Meet the Nominees


We are pleased to announce that we have an unprecedented 17 nominees for five open Board positions. Voting begins online and via mail on September 1, 2016 and is completed on November 15, 2016. The new Federation Board of Directors is announced at the Federation’s Annual Conference, this year in Dallas, TX.

Region One

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Richard Garcia
Chief Growth Officer, North Jersey Federal Credit Union
rgarcia@njfcu.org
Richard Garcia is a banking executive with a diverse background in Commercial Lending, Financial Analysis, Business Lines of Credit and Residential Lending. Rich specialized in small businesses, providing loans and cash management services to small and medium size companies. Over the years he has helped 1000′s of small businesses….. Read More

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Jennylee Rivera
Member Service Representative and Accounting Specialist, Genesee Federal Credit Union
jennylee@genesee.coop
Jennylee Rivera is now in her seventh year working at a CDCU. Jennylee started her senior year of high school through a school internship program. That is when she fell in love with the credit union movement and all it stands for. After graduating third in her high school class, with…..  Read More
Region Two
Alan Branson
Executive Vice President and COO, Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Community Credit Union (HOPE)
Alan.Branson@hope-ec.org
Alan is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Community Credit Union (HOPE), with responsibility for the companies’ Business Lending, Mortgage Lending, Retail Branch Network, and Community and Economic Development activities. He previously worked as a commercial banker at Signet Bank… Read More

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Tommy Cobb
CEO, Tuscaloosa Credit Union
tcobb@tuscaloosacu.org
Tommy is from Livingston, Alabama and is a graduate of the University of West Alabama (Formerly Livingston University). In August of 1979 after graduation, he moved to Tuscaloosa and began his career as assistant manager at a local finance company. His banking and finance career path took him to BF Goodrich Credit Union…..  Read More
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Senior Vice President of Finance, Local Government Federal Credit Union
sander.casino@lgfcu.org
Sander Casino is the SVP of Finance at Local Government Federal Credit Union, in Raleigh, NC. He oversees the credit union’s investments, financial risk and asset-liability management as well as financial inclusion and community strategies programs…..  Read More

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Luis Pastor
President and CEO, Latino Community Credit Union
luis@latinoccu.org
Luis Pastor has been President and CEO of Latino Community Credit Union (LCCU) since 2000. He oversaw the organization’s expansion to over 60,000 members and 11 branches statewide, making it the fastest growing credit union in the U.S.. During his tenure, LCCU has become a model for institutions in the U.S. and abroad seeking to…. Read More
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Richard Williams
President and CEO, Essential Federal Credit Union
rwilliams@essentialfcu.org

Since 2012, Richard Williams has worked as the President/CEO at the Essential Federal Credit Union, located in Plaquemine, LA. Before, he was the CEO at Securityplus Federal Credit Union in Baltimore, MD., and the Senior Vice President/Chief Lending officer at Intouch Credit Union, Plano, TX…..  Read More
Region Three
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Karen Casler
Manager of Compliance and Product Development, CASE Credit Union
kcasler@casecu.org

Karen Casler holds the position of Manager of Compliance and Product Development at CASE Credit Union, Lansing. Other responsibilities include Community Development Manager and BSA Compliance Officer. In 2012 she obstained designations CASE Credit Union for Low Income Credit Union, Community Development Credit Union and the….. Read More
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Paul Grinde
Community Development Officer, CoVantage Credit Union
pegrinde@charter.net
Paul Grinde is a proven team leader with a special passion of providing financial services for those of low wealth and the unbanked. He recognizes that to accomplish that in the long run the entire organization must be financially strong and efficient. Starting in 1996 through 2012 as Executive Vice President Paul was responsible for all retail functions….. Read More

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Carol Minges
CEO, 1st Financial Federal Credit Union
cminges@1stfinancialfcu.org
Carol Minges joined 1st Financial Federal Credit Union as Chief Information Officer in 2008. She served as Interim Chief Executive Officer from May through December 2013 and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in January 2014.During her tenure, 1st Financial….. Read More
Region Four
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Sophie Karet 
Board Member, Northeast Community Federal Credit Union 
kravan@aol.com
Sophie Karet is a Board Member at the Northeast Community Federal Credit Union, located in San Francisco, CA. She currently works as the CEO/Founder at the Cambodian International Investment Group. Sophie has been a Researcher/Scholar on empowering….. Read More
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Luis Peralta
President, NIX Neighborhood Lending
Chief Administrative Officer, Kinecta Federal Credit Union
luis.peralta@kinecta.org
Luis Peralta is the Chief Administrative Officer of Kinecta Federal Credit Union and President of Nix Neighborhood Lending. Kinecta is one of the nation’s largest credit unions, with approximately $4 Billion in assets; and more than 290,000 members nationwide. As President of NIX, Luis holds responsibilities for the company’s transition from check cashing …..  Read More Read More
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Brenda Dominguez
Chief Lending Officer, Guadalupe Credit Union bdominguez@guadalupecu.org
Brenda Dominguez brings over 25 years of working in financial institutions; 18 of those years in credit unions and 15 years in leadership with other organizations. Currently Chief Lending Officer for Guadalupe Credit Union (GCU), Brenda is part of Guadalupe’s Executive Management team and directs all lending aspects of the business in alignment with…..  Read More

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Rev. Sanetta George Jackson
Credit Union Manager, St. Elizabeth Credit Union
Rev.sgjaxn@gmail.com
Rev. Sanetta George Jackson is currently the Credit Union Manager at St. Elizabeth Credit Union, located in Chicago, IL. She also has experience in Credit Unions through her time as a Board Member/Supervisory Committee Chair at St. Mark Credit Union and as a…..Read More
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Linda Levy
CEO, Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union
llevy@lespfcu.org  
Linda Levy, CEO, Lower East Side People’s FCU (LESPFCU), has been involved in the credit union movement, and specifically the Lower East Side People’s FCU since 1986.  Linda held the position of Manager from the inception of the credit union through 1991.  She then worked as the Organizing Specialist for the National Federation of Community….. Read More
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Ann McMillian
Executive Vice President and COO, IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union
amcmillian@ihmvcu.org
Ann has over 20 years of credit union experience and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union.  Ann has been a driving force in the leadership team since joining the organization in March 2000 as the Internal Auditor.  Working closely with management and the Board gave Ann an opportunity to move …..  Read More
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Carole Wight
President, Holy Rosary Credit Union
cwight@holyrosarycu.org

Carole Wight is the President of Holy Rosary Credit Union in Kansas City, Missouri. This is a small, $20 million, low-income designated CDFI credit union, which serves a low-income population comprised largely of immigrants, people of color, disabled low-income seniors and other financially underserved populations. She originally came from a….. Read More

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