2022 Nominees for Board of Directors

Nominees for the Board of Directors & Other 2022 Election Information

Election Process

Each year credit union members elect volunteers from among the membership to serve on the Board of Directors. This year three positions are open for terms of three years. If there are no more nominees than positions available, ballots will not be sent out, and there will be no nominations from the floor. The nominees will be declared elected by consent at the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, May 14, 2022. If we have more nominees than open positions, an election will be conducted by ballot to all members of the voting age according to our bylaws (16 years of age and over).

Other members interested in running for election may submit a petition signed by 254 credit union members. (This number equals 1% of our membership as of November 30, 2021.*)

Petitions must include signatures and account numbers for membership verification. Petitions submitted must also include a brief biographical statement of qualifications, including the petitioner’s affiliation with Spectra Credit Union (and other credit unions), a statement from the petitioner of willingness to serve if elected, and career highlights. Petitions must be submitted no later than March 31, 2022.

Important 2022 Election Deadlines

Monday, February 28, 2022
Nominees announced and petitions requested

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Nomination by petition closes

Saturday, April 9, 2022
All nominees by committee and petition (posted in CU offices)

Thursday, April 14, 2022
Ballots mailed

Monday, May 9, 2022
Ballots return

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 10:00am
Via video conference call; election results announced

Candidates for Board of Directors

Mary Kappus, Ph.D. (incumbent) – Dr. Kappus retired from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in 2020 as the Head of the Coastal and Ocean Remote Sensing Division. She has BS degrees in Civil Engineering and Earth/Planetary Science from MIT and a Ph.D. in Earth Science from UCSD. Her ties to the Navy go back to a Naval ROTC scholarship in college, followed by six years of active duty in the Civil Engineer Corps and another 20 in the Naval Reserves, from which she retired as a Captain. She worked at NRL in three separate periods, first as a post-doc in 1991, at which time she joined the credit union, where she has been a member ever since. She has been very pleased with the credit union over the years. Dr. Kappus wants to help ensure that the credit union stays focused on member service while adapting to the rapidly changing technological and financial landscape. Dr. Kappus currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board.

Richard Bevilacqua, Ph.D. (incumbent) - Dr. Bevilacqua has been a member of the Credit Union since 1985. He retired as the Superintendent of the Naval Research Laboratory’s Remote Sensing Division in 2021. He has a BA in Physics and a Master’s and Doctorate Degree in Meteorology and served over 36 years in civilian service. He has been a volunteer for local and civic organizations. He believes that by serving on the Spectra Federal Credit Union board, he can bring experience in personnel and fiscal management, and marketing. Dr. Bevilacqua served as Chairman of the Credit Union Board from 2018 to 2021 and currently serves on the Asset Liability Management Committee (ALCO).

Dr. Christoph Englert (incumbent) – Dr. Englert is currently the Superintendent of the NRL Space Science Division and has previously worked for the National Research Council and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). His scientific interests include the observation, understanding, modeling, and forecasting of the high-altitude environment and its connections to space and the lower atmosphere. Dr. Englert has been responsible for airborne and space flight experiments measuring atmospheric properties using optical techniques. He holds a doctorate degree in physics from the University of Bremen/Germany. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair, and he serves on the Asset Liability Management Committee (ALCO). He has been a member of the credit union since 1999.

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