Welcome to the Mazuma Election Center!

Welcome! Thank you for showing your support for the vital role your Board of Directors play in shaping the future of Mazuma Credit Union. This site will give you information about this years candidates and allow you to vote for your favorite candidate online. You can also make plans to attend the annual meeting.

Key Dates

Deadline for Board Application Thursday, Feb. 1
Candidate Interviews Feb. 2 – 17
Voting Begins Wednesday, Feb. 28
Annual Meeting Tuesday, Apr. 24

*The Annual Meeting will be held at the Mazuma HQ in Overland Park, Kansas this year, .


Send an email to Nominate@mazuma.org

Meet the Candidates

Click on the candidate’s name below to learn more:

John is a retired CPA. John practiced public accounting for 34 years, the last 20 years as a partner. John spent the first 22 years of his career with Arthur Andersen, promoted to partner in 1996 and then with KPMG LLP from 2002 until his retirement in 2016. John lead numerous audits including those of large public companies in Kansas City and throughout the United States in his role as lead engagement partner. John's specific experience includes working with Boards of Directors/ Audit Committees, initial public offerings(IPO's), accounting for business acquisitions, income tax accounting, business restructurings and derivatives. John has also made several presentations over many years primarily to energy and utility trade groups on various emerging accounting and audit issues. Over the past 10 years he has served on the Board of two Kansas City not for profit organizations, the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) and Rose Brooks. At both organizations John has served as President of the Board and Finance Committee Chair. In addition, during this same time period John served as Finance Committee Chair for his parish church. John graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

I have been at a CFO level position for over 26 years, and have experience in the corporate, nonprofit, taxable not for profit, and government sectors in accounting and finance. I have heavy experience with cash management as well as economics.
I have worked for three of the six domestic violence shelters in the Kansas City Metro, have also worked for the Kansas City Domestic Violence Network. I have also worked for several other nonprofit organizations, such as Good Samaritan Project, National Catholic Reporter, MS Society, and Swope Community Builders to name a few. I am currently CFO at All Systems in Kansas City, Kansas.
I have served on the Mazuma Credit Union Board of Directors for almost two years and have enjoyed every minute of it, including serving as Treasurer of the Board. I consider it to be a great honor to be on this Board and look forward to many years to come on it. I have also served on nonprofit boards before, including Good Samaritan Project, and Trinity United Methodist Church. I have been a trusted member of the Kansas City Metro Community for over 30 years now.
Besides all of this background, I am Mazuma's biggest fan!!! I love Mazuma Credit Union and appreciate all the options available for my banking needs. Mazuma is awesome! I look forward to your trust and vote!

I feel I have a lot to offer as a member of the Board of Directors, and now have the time and energy to devote to this task. Our members deserve the best that Board and management can offer them. Past experience on both the Board and the Audit (Supervisory) committee gives me valuable perspective on current happenings, and I have served as chairperson of both. Also, I can help ensure representation of older Credit Union members and Easter Jackson County residents as a member of the board. I have a Master's degree in theology, served in the Department of Health & Human Services for 30 years, and have volunteered in a variety of positions in the metro area, including neighborhood Crime Watch, Junior Achievement, and volunteer naturalist. The 8 year recovery in our economy has been slow, and many are still struggling. Credit Unions are a superior alternative to banks for them. Credit unions, being member owned, do not have to pay salaries and stock options to Board members, nor are they driven by a short term profit motive. I understand credit unions, and have the ability and desire to contribute to Mazuma's current Board & management team. I ask for your vote.

As a local community leader, I believe it is extremely important to strive in aiding with growth and prosperity within the Kansas City Metropolitan area. As a Board Member of Mazuma Credit Union, I believe I can do that. Not only for our community as a whole, but specifically for the Mazuma Credit Union community. My background in finance and sales makes me an ideal candidate to reach out to those in many different walks of life, serving to increase Mazuma's profitability and community presence. I have a passion for governance and leadership. As your representative, I vow to bring the same enthusiasm and experience to the job that I bring in all aspects of my life. I believe my proven ability to accomplish goals set before me has served me well in my career, and I will bring the same ability to my position with Mazuma. While Mazuma Credit Union has been successful in the past, I am confident I can build on that success by bringing more opportunities and abundance back to the company and to you as a member. I share Mazuma's philosophy of making the member number one. My promise to you as I serve on the Board would be to always make you, the member, first and foremost in all of my decisions.

Vote Online Now

You can vote online for your candidates right now. Just click that big Vote Now button.

What you will need to vote:

  • Your Mazuma account number
  • Last 4 digits of your social security number

To be eligible to vote, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have at least $1.00 in your account.


Send an email to Nominate@mazuma.org

Vote Now

RSVP to the Annual Meeting

All Mazuma Members are invited to attend the annual meeting. Just fill out the RSVP form to reserve your spot.

Time & Place:

Tuesday, April 24, 2017
Refreshments at 11:30am
Meeting at 12:00pm

Mazuma Credit Union Headquarters
7260 W 135th Street
Overland Park, KS 66223

Here’s what’s going down:

  • Appetizers / drinks provided
  • Meet the candidates and place your vote
  • Your Board of Directors will report on fiscal year 2017
  • Your President & CEO Brandon Michaels will discuss 2017 and what’s coming in 2018 and beyond
  • Voting results announced and new Board Members elected

Complete and submit this form to RSVP for the Annual Meeting.

Please let us know the total number who will attend including yourself.

Requirements & Responsibilities

Board Candidate Minimum Requirements

Potential candidates who have not previously been a Mazuma Board Member and who wish to be nominated must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a Mazuma Member in good standing for for at least 1 year.
  • Has not been a Board Member or officer in any credit union which has been terminated, other than voluntarily.
  • Must have had no financial obligations with any institution, company or agency extending credit which are or have been delinquent more than two consecutive monthly payments at any time during the past three years.
  • Must qualify for bonding.
  • Must not have had any felony convictions or pending felony charges.
  • Must not be a current employee of the credit union.
  • Must not have been employed by the credit union within the past 3 years.
  • Is free of any real or perceived conflict of interest that might reasonably be expected to prevent him or her from acting in the best interests of the credit union as a whole and independently of any particular interest arising as a result of any previous, existing or future relationship with the credit union, its Members, regulators, competitors or suppliers.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Primary residence must be located within 50 miles of the credit union field of Membership: Jackson, Clay, and Cass counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.
  • Must agree to comply with all Board Member requirements and credit union policy, confidentiality, compliance and regulatory requirements.
  • Must submit all required Board Candidate material as instructed by the Nominating Committee and complete an in-person interview with the Nominating Committee.
  • Must fill out completely an "Application to Serve as a credit union Volunteer and Candidate Certification" form authorized by the Board of Directors.

Board Candidate Desired Qualities

The Mazuma Board of Directors seeks Members who can contribute to a diversity of perspectives and experience, including the following:

  • Ability and willingness to make a real contribution to Mazuma Credit Union, its Board and its Members.
  • Accomplishment within the individual’s chosen business or profession or community involvement.
  • Knowledge and experience which is complimentary to the current Board of Directors and which will bring value and help to create a well-rounded Board for the future.
  • Ability to assess the implications of financial statements and auditor’s reports.
  • Ability to bring to the Board a knowledgeable perspective on issues affecting business in the geographic jurisdictions in which the credit union carries on business.
  • Ability to bring a perspective of external business, social and regional issues to the deliberations of the Board.
  • Ability to critically assess business strategies and operations and to be forward thinking regarding potential changes and trends facing the future of the industry.
  • Knowledge of the cooperative financial sector, and the concepts, principles and values of the cooperative environment.
  • Good interpersonal relations and the ability to operate "as a team" at the Board level, and to be able to "speak with one voice" once a full discussion has been undertaken and a decision has been made by the Board in accordance with its governance policies.
  • High ethical standards and the ability to act without a real or perceived conflict of interest that could reasonably be perceived to conflict with the individual’s responsibility to act in the best interests of the credit union and its Members.
  • An understanding of corporate governance and the fiduciary duties and responsibilities of both a Board of Directors as well as of individual Directors.

Potential candidates for Membership on the Board will not be denied consideration by reason of race, sex, religion, disability, age, country of origin or affiliation with some special constituency group, nor will any candidate be selected solely for such reason.

Responsibilities of Mazuma’s Board of Directors

The Board of Directors at Mazuma will be charged with the task of taking on these responsibilities:

  1. The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for all directions and functions of the credit union. To carry out this responsibility it must:
    1. clearly establish policy and ensure compliance,
    2. select competent management, and
    3. assure itself conclusively that management is performing properly.
  2. The Board of Directors has the responsibility to maintain the general direction and control of the credit union. This includes directing the credit union in accordance with federal and state (Missouri) credit union laws, the bylaws, sound business practices, and any other applicable rules and regulations.
  3. Some of the detailed responsibilities of the Directors are as follows:
    1. Meet regularly.
    2. Establish and approve an annual budget.
    3. Approve interest rates and significant expenditures.
    4. Authorize necessary bond coverage, investments, and depositories for funds.
    5. Declare dividends and establish reserves.
    6. Appoint Supervisory Committee, Nominating Committee, and Board Liaisons.
    7. Fill vacancies on the Board and Committees between annual meetings.
    8. Review delinquent loans and authorize the charge off of uncollectable loans and shares.
    9. Maintain working relationships with the credit union management.
    10. Receive and take appropriate action on the reports of the Supervisory Committee and examining authorities.
    11. Review progress of the credit union in serving Member needs.
    12. Plan for the long-term development and needs of the credit union.
    13. Participate in relevant chapter and league programs.
    14. Act on field of Membership requests.
    15. Act on merger and acquisition requests.


Other Ways to Get Involved

There are many ways to lend your talents and expertise to Mazuma other than the Board of Directors.

If you’re interested in any of the positions below, please email nominate@mazuma.org. We’d love to have you!

Nominating Committee

Mazuma’s nominating committee consists of 5 Mazuma Members who volunteer their time to help select the nominees to the Mazuma Board of Directors. In this critical role, you would have the task of reviewing potential Board candidates to ensure they meet all the necessary qualities and requirements to represent the Membership.

Supervisory Committee

Mazuma’s Supervisory Committee consists of 3–5 Mazuma Members who volunteer their time to serve the entire Membership. You would have the responsibility of working with the management team and the Board of Directors to ensure that Mazuma is operating in a safe and prudent manner and in the best interests of Members. To fulfill their responsibilities, the committee engages a CPA auditing firm to perform the annual opinion audit and a verification of Member accounts.

It is the Supervisory Committee’s job to report Mazuma’s financial safety and soundness and make improvements to its operations and internal controls.

Ad Hoc Committee Member

From time to time, Mazuma forms special committees to work on certain projects that need a Member voice. They are typically shorter term projects and require less time commitment than other volunteer activities. As an ad hoc committee Member you would be called upon to serve on these committees.