2020 Board of Directors Candidates

Meet the Candidates: GICU Board of Directors

Chris Campbell

Employer: Iowa State University

Occupation: Systems Analyst – Information Technology

Chris Campbell – Ames

Why do you wish to serve on the Board?
“The Credit Union has served me well since joining.  I wish to lend my knowledge and experience to help the Credit Union thrive and serve the other members. In order to continue to be a viable alternative to large banks, it is crucial that the Credit Union keep up with technology.  In this age, great online banking systems, the best mobile apps, and top-notch network security are musts.  I have received a number of compliments on my ability to take highly technical subjects in the area of computer science and IT and make them understandable to non-technical people.  I can help the other board members understand complicated subjects so that the board can keep moving the Credit Union forward in its IT capabilities.”

Chris spent his childhood in Burlington, Iowa. He began working with computers at age 5 and is a graduate of Iowa State University’s computer science program. Chris met his wife, Jacqueline, at ISU, and the couple have a daughter, Clara. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, learning new things, and spending time with family. Since 2014, he has been a volunteer with the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad where he is a licensed brakeman.

Leo Kanne

Employer: United Food and Commercial Workers Local 440

Occupation: President 

Leo Kanne - Denison

Why do you wish to serve on the Board?
“I had served on the Board of Directors for Heartland Credit Union as Chairman prior to the merger with Greater Iowa. I wish to become involved again to see how I can help Greater Iowa better succeed in Denison and across the state. I also feel that I can be an advocate for the diverse population that utilizes Greater Iowa Credit Union.”

Leo has experience in negotiating dozens of lucrative collective bargaining agreements, representing thousands of members for everything from pay disputes to unjust terminations and organizing the unorganized during his eleven-year career with the UFCW. Prior to that Leo worked various production jobs and had over twenty years of experience as an industrial mechanic with Smithfield Farmland Corp in Denison Iowa. It was during this time that Leo was elected to the board of directors of Heartland Credit Union (later merged with Greater Iowa CU) for two terms including one as Chairman. Leo has been a member of what is now Greater Iowa since 1986.

Leo is married to Sharon and has three children, Katie, Sam, and Matt and one grandchild, Cameron. He and Sharon reside in rural Denison.

John Lewis Villotti

Employer: Retired

Occupation: Preschool-Grade 6 Building principal

John Lewis Villotti – Windsor Heights

Why do you wish to serve on the Board?
“I have witnessed that the Greater Iowa Credit Union is a good resource to the community as a whole. I am impressed with the commitment to diversity. Since I am retired with plenty still in the tank, serving on the board would be a way to use my skills and time.”

John has served in capacities of Manager, School Executive and Director in education as well as Building Principal. His experience included supervising staff, initiating and monitoring three/four-year-old preschool programs, performing evaluations, monitoring budgets, grant writing, designing building-wide professional development activities, partnering with Heartland Area Education Agency staff in Child Find and Response to Intervention (RtI) activities, participating in district events for Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program sites.

Lara Olson

Current Associate Director

Employer: Keystone Electrical Manufacturing
Occupation: O365 & SharePoint Developer & Continuous Improvement leader

Lara Olson – Urbandale

Why do you wish to serve on the Board?
“I'd like to see our credit union thrive and with many years of process improvement and mortgage experience uniquely qualifies me for this role. Being an associate director of the board for the past year has been valuable and educational."

Lara is currently a graduate student in Organizational Change Leadership with an emphasis in Project Management. She has many years of experience with facilitation, training, public speaking and technical writing.

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