There are three open positions for Downey Federal Credit Union's 2023 Board of Directors. The candidates are:
A teacher in his 36th year at Doty Middle School (formerly East Middle School), Robert Becker has had a long and successful tenure with the Downey Unified School District. In addition to teaching science and coaching, he is also Middle School Athletic Director. Mr. Becker is active in local educational organizations as well. He is the past president of the Downey Education Association, served 7 years and was former chairman of the California Teachers Association (CTA) Budget Committee, and was the Chairman of the Southeastern Service Center, which is composed of local teachers' associations. Mr. Becker has also served on the National Education Association Board of Directors representing California for the last 5 years. He is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, and has been a high school basketball official for 35 years. With 5 years of service on the Supervisory Committee and 9 years of service on the Board of Directors, Mr. Becker would like to continue to serve on the Board so he may keep guiding the growth and success of Downey Federal Credit Union. If reelected, he would serve a 3-year term.
Stan Hanstad was Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services for the Downey Unified School District (DUSD) until his retirement in July 2010. He has served the citizens and students of Downey for over 34 years. Mr. Hanstad earned his Bachelor of Arts degree and Teaching credential from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master's degree and Administrative credential from Azusa Pacific University. Mr. Hanstad was a former member of the Governor's Commission of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, as well as an appointed member of the National Federal Advisory Commission representing California. In addition to starting the School Attendance Review Board (SARB), he is a founding member of Gangs Out of Downey (G.O.O.D), and also a member of Downey Rotary Club. He also started True Lasting Connections Family Resource Center (TLC) in DUSD after securing a competitive grant from the State of California. Mr. Hanstad has been a member of Downey Federal Credit Union since 1979. He understands the leadership role, and has directed the Credit Union in achieving outstanding national ratings. If reelected, he would serve 3 years.
Giovanna "Giggy" Saab is a volunteer on the Board of Directors at Downey Federal Credit Union. She previously served on the Supervisory Committee since 2012.
Mrs. Saab serves on several community organizations assisting families through service, fundraising and scholarships. Some of her notable community involvement include Past President of Soroptimist International of Downey, Co-Chairperson of the Downey YMCA Board and is a member of the Assistance League of Downey. She serves as a member of the Board of Education for the Downey Unified School District. She also supports her children with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.
She has received several awards for her leadership in the community including the Downey PTA Honorary Service Award, Red Triangle Award for outstanding service to the Downey YMCA and to the community, the Kiwanis Int'l Foundation's George. F. Hixon Fellowship Award, and the Soroptimist Woman of Distinction Award.
Mrs. Saab has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Florida International University. She is a certified Substitute Teacher, licensed Real Estate Agent and certified Yoga Instructor. She worked with Sandals and Beaches Resorts as a Corporate Manager and Public Events Coordinator. Mrs. Saab was also a top Pharmaceutical Sales Professional for Schering-Plough and Adeza Biomedical where she was ranked in the top 5% of the country. She has been married to Downey former Mayor Alex Saab, and has three children: Dominic, Gianna, and Alexander.