The Richard Myles Johnson Foundation, the state foundation for credit unions in California and Nevada, has named Jim Updike, president and CEO Honda Federal Credit Union in Torrance, CA, as its new board chairman. Shelly Berryman, VP of membership development and advocacy at SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union in Santa Ana, CA, and Todd Lane, chief financial officer at California Coast Credit Union in San Diego, CA, were named vice chairman and secretary/treasurer, respectively.
Immediate Past Chairman Carl Stewart, president and CEO of Water and Power Community Credit Union in Los Angeles, CA, served on the board for 10 years and as chairman since 2008 before terming out this year. Also terming out from the board after serving for 10 years was Mike Gomez, president and CEO of Fiscal Credit Union in Glendale, CA.
New to the RMJ board are Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, president and CEO of Travis Credit Union in Vacaville, CA, and Jon Hernandez—president and CEO of CalCom FCU (Torrance, CA), Mattel FCU (El Segundo, CA), and City of Downey FCU.
The incumbent board members are Sarah Canepa Bang, president and COO of FSCC, LLC and chief strategy officer, CO-OP Shared Branching in Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Tony Boutelle, CEO of CU Direct Corporation in Ontario, CA; Beth Dooley, president and CEO of Educational Employees Credit Union in Fresno, CA; Diana Dykstra, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues president and CEO; Teresa Freeborn, president and CEO of Xceed Financial Credit Union in El Segundo, CA: Kim Hester, EVP of network services at CO-OP Financial Services in Rancho Cucamonga, CA: Eileen Rivera, president and CEO of SkyOne Federal Credit Union in Hawthorne, CA; and Foundation namesake Richard M. Johnson. Marv Jensen, board member of Episcopal Community Federal Credit Union in Los Angeles, serves as board member emeritus.
“I look forward in 2013 to working with a board full of such respected and dedicated directors in fulfilling the RMJ Foundation’s mission of providing and supporting quality youth financial literacy programs throughout California and Nevada,” said Tena Lozano, Foundation executive director.
The Richard Myles Johnson Foundation, founded in 1958, is dedicated to supporting credit union efforts in spreading the financial literacy message to young people. The Foundation offers the Bite of Reality program, a hands-on simulation program that teaches the basics of finances to teenagers. It also provides scholarships for credit union volunteers and staff to attend seminars and conferences to further their educational and professional development. It is funded through donations from credit unions, League chapters, corporations providing credit union services, and individuals. More information about the Foundation is available at its website at www.rmjfoundation.org.