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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, Chair

Mr. Hill has served on the Leaders board for nearly two decades and has held every committee and board position. Ron retired as the vice president of hospital services at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. He is a registered respiratory therapist with both a Bachelor's and Master's 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, staff, and services.”


Bart Teague, Vice Chair

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

Dave Bratcher

Mr. Bratcher 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 a Master of Business Administration from Bethel University. Dave is an active member of the Jackson Rotary Club and leads a weekly men's bible study at his church. He is a WestStar regional leadership program graduate and is a certified speaker, coach, and trainer with the John Maxwell Team. He and his wife, Julie, have 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.

Eddie Hays

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

Currie Higgs

Mrs. Higgs retired as 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 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.

Carolyn Hill

Mrs. Hill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Union University. She has worked for West Tennessee Healthcare since 1993 and is currently the Entity CFO for WTH Dyersburg Hospital. She is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a past member of the Leaders Northwest Advisory Board. She and her husband Terry have two children.

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 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

Mr. Newcom holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Union University. Kirk has been involved in many civic organizations, which help the Jackson community, including The Exchange Club and board member for the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Kirk is married to Jeremie and has two children.