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Raymond 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. He is a graduate of Leadership Macomb XXII. 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.

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Clifford 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.

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Jeffrey 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. Jeffrey specializes as an estate planning attorney at Stewart and Bruss, PC. In 2018 he was selected as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star in the area of Estate Planning. He is a member of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan, the Macomb County Probate Bar Association, and the Macomb County Bar Association.

Jeffrey has a thorough understanding of personal finance through his experience as an estate planning attorney and as a licensed financial advisor and licensed real estate broker. He is a proud graduate of Notre Dame High School (Harper Woods), Central Michigan University, and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is a member of Leadership Macomb XXIII.

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Kristi Le, Board Member

The Board of Directors appointed Kristi Le, CPA, as an Associate Member of the Board of Directors in April 2021. She became a Director in May and is fulfilling the remaining term of James Ellis. Ms. Le previously served on the Board from April-November 2016 as Secretary. She was also a Supervisory Committee volunteer since 2013 and its Chairperson from 2015-2016. “We are so grateful to welcome Kristi back to the Board of Directors,” said Drema Isaac, President/CEO. “The membership will benefit from her expertise.”

Ms. Le became the principal owner of Diversified Tax & Accounting, PLLC, in January 2021, a tax and accounting firm that provides services to clients across the Globe. Kristi has 25+ years of experience within the “Big 4” accounting firms, including Deloitte, Arthur Andersen, and Ernst & Young. She is a current member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA). Ms. Le holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Taxation from Walsh College. She has been a Credit Union member for over 30 years.

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Catherine 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.

Charles Larsen Ph.D.

Charles Larsen, Board Member

Charles Larsen was appointed to the Board of Directors in September 2019 after serving on the Supervisory Committee since March 2015, most recently as Chairperson. Dr. Larsen served in with the U.S. Army in Vietnam with the 116th Assault Helicopter Company. He retired from active duty in 1993 and then completed a second career with the Department of the Army Federal Civil Service as the Combined Arms Training Strategies Program Manager. Dr. Larsen earned a Ph.D. at Columbia Commonwealth University, a Master’s at Chapman University, and a Bachelor’s at Regis University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.

 

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