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Who We Are
Freedom First Credit Union

Board of Directors

Who We Are
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Community-Based Leadership. Values-Based Banking.

The Freedom First Credit Union Board of Directors, all whom are active members of the Credit Union and the community, are democratically elected by members like you to serve three-year terms.
Nominations by Petition for Board of Directors Candidates for 2019
In accordance with both the NCUA Rules and Regulations and Freedom First Credit Union’s By-Laws, any member wishing to be nominated for a Board position must file a Petition for Nomination form and application forms. Also, the petitioner must obtain signatures from 1 percent of the membership. All forms of the Petition for Nomination packet must be submitted no later than March 4, 2019.
Petitions are available by contacting the Nominating Committee via email or postal mail:
Postal Mail:
Freedom First Credit Union
Attn: Compliance Officer
5240 Valleypark Drive
Roanoke, VA 24019


Dan Merenda, Chairman
Brent Cochran, Vice Chairman
Melinda Payne, Secretary
Wayne Strickland, Treasurer
Judith Harrison
Michelle Dykstra
Ron Williams
Andrea Garland
John Budd


Jay Lanz , Chairman
Michael Williams, Secretary
Gerald Barnes
Cynthia DiFrancesco
Adrienne Sowers


Paul Phillips, President/CEO
Sarah Andrews, EVP/COO
Keith Rickoff, EVP/CFO

Board of Directors election results (if open seats need to be filled) are announced at the Annual Meeting in May of each year.
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