Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our members make great leaders.

Our Board isn't made up of a group of faceless executives in glass offices. Instead, they're all Frontwave members, just like you. They volunteer, you elect them, and they don't get paid a penny. Their mission is to set the overall direction of the credit union and make sure it operates in the best interest of its members. So what have these folks been up to lately? Take a look at our 2023 annual report.


Board of Directors

Brian Sutton

Chairman Brian Sutton

Brian Sutton joined the credit union’s Board of Directors as an Associate Director in 2015. He was appointed as a full Board Director in November 2017, elected to the Vice Chairman's post in March 2020, and then to the Chairman's post in March 2022.

As a seasoned technology professional, his international experience implementing complex, secure technology solutions make his contributions to the credit union and its member uniquely valuable.

Mr. Sutton graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He holds a number of internationally recognized technical, operational, and project management certifications and is a Certified Board Member through the National Association of Federal Credit Unions.

Mr. Sutton currently serves as an Operations and Program consultant for a global provider of healthcare information technology software and services. He has extensive experience developing strategy, planning, and delivering scalable solutions to fast-growing organizations in both the public and private sectors. His consulting experience includes more than 10 years of driving strategy and implementing secure systems for the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers worldwide.

Michael Brigagliano

Vice Chairman Michael Brigagliano

Michael Brigagliano has been a dedicated member of the Frontwave Credit Union board since October 2014, rising from Associate Director to full Board member in early 2015, Vice Chairman from March 2018 to 2020, and Chairman from 2020 to 2022. His leadership focuses on representing the best interests of credit union members and ensuring robust governance. With nearly three decades of experience in consumer finance, mortgage lending, and loan servicing, he has successfully managed portfolios exceeding $4 billion.

As the President and Founder of My Wise Agent Inc., Mr. Brigagliano leads an innovative and inclusive real estate firm across California, known for its comprehensive services. He also serves as a Branch Partner at American Financial Network, where he specializes in providing affordable home financing solutions to veterans nationwide.

Mr. Brigagliano studied Business and Criminal Justice at the State University of New York. His professional development includes training in Six Sigma, coursework at GE Mortgage University, and completion of the Dale Carnegie advanced course, "Skills for Team Success." He maintains licenses in 29 states under the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and holds a Real Estate license from the California Department of Real Estate.

A fervent philanthropist, Mr. Brigagliano is a Director on the Frontwave Foundation board and supports various charitable organizations, including Wounded Warriors, Freedom Dogs in Oceanside, Doctors Without Borders, the USO, Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

Amanda Cook

Treasurer Amanda Cook

Amanda Cook, Esq., CPA was elected to the Board of Directors of Frontwave Credit Union in 2022.

Ms. Cook graduated with two Bachelor’s degrees in three years from Michigan State University. She then attended Michigan State University College of Law with a full scholarship, and graduated magna cum laude. It was in law school that she began focusing her career on tax issues through service: she participated in an outreach program for Hurricane Katrina victims to bring awareness regarding government stimulus and to prepare their income tax returns. Since then, she has helped people deal with financial crises, prepare for future events, and navigate complex transactions through her work as a tax advocate.

Ms. Cook has been practicing in San Diego County for the past 11 years. Her career has focused on issues relating to small business and personal finance and income tax. Growing up in a military household, Ms. Cook saw firsthand the unique financial considerations that are present for military families and retirees. In her career, she has worked with people across the income spectrum to help them achieve their financial goals through tax planning and budgeting. She is passionate about helping people with their personal and financial goals and is eager to show members how Frontwave Credit Union can assist.

Gary Greving

Secretary Gary Greving

Gary Greving has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2009 and currently serves as Secretary, Board of Directors. Mr. Greving has served as Treasurer as well as on numerous committees to include the Budget Committee, CEO Compensation Committee, Pension and Personnel Committee and Inspector of Election.

A Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Greving holds a Bachelors Degree with an emphasis in Finance from CSUSM, and a Masters Degree in Accountancy from SDSU. He holds numerous certifications, including a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, and the Volunteer Achievement Program from the Credit Union National Association.

Mr. Greving is currently employed as a Senior Manager in the Growth Office of a global provider of information technology services and solutions to Government clients. He has over thirty years of experience managing people and projects around the world.

An active member of the San Marcos community in which he resides with his wife and two children, Mr. Greving volunteers as President, Board of Directors for his HOA, is on the Board of Directors for the San Marcos Community Foundation, is an active member of San Marcos Community Emergency Response Team, and is a soccer / baseball Dad on the weekends.

Joseph Mitilieri

Director Joseph Mitilieri

Mr. Mitilieri has served as a Frontwave Credit Union volunteer since 2016 as both an Associate Board member and as a Director on the Frontwave Board of Directors. He was elected to the Vice Chairman's post in 2022.

Mr. Mitilieri received his undergraduate degree from Elmhurst College in Chicago, and earned an M.B.A from the University of Southern California. He has over 25 years of effective and proven success in strategic planning with the ability to identify trends, proactively address ambiguous business problems, and blend disparate sourced data with creativity to conceptualize consumer centric strategies for growth, enhanced customer lifetime value, and overall customer loyalty. He brings a unique skill set to the Board as an innovative and influential leader with exceptional analytical, strategic, marketing, consumer insights, and revenue management experience.

Mr. Mitilieri currently works as a consultant focusing on extracting information to evaluate and understand the customer’s journey as it relates to a specific customer’s experience and engagement with a business or corporation in order to assist organizations in identifying pain points or situations that would cause customer angst and create effective customer service tactics to eliminate it.

Mr. Mitilieri also participates in several charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Tracy’s Paws.

Kelley Mayer

Director Kelley Mayer

Kelley Mayer was appointed to Board of Directors of Frontwave Credit Union in 2019 and is a longtime member of the credit union. She was elected to the Treasurer position in March 2020.

Ms. Mayer has lived in San Diego County since 1985 and has a Finance Degree from California State University, Long Beach. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has been in public accounting for more than 30 years. Additionally, she has a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and is a published writer. Her life work has been counseling and educating others to achieve their financial goals and preserve their family wealth.

Ms. Mayer believes in giving back to the community and is looking forward to serving on the board and acting as a liaison for members of Frontwave. She plans to enable members to have a voice in the future growth and development of products and services, while concurrently ensuring a strong financial future for our Credit Union.

Sally Arnett

Director Sally L. Arnett

Mrs. Arnett first joined the Board of Directors as an Associate Director in 2011. She was appointed as a full Director in 2012 and served until 2017, before rejoining the board in 2021.

Mrs. Arnett holds a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management - Personnel from San Diego State University. She is a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitrator. FINRA is a not-for-profit that writes and enforces rules governing investors and firms. A forum to resolve security-related issues.

Mrs. Arnett believes in helping members. While serving as committee chair for multiple committees, she puts into practice all she learned about Frontwave Credit Union and the financial industry.

Mrs. Arnett is affiliated with several groups outside of the credit union, including an Alumna of Kappa Delta Sorority for the Junior League of Riverside, additionally, she is an Alumnus of Golden Gate University and a member of the San Diego State University Alumni Association.

Gerald Polyascko

Director Gerald Polyascko

Mr. Polyascko was first appointed to the credit union's Board of Directors on January 1, 2010. Prior to that, he was appointed as a member of the credit union's Supervisory Committee on June 24, 2009.

He spent 32 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as a Colonel in 1992. He then took the position of Vice President, Dynagraphics, the printing division of DynaMed Corporation in Carlsbad, California until January 1995, where he was instrumental in turning the division around from losing money to profitability. From January 1995 to January 2009, he was the Senior Marine Instructor of The Marine Corps Junior ROTC Program at Eisenhower High School in the Rialto Unified School District, focusing on leadership and character development for students in the program.

His service in the Marine Corps included holding command positions in all ranks, including Colonel when he commanded Marine Wing Support Group-17 in Okinawa, Japan, and two tours in the Vietnam Conflict. Upon retiring in 1992, he was presented with his highest award, the Legion of Merit.

Mr. Polyascko's education includes a MS in Human Resource Management from Salve Regina University in conjunction with the Naval War College, Newport, R.I. Mr. Polyascko has also been involved with community service efforts. He is a member of the American Legion and the Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and is the Vice President of the Camp Pendleton Historical Society.

Richard Rothwell

Director Richard Rothwell

Mr. Rothwell joined the credit union’s Board of Directors in February 1991. He served as Board Chairman from January 2010 to February 2020.

In 1961, Mr. Rothwell graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering. He later earned a Master of Science in Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College.

During Mr. Rothwell’s 29 years of active duty, he held a variety of command and staff positions, including Commanding Officer of the 5th Marine Regiment. His service decorations include the Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, and the Navy Commendation Medal. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1990 with the grade of colonel.

Following his military career, Mr. Rothwell served for 15 years in the legal departments of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Sempra Energy. He is also the President of the Camp Pendleton Historical Society, a former Commissioner of the City of Escondido Housing Advisory Committee, and a former member of the Escondido Friends of the Pioneer Room Board of Directors. He and his wife, Ann, live in Escondido where they have enjoyed volunteering in several civic activities. They have two children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.


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