Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee
Board of Directors
There is an opening on our Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity for you to make a difference for the members of FreeStar Financial. The role of the Board of Directors is guiding the credit union by:
- Providing safe and sound financial stewardship of the assets of the credit union.
- Providing the membership with high-quality financial services at competitive rates.
- Providing opportunities for the membership to improve their economic and social condition.
- Complying with all applicable laws and regulations including Article VI of the Bylaws of FreeStar Financial Credit Union.
- Hiring the CEO and reviewing his/her performance.
- Setting policy, strategic direction and articulation of the mission of the Credit Union.
This is accomplished through planning, adopting appropriate policies, and oversight of the Credit Union’s management. Business and/or financial experience is preferred. Interested persons should send resume to:
Drema Isaac, President & CEO
FreeStar Financial Credit Union
PO Box 2800
Mt. Clemens, MI 48046
or email email@example.com
with the subject line: Board of Directors
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.
Edward 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.
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.
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.
James 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.
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, Chairperson
- James Tenney
- Karen Chaves
- James Safian
- Henry Sommerstorfer