Board of Directors

Ann Martin, Chair

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Ann is currently the Associate General Counsel for Caltech. She specializes in labor and employment law Title IX and is the group lead for the Education and Workforce Practice Group. Ann has been employed in various capacities at JPL and at the Caltech campus since 1988. She served as Caltech's Director of Employee Relations from 1992 to 2000. She received her bachelor's degree from UCLA and her JD from Loyola Law School.

John Patterson, Vice Chair

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John is currently a Senior Finance Analyst-Public Finance and Investments for the Treasurer and Tax Collector of the County of Los Angeles. He joined CEFCU as a family member of a Caltech employee. John received his bachelor's degree in Accounting from Siena College and Master of Public Administration degree from New York University. He holds the professional designation of Certified Treasury Professional (CTP). He was elected to the Board in August 2010.

Dlorah Gonzales, Secretary

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Dlorah retired from Caltech in January 2012. She was the Director of Employment and Employee Services and managed employment and hiring functions. She joined CIT in 1970 and has served the Caltech community for 42 years. She received her bachelor's degree from California Polytechnic School Pomona in Human Resources. She is a Board or committee member of various community organizations, including the Athenaeum and the Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora. Dlorah became a CEFCU Board member in 2003.

Richard L. Harris, President/Treasurer

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Along with his duties as President/CEO of the Credit Union, he serves on the Board in the capacity of Treasurer. He has been a Credit Union employee and Board member since 1986. He attended California State University, Los Angeles, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration, with an emphasis on finance and economics. He has completed executive development programs at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School and has been in Credit Union management since 1981. He holds the professional designation of "Certified Compliance Officer", issued by the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions. He recently completed nine full years of service on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, and served as their Board Chairman for two of those years.

Laurice Balian, Director

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Laurice is currently the Director of Audit at Caltech, and has also been employed in other operational positions at the Caltech campus since 1999. Prior to becoming a Board Member, Laurice served on the Supervisory Committee from 2008 through 2020. Laurice received a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Accounting Degree from California State University, Northridge, and graduated Cum Laude. Laurice further holds the professional designations of Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.

Willis Chapman, Director

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Willis is currently the Assistant Director for JPL Operational Strategy and Excellence, employed by JPL since 1989. In addition to his daily duties, Willis is Chair of JPL's Management Systems Working Group (MSWG), a working group under the Laboratory Management Council (LMC). He received his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Chaminade University in Hawaii and has successfully completed NASA MEP and SES Leadership Programs as well as UCLA's Executive Management Program. Willis became a Board member in 2005.

Dr. Richard P. O'Toole, Director

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Rich retired from JPL in March of 2017 after 42 years. He was the Manager, Legislative Affairs Office, and a member of the Executive Council. Rich has been a Board member since 1995. He received his bachelor's degree from Brown University and a PhD in economics from the University of California at San Diego.

Stephen L. Proia, Director

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Steve retired from JPL in January 2016. He was the Chief Financial Officer and Director for Business Operations at JPL. He joined the Lab in 1979, and spent five years in the mid-1980s as the Director of Contracts for a defense contractor in the San Diego area. Originally from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., Steve has an MBA from the University of Maryland. Steve's years of experience encompassed all facets of government contracting and finance, and he was directly involved in the negotiation contracts for the operation of JPL.

Peter Rinde, Director

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Peter is currently the Division Manager for Enterprise Business Information Services at JPL. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2021. Peter has been in various positions at JPL and the Caltech campus since 2000. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and his MBA from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.