About WFCU


What is WFCU?

WOCCU's partner organization, the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions (WFCU) is a separate 501c3, established to advance the shared vision of expanding financial inclusion through a vibrant and growing global credit union system.


Our Vision

Expanding financial inclusion through a vibrant and growing global credit union system.

Our Mission

Bridging credit union gaps using shared global journeys to engage industry stakeholders worldwide.  


We take transparency seriously.

Please click on the resources below to see our impact the past year: 

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Our Board of Directors

The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Union's Board of Director's is a thirteen-member governing body, composed of credit union industry leaders that are committed to the Foundation's mission.


Bill Cheney

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union


Susan Mitchell

Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates


Dallas Bergl

Inova Federal Credit Union / Credit Union National Association (CUNA)


Raj Bandaru

Kinecta Federal Credit Union


Brian Caldarelli



Manfred Alfonso Dasenbrock

Confederação Interestadual das Cooperativas Ligadas ao SICREDI (SICREDI)


Crystal Long

GECU Credit Union


Dwayne Naylor

Civic Federal Credit Union


Jennifer Oliver

SCE Credit Union


J. Kevin Ryan

Financial Center First Credit Union


Renée Sattiewhite

African-American Credit Union Coalition


Joe Thomas

NextMark Credit Union


Tyler Valentine

StagePoint Federal Credit Union


Meet the WF Team

The Foundation's staff is composed of over three decades of experience in the credit union industry and financial inclusion sector, striving to improve lives through the cooperative model. 


Elissa McCarter LaBorde

Elissa McCarter LaBorde began serving as World Council of Credit Unions’ President and CEO in August 2021, bringing more than 20 years of experience leading organizations in delivering financial services to underserved communities across the globe.


Mike Reuter

Mike leads the strategic vision for the Worldwide Foundation, focusing on maximizing revenue opportunities, streamlining operations and engaging new audiences to help expand credit unions and transform member lives.

Global Women's Leadership Network Director

Eleni Giakoumopoulos

Giakoumopoulos has over 25 years of international experience working in nearly 30 countries in western, central and eastern Europe. Her background includes managing European Union cross-border cooperation programs through consultancy work, membership recruitment for a national trade association, content development for print and digital media and directing career services at the American College of Thessaloniki, an educational organization in Northern Greece. 

WYCUP Manager

Ari Farrell

Ari Farrell (They/Ari) serves as Manager of the World Young Credit Union Professionals (WYCUP) program, an initiative of Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions. Farrell has over 17 years’ experience in customer service and 10 years in the credit union industry. After attending University for psychology, teaching and fine arts, they never imagined how deeply that aligned with their future credit union journey. Having served on several boards, grass roots orgs, and chapters, Farrell found that credit union advocate and Change Leader are titles they would proudly hold for years to come.


Philanthropy Manager

Marcey Ciaccio

Marcey is the Philanthropy Manager at Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, where she cultivates relationships to secure philanthropic support. Her background includes roles in philanthropy and marketing and communications at a variety of nonprofit organizations in sectors such as health care, higher education and community foundations.

Marketing and Events Manager

Rachel Miller

Rachel is the Marketing & Events Manager for Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions (WFCU), where she promotes WFCU through the unique and inspirational stories of our beneficiaries, champions and team. With her new perspective on the credit union system, Rachel is excited to be a part of such a vibrant financial community.


Lisa Person

Lisa has been in the financial industry for over 18 years and has served on several non-profit boards. Her passion to help others through financial inclusion has been enhanced through WOCCU and our development work.

GWLN Administrative Associate

Pam Hermoso

Pam is a multilingual development professional with international experience managing projects related to international business development and the management of corporate biodiversity impacts.