Meet the Board of Directors


Mid-Illini Credit Union has been helping families in and around McLean County build solid financial foundations since 1940. In 2015, we celebrated 75 years of service to our members in and around McLean County.

We take pride in our not-for-profit business model, and we appreciate all the members and volunteers who come together to make decisions that benefit us and our communities.

Because we’re a member-owned cooperative, any MICU member over the age of 18 can be nominated to serve on volunteer Board of Directors. We encourage nominations from our membership because we believe that the demographic make-up of our board should reflect the demographic make-up of our membership. Board members are elected at our annual meeting each year in March.

If you’re interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please review the Nominating Committee Criteria and Board Responsibilities document, then fill out this request for more information. If you meet the requirements and may be a good fit, we'll call you in for a panel interview so you can make an informed decision about this important responsibility.

Our sincere thanks and appreciation to MICU President Tom Stewart and the MICU members who have agreed to serve on our 2016 Board of Directors:

Carol Beard

Carol BeardCarol graduated from NCHS and attended Illinois State University. She spent her career at GTE, and retired in 1993. She lives in Bloomington and has been a MICU member since 1971.

About her MICU membership, Carol says “When I became a member, it cost me a quarter. The credit union has always been there for me when I needed a loan, and I’ve always had a savings account.”


Thomas Brucker

Thomas BruckerTom has been a member at MICU since 1980, and has served on our Board of Directors since 2005. He grew up in Lexington and worked at the telephone company for 40 years before he retired in 2006. He currently lives in Danvers.



James Isom

James IsomJim has been a MICU member since 1980, when he moved from Wisconsin to Illinois.

A native of Wisconsin, Jim came to Bloomington when GTE merged the Illinois and Wisconsin companies. He graduated from Chippewa Falls High School in 1952.

During his career at GTE, Jim served as an installer, a repairman, and a lineman before serving 25 years as a manager.

Jim and his wife, Marge, have a son and a daughter, and 4 grandchildren.

He’s served on our board since 1981, and says his favorite MICU memories are the long-awaited move to a larger building (in 1998) and the growth we’ve experienced since then.

Benjamin Ryburn

Ben RyburnBen is an area native and spent his 32-year career at Illinois State University. He held a variety of positions, but ended up as Director of Operations in the Facilities Management Department. A Redbird through and through, he earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at ISU.

He and his wife, Arlene have two grown children and five grandchildren, and they still make their home in Normal.

Ben's board service started in 2014, and his favorite MICU memory is from interacting with members and fellow board members at our 75th anniversary celebration and annual meeting. He says it's an honor to be on the board of directors and to represent such a fine group of members.


Lue Walters

Lue waltersLue grew up in Mississippi and graduated from Alcorn State University, then went on to a distinguished career with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Lue and his family enjoyed the opportunity to travel the country and live in several different states. Lue has been a MICU member for over ten years, and has served on the board of directors since 2012. He and his wife JoAnn have been married for nearly 40 years and currently reside in Bloomington.


David Witt, Jr.

David Witt, JRDave grew up right here in Bloomington and has been a MICU member as long as he can remember. After graduating from Heartland Community College, Dave went to work as a plumber and service technician. Dave has served on the MICU board since 2013. He has two young children, a boy and a girl.




John Wyssman

John is a native of Orangeville, Illinois and served as a math teacher in Unit 5 for 36 years before he retired in 2005. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and took his Master’s in math education at Illinois State.

He’s been a MICU member since 1969 and has served on our board since 1973. He and his wife Susan raised a daughter and a son right here in Bloomington and they enjoy spending time with their five granddaughters.

John’s favorite MICU memory is meeting NCUA Director Michael Fryzel at our 70th Anniversary Annual Meeting. He’s served on the Board of Directors for such a long time that he’s actually held every available position on every committee!

Board Photos by Dawn Bergeron Photography and by B Corbin.

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