In addition to the nominated slate, a qualified member in good standing may be placed on the ballot of nominees for a position on the Board of Directors by petitioning for inclusion on the ballot. Nomination by petition requires the following: Submit a petition signed by at least one (1) percent of the members (249 signatures).

Signatures must be of members in good standing with the credit union. Submit a statement of qualification and biographical data, 125 words or less. Submit signed affidavit stating an agreement to the nomination and promise to serve if elected. Petitions and affidavits to serve are available at the Credit Union's Administration Office which is located at 8820 Gazelle Drive. Petitions must be returned no later than 5:00 p.m. February 23, 2018. By March 18, 2018, all qualified members 16 years of age or older, in good standing, will be mailed a ballot with instructions and deadline for return. When only one member is nominated for each position to be filled, no ballots will be mailed out. The Chairman of the Board of Directors will declare each nominee elected by general consent or acclamation at the Annual Meeting. An independent accounting firm will tabulate the ballots if necessary. The results will be announced at the Annual Meeting to be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the El Paso

Community College located at 9050 Viscount, El Paso Texas, 79925. If you have any questions regarding the election process, please contact the Board Secretary, Gloria Duran, through the Credit Union at 915.599.6816.

Meet the Candidates:

Dr. Ginger Raya:

Dr. Ginger Raya is the El Paso Market Manager of Physician Services Group for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). She teaches graduate courses for the Master of Health Care Administration program at Park University and is a faculty member at Capella University, where she teaches Ethics in Health Care. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors of Latinitas Magazine. She also served as Vice President on the Board of Directors for KCOS-TV, El Paso's PBS Station. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She also holds a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University.

She is a lifelong resident of El Paso, where she lives with her husband, Joe Raya, and their four children: Clarissa, Emma, Joshua and Jonah.

Marcela Navarrete:

Marcela Navarrete graduated from UTEP with a Bachelor's degree in Business (Accounting) in 1989. Before becoming the first female Chief Financial Officer in the 50 year history of the El Paso Water (EPW), she worked in public accounting for a local CPA firm, specializing in auditing. She joined the City of El Paso in November 1992 as an Accountant I, eventually transferring to EPW in August 1993 where, she worked her way up in the Utility's Accounting department, from an Accountant I to the Utility's Chief Accountant position in 1996. In 2003, Ms. Navarrete was promoted to the position of Chief Financial Officer for the Utility and held that position for eight years until her promotion in January 2012 to Vice President of Strategic, Financial and Management Services. As Vice President, she is responsible for the administrative management and coordination of EPW's Strategic, Financial and Management Services Division, which includes Finance and Budgeting, Customer Service, Accounting, Property & Treasury Management, Warehouse Operations, Purchasing and Contracts Administration, Human Resources, Information Services, Instrumentation and Controls, and Land & Water Rights Management. Ms. Navarrete has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1995. She is currently a member of the Texas Society of CPA's and the Government Finance Officers Association. She is also a graduate of Leadership Texas, Class of 2011 and Leadership El Paso Class XXXII 2010. Ms. Navarrete also serves on the boards of the United Way (Chair Elect), El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Past Chair), evolve Federal Credit Union (Chair), Keystone Heritage Park Association (Treasurer), Borderplex Alliance, The Hospitals of Providence East Campus, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Business and Community Advisory Council.

Linda Gonzalez- Hensgen:

Linda Gonzalez-Hensgen retired after a 43-year career in higher education, serving at UTEP as Director of Student Financial Aid and El Paso Community College as Executive Director of Financial Aid and Vice President of Student Services. At both institutions she was committed to improving access to higher education in our community and to improve students' educational experience once enrolled. She began the citywide FAFSA night initiative, assisting families applying for financial aid for college. She served on the Board for the National and Southwest Associations of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Southwest Regional Council for the College Board, and the Department of Education FAFSA Redesign Team. State involvement included President of the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, TGSLC School Advisory Committee, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Financial Aid Advisory committee. She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Family Service of El Paso. Awards received include NASFAA Leadership Award and TASFAA Hall of Fame Award. Linda is a graduate of UTEP with a BBA in Management. Her husband David is a Police Lieutenant for UTEP. Her son, John is a full-time student and part-time employee at El Paso Community College.