66th Annual Meeting
The nominating committee is presenting three individuals for the open seats in this year’s election to the board of directors. Qualifications of these nominees are provided at right. Other eligible members may be nominated by means of petition provided the requirements presented below are met. If no additional nominees are advanced by petition, the members present at the annual meeting will be asked to cast a unanimous ballot for the committee’s selections. Directors will serve a term of three years.
If there are individuals nominated by petition, members may vote in one of two ways:
- By ballot in person at the annual meeting, February 20.
- By voting at www.covantagecu.org. Online voting will begin on February 5 with the last day of voting on February 15. For more information, watch your email, check our website, or look for an announcement in our lobby.
Any member who wishes to be placed in nomination for a board opening may do so by submitting a written petition. Nominees must have been a member for one year prior to December 31, 2018 and must be eligible to vote. Said petition should include a signed and dated statement of willingness to serve, along with qualifications. The petition must be signed by at least 50 CoVantage members who are eligible to vote. The deadline for petitions is January 25, 2019. Send petitions to: CoVantage Credit Union, ATTN: Chairman, PO Box 107, Antigo, WI 54409
Dennis Haltinner, Appleton, WI
Dennis served on the CentralAlliance Credit Union board prior to the merger with CoVantage in January, and has been a member for 36 years. Dennis is a retired information technology professional. He previously worked at Blyth, Inc. as VP Chief Information Officer, where he was responsible for all aspects of global information technology and managed development and infrastructure teams in Europe and North America. He was also employed at Kimberly-Clark in numerous management positions. Dennis earned a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University-Appleton, a master’s degree from University of Kentucky-Lexington, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Dennis is currently Treasurer of the Kimberly Community Band, and a volunteer tax preparer for low income individuals and families through the IRA VITA program. In the past, he was involved with the Computer Science Advisory Board at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, the Economic and MIS Advisory Board at UW-Oshkosh, the Executive Advisory Board with Junction Solutions, and the Appleton School District Technology Advisory Committee. Dennis believes he brings a strong belief in the mission of credit unions and will bring a passion for customer service. He believes that technology can be an important competitive differentiator if used appropriately. Because of his experiences, he believes he can offer helpful advice and become an advocate for its proper use. Dennis and his wife, Joanna, have three children and two grandchildren.
Karen J. Novak, Antigo, WI
Karen has been a CoVantage member for 22 years and has served on the board for nine years. She currently serves as chair for the audit committee, and in past years held the position of board treasurer. Karen attended conferences and completed exams to earn the credit union board member certification. Karen is a certified public accountant and a shareholder of KerberRose, S.C. Karen received her bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from UW-Madison, and she is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. With her years of experience in the public accounting profession and past nine years on the CoVantage board, Karen believes her knowledge will assist CoVantage in making future financial and business decisions. Karen and her husband, Tom, are lifelong Antigo residents and have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Eugene Shawano, Argonne, WI
Eugene has been a CoVantage member for 25 years and has served on the board for four years. He owns a consulting business, Seeking One Self Solutions, which helps those in need with addictions and substance abuse, especially young adults. Eugene was past administrator for the Forest County Potawatomi Community where he worked for 18 years dealing with many aspects of business, budgets and program management. He recently started a program called Fighting Addictions In Thy Honor (F.A.I.T.H.), where he helps others find themselves through faith. He is also a case manager for the Midwest Indian Mission where he creates life plans for the homeless, such as finding jobs and a place to live until they are able to get back on their feet. Eugene believes his experience will contribute to his success as a director because he works for people and has spent his entire life trying to make a difference in the lives of both the youth and adults in his community. Eugene said, “Family means the world to me like all families should. I believe I can do a great job for CoVantage members, because I have a deep faith that will guide me to do what is best for all.” Eugene, and his wife, Michele, reside in Argonne.
Need a ride to the meeting?
We sponsor buses to bring members to the Annual Meeting that depart from branch parking lots. For information or to reserve your seat, call 800-398-2667, option 4.
All buses depart from Antigo around 9pm after meeting is complete. *Same bus stops in Crystal Falls, Iron River, and Crandon. **Wausau area branches picked up at Rib Mountain branch. ***Same bus stops in Rhinelander and Elcho. ****Bus stops in Merrill at the former Walmart parking lot near McDonald's.