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Meet our Board of Directors

Brilliant. Visionary. Volunteers.

Leaders Credit Union is governed by a voluntary board of directors who give generously of their time and talents to provide proper leadership for our staff and members.

Ron Hill, Chairman

Ron has served on the LCU Board for nearly two decades. He has served as Chairman and has held every committee and board position. He is the vice president of hospital services at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and is a registered respiratory therapist, with a both a Bachelors and Masters degree in healthcare administration. Ron attends Englewood Baptist Church and teaches an Adult Men’s Sunday School class. He also serves as the treasurer for the Jackson Downtown Lions Club.

“I have always felt that I had a calling upon my life to serve others. It is a pleasure to be able to do that both at work and at Leaders. The credit union has great members, great staff and great services.”


Eddie Hays, Vice Chairman

Mr. Hays holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and a Master's of Education from the University of Memphis. Mr. Hays served his country over 29 years as a member of the 194th Engineer Brigade National Guard Unit. Mr. Hays is retired from the Jackson-Madison County School System. He is married to Linda and has three children.

Currie Higgs

Mrs. Currie Higgs is Vice President/General Counsel for Jackson-Madison County General Hospital District. Mrs. Higgs received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D. from the College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law. She is licensed in both Virginia and Tennessee, belongs to the usual organizations, and knows all the healthcare acronyms. She has two dogs and two cats, one of unusual size. Her husband is a very patient man.

Bart Teague

Mr. Teague has worked for West Tennessee Healthcare since 1991 and is currently the Executive Director of Patient Financial Services. He has a BS in Accounting from Union University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.

Diane Kelley

Mrs. Kelley was educated at Union University and has an Associate’s degree in Nursing. She has 21 years of Nursing Management experience with seven of those years as CEO of Extendicare of Western Tennessee. She was a Member of the Tennessee Association for Home Care. She has one daughter, Julie Holt.

Kirk Newcom

Kirk Newcom holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Union University. Kirk has been involved in many Civic Organizations, which help the Jackson Community. Some of these organizations are The Exchange Club, Board Member for the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center and PR Chair and the Legislative Chair for the Carl Perkins Boards. Kirk is married to Jeremie and has two children.

Rusty Butcher

Mr. Butcher is a partner with HORNE LLP and serves as the firm-wide Director of Financial Institutions.  He is a certified public accountant.  He earned his Bachelor of Science from Union University. 

Dave Bratcher

Dave serves as President of The STAR Center. He was born and raised in Jackson, Tennessee, and graduated from The University of Tennessee at Martin earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and from Bethel University earning a Master of Business Administration. Dave is an active member of the Jackson Rotary Club and leads a weekly men’s Bible study at his church. He is a graduate of WestStar regional leadership program and is a certified speaker, coach, and trainer with the John Maxwell Team. Dave is a weekly columnist for The Jackson Sun. He and his wife, Julie, have two children.

Eddie Mae Pirtle

Eddie currently serves as a supervisor of instruction for the Jackson-Madison County School System. Over the past nine years, she has been responsible for supervision of curriculum and instruction in elementary, intermediate and middle schools.

Prior to her current position, Eddie served the State of Tennessee Department of Education for over 23 years as a schoolteacher in various cities.

Eddie received her bachelor's of science degree in elementary education in 1971 from Tennessee State University and her master’s degree in administration/supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University in 1990.

She is a member of the National Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, Jackson-Madison County Education Association, Phi Delta Kappa Honorary Fraternity, Tennessee Council of Social Studies, Association of School and Curriculum Directors, International Reading Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Tennessee State University Alumni Association.