Mike is currently co-president and a director of Curran Group Inc., a diversified holding company with interests in road construction, porcelain tile manufacturing, railroad related contract services and manufacturing of paint finishing systems. He serves on the Centegra Health System and Road Builder Charities boards of directors. In addition, he has served on the board of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association as treasurer and chairman of its Technology committee. Mike is also the founder and director of the Alpine Children’s Charity. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University with special interests in accounting and information technology.
Paul Martin, Vice-Chair
As former senior vice-president and chief information officer at Baxter International, Paul is a renowned leader in information technology, strategy, operations, security and processes. Since 2017, Paul has served on the board of directors of Unisys Corporation and is currently a member of its Audit and Finance Committee as well as chair of its Security and Enterprise Risk Committee. Early in 2021, he joined the board of directors of Ping Identity Holding Corp, a global provider of intelligent identity management software solutions, and is currently a member of its Audit Committee. He also joined the board of directors of Owens Corning, a global building and industrial materials leader, where he serves on the Audit and Finance Committees. In addition, he joined the board of directors of Steris plc,a leading provider of infection prevention and other procedural products and services. Paul was the recipient of the 2020 Chicago CIO of the Year Leadership ORBIE Award. In 2017, he was named to the CIO Hall of Fame by CIO Magazine for IT innovation and business leadership. Paul received a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Western Kentucky University.
Betty Larson, Secretary
Executive vice-president and chief HR officer for BD, Betty leads all human resource efforts. A champion in organizational development, Betty previously served as the senior vice-president of human resources for BD’s Interventional Segment, Greater Asia, and innovation-related functions. Betty’s expertise in human resources spans over 20 years, beginning as human resource director for Baxter International and later becoming global vice-president of human resources for Bard. Betty has held universal positions in every business segment, working extensively with commercial, operational, and research and development organizations. Betty holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in human resources from the University of Illinois, as well as an MBA from Northwestern University. In addition to serving on BCU’s board of directors, Betty actively supports the Overlook Foundation.
Bill currently serves as assistant vice president of product development at GEICO. Beginning his career in GEICO’s actuarial department in 1986, Bill’s professional experience progressed through pricing, reserving, and research. In 2002, he was named business sponsor of the enterprise data warehouse, before joining the Internet business unit in 2005 to create a customer metrics team. With his promotion to assistant vice president in 2007, Bill has worked extensively to enhance the insurance product including underwriting models, vendor relations, policy standards for applications and regulatory compliance. Since 2018, he has led GEICO’s product development and data science practices. Bill is also the former chairman of GEICO Federal Credit Union (GFCU), which merged with BCU to form the new GEICO Credit Union in August 2020.
Brett leads Target’s merchandising and supply chain technology portfolios where he fosters a culture of innovation and empowered engineering. He is a champion of agile practices, DevOps, and building diverse teams. Brett has a global team of 600 highly talented technologists who do amazing work every day. He has been with Target since 2008. Prior to Target, Brett was the assistant vice-president, financial operations at The Hartford. He led a team of 60 financial professionals supporting key life insurance functions including claims administration, reinsurance administration, financial controls, and cash management. Brett holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Cardinal Stritch University.
Christine is a finance director for Baxter International Inc. leading investment management, compliance and risk mitigation for the global benefit plans, totaling over $8B. She has been a member of BCU’s Finance Committee since March 2016. Christine started her career at Baxter in 2000 and since that time, has held several roles of increasing responsibility in both business and corporate functions. In 2014, she assumed leadership responsibility for the employee trusts area. Christine is also actively involved with talent management and career development in Baxter’s finance function. Christine earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Both degrees were awarded with honors.
Christine has been corporate vice president, human resources at Edwards Lifesciences since 2012. She has over 25 years of experience across all disciplines of human resources, including 17 years in roles of increasing responsibility at Edwards and, prior to the company’s spin-out, Baxter. Christine is on the board of the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation and OCTANe, a nonprofit focused on innovation. She actively supports the American Heart Association, including serving as the Orange County Go Red for Women chair. Christine earned a dual bachelor’s degree in business administration and organizational effectiveness at The College at Brockport State University of New York and a master’s degree in human resources management from Chapman University.
With over 30 years of finance and business development experience, Al Nietzel’s contributions span numerous industries and competencies. At Proctor and Gamble, Al forged both domestic and global alliances throughout the consumer-packaged-goods industry. As a senior financial executive and corporate officer for ADP, Al was instrumental in driving strong revenue and profit growth resulting in significant shareholder value for the global HCM company. As the CFO for CDK Global, Al continued to leverage his broad and deep expertise to deliver excellent business results. Al holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting, finance, and economics from Eastern Illinois University.
Mark is the founder and CEO of Rose Tree Consulting. A healthcare-focused organization specializing in sales consultation, Rose Tree works primarily with manufacturers, distributors and providers. Mark is an executive advisor for the private equity firm Water Street Partners in Chicago and serves in a similar capacity for ICU Medical in San Diego. In addition to serving on the BCU board, he is also a board member of Kit Check, a pharmacy company specializing in RFID technology. Mark worked for 35 years with Fortune 20 company Cardinal Health, serving in several different capacities during his tenure. He ran manufacturing businesses, distribution warehouse locations, and marketing functions and served as president of Integrated Provider Solutions. Mark developed the “One Cardinal Health” offering specifically for the provider network in healthcare. His last assignment for Cardinal Health was chief customer officer, which he held for twelve years. Before joining Cardinal Health, he served as vice-president and general manager of Amsco International, a specialty manufacturing business for hospitals. Mark was a board member for Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) for four years and was involved with the Joint Commission on Healthcare for three years. He is also a member of American College of Health care Executives. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee.
Senior vice-president, human resources for Cardinal Health, Ola has been with the organization for over 14 years. She currently leads enterprise global total rewards, talent acquisition and the corporate business partner teams. Previously, Ola led the medical segment human resources team, supporting over 17,000 employees around the globe. She was regional human resources director for TeleSpectrum Worldwide prior to Cardinal. Ola earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing/management from the University of Alabama.
As senior vice-president of UnitedHealth Group’s Total Rewards function, David Strauss is responsible for directing the design, implementation, communication and administration of the company’s overall compensation and benefits programs. Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, David was the Head of Compensation for Genentech, responsible for leading compensation programs and services for the North America Pharmaceutical business. Previously, he held leadership roles with Fidelity Investments, Dell, MasterCard and Merrill Lynch. David earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and an MBA from Columbia University with concentrations in accounting and finance. He also holds a JD and an LLM in taxation from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
Mike Valentine, President/CEO
With more than 38 years of sales and service experience, Mike brings unique insight and magnetic energy to his position. His credit union career began in 1984, when he joined BCU as manager of lending & collections. After a decade of cultivating strong sales and service culture, Mike was appointed President/CEO in 1994. With a humble and approachable style, Mike sees himself as a coach. He believes in the development of employees and encourages his leadership team to treat BCU as a learning organization. This collaborative, team-based management style has led BCU to unparalleled success. Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.