Curql Collective Welcomes New Leaders to Board of Managers


Des Moines (December 15, 2022) – As it prepares for a big year ahead in 2023, Curql Collective, a CUSO spurring innovation for the credit union industry, announced that Darlene Johnson will be joining the Board of Managers, and Ron Amstutz has been re-elected. Five nominees vied for the two open positions during the election, each with a three-year term.

This win for Ron Amstutz marks his second term on the Curql Board of Managers. Currently serving as Executive Vice President at Desert Financial Credit Union in Arizona, Amstutz has worked in the credit union industry for 40 years, developing a broad foundation of experience in driving business performance, managing risk, and developing strategy. He is a “Champion” for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and a national Credit Union for Kids Advisory Board member.

Darlene Johnson’s win brings her to the Curql Board of Managers for her first term. With 34 years of credit union experience, Johnson currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer at Suncoast Credit Union in Florida, where she is known as a transformational leader who prioritizes team development, organization behavior, planning, and growth. She has extensive community and industry service experience, including creating the CUNA COO Roundtable and co-founding the Hernando County Women’s Correctional Institution Financial Lit.

“We are pleased with the election results and thrilled to have Ron continue his service on our board and to have Darlene join us,” said Curql Collective CEO & President Nick Evens. “These two candidates have blown us away with their drive, experience, and passion for serving the credit union industry. They have a firm grasp on how Curql Collective is trying to propel credit unions forward and have already impressed us as leaders who are bound to make a difference for not only our Collective but for the industry as a whole.”

About Curql Collective

Curql Collective is a collaborative approach that brings investment capital, credit unions, and fintech together. Launched in 2020, Curql is steered by a collective of forward-thinking credit unions, including former founders, operators, and leaders in the fintech and investment spaces. The group’s flagship – Curql Fund I – invests in the visions of entrepreneurs who thoughtfully and purposefully develop financial services technology that revolutionizes and innovates how people engage with their money. For more information, please visit

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