Board Bios: Meet Those Running for the Compass Board

Compass Federal Credit Union’s 55th Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday, September 2, beginning at 6 p.m. outside of the Compass main office located at 131 George St. in Oswego.

This year’s Annual Meeting will include an update on the state of the credit union from the Compass Board and management, as well as an opportunity to vote for the three open seats on the Compass Federal Credit Union Board of Directors.

Members must be 18 years or older, in good standing with Compass Federal Credit Union and provide identification in order to vote in the Board of Directors election. 

This year's candidates are listed below:

Darcy Antonucci (Incumbent):

Darcy Antonucci currently sits as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Compass Federal Credit Union and has been a member of the Board since April 2017. Darcy has a broad background in finance and human resources and feels her knowledge and expertise are a great asset to the Board in decision making and solutions to benefit the workings of the Board and ultimately, the members. Darcy has worked in a Senior Leadership role for almost 20 years, initially as the Director of Human Resources with the Broadwell Hospitality Group and now as the Director of Administration for Oswego Industries, Inc. / Arc of Oswego County. Darcy has worked as the primary oversight of finance and human resources, gaining much valuable business and administrative knowledge and interpersonal skills. In her current position, Darcy not only works closely with employees and their needs, but also oversees a mutli-million dollar budget and sits on various committees to promote OI / Arc in the community. With her interests in the field, she also works freelance for several local small companies, providing business services with a focus on finances. Darcy works closely with the owners of one local business, The American Foundry, performing various financial tasks and gaining relationships with local businesses to service their needs while promoting the events center. Darcy has been active in working with local real estate, both renovating and improving housing for resale. Because of her background and interest in the business and financial world, Darcy feels shes bring a wealth of expertise to the Board. Darcy enjoys working with the Board and for the Credit Union to bring fresh opportunities and new services to members. With the added locations Compass has created in the past years, Darcy feels we need to work together to offer the best possible services to our members with an innovative approach, considering the growing local competition that the Credit Union is up against. Darcy lives in Oswego, NY with her husband, Matt, her five-year old daughter, Charley Jean, and her dogs, Frankie and Rosey. Darcy enjoys traveling south with her family as often as possible.

Joanne Gardner (Incumbent): 

Joanne Gardner has served on the Compass Board of Directors since 2010, shortly after the Oswego Hospital Credit Union merged with Compass. Joanne played an instrumental role in the history of Oswego Hospital Credit Union, which is now Oswego Health Credit Union. Joanne served 20 years as President of its Board of Directors. While at the hospital, Joanne served on the Employee Recognition Committee for 25 years. Joanne retired from Oswego Health after 38 years, but still remains very active in the community. Joanne is currently a 20-year member of the Advisory Board of ARISE and routinely joins those with special needs on trips to Albany to advocate for them, a very rewarding experience. In 2013, Joanne received the most distinguished “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year” Award. Outside of ARISE, Joanne works for the Granby Seniors as their trip organizer. Joanne also works as a Manager at the Fair Haven election site during primary and general elections. She has been active for 10 years in the SUNY Oswego Retired Senior Volunteer Program and is still serving on the Advisory Board. Joanne also works as a certified AARP/RSVP tax preparer and has for the last 10 years. Joanne cited her active involvement in Compass events such as Bank at School, the annual Young Bucks Halloween Party, community picnics, as well as her work on the committee that resulted in a new interest-bearing check account called Premier Checking. Joanne considers it an honor and a privilege to serve on the Compass Board. Joanne would like the opportunity to continue to serve on the Board, citing her extensive background with credit unions and her commitment to the organization and the community. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending much needed downtime with her family.

Joyce Pritchard (Incumbent): 

Joyce Prtichard first joined Compass in June ‘96 when she initially served as a member of the Supervisory Committee.  She was later elected to the Board of Directors in 2002 and has served ever since.  In 2007, Joyce became the Board’s Secretary, a position she still holds today.  Joyce enjoys being involved with the Board as well as the members she represents.  She notes that she is very people oriented, has a great rapport with the Novelis “family” members and has met many new faces since Compass obtained a community charter in 2009.  She believes she has three big assets that show her commitment to the Credit Union; her education in business, the valuable knowledge she has gained over the past years and her ongoing willingness to learn.  Joyce’s working background includes 27 years in the Accounting Department at Novelis as an Accounts Payable Clerk and two years in the Purchasing Department as an Expeditor for Novelis’ group of five procurement supply agents.  In December of 2012, Joyce retired from  Novelis.  Since retirement, she has worked at the American Foundry, a local event center and volunteered at the local Oswego Hospital.  She also cares for and is busy with her five year old granddaughter.  She especially likes to travel to Florida to visit her twin grandsons, who are eight years old.  Joyce and her husband, Darrell, are both longtime residents of Oswego and have three grown children.

Christopher Blum:

Christopher Blum, the Facilities Director at Oswego Hospital, is seeking election onto the Board for the first time. Christopher hopes to stimulate further growth in the credit union, assisting with marketing decisions for Compass. Christopher’s daily work includes quick decision making with thought to financial matters, as well as the safety of others on site. In past years, Blum has volunteered with the Oswego Minor Hockey Association and also serves on several committees via his present position at Oswego Health, serving as a Board member and President of the Oswego Hospital Employee Fund. Christopher listed experience in leadership, legal, business, financial matters, technology, human resource, accounting, public relations, security and budgeting.

John Torrice:

John Torrice, now retired and former owner of Fruit Valley Orchards, a 150 acre farm, is seeking election onto the Board for the first time.  John hopes to utilize his experience with various boards and organizations to help move the credit union forward.  John's resume includes time with the United States Marine Corps, New York Apple Association Board of Directors, Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors, Oswego County Board of Directors and other leadership roles relating to agriculture.  John listed experience in leadership, business, financial matters, accounting, marketing, sales and security.