Thank you for joining May's CTC Friday Conversation celebrating the Maurice R. Smith DEI Leadership Honorees and the African American Credit Union Hall of Fame Honorees who will be celebrated at the 25th Anniversary AACUC Annual Conference in July.
Our esteemed Maurice R. Smith DEI Leadership Award panelists included:
Diane Rector, Consumer Affairs Analyst, National Credit Union Administration
Juan Fernandez, President/CEO, Credit Union Association of New Mexico
Our esteemed Hall of Fame panelists included:
Adrian Johnson, Exec. Vice President & CFO, MECU Credit Union
Delores Glover, Chair Supervisory Committee, Florida A&M University Federal Credit Union
Gary Officer, President/CEO, Center for Workforce Inclusion
Jacqueline Moore, President/CEO, Faith Community United Credit Union
Larry D. Sewell, Retired Vice President Corporate Partnerships & Advocacy, Together Credit Union
Marshall Boutwell, President/CEO, Peach State Federal Credit Union
Rodney E. Hood, Board Member, National Credit Union Administration
Renée Sattiewhite, President/CEO of the African-American Credit Union Coalition, moderated the panel.
Keep reading to learn more about our participants.
Consumer Affairs Analyst
National Credit Union Administration
Diane Rector is a Consumer Affairs Analyst for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). She joined NCUA in 1997 as a Field Examiner and has held several positions within NCUA. Although the limelight has been shone on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in the past decade, Diane started promoting DEIB to credit unions when she was promoted in 1999 as an Economic Development Specialist (EDS).
In this role as an EDS, she conducted 60+ Strategic Planning Sessions with the credit union board of directors, which included discussions of the elements of DEI in the credit unions and the fact that diversity is not just about race. She recommended that the credit unions have strategic goals and attainable benchmarks for their internal and external DEI efforts. While on-site at credit unions, she always addressed the importance, value, benefits, and impact of DEI for credit unions. Anytime that Diane had an opportunity to speak during the credit union board meetings and credit union management and staff meetings, she always stressed the importance of showing a representation of the credit union's FOM, starting with the credit union's board and simultaneously with the credit union management and staff, including hiring bi-lingual employees, if needed.
In 2005, Diane was promoted to the Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives (OSCUI) to develop and design the framework for the National Training Program. Over 11 years as the Training Manager, she led the OSCUI Team to design, develop, and manage over 100 live in-person training workshops, 25+ training videos, and 75+ webinars. She presented training courses to more than 150,000+ people. Some of the training education focused on addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the board level and diversifying the credit union leadership and staff that mirrors their field of membership, including hiring bi-lingual employees.
Diane has collaborated with various agencies and financial institutions to provide resources and training to credit unions relating to expanding access to financial resources and financial needs to underserved communities. Guided restructuring of the credit unions' financial services program to include non-banking consumers within their diverse communities.
In December 2017, due to the closure of the NCUA's Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives, Diane requested and was approved to be reassigned as a Consumer Affairs Analyst in the Office of Consumer Financial Protection, effective January 2018. In this position, she applies laws and regulations relating to consumer financial protection and consumer compliance resolution while analyzing consumer compliance complaints. Finally, she advises credit unions about the remedies provided by consumer protection laws and regulations and what specific action the credit union must take to resolve the consumers' disputes.
Diane is the Secretary for one of NCUA's Employee Resource Groups. She advocates for making NCUA a more equitable and inclusive workplace for people with visible and invisible disabilities. Diane is certified as a Credit Union Development Educator, Credit Union Financial Counselor, and Internal Controls Auditor. Diane was an adjunct college professor at multiple colleges from 2002 – 2016; she taught undergraduate and graduate business and accounting courses. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Strayer University.
Credit Union Association of New Mexico
Juan Fernandez is the President/CEO of the Credit Union Association of New Mexico. In this role, he is the first Latino born outside the 50 states to serve as a state league president in the Credit Union industry and has used his platform to help credit unions reach deeper into Latino communities and empower emerging Latino leaders in the industry. His work in the credit union movement began early in life, working as a Teller at a Credit Union while pursuing his college education. Juan has worked in credit unions and cooperatives for 20 years, and during that time has embraced and exemplified the cooperative principles. Across those 20 years, he has worked in community development, membership development, leadership, government affairs, and financial wellness. He is a passionate, mission-driven leader who believes in the potential of cooperatives as the solution to the complex problems of our economy.
In New Mexico, Juan has worked to empower Credit Unions to serve the underserved. In a rural state with a large immigrant population, Juan has helped his industry adapt and develop in changing times. He has also helped draft, advocate for, and pass legislation to improve the well-being of all New Mexicans. As a recent example of his work, he served as the key advocate on the floor of the State House for the passage of a small dollar loan rate cap in New Mexico in 2022, which effectively limited predatory lending in the state to improve the financial well-being of residents. This legislation is groundbreaking in the nation and is being used as a model for other states looking to limit predatory lending practices. Predatory lending disproportionally affects communities of color. Juan’s ability to pass comprehensive legislation is the result of a years-long effort to help build coalitions, forge relationships, and drive effective change across political and ideological lines.
Juan was instrumental in the launching of the first cross-cultural exchange program between states, working in collaboration with AACUC and the Minnesota CU Network. He has worked for or with credit unions in New Mexico, New York, Washington, and Puerto Rico, providing him a valuable perspective on the challenges faced in different communities and different regions of the country.
Juan was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is very passionate about helping cooperatives reach Latino, immigrant, and communities of color. Juan received his BA in Economics from Binghamton University and his MBA from Western Governors University.
Senior Vice Presiden & CFO
MECU Credit Union
Adrian has been a member of the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) since 2004. Adrian has served on the National Board since August 2015. In fact, he served as Chairman from August 2018 to August 2020 and led the AACUC in the Commitment to Change: Credit Unions Unite Against Racism Initiative with pledges over $1 million dollars. He has also served as Treasurer and Vice Chairman. He also co-chaired the Funding Development & Preservation Committee. In the past, Adrian has served as Co-Chair of the Internship Committee as well. He has also presented Asset/Liability Management at the AACUC National Conference. In addition, Adrian was a founding member of the AACUC - Eastern Regional Chapter which was established in December 2008, serving as parliamentarian. He has also served as vice president for the chapter. Adrian received the AACUC Board Chairman Award in 2014 for his loyal and dedicated to service to the organization.
Adrian is the Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for MECU Credit Union in Baltimore, MD. He has been CFO since April 2010. Adrian oversees Accounting/Finance, Financial Wellness, Retail Delivery, and Marketing and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team which develops and implements strategies for the organization. Adrian also keeps Management and the Board abreast of the economy. While Adrian has been with MECU since July 1997, he has been in the financial services industry since August 1978, and started his Accounting/Finance career in December 1983. He holds an AA degree in Business Administration from the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland where he a part of the adjunct faculty. He also holds a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Baltimore and a MBA from Loyola University in Maryland. Adrian has also received the Certified Chief Executive (CCE) designation from the CUES CEO Institute. In 2007, Adrian graduated from the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) Leadership Class. Adrian has served on many boards in and around Baltimore City. A couple that stand out are CollegeBound Foundation, CCBC Male Student Success Initiative, and the Family Tree.
While Celebrating Black History Month at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in 2021, Adrian was featured in the CCBC Alumni Spotlight. Adrian was recognized by the Baltimore Business Journal in June 2014 as being one of eight top CFOs in the region for their contributions to their companies. Adrian received the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award from CCBC in May 2013. In June 2013, he received the Icon Award from the Associated Black Charities (ABC) for community service and giving. Adrian received the Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC) – Central Maryland Jereleigh Archer Member of the Year Award in November 2012. He also received the Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC) International’s Robert J. Samuels Award in June 2011. In June 2010, Adrian received the National Academy Foundation “Finance Professional of the Year Award”.
Chair Supervisory Committee
Florida A&M University Federal Credit Union
Currently serving as chair of the Supervisory Committee of the Florida A&M University Federal Credit Union for over seven years and served on the committee for over 15 years. Ms. Glover served over 18 years in the private sector in areas of management, customer service, human resources, accounting, and quality assurance for corporations such as Bank of America, Marine State Bank, MGT Consultants, Olin Corporation, and Pinnacle Construction. Recently returned to Florida A&M University (FAMU) after over 31 years with the University, of which served in various areas such as the University’s Budget Office, Foundation, Development Office and over 24 years in the Title III Program. A few areas of accomplishments:
Guided the transition of leadership and the Board of Directors to a specialized governing body
Engage and collaborate with NCUA, community leaders, state and local government designed to create an impactful partnership that strengthens the opportunity for greater success.
Identified and developed strategic and laser focused mentorships with other credit unions.
Addressed NCUA’s Interpretive Ruling regarding credit union “Preservation Program”
Manages $125M in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funding for the University
Managed $16M annually, Title III, Part B funding
Develop five-year comprehensive development plans for Institutions of Higher Educations seeking grant funding
Assisted University in acquiring $126M in Capital Finance to build student dormitories, which included changes in the Florida Statutes.
Provide the research in which 113th Congress change legislation regarding the use of endowment interest earnings with included a retroactive provision.
Adoption of recommendations to the reauthorization of the Higher Education by Thurgood Marshall College Fund, United Negro College Fund, National Association of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education and “Bobby Scott” committee chair of Education and Labor.
Center for Workforce Inclusion
Gary A. Officer is a seasoned social entrepreneur and Chief Executive known for innovative, value-driven public-private partnerships that remove barriers to community development. Gary is currently President & CEO of the Center for Workforce Inclusion as well as Founder & CEO of its sister innovation hub, CWI Labs.
Gary previously served in senior executive positions at the Newseum and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC. From 2006-2013, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Rebuilding Together, Inc., the nation’s largest volunteer-based homeownership preservation non-profit, and fourth-largest remodeler. Under his leadership, Rebuilding Together grew operating income seven-fold and created award-winning partnerships with blue-chip corporate brands in support of the organization’s mission.
Gary has served as President of the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), the national foundation supporting credit union development in the United States. As an affiliate of the Credit Union National Association, NCUF promotes and manages credit union development and consumer savings programs on behalf of CUNA and the US credit union movement. The Foundation also manages the National Development Education Volunteer Program. During his three-year tenure, NCUF grew to a $370 million community investment fund that providing grants, loans and, secondary capital, to credit unions and related organizations throughout the United States.
Gary earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) Political Science from the Manchester Metropolitan University and a Master of Science MSc (Econ) International Relations from the London School of Economics. In 2012, he completed the Advanced Management and Leadership Program (OAMLP) at the Said Business School at Oxford University.
Faith Community United Credit Union
Few careers in the financial services industry can match a 37-year career of creating circles of wealth for and within low- and moderate-income (LMI) households and communities at the same financial institution – and Jacqueline Moore’s 37 years at Faith Community United Credit Union is just that. Ms. Moore was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Faith Community United Credit Union (or “Faith”) in 2017. Faith was established in 1952 out of mounting concerns over disparate lending practices, and the organization subsequently received its Community Development Financial Institution (or CDFI) status from the U.S. Department of Treasury in 1993, making it the oldest CDFI based in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ms. Moore began her career at Faith as a senior at Jane Adams Business Career High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Before becoming Faith’s President and CEO, Ms. Moore held positions as the organization’s Assistant Treasurer/Manager, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Ms. Moore also oversees Faith’s annual operating budget of $1.5 million and manages its more than $18 million in assets. Her recent major accomplishments include leading during times of crisis. She obtained a $1.8 million RRP grant from the CDFI to help members and staff have financial stability. She also re-developed Faith’s Financial Literacy program helping parents and students’ re-structure financial goals. The pandemic was a test of her strength, empathy, and leadership. Faith Community never closed its doors.
Ms. Moore graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration and Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has served on a variety of financial service industry and civic-related boards and committees over the years, and presently serves on the Ohio Credit Union League’s and Inclusiv’s Board of Directors.
Larry D. Sewell
Retired Vice President, CorporatePartnerships & AdvocacyTogether Credit Union
Larry D. Sewell retired from Together Credit Union in April 2022, where he served as Vice-President of Corporate Partnerships & Advocacy. He was active in the Credit Union movement for more than 28 years, previously holding positions as the Vice-President of Training & Development as well as the Vice-President of Corporate Culture & Talent, all with Together Credit Union. Prior to joining Together Credit Union, Larry was a Commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force. He retired from the Air Force with the rank of Major after serving for 17 years.
Larry is the Immediate Past Chair of the African American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) Board of Directors. Additionally, he chaired several committees for AACUC (Membership, Advocacy, and Nominating). Larry also served two years on the CUNA Advocacy Committee. Larry was a forward-thinking leader at Together Credit Union. He introduced Diversity as a growth strategy in 1996. He then trained and coached the executive team and all staff for 20 consecutive years. Larry is credited for introducing the “Salad Bowl” Diversity concept to Credit Unions.
Larry earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Samford University, Birmingham, AL and two Master’s, degrees, one from the University of Arkansas (Business Management) and Webster University – St. Louis (Information Management). Larry has been married to his wife, Ella, for 44 years. They have a son, Marques, and a daughter, Monica.
President/Chief Executive Officer
Peach State Federal Credit Union
Marshall Boutwell was born in Cherry Point, North Carolina and grew up in a military family. He volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1967 where he held several command and staff positions including Company Commander and Battalion Executive Officer. During service in Vietnam, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, twelve Air Medals and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Boutwell completed his military service in 1972. At that time, he attended Campbell College in Buies Creek, North Carolina and graduated with honors in 1974.
He began his business career in management at Citizens and Southern National Bank in Atlanta, Georgia. Boutwell subsequently worked for Courier Dispatch, Inc., National Bank of Georgia, First Financial Management Inc., and Fiserv, Inc. before beginning his credit union career as President/CEO at Peach State Federal Credit Union (formerly Gwinnett Federal Credit Union) in 1994. During his tenure, Peach State has grown from $14 million to over $874 million in total assets. The credit union currently serves more than 75,000 members with over 200 employees and 26 branch locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina.
Boutwell has been a leader in the credit union movement and has held numerous positions on boards and committees within the credit union industry. His dedication earned him the World Council of Credit Unions Distinguished Service Award in 2022, the prestigious Moses C. Davis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, as well as an induction into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders in 2013. Boutwell’s stewardship expands internationally as the recipient of the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Poland in 2021 and the Polish Credit Union Foundation “Feniks” Award in 2009 for his support of Polish credit unions.
Rodney E. Hood
National Credit Union Administration
Immediately prior to rejoining the NCUA Board in 2019 as Chairman, Mr. Hood served as a corporate responsibility manager for JPMorgan Chase, managing national partnerships with non-profit organizations, financial regulators, and community stakeholders to promote financial inclusion and shared prosperity in underserved communities throughout the United States.
Mr. Hood served as a member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Visitors and as member of the UNC School of Arts Board of Trustees. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Museum of Art and as a member of the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina College System.
Mr. Hood's professional awards include being named one of the “40 Young Leaders Under the Age of 40” by the Triangle Business Journal in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also the first recipient of the “Dream Award,” an award given by the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation to honor individuals who have exhibited an outstanding commitment to affordable housing.
African-American Credit Union Coalition
Renée Sattiewhite is the President/CEO of the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC). Renée brought both her unique vitality and a forward-looking vision in order to create one of the most dynamic organizations in the credit union movement. Her high energy, high expectations and high touch approach for leading the organization has created a momentum for growth and change and directs a strong commitment towards eradicating racism. Today, AACUC is the leading voice on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Credit Union Movement thanks to Renée. She has successfully propelled the organization forward to offer a credible voice that addressed today’s dialogue on race, equity, and inclusion for all.
In 2020, after the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and with the growing visibility of the Black Lives Matter movement, this momentum galvanized the country against racial injustice. Renée became one of the most notable catalysts, encouraging the credit union industry to become more aware of the urgent need for change toward true racial equality and economic justice, and launched the Commitment to Change: Credit Unions Unite Against Racism initiative. As a direct result of Renée’s leadership AACUC received the 2022 Anchor Award from the National Credit Union Foundation which is the equivalent to the Nobel Peace Prize of the credit union movement.
In September 2022, Renée was inducted to the America’s Credit Union Museum newest exhibit “Credit Union Women Making History….Herstory” Hall of Fame. The exhibit highlights incredible women’s achievements making history in the credit union industry. “Herstory” is an interactive exhibit showcasing women’s stories never heard before.
Renée is a certified diversity professional, a credit union development educator, motivational speaker, executive coach, mentoring trainer, and is a recognized expert on marketing and branding. Finally, she serves as a Board Member of the World Council of Credit Unions Foundation and a Master Trainer for the United Way of Atlanta’s VIP Board Development Program.