2019 UNCUA Annual Meeting



The Ukrainian National Credit Union Association (UNCUA) held its 38th Annual Meeting and Spring Conference June 6-8, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Thirty participants representing twelve Ukrainian American credit unions in the U.S. gathered to lobby their legislators on Capitol Hill, attend presentations on current topics of interest to credit union leaders, and to elect a new board of directors.

The conference commenced Thursday morning with a briefing on talking points concerning important Ukrainian issues and those affecting credit unions, in order to prepare participants for scheduled visits with their legislators.  Michael Sawkiw, Jr., director of the Ukrainian National Information Service, briefed participants on issues concerning Ukraine.  Relevant credit union issues were presented by Ryan Donovan, Chief Advocacy Officer of the Credit Union National Association.  Following the briefings, delegates proceeded to Capitol Hill to lobby their respective elected officials, emphasizing the important issues discussed during that morning’s briefing.

Thursday evening a reception was held for delegates.  Special guests included a delegation of six Plast leaders from Ukraine, who were invited to the U.S. by the Open World Leadership Center to discuss scouting and youth leadership with participants from other countries.  Attending the evening reception were Plast leaders from the local Washington area as well.  This encounter provided a wonderful opportunity to network with the Ukrainian community and to present the current scouting scene in Ukraine to the credit union leaders.

Friday’s program began with welcoming remarks by Andrij Horbachevsky, UNCUA Chairman.  Special guest Paul Grod, President of the Ukrainian World Congress, spoke on the Vision of the World Diaspora and the Role of Credit Unions in Its Implementation.

Presentations on topics of interest to the credit union industry followed by representatives of the Federal Reserve Bank, the National Association of Federal Credit Unions and the U.S. Secret Service.  Mr. Bohdan Shevchik, Chair of the Association of Government Accounts Emerging Technology Working Group provided participants with an emerging technology update on robotic process automation, data analytics and blockchain.

Tamara Denysenko, board member and former CEO of Ukrainian FCU in Rochester, facilitated a round table discussion focused on a look to 2020 & beyond; in service to members and communities.

The credit union leaders were extremely honored Friday afternoon with a special visit by His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Patriarch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, and newly-installed Metropolitan Borys Gudziak.  Both prelates addressed the delegates, joined them for lunch, and posed for a group photo prior to attending their next appointment in Washington.

On Saturday, June 8th the Association conducted its 38th annual meeting, which included reports by management and various committees.  The election of board members for the 2019-2020 term was also held on Saturday.

UNCUA Chairman Andrij Horbachevsky reported on his activities for the past year, and Orysia Burdiak, President, reported on the work of the staff.

The 2019 credit union calendar was dedicated to classic Ukrainian paintings of Mykola Pymonenko and Volodymyr Orlovsky.  Approximately 27,000 calendars were distributed to credit union members in the United States this year.

The following individuals were elected to the 2019-20 UNCUA Board of Directors and committees:

UNCUA Officers: Andrij Horbachevsky – Chairman (SUMA Yonkers, NY); Bohdan Kurczak – Vice Chair (Self Reliance New York), George Stachiw – Secretary (Selfreliance New England). Executive Committee members: Stephen Kerda (Selfreliance Baltimore); and Bohdan Watral (Selfreliance Chicago).

Members of the Board of Directors: Bohdan Czepak (Cleveland Selfreliance); Tamara Denysenko (Ukrainian, Rochester, NY); Esteban Kaczurak (Ukrainian National, NY); Mary Kolodij (Selfreliance Philadelphia); Michael Lewko (Nova UA, Clifton, NJ); Natalie Maruszczak (Selfreliance Michigan); Eugene Szestak (Selfreliance Pittsburgh).

Supervisory Committee: Orest Liscynesky (Cleveland Selfreliance); Orest Temnycky (Self Reliance New York); Bohdan Wruskyj (Selfreliance Chicago).

Nominating Committee: Mary Kolodij (Selfreliance Philadelphia); Vitaliy Kutnyy (Selfreliance Chicago);  George Stachiw (Selfreliance New England); Andriy Vygnanski (Selfreliance Michigan); Yaroslav Zaviysky (Ukrainian National, NY).

By-Laws Committee: Roman Kozicky (SUMA Yonkers, NY); Roman Petyk (Selfreliance Philadelphia), Nusia Woch-Kerda (Selfreliance Baltimore).

Life Savings Insurance Trustees: Orysia Burdiak, Esteban Kaczurak, Stephen Kerda, Mary Kolodij, Wasyl Kornylo, Bohdan Kurczak, John Olijarczyk.

Orysia Burdiak was elected President of the Association and the Ukrainian Cooperative Insurance Agency in Chicago. Agency staff members are Christine Pylypowycz and Nina Bebko.


Respectfully submitted,

Orysia Burdiak, UNCUA President