Meet the Executive Team
As President/CEO of The Partnership Federal Credit Union, Theresa leads with the inherent belief that by working together, we can do better. She calls this value through partnership and ensures that it is at the heart of every business decision the Credit Union makes. Because of her steadfast belief in providing value through partnership to her employees and members, Theresa has grown The Partnership FCU by meeting the needs of her community – those who advance and promote the interests of the public.
Theresa believes in being present in every community in which she belongs. For over 25 years, Theresa has been much more than present; she has been a recognized and committed leader in the credit union community. Theresa currently serves on the MD|DC Credit Union Association Board of Directors, where she and her colleagues collaborate to ensure that lawmakers and consumers understand the value credit unions provide. She is also a founding member and current Chair of the Credit Union Miracle Day Board of Directors, which helps credit unions raise awareness nationally, and makes a local impact by giving to Children’s Hospitals in communities across the country. She is also the Chair of the CO-OP Financial Services Audit Committee.
Theresa was honored in 2015 with Community Celebrity Award given by Cabot Creamery Co-operative (Cabot) for her many years of volunteering for Credit Union Miracle Day. In 2011, Theresa was honored with the CU Times Women to Watch Award.
She holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science from Averett University. Outside of the credit union community, Theresa volunteers in her son’s school community and her faith community.
Vice President, Operations
David Martinez has a simple philosophy – do good! He applies this notion to his work at The Partnership Federal Credit Union by leading the business technology, information systems, lending and finance functions, where he is always looking for ways to provide more value through partnership to members, employees and the credit union community.
David is inherently curious, and is not afraid to ask what’s working, what’s not and what changes we can make to do better. Under his leadership in 2015, The Partnership Federal Credit Union won the CUNA Lending Council Excellence in Lending Award for their Lending Evolution Program, which greatly improved processes and made obtaining a loan much easier and more convenient for members. Also in 2015, the Credit Union received the CU Journal Best Practices Award for their ZipLINE Credit Builder Loan product which David led the charge to develop, providing members an alternative to payday lending.
David holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Baltimore and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He serves on the Metropolitan Area Credit Union Management Association (MACUMA) Board of Directors, is an Advisory Board Member of the MD|DC Credit Union Association’s Young Professional’s Network and volunteers for the neighborhood rehabilitation organization, Georgia Avenue Thrive.
Director, People and Culture
Rebecca Marin is a certified human resources professional who is passionate about doing the right thing, for the right reason. Since 2010, Rebecca has helped The Partnership Federal Credit Union by creating an organizational culture where employees and members alike experience value through partnership. Working together with the Credit Union’s leadership team, Rebecca has focused her efforts on being a change agent implementing a stay interview program for employees, updating the hiring process to be behavioral-based and focusing on keeping and developing high-performing team members.
Rebecca is actively involved in the credit union community. She is a member of the MD|DC Credit Union Association’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) and champions fundraising events to raise money for Credit Unions for Kids and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Rebecca has also participated in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-mile run.
Rebecca is a graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and holds both the SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications. Rebecca has been selected to participate in the multiple award winning Mentor HR® program the NOVA SHRM and Dulles SHRM Mentoring & Leadership Development Program.
Risk Management Officer
Nabila is a Certified Internal Auditor® who believes that she adds value to the Credit Union by improving operations. Since 1994, Nabila has helped The Partnership Federal Credit Union by identifying opportunities to ensure that the Credit Union is operating in a compliant manner and managing risks responsibly. Working together with the Credit Union’s leadership team and Supervisory Committee, Nabila has focused her efforts on what she calls the third line of defense – reviewing controls and risk management procedures, identifying problems and keeping the Board and Senior Management informed.
Nabila is actively involved in the credit union community. She serves as President of the Capital Area Bank Secrecy Act Roundtable and is a member of the Association of Credit Union Internal Auditors, Institute of Internal Auditors, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Lending Council, Capital Area Compliance Roundtable and the Virtual Financial Crimes Compliance Roundtable. Nabila has also volunteered at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-mile run and is a member of the Global Women’s Leadership Network.
Nabila holds a Certificate in Internal Audit and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from George Mason University, as well as a Certificate in Accounting from the University of Virginia. Along with being a Certified Internal Auditor® by the Institute of Internal Auditors, Nabila has also earned designations as a National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) Certified Compliance Officer, NAFCU Certified Bank Secrecy Officer and NAFCU Certified Risk Manager.
Meet The Team
Our talented team is full of diverse individuals who all have an unwavering commitment to maximizing value for our membership. Our organization is divided according to areas of expertise; however, our high-performing team strives for continuous improvement and growth by seeking opportunities for collaboration. We venture for innovation and stay engaged through open communication, valuing all opinions, ideas and perspectives.
Meet our team:
- Jose Barahona, Financial Services Representative
- Jennifer Barkas, Financial Services Representative
- Michelle Barnes, Marketing and Relationship Manager
- Matthew Barron, Loan Officer
- Chantell Bynum, Financial Services Representative
- Zachary Cooper, Financial Services Representative
- Joanna Depaz, Assistant Member Experience Manager
- Cheryl Dickerson, Account Relations Specialist
- Christina Frazier, Financial Services Representative
- April Griffin, Accounting Specialist
- Leslie Gutierrez, Financial Services Representative
- Shadiamond Harvey, Loan Officer
- Shanita Jackson, Senior Accountant
- Jean Mackenzie, Director of Finance
- Chelsea Marshall, HR and Office Coordinator
- Sharon McDonald, Senior Loan Officer
- Erica Ruffin, Director of Member Experience
- Cynthia Schaffer, Business Analyst
- Stephen Schreider, Senior Business Analyst
- Alex Tcherkassky, Member Experience Manager
- Laura Villegas, Loan Support Specialist
- Desiree Williams, Debt Solutions Manager
- Katie Williams, IT Systems Analyst