Board of Directors

LESPFCU’s Board of directors provides leadership, support and advice for our work.

Deyanira Del Rio, Chair

Deyanira Del Rio is Co-Director of New Economy Project, an economic justice organization in NYC where she has led policy advocacy, coalition-building, and community education in NYC and beyond on fair lending, immigrant financial justice, and community reinvestment issues. She has served on LESPFCU’s board since 2002. Dey also served for nine years on the board of directors of  the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, including three years as a board chair. She is a past Revson fellow and was selected for the Coro Immigrant Civic Leadership Program . In 2009 Dey received the Mujeres Destacadas (Outstanding Women) award from El Diario/La Prensa.

Eben Sheaffer, Treasurer

Eben Sheaffer is the Federation’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer.  From 2010 to 2013 Eben served as the President of Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, a $9 million full-service credit union and Federation member located in New York, NY.  Eben also serves as the Board Treasurer for the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union.  Eben began his career in the investment industry in 1999.  He has worked as a Quantitative Analyst at Aurarian Capital Management, as a Financial Modeling Consultant for Thomson Financial, and as the technical lead for a Risk Management group at Brown Brothers Harriman. Eben is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Financial Risk Manager.

Pia Longarini, Secretary

Pia is Manager of Business Services and Program Development at TruFund Financial Services, Inc. She is responsible for managing all of TruFund’s technical assistance services in New York City. She develops, markets, and conducts information sessions for small businesses and nonprofits, to assist them formalize their business practices. She has a history of collaboration with both staff and Board members of LESPFCU in small business lending. She became a member of the credit union in 2013.

Linda Levy

Linda Levy, CEO, Lower East Side People’s FCU (LESPFCU), has been involved in the credit union movement, and specifically the Lower East Side People’s FCU since 1986.  Ms. Levy held the position of Manager from the inception of the credit union through 1991.  She then worked as the Organizing Specialist for the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions for several years while continuing to serve on the Board of Directors of LESPFCU.  In September 2005 she agreed to fill the position of CEO following the purchase and assumption of Homesteaders FCU.

Gina Rusch

Gina is the former president of the Board of Directors of Union Settlement Federal Credit Union where she served for 34 years. She is also the retired Associate Executive Director of Union Settlement Association (USA) and the current assistant secretary of the Board of Directors of USA.

Millard “Mitty” Owens

Credit Union member since 2007. Mitty has extensive experience with credit unions and philanthropies. He is founder and principal of Community Impact, a consulting practice which provides technical assistance to non-profits and foundations with a social justice mission.

Nilbia Coyote

Credit union member since 2017. Nilbia is currently the Education Coordinator for Qualitas of Life Foundation, a credit union partner which provides free financial education.  Previously she worked in the  Department of Consumer Affairs of the Mexican Consulate. She is a strong advocate for social justice, particularly regarding immigrants’ rights and joined the CORO fellowship in 2017.

Samuel Owusu-Sekyere,

Sam was born in Ghana, participated in the first In-Country Training Program for the US Peace Corps Volunteers in Ghana, and later migrated to USA in 1997. He is the president of the Ghanaian Association of Staten Island (GASI). Under his leadership, GASI has mobilized the membership, participated in volunteer activities in the community, registered as a 501(c)(3) and joined the Staten Island Immigrant Council. Sam also partners with the Staten Island Arts and the Snug Harbor and has held an exhibition on the Kente Cloth at the Newhouse Gallery. He serves as a board member of La Colmena Community Job Center and was the board chair of El Centro del Inmigrante, both in Staten Island. Sam became a member of the credit union in 2013.

Jorge L. VasquezJr

Jorge is an Associate Counsel at Latino Justice, New York City. He is a national civil rights lawyer, policy influencer, and social justice advocate. He maintains a broad civil rights litigation portfolio, ranging from voting rights to criminal justice reform. Jorge also works on policy matters and campaigns to address racial disparities in economic justice. Jorge has been featured as a legal expert on national and local news networks including CNN, ABC Live, NPR, NBC Telemundo, Univision, Spectrum News 1, and he has been an opinion contributor to USA Today, The Hill and other digital and print outlets. Jorge is a proud product of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and a member since 1995.

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