Our Team

Named as one of 2016 Best Credit Unions to Work for nationally by Credit Union Journal, Latino Credit Union is an award-winning leader in social finance, with innovative financial products and services tailored to its members. We can do this so well because we are passionate about what we do, we come from the diverse membership we serve and we are committed to helping them continue to dream big and achieve their goals.

We are proud to have staff that represents 19 countries and offer unique perspectives on how to best serve our members.

Additionally, 75% of employees have been promoted during their tenure at Latino Credit Union.

All of our employees have a personalized career plan to help them reach their full potential.

Join our Team

Developing, rewarding, and retaining the industry’s best and brightest talent isn’t just good for LCCU it’s a part of who we are. We foster a culture that incites creativity, encourages collaboration, and provides the opportunity for our employees to be their best and build their careers.

Meet our Executive Team

Luis Pastor

Luis Pastor

CEO/President

Luis Pastor has been President and CEO of Latino Credit Union (LCCU) since 2000. He oversaw the organization’s expansion to over 63,000 members and 11 branches statewide, making it the fastest growing credit union in the U.S.  During his tenure, LCCU has become model for institutions in the U.S. and abroad seeking to provide financial education and services to unbanked and low-income immigrant communities.  LCCU has received more than 30 local and national awards including the E Pluribus Unum award for its exceptional immigration integration initiatives as well as the first Wachovia NEXT Award designed to propel high-potential CDFIs to a next level of growth, success, and staying power. In 2015, in recognition of his exceptional leadership skills, Pastor was selected by Credit Union Times readers as one of the 64 most influential leaders in the credit union industry for the past 25 years. Pastor, a native of Spain, has a degree in Economics and Business Administration from CUNEF (Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain), a Masters in Human Resources from CEF (Centros de Estudios Financieros, Madrid, Spain) and an MBA from Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain).

Vicky Garcia

Vicky Garcia

SVP, Product & Risk Management

Vicky Garcia works in coordinating and controlling the process of analysis, measurement, evaluation and control of the risks inherent to the organization in accordance with the policies and limits set by the Board of Directors. She also works on the preparation, coordination and implementation of the overall strategy of the Credit Union. She was previously Vice President of Operations where she managed the lending program, participated as a product development head, operations and also served as the compliance officer. She has served in various other capacities as both staff and as a volunteer since 2001, such as overseeing the branches in the Triangle, and serving as manager of LCCU’s flagship branch in Durham. Prior to that, she served as a volunteer loan officer and member of the credit committee. Garcia joined the Credit Union after 8 years in corporate relationship management and risk analysis in Citibank Colombia in the global and top tier local corporate business. She has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Roger Montes

Roger Montes

SVP, Branch & Credit Management

Roger Montes is responsible for supervision and coordination of all branches, as well as the development and implementation of operations, lending procedures and policies in all the branches, and has been with Latino Credit Union since 2003.  He also acted as Vice President, overseeing branches in the Triad and Charlotte. He has moved through various positions at the credit union including Member Service Representative, Teller, Loan Officer, and Branch Manager. He joined the credit union after 13 years of working as an engineer in the mining industry in Colombia. Montes has a B.A. and M.A. in Engineering in Mining and Metallurgy from the National University of Colombia and a specialization in Financial and Enterprising Management from the University of Medellin, Colombia.

Alison Beck Yonas

Alison Beck Yonas

VP, Development & Strategic Investment

Alison Yonas Beck is responsible for helping to set and monitor strategy of the credit union as well as grants development and resource management. Prior to her work at LCCU, she was Director of an asset-building EITC Campaign in Baltimore, the Baltimore CASH Campaign. She has also worked for the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, primarily funding microfinance development programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. A graduate of Duke University with a joint undergraduate major in Anthropology and Spanish, she earned her MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in Finance and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Juan Carlos Canal

Juan Carlos Canal

VP, Finance

Juan Carlos Canal manages LCCU’s financial plans and policies. He ensures that accounting and finance systems are functioning. He is responsible for asset-liability management, overseeing liquidity, preparing timely financial information reports, and coordinating with external auditors. Canal has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and an M.B.A from Duke University, where he was a CASE (Center for Advancement on Social Entrepreneurship) scholar. He has 10 years financial analysis and strategy experience before coming to LCCU in 2008.

Rebekah Cid del Prado

VP, Human Resource Development

Rebekah Cid del Prado is responsible for employee recruitment, retention and development.  She designs the credit union’s training and leadership development programs, as well as human resource organization and planning. She manages employee benefits administration and directs the annual evaluation and compensation process. Cid del Prado has a B.A. in Social Psychology from Western Michigan University and an M.S. in Human Resource Development from N.C. State University.

Javier Olave

Javier Olave

VP, Lending

Javier Olave oversees the mortgage and lending department of the organization and provides coaching and training to the growing team of mortgage loan officers. He has served various capacities since starting his career with the organization in 2003 as a loan officer and promptly moving to branch manager, regional manager and Vice President. Javier is a CPA and holds a CEP certification (Certified Executive Program) from CUNA.

Meet our Board of Directors

Maria Scanga

Maria Scanga

Chair

María Scanga is a retired attorney. She practiced in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate and insurance law. An LCCU co-founder, she provides substantial support on LCCU’s personnel administration and corporate organization. Scanga serves on the board of the Duke University Health System Institutional Review Board, where her particular interest is the accessibility and fairness of clinical trials to minorities. She also serves on the advisory board for Latino Journalism and Media at Carolina initiative of the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication, a cultural development effort dedicated to improve journalism and strategic communication of Latino issues in North Carolina and beyond. She has a J.D. and an M.A. in Communications from the University of North Carolina, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Manhattanville College.

John Herrera

John Herrera

Vice-Chair

John Herrera is Vice-President of Latino/Hispanic Affairs for Self-Help, a statewide CDFI, where he has helped grow lending to Latinos from under 5% in 1999 to more than 30% in 2004. One of LCCU’s co-founders, he is responsible for supporting LCCU’s external relations and overall strategic planning. He is also the founder of El Pueblo, Inc., a statewide Latino policy organization and a founding board member of El Centro Latino, a community-based organization. He was an Alderman in Carrboro, N.C. Herrera is a former Eisenhower Fellow and was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his accomplishments as an Immigrant Entrepreneur and Innovator. He holds an M.S. from N.C. State University in Parks, Recreation and Forest Management, with a concentration in Community Development and a B.S. from the University of Delaware.

David Brehmer

David Brehmer

Secretary

David Brehmer has been President and Chief Executive Officer of First Carolina Corporate Credit Union in Greensboro, N.C., a $1.5 billion financial institution, since March 1994.  Before joining First Carolina Corporate, Brehmer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of San Diego Postal Credit Union, Vice President of Operations & Sales for San Diego County Credit Union, Director of Marketing and Operations for Torrey Pines FCU, and President of Torrey Pines Federal, Inc. (CUSO).  He has more than 35 years of experience working within the credit union community. He currently serves as Chair of CU Business Group’s Board of Managers, an organization that helps credit unions provide business services to their members.  He also serves on the executive committee of the Alliance of Corporate Credit Unions.  Previously, Brehmer served on the Board of U.S. Central Credit Union for 13 years. He was the recipient of the 1992 Charlie Clark Award for Leadership and was presented the Carolinas CU Foundation’s inaugural “Individual Professional Achievement” Award in 2014. Brehmer is a graduate of Duke University and Western CUNA Management School.

Jorge Phillips

Treasurer

Jorge Phillips is an experienced software executive manager and entrepreneur with deep expertise in management, financial services, advanced software development, strategy, operational and management consulting, and building and developing high performance cross-functional teams. He has extensive experience in enterprise application and data architecture with substantial software development experience in imperative and functional environments and their application to produce highly performant and scalable applications in finance, telecom, health, manufacturing and government. He is a patented inventor in the US, Japan and Europe, as well as an ICT policy making and software technology expert.  A mathematician, and computer scientist from MIT, Phillips has MSc Computer Science, MSc Computer Systems, and PhD Artificial Intelligence and Management degrees from Stanford University.

Jerry Harmon

Jerry Harmon

Director

Jerry Harmon is the Chief Lending Officer at North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union (NCSECU). During his 37 years of tenure at NCSECU, he has worked as a loan officer, assistant branch manager, and Vice President before assuming his current position. Mr. Harmon has a certification in trust from Southeastern Trust School at Campbell University. He also holds North Carolina insurance licenses for life, accident, and health, Medicare/Long Term Care and personal lines as well as the series 7, 63, 24, 51, AND 65 investment and trusts licenses. He also is a certified credit union executive, a designation from the Credit Union National Association. He graduated from Appalachian State University with B.A. in Business.

Farad Ali

Farad Ali

Director

Farad Ali is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development, with over 25 years of experience in banking, small business development and public service.  He is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that improved the utilization of historically underutilized businesses. His leadership resulted in continuous improvement around strategy, process, architecture, resources, systems and empowerment and more than $1 billion of economic opportunity and business financing generated. Ali served as interim president and CEO of the Carolinas Minority Supplier Diversity Council (now Carolinas-Virginia Supplier Diversity Council) during 2011. During his tenure, the council expanded business opportunities for minority business enterprises (MBEs) and created mutually beneficial links between corporate members and MBEs.

Prior to joining the Institute, Ali served as assistant vice president for business and community banking at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Centura from 1995-1999 and in corporate, retail and commercial lending positions for Wachovia/Wells Fargo from 1989-1995. He served as Durham City Councilman from 2007-2011. Ali holds an undergraduate business degree with a concentration in finance from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA degree from Campbell University. He received post-graduate training for emerging business markets from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University.

Sebastian Fengler

Director

Sebastian Fengler is the President of Indulor America LP, a German family-owned polymer manufacturing company located in Graham NC. Since 2009, he has managed its start-up in North Carolina, as well as various departments including human resources, sales and purchasing, and acquisitions. Prior to his Board tenure, Fengler served as a member of LCCU’s supervisory committee for four years. He holds a B.A. in Political Science, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Latin American Studies from Colorado State University. He earned his Master of Arts, in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. Fengler also holds certificates as a Quality Management Systems Lead Auditor, as well as in Financial Analysis from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business.