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MCUN Staff

The Montana Credit Union Network has dedicated staff of 11 people, who are passionate about credit unions and committed to helping them -- and their members -- thrive in Big Sky Country. Learn more about each person and their role at MCUN.

Tracie Kenyon Kara Connors  Jami Kirksey Alana Listoe
Renee Lyman Carin McClain Donya Parrish Beth Satre
Karen Smith Ranel Smith Tracy Thornburg  


Tracie Kenyon, MCUN President/CEO

Tracie Kenyon | President/CEO
Tracie G. Kenyon, CAE, CUDE, is the Queen, sorry, President/CEO of the Montana Credit Union Network and provides leadership for Montana’s credit unions in: advocacy and government relations, compliance, outreach and development, education and training, communications and public relations, vendor relationships and fee-based services (there is never a dull moment!).

A left-coast girl, Tracie has spent her entire career working in the credit union movement in Washington State, Oregon, Utah, and Montana. When not advocating for the preservation of cooperative credit, Tracie enjoys spending time with her family…she is married to a credit union CEO (not at typo, they keep it “all in the family”) and has a teen-aged daughter, which really means that her most important jobs are chauffeur, guidance counselor, and fashion consultant (not necessarily in that order, it depends on the day, err, minute).

   email Tracie | toll-free: 800-745-5546, ext. 135 | direct: 406-324-7203
Kara Connors, MCUN Office Manager Kara Connors | Director of Administrative Services
Kara Connors manages the accounting and HR at the Network and generally serves as the organization's “air traffic controller.”

Kara’s most important job is raising her three very active kiddos, and she loves every minute of it. Kara enjoys training for triathlons, waterskiing, kayaking, cross country skiing, and -- most importantly -- spending quality time with her family and friends.


   email Kara | toll-free: 800-745-5546, ext.120 | direct: 406-324-7377
 Jami Kirksey, MCUC Program Coordinator Jami Kirksey | MCUCD Program Manager
Jami Kirskey, CUDE, first joined the MCUCD team as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in 2011. She manages the Montana Matched Education Savings Account Program and coordinates the monthly Consumer Resource Center outreach.

Jami is a southern transplant who loves spending weekends surrounded by tall mountains in a vintage camper with her husband and their dog. She feels most herself in a colorful space, finds joy in feeding others, and misses her family each time she drinks sweet tea out of a mason jar.
  email Jami | toll-free: 800-745-5546, ext. 145 | direct: 406-324-7460
 Alana Listoe, MCUN Advocacy and PR Manager Alana Listoe | Director of Advocacy & PR
Alana Listoe, CUDE, believes everyone has a story to tell and it’s through those details that beauty unfolds. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism and is a serious Duck fan. She utilizes her expertise and ability to connect with people to spread the word about the good works of credit unions as the director of public relations and advocacy.

Alana is an advocate for children, isn’t afraid to put her hands in the dirt, and is typically up for a game of hide-and-seek. She is committed to shopping at thrift stores and driving cars owned by American companies. She relishes in enjoying the simple pleasures in life with her family.

  email Alana | toll-free: 800-745-5546, ext. 131 | direct: 406-324-7465
 Renee Lyman, LSG Marketing Specialist Renee Lyman | Business Partnership Manager
Renee Lyman manages relationship agreements between League Service Group and its various business partners. She helps promote quality business products and services to help Montana credit unions find business solutions.

When she’s not reviewing contracts, planning the Annual Convention Expo, or on a conference call, Renee enjoys spending time with her family. That means everything from cheering at her kids’ sporting events, going camping and fishing in the summer, to taking adventurous trips to Disneyland in the winter.
  email Renee | toll-free: 800-745-5546, ext. 121| direct: 406-324-7458
Carin McClain, MCUCD VITA Program Coordinator Carin McClain | MCUCD Tax Program Manager
Hailing from the credit union capital of the world (Madison, WI), Carin McClain, CUDE, is thrilled to be serving Montana’s credit unions at MCUCD. As the Tax Program Manager, she recruits and manages volunteers, directs tax law training, helps coordinate the state-wide MVP Coalition, and works to build capacity and sustainability for her program.

Besides her passion for credit unions, Carin loves sending mail with beautiful stamps, traveling, camping in Montana, playing tennis, and spending time with friends and family.

email Carin| toll-free: 800-745-5546, ext. 142 | direct: 406-324-7459
 Donya Parrish, VP-Dues Related Services Donya Parrish | VP- Dues Supported Services
Donya Parrish has been working with Montana’s credit unions for 12 years. She oversees the association side of MCUN, including the compliance area, communication, and education departments. Donya serves as a lobbyist and voice to regulators, lawmakers, and government officials. Her goal is to ensure the dues support of MCUN is beneficial and affordable to credit unions and that they are always portrayed and recognized in the most positive light possible.

In her spare time, Donya helps her husband with his small business, spends time with her two children, spoils her springer spaniel, and cheers on the UM Grizzly football team. She is also an avid fan of baseball and loves to read. She believes that success is making the best choices we can… and accepting them.

  email Donya | toll-free: 800-745-5546, ext. 122 | direct: 406-324-7374
Beth Satre | Communications Manager
Beth Satre functions as the communications hub at the Montana Credit Union Network. She oversees the print and online publications and coordinates the website. If you want to subscribe to one of our publications, would like access to MCUN's website, or have a question about grammar (or Adobe software), give her a call.

In her free time, Beth hangs out with her family and friends, volunteers for various non-profits, and works on her photography and design skills. She loves the outdoors, often has her nose in a book, and is always ready to engage in a good conversation about credit unions or, well, just about anything.

   email Beth | toll-free: 800-745-5546, ext.134| direct: 406-324-7457
Karen Smith, MCUCD Executive Director Karen Smith | MCUCD Executive Director
Karen Smith, CUDE, is the Executive Director of the Network's charitable arm, Montana Credit Unions for Community Development (MCUCD). She works with the MCUCD team to implement programs through credit unions that improve the social and economic well-being of all Montanans.

Karen loves life on her family ranch with her husband, two kids, and fearless boxer (not your typical ranch dog). For Karen, the best days are those spent camping in the mountains (no campgrounds for this girl!) or relaxing on the river with family and friends.

  email Karen | toll-free: 800-745-5546, ext.124 | direct: 406-324-7376 |
Ranel Smith, MCUN Education Services Director Ranel Smith | AVP- Education Services
Ranel Smith, CMP, supports Montana’s credit unions with education-related assistance, putting on up to 10 conferences and educational events throughout Montana every year. In addition, she assists the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas with their education event planning. In her role, she is charged with coming up with unique, fun conference themes, making sure meeting rooms are warm enough, and getting the correct title on everyone's name badge -- no matter how long that takes. In 2013 Ranel became only the fifth Montana meeting planner to achieve the Certified Meeting Professional designation through the Convention and Industry Council. This makes her now authorized to order enough bacon for a breakfast buffet and her CEO.

Ranel lives in Great Falls, MT with her husband and three children. She enjoys biking and running (sometimes from the neighbor’s dog) and attending her children’s activities in her spare time.

  email Ranel  | toll-free: 800-745-5546, ext. 126 | direct: 406-324-7456
Tracy Thornburg, MCUN Director of Compliance Services Tracy Thornburg | Director of Compliance Services
Tracy Thornburg, CUCE, BSACS, assists member credit unions with the plethora of regulations impacting the financial services industry. With 27 years of credit union experience, she has donned multiple hats, served in various capacities, and completed numerous certification programs including the Credit Union Compliance Expert certification (CUCE), and Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist program (BSACS).

Tracy’s discovered the empty nest syndrome isn’t so empty, and when she's not talking compliance with credit unions, she enjoys the outdoors doing whatever, whenever she wants.

  email Tracy | toll-free: 800-745-5546, ext. 139 | direct: 406-324-7455


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