Six seats on our Board of Directors are up for election in 2019 as a part of our ongoing governance modernization. Later this summer, we will announce the procedures for Members to cast ballots online (or via mail, upon request) in this year’s election. The Nominating Committee recently called for applications for nomination. After in-person interviews with each eligible applicant, we are pleased to announce their nominees.


Dona Franko
Incumbent – Secretary
With 23 years of experience, Dona is a small business owner across multiple industries. Her background includes executive assistance for c-suite professionals as well as the former administrative liaison for Vantage West’s Supervisory Committee. Dona is an active community volunteer and earned her Associate’s Degree in Paralegalism from Pima Community College.

Maricela Meza
Incumbent – Director
A first-generation college graduate and Tucson native, Maricela graduated from the University of Arizona with her Bachelor’s Degree and the University of Arizona College of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree. Her background is in private practice law. She volunteers on a range of local boards and currently serves as Employee Relations Director for Tucson Unified School District.

Doug Zimmerman
Incumbent – Treasurer
After a 38-year career as a Chief Financial Officer, Doug is preparing for his retirement. He is an Arizona native who desires to be involved in the community during his retirement years and is also on the board of an Arizona-based healthcare provider. Doug received his B.A. in Economics from Albion College and is licensed as a certified public accountant in Arizona.

Matthew Woods
After 23 years serving in the United States Air Force, Matthew transitioned to the private sector and returned to school for his B.S. in Management with an expected graduation in May. He will start a Master’s program with ASU Law in August. Matthew appreciates credit unions and their role in the community and is enthusiastic about being a part of what Vantage West is doing in Arizona.

Frank Trembulak
Incumbent – Vice Chairman
Frank retired in 2016 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. He was a founding Supervisory Committee member of Service 1st Federal Credit Union and has been active in many community and civic organizations. Frank earned his B.S. in Accounting from Susquehanna University.

Oscar Lizardi
Incumbent – Chairman
Oscar has practiced corporate and transactional law for more than 24 years. He also serves on various community boards focused on the socioeconomic conditions of youth. Oscar received his B.S. in Finance from ASU and graduated Cum Laude from the U of A College of Law and was the 2016 Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Business Man of the Year.

Manny Lucero
Incumbent – Director
Manuel (Manny) Lucero received his B.A. in English Literature and M.S. in Management from Arizona State University. His background includes financial services, business development, and community affairs. He has worked with various community organizations including A New Leaf, AWEE, Maricopa Women’s Business Center and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Stephen Peary
Stephen holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois, a Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University Law Center and LL.M. (Taxation) from Boston University. He is accomplished in all forms of debt and equity financing including IPOs, venture capital, bank financing and structured debt instruments. He has served as CFO and General Counsel to several public entities.


Nominations by qualified petition closed on May 17, 2019.