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Board of Directors

Cooperative Federal is a member-owned, member-driven cooperativeMembers have a voice and vote in governing the credit union, by electing the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting

Our Board of Directors is composed of credit union members who live or work in the city of Syracuse, and who volunteer to serve their fellow members. The board sets direction and determines policy for the credit union; board members serve two-year terms.

Members are invited to contact the board at this email address, which is automatically distributed to each board member. Members can also attend monthly board meetings to discuss questions and ideas.

Board of Directors

Frank Cetera, President. Frank Cetera's work involves a wide range of cooperative enterprises and initiatives beyond Cooperative Federal.Frank has been a resident at Bread and Roses housing coop, and is currently living in and developing the Bitternut Collective Urban Homesteading coop on the Near Westside of Syracuse. Frank is a member of both the Syracuse Real Foods Coop (SRFC) and Eat-To-Live food coop (ETL).  He works in his day job as a NYS Senior Business Advisor at the Onondaga SBDC (Small Business Development Center), located on the OCC campus, helping small businesses start-up and develop, including focusing on cooperatives. Frank is one of the founders of the NY Cooperative Network and engages regularly with professionals and educators regarding cooperative principles and organizing.

Moise Laub, Vice President. Moise was born in Haiti and moved to the US at age 12. He served as a sailor in the US Navy before attending Onondaga Community College, where he was very involved with student governance, and graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in International Relations. Moise was recently admitted to the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program at SU’s Maxwell School. He is a father and enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and volunteering.



Alaa Alawaad, Co-Secretary. Alaa is an immigrant who arrived in Syracuse in 2010. He earned an Associates Degree from Onondaga Community College followed by a Bachelor’s Degree from Syracuse University in Information Management & Technology. He currently works as a full-time IT specialist for 
Syracuse University, managing computer labs, and will begin an MA program in Cyber Security this fall. He also owns a small business, and is the father of 5 children. 



Joss Willsbrough, Co-Secretary. Joss serves as an Outreach and Education Specialist for Planned Parenthood and is currently facilitating a young adult summer program in partnership with the Urban Jobs Task Force (UJTF), focused on racial and economic justice in connection with the I-81 rebuild. Joss co-created a queer living collective in the Westcott neighborhood and is interested in 
engaging with efforts to increase the power of the community through resource sharing, grassroots activism, and making the principles and conditions of collective living more accessible. 


David Kauffman, Treasurer / Financial Officer. David has been a member of the credit union since 2009 and joined the Board in 2016. During his first 2 year term David served on the Technology Committee, Budget Committee, and Nominations Committee. David has been involved in the leadership of several cooperatives in different cities, including President of the Madison Community Cooperative in Wisconsin where he helped the organization through several financial struggles. For several years David worked in a consulting practice that did risk assessments of local religious, non‐profit, and business organizations in order to guide them toward improving their internal controls, better managing their risk, and securing their finances. David currently works at a local manufacturing company doing data visualization and project management.

Jessica Azulay. Jessica is Executive Director of Alliance for a Green Economy, and co-founder and steering Committee Co-chair of the New York Energy Democracy Alliance. Jessica was born and raised in rural West 
Virginia and moved to her current home in Syracuse, NY in 2002. She has 20 years of multi-issue grassroots organizing experience and formerly worked as a nonprofit publisher, editor and journalist. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Sarah Lawrence College where she focused on political economy and international economics. 


Shawndell Burden. Shawndell the Founder, CEO and Stylist of Goode Looks Salon, located in the Spa at 500 (West Onondaga Street) where she has been in business for over 10 years. In addition to her license as a certified Cosmetologist, she holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems. Shawndell enjoys networking and being active in her community; she is a faithful member of the Abundant Life Christian Center and works with their media department. Born and raised in Syracuse, she is the mother to one son. 


Jessica Maxwell. Jessica grew up on a small farm in Upstate NY. For the past 20 years, she has been an activist and community organizer in Syracuse, working on economic and social justice campaigns including immigrant rights, justice for incarcerated individuals and their families, community gardening and 
urban agriculture, and safe and clean energy. Jessica is currently a trainer with RiseUp for Social Action, serves on the boards of the Alliance for a Green Economy and the NY Immigration Coalition, and is the Executive Director of the Workers Center of CNY.


Duane Owens is the New York State Regional Director of Historical Sites, Parks & Recreation. He formerly served Onondaga County as Commissioner of Personnel, Commissioner of Facilities Management, and MWBE Consultant, and has an extensive background in business management, business consulting, and real estate development. Duane is Vice President of Inclusive Economy CNY, and serves on Coop Fed's Business Opportunity Loan Committee. He has served on the boards for Focal Point FCU, Boys & Girls Club, Sherman Park Bulldogs, Syracuse Juneteenth Celebration (President) and NAACP (Vice President); and is currently on the Executive Board for CNY WORKS.



Barbara Racculia. Barbara was born and raised in Syracuse, and loves living here. She currently works as a Staff Accountant for Bitzer Scroll, Inc., a German manufacturing subsidiary. She has worked in various types of companies, all in an accounting capacity, from insurance to retail and manufacturing. With 2 adult daughters and 2 granddaughters, she received her BBA in Finance/Accounting when her youngest went to kindergarten and her MBA just 6 years ago. 



Andrea WanderseeAndrea is the Executive Director of NEDHA, The Northeast Hawley Development Association, where she focuses on community development on Syracuse’s Northside. She is the Secretary of the Northside Business Partnership and serves on the Exceptional Family Resources Board. She is actively involved in the Onondaga County CA$H Coalition. Andrea has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit leadership, with background in organizational development. She has an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a BA in History from Hartwick College. Andrea has lived in Eastwood with her son since 2007.


Randy White. Randy is the Manager of Syracuse SNUG, a program which focuses on high-risk young people between the ages of 14-24 involved in gun violence. He serves on the Board of Directors of Blueprint15 and the Southside Community Coalition, and is the managing partner of Amenity Properties LLC. Randy has been a member of Cooperative Federal since 2018 and has served on the Credit Committee since 2019.



2022 Board Meeting Schedule

All Cooperative Federal members have the right to attend board meetings. Members are asked to leave the room when private information is discussed, such as member or personnel matters.

Please note that board meetings are being conducted remotely via Zoom until further notice. If you wish to attend the Zoom meeting, please email us.

  • Wedneday, January 26, 2022 (rescheduled to February 2, 2022) - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Wedneday, February 23, 2022 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Wedneday, March 23, 2022 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Wedneday, April 27, 2022 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Wedneday, May 25, 2022 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Wedneday, June 22, 2022 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Wedneday, July 27, 2022 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Wedneday, August 24, 2022 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Wedneday, September 28, 2022 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Wedneday, October 26, 2022 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Wedneday, November 30, 2022 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Wedneday, December 21, 2022 - 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Supervisory Committee

The Board of Directors appoints members of the Supervisory Committee, which is our audit and internal controls oversight committee. The Supervisory Committee conducts audits, provides oversight, and resolves disputes.

  • Liz Crockett, Chair
  • John Faley
  • Jenny Penningston
  • Sarah Terrel


Any Cooperative Federal member is eligible to be on the Board of Directors. Love the credit union? Have suggestions to make us stronger? Please consider joining the Board! Contact the Nominations Committee with suggestions and inquiries.