Bluestone FCU Announces Presidential Succession Plan

Vice President Alayna Johnson to succeed Jeff Jorgensen, effective January 1, 2025.

Sioux Falls, SD- At our recent Annual Meeting, June 13, 2024, Bluestone Federal Credit Union announced that Alayna Johnson, current Vice President, will succeed Jeff Jorgensen as President, effective January 1, 2025.

“I am both honored and humbled to be able to serve the employees, Board of Directors and the membership of Bluestone in this new capacity,” Johnson expressed. “The unwavering commitment from Jeff over these past 34 years is something Bluestone will be forever grateful for. The care and commitment he has for our Credit Union is evident in many ways and will leave an incredible mark on this institution’s history. His vast knowledge of “everything” Credit Union is undeniable and as this transition unfolds, Jeff will remain impactful through teaching myself and others.”

Johnson joined Bluestone FCU in March of 2005 as a Loan Officer, and was promoted to Vice President of Lending in 2010. In 2016, her position transitioned into the role as single Vice President. Johnson has played crucial roles in many firsts for Bluestone, such as the rollout of new ITMs, the launch of digital forms for both membership and loan documents, as well as conversions of our debit and credit card processors.  

picture of Alayna Johnson

Jorgensen expressed his confidence in Johnson saying, “As I watch Alayna move to the forefront of our Credit Union, I am committed to supporting her turn to lead Bluestone forward. From the day I hired her, I knew she brought a special skillset that could fit well here. She has demonstrated that skillset across many different areas of responsibilities in our organization, and now she will be able to exhibit it at the highest level of leading our financial cooperative. I have complete confidence in her!”

Paul Buriak, Bluestone FCU Board Chairperson, shared a statement from Bluestone FCU’s Board of Directors on their selection of Johnson, “after a thorough succession planning process, the Board is pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of Bluestone Federal Credit Union. Alayna has a track record of strong leadership, a very keen understanding of our culture, and a plan to propel us into the future successfully. This combined with her deep industry knowledge and institutional tenure makes Alayna uniquely qualified to lead Bluestone. She’s a great fit with each of the four ‘critical leadership qualities’ we evaluated as part of our selection process: strategic agility, business acumen, vision, and mission-driven orientation. We’re delighted that she’s accepted the position.”

Bluestone Federal Credit Union has assets of $186,255,313, and 45 employees in Sioux Falls, SD. Bluestone’s field of membership includes 43 counties across Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota, and is comprised of 11,289 members. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in these counties.

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