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 are 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.

If you’re interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please review the Nominating Committee Criteria and Board Responsibilities document.

Our sincere thanks and appreciation to the MICU members who have agreed to serve on our 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.



Linda Foster

LFoster_cropped_3.11.2017Linda was born and raised in Chicago, IL and has been a board member since 2016. Linda and her two grown children and grandson, Myles lives in Bloomington, IL. Linda's most memorable moment is when Mid Illini Credit Union and Mount. Pisgah Baptist Church collaborated to provide services and programs to a new facility to the west side of the city. Linda was the first member to join MICU @ Mt. Pisgah in 2013.

Linda is a retired administrator from Illinois State University and an active supporter of Illinois State University Redbirds activities and community events.

Linda received her Bachelor of Science degree from Eureka College and her Master of Social Work degree from Illinois State University.

Willie Holton Halbert

willie holton halbertWillie joined the MICU board in 2018. She is an author of 3 published books, "Precious Treasures," "Seasons of our Lives," and "Cooking with Love," and is also a motivational speaker. Willie currently works as a real estate broker, serving as an assistant to Al Legg at REMAX Choice and is an event planner. She has been married to Charles for over 44 years and have a total of 5 daughters. She retired from Illinois Department of Corrections in 2002 where she worked as a casework supervisor and assistant superintendent of parole. She believes she is blessed to bless others in her giving & volunteering of services.


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.


Tom Stewart


Tom was born and raised right here in Bloomington and graduated from Bloomington High School, then Lincoln College.  He has been a MICU member since he was 16 years old and has actually worked for MICU since he was 18.  Tom enjoys serving on the board of directors and working for MICU.

Tom appreciates the opportunity work with the credit union members.  Over the many years of Tom's service, MICU has helped countless families build strong financial foundation.

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

JWyssman_cropped_3.23.2017John 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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