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Leaders Credit Union Announces New Advisory Board Members

2024 Advisor Board kick-off dinner for Leaders

JACKSON, Tenn. (February 7, 2024) - Leaders Credit Union, a member-owned financial cooperative based in Jackson, Tenn., announces new additions to its three advisory boards. Leaders developed the Cornerstone (Jackson), Memphis, and Northwest (Dyersburg, Milan, and Union City) Advisory Boards to maintain awareness of the latest consumer trends and member needs. Advisory board members serve a two-year term, possess a strong knowledge of the community, and have experienced success in their community and/or professional career. 

Recently, Leaders expanded and added seventeen new members to the current advisory boards to help advance the innovation and member experiences of the credit union.  

Additions to the Cornerstone Advisory Board include:

  • Mark Cancia: United Way of West Tennessee 
  • Grant Ely: Owens Corning 
  • Ebony Black: West Tennessee Healthcare 
  • Madelyn Hefner: Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse 

They will be joined by returning board members Kenneth Cummings, Anthony Kirk, Henry Kilpatrick Edna Morales, and Cassidy Spencer. 

Additions to the Memphis Advisory Board include: 

  • Nicholas Thompson, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 
  • Britan Crow, Aston Carter 
  • Kesha Ivy, Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South/JA USA 
  • Clay Thomas, Audacy Memphis 
  • Erica Smith, HHM Certified Public Accountants 
  • Landon Twisdale, Weichert Realtors Benchmark 

They will be joined by current members Blake Payne and Kelly Price.  

Additions to the Northwest Advisory Board include: 

  • Samantha Simbeck, Discovery Park of America 
  • Clare Saum, Discovery Park of America 
  • Anisha Gilley, Rhino Construction LLC. 
  • Ashlianna Chessor, Tenaris Hickman 
  • Erika Fair, West Tennessee Healthcare- Dyersburg Hospital
  • Jennifer Easterday, Town & Country Realtors 
  • Amy West, Dyersburg State Community College 

They will be joined by returning members Anna Anderson, Brooke DeFosse, and Tim York. 

“We’re thrilled to expand our existing boards throughout West Tennessee,” said Leigh Anne Bentley, Chief Marketing Officer for Leaders Credit Union. “Our advisory board members play a crucial role in upholding the credit union’s mission and amplifying the voices of our members. Their diverse perspectives and insights enhance our understanding of member needs and significantly influence our strategic direction.” 

Advisory Board members play a crucial role in providing valuable insights, feedback, and suggestions on new products, services, and outreach initiatives to the community. With a strong focus on innovation, Leaders is constantly seeking ways to enhance the overall member experience, and the input from their advisory boards across West Tennessee is instrumental in achieving this goal. 

If you would like to learn more about Leaders Credit Union, visit their website at 

About Leaders Credit Union

Leaders Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution fully owned by members and operating for their benefit.  Leaders champions their members with great rates and service to relieve financial stress and help them achieve their goals. The mission of Leaders is to power your passion and make lives better. They have placed in the top 10% of credit unions nationwide by and named among the top 100 credit unions nationwide by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Leaders is an Equal Housing Lender and is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. For more information about Leaders Credit Union, visit