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.
Alvin J. Cowans
Alvin J. Cowans has served as President/CEO of McCoy Federal Credit Union (chartered 1954) since November 1985. A community credit union located in Orlando, FL, McCoy FCU serves Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake Counties. Alvin began his financial career in 1978 and joined McCoy FCU in 1983 as Senior Vice President. From 1993 – 2002 Alvin served the maximum nine years as Region III Director for the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) representing ten southeastern states and Puerto Rico. He also served on the NAFCU Executive Committee as Vice Chairman and Secretary. Three major credit union issues during his NAFCU Director tenure were HR 1151, taxation and 1% Share Insurance.
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.
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.
Berris R. Gordon
Berris R. Gordon was appointed Managing Director of the New York Credit Union League in December 1977. He joined the League in 1964 as a field representative serving the Metropolitan District. In the 70’s, he was promoted to the post of Educational Services Director where he planned and supervised CU-Vues and other league publications, workshops, conference and other educational sessions. He was appointed Assistant Managing Director before becoming Managing Director just six months later.
Bert Beal is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dallas TelcoFederal Credit Union, Dallas Texas. He brings a wealth of knowledge and hands-on management experience to the $135 million institution that was established in 1938. A dedicated credit union professional with years of experience, he plans to help Dallas Telco become the leader in financial services and the financial institution of choice for all current and future Credit Union members. He is on the Board of Governors for the commercial lending service organization, Texas Business Lenders Group in addition to other credit union boards.
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.
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.
Don Lewis, has served as President/CEO of the Aberdeen Proving Ground FCU for 13 years, and has been employed by the credit union in various positions for over 26 years. He is credited as the driving force in APGFCU’s active community involvement, and as a visionary, continually guiding APGFCU into new areas of opportunity. Aberdeen Proving Ground FCU- Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union [APGFCU], the largest federal credit union in Harford County, and fourth-largest in Maryland, celebrates 70 years of continued growth, prosperity, and service to its members and communities.
Dr. Harold Alonza Black
Dr. Harold Alonza Black is the Professor of Financial Institutions at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Black, a native of Atlanta, Georgia received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Tennessee, he served on the faculties of American University, Howard University, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the University of Florida. His government service includes being Deputy Director, Department of Economic Research and Analysis, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the first African-American Board Member of the National Credit Union Administration. He has served as a Director and Chairman of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Georgia.
Earnest Johnson - Where Credit is Due” is a half hour video that pays tribute to the life work of Rural Development Leadership Network graduate Earnest Johnson. The tape places the credit union movement in history, showing it as an outgrowth of the Civil Rights movement and a modern tool against predatory lending. Earnest is former Credit Union Specialist for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives. In 1991, he was presented with an RDLN plaque as a “Hero of
the Credit Union Movement.” He has received many honors for his work: the Annie Vamper Helping Hand Award from the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions; the National Credit Union Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award; induction into the Credit Union Hall of Fame by the Cooperative League of America; a Silver Award for his work in South Africa.
Eunice Rogers is President and CEO of NRS Community Development Federal Credit Union in Birmingham, Alabama. Mrs. Rogers, who helped charter NRS Community Development FCU in 1996 after a 20 year career with Bell South, has become recognized nationwide as a leading spokeswoman for smaller, faith-based community development credit unions. She serves as Board Chairman
of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions and is a member of the African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC). Mrs. Rogers also has served on the Federation’s Education and Training Committee, Membership Committee and has participated actively in its Faith-Based Credit Union Task Force.
Gary Officer is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rebuilding Together, Inc. the nation’s largest non profit home rebuilding organization for low and moderate income homeowners. Prior to joining Rebuilding Together, Mr. Officer served as the President and CEO of Associated Black Charities of America (ABC). From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Officer served as President of the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), the national foundation supporting credit union development in the United States. During his tenure at NCUF, Mr. Officer successfully grew a $370 million community investment fund that provided secondary capital, grants and loans to credit unions and related organizations throughout the United States.
Helen Godfrey Smith
Helen Godfrey Smith is President/CEO of Shreveport Federal Credit Union a position held since 1983. She has built Shreveport Federal to be one of the fastest growing credit unions in the area, from a small $1.9 million institution to a strong $65-million institution. Shreveport Federal serves members in the North Louisiana Parishes of Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Lincoln, Madison and Morehouse with four branch offices. Mrs. Smith is a founding member and former Chairwoman of the African American Credit Union Coalition. Her volunteerism is lengthy. She is a newly appointed member of Louisiana’s Gov. Bobby Jindal’s State Land and Mineral Board; Chairperson of the Louisiana Credit Union League’s Audit Committee; Board member of Louisiana Credit Union Co-operative Branching; Member of the Louisiana Credit Union Executive Association; Member of the Governor’s Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission to name a few. She partnered with the World Council of Credit Unions and traveled to South Africa training credit unions.
Hubert Hoosman Jr
Hubert Hoosman is the Chairman of the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA). Nationally, he was appointed Board Member of the National Credit Union Foundation. He is on the World Leadership Committee of the World Council of Credit Unions and the Filene Advisory Committee. He is a charter member of the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) and serves as Treasurer of the AACUC Board of Directors. He also serves as a Board member of the Consumer Federation of America and spearheaded the AACUC MLK Foundation Build a Dream Initiative where he led the credit union movement to raise $1.2 million for the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC. Mr. Hoosman is President/CEO of Vantage Credit Union with over $562-million in assets.
Helping Take Vantage CU to New Heights
A native of East St. Louis, Ill., Hoosman graduated from high school with a full basketball scholarship from the University of Missouri- St. Louis, and in 1982, he landed his first job as a teller for Educational Employees Credit Union (the credit union changed its name to Vantage Credit Union in 2002). Until his retirement in 2013, Hoosman has held several management positions while climbing the credit union ladder, including Loan Department Manager, Branch Manager, Vice President of Operations, Executive Vice President, and President/CEO of the credit union since 1994.
When Hoosman started his career at the credit union in 1982, the asset size of the credit union was $34 million. Today, Vantage Credit Union is the fourth largest credit union in Missouri, with assets approaching $700 million.
Making an Impact in the Community
Because of the high level of poverty that still exists in East St. Louis, Hoosman has been constantly attentive to the programs for East St. Louis that have had his credit union’s support.
“The use of financial education and providing affordable financial services and products to the community is just one way to rid the East St. Louis area of these problems,” said Michael Ray, Director for Corporate Relations at Congressional Federal Credit Union. “Taking ownership of one’s life and being responsible is one of many ways to beat back poverty. Hubert has continually used the credit union cooperative principles to accomplish this objective.”
“Hubert championed the building of a full service Vantage Credit Union branch in the predominantly underserved city of East St. Louis,” said Randal T. Yeck, Executive Vice President at Vantage Credit Union. “This branch has brought great value to the city and the members in that community continue to refer their friends and family to Vantage for the high level of service that is provided.”
Creating Opportunities for Youth & Young Adults
In addition to numerous other endeavors in area schools, Hoosman also led the efforts to partner with East St. Louis High School officials in providing job opportunities. Students from select schools are afforded job related work experience while acquiring financial education. The program has been extended to North County Technical High School where employees of Vantage CU participate with students in mock job interview exercises, providing interviewing skills and job leads for students seeking employment after high school graduation. Additionally, Hoosman has helped many students from the nearby University of Missouri- St. Louis by offering them internships at Vantage Credit Union. He was also able to offer full summer internships for college students through the African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) “Reaching Toward the Future” program. Some have gone on to work full time in credit unions.
“Hubert hired me to be the Program Director for the AACUC ‘Reaching Toward the Future’ program when he was Vice Chairman of the organization,” said C. Renée Sattiewhite, President/CEO of Sattiewhite Training Productions, Inc. “Through his vision and leadership, the program is still one of the initiatives that continues to be a AACUC mainstay. He raised the money to start and sustain the program for its first three years and worked tirelessly to garner financial support from vendors, trade associations, credit unions and colleges and universities around the country.”
Hoosman has been honored as a positive role model for minority youths, receiving the St. Louis Sentinel’s “Yes We Can” award and was also recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the most influential minority business leaders in 2006.
Leading the CU Charge to Honor a National Hero
Hoosman took the lead nationally with credit unions in helping to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by raising funds for a national monument which now stands in Washington, D.C. In 2006, Hoosman’s own credit union, Vantage Credit Union, donated the first $50,000 dollars. Hoosman then led the charge in organizing credit unions across the country to raise funds for the memorial. Working with AACUC, Hoosman was able to secure the support of 134 credit unions, 13 credit union leagues, 3 corporate credit unions, industry trade associations, and 6 credit union service organizations across America.
“The African-American Credit Union Coalition is extremely proud of his unwavering commitment for the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument initiative,” said Sheilah Montgomery, Chair of AACUC and President/CEO of Credit Union of Atlanta. “His influence and untiring dedication within the credit union movement helped to facilitate AACUC being the conduit for getting credit unions throughout the country to contribute over $1.3 million dollars to the monument fund.”
Leading Locally, Nationally & Internationally
Hubert Hoosman has served in several capacities in various organizations, such as AACUC (as one of the original founders and board treasurer), Chairman of the Missouri Credit Union Association from 2004 through 2006, the Consumer Federation of America, a member of the World Leadership Committee for the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), a member of the Filene Research Institute Advisory Committee, and as a member of the capitalization committee for the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. Hoosman also served on the board of the National Credit Union Foundation.
Hoosman, along with other members of AACUC, has been a longtime supporter of America’s Credit Union Museum and was instrumental in collecting and providing important data about African-American involvement in the development of credit unions in this country.
Hoosman has also worked with WOCCU in the Caribbean, Kenya, Australia, Rwanda, Gambia and Swaziland. Vantage Credit Union continues to host many groups from Africa in support of the WOCCU International Development Education Program. Following the hosting, Hoosman often becomes a mentor for the individuals.
Joyce Jackson has been Regional Director of the Illinois Credit Union League since 2002 and has a thirty-year record of continuous achievement and public service in community development projects. She was formerly a Director in the Office of Community Development Credit Unions for the National Credit Union Administration from 1996 to 2000. She is recognized for outstanding leadership in the credit union movement as she pioneered the first national conference for credit unions on serving the underserved. She has an extensive track record of designing and implementing creative solutions to the banking problems of low-income people. Joyce is an advisor to South African regulators and government agencies on benefits of credit unions as part of the People-to-People Program.
Lynda McDaniel is responsible for the day-to-day operations of acquiring and retaining Navy Federal Credit Union’s members. Her strategic planning background aids in keeping her eyes on the financial services industry. From directing marketing campaigns for new members to strengthening product penetration, to bundling products and services, to maintaining Navy Federals Kids Club, Lynda strives to meet or exceed her company’s net membership growth goal. A strong proponent of financial literacy, she leads her team to develop literacy programs that include families.
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).
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.
Melinda Edmunds is Vice President of Business Development, Marketing, Member Service, Investments and Collections at Congressional Federal Credit Union. She is a Board Member of AACUC and is Chair of the Membership Committee; she also serves on several other committees within AACUC. Her financial experience spans over 25 years.
Michael Hale, a U.S. Army veteran, has been devoted to the credit union movement since 1975. He is a founding member of the African-American Credit Union Coalition and served as the Coalition’s 1st official Chairman. Michael Hale served on the Board of the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) where he served diligently for a number of years. He served on the National Association of Federal Credit Unions Regulatory Affairs Committee, the National Federation of Community Development Credit Union’s Capitalization Program Committee and the Arizona Credit Union League’s Board. He was also a member of the Filene Research Institute Council. Mr. Hale served as CEO of Andrew’s Airforce Base FCU in Suitland, MD. The credit union grew to over $700 million in assets and expanded into underserved areas of Washington, DC under his leadership.
Michael Ray is currently the Director of Business Development for Wright Patman Congressional Federal Credit Union. He has been with Congressional for nearly 20 years. Previously, Michael worked at Chevy Chase Bank as a loan offi-cer. He is extensively involved in the credit union movement, volunteering his time in both the credit union industry and community to help further credit union growth. He is a Certified DE (Development Educator) and a former member of ASTD (Ameri-can Society for Training and Development). Michael also completed the DE program in the United Kingdom in 2004. He has spoken at league conferences and has taught classes for the Virginia, the District of Columbia and Texas Credit Union Leagues and has been a mentor and teacher for the DE program at CUNA. On the international front, Michael has volunteered for ACDI-VO-CA to assist credit cooperative in Russia. For the past 5 years, he has worked with cooperatives throughout the country, providing technical and strategic training and seminars for rural credit cooperatives.
Mr. Volma Overton
Mr. Volma Overton worked to ensure the rights of African-American Austinites by serving as President of the Austin National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1963 to 1983. He led the NAACP in demonstrating against segregated businesses, integrating Bastrop State Park, and leading a campaign to institute single-member districts for Austin City Council elections. As NAACP President, Mr. Overton is best known for his successful federal lawsuit to desegregate Austin schools, creating the diversity that is valued in our schools today. Overton also played an integral part in establishing the Austin NAACP chapter’s first credit union for the local African-American community. It would later merge with what is now the Greater Texas Federal Credit Union.
Otto G. Rutherford
Otto G. Rutherford, was the president, and his wife, Verdell Burdine Rutherford, was the secretary of the NAACP in 1953. Their home was the NAACP’s office, and in 1955, it became the office for the NAACP Federal Credit Union, which they both helped to found.
Ralph M. Paige
Ralph M. Paige is a board member of Nationwide®, a $160 billion diversified financial services organization based in Columbus, Ohio. He
was elected to the board in April 1999. He also serves on the boards of other nationwide companies. Mr. Paige is executive director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (Federation/LAF). He has played a major role in creating cooperatives encompassing credit unions, agricultural, housing and worker cooperatives, and alternative agricultural development for minority farmers.
Rev. Tommy Chappell
Rev. Tommy Chappell has served on the NRS Community Development Federal Credit Union board and as Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for several years. Because of his innovative leadership and continued support, the Alabama Credit Union League acknowledged NRS as the 2003 credit union of the year. In 1999, Rev. Chappell was recognized by the state legislature for his great spiritual and economic work.
Roney E. Hood
Rodney E. Hood was appointed by President George W.Bush to a seat, November 15, 2005, on the Board of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Following his appointment, on November 30, 2005, the NCUA Board elected Mr. Hood to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Board. Prior to joining NCUA, Mr. Hood served in the Bush Administration at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as the Associate Administrator of the Rural Housing Service.
Sally Edwards served as volunteer Assistant Manager of the Zion Baptist Brotherhood Credit Union after she graduated from college in 1977. She served as the assistant manager for eight years and then became the manager/president for the next 22 years. She was instrumental in growing the credit union from
$19-thousand in assets to more than $4.0 million. She has served on the board of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Union (NFCDCU) and many other boards including the State of Colorado Credit Union Task Force.
Saundra Scales, President and CEO, joined First Legacy Federal Credit Union in 1981 and has increased membership from 1,780 in 1985 to over 6,400 in 2007. She has maintained at least a 19% capital position. First Legacy has maintained a five-star rating from Bauer Financial Services Rating Company for the past 16 consecutive quarters. In the summer of 2008, First Legacy was granted a community charter that now encompasses10 contiguous counties. First Legacy is ranked in the top 100 of all credit unions (8300) in safety and soundness.
Senator Robert Jackson
Robert L. Jackson is a lifelong resident of Quitman County and has been employed with Quitman County Development Organization, Inc. (QCDO), since March 1977, of which he has served as the Chief Executive Officer since 1987. He also helped found the First Delta Federal Credit Union in 1981 and in 2009 it merged with the Shreveport Federal Credit Union serving the North Mississippi Delta. Shreveport total assets are approaching $105 million dollars to date. He has over 36 years of rural community economic development and philanthropic experience in rural Mississippi and the Mid-South.
Robert was elected to the Quitman County Board of Supervisors in 1987 after two unsuccessful attempts and served two terms until 1995. His first race was in 1979 two years after graduating from college. His slogan then as a young enterprising community servant was, “Old Enough to Know the Job, and Young Enough to Do it.” In November 2003, he was elected to the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 11, which includes Coahoma, Quitman, Tunica and Tate Counties. He serves on several committees including Chairman of the Executive Contingent Fund, Vice Chair of Labor, Appropriations, Energy, Ports and Marine Resources, Public Property, Agriculture and Business and Financial Institutions. He also serves as Treasurer for the MS Legislative Black Caucus.
He continues to serve on numerous non – profit boards of directors, both locally and regionally. Senator Jackson is a member of the board of Directors of Mississippi Action for Community Education (MACE), Foundation for the Mid-South, The Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services Center in Clarksdale, MS, and the Delta Burial Corporation (since 1996).
State Senator Jackson’s education includes a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and has done further studies at Delta State University and Antioch University of Yellow Stone, Ohio. He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Member of Delta LISC Advisory Board, Stand UP for Rural America, NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, National Association of State Legislatures, and the Southern Legislative Conference.
In addition to being active in his community, Robert lends his leadership skills as an active member and Board of Deacon Ministry of Pleasant Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Lambert, MS, where he was born. He also takes advantage of volunteering opportunities. Robert is married to the former Gloria Richmond of Lambert of which they have a blended family of six (6) lovely children, Danielle, Nikara, Reginald, Lisa, Dametra and Zakiya.
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.
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.
The Rev. Dr. Theodore R. Goyins
The Rev. Dr. Theodore R. Goyins organized the Heard AME Federal Credit Union in 1980 while pastoring Heard AME church. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina. While serving his first pastorate at Bethel A- M. E. Church in Madison, New Jersey, he attended Drew University. He received an honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree and a Doctor of Divinity Degree from the B. F. Lee Theological Seminary, now the Edward Waters College, in Jacksonville, Florida. A Doctor of Laws Degree was conferred upon him by the Monrovia College and Industrial Institute of the A. M. E. Church in Monrovia, Liberia and West Africa.
William "Bill" Bynum
Mr. William “Bill” Bynum serves as Chief Executive Officer and President at Hope Community Credit Union and Hope Enterprise Corporation. Mr. Bynum is responsible for the strategic direction of Enterprise Corporation of the Delta and its affiliate companies. He has eighteen years of experience with some of the country's leading development finance and rural development finance programs. For three decades, Bill has worked to advance economic opportunity for disenfranchised populations. He began his professional career by helping to establish Self-Help, a pioneer in the development finance industry, and later built nationally recognized programs at the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center. He moved to Jackson in 1994 to become the founding CEO of the Enterprise Corporation of the Delta and in 1995 organized Hope Credit Union.
Today HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Credit Union) is a regional community development financial institution, intermediary, and policy center that provides and promotes responsible financial services and related assistance for entrepreneurs, home buyers, and community development projects in distressed communities across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Bill has advised Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama on community development, small business, and financial service matters, serving for ten years as a presidential appointee and chairman of the Treasury Department's Community Development Advisory Board.
He has been Vice Chairman of Consumer Advisory Board at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since September 13, 2012.
Mr. Bynum serves as Director at AmSouth Community Development Corporation, Regions Bank Community Development Corporation, the Compatible Ventures Group, Corporation for Enterprise Development, Hope Community Credit Union, the New Markets Equity Fund and Southern Development Bancorporation. He served on the board of the North Carolina Technological Development Authority, a state-sponsored venture capital fund. He serves on the boards of Foundation for the Mid South, Mississippi Childrens Museum, Partners for the Common Good, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, on the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission, and is Chairman of the President Community Development Advisory Board.
Mr. Bynum is Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and was named 2002 National Supporter of Entrepreneurship by Ernst & Young and the Kauffman Foundation, and the 2007 Annie Vamper Award recipient by the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. Mr. Bynum is University of North Carolina graduate.
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.