Our executive team.

Jeff Klein

The CEO of MDC since 2007, Jeff Kline has been in the credit union industry for more than 25 years. He is the past president and chief operating officer of CommunityAmerica CUSO One, a CUSO holding company that owns or has owned all or part of six other CUSOs including a mortgage origination and servicing company, a finance company, a consulting firm, a brokerage operation, a payday lending operation, and a large product development and incubation CUSO. 

Jeff started his career as a CPA at KPMG Peat Marwick. He then went to work for US Central Credit Union, eventually becoming the VP/comptroller. He has worked at other credit unions as an EVP of finance and technology, an EVP of retail and strategic services, and a CEO.

Jeff was part of the first class of the CUES CEO Institute, and the inaugural class of the Filene Research Institute's I3 program. Jeff has also been on the boards of Member Gateways and CU Realty, LLC.
Kent Zimmer

As the newest member of our executive team, Kent Zimmer joined MDC in 2013 as the director of finance.  He brings a successful track record in finance, project management, operations and marketing, resulting in significant contributions to business growth across multiple industries.

Kent’s key strengths include leading multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, streamlining operations to increase productivity, meeting and exceeding marketing goals, and a comprehensive ability to generate, analyze, and deliver budgets and projections.

Kent earned a bachelor of science in business administration from Northern Arizona University.

Sara Lietz

As director of product development, Sarah Lietz owns the product development and project management processes and metrics for MDC. She communicates with owners and the Board to solicit new product ideas, and gain buy-in and approval of the project selection process and outcomes. Additionally, she researches, analyzes, designs, and implements the new products that meet market needs of credit union owners and their members, and amplify the company’s mission and vision.

Sarah joined MDC in 2005 after serving for two years as a corporate project manager for CUNA Mutual Group. Prior to working with MDC, she spent eight years in product development in the telecom industry, focused primarily on introducing new Internet-related products to the marketplace. She has also held positions with the Chicago office of KPMG Peat Marwick, a global consulting and accounting firm.

Sarah is a member of the PDMA (Product Development and Management Association) and the AMA (American Marketing Association). She serves as vice chair on the volunteer board of directors for US Federal Credit Union in Minneapolis. She earned a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University and her MBA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.