UNCLE Credit Union announces board of directors election results for the 2018-2019 term

LIVERMORE, CA (May 16, 2018) — UNCLE Credit Union, serving four counties in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Valley, re-elected Chung Bothwell to an eleventh term as Board Chairman and elected John Stein, Ph.D., as Vice Chairman for the 2018-2019 term. In his new position, Stein succeeds Randy Werner, who retired this year after more than 34 years with the credit union.

“As a credit union, our top priority is to deliver optimal value to our members so that we may best support their financial well-being. Maintaining solidarity around this shared vision has contributed greatly to our organizational health and financial success,” said Chung Bothwell. “We’ve worked diligently to develop and maintain a synergistic dynamic between all areas of the organization, including our board, supervisory committee, executive team and staff, and this continues to serve us well in our ability to prosper and grow for the benefit of our members.”

Employed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Bothwell has a wealth of experience in financial management, strategic planning and budgeting. For more than 25 years, she has been an integral part of a stable leadership team that has guided UNCLE Credit Union on a course of sustainable growth while helping to ensure its long-term financial strength. Her education includes a Juris Doctor (JD) and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

A former Livermore city council member with a background in engineering, John Stein has served in varied capacities as an officer and member of UNCLE Credit Union’s Board of Directors since 2009 and was a member of UNCLE’s Supervisory Committee from 2004-2009. Also serving as officers for the 2018-2019 term are Board Treasurer Lee Neely and Board Secretary Mila Shapovalov, who were both re-elected for a third term. The credit union also welcomes Clay Smith as its newest board director. A financial analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Smith served as Chief Investment Officer for the Student Investment Fund at University of the Pacific before graduating from its Eberhardt School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in Finance.

About UNCLE Credit Union

Established in 1957, UNCLE Credit Union is a $700+ million, full-service financial institution serving approximately 34,000 members. The organization offers the benefits of credit union membership with a full array of financial services to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties. UNCLE has five financial centers and one sales office located in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Valley, as well as 5,600 branches and more than 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs available through participation in the CO-OP Shared Branching Network. In addition, members have access to a wide spectrum of mobile and online banking services. UNCLE Credit Union is renowned for its community involvement, professional and personalized service, and unwavering commitment to helping members achieve their financial goals. To learn more, visit


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