Good Neighbors Credit Union

Annual Meeting 2024

RSVP for our
Annual Meeting and Dinner

What To Expect

Tickets for Good Neighbors Members: FREE

Accompanying non-member guests: $40 per ticket

*Event attendees must RSVP before April 5. RSVP is required in order to attend. Ticket includes welcome cocktails with hors d’oeuvres, dinner, presentation and raffles

Our nominating committee has submitted the following candidates:

Dana Besch

My affiliation with the Good Neighbors Credit Union began as a member of the Lancaster Federal Credit Union and the Depew Teachers Federal Credit Union.  I began serving as a Board member of the Depew Teachers Federal Credit Union in the late 1990s and continued on as part of the merger when we became the Lancaster-Depew Federal Credit Union.  It has been an honor to represent our membership.  I am pleased to say that through all of our growth, we strive to keep that close relationship with our members and support a feeling of community all while offering innovative products and services to meet your financial needs as The Good Neighbors Federal Credit Union.  I have served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board for several terms and ask for your continued support as a member of your Board of Directors.  I promise to always look out for our membership and our banking needs as we guide the decisions to ensure a strong, personable financial institution.  Currently, I am a teacher at Cayuga Heights Elementary in Depew.  I serve as a Youth Director at our church and reside in Alden with my husband, Justin (Gus).  I am proud where our credit union began, how far it has come, and look forward to supporting the needs of our membership to continue to realize their worth.  Thank you for this opportunity to serve you. 


Derek Bateman

I am a Sociology, Political Science and Economics instructor and Department Chair at Erie Community College City Campus.

I co-founded two credit unions (Parkside FCU and Buffalo Cooperative Council FCU) and have been an active credit union volunteer/board member for the above credit unions for the last 44 years including Good Neighbors Federal Credit Union for the last 3 of those years.   I have also served over 20 years on the Lexington Co-op Board, 10 years as a board member and weekend volunteer at Buffalo ReUse and over 20 years as a member on the Buffalo Niagara Hostel board.

In this economy, access to credit is practically a necessity for those of us who need:

  • vehicles to get to work,
  • mortgages to buy our houses,
  • home improvement loans to repair our houses and
  • small business loans to finance our budding entrepreneurial dreams.

Credit unions offer us member-owned, democratically controlled, not-for-profit financial institutions, dedicated to reinvesting our member’s savings back into our  community while meeting the needs of our members.    We operate with a philosophy of: service, respect and keeping our members best long-term financial  interests at heart.  Needless to say, I am motivated by the mission of credit unions and ask for your support in the upcoming Board election.

Samantha Bailey

Experience/Community Involvement: Currently, I am the HR Coordinator at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner, a local mid-size accounting firm. Throughout my time here, I have had experience in many parts of HR including:  full cycle recruiting, onboarding, employee development, policy creation and implementation, and performance management. I am a SHRM member and I am working towards getting my certification this summer.

My interest in community involvement started with my time in AmeriCorps where I worked in Buffalo Public Schools. Our program was designed to assist students with their academics, increase attendance, and social emotional development. Form there, I have been involved with community programing, and outreach. In my current role at CTBK, I take part in our Helping Hands committee where we volunteer our time/talent/energy with local charities like Wings Flights of Hope and the P.U.N.T. Foundation.

Why I Want to Join the Board: Joining a governing body of an organization has been a goal of mine for the past few years. With the relationship I have built with Good Neighbors Credit Union, it only felt right to try to get more involved with an organization that is actively involved with the Buffalo community. I believe that joining the board allows me to participate in the high-level decision-making process while sharing my knowledge of the HR field. The opportunity will also provide me a chance to grow my knowledge and gain new perspectives. I have a passion for giving back to my community and joining the Good Neighbors Credit Union Board of Directors allows me to contribute, not only to the growth of the organization, but to the City of Buffalo. I am excited for this new opportunity and for the chance to leave a lasting impact on the legacy of the organization. 

Dr. Cortasia L Solomon-Carter

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Northeastern Seminary, Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. Master of Science in Psychology , Concentration Cognitive Psychology, University of Phoenix Ordained Minister of American Marriage Ministries, 2012 The decision to undertake the demanding challenge of community service is the result of my aspiration to improve the quotidian of people’s lives, and I believe that Community Service is about serving this main purpose. It is toward this purpose that my keen interest in Community service and quality of life is based on. This aspiration to change people’s lives grew additionally into the form of true service and change. I therefore believe that through hard work and determinism, one can have a durable impact on this environment. As a result, I am an individual that is not afraid to be out of her comfort zone when challenges are tough. My previous experiences include the ability to understand, Analyze and quantify information. I am a confident team player with strong communication skills and have mature and polished leadership capabilities. These skills have been evident throughout my work experience, and I am proud to have always delivered the very highest levels of expertise and service.

Occupation: Assistant to the President Pro Tempore City of Buffalo Common Council

Experience/Community Involvement:

  • Assistant to Buffalo Common Council Member Bryan Bollman
  • 1st Vice President & Board Officer, Board of Block Clubs of Buffalo & Erie County
  • Chairwoman & Board Member, Buffalo Common Council Community Police Advisory Committee
  • Board Member, Most Valuable Parents of Buffalo (MVP)
  • Member, Scajaquada Creek Restoration Plan Community Advisory Group (CAG)
  • Director, Mead Community Resource Center
  • Administrator, F.W.R.F Community Connection

Why I Want to Join the Board: I am confident that I can contribute valuable insights and expertise to the board while also embracing opportunities for personal and professional growth. My extensive experience has equipped me with a diverse skill set and a deep understanding of community needs. I am eager to apply these capabilities to support the mission and objectives of the Good Neighbors Credit Union Board.

Nominations by Petition

Any member may nominate themselves or another member by submitting a nomination petition signed by 100 Good Neighbors members. Voting is conducted electronically and therefore we do not accept nominations from the floor at our Annual Meeting.

Any nominees-by-petition must be submitted to by March 14th. In addition to the petition, the nominee must sign a letter accepting the nomination and intent to serve if elected.


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