Lynette Alcorn

Who are you?
Lynette Alcorn. I’ve been married to Chris McCubbin for 31 years! We have no children, just two ri-dog-ulous dogs. We’ve lived in Austin for almost 30 years, but we are both from Nebraska. I grew up in Lincoln.

What is your history with cooperatives?
My first and only immersion into cooperative employment was with Farm Credit Bank of Texas (FCBT), and I’ve been with the co-op for more than 14 years.

Describe your role.
I’m one of three designers who handle in-house/bank graphic design projects, as well as a wide array of projects for the 14 affiliated Farm Credit lending associations in our five-state district (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas). I’m production manager of some of our larger projects, such as our twice-annual Landscapes Magazine and our 15 annual reports (including one for the bank and one for each of our affiliates).

What’s your favorite thing about working with cooperatives?
Well, I like that cooperatives are a business sector like no other. It feels like more of a calling when I approach it that way. Living out the ten co-op principles makes me proud to be part of telling our co-op message. I’ve also found CCA membership absolutely fascinating in learning about other cooperatives. I think I have a richer depth of understanding about the role cooperatives play in our part of the world (and, among our membership, we only have a slice of all the co-op types). It’s one thing to take a class/webinar to learn about the co-op model, but it’s another to hear details about the common issues we all face as well as the unique challenges for different sectors.

When did you join CCA? Why?
I joined CCA in 2006 – about a year after I begun work at FCBT. Several colleagues in our communications department were members and encouraged me to try it. My first institute was in Portland, Ore., and I’ve enjoyed every aspect of membership since day one.

What’s been your favorite thing or things about being a part of CCA?
Of course, it took some time to get to this realization, but it’s more than just an organization to facilitate cooperative communicators in our professional development – it’s a supportive community – if you have interest in that aspect.

The first few times I attended the institute and participated in the year ’round learning and involvement, I was getting to know other members along the way and to learn about what challenges they face in their particular cooperatives. I’ve had so many great conversations with my peers and have developed friendships – personal and professional – through the years.

After a few years of developing these relationships and learning about how CCA functions, what emerged for me was a community of communicators, with much in common, who support and encourage one another. You can’t get that just anywhere, but it’s here within the CCA organization. One only needs to be receptive of it and to invest a little of yourself in our community. Reach out and ask for advice or suggestions and you’ll get them!

What are your hobbies and interests?
Definitely the Institutes. They are valuable opportunities for professional development and to share ideas with fellow communicators. I’ve learned a lot from them already.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Music is a big part of my life. I enjoy singing in our church choir, and occasional duets, ensembles, etc. My husband and I attend concerts, musical theatre and films, when we get the chance.

I’ve also been heavily involved in my church’s leadership, holding several committee/group chair positions (over the years – not all at once).

Do you have a “bucket list”?
I don’t really have a particular bucket list, and I’ve already achieved some of my wishes. Last year, for our 30th wedding anniversary, Chris and I spent a week in NYC – so much fun! Wouldn’t mind going back, so that list item may or may not be fulfilled.

I’ve always wanted to explore Greece, so maybe I’ll work on that goal next. In general, I enjoy traveling to new places, whether they’re in the U.S. or elsewhere.

Tell us something about yourself that is surprising or that most people don’t know.
Well, I used to tell people that the surprising secret about me was that I’ve been a semi-professional clown (Lovey-Dovey) here and there since college. However, if you were at the recent Fort Worth institute – that cat/clown is outta the bag!

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