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Our Volunteers

RFCU is a member-owned cooperative.  Two of our guiding principles are Democratic Control and People Helping People.  This extends to how the Credit Union is managed.  We have a paid professional staff led by our President & CEO, Charla Stetson.  Our staff works each day to move the mission of the Credit Union forward.  But did you know that our Board of Directors and our Supervisory Committee are composed of members who have volunteered their time and expertise to oversee your Credit Union?  This volunteer leadership is a differentiator between non-for-profit credit unions and for-profit banks.

Do you have skills that could benefit RFCU?  Does volunteering sound like a worthwhile challenge, and a way for you to contribute to People Helping People?

Learn more about RFCU Volunteer Opportunities

Meet our Volunteers

Board of Directors

Lynn Pellerano, Chairperson

Lynn was a Windsor Locks resident through high school and then left the area to pursue career options – one of which was the Air Force Reserves. She served six years in the active reserves, one year being on active duty during the Persian Gulf War. She has spent all of her working years outside of the military in management roles in the restaurant, retail and financial services industries. She has been employed at MassMutual in Springfield, MA since 2001 and is currently a Director in the Operations area. Lynn is also a two time graduate of Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA. She started supporting RFCU as a Supervisory Committee member in 2011, served as the Supervisory Committee Chairperson and Director. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors. Lynn is married to her wife Amber and they share a home in Enfield, CT with their fur babies.

Michael Wrabel, Vice Chairperson

Mike is a life-long resident of Windsor Locks. He served as the Director of Public Works for the towns of Windsor Locks, Simsbury and Longmeadow MA for a total of 37 ½ years. His work involved developing operational and capital budgets that exceeded $7.5M. Mike graduated from WLHS in 1970. He then attended Eastern Connecticut State University and graduated with a BA in Biology (1974), and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Hartford (1985). Mike is a member of the Windsor Locks Lions Club. He joined the RFCU Supervisory Committee in 2017 and became Secretary of the Board in 2022. Mike has 4 adult children, all married with a total of 11 grandchildren.

Peter Juszczynski, Treasurer

A member of the credit union since 1986, Peter started his service as part of the Supervisory Committee in 2014, and became a Board Member in 2019. Peter serves as Treasurer of the Board, as well as Chairman of the Personnel Committee. Professionally, Peter has served as Windsor Locks Tax Collector since 2014, and as President of the Hartford County Tax Collectors Association since 2018. Peter is also a certified instructor for the Certified Connecticut Municipal Committee. Peter and his wife Jennifer reside in Windsor Locks.

Barbara Padegimas, Secretary

Bobbie has been a member of the credit union since moving to Windsor Locks from Springfield in the early 80's. She raised 3 daughters in town, and spent several years coaching girls’ soccer in town. She recently retired from a 25 year career in nursing, having worked long term health care as well as utilization review for an insurance company.   In her retirement, Bobbie enjoy trips to California to visit her grandsons, She’s taught herself how to complete jigsaw puzzles and help out with accounts receivables/payables at her husband’s company.  

Charla Stetson, Director

Charla has lived most of her life in Windsor Locks. She holds a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Finance from Cambridge College. Prior to her career at Riverbank FCU, she worked in management roles in food service and then in logistics. She started at RFCU in 2011 as a Teller/ Member Services Representative. She has served in the roles of Member Services Manager, BSA Officer, VP of Operations, and is now the President/ CEO. She was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2023. Charla enjoys volunteering with Trees for Windsor Locks, and spends all of her free time riding and training horses.

Supervisory Committee

Kelly Miffitt, Chairperson

Kelly has worked in finance for many years, specializing in the areas of AP, AR and payroll. She has been an active member of RFCU since 2002 and joined the Supervisory Committee in 2020. Kelly was raised in Windsor Locks and graduated from WLHS. She enjoys volunteering, in order to give back to the community where she grew up.

Bill Hamel

Bill Hamel has been an active member of Windsor Locks Federal Credit Union for over 50 years.  He was raised in Windsor Locks, and returned there after completing his education.  He has been active in the civic life of the community, having served the Town on the Board of Finance, the Sewer Commission, multiple Charter Revision Commissions, as Town Treasurer and as Town Clerk and Registrar of Vital Statistics. In retirement Bill was looking for a way to continue supporting the community and its citizens, and found a good fit by joining our Supervisory Committee in 2022.

Gail Parley

Gail has been an active member of RFCU since 1999. She served as para-educator in the Windsor Locks school system for over 10 years. Gail has lived in Windsor Locks for over 40 years, where she raised five children. As a parent she was involved with Water Jets and soccer programs, served as a Girl Scout leader for 12 years, and also taught CCD at Saint Mary’s Parish. In her retirement, Gail enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and serving on the Supervisory Committee.

Savanda Latrece Gasque

Savanda Latrece Gasque is a native of Georgetown, S.C. and currently resides in Hartford, CT. She is an entrepreneur, advocate, writer, motivational speaker and stand-up comedian. As a self-published author, Savanda has published 8 books. Savanda was the host/producer of "Keepin It Real" community television broadcast. She enjoys giving back to the community and has organized and extended outreach services to several cities and states throughout the east coast.  Savanda is passionate and intentional about inspiring others to achieve their goals and dreams.  She began serving on Riverbank FCU’s Supervisory Committee in 2023. 


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