
Distinguished Service Award: Honors credit union professionals for service to the industry. In addition to serving for the past seven years as CEO of Xceed Financial, Teresa Freeborn is currently a member of the board of directors of the California League, Filene Research Institute's Research Council, and WCMS. She is also past chairman of the Credit Union for Kids Advisory Board for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and an inaugural member of the GWLN.
Outstanding Volunteer Award: Honors significant contributions by people who serve credit unions in volunteer capacities. Roxanne Ostrem became a volunteer at Ventura County CU in 1998, when she joined the Supervisory Committee. She became board chairman in 2011. Her work extends beyond Ventura County, through her involvement with the GWLN—of which she is a founding member.
Tomorrow’s Star Award: Recognizes the achievements by CU professionals age 35 and under. Annice Kim started her credit union career as an ROP student for the City of Downey FCU when she was just 15 years old, becoming the credit union’s operations and lending supervisor at age 22. She has served the movement through her involvement with WCMS, Los Angeles Chapter, and the Credit Union Sactown 10 Mile Run benefitting CMN.
Kim Bannan Eternal Flame Awards: Recognize efforts that contribute to the success and future of Shapiro Group credit unions, and named after League’s late vice president of credit union development and research and information. This year’s recipient in the individual category, Randy Thompson, is being recognized for his long-time dedication to providing information and consulting work to small credit unions. The recipient in the company category, Catalyst Corporate FCU, is being honored for its support of the Shapiro Group, including providing speakers for Shapiro educational events.