The Annual Meeting of Notre Dame FCU has been POSTPONED to 5:30 p.m. on September 22, 2020, as we continue to take every precaution to protect the wellbeing of our employees and members, in light of COVID-19. Continue to check back to this page for regular updates on meeting details.
New Meeting Date Details:
September 22, 2020 | 5:30 PM
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Board of Directors Nominees
During the Annual Meeting, the election of three members of the Board of Directors will be conducted. The Board of Directors' Nominating Committee has recommended the following persons to fill the three (three-year term) vacancies on the board:
Pastor Hardie Blake, Jr.
Pastor Blake has been an active member in this community for many years. He has participated in community programs that will address the problems among our youth, including Project Impact-South Bend, Ark Angels, Mamas Against Violence, and Concerned Black Men, to name a few. To this end, he established an outreach program, Men of Scars, directed towards young men whose lives have been scarred because of problems in the home, in the schools, or with the law. It is his desire to eventually be able to find support for these men that will transform their lives by providing mentoring, counseling, employment, and life skills training.
Pastor Blake can be seen at any given time extending a helping hand, especially to young African-American young men in an effort to help them in areas of building self-esteem, setting goals, building integrity, assisting them in finding employment, counseling them in areas of substance abuse, marriage, and much more. Many of the young men that he works with considers him “like a father” to them and come by to see him often.
Pastor Blake and his wife of 49 years, Perl have been the owners of Bethel Business Machines for over 40 years, and he is also the Pastor of Ardmore Church of Christ. Even with all of this he has on his plate, Pastor Blake continues to volunteer and give back to the community. In the words of a young man helped by Pastor Blake, “I’ve never known anyone that cares so much about people—all people—and would give his “last” to save just one…there are not many Hardie Blakes and I would like to be like him one day.”
David H. Brenner
David Brenner is the former Executive Director of Innovation Park at Notre Dame. Founded in 2009, Innovation Park has become a significant contributor to the creation of a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Brenner is an accomplished executive, with over 35 years of experience in FORTUNE 100 companies, with direct responsibility to lead new business activities, either internally or externally, via internal development, acquisitions or start-ups.
David has been active with the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Mendoza College of Business and was a member of its advisory board for several years. David was also a former member of the Board of Directors for the Irish Angels; a Notre Dame-inspired angel investor group dedicated to supporting new ND-DNA ventures.
He is the former chairman of the Michigan Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest business plan competition, a co-founder of the Western Michigan chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth, and serves on several boards, including the Edison Innovation Awards and a number of non-profit boards including the Notre Dame Federal Credit Union. He is a board member of Middleburg Capital Development in Middleburg, VA and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Patrick J. Ruszkowski
Mr. Ruszkowski began his business career in 1972 as a software developer for Carleton. He journeyed his way thru Carleton to finally becoming vice president with overall responsibility of Carleton’s financial lending products.
In 1991, Mr. Ruszkowski purchased Carleton. He has been the president and CEO for the last twenty-nine years. Under his leadership, Carleton has transformed from being a financial publishing company into a leading financial software company with core expertise in consumer credit compliance, loan origination computations, and document generation of loan closing lending documents. Carleton has strategic partnerships with many of the national lenders and most of the major financial software companies that service the auto, banking and credit union industry.
Mr. Ruszkowski serves as president of the Studebaker National Museum Foundation and board member, South Bend Symphony Orchestra board member, and past president and board member emeritus of Saint Joseph County Family and Children Services.
Mr. Ruszkowski joined the board in 2012 serving on Notre Dame FCU’s Supervisory Committee for three years. He has served as a board member since 2014 and currently serves as the chairmen of the Notre Dame FCU board.