Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is elected by the membership to oversee Westerra’s strategic direction in serving members. They serve as unpaid volunteers representing the members who comprise our credit union. Each Board Member brings their unique experience, talents, knowledge and perspective.
James Kullhem, Chairman
Jim Kullhem was a teacher and principal with Denver Public Schools for 34 years. He has worked at both the elementary and secondary levels. Jim is Board President at West Metro Fire Rescue in Jefferson County and a past president of both Southwest Kiwanis and the Denver Principals Association. He served on the DCTA negotiations team in the late 1970s and 1980s, the DPS Retirement board in the 1980s, and as Principal at Gust Elementary in the 1990s. He served on the credit union’s Supervisory Committee for 12 years and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010.
Larry Ottele, Vice Chairman
Larry Ottele is a retired teacher and administrator with 32 years of service in Jeffco Public Schools. He joined Jeffco Credit Union in 1968 and was elected to the Board in 2005, serving as Vice Chairman for two years. Larry has an undergraduate degree in business administration, a master’s degree in economics and additional graduate work in school administration with an emphasis in school finance.
Karin Riggins, Secretary/Treasurer
Karin Riggins retired with 26 years of experience in the Denver Public Schools Internal Auditing Department. She was the department manager for six years. She also served as the Assistant to the Treasurer of the Board of Education. Mrs. Riggins is a Certified Public Accountant, retired status, and has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants since 1970 and a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants since 1975. She is currently Treasurer of the Denver Public Schools’ Retired Employees Association. Mrs. Riggins has served on the credit union’s Board of Directors since 1992. She also served on the Supervisory Committee for three years and the Credit Committee for four years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Emporia State University.
William S. Abbey
William Abbey graduated from Regis University and received a Masters degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He retired from Denver Public Schools in 2001 after serving most of thirty-five years as an elementary principal. He was elected to the credit union’s Credit Committee in 1997 and served two years on the Nomination/Election Committee. He served on the Supervisory/Audit Committee from 2003-2011 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2011. He is currently an educational consultant and continues to be active in professional, civic and community organizations.
Barry Beal, Jr.
Barry Beal, Jr. has been a member of the credit union for over forty years. He has over 25 years of corporate accounting experience. Throughout his professional career, he had the responsibility of working with auditors and legal counsel addressing financial reporting, internal control, and operational issues. Mr. Beal’s beliefs are to maintain a high level of ethics, work hard, and protect the members’ assets. Mr. Beal served on the Supervisory/Audit Committee from 2005 - 2012 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2012.
Kathy Betts worked with Safeway Stores for 32 years in a variety of positions including retail management, employment and recruiting. She is currently employed with Heritage Title Company. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Ms. Betts served for six years as the Safeway Rocky Mountain Federal Credit Union Supervisory Board Chairman. She has been involved with several community committees including the Red Rocks Community College Employee Advisory Council. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Denver Children’s Home and the Board of the Krewe de Colorado, a fund-raising committee for not-for-profits.
Andy Raicevich is a retired assistant superintendent for Denver Public Schools, having also served as a teacher. principal, human resources director, lobbyist and in support services. He has served as a Trustee for the DPS Retirement System and a Trustee for Colorado PERA. He is currently Executive Director of Denver Teachers Club. A longtime credit union member, Andy was elected to the Westerra Board of Directors in 2011.
Members of the Supervisory/Audit Committee are volunteers appointed by the Board of Directors to periodically review the credit union’s financial position. Each brings a strong background and excellent experience to their important role with the credit union.
Ron Walker, Chairman
Ron Walker is a retired senior high school assistant principal serving Jeffco Public Schools for 34 years, including 24 years in Administration and 10 years as Driver Education Program manager. He served on the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association Board for 12 years and volunteered for Boy Scouts of America for 10 years. Ron was elected to the Jeffco Credit Union Supervisory Committee in 2004 and served as chairman from 2005 – 2009. Ron earned his Bachelors Degree from Colorado State College and Masters Degree in Curriculum/Instruction from the University of Northern Colorado.
Kim Martinez, Vice Chairman
Kim Martinez serves as Vice President, Finance & Operations for Denver Public Schools Foundation, overseeing all Finance, Accounting, Budgeting, Forecasting, Grant Compliance, Audit, Human Resources and Information Technology functions since 2006. Her duties include supporting a grant program for Denver Public Schools, awarding over $1,000,000 since inception. Kim is a Certified Public Accountant. Her work experience includes seven years with a CPA firm where her responsibilities included audit work for Westerra. Kim was appointed to the Supervisory/Audit Committee in 2011.
Darrell Allen, Secretary
Darrell Allen has been a member of Westerra Credit Union since 1976. Mr. Allen was the Chief Investment Officer for the Denver Public Schools Retirement System, and later served on its Board of Trustees as its designated investment expert. Now retired, he has worked in the financial management industry for over 40 years, primarily investing funds for individuals and organizations. He graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Johnny Lydia has 32 years experience in DPS and concurrent membership in the credit union. His work experience includes service as Chief Personnel Officer in Human Resources, personnel supervisor, and teacher. His relevant administrative work experience in budgeting, policy interpretation, and compliance with governmental regulations supports his commitment to serve on the Supervisory/Audit Committee. Mr. Lydia has served on the Supervisory Committee since 2003.
Glenn Mohr worked for Denver Public Schools, Englewood Schools, and Aurora Public Schools, having served as educational assistant, teacher, Manager of Budgeting, Director of Business and Operations, and Chief Financial Officer. He also was on the Investment Committee of the Denver Public Schools Retirement System, and served as Board Treasurer for Denver Educational Senior Citizens, Inc. Mr. Mohr received his M.B.A. in Management at the University of Colorado at Denver, and has been a member of Westerra for almost his entire life. Now retired, he currently volunteers his time as a tutor for the GED and Adult Basic Education program at The Learning Source in Aurora.
Executive Leadership Team
Westerra’s leadership team operates on the leading edge of change within the retail financial services industry. Collectively, they provide the expertise necessary to deliver quality financial products in an environment of safety and soundness. The Westerra executive team includes:
John McCloy, President and CEO
John McCloy became Westerra’s President and Chief Executive Officer on July 1, 2014. John joined Westerra Credit Union in 2003 and previously served as Chief Lending Officer. In his past role, John directed all lending operations including business and commercial loans, consumer loans, mortgage loans, card services, loan servicing and default management. John was also responsible for Information Technology and Facilities Operations. John’s scope of experience includes extensive management of loan originations, servicing and collections as well as asset recovery. His management experience also includes the creation and management of loan servicing collection call centers as well as management of extensive branch networks. His operations experience is augmented by strong strategic planning skills. John has over 30 years in lending and financial services with various financial institutions. John currently serves on the Client Advisory Council for Credit Union Direct Lending (CUDL), a major vendor for Westerra Credit Union. John also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the city of Aurora Chamber of Commerce.
John earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of California, San Diego and a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Phoenix. He also earned a Management Certificate from the American Financial Services Association at the University of North Carolina. John has also completed foreign language studies through Bridge Linguatec, Denver, Colorado and is fluent in Spanish; as such, John has donated his time to serve in medical missions in South America as well as other pursuits.
McCloy Named CEO
C. Alan Peppers, Emeritus President and CEO
Alan Peppers joined Westerra Credit Union in 1992 and currently serves as Emeritus President and Chief Executive Officer. As the former President/CEO, Alan brings over 35 years of credit union experience to his role. Mr. Peppers is a progressive thinker and is well respected within the credit union industry - having a reputation for facilitating positive change at the local, state and national levels. At Westerra, Mr. Peppers has focused on achieving excellent financial performance, providing outstanding service quality and increasing product usage by the membership. Following his management strategy of "Whatever you do...do it for the members!" the credit union's assets have grown from $165 million in 1992 to over $1.2 billion today. Mr. Peppers has served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CUNA Mutual Group, a multi-billion dollar financial services and insurance provider serving credit unions. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Betsy Guerrero, Executive Vice President
Betsy Guerrero joined Westerra Credit Union in 1992 and currently serves as Executive Vice President overseeing all operations, including member services, branches, contact center, e-business, resource services, marketing, public relations, accounting, finance and enterprise risk management. Through Ms. Guerrero’s ability to efficiently manage projects she has spearheaded the expansion of many Westerra products, services, and delivery channels. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Global Management Accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) CFO Council. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
Lee Damiano, Executive Vice President
Lee Damiano joined Westerra Credit Union in November 2005. She is responsible for directing all lending operations including business and commercial loans, consumer loans, mortgage loans, card services, loan servicing and default management, as well as information technology, facilities, human resources and training. She brings more than 30 years of experience in collections, recovery management, customer service, and financial reporting. Lee’s past work history has included managing the collection efforts on a variety of products, first and second mortgages, unsecured loans, automobiles, and credit cards, at varying stages of delinquency. Lee received her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University in 2011. She has volunteered her time to work with various organizations including The United Way, The American Red Cross, National Arthritis Foundation and The American Lung Association.
Jennifer Meyers, Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer Meyers joined Westerra Credit Union in April 2009. As Chief Financial Officer, she is responsible for the areas of accounting, finance, enterprise risk management and compliance, which include oversight of the credit union's investment portfolio, asset liability management, budgeting and strategic planning process. Jennifer brings more than 20 years financial experience gained in the real estate, venture capital, telecommunications and public accounting fields. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and her Masters of Accountancy from the University of Denver. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of both the American Institute of CPAs and the Colorado Society of CPAs.