A Culture of Caring: Board Statement on Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity. Inclusion. Belonging. These are more than just words at Affinity Plus. They breathe life into the everyday actions that improve the lives of our employees, members and communities.
Ron RollinsBoard ChairRon Rollins has served on the Board of Directors since 2008. For the past thirty years, he has worked as a labor lawyer in Minneapolis, representing diverse unions and assisting them with negotiations and administration of their contracts. Past community experiences include serving as a board member for a Minneapolis neighborhood association and The Labor Arbitration Institute. Rollins attended Bowdoin College in Maine, followed by two years of service in the Peace Corps. He then attended law school at the University of Wisconsin.
Robyn CousinBoard Vice ChairRobyn Cousin joined the Affinity Plus Board of Directors in 2015. She retired in December 2019 as business representative with Middle Management Association (MMA), an independent unaffiliated public employee union which represents over 3,200 supervisors employed by the State of Minnesota. Cousin remains active on the State of Minnesota Rule 114 Qualified Neutrals Roster. Prior to joining MMA, Cousin had a long career in public education in the Minneapolis Public Schools, managing the district’s community partner and volunteer programs. She brings a multitude of experiences serving on several boards, primarily with nonprofits at both the local, state and national level. Cousin’s special talents are strategic planning, organizational development, training and development and work in the field of volunteerism, community involvement, equity and inclusion and racial justice. Cousin holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial education and a Master of Education degree in vocational education from the University of Minnesota.
Deb BednarzSecretaryDeb Bednarz was appointed to the Board of Directors in November of 2018, while concurrently serving as chair of the credit union’s Supervisory Committee. Bednarz has spent more than 8 years on the Supervisory committee in the past 15 years. She has more than 20 years of budget and financial experience in the public sector, including positions with the Minnesota State Colleges & University system, the U.S. District Court of Minnesota, and Minnesota Management & Budget. Her passion for credit unions began as Peace Corps volunteer where she worked with village-based credit unions and cooperatives in Lesotho, Africa. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Chad TrenchTreasurerChad Trench joined the board in 2020, after serving 3 years as a volunteer of the credit union’s Supervisory Committee. He is currently a Director of Operations at Special Olympics Minnesota, where he also served in a Director of Development position. Trench holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Supervisory Management. Other interests include youth sports, inclusion and mental health awareness.
John CarlsonDirectorJohn Carlson joined the Affinity Plus Board of Directors in 2021. For more than ten years he has worked for Rochester Public Schools, currently as the executive director of finance. Earlier in his career he worked for two different credit unions where his positions focused on member service and then project work along with supervision of staff. As part of his work with the school district, he also serves on the boards of MN Trust and MN Association of School Business Officials. He has both Bachelor’s and Master’s of business administration degrees from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
Demetrius ChesterDirectorDemetrius Chester joined the Affinity Plus Board of Directors in March 2019. Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Chester's career includes operations, finance, and information technology in the healthcare and financial services industries. He is a Senior Business Systems Analyst with Target Corporation. Amongst a variety of community involvement, he serves on the Board of Directors for Damascus Way Reentry Center and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Communications Studies Department at St. Cloud State University. Chester holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies and religious studies, and a Master of Arts degree in human services and executive leadership. He also serves as Senior Pastor at New Covenant Church of God in Christ a historic Black church located in South Minneapolis.
Margaret EganDirectorMs. Egan joined the Affinity Plus Board of Directors in 2017, after serving for 7 years as a volunteer of the credit union’s Supervisory Committee. Her service includes 2 years as committee chair. Egan is currently a business analyst with Saint Paul Regional Water Services, and earlier in her career, she was a municipal finance officer. She also serves on the board of a Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood association, and volunteers as a child advocate in the guardian ad litem program. Egan has a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas.
Karen ForemanDirectorKaren Foreman joined the Affinity Plus Board of Directors in 2013. She is currently serving a four-year term as a Mankato City Council member, representing Ward One around East High School and Washington and Kennedy Elementary Schools. Foreman is also currently serving as chair of the Highway 14 Partnership. Foreman previously has a 30-year career with the State of Minnesota as a senior administrative staff support manager in higher education at Minnesota State University Mankato and Minnesota State University Moorhead. Foreman is active in AFSCME, and has served as a local President, as President of AFSCME MnSCU Policy Committee for 10 years, and was a member of the Council 5 Executive Board.
Lori TryggDirectorLori Trygg joined the Board in 2010, and is the Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer for Constellation, a physician-owned medical professional liability insurance group. Trygg has more than 30 years of experience in insurance and financial services. Her professional memberships include the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, the Medical Professional Liability Association, and the Minnesota Association of Corporate Counsel. Volunteer activities have included coaching youth sports, and 9 years on the Eagan Planning Commission. Trygg received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Contacting the Board
Please let our Board know your thoughts, concerns and ideas. You may contact them by writing to:
Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
c/o Board of Directors
175 West Lafayette Frontage Road
St. Paul, MN 55107
Serving on the Board
We're currently not accepting applications for the Board, but if you're interested in serving, you'll have another opportunity. The call for candidates occurs in the fall of each year, and new Board members begin their terms in March.