85th Annual Meeting to be Held April 27, 2021


March 23, 2021



Credit Union News

Merck Employee Federal Credit Union’s 85th Annual Meeting is set for April 27, 2021. Among the business at the meeting will be an announcement of election results for the Board of Directors. In 2021, there are three expiring seats on the Board to be filled, each carrying a three-year term expiring 2024. In addition, there is one position up for election to fulfill an unexpired term ending in 2023. The election will be conducted prior to the meeting, unless there is only one nominee for each position to be filled. In accordance with the Credit Union’s bylaws, when the number of nominees equals the number of vacancies, nominees are considered elected by general acclamation.

To assemble a slate of candidates for the three elected positions, a Nominating Committee of Douglas Christie, Raffalle Karby, and Charles Orgelfinger was appointed. The committee’s primary responsibility was to recommend candidates deemed most qualified to carry out the mission of the Credit Union. Nominees were selected based upon demonstrated leadership qualities and their commitment to the goals of the Credit Union.

To be eligible to vote, a member must have a minimum of fifty dollars ($50) in a regular share account, be at least sixteen (16) years of age and a member in good standing as of January 1, 2021.

Nominations will not be accepted from the floor at the annual meeting. Nominations may only be made by the nominating committee or by petition. For petition forms, please contact Compliance Officer Evelyn Shyposh at (732) 594-6413.

Nominating petitions must be signed by at least 249 members and accompanied by a signed certificate from the petitioner stating that they are agreeable to the nomination and will serve if elected. Petitioners must also submit a statement of qualifications and biographical data with their petition. Completed petitions must be received at the Credit Union, addressed to the Secretary of the Credit Union Board of Directors, by midnight, March 13, 2021.

The Nominating Committee has selected the following candidates to fill the four positions on the Board of Directors:

  • Lisa Auerbach (incumbent) has been employed by Merck & Co., Inc. and has been a member of MEFCU since 1992. She has worked in Finance for the past 13 years. Prior to that she worked in IT for 15 years. She has served on the board of the Merck Women’s Network for over 19 years and for several years was its Treasurer. She served on the MEFCU’s Credit Committee from 2010-2013, the Supervisory Committee from 2013-2016, and joined the Board of Directors in May 2016.

  • Ronald Coleman (incumbent) started his employment with Merck in 1999 with the M&I department. Ron currently works with GWES at the Rahway location. Prior to being a member of the Board of Directors, Ron served on the loan Committee from 2009 -2012, supervisory committee from 2012-2019 and was chairman from 2015-2017. Ron has served on the MEFCU board of directors this past year, having filled an unexpired term.

  • Patrick Ruane (incumbent) is currently a Vice President of Finance at Astellas Pharma Inc. Prior to this, he was employed by Merck for 20 years and was part of Merck Research Labs. He has served on the Credit Union’s Board of Directors for 15 years and previously served as the Chairman of the Board. He also served on the Supervisory Committee for 2 years and served as its Chairman.

  • Andrea Krysienski (incumbent, filling unexpired term, expires 2023) was appointed to the MEFCU Board in December 2020 to fill the unexpired term of an outgoing board member. She served on MEFCU’s Supervisory Committee from 2015 to 2020, including as Committee Chair from 2019 to 2020. She currently serves on the board of the Beachview Condo Association Board in Marco Island. Krysienski’s career was centered around the pharmaceutical industry, including with Merck from 1983-2015 in payroll, HR, finance, legal, and others. She worked at Bristol Myers-Squibb from 2015-2018 as a Supply Chain Project Manager. Now retired from Merck as of 2021, her most recent role was as a contractor business analyst for HR/Payroll.

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