Meet Our Leaders
Anthony Sanders, President/CEO
Anthony Sanders has over 25 years experience in all aspects of credit union operations. He is well known and respected throughout the credit union industry for his work in the Research and Information department of the California and Nevada Credit Union League. Most recently Anthony was the Senior Compliance Officer for a group of seven credit unions as part of a shared resources collaboration.
Anthony earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Fresno State University. He also received a compliance officer certification from both the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU).
Anthony grew up locally and has strong family ties to the community. He attended school at Compton and Lynwood Unified School Districts and graduated from Lynwood High School.
He is very happy for the opportunity to serve Mid Cities Credit Union members and potential members by providing financial services needed in the community.
Contact him today at 310-638-5147 ext. 4415
Bessie Griffin, Director of Member Relations
Now that we are a community credit union serving seven cities, Bessie serves as our education expert in the field as our Director of Member Relations. She regularly presents to schools, chambers, and local businesses on personal finance and credit. "My favorite aspect of the position is having the opportunity to share information, regarding the advantages of becoming a member of our Credit Union with local high school seniors," says Bessie.
She gives back to the community by touching as many lives as possible each day, explaining the Credit Union philosophy of "People Helping People" and building confidence and peace of mind through the sharing of information that comes from forming a business relationship with a financially solid institution like Mid Cities Credit Union.
Contact her today at 310-990-8340 or 310-638-5147 ext. 4418
Spencer Shimasaki, Marketing Administrative Specialist
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Management from California State University, Los Angeles. He has been a member of the Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC) for over eight years and won several marketing awards. He completed his first year at WCMS (Western Credit Union National Association Management School) in 2011.
Contact him today at 310-638-5147 ext. 4408
Maritza Avelar, Operations Supervisor
Maritza Avelar started as a part-time Member Service Representative and quickly rose to Operations Supervisor. She has assisted the credit union in various departments: accounting, operations and business development. Maritza is bi-lingual in Spanish and English and enjoys helping members reach their financial goals.
She attended Long Beach City College and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in managerial accounting from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Contact her today at 310- 638-5147 ext. 4401
Christian Apodaca, Senior Lending Relations Officer
Christian has over 15 years of banking and credit union experience, and over 10 years combined experience in underwriting and reviewing consumer and real estate loans. Chris has worked for Financial Partners Credit Union, Star Harbor Federal Credit Union, and Citibank North America. In addition, Chris has worked closely with local and federal agencies in his capacity as an auditor and fraud prevention specialist.
Chris has earned endless number of awards for his customer service and sales goals. Since Chris too his first credit union job as a teller over 15 years ago, he has always believed in the credit union philosophy of "people helping people". He attributes these awards to that philosophy and listening to his member's needs which allowed him to build strong relationships with them.
Contact him today at 310-638-5147 ext. 4404
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