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For over 25 years, Ms. Nelson has volunteered for and served on Coastal’s Board of Directors, which she has chaired since 2012. Her passion, dedication, and leadership has guided Coastal through many innovative initiatives such as the development of Personal Teller Machines, the creation of the Coastal Credit Union Foundation and its award-winning Power of Sharing gala and, most recently, the launch of a new CUSO, Constellation Digital Partners. 


Ms. Nelson’s volunteerism extends to other areas of the credit union movement as she has been an active participant in the Governmental Affairs Conference, League of IBM Credit Unions (LICU) and other industry groups. She has been quoted to say –

 “As a volunteer, I am extremely proud of the product and service innovation we are delivering

to our members, and the support we are providing to our communities. It clearly shows the spirit

of the movement for not only helping those who trust us for financial services, but also helping

to support the needs of our local communities to enrich the lives of many.”

She has been recognized as the Lifetime Achievement Recipient for the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation in 2016 and in 2018 as the CU Times Trailblazer Awardee as Volunteer of the Year. 

Ms. Nelson has also served or continues to serve on the boards of other area organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle and Dress for Success.


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