Our Volunteer Officials
Board of Directors
Brian W. Doyle, Chairman – Brian has been a member of the First U.S. Board of Directors since 1986. Prior to becoming a board member, he served on the Credit Committee. After receiving Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering, Brian served two years as an officer in the Army, then for the next 33 years as a civilian with the Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, OR, Washington DC, and Sacramento, CA.
He advanced to the position of Chief of Engineering Division before his retirement in 2002. In that capacity, he managed a staff of as many as 350 employees, and annual budgets of up to $200 million. His organization had the principal function of providing engineering services for public works and military construction projects in partnership with local and state governments and other Federal agencies. Brian firmly believes in the national credit union philosophy, "not for profit, but for service".
Richard (Dick) Cochran, Vice-Chairman – Dick's professional career has been as President and CEO of two Sacramento credit unions. He served in that capacity for twenty years at First U.S. Community Credit Union before retiring in February 2007. His tenure as CEO included serving as a board member for various credit union support organizations. He earned a MBA from the University of California, Davis. He has served the Sacramento community as a board member of three local non-profit organizations and currently an active Elder with Northminster Presbyterian Church.
Clarence Parkins, Secretary – Clarence was born and raised in West Virginia. He graduated from Marshall University with a B.A. in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. As a member of the men's basketball team for 4 years, he played in 2 NCAA Basketball Tournaments. He started his business career with Dun & Bradstreet in Miami, Florida as a Credit Reporter. He was named Sales Manager in Jacksonville, Florida in 1968. In 1970 he joined Genuine Parts Company (NAPA) in the Management Training Program. He held positions in GPC in Miami, Cleveland, San Francisco, Fresno, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. He was General Manager and President of the NAPA Distribution Centers in Fresno, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.
He retired from Genuine Parts Company in 1992 and accepted the position of President of the California Automotive Wholesale Assn. in Sacramento until 1996. Since then he has been an active member of Rotary International. He was President of his club (Rancho Cordova) in 2000-01, and was District Governor of District 5180 in 2007-08. He has received many Rotary awards including the Citation for Meritorious Service, the second highest Rotary Award. He is currently his district's representative to the Rotary Council on legislation. He has two grown children and three grandchildren. Clarence is a licensed pilot, enjoys golf and running. He has run in 9 marathons. Clarence joins the Board having first served as a Board member of Big Valley Federal Credit Union.
Jamie Gomes, Treasurer – Jamie Gomes is an economist with experience in capital facility financing, fiscal impact analysis, government reorganization, and real estate economics. Directing complex consulting assignments on behalf of both public- and private-sector clients, Jamie’s work has resulted in successful new and redevelopment projects, including municipal incorporations and former military base reuse projects. Adhering to one of EPS’s core values, Jamie prepares objective analyses to inform clients’ decision making—striving for the most financially effective solution that minimizes uncertainty and shares risks between the public and private sectors. Jamie is one of EPS’s leading experts in implementing infrastructure financing mechanisms, particularly Mello-Roos Community Facilities Districts, development impact fee programs, and related cost-sharing agreement mechanisms.
Jamie holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from California State University Sacramento and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California at Davis. He serves as the Treasurer for the Urban Land Institute—Sacramento District Council and participates in the District Council’s Executive Committee. Finally, Jamie is a member of the American Cancer Society’s Sacramento Partnership Council, which raises approximately $175,000 annually for the society.
Dennis B. Cook – is a founding partner of Cook Brown LLP. He represents management in all aspects of labor relations and employment law. He has extensive experience in traditional labor law matters, including contract negotiations, election issues, grievance procedures, representation issues and arbitrations. Mr. Cook is active in litigating labor matters before the National Labor Relations Board and represents management in federal and state courts in employment litigation, where he has obtained favorable trial and appellate court rulings. Mr. Cook has authored articles for several trade publications on topics such as drafting job site access rules and the applicability of prevailing wage laws. His outside interests include farming and operating several Napa Auto Parts stores.
Nancy Lee – Nancy is a business lawyer whose practice focuses on representing "for profit" and "nonprofit organizations" in a broad range of transactional matters. She recently started her own law firm after spending more than 30 years at two of Sacramento’s preeminent law firms, Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP and McDonough Holland & Allen PC. In furtherance of her work with nonprofit organizations, Nancy also provides consulting services to nonprofits, particularly in the areas of governance, tax-exemption and compliance issues, and she is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. A native Sacramentan, Nancy has served on a number of nonprofit boards, both regionally and nationally. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UC Berkeley, Juris Doctor degree from UC Hastings College of Law, and a Master of Business Administration degree from UCLA. Nancy has also received several honors and awards through the years. She has been a member of First U.S. since 1983 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2005.
Karen McDougal – Karen has been a CPA since 1990. After graduating from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Animal Science and a goal of veterinary school, she returned to California State University in Sacramento to complete the necessary coursework to sit for the CPA exam. She made a choice to support her horse habit instead of working directly with the critters. She was raised in a family business, Sacramento Barber and Beauty Supply, from an early age. Well versed in general business, by the age of sixteen Karen was stepping in for the company bookkeeper on a regular basis. Karen continues to enjoy owning McDougal & Co. Inc, Certified Public Accountants, working with her family of clients, pursuing interesting, creative, and entertaining solutions to business problems, family wealth transition, and minimizing income taxes through business entity selection and creative compliance with the tax laws . In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding and parenting four active young adults plus one challenging almost 5 year old nephew.
Vasantha Eswara, Associate Director – Vasantha Eswara is a Pharmacist at Raley’s. She recently completed a course in Artificial Intelligence for Business Strategy from MIT Sloan/CSAIL. As a pharmacist practicing in the community, she is excited to learn about new digital healthcare technologies and devices that are revolutionizing patient care.
Vasantha provides medications, clinical consultations, and immunization services to her patients. She is a resource for medication information for her patients, physicians as well as her family and friends.
She is interested in Business Strategy, Process Improvement, Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making and Strategic Marketing. With these skill sets along with a background in healthcare, Vasantha looks forward to serving on the Board to make a positive difference in the lives of our members.
In addition to being a board certified pharmacist in California, Vasantha has an Executive MBA degree from California State University, Sacramento and a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutics from Temple University, Philadelphia. She enjoys hiking, cooking and gardening in her spare time. She has a daughter in college and lives in El Dorado Hills.
John Anderson, Director Emeritus – John received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical Engineering from Southern University in 1961. He worked for the Bureau of Reclamation in Power Resource Planning for 15 years where he became the Branch Chief. In 1989, he transferred to Western Area Power Administration as Assistant Area Manager for Engineering and retired there as Assistant to the Area Manager for Special Projects. Since retirement, John has continued to work as a part-time consultant for the agency and currently volunteers as bookkeeper for the nonprofit Women’s Civic Improvement Club. Having served on the Board for over 40 years, he has seen First U.S. grow from under $4 to over $174 million in assets. Serving as Board Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman of several committees, he has shown his commitment and support of the credit union philosophy of “people helping people”.
Jamie Gomes, Chairman - see photo and bio above
Karen McDougal - see photo and bio above
Charles "Chuck" B. Johnson, Jr., Supervisory Committee Member Emeritus has been a First U.S. member since 1980 and a member of the Supervisory Committee since 1982. He had a 40+ year Federal career, the last 35 with the US Bureau of Reclamation. He retired from Reclamation in May 2015 where he was the Mid-Pacific Region's Land Resources Manager responsible for providing technical support services associated with irrigation and drainage activities, soil classifications, GIS and remote sensing, realty, recreation, and wildland fire management programs, and other related land use activities. He is also a retired US Navy commander and Vietnam era veteran. He is active with Sacramento's BSA Troop 1 (the oldest scout troop west of the Mississippi), does volunteer work for the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, serves as an Odyssey of the Mind problem captain (structures) for the Capital Gold Region, is a long time member of the Swedish VASA Monitor Lodge in Sacramento for which he is currently the chairman and he serves on the Sacramento Scandinavian Festival steering committee. In his spare time he gardens, attends a lot of B Street theater performances and classes, reads and watches Hallmark movies on TV.