Meet Our Leaders



Hal Wenk, President/CEO

I am excited to come on board Mid Cities Credit Union and am looking forward to working with the dedicated and committed Staff and Officials, who are guiding the Credit Union on to bigger and better services for the members. I am bringing 30 years of Credit Union Management experience and a dedication to making our Credit Union one that the communities we serve will be proud of to own and share with their family and friends.

Bessie Griffin, Executive Vice President

Bessie Griffin has over 20 years experience with credit unions. She holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills. She started at Mid Cities Credit Union in 1991 as a Teller Supervisor. After several years in this position, she was promoted to Operations Manager, served a brief time as Interim CEO and Business Development Manager.

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.


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.


leadership-mariaMaria Teresa Lepe, Loan Officer

Maria Teresa Lepe has over 9 years of Credit Union experience. She worked at two Credit Union's prior to coming on board at Mid Cities Credit Union in 2014. The last Credit Union that Teresa worked for she had a successful career as an Executive Assistant to the CEO and CFO.

Teresa holds two Bachelor Degrees. She has a BA and a BS. Since, joining the Mid Cities Credit Union Team, she has gained additional experience in Consumer and Mortgage lending, Accounting, and Accounts Administration.

Teresa says that she loves providing great service to the members of Mid Cities Credit Union. 

Contact her today at 310-638-5147 ext. 4404.

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