Board of Director 2017 Nominee Bios

We are pleased to announce that we have 13 nominees for five open Board positions. Voting begins online and via mail on July 19, 2017 and is completed on September 12. The new Federation Board of Directors is announced at the Federation’s Annual Conference, this year in St. Louis, MO.

Region One

Carla Decker
Chief Executive Officer, District Government Employees (DC) Federal Credit Union
Carla Decker is CEO of District Government Employees (DC) Federal Credit Union, a low-income designated and minority owned financial co-operative.  Under her leadership, DGEFCU embraced a mission of financial inclusion, attaining the designation of Community Development Financial Institution. In 2006, Carla established DGEFCU’s “ACCESO” branch, a multi-stake holder partnership, to serve the unbanked Hispanic community. … Read More

Richard Witherspoon
Chief Executive Officer/Treasurer, Hill District Federal Credit Union
Richard Witherspoon has been Treasurer and CEO of Hill District Federal Credit Union since 1988, where he oversees operations, provides financial counseling and assistance to the membership of the credit union, and facilitates the growth and strategic plan as outlined by the board of directors for the credit unionHe serves on the boards of Hill District Federal Credit Union, Bridgeway Capital (CDFI), Rodman Outreach Corp., Thelma Lovette YMCA and Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation. … Read More

Region Two

Sherod Halliburton
President/Chief Executive Officer, Manatee Community Federal Credit Union
Sherod Halliburton is a Community Development Finance expert currently serving as President/CEO of Manatee Community Federal Credit Union (MCFCU). Halliburton was hired by MCFCU in February 2012 as Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives where he guided the organization successfully through the process of becoming a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). … Read More

Terri Hendrix
Vice President, Business Development & Community Engagement, Carolina Foothills Federal Credit Union
Terri Hendrix has held various positions within the credit union movement since 1986 when she was hired as the public relations officer for the South Carolina Credit Union League. She is currently the vice president of business development & community engagement for Carolina Foothills FCU, a community development financial institution (CDFI) serving the underserved areas of Spartanburg, Greenville and Cherokee Counties of Upstate South Carolina. …  Read More

Shasta Leininger
Chief Development Officer, New Orleans Firemen’s Federal Credit Union
Shasta Leininger is the Chief Development Officer for New Orleans Firemen’s Federal Credit Union (NOFFCU). With over 10 years of experience in the credit union industry, she currently oversees marketing, business development, financial counseling, community development and the call center at NOFFCU. Her education includes a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Certified Community Development Educator (CUDE), and Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor. … Read More

Julie Renderos
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Suncoast Credit Union
With more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Julie Renderos is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Suncoast Credit Union.  In addition to strategic planning, she also oversees the Accounting, Finance, Enterprise Risk Management, Compliance, Legal and Collection functions at Suncoast. She was recently recognized as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year by the CUNA CFO Council. … Read More

Kerri J . Smith
Manager, CommunityWorks Federal Credit Union
Kerri Smith is an award-winning marketing, business development and speaking professional. With a credit union career spanning three decades, Kerri has a broad range of experience in many areas of credit union operations, management and marketing. In 1996, she began Kerri Smith Consulting to help small credit unions reach their full potential by communicating effectively with their members. ….  Read More

Region Three

Gloria McClendon
Chief Executive Officer, Civil Service Association Credit Union
Gloria McClendon is the CEO of Civil Service Association Credit union in Cleveland, OH.  She has more 34 years of experience with credit unions in Mississippi, Illinois and Ohio. Gloria began her career in credit unions as a teller but quickly rose to branch manager, senior loan officer and now CEO.   Before moving to Civil Service Association CU, Gloria was the Senior Vice President of Lending at Faith Community United CU for 25 years where she oversaw a staff of six people. … Read More

Paul Woodruff
Executive Director, Prosperity Connection
Vice President of Community Development, St. Louis Community Credit Union
Paul Woodruff serves as the Executive Director of Prosperity Connection and Vice President of Community Development for St. Louis Community Credit Union (SLCCU).  In these capacities, he is charged with overseeing and guiding the strategic direction for numerous community outreach initiatives supported by both organizations. … Read More

Region Four

Jack Lawson
President and Chief Executive Officer, Missoula Federal Credit Union
Jack Lawson is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Missoula Federal Credit Union, a member in good standing of the Federation.  Missoula FCU is a $485 million Low Income Credit Union located in the southwest corner of Montana.  It is Montana’s second largest credit union, and its largest CDFI, with a membership of roughly 48,000 and a staff of 140. He is also currently serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Federation, a position he has held since NFCDCU’s 2016 Annual Meeting. … Read More

Cisco Malpartida Smith
President/CEO, The Florist Federal Credit Union
Cisco Malpartida Smith proudly serves as President/CEO of The Florist FCU.  In 2017, The Florist has grown by over 20% while simultaneously launching a new website, online banking, 1st mortgage, home equity, and marketing programs.  Previously, Cisco served as the VP of Products and Strategy for GTE Financial and before that with BECU (Boeing Employees’ Credit Union) in management roles within Product Management, Community Relations, and Marketing. … Read More


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Larry Garcia
Vice President of Community Development, Mountain Star Federal Credit Union
Larry Garcia has been active with Credit Unions for 34 years in various positions – CEO, Board Member, Chairman, Vice President — and is currently the Vice-President for Community Development and Outreach for Mountain Star Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution in El Paso, TX. He is a Special Government Employee of the HUD Office of Housing Counseling serving as a HUD Housing Counseling Federal Advisory Committee member —Mortgage Sector. …  Read More

Sheilah Montgomery
Board Secretary, 1st Choice Credit Union
Mrs. Montgomery has been advancing the mission of the credit union movement while increasing the economic viability for individuals and communities for over four decades. She has been affiliated with The National Federation of Community Development Credit Union for over 12 years. Sheilah has served two terms on the board and currently serves as the Secretary on the Federation Board of Director Executive Committee. … Read More

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