News Releases | January 21, 2016

Annual Meeting and Election of Directors

An election of directors is scheduled in conjunction with University Federal Credit Union’s 2016 Annual Meeting for five places on the Board of Directors.


Monday, April 4, 2016, 5:30 PM
UFCU Plaza Event Center
8303 N MoPac Expy
Austin, TX

Chairman of the Board Ellen Wood appointed a Governance/Nominating Committee led by Committee Chair John Martin. The committee nominated five highly-capable members to fill our open board positions: incumbents renominated for three-year terms: C. Cale McDowell and Neal Armstrong; newly nominated for three-year terms: Mini Kahlon and Adriana Cruz; newly nominated to fill a one-year unexpired term: Mark Updegrove.

UFCU’s bylaws permit other nominations by petition if signed by 500 qualified members and, together with a statement of qualifications and signed certificate stating the nominee is agreeable to such nomination and will serve if elected, is submitted to UFCU’s Senior Manager, Assurance Services by 5 PM Central Standard Time on or before February 4, 2016. The election will be conducted by mail ballot only if there exists one or more petition candidates. Bylaws do not allow nominations from the floor at the annual meeting when one or more candidates exist for each open position.

For more information regarding the election process, including how to obtain related documents, please contact the office of the Senior Manager, Assurance Services at (512) 467-8080 or (800) 252-8311, x22312.

Incumbents renominated for three-year terms:

Dr. Neal Armstrong

Neal Armstrong, Ph.D.

Neal Armstrong is a University of Texas at Austin graduate receiving his Ph.D. in environmental engineering in 1968, where he also received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in natural sciences. After working for an engineering consulting firm for four years with assignments in San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C., he joined UT-Austin’s department of civil engineering faculty in 1971. He held a number of administrative positions at the department, college and university level, most recently serving as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Institutional Accreditation from January 2004 to August 2014 before retiring. Armstrong first joined UFCU as a student in 1966. He served on the Supervisory Committee from 2006 to 2010 and was chair from 2009-2010. He became a member of the Board of Directors in 2010 serving as vice chairman from 2011 to 2012 and chair from 2012 to 2013. He welcomes the opportunity to continue serving UFCU as a member of the Board of Directors and to ensure that it keeps on providing the range and quality of services UFCU members desire.

Cale McDowell

C. Cale McDowell, J.D.

Cale is an attorney (corporate and securities law) for Jackson Walker L.L.P.  He joined UFCU as a member in 2002 and was appointed to the Supervisory Committee as an associate member in 2011.  He became a full member of the Committee in 2012, and was elected Supervisory Committee Chairman in 2012.  As a result of expansion of the Board of Directors in 2014, he was appointed Director and later qualified and confirmed at UFCU’s 2015 Annual Membership meeting.  He holds a B.B.A. Finance and an M.P.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, and J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law, and professional membership with the Texas Bar Association and American Bar Association (Corporate Section).

Newly Nominated for three-year terms:

Adriana Cruz

Adriana Cruz

Adriana Cruz is the President of the Greater San Marcos Partnership, a regional economic development corporation established in 2010 to encourage and nurture economic growth in the fast-growing corridor between Austin and San Antonio, Texas. She leads the organization’s efforts to position the region for a wider diversity of quality jobs with higher wages through a sustainable and comprehensive multi-year economic development strategic plan; and promotes the region around the U.S. and internationally to attract high quality companies. Cruz has over 23 years of leadership experience in economic development, marketing, and international business. Prior to assuming this role, Cruz was the Vice President of Global Corporate Recruitment for the Austin Chamber of Commerce where she was project lead in numerous high profile corporate relocations and expansions including Apple, Facebook, eBay, Hanger Orthopedic, Samsung and LegalZoom. Cruz served for four years leading the statewide effort to promote Texas as a location for jobs and investment in Governor Perry’s Economic Development and Tourism Office. She serves on several regional Boards and in 2014 she was named a finalist in the Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power:

Central Texas Women of Influence award. Cruz holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin.

Mini Kahlon

Mini Kahlon, Ph.D.

Dr. Mini Kahlon turns vision into strategies to guide the Dell Medical School in achieving its mission in education, research and clinical innovation. Mini builds the ecosystem of partners necessary to achieve Dell Medical School’s goals, which include establishing a new model for academic medicine in advancing the health of a region. Mini works with public, private and academic partners across Austin and the surrounding area to build a model healthy city and advance health-related innovation.

Prior to joining the medical school, Mini was Executive Director and Chief Information Officer for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of California, San

Francisco (UCSF). With cumulative funding of more than $200 million, CTSI at UCSF is one of the largest awardees of the Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The institute functioned as an innovation arm of UCSF, addressing opportunities and challenges in all aspects of research—from early translational product focused research to health care delivery redesign. At CTSI, she led national initiatives focused on health information technology; statewide initiatives to accelerate research and aggregate data from across the University of California system; and multi-partner grants funded by the NIH, National Science Foundation (NSF) and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) that used data and technology to improve research and health.

Mini also brings management experience from Silicon Valley startups working on award winning software and technologies, as well as the philanthropic social change sector working to improve education. Her work has been highlighted in the San Francisco Chronicle to Businessweek, she is a City of San Francisco honoree for her volunteer efforts and has received awards for technology innovation in health. Mini is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and received her PhD in Neuroscience from UCSF.

Newly nominated to fill one-year unexpired term:

Mark Updegrove

Mark Updegrove

Mark K. Updegrove is the director of the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, where, in April 2014, he hosted the Civil Rights Summit which included addresses by President Barack Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. He is the author of Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency (2012), Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office During Times of Crisis (2009), and Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House (2006). His latest book Destiny of Democracy: The Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library was published in February. He has conducted exclusive interviews with five U. S. Presidents.

Interested in leading our cooperative?

Credit unions are unique financial cooperatives in that their boards of directors, committees and task forces are composed of volunteers.

In an ongoing effort to diversify professional skills and experience represented among UFCU’s volunteer leaders, UFCU’s Governance/Nominating Committee encourages members interested in serving in a volunteer capacity to complete a volunteer application available from the President/CEO’s office at (512) 467-8080 or (800) 252-8311, x21008.