There are two seats open on the board of directors. Cast your vote online. Please note, one vote per primary account holder. Members must have a personal account; commercial and trust account holders are not eligible to vote unless they also have a personal account at the credit union.

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Voting takes place February 15-March 11. Election results will be announced at the annual meeting on March 17.

CANDIDATES

JAMES BOWERS
I am an agent and owner at Coldwell Banker Commercial, The Property Exchange. I hold an MBA from Western Governors University and a degree in finance from California State University, Fullerton. I began my career as an investment advisor in Newport Beach, Calif. and moved to Cheyenne in 2009. I served as the executive director of the Cheyenne Depot Museum from 2010 to 2016.

I stay active in the community through service on a number of volunteer boards. I feel my experience in various segments of finance and real estate and perspective as a business owner make me an asset to the board.

I am a passionate believer in the mission of credit unions to serve their members and community through beneficial loan terms, products that make the lives of members easier, and the financial transparency they provide. I hope to continue using my skills to the benefit of Western Vista and its members.

CINDY GARVIN
I graduated from Natrona County High School in 1979. My husband and I have successfully run J&G Landscaping in Casper for the past 31 years; I’ve handled all the accounting functions for our business.

Our two boys attended Casper schools and graduated from Casper College. They were active in scholastic and extracurricular activities. I always supported them as an organizer, director or participant in an effort to improve the experience for all.

I’ve always preferred the personal relationship that is fostered with a credit union. I believe that it is incredibly important for parents to demonstrate what is required of adults to make their community successful, by serving the organizations that provide the daily services we benefit from.

CHRISTINE KRONZ
As a child, my mother taught me the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community. I have taken that lesson and volunteered and supported my community all of my life. I served on the board at Western Vista for three years and helped to build the credit union through some tough financial times. In my first term as a board member, I served as the assistant secretary, secretary and board liaison to Asset-Liability Committee. In 2019 alone, I attended 10 training seminars outside of my regular board responsibilities, focusing on topics such as the Bank Secrecy Act, effective cyber risk management and auditing practices.

I am a professional photographer and opened my studio, Christine Kronz, Photographer LLC, in 2008. As a small business owner, I have a good perspective on how the credit union can serve its commercial members. I volunteer for Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Old West Museum, the Foster Grandparents program and am a member of the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce. I am a graduate of Leadership Cheyenne and have completed the Cowboy Code of Ethics class put on by UW College of Business.

AIMEE LEWIS
I raised in Cheyenne and attended East High School and the University of Wyoming. I hold a Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Business Administration and have worked for the university for the last fourteen years. I joined the credit union as a little girl when it was still WyTel and was located in the basement on Logan Ave. I have been on the board of directors since 2014 and followed in the footsteps of my dad, Gene Williams, who served on the Western Vista Board for 30 years.  I can’t remember a time where I wasn’t a member of the credit union and would be honored to continue serving the members in this capacity.

My husband, Conn, and I have two children. I enjoy being involved in the community, and completed an eight-year term on the United Way Board in 2017. I am involved on the national level professionally, and currently serve as the secretary for the American Drug Utilization Review Society.