2018 Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee

Board of Directors

photo of Raymond White Jr., board chairmanRaymond White Jr., Chairperson

Raymond White Jr. serves as the Chairperson of the Board. He was elected to the position in August 2013. Mr. White has served as a Board member since 1999. He was first elected to the Supervisory Committee in 1993, where he served as the chairman.

Mr. White spent over 34 years with the United States Air Force Reserve and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant. He later enjoyed a successful career as a business consultant. Mr. White volunteers on the City of Mount Clemens Cable Commission. He also serves on the Deacon Board at the Church of the Living God in Clinton Township.

photo of Ed Cotter, board vice chairEdward Cotter Jr., Vice Chairperson

Edward Cotter Jr. serves as Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors and was elected to the position in 2015. He has served as a volunteer for the credit union since 1992. Before his election to the Board in 1993, Mr. Cotter served as a member of the Supervisory Committee. He is a Vietnam Veteran and retired from his career as Director of Civilian Personnel.

Mr. Cotter received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources Development with a minor in Guidance and Counseling from Oakland University. He has Federal Sector Certifications in Equal Employment Opportunity, Labor Relations, and Human Resources Development.

Mr. Cotter serves as a deacon/board member of Christian Trinity Church of Eastpointe. He also volunteers for the Macomb County Warming Center. In addition, Mr. Cotter is a Life Member of the VFW Bruce Post 1146 and the Disabled American Veterans organization.

photo of Clifford Brown, treasurerClifford Brown, Treasurer

Clifford Brown serves as the Treasurer of the Board. He has served as a volunteer at the credit union since 2012. Mr. Brown has extensive experience serving on the volunteer Board of Directors and as Treasurer at another Michigan based credit union. During his career, he has also served on the Board of Directors, and as an officer, of numerous diverse not-for-profit and philanthropic organizations and entities.

Mr. Brown, a Michigan Certified Public Accountant (CPA), is currently employed at Wayne State University where he is responsible for financial and operating oversight of the Development and Alumni Affairs activities in the University’s School of Medicine. Mr. Brown earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a major in Accounting, from Eastern Michigan University.

photo of Jeffrey Bruss, secretary of the boardJeffrey Bruss, Secretary

Jeffrey Bruss serves on the Board of Directors and has volunteered since 2012. In March 2017, he was appointed as Secretary of the Board. Mr. Bruss, who works as an attorney and is a partner at Stewart and Bruss PC in Macomb County, earned his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a Bachelor of Science in English from Central Michigan University. Previously, he worked at Potestivo & Assoc., PC, and the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.


photo of Thomas Churchwell, board memberThomas Churchwell, Board Member

Thomas Churchwell serves on the Board of Directors since March 2015. He coupled a career as a military pilot with a parallel career in information technology and enterprise transformation consulting. He has worked in banking, education, aerospace, and healthcare. Mr. Churchwell is currently an Enterprise Transformation Consultant for LeadingAgile. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Regis University, where he studied computer information systems with a business minor.


photo of James "Doc" Ellis, board memberJames Ellis, Board Member

James Ellis serves on the Board of Directors since 1990. Prior to his election on the board Mr. Ellis volunteered at the credit union since 1988 as a member of our Supervisory Committee.

Mr. Ellis is a retired CMSGT from the Michigan Air National Guard where he served for 37 years.


photo of Catherine Patyi, board memberCatherine Patyi, Board Member

Catie Patyi was appointed to the Board of Directors in November 2018 after serving on the Supervisory Committee since January 2017. Ms. Patyi earned two Masters of Science degrees from Walsh College in Management and Accounting. She works as a Senior Revenue Management Analyst at Trinity Health in Livonia and has over 10 years of financial
experience. Ms. Patyi volunteers with the Accounting Aid Society to prepare income taxes for low-income community members.


Supervisory Committee

  • Charles Larsen, Chairperson
  • James Tenney
  • Karen Chaves
  • James Safian
  • Henry Sommerstorfer
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