Pierre Jay Award

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Pierre Jay Award Winners!



Patty Idol, Former President & CEO of Mountain Credit Union in Waynesville, NC
Kim Santos, Director at the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions in Madison, WI
Sarah Vega, Former Chief of Staff to Mark McWatters and Sr. Policy Advisor at NCUA in Alexandria, VA

For more details, see the press release from Feb. 24 (by clicking here)

Created by NASCUS to recognize individuals, programs, or organizations whose contributions have benefited the state credit union system in a significant way, the Pierre Jay Award honors those who have demonstrated outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to NASCUS and the state system. This is NASCUS’ highest honor in recognition of champions of the state credit union system.

About the Award

First presented in 1997, the Pierre Jay Award honors the first Commissioner of Banks in Massachusetts, Pierre Jay. He learned of the cooperative credit union movement in Milan, Italy and quickly embraced the concept. Working with philanthropist and credit union pioneer Edward Filene of Boston, and despite objections from the banking industry, Jay went on to champion credit union development in the United States. Through Jay’s perseverance and service, he profoundly shaped credit union history.

Every year, NASCUS members have the opportunity to nominate an individual or organization/committee that shows outstanding commitment and dedication to the state credit union system. Nominations are reviewed by NASCUS’ Pierre Jay Award Committee, and a winner is selected based on judging criteria outlined below.

For more information, please contact Alicia Valencia Erb, Vice President, Member Relations.

Previous Winners:

  • 2020 Sara Vega, Patty Idol, Kim Santos
  • 2019 Mary Hughes
  • 2018 Ron McDaniel
  • 2017 Terry West
  • 2015  Tom Candon
  • 2014 UBIT Steering Committee
  • 2013 J. Parker Cann
  • 2012 Linda Jekel
  • 2011 Roger Little
  • 2010 George Reynolds
  • 2009 Catherine Tierney
  • 2008 Sharon Whiddon
  • 2007 Harold Feeney
  • 2006 George Latham
  • 2005 Ella Robinson
  • 2004 Jim Blaine
  • 2002 James Forney
  • 2001 Richard Murakami
  • 2000 Gary Mielock
  • 1999 Gavin Gee
  • 1998 Gary Oakland
  • 1997 Mike Fitzgerald

2020-2021 Pierre Jay Award Selection Committee

The Pierre Jay Award honors an individual who or entity that has demonstrated outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to NASCUS and the state credit union system. The award’s namesake is Pierre Jay of Massachusetts who was the first credit union/banking commissioner appointed in the United States to charter and oversee state-chartered credit unions. The Selection Committee is comprised of the

NASCUS CEO (non-voting), Co-Chairs of the NASCUS regulator board and Credit Union Advisory Council, a credit union executive or senior regulator from Massachusetts Division of Banks, the CEO of the credit union league in the state where the State System Summit is being held when award is made, and the immediate past award winner(s). The Selection Committee reviews nominations submitted by NASCUS members and selects awardees based on proven contributions, service, and commitment to the state credit union system.

  • Rose Conner, Chairman, Regulator Board (North Carolina Administrator for Office of Credit Unions)
  • Mike Williams, Chairman, CU Advisory Board (President & CEO Colorado Credit Union)
  • Robert Cashman, President & CEO, Metro Credit Union
  • William Mellin, President & CEO, New York Credit Union Association
  • Mary Hughes, 2019 PJA Winner, Ret. Acting Director, Idaho Department of Finance
  • Lucy Ito, President & CEO, NASCUS (ex officio)

Pierre Jay Award Nominations – NOW CLOSED

Check back again soon for the next round of nomination submissions..

Eligibility, Criteria, and Nomination Process:

Any person, program, or organization who or that has made a significant contribution to the state credit union system.

  • Accepting nominations from either the regulator or credit union industry segments:
    • Any individual, group or program, credit union industry committee, volunteer, staff member, chief staff executives, etc. or
    • Federal/state lawmakers, federal/state regulators/examiners.

Winner’s Criteria

  • Proven contributions that have benefited the state credit union system significantly in the past year;
  • Proven demonstration of service, leadership and commitment to the state system and/or NASCUS; and
  • Proven service, commitment, and leadership to the state system.

Nominating Process

  • Nominations may be made only by NASCUS members.
  • Each nomination will be considered by the award’s selection committee.
  • A winner will be honored at a NASCUS live event (virtual or in-person).