Averill takes seat as new Iowa regulator

May 30, 2017 -- Kate Averill is the new superintendent of Iowa's 93 state chartered credit unions taking office today, an appointment announced Friday by the office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R), according to the Fort Dodge, Iowa, Messenger. Averill, formerly senior vice president at Citizens Community Credit Union in Fort Dodge, succeeds Joann Johnson, who has retired.

Averill’s appointment must still be confirmed by the Iowa state senate, when it convenes again in January.

According to the Messenger, Averill served as director of marketing and later as vice president of marketing and business development before becoming senior vice president at the credit union.

The newspaper also reported that Averill said she had been in contact with the administration of former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) and Reynolds when she was the lieutenant governor through Averill’s charitable organization, the Emily Joy Averill Foundation. The foundation provides books to children through a program called Joy of Reading; it is named for Averill’s daughter who was killed in a 2012 car crash.

In 2015, the Messenger reported, Branstad appointed her to the Early Childhood State Board. That board is charged with creating a comprehensive vision for early childhood care, education and health care.

In 2004, Averill established Stamp of Support, which collected donations to pay for sending packages to members of the military serving overseas, according to the newspaper.

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