Board and Staff

Executive Board Members

  • Derick Anderson, Board Chair
  • Barbara Martinez, Vice Chair
  • Jim Masini, Treasurer
  • Chris Whittenhall, Secretary

Board Members

  • Kathy Anderson
  • Lena Tom
  • Directors Emeritus:
  • Angela Turley
  • Roger Krause
  • Cliff Scott-Rudnick
  • Board Committee Members:
  • Ilise Goldberg, Supervisory Committee
  • Laurie Fuller, Supervisory Committee


Sarah Marshall, CEO                                                                                                                                
Sarah Marshall has been the CEO of North Side Community Federal Credit Union since July 2015. At North Side, she has worked in various roles and successfully launched new products and technology services, and has led the credit union toward positive loan and membership growth. She received her Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) designation from CUNA in July 2016. Sarah is currently representing the credit union on the federal level as a member of the CFPB’s Credit Union Advisory Council.  She regularly contributes to CUInsight, an independent credit union news source. She is active in her community and has served on various local boards that promote financial inclusion, and teaches as an adjunct professor at North Park University. Sarah also speaks on national and local levels about leadership, economic access and justice.

Sarah holds an MBA from North Park University with a concentration in community development.


César Escovar, Vice President of Compliance & Financial Services
César joined the organization in February 2013.  After spending several years becoming a consumer finance expert, he has helped hundreds of community members in Chicago save their homes from foreclosure, increase their financial worth, and become educated in the ever-changing consumer financial protection laws to ensure they knew their rights.

As a compliance officer, César interprets state and federal regulations for the credit union and implements the proper policies, protocols, and procedures to ensure institutional compliance. César has also earned an industry prestigious professional certification in credit union compliance, Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE) from the Credit Union National Association.

César holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Indiana University and is currently finishing his Doctor of Jurisprudence at The John Marshall Law School as a 3L.

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.

Jorge Ortiz, Business Development Manager  

Jorge joined North Side CFCU in May 2017. Prior to joining North Side, he worked at BMO Harris as a customer service representative. He interned during his senior year of college for North Side FCU. Jorge is passionately engaged with the issues of economic development of diverse communities. During his school years, he conducted research on inventory management, economic inequality, and behavioral economics. In addition, he was a teacher assistant and president of the economics club of his institution.

Jorge holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from North Park University with a minor in Mathematics. 

 John Borthwick, Financial Counselor

John began working at North Side CFCU in March 2018 as a financial counselor, where he works with client’s seeking help with budgeting, mortgages, and foreclosure avoidance. Before joining the North Side team, John worked as a researcher for the Metropolitan Planning Council’s “Costs of Segregation” program. He studied public policy at DePaul where he focused heavily on community development and wrote his Master’s thesis on challenges in low-income Chicago neighborhoods regarding housing recovery after the recession. Prior to his passion for a career helping Chicago communities, John spent years as a carpenter doing both rough and trim work on homes throughout the City.

John received his M.S. in Public Policy from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and his B.A. in Studio Art from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson NY.

Jeanette Velazquez, Senior Housing Counselor                                                                      

Jeanette joined North Side Community Federal Credit Union in December of 2017. She serves as the Senior Housing Counselor and is responsible for providing comprehensive counseling services for members interested in credit, home ownership, or foreclosure prevention.  Before joining Northside, Jeanette served as the Financial Coach Coordinator for Center for Changing Lives’ Early Childhood Initiative, the Case Manager for Humboldt Park Social Services Women and Families Interim Housing Program, and as an Educator for the Spanish Government’s Ministry of Education.

Jeanette received her M.A. in International Education from la Universidad de Alcala de Henares and her B.A. in Gender and Women Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.