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Notice of Annual Meeting

ESL Federal Credit Union announces that its annual meeting of members will be held on Monday, January 23, 2023, at 4 p.m. at the Credit Union’s Corporate Headquarters, 225 Chestnut Street, Rochester, New York. The Nominating and Governance Committee of ESL Federal Credit Union has selected nominees for vacancies on the Board of Directors. The nominees for the positions, together with their qualifications and biographical data, are:

Cynthia Langston, Ms. Langston is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Excellus Health Plan Blue Cross Blue Shield, where she has worked since 2014. In addition to her current role, she has held several senior management positions with the company, including that of SVP, Chief Analytics & Data Officer, and VP, Enterprise Project Delivery Organization.
She has a B.S. degree in computer technology from Purdue University, an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and over 30 years of experience in the field of information technology and consulting. Ms. Langston is actively involved in the community in a variety of ways, including as board chair of the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County; member of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes; and past chairwoman of the YWCA Racial Justice Committee and Stand Against Racism events.

Erin M. Tolefree
Director, ESL Federal Credit Union
Ms. Tolefree is the President of Baldwin Richardson Foods, a premier global supplier of custom products and ingredients for the food manufacturing industry. She joined Baldwin Richardson in 2001 and has served in numerous senior management leadership positions prior to taking her current role in 2020. Ms. Tolefree’s community involvement includes service on the boards of Foodlink, ROC2025, Rochester Regional Health, and The Rochester Advisory Board for Excellus BCBS. She is also a member of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and previously served on the boards of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Women’s Council. She was featured by the Rochester Business Journal 2021 Power List, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle as a “Women to Watch in February 2015” and joined Rochester’s 40 under Forty class. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a Minor in Spanish from Spelman College.

Jaime Saunders
Director, ESL Federal Credit Union
Ms. Saunders is the President and CEO of United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes, whose objective is to achieve substantive community impact in the priority areas of Health, Education, and Economic Mobility to improve lives and build a stronger region. Prior to joining United Way, she served as the President and CEO of Willow Domestic Violence Center. Her nonprofit career includes Foodlink, Center for Governmental Research, Villa of Hope and the Salvation Army. Devoted to the Greater Rochester community, Ms. Saunders serves on the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, Rochester/Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative Executive Committee, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Advisory Council, New York State Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, and the NYS Council on Women and Girls Steering Committee. She holds a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Maxwell School of Public Citizenship at Syracuse University and degrees in Business and Sociology from Whittier College in California.

Warren Hern, Mr. Hern is the President and CEO of East Bay Ventures. He is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the Healthcare Provider, venture capital and private equity industry. His prior experience includes serving in multiple leadership capacities, including that of Co-Chief Executive Officer of Rochester Regional Health System; President and Chief Executive Officer of Unity Health System; Chief Financial Officer of Unity Health System; and Chief Financial Officer of Park Ridge Health System.
In addition to his distinguished professional career, Mr. Hern serves on the Board of: Nazareth College; Center for Governmental Research; and the Venture Jobs Foundation. He has a Master of Business Administration, focused on Finance, from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Nominations for the vacancies may also be made by petition signed by 500 members. Each nominee by petition shall submit with the petition a statement of qualifications and biographical data similar to the statement prepared by each nominee submitted by the Nominating and Governance Committee. The nominating petitions shall be accompanied by a signed certificate from each nominee stating that he or she is agreeable to the nomination and will serve if elected to office.

Completed petition forms must be returned to the Board Secretary no later than 5 p.m. on December 10, 2022.

In the event there is only one nominee for each position to be filled, then the election will not be conducted by ballot and there will be no nominations from the floor. Further, in the event there is more than one nominee for any position to be filled, voting instructions will be provided to all members eligible to vote, ages 18 and older, no later than December 24, 2022.

Members who join the Credit Union or become age 18 after December 1, 2022, are not eligible to vote until the next annual election.