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Membership in Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union means co-ownership in one of the strongest credit unions in the country.

Volunteers: Board of Directors & Supervisory Committee

Board of Directors

Control of Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union and its management is in the hands of the membership. Once a year, members elect a Board of Directors at their annual meeting. Each member gets one vote, regardless of the number of shares owned. One person, one vote means that control and direction of the Credit Union is not based on the financial resources of a few members, but on the needs of the entire membership.

Eric Scholten

Eric Scholten is currently the vice president and controller at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. In this role, Scholten is responsible for sector financial planning and analysis; financial reporting and accounting; budgets, rates and overhead management; government relations and compliance; resource management; and property administration. Most recently, Scholten was director of business management, where he was responsible for the financial and business administration activities for Strategic Programs and Technology business area and its programs. Prior to that, Scholten served as deputy business manager for the F-35 program. He also worked on a special assignment related to the establishment of Aerospace Systems’ centers of excellence and served as the business operations manager for Contracts, Pricing and Program Business Operations. Previously, Scholten worked at the Northrop Grumman Corporate office, where he was the manager of capital markets in Corporate Treasury. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, he held a variety of engineering positions at other aerospace companies. Scholten earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Stanford University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. Before being elected to the NGFCU Board in 2015, Eric participated in the Volunteer at Large program with the Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union starting in 2012. Eric is currently Chairman of the Board of the Credit Union Board of Directors and serves on the Executive Committee, and Financial Strategies Committee.

Patrick Creighton

Patrick has been employed with Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems since 2003. Since that time, he has held various professional and management positions within the organization. He is currently a program manager for the Tactical Sensor Solutions division responsible for radar development programs. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University as well as an MBA from the University of Maryland. Patrick joined the Volunteers at Large program with the Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union in 2011 and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2012. Patrick currently serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee, and serves on the Technology, Executive, Loan and Share, and Marketing committees.

Stephen Considine

Recently retired, Steve had been with Northrop Grumman Electronic Sensors since 1979 and held numerous management positions in operations and program management. Most recently, he was the Director, Aviation and Weapons Systems Programs. Equipped with a BS in business and an MBA in management, Steve’s credit union service dates back to 1982. In 1985, he was elected to the Westinghouse Family of Maryland FCU Board of Directors. In 2000, Steve joined the Northrop Grumman FCU Board of Directors where he held the positions of 2nd Vice Chairman and 1st Vice Chairman and Chairman. He currently serves on the Executive, Financial Strategies, and Loan & Share committees.

Diane Corral-Lopez

Diane is the Executive Officer, Operations Administration at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)responsible for the financial management and administrative services of Metro’s daily Operations. Her career with Metro, the nation’s third largest transportation agency, began in 1996 and has included management positions in the Chief Executive Office, Administration, Human Resources, Organizational Development & Training and Transit Operations Departments. Prior to working at Metro, Diane worked for the County of Los Angeles and the City of Pasadena. Diane has an extensive commitment to public service. She has been active in her community. A member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, she was committee member on the California Transportation Association, a mentor and volunteer. She launched and serves as the current President of the Advancement of Latinos at Metro Association (ALMA). Diane serves on the Budget and Loan & Share committees.

Heather M. Crofford

Heather Crofford is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Innovation Systems (IS) for Northrop Grumman where she leads a team of finance and contracts professionals responsible for the full business management and support of the sector. Prior to this role, Heather served as the CFO for Technology Services with similar leadership responsibilities. She is also a member of the CFO Council. Heather joined Northrop Grumman in 2014, where she was CFO and Director of Business Management for the Cyber Division within the Information Solutions Sector. In this role, Heather worked directly with the Cyber team to ensure solid financial performance and flawless program execution for Northrop Grumman’s Cyber portfolio. Prior to working at Northrop Grumman, Heather worked for more than 12 years for the Boeing Company in a number of increasingly responsible financial management positions, most recently as the CFO of the Electronic and Information Systems division. In addition to her CFO role, she has experience serving in leadership positions specifically within Financial Planning and Analysis and Cost Management. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and Masters of Business Administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Heather serves on the Human Resources and Loan & Share committees. Heather is currently the 2nd Vice-Chairman of the Credit Union Board of Directors.

Karin Flanagan

Karin Flanagan retired in 2018 as Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions for Northrop Grumman Corporation, responsible for the on-going development and implementation of the company's merger, acquisition and divestiture strategy. In addition, she supported the creation and dissolution of company joint ventures, equity stakes investments, and other strategic business relationships as related to the company's business portfolio. Previously, Karin was the Vice President, Strategy and Technology, and was responsible for the ongoing development of the company's strategic framework, with the goal of optimizing technology investments. Since 1993, she has been involved with the company's merger, acquisition and divestiture activities including strategic analysis, competitive assessment, due diligence, transaction support and transition related activities. Karin has provided leadership roles in the majority of company acquisitions (including Grumman, Vought, Westinghouse, Logicon, Litton, TRW, and Orbital/ATK) and divestitures (including TASC, Inc and HII (Shipbuilding), as well as numerous smaller acquisitions and divestitures. Karin holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from California Lutheran University. Karin joined the NGFCU Board of Directors in May 2015 and serves on the Loan and Share Policy Committee. Karin is currently the 1st Vice-Chairman of the Credit Union Board of Directors.

Kathi Harper

Kathi retired in 2015 from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) after 35 years of service. During her tenure with Metro, she served in various management and leadership positions in Personnel and Human Resources, retiring as Director of Human Resources. Kathi joined the Board of the Metro Transportation Employees Federal Credit Union (MTEFCU) in 1991 and served as Vice President and President of the Board, and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee. Kathi served as a member of the Supervisory Committee of Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union (NGFCU) and later became the Chairman of the NGFCU Supervisory Committee until she joined the Board in 2009. She has served as Chairman of the NGFCU Board of Directors and currently serves on the Human Resources, Facilities, and Loan and Share Committees.

Phil R. Harrott

Phil recently retired from Northrop Grumman Corporation after 34 years of service. He received a B.A. in Mathematics from UCLA in 1968. Phil served on the Credit Union's Supervisory Committee from February 1981 to December 1983 and was elected to the Board of Directors in December 1983. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1989, 1990 and 2000. During his more than two decades of Board service, Phil has actively participated in virtually every standing committee. He currently serves as Chair of the Technology, and as a member of the Budget, Human Resources, Financial Strategies, Nominating, and Supervisory committees.

Hugh Jones

Hugh retired in September 2009 from Northrop Grumman Corporation. As an employee of Westinghouse and then Northrop Grumman Corporation, Hugh held various professional and management positions in Finance and Business Management organizations. During his tenure with Friendship Federal Credit Union that began in 1982, Hugh served on that Board of Directors as Treasurer, Vice-Chairman and Chairman. When the merger was completed between Northrop Grumman FCU and Friendship, Hugh joined the Northrop Grumman Federal Credit Union Board of Directors in April 2000. Hugh completed his term as Chairman in 2011 and currently serves on the Budget, Financial Strategies, and Human Resources committees.

Harry Q. H. Lee, II

Harry retired from Northrop Grumman Corporation in 2015 as the VP Corporate Contracts, Pricing & Supply Chain with more than 35 years of Aerospace and Defense business management experience. He continues to be a frequent lecturer on professional and career development. Harry has been recognized with several awards and community service honors, including the 2014 NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals) 100 Honoree, the Asian Americans Professional Association (AAPA) 2014 Executive Award and the Elevate 2013 Executive of the Year. In addition to NGFCU, Harry also serves as a Board Director on Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity's National Educational Foundation and the Asian American Professional Association. Having served several years on the NGFCU Supervisory Committee, Harry began service on the NGFCU Board of Directors in May 2015 and serves on the Technology, Financial Strategies, and Facilities Committees.

Rob Polvino

Rob has been employed with Northrop Grumman Corporation since July 2014. He is currently serving in the position of Director of the Japan E-2 Airborne Early Warning Programs/Battle Management Command and Control. Rob served in the United States Navy completing his career as Commanding Officer (USN) Maritime Developmental Flight Test Squadron. Rob is a graduate of the US Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering.

Elizabeth Pitts-Madonna

Beth Pitts-Madonna is the Vice President of Human Resources (HR) for Northrop Grumman's Space Systems sector where she oversees the Space Systems sector's HR team in strategy, talent acquisition, talent management and development, employee relations, and organization change and effectiveness. She is also a member of the Northrop Grumman HR Policy Council. Pitts-Madonna has held a number of positions since joining the company in 2000. Most recently, she served as Vice President of HR for Northrop Grumman's Innovation Systems sector and prior to that as Vice President of HR for the Enterprisewide Employee Relations Center of Excellence as well as the human resources teams that support the Corporate Office and Enterprise Services. Previously Pitts-Madonna has held a variety of leadership positions in Talent Management, Learning and Development, Talent Acquisition and as an HR Business Leader for several organizations. Earlier, she has served as the Director of Organization Effectiveness leading the transformation of the newly formed business sector. Pitts-Madonna earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Boston University in Boston, MA and a master's degree in social work from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. She has completed a number of leadership-development programs and serves as Vice-Chair on the Penn-Mar Foundation Board.

Petros Kitsos

Petros is managing principal of TBL Strategy, an executive advisory firm he founded in 2006. Prior to founding TBL Strategy, Petros served as a Managing Director at Citigroup Global Markets and its predecessors, Salomon Smith Barney and Salomon Brothers. In these roles Petros worked closely with Northrop Grumman Corporation among many other clients. Petros currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sonnedix Power Holdings Ltd., a global, utility-scale, solar power producer and on the Advisory Board of Beacon Rail Leasing, a leading lessor of locomotives and rail cars. Petros holds a bachelor's degree in Economics with a minor in Physics from Hamilton College, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Supervisory Committee

This committee is also comprised of credit union volunteers. Their responsibilities include causing annual audits to be made of the credit union’s operations, management and financial statements; confirming the internal controls are maintained in accordance with established policies, procedures, laws and regulations; and, confidentially handle members’ written questions/concerns/complaints regarding credit union operations.

Wayne Watanabe, Chairman

Matthew Barrett, Secretary

Jessica Couch, Committee Member

Dick Daley, Committee Member

Leigh Cokonis, Committee Member

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