The Credit Union Commission is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Credit Union Department and serves as the primary point of accountability for ensuring that state credit unions function as a system. The nine-member Commission derives its authority from Chapter 15 of the Texas Finance Code.
The Commission is a board of private citizens appointed by and responsible to the Governor of Texas. Four members of the Commission must be individuals who serve as a director, officer or committee member of a Texas state credit union or a federal credit union with a principal office in Texas. The remaining five members of the Commission are representatives from the general public. Each member of the Commission must be a resident of a different state senatorial district. Commission members and their spouses may not be employed by, participate in the management of, or have a financial interest in a financial institution or related trade association.
You may reach the Credit Union Commission members at the Credit Union Department’s mailing address.
Yusuf E. Farran, P.E., Chair
Mr. Farran is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and a LEED Green Associate. He has been practicing civil/mechanical engineering since 1986 and currently serves as an Energy Solutions Engineer with Johnson Controls in Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. He is responsible for managing Measurements and Verification programs to monitor and manage energy consumption, utility supply and facility operations and maintenance at Fort Bliss Army Base.
Sherri Brannon Merket
Mrs. Merket has served for the last 11 years as the Executive Secretary of the Hillander School, a private elementary school in Midland, Texas. She and her husband also own and operate an oilfield company, pipe supply business, and have farming and ranching interests. She is a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and is actively involved with the Texas Humane Legislative Network.
Beckie Stockstill Cobb
Mrs. Stockstill opened Stockstill & Associates in January, 1999 with over 20 years of banking experience, FINRA 6 and 63 securities registrations. She is an active member of the Houston Association of Health Underwriters, NAIFA, NAHU and TAHU. Credentialed as a Small Business Consultant, Chartered Benefit Consultant, as well as in Senior Benefits.
Steven “Steve” Gilman
Credit Union Industry Member
Mr. Gilman is responsible for overall operations of Houston Texas Fire Fighters Federal Credit Union in Houston, Texas.
Elizabeth L. “Liz” Bayless
Mrs. Bayless of Austin is retired as the executive vice president of the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation. She is a volunteer for Foundation Communities and a former volunteer for Austin Habitat for Humanity and Capital Area Food Bank. Additionally, she is a former member of the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association.
James L. “Jim” Minge
Credit Union Industry Member
Mr. Minge is President and CEO of Texas Trust Credit Union. He is a member of the Texas State Society of Public Accountants and the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas State Society of Public Accountants.
Karyn C. Brownlee
Mrs. Brownlee is a leadership communications consultant and former school principal in the Coppell ISD. As a member of the Texas Elementary Principals & Supervisors Association, she was a conference presenter and leadership academy graduate.
David F. Shurtz
Mr. Shurtz is the Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel of EECU in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and a volunteer for Junior Achievement, Cook Children’s Radiothan, and Tarrant County Meals on Wheels.