YP Network Advisory Board Members

Don Emmer

Best Advantage Credit Union, Brillion

I’m Don Emmer, Business Development Leader with Best Advantage Credit Union!  It has been my pleasure to be a part of the Credit Union Movement for over 6 years starting as a part time teller just fresh out of high school.  I have had a number of opportunities as a result of the Wisconsin Young Professionals to “crash” the WI GAC, WI League Convention and CUNA Lending Council Convention in New Orleans.  It is hard to put a value on the networking experiences, the relationships that have been built and the experiences overall, but if I could it would be priceless!

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Rhea Hogden

Co-op Credit Union, Black River Falls

I am currently the Marketing Coordinator at Co-op Credit Union and have been active in the Young Professional Network since May of 2011 when I had the opportunity to Crash the WI Credit Union League’s Annual Convention. Since then, I have facilitated meet-ups in the La Crosse area, mentored the group of Crashers at the 2012 convention and have become the 7 Rivers Region Chapter YP Liaison. Through these efforts, I’ve met many credit union YPs in the greater La Crosse area, across the state and throughout the nation. Not only have these experience been beneficial to my daily work at the credit union, but I’m inspired by all of the bright minds and great ideas we have throughout our movement. My goal is to help continue to grow our Network and help YPs get more engaged and excited about working for credit unions!

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Heather Ristow

Heritage Credit Union, Madison

Hello my fellow YPs! I’m Heather Ristow, VP of Sales and Development at Heritage CU in Madison. Throughout my 11 years in CUs, I have stepped into many roles – Teller, Loan Processor, Trainer, Development Officer, Operations Director, etc. I’ve become well rounded in our industry and have been in an executive management role for about 3 years. Currently, I’m responsible for the direction of Heritage CU’s 12 branches. I also lead our sales team in identifying and developing business growth opportunities. I owe much of my career and success to my involvement and dedication to the WI YP Network. It has taught me the value of camaraderie, ownership, collaboration and most of all, confidence. Being an active member within the CU industry keeps me motivated and up-to-speed on all things relevant to my CU, our members and our employees. The educational opportunities and memories that come from this YP Network never cease to amaze me.

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Nicole Johnson

Park City Credit Union, Merrill

Since I have been introduced to credit unions, I have worked in many positions within my credit union.  I am currently the Operations Analyst for Park City Credit Union and have been with PCCU for over 5 years.  My involvement with the Young Professionals Network started in January of 2012 and has been something that I have really embraced and enjoyed.  Since I joined the YP group I have developed a fantastic group of contacts, attended some impressive events, and also have taken on a role within my credit union as an Activist.  I love to share my passion for the CU Movement with others, and I know that my experience with the YP Network has ignited that in me.  I am excited to continue to share my enthusiasm with the rest of the Wisconsin YPs and to help to forward the CU Movement.

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Erin Steffen

Horizon Community Credit Union, Green Bay

Erin is the EFT and Loan Processor for Horizon Community Credit Union and has been involved in many facets of Wisconsin’s YP programs over the past two years. She has coordinated local YP events, Crashed the Wisconsin CU League Convention and served on the YP Council, helping to communicate opportunities for YPs and pushing for greater involvement overall.

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League Leadership

Chad Helminak, Wisconsin Credit Union League

League YP Network Liaison

Chad is the Vice President of Development for The Wisconsin Credit Union League and is responsible for leading the state’s young credit union professional development and education programs.

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Josh Roberts, Enterprise Credit Union

Young Professional Advisor to the League BoardJosh Robert Image


Josh is a member of The League’s Government Affairs Committee and the Vice-President of the Metro Milwaukee Chanpter of Credit Unions. He also has served as an advisory board member to The League’s Young Professionals Network.


Katy Cowdy, Educators Credit Union

Young Professional Advisor to the League Board

Katy Cowdy

Katy is involved with the Metro Milwaukee Chapter of Credit Unions and is a 2012 League Convention CRASHER and YP Bootcamp graduate. She is also a grad of CUNA’s FUSE – Branch Operations & Business Development School.


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