Help Set Bridge’s Vision

2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION

One of the many benefits of credit union membership is that we don’t have stockholders to pay. A volunteer Board of Directors governs the credit union and they represent the needs of the membership and provide vision and direction for the credit union. As part of this special democracy, YOU get a voice in your credit union. Click on the images below to review the candidate biographies before you cast your vote.

Brett A. Shearer

Board of Directors

I have been a member of the Board of Directors for Bridge Credit Union since 2006. I have been employed by the Ohio Department of Transportation since 1989, in Central Office and District 3. I am responsible for administering and writing policies on the right of way plan development process as well as providing training to employees and consultants.

I have been a member of the credit union since 1990 and use them exclusively as my primary financial institution. I am committed to serving our membership by promoting new and existing products and services while building upon the current strengths of the credit union and meeting the needs of the credit union membership. My employment experience, along with many years as a member as well as serving the past 14 years as a member of the Board of Directors will assist me in fulfilling my responsibilities as a board member of Bridge Credit Union. It would be a privilege and honor to continue representing the credit union and its members.

Sara Downs

Board of Directors

I have been a member of the Bridge Credit Union Board of Directors since 2017 and a member of Bridge Credit Union since 2005. I have served the Ohio Department of Transportation since 2005, in Central Office in a variety of roles.

I am currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) within the Division of Finance. I am responsible for oversight of the Finance Division and approximately 50 employees. The Finance offices include Project Accounting, Cost Accounting, Purchasing, Accounts Payable, External Audits, and Budget & Forecasting. I have previously worked in Accounts Receivable, Fiscal Reporting, served as the Capital Program Manager and Budget Administrator in the Budget & Forecasting section, and managed the Accounts Receivable and Fiscal Reporting team. I am a current member of the ODOT Technology Council and Finance Coordinator on the ODOT Funding Council. I completed my undergraduate studies in Business Administration from both Franklin University and The Ohio State University. I have a Master’s of Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University.

My employment experience and strong financial background will assist me in fulfilling my responsibilities as a member of the Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Assets & Liability Committee within the Board. It would be a privilege and honor to continue representing the credit union and its members.

Kathy Ludowese

Board of Directors

I have been a member of Bridge Credit Union since 2001 and served on the credit union board of directors since 2008.

I am retired from the Department of Public Safety, where I worked in the fiscal office for over 30 years. I was the Chief Fiscal Officer for 12 years. The position was responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, revenue collection, the operating and capital budgets, and oversight of 80 employees. This strong financial background has been beneficial as the Board reviews investment philosophies, budgets, and other fiscal reports to ensure the soundness of the credit union.

It is a genuine honor to be associated with Bridge Credit Union and its focus on providing improved services to our members. It will be a pleasure to continue to serve the members of the credit union as a director.