Board and Management


Credit Union Student Choice is led by a Board of Directors and Management Team that has a collective wealth of experience in the financial services arena, providing a deep understanding of the challenges faced by credit unions in today's economic landscape. With a keen focus on innovation, this group is committed to helping credit unions become leaders in education finance.

Board of Directors:


Brian Ducharme, Chairman of the Board - President and CEO, MIT Federal Credit Union

Tom Berquist:  Senior Vice President, Member Strategies, BECU

Charles "Chip" Filson:  Chairman, Callahan & Associates

Scott Patterson:  President, Credit Union Student Choice

Tom Gandre:  Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, PSCU

Tim Mislansky:  Senior Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, Wright-Patt Credit Union / President, myCUmortgage

Craig Roy:  Senior Vice President, Retail Lending, Digital Federal Credit Union

Management Team:



Scott Patterson - President/CEO
Scott is an original founder of Student Choice and formerly served as the CUSO's Executive Vice President before ascending to the role of President/CEO. He has nearly 18 years of experience in the credit union industry, including more than 16 years at Callahan & Associates. During his tenure at Callahan, Patterson led numerous business initiatives, including development of the popular Peer-to-Peer and financial performance analysis ventures, as well as the launch in 1999 of the website as a premier information resource for credit union professionals. In addition to his leadership role with Student Choice, Scott is also a Partner at Callahan & Associates and he serves on the boards of two technology development CUSOs.


Jim Holt - Chief Development Officer | SVP
As the Chief Development Officer and SVP, Jim combines his more than 25 years of lending and financial experience to help credit unions learn about, and successfully enter, the private student lending market. Before joining Student Choice, Jim held leadership positions at Overture Technologies, a leader in marketing and decisioning tools within the private loan space, Citibank's Student Loan Corporation where he helped launch their private student loan program, and Sallie Mae. Jim got started in lending as a mortgage loan originator and managed a Chicago banking branch, now owned by Chase. This industry and financial expertise allows Jim to collaborate and help credit unions structure sustainable solutions for new and existing Gen Y members.


Melissa Hunt - Chief Operations Officer | SVP
With 25 years of financial institution experience Melissa focuses on the success of Student Choice through both internal and external channels.  This includes product development and enhancement, managing vendor relationships, and overseeing daily operations.  Before taking on the role of Chief Operations Officer, Melissa led Client Relations and worked directly with clients and schools while also managing client facing vendor relationships. Prior to joining Student Choice in 2008, Melissa spent almost 18 years in the credit union industry working as the Vice President of Business Development for 4 years at Smart Financial CU in Houston, TX, and 13 years with Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union in Tampa, FL.  

DougWeb Doug Jabbour - Chief Information Officer | SVP
A student lending industry veteran, Doug has nearly 30 years of experience in the technical development of loan origination systems and processes. Doug previously served as Vice President, Technology and Business Services for Cology, Inc., a leading provider of student loan origination software, as well as ELM Resources and Citibank's Student Loan Corporation.

Michael Weber - Chief Marketing Officer | SVP
As the Chief Marketing Officer, Michael not only builds awareness of Student Choice within the credit union industry but also works directly with client credit unions and business partners to market the program. With more than 20 years of marketing, advertising and public relations experience, Michael spent nine years as the Vice President of Marketing at Dupaco Community CU in Dubuque, IA, before joining Student Choice.


Brad Bowland - Chief Credit Officer | SVP
Brad brings a history of proven success and broad experience in private student lending portfolio management to Student Choice. Prior to joining Student Choice, Brad spent 12 years at Wells Fargo Bank, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Portfolio Risk Management where he helped to manage and improve the bank’s student-lending portfolio. A seasoned risk analyst and advisor, Brad has earned a reputation for integrating sound risk-management principles to achieve business growth and profitability goals.

MarkWeb Mark Putman - Vice President | Operations
Prior to joining the Student Choice team, Mark served as the Chief Technology Officer for the National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER). During his tenure with NCHER, he was responsible for overseeing the standards, processes and best practices for student loan data exchange, National Student Loan Database (NSLDS) workgroups, and the vast NCHER e-Library. Prior to NCHER, Putman worked with College Assist, Sallie Mae and U.S. Bank in various roles. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design and a Master of Business Administration in Process Improvement, both from the University of Kansas.

Renee Buckner, Vice President Regulatory Control and Compliance
Overseeing all regulatory and compliance issues for the CUSO and its credit union partners, Renee most recently worked at Iowa Student Loans, where she successfully led the corporate compliance program and was entrenched in not only student lending regulations, but fair lending laws, consumer protection laws, and legislation. Additionally, her membership in the Student Loan Servicing Alliance (SLSA), American Bankers Association (ABA), American Collectors Association (ACA), compliance steering committees and ongoing interaction with the CFPB have complemented her extensive experience in this field. Buckner holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa, a MBA from the University of Iowa, and is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM).