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  • Writer's pictureKelsie Papenhausen

WFCU Expands Board with New Member

J. Kevin Ryan elected to WFCU Board of Directors

MADISON, Wis.— The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions (WFCU) is excited to announce J. Kevin Ryan, retired President/CEO of Financial Center First Credit Union, as the newly elected Director to the Board of Directors.

Financial Center First Credit Union President/CEO, J. Kevin Ryan.

Ryan joins the Board with 13 years of governing body experience and 36 dedicated years in the financial services industry. Serving as office manager all the way to up to President/CEO, Ryan has been an enthusiastic supporter of financial inclusion by advancing credit union reach in the Midwest and promoting the WFCU mission.

His advocacy of the WFCU mission has been well known as Financial Center has been involved in several World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) projects including the Education Summit in Colombia where Ryan shared insights and experience on providing exceptional services to Indiana’s immigrant communities. Ryan was also instrumental in Financial Center participating in one of the World Council’s first Global Bridges Journey Initiatives with Dundalk Credit Union in Ireland.

With his background and Financial Center’s awarded service to the International community in Indiana, Ryan felt drawn to learning about Colombian credit unions firsthand. He, along with WOCCU leadership, visited Colombia to share solutions and strengthen global connections.

“Whether you live in Indiana or the borders of South America, your local credit union is doing whatever it takes to spread the cooperative principles that credit unions were built upon”, said Ryan.

J. Kevin Ryan and Cooptenjo Gerente General (General Manager), Victor Hugo Camacho Correa exchange logo pins while the Indianapolis-based credit union was visiting a branch in Tenjo, Colombia, South America.

While Ryan retired in 2022, his passion for global credit union advocacy has kept him connected to his former credit union as its International Ambassador, participating in Financial Center’s International Advisory Council and continuing the credit union’s WOCCU involvement alongside their current CEO, Cameron Minges.

“Financial Center has been fortunate to be a part of the global credit union movement for the last several years, and we are excited that Kevin will represent Midwestern credit unions and their immigrant members now on the WFCU Board,” said Minges.

As a leader in the credit union movement and advocate for expanding financial inclusion globally, J. Kevin Ryan lives the WFCU mission. We are excited to welcome him to the WFCU Board of Directors and look forward to the new perspectives he will bring.

The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions is the partner organization to the World Council, established to advance the shared vision of expanding financial inclusion through a vibrant and growing global credit union system. Join us on a global journey to transform a billion lives worldwide using credit unions. Visit to start your journey today.

Financial Center First Credit Union is an $847 million credit union whose mission is to improve the financial lives of its members who live or work in Central Indiana. Over 69,000 members at Financial Center and its Muncie-based division, Ball State Financial, take advantage of competitive rates and lower fees by banking with the Central Indiana-based credit union. Financial Center is proud to empower the community by supporting military veterans, feeding the hungry, and bringing award-winning financial education to all. Learn more at


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