2018-2019 Board of Directors

All directors are staff members or volunteer officials of their credit unions, ensuring that Inclusiv always remains accountable to the grassroots institutions that make up our membership. Click here for a list of Board Responsibilities.

2018-2019 Directors

Carla Decker
President and CEO, District Government Employees Federal Credit Union (Washington, DC)-Region 1

Carla Decker joined District Government Employees (DC) Federal Credit Union as President/CEO in 2001. Chartered as an employer-based credit union, DGEFCU later acquired a community charter intended on serving the Latino population in Washington, D.C. Carla advanced DGEFCU’s community..... Read More


Brenda Dominguez
Chief Lending Officer, Guadalupe Credit Union (Santa Fe, NM)-At-Large

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

Cheryl Fatnassi
Chief Executive Officer, Opportunities Credit Union (Winooski, VT)-Region 1

Cheryl Fatnassi is the CEO and President of Opportunities Credit Union in Winooski, Vermont. Fatnassi was the COO for Opportunities until March of 2008, assuming her role as CEO after the retirement of Opportunities’ founder, Caryl Stewart. Fatnassi has over 38 years of experience working in financial services ... Read More

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Richard Garcia
Chief Growth Officer, North Jersey Federal Credit Union (Totowa, NJ)-Region 1

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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Paul Grinde
Community Development Officer, CoVantage Credit Union (Antigo, WI)-Region 3

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


Jack Lawson
President and CEO of Missoula Federal Credit Union (Missoula, MT)-Region 4

Jack Lawson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Missoula Federal Credit Union, a $450 million credit union in Western Montana. Missoula Federal Credit Union is Montana’s second largest credit union and its largest Treasury Department certified CDFI.The credit union’s 140 employees serve ....Read More

Shasta Leininger
Relationship Development Officer, ASI Federal Credit Union ( Harahan, LA) – Region 2
Shasta Leininger is Relationship Development Officer for ASI Federal Credit Union. Previously, she was 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 oversaw 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

Armando Martinez
President/CEO of Texas Community FCU (Kingsville, TX)-Region 3

Armando is an active advocate for small credit unions. He values collaboration for the greater good of the credit union movement and passionately believes that the beauty of our work, as small credit union advocates, is the reality that large credit unions were once small and growth can be achieved with vision and a plan particular to our individual credit unions. In 2009, Martinez..... Read More

Sheilah Montgomery
Board of Directors, 1st Choice Credit Union (Atlanta, GA)-At Large

Sheilah Montgomery currently serves as Secretary of 1st Choice Credit Union Board of Directors. For four decades, Sheilah has been advancing the mission of the credit union movement, while increasing the economic viability of individuals and communities. She is a retired credit union President/CEO...... Read More

Luis Peralta
President, NIX Neighborhood Lending
Chief Administrative Officer, Kinecta Federal Credit Union (Manhattan, CA)-
Region 4

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

Paul Phillips
President and CEO, Freedom First Federal Credit Union (Salem, VA)-At-Large

Paul Phillips is President/CEO of Freedom First Federal Credit Union, where he has served since 1998. During Paul’s tenure, Freedom First has grown from a small employer-based credit union to a 47,000-member community-chartered credit union with . . . . Read More

Richard Romero
President and CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union (Seattle, WA)-Region 4

Richard Romero is an architect of financial performance and cultural transformation. He’s also an ardent believer in the cooperative approach to banking.Since joining Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union as President and CEO in 2012, he has succeeded in raising the credit union’s net worth by more than two percent. As a result of the credit union’s improved..... Read More

James Hunter
Director of Real Estate Lending, New Orleans Firemen’s Federal Credit Union, (Metairie, LA) - Region 2
James Hunter is Director of Real Estate Lending at New Orleans Firemen's FCU. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President for Mortgage Lending at HOPE, where he provided leadership and direct oversight to HOPE’s mortgage division and strategic initiatives. During his tenure, mortgage lending increased by 117 percent, generating more than $50 million in loans across the Deep South, one of the most impoverished regions of the nation. ...Read more.

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Richard Williams
President and CEO, Essential Federal Credit Union (Placquemine, LA)-Region 2

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

Paul Woodruff
Vice President, Community Development, St. Louis Community Credit Union (St. Louis, MO)-Region 3
Executive Director, Prosperity Connection

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


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