Vantage West’s Board of Directors consists of seven Directors who serve three-year terms. When these terms expire, the Board holds an election for those seats, whereby Directors are elected by and from the membership.

The Board plays a crucial role in assuring Vantage West’s longevity. Directors should have professional experience and be able to contribute leadership, knowledge, and ideas with a passion to see that the credit union operates in the best interest of its members. Directors possess integrity, the ability to speak frankly, make sound judgments, and participate with fellow Directors and credit union executives. They must commit time, including (but not limited to) attending monthly meetings, annual planning sessions, training courses or conferences (sometimes requiring travel), and networking events. Board members must also become CUNA certified or equivalent at the basic level within designated time frames.

2018 Board of Directors Election

Vantage West’s Nominating Committee (“the Committee”) has commenced the 2018 Board of Directors election process.

Two director seats are up for election for new, three-year terms at the 2018 Annual Membership Meeting. Learn more about the board and the responsibilities, expectations and requirements of Directors at the bottom of this page.

The window for submitting applications for nomination by the committee is now closed. Petitions for nomination and their accompanying applications may still be submitted; a closing date will be announced shortly, when the committee announces its nominees.

All petitions for nomination must be accompanied by a completed application; use the “Apply Here” button to submit your application.

Nominations by petition must be accompanied by the signatures of 500 other members who support the candidate’s nomination. Learn more about nominations by petition and obtain a petition sheet in this petition packet.

Apply Here

Current Board Members

Mitch Pisik
Mitch Pisik
Chairman
Eugene Santarelli
Eugene Santarelli
Vice Chairman
Ana Archer
Ana Archer
Secretary
Augustine Gomez
Augustine Gomez
Treasurer
John Driskill
John Driskill
Director
Gregory Good
Gregory Good
Director
Dr. Paul Melendez
Dr. Paul Melendez
Director
Jeff Post
Jeff Post
Associate Director

Associate Directors


Vantage West also offers an Associate Director Program to ensure leadership continuity. Our Board of Directors appoints Associate Directors, who are expected to commit their time to train, serve and contribute, much like Directors, except they do not vote. Associate Directors must become CUNA certified or equivalent at the basic level within designated time frames. Associate Directors report to the full Board of Directors, and will be mentored by an assigned Director, with the goal of experiencing what a Director’s position entails before deciding to run for a Director’s seat at an Annual Election, or being considered for appointment to a vacant Board seat, should a mid-term vacancy occur. There is no guarantee that an Associate Director will later become a Director, but the program does offer significant experience and training opportunities.


Five voting members and two alternate members comprise Vantage West’s Supervisory Committee. The group is appointed by the Board and functions independently to safeguard the assets of Vantage West and its members. The Supervisory Committee also performs audits of our financial statements each year to ensure accurate record keeping. Members of the Supervisory Committee possess integrity as well as the ability to speak frankly and make sound judgments. They should also be able to dedicate time for meetings, training events, and conferences (sometimes involving travel).

Applications from members interested in a 2018 appointment to the Supervisory Committee are also being accepted.  

Current Supervisory Committee Members

Brandon Sax
Brandon Sax
Chairman
Paul Tosch
Paul Tosch
Secretary
Ann McGrath
Ann McGrath
Member
Gary Smith
Gary Smith
Member
Gloria Gonzalez
Gloria Gonzalez
Member
Margaret Brady
Margaret Brady
Alternate

Upon applying and/or election or appointment to a volunteer position, certain documentation must be reviewed and signed. Below are copies of these forms.

Volunteer

Over the past year, our Board of Directors, executive leadership and members have discussed the issue of compensation for our officials (Board and Supervisory Committee members). In June of 2017, our members voted to ratify a proposed bylaw amendment which allows compensation for credit union officials. Read the statement from President Bob Ramirez, learn more about compensation for Vantage West officials and learn how you can get involved in the Evaluation & Recommendation Committee for Compensation of Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee Members.