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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 is a NYS Senior Business Advisor at 
the Onondaga Small Business Development Center specializing in cooperative enterprises and employee ownership. Frank is a Westside Delegate to Citywide 
TNT (Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today), cofounded the Bitternut Collective Urban Homesteading co-op on the Near Westside, and has more than 10 years’ 
experience leading Coop Fed’s board. He has Masters degrees in Forestry and Sustainable Systems from SUNY ESF and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

 


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. 

 


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. 

 


Ebony Farrow. Ebony is the Program Manager for Pathways to Apprenticeship at Centerstate CEO, working with women and people of color in Syracuse to prepare for and gain access to registered Building Trade apprenticeship programs. She previously worked for COR Development, Syracuse EOC, and other community organizations in Syracuse. Ebony holds two degrees from Onondaga Community College in Interior Design and Architectural Technology. She lives in Syracuse with her family.

 

 


Tanika Jones. Tanika owns and runs a 24/7 childcare business, It Takes a Village Childcare Center, where 
she aims to create a “village” in Syracuse for families who need one. A Syracuse native and mom of two daughters, she is passionate about serving her community and wants to be a change agent in the world. Before launching her daycare center, she worked in many roles in the nonprofit space - supporting community members to become the best versions of themselves through advocacy, mpowerment 
and inspiration. 

 


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.

 


Pie Manirarora. Pie is a Refugee Reception and Placement Manager at Interfaith Works of CNY. Born in Rwanda, Pie arrived in the US in 2018 and is now a resident of Syracuse. He previously worked as a Technical Vocational Education & Training Schools Administration Monitor in the eastern province of Rwanda 
and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering & Information Technology from the University of Rwanda College of Science and Technology. His mission is to help people set goals and turn their dreams into reality.

 


Duane Owens. Duane is the NYS Regional Director of Historical Sites, Parks & 
Recreation. He formerly served as Onondaga County Commissioner of Personnel, Commissioner of Facilities Mgt. and MWBE Consultant, and has an extensive 
background in business and real estate development. Duane currently serves on the boards of CNY Works and Inclusive Economy CNY, among others, and is a member of Coop Fed’s Business Opportunity Loan Committee. He holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Wake Forest University. 

 

 

 


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 Wanderseeis the Executive Director of NEDHA, the Northeast Hawley 
Development Association, where she focuses on community development 
on Syracuse’s Northside. She is actively involved with the Northside Business Partnership, Exceptional Family Resources, and the CA$H Coalition of CNY. With over 30 years of experience in non-profit leadership, she has an MPA from 
the Maxwell School 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
  • Sarah Terrel

Nominations

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.