Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Cynthia Brochu PhotoCynthia S. Brochu- Chairman

Cynthia S. Brochu, a long time SunState FCU member, previously worked at Scruggs & Carmichael for ten years as Administrative/Financial Director.  In 2013 she became the Finance and Budget Director at The University of Florida College of The Arts. Cynthia is currently Assistant Director of Finance for the Office of the Senior Vice President Of Health Affairs Administration at UF Health University of Florida. She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and is currently working on a Master’s Degree.  Cynthia brings to The Board of Directors a perspective from the public and private business sectors that will benefit the Credit Union as it continues to grow and serve its members in the communities of North Central Florida. 

Patrick Fitzgeral photoPatrick Fitzgerald- Vice-Chairman

Patrick Fitzgerald has been a member of SunState for over 28 years, serving over 19 years on the Board. He holds a BS degree from Iowa State Univ. in Agriculture and a  MS Degree from American Univ. Washington D.C. in Applied Public Management. He retired from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture after 33 years of service and worked for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 14 years. He now is a licensed mold inspector.  He is presently serving as Treasurer of the Board and is most conscious of providing and improving member services. 

Calvin DeCoursey photo

Calvin DeCoursey - Treasurer

Calvin DeCoursey has been a member of the credit union since 1990. He is a Captain currently serving as the Administative Services Division Commander for the Alachua County Sheriff's Office; he has been employed at the agency for over 23 years. DeCoursey is a member of the A.L. Mebane Alumni Association and the Saint Leo Command Officer School Alumni Association. 

Jane Taylor photoJane Taylor- Secretary

Jane Taylor joined SunState FCU when she began her federal career with USDA in 1972.   She graduated from Santa Fe Community College and attended UF.  Jane was the Executive Assistant to the Director of the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System and retired from the local VA in 2014 with 38 years of service.  She has an extensive background in operations management, policy development and implementation, budget management and strategic planning.  Jane is proud SunState is recognized as a leader in the community and provides members excellent financial services and customer service.

John Campen photo

John Campen

John Campen has been a SunState member for approx. 20 years.  He began serving on the Credit Committee and was later elected to the Board.  He has served for the past two years as its Chairman.  For the past 30 plus years, he has been active in the real estate and auction business, doing business as Campen Realty and Campen Auctions.  He proudly served in the US Air Force during Vietnam.  As a board member, his focus is on members service and financial soundness.

JJohn D. Dishong photoohn D. Dishong, Sr.

John D. Dishong, Sr., has been a SunState member since 1958 or nearly as long as the credit union has existed. For more than 38 total years, he has served as a volunteer on the Supervisory Committee, Credit Committee and Board. He graduated of University of Florida College of Engineering and is now a Florida Professional Retired.  Having served in the Army from 1951-1953, he is designated as an Atomic Veteran.  He spent 29 and a half years as an engineer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Soil Conservation Service in Gainesville.

 David Nicholson photo

 David Nicholson

David Nicholson has been with the Credit Union for more than 18 years and was a member service representative at several branches. Nicholson now runs Dawn Realty as a realtor and broker, and is involved in a unique realm of civic and professional societies, including the Freemasons, Shriners, and the American Legion. Nicholson brings his unique perspective to the board, and says he is particularly proud of the credit union’s Web site.

Sharon Papciak 

Sharon Teston Papciak, native of Gainesville, graduated from GHS, attended Santa Fe. Served on the Credit and Supervisory Committees of Sunstate; the Supervisory Committee of FL CU.  She has two daughters and three grandchildren.  Retired after 30 years from USDA as Administrative Officer.  A member of Sunstate almost 50 years.

John Power photo  

 John Power




Supervisory Committee 

Louis Frost, Chairman
Annette Johnson, Secretary
Tresca Clemmons
Bill Conrad
Brenda Stormant

Management Team 

Joe Akins, President/CEO
Tom Barnard, Senior Vice President of Lending
Suzanne Friis, Senior Vice President of Operations
Richard Baldwin, Vice President of Human Resources
Kelly Chesser, Vice President of Finance
Robert Hart, Vice President of Marketing
Josh Emmerson, AVP of Credit
Chuck Hudson, AVP Information Systems
Daryl Pressley, AVP of Branches and Sales