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 2017 annual report.
Board of Directors Election
One of the benefits of being a member of Frontwave Credit Union is the opportunity to guide the future of the organization. You can make your voice heard by voting in our upcoming Board of Directors election.
Members with a valid email address on file will receive an email with an electronic ballot link on February 22, 2019. Members may request a paper ballot by calling 952.974.2339 or emailing email@example.com no later than February 25, 2019. Electronic and paper voting will close on March 22, 2019.
View the Board of Directors Candidate Bios
We encourage you to make a difference by casting your vote.
Board of Directors
Chairman Richard Rothwell
Mr. Rothwell joined the credit union’s Board of Directors in February 1991. In January 2010, his fellow Board members elected him Chairman.
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.
Vice Chairman Michael Brigagliano
Mr. Brigagliano has served the credit union since October 2014, when he was appointed to the Board of Directors as an Associate Director. He became a full Board member in early 2015 and was elected to the vice president’s post in March 2018.
Mr. Brigagliano has spent more than two decades in the consumer finance, mortgage lending and loan servicing industries. His experience includes direct management of a $4 billion-plus loan servicing portfolio. In his current role as Senior Vice President of Veterans Choice Home Loans, he assists veterans across the country in obtaining affordable home loans.
His education includes study of Business Management in New York. Mr. Brigagliano has been trained in the Six Sigma business management method, studied at GE Mortgage University, and completed the Dale Carnegie advanced course “Skills for Team Success.” He is currently licensed by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System.
Mr. Brigagliano believes in giving back to the community. He has made charitable contributions to the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Doctors Without Borders and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Secretary James Cothran
Mr. Cothran is a longtime member of the credit union, having joined initially in 1961. He joined the Board of Directors in 1995 and has served as Board Secretary since December 2006. He’s also been a long-standing member of the Board’s Loan Review Committee and its Supervisory Committee.
Mr. Cothran retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1982 after 24 years of active duty. As a Marine, he was in the photographic and audiovisual field and initially served as a Combat Photographer. Upon retirement, he became Officer in Charge of the Training and Audiovisual Support Center at Camp Pendleton.
Mr. Cothran holds a bachelor’s degree in Motion Picture Photography from the University of Southern California. In 1982, he received a master’s degree from Webster University in Management and Business. That same year, he acquired a real estate license from the State of California.
Mr. Cothran worked in real estate for 24 years before retiring. In 1990, he served as President of the Carlsbad Association of Realtors. In 1997, he was Chairman of the Membership Committee for the California Association of Realtors.
Treasurer Gary Greving
Mr. Greving has been a member of the credit union’s Board of Directors since 2009. He has served as the Board’s Treasurer since 2011.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Greving graduated from California State University San Marcos with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Accountancy from San Diego State University. Additionally, Mr. Greving has earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute and has completed the Credit Union National Association’s Volunteer Achievement Program.
Mr. Greving currently works in the Program Management Office of a global firm that provides information technology services and solutions to government clients. He has more than 24 years’ experience managing people and projects around the world.
Mr. Greving is an active member of the San Marcos community where he resides with his wife and two children. He serves as volunteer treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors for the Mission Park Homeowners Association. He also volunteers at Father Joe’s Villages, helping the less fortunate in his community.
Director George Hoagland
George Hoagland was appointed to Board of Directors of what’s now Frontwave Credit Union in 1969. He served as Board Chairman in l972 and as Vice Chairman for more than 20 years.
Mr. Hoagland joined the Marine Corps 1948 and served in the enlisted ranks until April 1953, attaining the rank of Gunnery Sergeant E-6. In April 1953, he was commissioned second lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. His assignments were primarily in Marine Artillery, culminating in a stint as commanding officer of the First Field Artillery Group at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC ) in Twentynine Palms. He retired in July 1972.
Mr. Hoagland has long been involved in public service. He served for several years as the officer in charge of the annual Toys for Tots drive for the city of Philadelphia. From 1968 to 1970, while serving at the MCAGCC, he had the additional duty as Chairman of the Youth Activities Program. From 1969 to 1971, he served as Chapter Dad of the Twentynine Palms Chapter of the DeMolay youth group.
After his retirement from the Marine Corps, Mr. Hoagland obtained a California real estate license and worked in a local real estate office. In l974, he become Assistant Housing Manager at MCAGCC; the next year, he became Housing Manager. From l974 to l985 George served as Chairman of MCAGCC Equal Employment Committee. He retired from his MCAGCC post in 1985.
Director Gerald Polyascko
Mr. Polyascko was first appointed to the credit union’s Board of Directors on Jan. 1, 2010. For six months before that, he had served as a member of the credit union’s Supervisory Committee.
Mr. Polyascko attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and earned a master’s degree in Human Resource Management. He spent 33 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as a colonel in 1992. He then served for three years as Vice President at Dynagraphics, the printing division of Dynamed Corp. in Carlsbad, California. From January 1995 to January 2009, he was the senior instructor of the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program at Eisenhower High School in the Rialto Unified School District.
Mr. Polyascko also has been involved with community service efforts. He’s a member of the American Legion and the Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Vice President of Camp Pendleton Historical Society.
Director Marlon Ramos
Mr. Ramos brings a combination of business training and military experience to his position on the credit union’s Board of Directors.
He became a credit union member while attending Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in 1997. He began serving on the Board of Directors as an associate director in 2012 and was appointed as a full director in 2014.
Mr. Ramos earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (with an emphasis in management) from San Diego State University. He went on to earn an MBA from the University of Southern California, and he holds certificates in Negotiation Mastery from Harvard University and Project Management from Syracuse University.
An Iraq War veteran, he completed deployments with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. He also served at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center as an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Instructor/Operator. He currently works for the U.S. Defense Department in the acquisition field.
Mr. Ramos has been awarded numerous honors for his military service. They include the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
Director 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. 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.
Director Joseph Mitlieri
Mr. Mitilieri joined the credit union’s Board of Directors as an Associate Director in March 2016 and became a full Director in March 2018. He brings to the Board a unique skill set as an innovative and influential leader with exceptional analytical, strategic, marketing and revenue management experience.
Mr. Mitilieri received his undergraduate degree from Elmhurst College near Chicago and later earned an M.B.A from the University of Southern California.
He currently works as a consultant who focuses on extracting information used to evaluate and understand the customer’s journey as it relates to a specific experience and engagement with a business or corporation. His efforts include identifying situations that would cause customer angst and creating effective customer service tactics to eliminate it.
Mr. Mitilieri is also involved with several charitable efforts, including Habitat for Humanity, The Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and the animal rescue organization Tracy’s Paws.