National Cooperative Bank Announces 2014 Board of Directors

Washington, D.C. (May 13, 2014)—National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading financial services company serving cooperatives nationwide, held its annual meeting on May 8th at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, NCB announced its 2014 Board of Directors with Michael Mercer, President and CEO of Duluth, Ga.-based Georgia Credit Union Affiliates serving as Chair. 

The Board welcomes three new members: Roger Collins, CEO and Chairman of Springdale, Ark.-based Harps Foods; Peter Larkin, President and CEO of Arlington, Va.-based  National Grocers Association; and David Swanson, a co-op attorney and partner in the Corporate practice group at Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis, Minn.  Collins, Larkin and Swanson replace Al Plamann, the retired CEO of Unified Grocers and President and CEO of Plamann & Associates, who served 12 years on NCB’s Board; Peter Conrad, President of Co-op Central Bank in Boston, Mass.; and Douglas Wille, CFO of Wakefern Corporation in Keasbey, N.J.   

“We are extremely grateful for Al, Peter and Doug’s contributions and leadership while on the Board and we thank them for their dedication and service,” said Charles E. Snyder, President and CEO of NCB. “We are excited for what the future brings with our three new members as we continue our efforts to find new and innovative ways to expand our reach in the cooperative community.”   

At this year’s annual meeting, NCB invited Amy Cortese, award winning journalist and author of the book Locavesting to serve as the keynote speaker. Ms. Cortese was invited as part of NCB’s ongoing commitment to being a socially responsible financial institution and its dedication to meeting the needs of the communities it serves. In 2013 alone, the Bank deployed $379 million to initiatives serving low and moderate income communities.  

The Board benefits from a diverse roster of members, who come from a variety of industries in which cooperatives play an important role.  

In addition to Collins, Larkin and Swanson, NCB’s 2014 Board Members are:   

  • Steve Cunningham, president of S.F. Cunningham, LLC in Vienna, VA;  
  • Jane Garcia, CEO of La Clinica de La Raza, in Oakland, Calif.;  
  • Janis Herschkowitz, president and CEO of PRI, Inc. in Cornwall, Penn.;   
  • Andrea Levere, president of CFED in Washington, DC;   
  • Martin Lowery, executive vice president at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Arlington, Va.;  
  • Michael Mercer, president and CEO of Georgia Credit Union Affiliates in Duluth, Ga.;  
  • Ray Moncrief, executive vice president and COO of Kentucky Highland Investment Corporation in London, Ky.; 
  • Kenneth Rivkin, managing director of Hermes Financial Management and in New York, N.Y.;  
  • Mary Ann Rothman, executive director of The Council of NY Cooperatives and Condominiums in New York, N.Y.;  
  • Robynn Shrader, CEO of National Cooperative Grocers Association in Iowa City, Iowa;  
  • Judy Ziewacz, former executive director, State of Wisconsin, Office of Energy Independence in Madison, Wis. 


About NCB: 

NCB is dedicated to strengthening communities nationwide through the delivery of banking and financial services, complemented by a special focus on cooperative expansion and economic development. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Bank has offices in Alaska, California, New York, Ohio and Virginia. To learn more, visit, National Cooperative Bank on Facebook, or on Twitter @coopbanking.  

The NCB Financial Group consists of the Congressionally-chartered National Consumer Cooperative Bank (NCCB) and NCB, FSB, a federally insured savings bank wholly owned by NCCB. The NCB Financial Group provides financial products and services for the nation’s cooperatives, their members, and socially responsible organizations.