2020-21 Pierre Jay Celebration

Join us at 2:00 pm (EST) on Thursday, April 22, 2021, to celebrate NASCUS’ Pierre Jay Award winners!

We will look back at their tremendous dedication and contributions to the state credit union system, as told to us by their peers, friends and family. Visit the registration page to learn more about their amazing accomplishments and personal impact on our industry.

Register today to save your seat at this year’s virtual award celebration and add your personal congratulations to flood the chat during the presentation.
This is a virtual celebration and registration is required. (No registration fee.)



 Patty Idol, Former President & CEO of Mountain Credit Union in Waynesville, NC

Idol started her career as a branch manager. Over the past 35 years, she rose through the ranks to become chair of the NASCUS Credit Union Advisory Council, chair of the Carolinas Credit Union League (CCUL) Board, and president of the Western Chapter of CCUL. She conveyed a life of volunteering, serving, and helping others.

“Idol fought tirelessly on behalf of credit unions and their members as an advocate at both the State Capitol in Raleigh, NC, and Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.”

Kim Santos, Director at the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions in Madison, WI

Santos started her career as a credit union examiner in 1992. Since 2013, she has been appointed to oversee Wisconsin’s 118 state-chartered credit unions by a bipartisan group of Wisconsin Governors. She is highly respected in the industry and has served on several NASCUS committees, including the Board of Directors, Legislative and Regulatory Committee, and with the National Institute of State Credit Union Examination (NISCUE).

“[Santos] has maintained belief in the credit union motto “people helping people” and kept Wisconsin’s credit union members always front and center in her decision-making process.”

Sarah Vega, Former Chief of Staff to Mark McWatters and Sr. Policy Advisor at NCUA in Alexandria, VA

Vega has shown continuous leadership over the course of her career, from her role as Director at the Illinois Division of Financial Institutions to working with the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) as chief of staff to Chairman McWatters. Her years of advocacy ensured that state-chartered credit unions had a seat at the table. Furthermore, Vega was the first chief of staff to serve under two different NCUA Chairmen.

It is easy to say that she has dedicated her career to credit unions and ensuring a safe, sound, and robust credit union system at both State and Federal levels, ensuring that the state system was taken into consideration.”