CA League Board Chair Passing Torch to Donna Bland

April 19, 2024, Sacramento, CA

The California Credit Union League is proud to announce an important leadership transition within the organization. On April 23, 2024, the current League Board of Directors Chair Geri LaChance will be stepping down as Chair, pending her retirement from SESLOC Credit Union in June. This change has allowed for the appointment of a new Chair by the board, ensuring continuity of leadership at a crucial time as the League continues to build an alliance with Utah’s Credit Unions.

The League would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank Geri for her exceptional service on the Board, including her dedicated 1.5 years as Chair. Her leadership and commitment have been invaluable to the organization, and the League wishes her all the best in her well-deserved retirement.

“I want to express our deepest gratitude to Geri for her unwavering commitment to serving our credit unions and guiding the California Credit Union League forward,” said Diana Dykstra, President and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues. “During the past year-and-a-half, she has made an indelible mark on our success, demonstrating a level of dedication, expertise, and strategic vision that has benefited our member credit unions and the leaders who serve them. She has navigated our industry’s challenges and opportunities, enabling us to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing landscape. Her unwavering commitment to credit unions’ wellbeing and the success of our organization is truly inspiring.”

The League is also pleased to announce that Donna Bland, Golden 1 Credit Union President and CEO, will be stepping into the role of Board Chair for the California Credit Union League. Donna’s appointment comes with full support from the Board, and the League is confident that her experience and vision will guide the League through this transition period and into the future.

“I am honored to deepen my involvement with the California Credit Union League and to continue to collaborate with our accomplished board members,” Bland said. “I also look forward to advancing the League’s mission and further amplifying the credit union difference for members and communities statewide, as well as supporting the recently announced alliance between Utah’s Credit Unions and the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.”

“Donna’s exceptional leadership qualities and strategic acumen make her the ideal choice for this important role,” stated Diana. “I am confident that under her guidance, we will continue to thrive and strengthen our partnership with credit unions in California, Nevada, and Utah.”

“Donna Bland’s visionary leadership and commitment to advancing the credit union movement make her an excellent choice for this role,” said incoming President and CEO Scott Simpson. “Donna understands the power of collaboration and will help us build resilience while ensuring California, Nevada, and Utah stay true to the unique needs of local credit unions.”

Bland has more than 30 years of financial services experience. Adding to her vast leadership roles in the industry and community organizations, her appointment marks a significant milestone in her career, demonstrating her unwavering dedication to the credit union movement.

Please join the League in congratulating Geri on her retirement and welcoming Donna as the new Chair. The League is excited about the future and the continued growth of the organization under Donna’s leadership.

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