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

Two director seats are up for regular election for new, three-year terms at the 2018 Annual Membership Meeting.

The Nominating Committee has announced their nominees:


Ana Archer, Incumbent

 


Dr. Paul Melendez, Incumbent

 

There were no nominations by petition and there is only one nominee for each vacancy so there will be no written ballot vote and no call for nominations from the floor for these seats. The nominees will win the seats by acclamation for new, three-year terms.

Also, one board seat was vacated after the Nominating Committee’s call for nominations, leaving insufficient time to secure a nominee for the seat. In order to carry out an election for this seat, a call will be made for nominations from the floor during the Annual Meeting.

Learn more here about Vantage West’s elections, the call for nominations from the floor, who can nominate and be nominated, who can vote, and more. This FAQ is provided to help members understand how they can participate in the election process and the Annual Membership Meeting.

2018 Annual Membership Meeting

All members are invited to attend on August 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM.

DoubleTree Hotel at Reid Park
445 N Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711

Fun prizes. Hors D’oeuvres will be served.

 

Current Board Members

Eugene Santarelli
Eugene Santarelli
Chairman
John Driskill
John Driskill
Vice Chairman
Ana Archer
Ana Archer
Secretary
Augustine Gomez
Augustine Gomez
Treasurer
Gregory Good
Gregory Good
Director
Dr. Paul Melendez
Dr. Paul Melendez
Director
Jeff Post
Jeff Post
Director
Randy Kohout
Randy Kohout
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
Michiko Pinnington
Michiko Pinnington
Member

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/CEO Robert D. Ramirez, learn more about compensation for Vantage West officials.