2021 Annual Meeting

The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Membership of First Education Federal Credit Union will be held on March 17, 2021 as a virtual event. More information will be posted by March 1, 2021.

Board of Directors Election

First Education is governed by a democratically elected, volunteer board of directors. The board sets the general direction of the credit union and is made up of seven members of the credit union. There are currently three directors with terms expiring in 2021. The Nominating Committee has selected two of the incumbents and a current member of our supervisory committee to fill the vacancies.

Other members may petition to be placed on the ballot. The petition process is explained below. The election is by electronic/mail ballot. It is not necessary to attend the Annual Meeting to vote and nominations from the floor at the Annual Meeting are not allowed.. The election is determined by plurality vote and ballots will be sent to all members eligible to vote at least thirty days before the Annual Meeting. However, if there are no other nominations, there will not be an election.

Committee Nominees

Matt Hager has enjoyed working on the Credit Union Board for many years and is currently seeking another term. He graduated from Angelo State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. For the last fifteen years, Matt has worked for the Wyoming Department of Health as the Medicaid Accounting Manager. Prior to this, he worked in the Department of Audit in the Mineral Audit Division as an auditor for eight years. He and his wife, Brandi, have been married for twenty-five years and have three wonderful children.

Jeff Nieters is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Masters Degree in Public Administration. In his career, Jeff was an Internal Auditor, Accounting Manager, and Assistant Director for the State Lands of Wyoming. He also served as Chief Financial Officer for the City of Green River and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne. Jeff has served on the board of three other credit unions, WYHY FCU, Tri-Parish FCU, and WyoChem FCU and several civic organizations, coached soccer, and taught ethics.

Jeff retired on June 30, 2020. He and Patty, his wife of 36 years, have 4 grown children, four grandchildren and are expecting 2 more grandchildren early next year. Jeff’s parents and most of his 7 siblings live in Cody Wyoming.

Dan Sawyer has been a member of the Credit Union since 1988. He is currently board chair and is seeking another term on the Board of Directors. He received a bachelor’s degree with honor in Science from the University of Wyoming in 1992 and a Master of Science in 1998 from the University of Wyoming. Dan has been a teacher for LCSD #1 for the past 22 years. He and his wife Belinda Sawyer, realtor for Remax, live in Cheyenne and have a blended family with five wonderful children!

Petition Process

To be placed on the ballot, a member must be over the age of sixteen as of the date of the Annual Meeting (3/17/2021), obtain the signatures of at least fifty-seven members over the age of sixteen, and submit a brief statement of qualifications. The petition and other nomination material may be obtained at the Credit Union or by clicking here.

Completed petitions must be delivered to the address below no later than 5:00pm Friday, January 29, 2021:
First Education Federal Credit Union
James Yates, President
120 West Carlson Street
Cheyenne, WY 82009
Petitions received after 5:00pm MT Friday, January 29, 2021 will not be eligible for this election cycle. If you have any questions, please contact James Yates at 307-432-7400.

Vacancy on Supervisory Committee

We are also seeking individuals to serve on the Supervisory Committee. This volunteer committee is appointed by the Board and they serve as the ‘watchdog’ for the credit union. Supervisory Committee members oversee the credit union’s annual CPA audit and review the work of our internal auditor with a goal of insuring the credit union’s overall safety and soundness.

If you would like more information or would like to be considered for a position on the committee, contact Jim Yates at jyates@firstedfcu.com or 307-432-7400.