Update 3/14/2019: Voting in our board of directors' election has now closed and ticket sales for the annual meeting have now ended.
The 80th Annual Meeting of Town & Country Credit Union will begin in Fargo on Tuesday, March 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn and will conclude in Minot on Thursday, March 21 at the Sleep Inn.
Each meeting will begin with a social at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the business meeting at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $5 each and are only available in advance at each of our offices. For every ticket sold $10 will be donated to a local Minot and Fargo nonprofit.
During the annual meeting, a nominating committee will be elected consisting of three members. It is the duty of the nominating committee to nominate at least one member for each board member vacancy for the 2020 election as well as for any unexpired term vacancies. Our board of directors’ election for 2019 will take place in the weeks prior to the meeting with the winners announced during the meeting.
Every member (primary account holders) of the credit union is eligible and encouraged to vote in the board of directors’ election. The election will open on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. and will close on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. There will not be any nominations from the floor at the annual meeting.
There are three seats up for election in 2019, one Minot seat and two at-large seats. The Minot seat must be filled by a member living within 75 miles of Minot and the at-large seats can be filled by any member living within the credit union's field of membership. The Minot candidate with the most votes will earn the Minot seat on the board and then the next two candidates with the most votes overall will receive the at-large seats. Board members are elected to a term of three years. Candidate bios can be found below.
Members can vote one of three ways:
- Online: http://townandcountry.cuballot.com
- By Phone: 1-888-304-1693
- By Paper Ballot: Members can call1-888-304-1693 to request a paper ballot and a prepaid postage return envelope. Paper ballots cannot be accepted at any TCCU branch location. Completed paper ballots must be received by 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019. Ballots will not be accepted at any branch location.
When voting by phone, your ID will be your account number, password is your birthday and business account password will be the last four digits of your tax ID number.
There is no minimum age to vote in this election. Members may not vote by proxy, but a member other than an actual person (a business or organization) may vote through an agent designated in writing. A trustee, or other person acting in a representative capacity, may not vote.
Questions or concerns? Please contact us at 1-800-872-6358.
2019 Board Candidates
Leah Dalton, West Fargo
Leah Dalton is the Operations Manager for the Fargo branch of Patterson Dental Supply and oversees the service team and inside office staff with locations in Fargo, Sioux Falls and Bismarck. Prior to joining Patterson, Leah spent over six years at Discovery Benefits where she had the opportunity to lead several customer service and account management teams, build partner relationships and develop standard operating procedures. As a Breckenridge native, Leah attended NDSCS in Wahpeton and after, enrolled at North Dakota State University, where she double-majored in Marketing and Management.
Leah is passionate about helping develop and grow businesses through innovative solutions and implementation of efficient processes. She is looking forward to the personal and professional growth that comes with this potential opportunity to join the Town & Country Credit Union Board. After participating in a focus group about credit unions, she decided to join Town & Country and has been impressed with the transition from a national bank to a local credit union. She has been an advocate for her friends and family to explore a switch. Leah’s husband, Jeff, and nine-year-old daughter, Hana, are both members of Town & Country as well.
Kevin Harmon, Minot
Kevin Harmon is a native of Minot and a graduate of Bishop Ryan Catholic School, Minot State University and the University of North Dakota. He is married to his wife, Leisa, and they have three daughters: Anzley, Quinn and McKinlee. Kevin has been a member of Town & Country since 1978. He has been working at Minot State University for the past 10 years, and currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs. Prior to Minot State, Kevin worked in K-12 education as a teacher, principal and superintendent for 20 years.
Kevin is the past-president for the Noon Rotary Club of Minot and maintains a position on their board of directors. He has twice served as the president of the Souris Valley United Way (SVUW) and was a member of the SVUW board for 11 years. He is currently a member of the City of Minot’s Mayor’s Steering Committee on Addiction (Bush Grant Foundation) and the Minot Area Community Foundation Community Investment Advisory committee.
Jay P. Hight, Minot
Jay P. Hight has been the president of Hight Construction since 2001. Hight Construction was established in 1982 by LaVerne E. Hight. Over the past 36 years, Hight Construction has become a leading commercial general contractor in Northwest North Dakota, which employs approximately 45 full-time people. Jay oversees all day-to-day business operations, generates sales leads for the company and determines which projects the company will bid on. He is responsible for creating and implementing the organization’s vision, mission, and overall direction.
Jay graduated from North Dakota State University in 1993 and lives in Minot with his two children Jacob, 15 and Taury, 13. He has been involved in multiple area associations such as serving on the advisory board for the Severson Entrepreneurship Academy at Minot State University, Chairman on the Magic Fund Screening Committee for 6 years and participating in the Minot Air Force Base 5th Contracting Squadron Honorary Commander program.
Jay’s father, LaVerne Hight, served as a member of the Board of Directors of Town & Country Credit Union from 1979 to 1988 playing an integral part in the credit union’s history.
Joanne Lautenschlager, Minot
Joanne Lautenschlager has actively volunteered as a Town & Country Credit Union Board Member since 1990 and has served in the positions of Chairman (twice), Secretary/Treasurer and Vice Chairman. In addition to attending monthly board meetings, she has attended many functions on behalf of the credit union at the state, regional, and national levels. In 2014, Joanne was named the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas North Dakota Volunteer of the Year. Joanne taught at the junior and senior high school levels for 27 years and retired from teaching in May of 2002. She was active in numerous professional associations related to education. She is married to Thomas Lautenschlager and lives in Minot.
Joanne has enjoyed her work with the credit union, and is passionate about the continued success of Town & Country Credit Union. If re-elected, she will continue to enthusiastically represent credit union members.
Keith Steinberg, Fargo
Keith Steinberg has spent 20+ years in the financial services industry. He started at a bank in 1996 and in 1999, Keith joined EDS. Keith is now with FIS, the world’s largest global provider dedicated to financial technology solutions. His position revolves around security and ensuring that private data is kept secure. Keith graduated in 1994 from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a Bachelor of Science in Personal Finance. In 1996, he graduated from NDSU with a MBA.
Keith most recently finished six years on the Board of Directors of the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre where he had held various positions including Vice President and Treasurer. Keith and his wife Janelle, have six children and live outside of Fargo. They are active in their community and church. As a local business owner, Keith utilizes Town & Country’s services. He values the local decision making and relationships with the business bankers as well as the branch. Keith is fiscally conservative, but is willing to take calculated risks. His goals for Town & Country include continuing to grow their services and improve their technology. Growth of Town & Country through smaller credit union acquisitions would be preferable to a large merger/acquisition.
John Tassava, West Fargo
John Tassava is the IT Operations Manager at a local electrical distribution company. His career includes over 25 years of IT executive leadership experience in distribution, manufacturing, consulting and educational environments with titles including CIO and IT Director. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology and a Master of Science in Administrative Studies. John continues to spend his spare time on programs and curriculum advisory committees for regional universities, colleges and schools.
John has been a member of Town & Country Credit Union for 10 years and has been involved with credit unions for 28 years. He has previous experience on a credit union board where he served a term as President. John, his wife, Karon, and their three sons live in West Fargo. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, wood working, building and remodeling.