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Shirley Jenkins

Shirley Jenkins has served as a member of MCU’s Board of Directors since 1983. Ms. Jenkins was the first female President in the Board’s history, as well as the Board Secretary for more than 30 years, a position she currently holds. Ms. Jenkins also served as the Legislative Chair for a number of years, working with legislative leaders regarding credit union issues. Ms. Jenkins was instrumental in implementing youth programs at MCU, and serves on the Board of Trustees for employee pension plans.

After a long career of New York City service, Ms. Jenkins retired as a Director from Housing Preservation and Development in 1984. Ms. Jenkins was appointed to the National Directors Advisory Panel in 2006, and was inducted into the NYS Credit Union “Hall of Fame.” Ms. Jenkins was appointed to the New York Credit Union Foundation’s Board, and also is a founding member of the African-American Credit Union Coalition. Over the years, she has received many accolades and awards, including AACUC’s “Pete Crear Award.” Ms. Jenkins was also elected to the Credit Union Association of New York’s Board of Directors, representing credit unions with assets of more than $500,000. She has been involved in community and political affairs for over 60 years, and has received multiple honors in community service.

A graduate of the New Paltz Teachers College and the NYU and Cornell School of Industrial Labor Relations, Ms. Jenkins has five children, and is a proud grandmother, great grandmother, and foster parent.

Yolanda Wheat

Yolanda Wheat, after practicing law for ten years, was appointed to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board in April 1996 by President Bill Clinton. Wheat served as NCUA chairwoman for a short term in early 2001. The three-person NCUA Board was responsible for overseeing more than 10,000 federally insured credit unions with assets totaling over $400 billion. During her tenure on the NCUA Board, Wheat was a champion for the interests of consumers, focusing on such issues as access to financial services, privacy and predatory lending practices. She was been instrumental in developing incentives that help credit unions expand their membership base so that as many consumers as possible have access to credit union services. Wheat worked to empower credit unions to provide more services in the financial marketplace in order to remain competitive and thrive in the 21st century.

Albert Maurice Moody

Albert Maurice Moody, Sr. passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2006 at the age of 88. Mr. Moody was employed by the Caddo Parish School Board for forty years as a teacher of mathematics at Central Colored High School and Booker T. Washington High School, the principal of Hollywood Elementary School and Bethune Junior-Senior High School. The founder of the Caddo Parish Teachers Federal Credit Union, Mr. Moody retired after forty years as CEO/Treasurer on October 18, 2003. Prior to coming to Shreveport, he served as principal of Mulatto Bend Elementary School, West Baton Rouge Parish, in the United States Army for four years as a commissioned officer, and as Assistant Dean of Men at Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He retired from the Army Reserve as a Lt. Colonel.

Annie Wilma Vamper

When Annie Wilma Vamper passed away on May 19, 1990, the community development credit union movement lost one of its heroes — and an important part of its history. For more than 30 years, Annie Vamper served in virtually every role that the credit union movement has to offer. Born in Bessemer, Alabama in 1933, she started as a volunteer with the College City Elks Lodge FCU in 1958. By 1962, she began working with the M.C.E. FCU, where she served as manager until 1966.

During the War on Poverty in the 1960s, Annie was recruited to become the Credit Union Coordinator for Dade Economic Opportunity Program in Florida, where she organized, chartered, and trained the staff of twelve neighborhood credit unions. Her work caught the attention of the Bureau of Federal Credit Unions, and she became a Limited-Income Credit Union Specialist for the Southeast Region. She joined the team of Project Moneywise, to promote consumer education and cooperation among low-income people. In 1972, as the nation began to turn away from the problems of the poor, Annie returned to managing a credit union, Coulter Electronics Employees FCU, where she served for 8 years before being recruited again by the National Credit Union Administration.

With the passage of the Community Development Credit Union Revolving Loan Fund, NCUA moved to establish a new CDCU division, and Annie became its second in command. But by 1982, the office was dissolved, a victim of deregulation and the ebbing interest in programs to help the poor. Annie accepted a transfer to New Jersey, where she entered into training to become a field examiner for NCUA. But by this time, her unique skills and interest no longer were valued by the agency. In September 1983, she left NCUA for the last time.
It was then that she came to the National Federation of CDCUs, joining its only remaining staff member, Cliff Rosenthal, in the rebuilding the Federation. She became Associate Director — and chief financial officer, Capitalization Program staff, regulatory analyst, and “godmother” to half a dozen new CDCUs formed during the 1980s.
Until her death in 1990, she gave every ounce of her strength, her commitment, and her love to the CDCU movement. In 1993, the “Helping Hands” Award was created to honor Annie Vamper’s memory, along with the dedication of the Federation’s training center at our New York City headquarters.

The “Helping Hands” Award celebrates those individuals whose unselfish work for the CDCU movement carry-on Annie’s legacy.

Sheilah Montgomery

Sheilah Montgomery is an expert chief executive in the community and financial services industry. She is the President/CEO of Credit Union of Atlanta, where she manages a multi-million dollar budget, serve a diverse member base, and provide vision and leadership to staff at multiple branches. Prior to leading Credit Union of Atlanta, Sheilah was President/CEO of 1st Choice Credit Union in Atlanta, GA. As the chief executive of 1st Choice for over twenty years, Sheilah strategically transitioned the organization into a growth stage by delivering innovative, high impact financial services to a diverse member base in one of the nation’s largest markets. As a part of the organizational development strategy, she directed the efforts to expand operations to two branches, and guided the purchase/renovation of a new headquarters facility located in the historical Sweet Auburn District in Atlanta.

For almost four decades, Sheilah has been advancing the mission of the credit union movement while increasing the economic viability of individuals and communities. Acting on this passion, Sheilah partnered with several of the most influential credit union executives to establish the African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC). As a founding member, Sheilah served as the first President and helped shape the organization’s identity, build the organization’s brand, increase public awareness and expand capacity and leadership influence. After her tenure as President, she remained in leadership as a Board member currently serving as Co-Chair of the Mentorship committee and Chair of the Marketing and Bylaws committee.

Sheilah is engaged in several community initiatives, programs and collaborative work groups centered on financial literacy, economic development and wealth building. She is a Board member of the Georgia Credit Union Executive Association, in which she was the first African-American President, the Atlanta Cooperative Development Corporation, and the Atlanta Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, the Atlanta Business League and the Concerned Black Clergy. She serves as a consultant of the Supervisory Committee of SPC Federal Credit Union (Atlanta), and is a member of The Georgia Credit Union Chapter, in which she served as the organization’s first African-American President.

As a well known and respected professional, Sheilah was recently selected as one of the 100 Most Influential African-American Women in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business League, Business Woman of the Year by Rollin out Magazine, and is a recipient of the 2009 Georgia Minority Business Heritage Award. She is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Stone Mountain and frequently volunteers with schools and community groups to promote financial literacy among youth. She was the keynote speaker for several CU Conferences. Sheilah uses her non-profit leadership experience to train executives on Board relations and often leads groups in collaborative strategic planning.

Sheilah received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Clayton State University, is a graduate of the Southeast Regional Credit Union School (SRCUS) and completed the highly competitive credit union executive institute programs at the Wharton School of Business, Cornel University Business School, and Johnson School of Business where she was designed as a Certified Chief Executive.

Sheilah resides in the Atlanta metropolitan area with her husband, Robert.

Bert Hash

Bert Hash is the recipient of the 2007 Credit Union Times CEO of the Year Award. He is a seasoned financial service executive with 37 years of experience in managing various aspects of financial services, including branch banking, mortgage banking, consumer lending and compliance administration. He is a member of several boards, including the Maryland Credit Union League, CUNA Mutual Group, Chairman of the Sandtown Habitat for Humanity Board and Morgan State University’s school of Business Finance Advisory Board. He is CEO of Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore which has assets of $832 million.

Barbara Stephens

Barbara Stephens is the President/CEO at Houston Municipal Employees FCU. She is a graduate of San Diego State University as a Certified Credit Union Executive. Barbara’s Board affiliations are: the African American Credit Union Coalition, Chairwoman; Credit Union Acceptance Corporation (CUAC), Secretary; Credit Union Alliance Corporation, Vice-Chair; Greater St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church, Trustee Director, and served on the Texas Credit Union League from 1997 – 2002. She is the past treasurer of AACUC.

Lynda Milton

Lynda Milton has managed the Houston Teamsters FCU since 1979. Her passion for credit unions has been exemplified with constant involvement in
the movement, with continuous efforts aimed to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency not only for Houston Teamsters FCU but other credit unions as well. Support of credit unions and the movement has been exhibited through her service as former President and Board Member of the Houston Chapter of Credit Unions, past Chairperson of the Small Credit Union Support Group in the Houston Texas area and Advisory Board Member of the Legal and Legislative Committee for the TCUL (Texas Credit Union League).

Bob Harvey

Bob Harvey has been the President/CEO of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union since August 1992. The credit union boast over $500,000,000 in assets. His credit union career began in 1983 with Lockheed FCU, Burbank, California, where he held positions as VP of Loans, and VP of Operations. He has introduced several new loan and deposit account programs at SMCU as well as instituting many improved member service and growth oriented procedures. Bob has served as a Credit Union Executive Society council director as well as lecturer and teacher for both the California Credit Union League and the Credit Union National Association.

Maurice Smith

Maurice Smith, President of Local Government FCU in Raleigh, NC, was honored with the Ronald J. Hutchins Credit Union Person of the Year Award, one of the highest honors members of the credit union profession can receive in North Carolina. Smith’s credit union career dates back to 1979, when he began as a loan officer with State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU). He later moved on to SECU’s Vice President of Marketing before joining LGFCU in 1992 as the Execu-tive Vice President. He has served as president of the $830 million federally chartered credit union since 1999, where his goal has been to advance the credit union philosophy. At LGFCU, that means to improve the lives of community members using financial services as a cata-lyst to spur economic development and create opportunities for jobs, retail and quality affordable housing, and also pay tribute to local government employees who are instrumental in making a community livable.