SBCU Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our all-volunteer Board of Directors is made of members who lend their managerial and financial expertise to help guide the direction and mission of the credit union. Most adult members in good standing may run for election for a three-year term on the board of directors. At least one of the seats typically come up for election each year. Find out more about our current candidates here.

Meet our current Board Members or read below how you can become a candidate, vote, or just get more information about our board.

What does a board member do?

Board members are responsible for setting policies, approving budgets, and helping to direct the key strategies for the credit union. They evaluate operations and maintain financial performance standards for the credit union. They are also responsible for appointing the credit union’s President/CEO, who reports directly to the Board. Board positions are voluntary and unpaid; however, expenses related to Board business are paid for by the credit union.

Who can be a board member?

Candidates must be members in good standing and have served as a volunteer on the Supervisory Committee, Asset Liability Management Committee or as an Associate Director; be at least 18 years of age; be willing to agree to a criminal background check and a credit check, and be bondable.

What does it take to be a board member?

Candidates should possess the personal qualities that are needed to enable them to serve the Credit Union well. They should be honest, unselfish and act for the good of the Credit Union’s members. They should be interested in the Credit Union and sufficiently generous to give their own time and skills to the affairs of the Credit Union. They must have the ability to understand and must be able to think for themselves.

How long does each board member serve?

The terms are for three years. Board members typically devote a minimum of approximately 6 – 8 hours per month to credit union business, including attending monthly Board meetings at our headquarters in Redondo Beach. Additional time may be spent gathering information and training. Courses of study are available to Board members to help them learn more about the operation of a financial institution.

What are the benefits of being a board member?

You’ll be a representative voice for your fellow members and have a direct say in the overall direction of the credit union. You gain knowledge and experience about the running of a financial institution, strategic planning, and the credit union movement. Board members may also attend conferences and seminars on credit union topics in various locations throughout the country. It is a great way to become part of a unique organization that affects the financial lives of thousands of members.

Meet Our Volunteers

South Bay Credit Union is guided by an all-member, volunteer Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee elected by the membership. These non-paid volunteers govern Credit Union policy and a professional Management team oversees daily operations.

How to Apply to be a Volunteer

We believe that every volunteer helps to make South Bay Credit Union a quality institution for our members and community. Applications to be considered for the Annual Meeting are due by February 28; however, we accept applications anytime. Please complete the application HERE and we will contact you shortly.

Please contact us if you have questions, comments or concerns about your account or the credit union’s operations, you should first contact the credit union directly via e-mail at However, in the unlikely event that you are not satisfied with the response, you can appeal the matter to the Supervisory Committee which will conduct an additional, independent review. Supervisory Committee correspondence ONLY should be mailed to the following address: The Supervisory Committee, South Bay Credit Union, 312 N Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Board of Directors
Chris Otey Chairman
Susan Darcy Vice-Chairman
Chuck Garland Secretary
Jerry Gaines Director
Viki Copeland Director
Tom Light Director
Tarek Shaer Director
Stephanie Ertman Associate

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