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There are two open positions for Downey Federal Credit Union's 2018 Board of Directors. The candidates are:


Raul Lopez has been on the DFCU Board of Directors since 2005 and has been a community leader and active volunteer in the city of Downey the past 36 years. He is currently a member (and past president) of the board of the Arc of Los Angeles and Orange County. In addition, he also sits on the board of the Downey Police and Fire Foundation. He is a past president and active member of the Downey Rotary Club, current member and past president of Gangs Out Of Downey, and a former member of the Downey YMCA Board of Managers. Raul, a native of Havana, Cuba, came to California in 1973. He attended Long Beach City College and worked for Prudential Insurance Company until he started his own insurance business in Downey in 1982 — where he worked until his retirement in 2014. He is married to Arlene, an accomplished CPA, and have five children, thirteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. During his retirement, he dedicates his time to his family and various volunteer activities.


Laura Kramer has been on the DFCU Board of Directors since 1999. She has served as Chairwoman, Chair Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary. During her tenure on the DFCU board, the credit union has grown from $38 million to $220 million in assets. Laura is originally from Downey. She attended Warren High School before earning her degree in Political Science from UCLA. She went on to earn certification in Personal Financial Planning. Laura has over 20 years of Executive Fund Development experience with roles in community hospitals such as Downey Regional Medical Center (DRMC), St. John Regional Medical Center, Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia, and St. Jude Memorial Foundation in Fullerton — while at Methodist she was part of a team that raised more than $20 million to build a new wing to the medical center. She has always enjoyed community work, including serving a term as president for Downey Soroptimists. She currently volunteers for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in Orange County.

Note to Members: Additional candidates for the Board of Directors (over age 18) must submit a petition signed by 1% of the membership, a brief description of qualifications, and a signed statement that he or she will serve on the Board if elected. Petitions must be returned to the Secretary of the Board no later than February 15, 2019. There will be no nominations from the floor. Printed ballots will be mailed to all members eligible to vote at least 30 days prior to the meeting, if necessary.