Meet Our Board of Directors
The Philadelphia Federal Credit Union (PFCU) is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution that exists entirely to serve our members. PFCU does not issue stock or pay dividends to outside shareholders. All earnings are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, higher dividend rates, fewer fees, free financial education and community activities. Our Board of Directors is a dedicated group of volunteers that are elected from within our membership.
Paulette Chambers, Board Member
Paulette was born and raised in Philadelphia. She is a graduate cum laude of Peirce College with an A.S. in business administration and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Paulette has been a member of the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union since 1971 and served on various committees as an active volunteer for the past 24 years. She has been a member of the Supervisory Committee and was Chairperson of the Loan Policy and Loan Review Committees. Today, Paulette serves on the Board of Directors’ Executive Committee. She is also a member of the Asset and Liability Management Committee. Employed by the City of Philadelphia for over 36 years, Paulette held various positions from a Clerk Messenger to an Applications Programmer III. She is an active member of the Urban League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the African American Museum of Philadelphia, the Schomburg Center, Smithsonian Institution, WHYY, WRTI-Temple University, the Franklin Institute and the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. Paulette also serves as a member of the West Oak Lane Business Association and three senior centers including the Center in the Park, Martin Luther King and West Oak Lane. In her spare time, she teaches line dancing for the St. Peter Claver Junior Auxiliary at St. Athanasius School and the Kings Men class at MLK Senior Center. She supports numerous charities that include Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Bridges to Education, Career Wardrobe, Center for Community Arts, Feed the Children, Habitat for Humanity, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, Philabundance, Susan G. Komen Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation and West Catholic High School among many others. She resides in Philadelphia and has two married daughters and three grandchildren.
Vincent Colaberdino, Board Member
Vince was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia where he attended Archbishop Ryan High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Duquesne University. Vince has been a member of the credit union since 1997 and served as an active volunteer on the Loan Review Committee for 15 years. He also served on the Supervisory Committee and was the Chairman from 2013 through April of 2014. Vince’s professional career has been in health care management for over 21 years. He has held Account Management positions for several large corporations, including McKesson Health Solutions, United Healthcare, and Aetna Better Health of Pennsylvania. Vince is currently the Director of Account Management for Vital Decisions, a company that specializes in advance care planning for individuals with serious illnesses. He is a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Duquesne Alumni, American Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), and the International Federation of Employment Benefit Plans. Vince has supported and participated in many charitable events including Autism Speaks, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Habitat for Humanity, and Philadelphia Catholic Charities. In his spare time, he coaches baseball for his children. He is married with two sons and resides in Havertown.
Anna DeFusco, Board Member
Ann was born and raised in South Philadelphia. She has been a Credit Union member for more than 36 years, and has served as an active volunteer since 1976. Before she was elected to the Board of Directors in 1993, Anna served as a volunteer, and soon became the Chairperson of PFCU’s Delinquent Loan Committee. She is currently Secretary of the Board. Ann is a graduate of John W. Hallahan High School, the Temple Real Estate School and has earned more than 25 years of experience working for the City of Philadelphia. Retired from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority where she was employed as an Administrative Secretary, she also worked part-time for local physician, Dr. Guy Carnabuci M.D. for 38 years. Ann served as Judge of Elections of the 1st Ward, 21st Division and Past Vice President of South Philadelphia Communities Civic Association. She has participated in the Philadelphia Columbus Day Parade, American Cancer Society Walks and supports many charities. Ann is an avid entertainer who loves to cook and hosts her annual open houses on New Year’s Day to cheer on the Mummers. She resides in South Philadelphia and has two daughters and two grandchildren.
Bernard Lester, Vice Chairman of the Board
Bernard has been a member of PFCU since 1980 and is employed as the Network Manager of PFCU’s Information Services department. Prior to his current role, he worked in multiple departments of the credit union, including Member Service, Lending and as the Lead Teller at the Temple University and Temple Hospital Satellite branches. Bernard is PFCU’s longest-serving employee, with 34 years of experience. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010. He has served on the Election and Disaster Recovery Committees at PFCU and has also attended various conferences for continuing education offered to credit union directors. He is currently pursuing a B.S. in Information Technology through the University of Phoenix. He currently serves on the Executive Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Board. Born and raised in the East Germantown section of Philadelphia, Bernard later moved to the West Oak Lane area, where he participated in the neighborhood block watch committee and served as the block captain. He also provides financial support to the Salvation Army and the Media Church of Christ. Bernard currently resides in Montgomery County, is married and has three children. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and reading from his collection of 2,000 books stored on his Kindle eBook device.
James McAneney, Board Member
Jim was born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia and attended the neighborhood parochial schools. He is a graduate of West Philadelphia Catholic High School. Jim received his B.S. in Accounting from LaSalle University and his M.B.A. in Finance from St. Joseph’s University. He has been a credit union member since 1977 and served as an active volunteer as the Chairperson of the Supervisory Committee from 1992 to 1997. Jim’s career started in 1977 working for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development where he held various positions from Accountant and Accounting Supervisor to the Fiscal Officer. In 1997, Jim was recruited to take the position of President/CEO of the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union. He was elected to the Board in 2014. Jim is a member of the Association of Government Accountants, and is a Certified Government Financial Manager. Jim is also a member of the Business Leadership Committee of the Delaware River City Corporation. He supports his almamaters as well as several charities, some that include Philabundance, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Habitat for Humanity. Jim and his wife enjoy the Jersey shore with family and friends, reading and following all local sports teams.
Dennis McBride, Treasurer of the Board
Dennis was born and raised in the Far Northeast section of Philadelphia and was a parishioner at Our Lady of Calvary R.C. Church for 18 years. He has been a credit union member for 34 years, actively serving on various committees during that time, including the Asset and Liability Management Committee. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1991 and at present, serves on the Executive Committee and as Treasurer of the Board. Dennis is a graduate of LaSalle University with a B.S. in Accounting. With an extensive background in finance, today he is President of his own consulting company. Dennis served our country in the United States Navy and is a proud supporter of the United States Naval Memorial. He was a Healthcare Reimbursement Specialist for 35 years and served as a member of the American Association of Healthcare Managers. Dennis is a very active participant in PFCU-sponsored events that have included the Special People in the Northeast’s Stroll in the Park, cleaning the grounds of Friends Hospital and marching in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He has financially supported Archbishop Ryan High School and LaSalle University, his alma mater. Other charitable donations include Catholic University, St. Joseph’s Academy, Bridges to Education and the Buckingham SPCA. Dennis resides in Bucks County, is married and has a daughter and a grandaughter.
Joseph F. McHugh, Jr., Chairman of the Board
Joe has been a credit union member for 31 years and has served on various committees, including the Loan Review Committee and as Secretary of the Supervisory Committee. Joe was elected to the Board of Directors in 1998. He presently serves on PFCU’s Executive Committee as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Joe was born and raised in the Tacony and Mayfair sections of Northeast Philadelphia and is a graduate of Father Judge High School. Joe has been employed with the City of Philadelphia’s First Judicial District for the past 30 years. He currently serves as Director of Case Management for the Family Court Division. Joe has received numerous certificates for continuing education and was honored with the Herbert R. Weiman Jr. Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association. He received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Temple University. His memberships include Founding Member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Division 17, the Pennsylvania Domestic Relations Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Court Management, the National Child Support Enforcement Association and parishioner of St. Bernard’s R.C. Church. He supports various charities that include the ALS Association where he has been an active participant in the annual Walk for ALS along with the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. An avid sports fan, Joe has enjoyed coaching little league baseball throughout the years for Mayfair Athletic Club and Vogt Community Association. He is married with two children and resides in the Northeast section of Philadelphia.
Elaine Melchiorre, Board Member
Elaine was born and raised in South Philadelphia. She has been an active credit union member and volunteer since 1977. Before her election to the Board in 1997, she was Secretary of the Supervisory Committee, where she served for 20 years. After an extensive background with the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania for 23 years, in the Family Court Division, where she held the position of Court Administrative Officer, Elaine retired. She is a member of the Church of the Epiphany in South Philadelphia and is a financial supporter of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital among many others. Elaine interests include traveling, music and the arts. She resides in South Philadelphia and has three children and six grandchildren.
Kathleen Meyer, Board Member
Kathy was born and raised in the Juniata section of Philadelphia and is a graduate of Little Flower High School. She has been a credit union member for over 37 years and has served as an active volunteer since 1994, serving on the Loan Review and Supervisory Committee where she was appointed Chairperson. Kathy has served on the Board of Directors since 2009. She started her career working at local branches of Philadelphia National Bank and for several attorneys in the City. Kathy started working at the City of Philadelphia in 1978 in various legal and judicial capacities. Her extensive experience includes the Common Pleas Court of Philadelphia where she served as Past Secretary and Past President of the Board of the Judicial Secretaries Association for more than 20 years. In addition, she has also worked as a Jewelry Consultant for the past 31 years. She retired from her position as the Communications Director and Court Administrative Officer to the Administrative Judge of the Common Pleas Trial Division. Kathy is a supporter and volunteer for Autism Awareness, the American Cancer Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. She resides with her husband in Center City, Philadelphia and has three stepsons.
Elouise Thomas, Board Member
Elouise was born and raised in Philadelphia and became a member of PFCU in 1966, soon after she started her employment with the City of Philadelphia. She has been an active volunteer of the Credit Union for the past 35 years, serving as a member on the Supervisory Committee. Elouise was appointed to the Board in 2012. With an extensive background with the City of Philadelphia, she worked in several divisions including Construction, Zoning, Sign and Mechanical and retired as a Minority Business Specialist II in the Finance Department in 2004. To her credits, Elouise attended Temple University’s New Careers Ladder in Social Work Program and received her Bachelors’ of Social Work accreditation in 1977. She served as Shop Steward for District Council 47 and on the Parent Supervisory Panel to the Philadelphia Board of Education’s Get Set Program. Elouise also served on the Board of Directors for the Martin Luther King Plaza Homeowner’s Association and was a recipient of a citation from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains for her outstanding community work. She supports organizations such as the Black Women’s Lawyers Association and many local charities that include the Salvation Army, and the Point Breeze Performing Arts Center. Elouise has four children, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and resides in South Philadelphia.
Charles Zacney, Board Member
Chuck was born and raised in the Far Northeast section of Philadelphia for 35 years. He has been a credit union member for over 22 years and served as an active volunteer since 1992. Chuck served on the Loan Review Committee from its inception in 1993. After being promoted to the Supervisory Committee in 1995, he became Chairman in 1996. He has been a Board member since 1998. Chuck has held various positions as an Auditor for Hahnemann University Hospital, Manager of Abington Memorial Hospital and the Director of Billing for the University of Pennsylvania Orthopedics. He is currently President of his own medical billing company. Chuck serves as President of the League of Healthcare Professionals and is a national member of the American Association of Healthcare Managers. He supports various charities that include participation in Alex’s Lemonade Foundation and in his spare time enjoys coaching little league baseball in Upper Providence. Chuck’s interests include breeding horses and he sits as the owner and President of Cash is King Racing Stables. He resides in the Far Northeast section of Philadelphia, is married and has three children.
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