AACUC was presented the rare and prestigious Anchor Award by the National Credit Union Foundation during the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference. The Anchor Award stands apart from the Herb Wegner Memorial Awards and is given by the Foundation Board of Directors to individuals and organizations that have shown incredible leadership through moments of great adversity. Learn more here.
The Hall of Fame
The African American Credit Union Hall of Fame is a website that fosters fundraising efforts for the AACUC to continue its mission and to identify African Americans instrumental in making changes in our communities. To learn more, visit the African American Credit Union Hall of Fame website! This virtual hall of fame was created to accomplish two goals: One, to honor and recognize African Americans who have and are contributing to the credit union movement--many who are unsung heroes and trailblazers. To be inducted you must have accomplished or achieved the following: 1) provided in excess of 10 years of service in the credit union industry; 2) worked to provide financial services for people in general; and 3) identify at least four significant accomplishments, which benefited African-Americans’ and the colored majority access to financial capital.
2022 AACUC Hall of Fame Honorees
AACUC will be inducting six credit union leaders into its African American Credit Union Hall of Fame during the AACUC’s Annual Conference that will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida August 23 – 26, 2022, at the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.
The 2022 honorees are:
Andre Lucas, Director of Compliance, MDDC CU Association
Cathie Mahon, President/CEO, Inclusiv
Gloria Bowden (posthumously), Executive Vice President, Democracy FCU
Marsha Majors, President/CEO, U.S, Eagle Federal Credit Union
Pamelya Herndon, Board Secretary, U.S, Eagle Federal Credit Union
Tony Kitt, President/CEO, Plexcity
André A. Lucas is the MD|DC Credit Union Association’s Director of Compliance. Lucas consults affiliated credit unions on federal and state compliance issues. He also provides training in the areas of Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Collections. Lucas currently holds CUNA’s Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE), and Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist (BSACS) designations. Lucas is a proud veteran of the United States Navy.
Cathie Mahon has led Inclusiv since 2012, overseeing a period of dramatic growth and expansion of the organization and network. She is committed to the Inclusiv mission of promoting financial inclusion and building more inclusive economies through community owned and controlled financial institutions. Mahon earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University in Durham, NC and a Master’s of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Gloria Bowden worked at Democracy for over 50 years, where she held leadership positions in every department, most recently as Executive Vice President. She was committed to serving the Washington Metro area community, cultivating strong relationships with members, and advocating for financial literacy. Gloria was instrumental in setting up the credit union’s student-run branch at HD Woodson High School in Washington, DC.
Marsha Majors is President/CEO of U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she oversees member assets in excess of $1B and directs the activities of 270 employees relating to the credit union’s mission, vision, values, and strategy. With more than 30 years of CU experience, she has developed a track record as a dynamic leader and CU development educator who has devoted her career to the credit union’s mission, to create a world where people matter more than numbers. For her many community efforts and contributions, Ms. Majors is listed repeatedly as a New Mexico Woman of Influence and a Top CEO.
Pamelya Herndon serves in the New Mexico House of Representatives District 28. She is the President/CEO of the KWH Law Center for Social Justice and Change. A graduate of the Howard University School of Business and the University of Texas School of Law, Herndon is admitted to practice law in Colorado, New Mexico and the United States Supreme Court. Herndon is a Certified Public Accountant. A member of the Board of Directors of U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union, she has been a strong advocate for Members of Modest Means.
Tony Kitt is the Chief Executive Officer for Plexcity, A Cooperative Association. This cooperative provides Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology services to credit union associations and small businesses across the United States. Prior to joining the credit union industry, Kitt served as an Air Force Officer, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after holding financial management staff and command positions at all levels. Kitt has a BS degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
DEI Trailblazers Award
The Credit Union Industry’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Trailblazer Awards
The DEI Trailblazers will be recognized during the virtual Annual Conference on Thursday, August 19, 2021.
DEI Trailblazer Award Recipients are dedicated and unrelenting individuals who have blazed the way for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion throughout the credit union industry. They have introduced concepts to the Credit Union Movement. They are thought leaders in the areas of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and inspire us to do better and be better to our fellow human beings.
VP Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & VP, Cuna Mutual Foundation
Cuna Mutual Group
Angela is responsible for leading the development, direction and implementation of short and long-term strategies and programs that support Diversity & Inclusion and overseeing Cuna Mutual’s Corporate Social Responsibility program.
In 2018, Ms. Russell was named as one of the nation’s most powerful diversity executives by Black Enterprise magazine.
Maurice R. Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Local Government FCU and
Civic Federal Credit Union
Maurice Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of Local Government Federal Credit Union and Civic Federal Credit Union. Both are financial cooperatives serving the financial needs of employees, appointed officials, elected officeholders, and volunteers of local governments in North Carolina.
Senior Vice President of Membership and Network Engagement
Pablo DeFilippi leads Inclusiv’s membership development and engagement strategies and manages Inclusiv/Network, a network of community development finance practitioners that provide valuable consulting services to CDC Us.
Mr. DeFelippi has more than 20 years of experience in community finance, working with regulated financial institutions both in the domestic and international arena.
The New Name of the Federation
Inclusiv is the new name of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. Inclusiv's mission is to help low- and moderate-income people and communities achieve financial independence through credit unions. Inclusiv advocates with government agencies, regulators and lawmakers for policies and programs that promote the safety and soundness of credit unions while allowing them to grow and promote the financial inclusion of low-income communities.
Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award
During the 2017 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC) announced the Pete Crear Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at their Networking Reception on February 28, 2017. The recipient for 2019 was Mr. Maurice R. Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Local Government Federal Credit Union.
The Chairman's Award
This esteemed award honors the individual that best represents a model for other members to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of AACUC. The recipients for 2020 were: John Cassidy, CUNA Mutual Group; Eric Gibbs, Sr., Credit Manager of the Chicago Post Office Employees Credit Union; James Gukeisen, Culaince; Kelli Holloway, State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU); and, André Lucas, MD DC Credit Union Association.
Eric Gibbs, Jr.