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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 27, 2020, 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:

Kenneth D. Bell
Director, Chair Compensation Committee, and Nominating & Governance Committee member, ESL Federal Credit Union

Former VP, Field Office Director of the Community Preservation Corporation, an affordable housing lender. Mr. Bell previously worked at HSBC Bank USA, N.A. where he held several management positions including EVP, Regional President. He currently serves on a number of boards, including Utica College and The Farash Foundation. Mr. Bell holds a BS in Public Accounting from Utica College of Syracuse University.

Donald W. Reeve
Director and Supervisory Committee member, ESL Federal Credit Union

Mr. Reeve is Managing Partner of ReTech Services, LLC, a Rochester based Information Technology consulting company and Partner of ThirtySix Software, LLC. Mr. Reeve retired with 42 years of service from Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., in August 2012 as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He was responsible for the development, application, and support services of computer technology company-wide. Don has served on numerous boards and operating committees and is past Chair for the Food Market Institute’s Information Technology Committee based in Washington, DC. Additional past service includes board positions with the Psychology Advisory Board for Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO), and Monroe Golf Club. He is currently chair of the board of Veterans Outreach Center of Rochester, NY, and also serves on the boards of Frontier Communications and Infinite Group, Inc., a public held Rochester based technology services company. Mr. Reeve attended Monroe Community College and Rochester Business Institute studying computer science and is also a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Jaime Saunders
Director, ESL Federal Credit Union

Ms. Saunders is the President and CEO of United Way of Greater Rochester (UWGR) with a mission to unite the good will and resources of the community so that everyone can thrive. Prior to joining UWGR, 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, ROC the Future Executive Committee, 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.

Erin M. Tolefree
Director, ESL Federal Credit Union

Ms. Tolefree is the Executive Vice President for Baldwin Richardson Foods. She joined Baldwin Richardson in 2001, and has served in numerous senior management positions prior to taking her current role in 2015. In her current role, Ms. Tolefree oversees the Finance, Operations, Human Resources, Marketing, Quality & Innovation, Research and Sales and Supply chain teams.

Ms. Tolefree recently completed her tenure as Board Chair for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester and serves as a Board Member for the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Women’s Council. She joined the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council in 2016 and serves as a member of the Food & Agriculture Work Team. Ms. Tolefree has been recognized as an Athena Young Professional Award Finalist, Rochester’s 40 under Forty class, and in 2015 was featured by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle as a Women to Watch. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a Minor in Spanish from Spelman College.

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 13, 2019.

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 28, 2019.

Members who join the Credit Union or become age 18 after December 1, 2019, are not eligible to vote until the next annual election.