The Board of Directors

The Board is made up of Member-volunteers who devote their time and talents to serving your Credit Union without compensation. Our Volunteers spends many hours working together to stay involved in legislative, regulatory, and industry affairs that may affect your Credit Union.

Annie Perez

Board Chair

Angie Avery

Board Vice-Chair

Jose L. Manzano

Board Secretary/Treasurer

Dolores M. Arriola


Becky Cool


Walter Finnigan


Robert L. Hale


Bradley P. Silcox


Margaret Tollner


The Supervisory Committee

The Supervisory Committee regularly meets to ensure that the Credit Union is fiscally sound and effectively serving the diverse financial needs of Members. Committee members generously volunteer their time to review internal and external audit reports, as well as financial statements. Throughout the year, the Supervisory Committee also confirms the validity of shares and loans.

Thomas H. Willingham


Dr. Ayla Donlin


Morris J. Litwack


The Advisory Committee

Justin Laird


G. David Mills


Donita Smith


Belinda Worth


The Executive Team

Our Executive Team is dedicated to providing Members with a full array of financial products, and to delivering them at a service level that exceeds their expectations. In fact, this is the value credit unions offer. We have one constituency to please, and that is our Members. Our goal is to be our Members’ one-stop provider of financial services. As we evolve and grow, we will continue to focus on providing convenience, great service, and innovative financial products offered at competitive rates.

Thomas G. Lent

President / CEO

Rene LeJay

Executive Vice President / COO

Christopher Burns

Sr. Vice President / CFO

Tina Fugelsang

Sr. Vice President of Harbor Operations

Matthew Herrick

Sr. Vice President of Marketing & Financial Services

Curt Bannock

Vice President / CIO

Pam Ghezzi

Vice President of Harbor Operations

Patty Jimenez

Vice President of Lending

Cynthia Smolinski

Vice President of HR

Bertrand Villavert

Vice President / Controller

Beckie Delgadillo

Assistant Vice President of Branch Operations

Tracy Koehler

Assistant Vice President of Compliance & Risk Management

It’s time for Southland Credit Union’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Elections.

We are pleased to announce the meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Downey, California. Members are invited to attend on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Additional information will be available at a later date.

The following volunteer official positions are up for election:

Board of Directors—There are three (3) positions up for election. These positions are each for three-year terms. The candidates receiving the highest, second and third highest number of votes will be elected.

Supervisory Committee—There is one (1) position up for election. This position is for a three-year term. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes will be elected.

During the Annual Meeting, nominations will not be allowed from the floor. An election will not be conducted by ballot unless there is more than one nominee for each position.

See Nomination Procedures for details.

Nomination Procedures

Those eligible members who wish to be considered for future positions need to obtain and complete Official Application Documents from the President/CEO at the address provided below. Candidates for the Board of Directors must meet the following criteria:

  1. Has a good credit standing, no criminal convictions, and is bondable at all times.
  2. Must be an active member of this Credit Union.
  3. Is willing to accept the responsibilities of an elected or appointed officer.
  4. Is at least 18 years of age and exhibits:
    • Personal character and integrity;
    • A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and to think creatively;
    • A willingness to serve the members and support the Credit Union’s values and culture;
    • The ability to comprehend and learn business concepts and procedures;
    • The capacity to provide strategic direction and sound organizational leadership; and
    • The desire to be a team player and have a proven record of successful teamwork.
  5. Will be able to act independently and objectively regardless of external relationships with other directors and employees.

Nominations by Petition

Candidates choosing to petition to run in future elections for the Board of Directors or Supervisory Committee must obtain and complete Official Application Documents including a Petition Form. To be eligible to run by petition, candidates must submit the following documents to the Credit Union at the address below: 1) Official Application Documents; and 2) Petition Form signed by eligible voting members. To be valid, the number of signatures on the Petition Form must be the greater of (i) one-twentieth (1/20) of 1% of the members entitled to vote or (ii) a minimum of one hundred (100) members.

Petitions must be submitted by February 1st to be considered.

For additional information on becoming a credit union volunteer, send us a message by clicking here or send your request to:

Southland Credit Union ATTN: President & CEO 10701 Los Alamitos Blvd. Los Alamitos, CA 90720

The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the general management of the affairs, funds, and records of the Credit Union.

The Board of Directors, representative of the Credit Union’s membership and the community, is given the legal corporate authority and responsibility for the achievement of the Credit Union’s mission, and for its financial and operational stability in accordance with the California Credit Union Law, regulations of the California Department of Financial Institutions and in certain cases the National Credit Union Administration. Each Director is expected to become an active participant in a body that functions effectively as a whole. In addition to assisting in the exercise of the major duties of the Board of Directors, individual directors are responsible for exercising due diligence in the performance of their duties. Among other things, directors’ duties and responsibilities include:

  • Be informed of the legislation under which the Credit Union exists, its Bylaws, Mission Statement, code of conduct and policies;
  • Keep generally informed about the activities of the Credit Union and the community, and general trends in the business in which it operates;
  • Regularly attend Board meetings, serve on committees of the Board and contribute from personal, professional and life experience to the work of the Board;
  • Exercise the same degree of loyalty, care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would show in comparable circumstances;
  • Work with the President/CEO and staff of the Credit Union on committees or task forces of the Board; and
  • Exercise vigilance for and promptly declare any potential, apparent or real conflict of interest in any issue before the Board and as appropriate abstain or withdraw from any vote or discussion of such issue.

The Supervisory Committee is an independent body of credit union Members who act as a liaison between the membership and management of the credit union.

The Supervisory Committee is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the Credit Union's Board of Directors and its employees are in compliance with the rules and regulations set forth by the National Credit Union Administration as well as the policies and procedures established by the credit union.

Inquiries to the Supervisory Committee should be directed to:

Southland Credit Union Supervisory Committee P.O. Box 362 Los Alamitos, CA 90720-0362