Likens Award

The James D Likens Award

Each year the prestigious James D. Likens, WCMS Alumni Recognition Award is given to honor WCMS alumni who have had significant achievement in the credit union field after graduation from the Western CUNA Management School.

Qualifying criteria for this distinguished award includes:

  • Significant professional growth in the individual's credit union career since graduation
  • Significant service to the credit union community after graduation


2018 Recipient: Teri Robinson
Teri Robinson

The 2018 Likens Award recipient, Teri Robinson of Ironworkers USA FCU, has been in the credit union movement since 1989.  She is a 2008 Zeta graduate of WCMS.  Teri has been hailed as a “Rock Star” by Credit Union Magazine.  She has been a featured speaker at a GAC small credit union roundtable, has conducted planning sessions for small credit unions around the country and serves as Vice Chair of CUNA’s Small Credit Union Committee.  Colleagues have said Teri uses her experience and expertise to motivate other leaders in the credit union movement whenever possible.  As CEO, Teri has taken Ironworkers from a $7.9 million shop with a Net Worth Ratio under 5% in 2010 to a $30 million shop with a Net Worth Ratio near 10% today.  In May of 2018 she got good news from NCUA – an Associational Common Bond Charter for Ironworkers USA Federal Credit Union was approved, and membership is now open to 90,300 Ironworkers, their families, and related businesses nationwide.  We congratulate Teri Robinson, our 2018 James D. Likens Alumni Recognition Award winner on her great achievements!

Past Recipients

Shruti Miyashiro, California, 2017
Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, California, 2016
Mark Meyer, Wisconsin, 2015
Jon Hernandez, California, 2014
Chris Jillson, New Mexico, 2013
Annette Zimmerman, Texas, 2012
Susan Steifel, Washington, 2011
RaAnn Wood, California, 2010
Brett Martinez, California, 2009
Ken Facer, Texas-formerly of California, 2008
Ava Milosovich, Oregon, 2007
John Janclaes, California, 2006
David W. Brehmer, North Carolina, 2005
Shon Wellborn, California 2004

JoAnne LeCouvre Kersey, Oregon, 2003
John Annaloro, Washington, 2002
Diana Dykstra, California, 2001
Terry Parkyn, California, 2000
Marsha Burgess, Nevada, 1999
Winifred Corey, California, 1998
William G. Ferrence, Nevada, 1997
James M. Sasahara, California, 1996
Rick Craig, Utah, 1995
Beverly Dawson, California, 1994
Bernie Ray, Arizona, 1993
David E. Maus, Colorado, 1992
Richard M. Johnson, California, 1991

Nominations are now being accepted for the James D. Likens Alumni Recognition Award. This award is presented to the recipient during school each July as part of the graduation ceremony.

Nominees must have graduated from the Western CUNA Management School, or any other name by which it has been previously known, a minimum of five years before the date of presentation of the award on Graduation Night. Members of the WCMS Alumni Association Board, the Western CUNA Management School Board of Trustees and current members of the Selection Committee for this award, are not eligible.

For more information and nomination forms contact:
Patty Jiminez,
Ryan Olsen,
Denise Mattice,