68th Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:00pm.

For the health and safety of our members, the meeting will be held via phone conference.

If you plan to participate in the meeting, please register online or by calling 715-627-4336, ext. 2309 no later than 5 pm on Friday, February 19. On Monday, February 22 you will receive a confirmation email containing a call-in number, a meeting ID number, the meeting agenda, and a copy of the 2020 annual meeting minutes and annual statement.

  • Internet access is not required to participate, just use your cellphone or landline to listen to the meeting.
  • During the call, your line will be muted. If you have any questions during the meeting, please email annualmeeting@covantagecu.org. Your email will be returned the following day.
  • The meeting will be shorter than our typical in-person meeting and cover only those agenda items required by CoVantage Credit Union Bylaws.

Even though we cannot be together this year, we hope you will join us for our virtual meeting. You will hear progress reports and exciting plans for 2021. In addition, we will have our traditional cash drawing for those who call into the meeting.

Board of Directors Election

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 below. 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 participating in the virtual 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 will vote online only. Online voting will begin on February 9, 2021 with the last day of voting on February 19, 2021. Watch for more information.

Board Nominations by Petition
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, 2020 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 29, 2021. Send petitions to: CoVantage Credit Union, ATTN: Chairman, PO Box 107, Antigo, WI 54409.

Director Candidates

Susan GitzlaffSusan Gitzlaff, Wausau, WI

Susan has been a CoVantage member for 12 years and has served on the board for 7 years. She currently serves as the vice chair on the board, and in past years held the position of treasurer and secretary. Susan is a Program Manager at Deluxe where she is responsible for managing treasury management projects on time and budget, with a high degree of customer satisfaction. She is also a shareholder of Deluxe, where their goal is helping enterprises, small businesses and to deepen customer relationships through trusted technology solutions. Susan has earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate from the Project Management Institute. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from UW-Stevens Point and recently received a certificate in Effective Leadership: People, Teams and Culture from Columbia Business School. Susan believes her career in managing technology projects will assist CoVantage in making decisions in serving members efficiently and giving the credit union a competitive edge in the industry. Susan, her husband Kurt, and their two children enjoy spending time outdoors together as a family.

Lee SilerLee Siler,Crystal Falls, MI

Lee has been a CoVantage member for 20 years and has served on the CoVantage board for 7 years. He has held the positions of chairman, vice chairman, and secretary, and currently serves on the Personnel Committee. Lee is the owner and president of Lud Stoor Insurance Agency in Crystal Falls and Miner’s State Insurance Agency in Iron River. He is responsible for managing both offices along with selling personal, commercial, life, and health insurance to customers. Lee is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and received a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation. Lee currently serves on the board of Northern Mutual Insurance Company. Lee was a board member of the Iron County Chamber of Commerce and the Crystal Falls Business Association. He has also been involved with the City of Crystal Falls Planning Commission, Iron County Little League, and Central UP Youth Football League. Lee believes his business background and experience working with customers of diverse backgrounds and needs is a benefit to the board and the credit union. Lee and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons.

Mike WindbergMike Windberg, Menominee, MI

Mike served on the Menominee Area Credit Union board prior to the merger with CoVantage in September 2017 and has been a member for 26 years. He has been on the board for 3 years and currently holds the position of Secretary and serves on the Audit Committee. Mike is a retired human resource professional. He has over 20 years of experience covering all aspects of human resource including abor relations, benefits, compensation, recruitment, and policy administration. Some of the positions that Mike has held include: Training Manager, Employee Relations Manager, and Vice President of Human Resources. Mike also served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for seven years as a Personnel Programs Manager. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and a master’s degree from Troy State University. Mike also received a Lean Manufacturing Certificate and has participated in Six Sigma Green Belt training. Mike is a member of the Knights of Columbus and in the past was involved with the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Leadership Advisory Committee. Mike believes his diverse work background, and his 6 years of experience serving on credit union boards, continue to be a benefit to the credit union. Mike is married with three children and four grandchildren.