Staff

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    Tracie Kenyon

    PRESIDENT / CEO

    email: tracie@mcun.coop

    phone: 800-745-5546, ext. 135

    direct: 406-324-7203

    cell: 406-459-3490

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    Tracie Kenyon

    PRESIDENT / CEO

    Tracie G. Kenyon, CAE, CUDE, is the Queen, sorry, President/CEO of the Montana’s Credit Unions 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).

  • Kara Connors

    DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

    email: kara@mcun.coop

    phone: 800-745-5546, ext.120

    direct: 406-324-7377

    cell: 406-459-9929

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    Kara Connors

    DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

    Kara Connors manages the accounting and HR at Montana’s Credit Unions 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.

  • Renee Lyman

    EDUCATION SERVICES MANAGER

    email: renee@mcun.coop

    phone: 800-745-5546, ext. 121

    direct: 406-324-7458

    cell: 406-439-6022

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    Renee Lyman

    EDUCATION SERVICES MANAGER

    Renee Lyman provides support of MCU’s education and training department and League Services Group. She helps promote education events, distance learning, and business partnerships and sponsorships.

    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.

  • Carin McClain

    POLITICAL ADVOCACY DIRECTOR

    email: carin@mcun.coop

    phone: 800-745-5546, ext. 142

    direct: 406-324-7459

    cell: 406-459-3493

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    Carin McClain

    POLITICAL ADVOCACY DIRECTOR

    Hailing from the credit union capital of the world (Madison, WI), Carin McClain, CUDE, is thrilled to be working for Montana’s credit unions. In her role as political advocacy director, she acts as a lobbyist and liaison to state and federal policy making authorities and coordinates grassroots efforts to inform and influence policy makers around issues relevant to credit unions.

    Besides her passion for credit unions, Carin loves sending mail with beautiful stamps, traveling, running, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Donya Parrish

    VP–RISK MANAGEMENT

    email: donya@mcun.coop

    phone: 800-745-5546, ext. 122

    direct: 406-324-7374

    cell: 406-459-3497

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    Donya Parrish

    VP–RISK MANAGEMENT

    Donya Parrish has been at MCU since 2002 and recently earned her Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) designation. She spent several of those years training and supporting credit union staff and boards on compliance issues. She oversees the compliance area and assists credit unions with training and implementation of their compliance programs.

    In her spare time, Donya helps her husband with his small business, spends time enjoying Helena, and loves to read. She believes that success is making the best choices we can… and accepting them.

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    Mara Rayner

    DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCE BENEFITS

    email: mara@mcun.coop

    phone: 800-745-5546, ext 139

    direct: 406-324-7455

    cell: 406-750-5838

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    Mara Rayner

    DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCE BENEFITS

    Mara K. Rayner manages the day-to-day operations of the Montana Credit Union League Group Benefit Trust and will be working to provide additional HR services for the credit unions in the future.

    In her free time, Mara loves spending her time with family and friends doing anything outdoors — watching her boys play soccer and football, camping, golfing (not a great player, but if she gets one good shot in a round, it is just like Christmas!!) hiking, kayaking, sledding, and so on. She is originally from the great state of Minnesota, so when she’s on vacation, she typically travels back to Minnesota to enjoy time “Up North” relaxing at the cabin!

  • Beth Satre

    MEMBERSHIP DATA MANAGER

    email: beth@mcun.coop

    phone: 800-745-5546, ext.134

    direct: 406-324-7457

    cell: 406-461-8708

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    Beth Satre

    MEMBERSHIP DATA MANAGER

    Beth Satre functions as the communications hub at Montana’s Credit Unions. 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 MCU’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.

  • Karen Smith

    VP–ADVOCACY

    email: karen@mcun.coop

    phone: 800-745-5546, ext.124

    direct: 406-324-7376

    cell: 406-459-3495

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    Karen Smith

    VP–ADVOCACY

    As the VP of Advocacy, Karen Smith focuses her time to support the advocacy work of Montana’s credit unions in political, philosophical, and philanthropic areas. Karen has been with Montana’s Credit Unions since 2003, is a designated Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) as well as a certified credit union financial counselor and financial coach.

    Karen loves life on her family ranch with her husband and two kids. For Karen, the best days are those spent camping in the mountains or relaxing on the river with family and friends.

  • Ranel Smith

    VP–RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

    email: ranel@mcun.coop

    phone: 800-745-5546, ext. 126

    direct: 406-324-7456

    cell: 406-459-3494

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    Ranel Smith

    VP–RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

    Ranel Smith, CMP, CUDE, 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 and the Minnesota Credit Union League 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.