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.

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Bridget Tierney Brown, Board Member

Bridget was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia where she graduated from Nazareth Academy High School. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1998 from Thomas Jefferson University and her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Bridget has been a member of the credit union since 1991 and served as an active volunteer on the Loan Review Committee from 2007 - 2012. She has served on the Supervisory Committee since 2012 and was recently elected to the Board of Directors in June. Bridget's professional career has focused on Nursing for over 18 years. She has held Registered Nurse positions for Abington Memorial and University of Pennsylvania Hospitals. Bridget was a Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital from 2006 – 2010 and presently is a Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner for the Women's Health Care Group of Abington Memorial Hospital. Bridget is a member of the Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health and is an active member of St. Cecilia's Church where she also volunteers her time for the school. Bridget supports many charities that include the Lung Cancer Foundation, the March of Dimes as well as her local parish. Her off duty interests include spending time with her family and vacations in the Outer Banks of North Carolina as well as the Jersey shore. Bridget is married with three children and resides in the Foxchase section of Philadelphia.

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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 25 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.

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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. In 2015, Vince was elected to the Board of Directors. His professional career has been in health care management for over 22 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.

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Anna DeFusco, Board Member

Ann was born and raised in South Philadelphia. She has been a Credit Union member for more than 37 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.

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Bernard Lester, Chairman of the Board

Bernard has been a member of PFCU since 1980 and is employed as the Information Security Officer. Prior to his current role, he worked in multiple departments of the credit union, and was previously the Network Manager of the Information Services Department. Bernard is PFCU's longest-serving employee, with 35 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 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.

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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.

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Joseph F. McHugh, Jr., Treasurer 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 Treasurer of the Board of Directors. He formerly served as Chairman for six years. 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 31 years. He served as Director of Case Management for the Family Court Division, where he recently retired. 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.

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Elaine Melchiorre, Vice Chairman of the Board

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. Elaine presently serves on the Executive Committee as Vice Chairman of the Board. 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.

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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 38 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 32 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.

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Elizabeth Sees, Board Member

Liz was born in Panama City, Florida where her father was stationed while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Her family relocated to the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia where she was raised from the age of five. Liz received her diploma from Northeastern Hospital School of Nursing and continued her education towards a B.S. in Business Administration. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from LaSalle University where she received her B.S. in Nursing. Liz has been a member of the credit union since 1994 and served as an active volunteer on the Loan Review Committee from 2005 - 2013. She also served on the Supervisory Committee from 2013 – 2016 and was presently appointed to the Board of Directors in June. Liz's professional career in Nursing has spanned over 29 years, specializing in Perioperative/ Orthopaedic Nursing . Liz has held several nursing positions for Pennsylvania Hospital from 1987 – 2012. She is currently the Perioperative Nurse Coordinator for Aria 3B Orthopaedics and also functions as the Nurse Manager for Preadmission Testing for the Aria Bucks County Campus. Liz is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and is a member of the National Alliance of Legal Nurse Consultants, the Association of Operating Room Nurses, National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Her community service includes VP/ Operating Room Coordinator for Operation Walk Philadelphia, President of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Div. 17 and the Philadelphia Hibernian Hunger Project. She is also an active member of the Philadelphia Tara Degree Team since 2001. Liz has supported such charities as the Child Abuse Prevention Effort (CAPE), The Blessed Margaret of Castello Home, St. Francis Inn, Aid For Friends, American Cancer Society, National MS Society, Ronald McDonald House, Veterans Multipurpose Center, Disabled Veterans Foundation, and St. Jude's Cancer Research for Children, just to name a few. Her off duty interests include biking and spending time on the Cape May, New Jersey beach, laughing with her friends and family. Liz is married with one son and resides in the Latham Place section of Northeast Philadelphia.

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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 23 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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I have been a customer for over 17 years.  PFCU has competitive rates, personable customer service, and your loan processes are very user friendly.   

Tom Flynn
Member since 1998

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