Holiday: The Credit Union will be closed in observance of the following holiday:
Independence Day, Monday, July 4.
Board of Directors
Marie B. Smith Chairman
Marie was elected to the Board of Directors in August 2008 and has been a member of the Credit Union since 1995. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University, her graduate degree from Sonoma State University and Doctorate of Education degree in higher education management from the University of San Francisco. After working nine years as the President of American River College, Dr. Smith served as Vice Chancellor for Los Rios Community College District for three years. Dr. Smith retired from the Los Rios Community College District in 2007.
Eugene J. Houghton, Jr. Vice Chairman
In 1971, Gene was elected to the Supervisory Committee, served for five years, and was elected as Chairman. In 1976, he was elected to the Board of Directors and has served as a Director since that time. In 1981, Gene was elected as Vice Chairman, a position he held for 19 years, and in 2000, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors. Gene taught in the Sacramento City Unified School District for 32 years before retiring in 1992. He earned his Bachelor's degree from California State University, San Jose, and his Master's degree from California State University, Chico.
Theresa Matista Treasurer
Theresa has been a Schools member since 1996. She was elected to the Board of Directors in May 2004. Theresa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Santa Clara University and her Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, Sacramento. Theresa has worked for the Los Rios Community College District for 21 years. She currently serves as the Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration at the Los Rios Community College District.
Dolores Bleekman Secretary
Dolores Bleekman has been a member of Schools Financial Credit Union since 1967. When the Credit Union’s Ambassador Program was introduced in 1994, she was selected to participate in the program. In 1999 Dolores became a Member-At-Large and served on the Personnel Committee. In 2001 she was elected to the Supervisory Committee where she served as Secretary and most recently as Chairman. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010. Dolores holds an undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University and a graduate degree from University of LaVerne. She retired in 1993 after a 30-year teaching career and continued as a substitute teacher until 2003.
Emilio Martinez Director
Emilio has been a member of Schools since 1967. He was elected to the Supervisory Committee in 1993, elected Secretary to that Committee in 1997, and Chairman in 2001. In 2004, Emilio was elected to the Board of Directors. Emilio earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University and his graduate degree from the University of San Francisco. After working for six years as a teacher and Sacred Heart Credit Union volunteer in Saginaw, Michigan, Emilio moved to California. He taught in the San Juan Unified School District for 29 years before retiring in 1995.
Luther Nolen Director
Luther brings a strong educational background, holding a Doctorate (EdD) from the University of San Francisco and having been a professor at American River College for 29 years.
Douglas Sato Director
Douglas brings a strong financial background, having been an auditor for Coopers & Lybrand for three years, an operations control manager at Los Rios Community College District for three years and the owner of a CPA firm for 32 years.
Gregory A. Smith, CCUV Chairman, Supervisory Committee
Greg joined the Credit Union Movement in 1967 and Schools in 1989. He became a Member-At-Large in 1997, was elected to the Supervisory Committee in 2005, to Secretary of the Committee in 2008 and Chairman in 2010. His Bachelor of Science degree is from the University of San Francisco. He has completed graduate studies from USF, the University of Southern California and American Military University. For his extensive coursework in the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Volunteers Achievement Program, he was recognized with the Dora Maxwell Award, the program’s highest honor. Further training with CUNA enabled him to earn his Certified Credit Union Volunteer (CCUV) designation.
George Bleekman Secretary, Supervisory Committee
George has been a member of the Credit Union since 1967. After volunteering on Schools’ Credit Committee in the early 1970s and as an Ambassador in the mid-1990s, George was selected to serve as a Member-At-Large in 1999. During the ensuing 11 years, George has served as a Member-At-Large on the following committees: Savings Loans Products and Services, Personnel, Facilities, Marketing and most recently the Supervisory Committee. In October 2010, George was elected to be a Member of the Supervisory Committee. George holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Michigan. Awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to the University of Oregon, he earned a Master of Science degree in Advanced Biology. In 1993 he retired as Professor emeritus of Biology from American River College, where he taught for 25 years.
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Kathleen McCreery Member, Supervisory Committee
Kathleen McCreery joined Schools Financial in 2010, the same year she became a Member-at-Large. In 2016, Kathleen was elected as a member of the Supervisory Committee. She received her B.S. in Liberal Arts, Reading Specialist Credential and M.A. in Education from Cal Poly, Pomona. Her education continued at Cal State Fullerton, where she earned an Administrative Credential in Leadership. Kathleen taught elementary, junior high and high school prior to becoming a principal. She has also held the positions of Pupil Services Specialist, Project Director for Beginning Teacher Support and Assistance (BTSA), Director of Educational Services and Chair of the Association of California Schools Administrators (ACSA) State CIA Council and Assistant Executive Director for Educational Services. Kathleen currently serves as Executive Director of the California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD) and is a member of ACSA, Computer Using Educators (CUE) and Technology Information Center for Administrative Leaders (TICAL).