Board and Staff

Jim Masini, President
Jim Masini has been involved with North Side since the credit union’s formative years. He has served on the Board since 1978 and as President since 1983. Jim has a Masters in Business Administration and has been a Business Manager for 2 Catholic parishes in Chicago for the last 13 years. He lives in Lakeview, is married with a wife (Linda) and 2 children (Melissa & Matthew).

Clifford Scott-Rudnick, Vice President
Cliff Scott-Rudnick has been on the North Side board since 1986, and has served as Vice President since 1990. Cliff has been a licensed attorney for over twenty-five years and a trust officer for over twenty years. While Cliff currently concentrates on trust new business development for Suburban Bank & Trust Company, he has also worked as a union organizer, caseworker, labor lawyer, and workers compensation attorney. Cliff’s volunteer activities include Junior Achievement Project Business, Local School Council Representative for Chicago Public Schools, and Board member for Metropolitan Family Services. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago Kent College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois.

Curtis Roeschley, Treasurer
Curtis Roeschley has been on the North Side Board since 1990 and currently serves as Treasurer. Curt is the Director of the Small Business Development Center at the Jane Addams Hull House Association. As director he oversees two offices on the north and south sides of Chicago, and is responsible for program design, implementation, development, financial management, and providing counseling to small business clients. He has previous experience as an independent bookstore business manager, and has an MBA from Eastern University in Pennsylvania.

Amy Crawford, Secretary
Amy Crawford is a partner at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, where she specializes in commercial litigation, including class action defense and cases alleging accounting malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and antitrust claims. She also devotes significant time to pro bono work involving LGBT rights, social security disputes and employment discrimination. Amy’s prior legal experience includes a clerkship for the Honorable Philip P. Simon of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. In 2008, she spent several months working for the Obama campaign on voter protection issues in her home state of Ohio.

Amy received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, and her law degree from the University of Chicago, where she was an editor of the Law Review. Between college and law school, she worked in finance for Procter & Gamble Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in resource development for Christopher House, a non-profit agency serving low-income families on Chicago’s North Side (and a Select Employer Group (“SEG”) of the Credit Union!).

Board Members

  • John Albers
  • Jessica Alfaro
  • Amy Crawford
  • N. Paul Elue
  • Jeffrey Houde
  • Ayo Maat
  • Jose Torres
  • Valentin Saportas
  • Directors Emeritus:
  • Angela Turley
  • Roger Krause
  • Board Committee Members:
  • Ilise Goldberg, Supervisory Committee
  • Laurie Fuller, Supervisory Committee
  • Candi Huber, Credit Committee

Staff

Chet Ward, Manager
Chet comes with a long history in community banking and small business development experience. He has credentials as a CEO and banking executive displaying exceptional strengths in financial services as well as expertise in the field of health care, manufacturing, higher education and management consulting.  Most recently he has dedicated himself to teaching Financial Literacy courses such as How to Start a Business in Illinois, Improving Cash Flow, Understanding Cash Flow, Operating Your Business, Managing by Numbers, and many more. He has a deep passion for helping people, and is excited to bring his expertise to North Side to further our mission of helping the traditionally unbanked.

Maria Montoya, Loan Manager
Maria has been with North Side CFCU since 1996 and has assumed increasing responsibilities over the past decade. She began her employment as a teller and was promoted to collections/loan assistant, and later Loan Manager. She is responsible for processing daily transmissions of ATM, ACH, and Share Drafts, and maintaining and posting member loan payments from payroll deduction or direct deposit. She is in charge of processing all loan applications, monitors loan performance, and maintains records of delinquent accounts. Ms. Montoya is bi-lingual in Spanish and English and is the key point of contact for the New Americans Loan Program.

Denice Saucedo, Lead Teller
Denice Saucedo is our new Lead Teller. She brings over five years of diverse retail financial banking experience. She comes to us from Cole Taylor Bank with experience in internal auditing, customer service, and relationship banking. Denice is very active in her community and has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Association House Chicago, and Christopher House, as well as tutored and mentored Chicago Public School students. Denice is a recent grad from Benedictine University with a B.A. in Organization Leadership, and expects to pursue her Masters in Public Administration.

Jennifer Pallas, Director of Housing Counseling
Jennifer joined the credit union staff as a Housing Counselor in July 2009. She brings four years of housing advocacy experience for low- and moderate-income, first time homebuyers and renters. For two years, Jennifer was the Housing Counselor for Berwyn Housing Center, a program of Oak Park Regional Housing Center. She has also worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA for United Cerebral Palsy’s Home Of Your Own (HOYO) program in Houston, TX. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.

Lee Dewey, Accounting Specialist
Lee Dewey is our new Accounting Specialist. He brings two years of accounting experience from his time with a third-party hedge fund administration firm, and is excited to now employ his abilities in service of an organization that supports local and under-served communities. He is also an active member in his own community, leading a biweekly community support group for trans*masculine identified persons and participating in many events in support of the queer communities. He received his BS in Economics and International Business from Loyola University Chicago in 2007.

Sarah Marshall, Marketing and Partnerships Manager
Sarah Marshall joined North Side Community FCU as Marketing and Partnerships Manager in January 2012. Previous experience that gives Sarah a holistic, member focused perspective to her role includes a volunteer year in the inner city with MissionYear, an internship in community organizing at Community Renewal Society, and eight years of experience in sales and marketing. Sarah has worked with both private and public sector clients, and prior to joining North Side, Sarah managed the school and non-profit outreach program at PCRR, a company dedicated to bridging the digital divide. She is also active in her community, and serves on the Associate Board for the Center for Economic Progress. Sarah has a B.S in Biblical Studies from Philadelphia Biblical University, and an MBA from North Park University with a concentration in community development.

Cesar Escovar, Financial Counselor
Cesar joined the organization in February 2013. He previously worked for the Resurrection Project, and brings extensive experience in housing counseling. He is certified in Housing Counseling, Foreclosure Counseling, and Financial Counseling. Cesar graduated from Indiana University with a BA in political science and minors in both Western European Politics and Spanish. He was also Director for Multi-Cultural and Community Outreach for Track Ahead LLC.

Erica Page Muhammad, Financial Counselor
Erica joined the credit union staff as a financial counselor in June of 2013. Her previous experience includes working with housing counseling agencies throughout the state of Illinois, where she provided technical assistance and training to housing counselors. Erica is passionate about teaching people to become financially successful and assisting families in achieving their financial and housing dreams. Erica has a BA in Mass Communications from Florida International University.

Heather Hain, Financial Counselor
Heather joined the staff of the credit union in September 2013. Having worked many years in community organizing and nonprofits in Chicago, Heather is glad to again be a part of a team that promotes the financial and housing stability of local families and individuals. Heather is trained in credit, homeownership, and foreclosure prevention counseling. She received her BA in Social Work from Northeastern Illinois University in 2003.