BY CLYDE HUGHES | AC JosepH Media
DEPTFORD — Loretta Winter, the longtime president of the Gloucester County NAACP, was named chair last month of the First Harvest Credit Union Board of Directors, becoming the first Black and Asian female to lead the financial institution.
Winters, who had served as vice chair of the board, has been a member of the board for several years, one of her many community activities and work promoting diversity and inclusion. First Harvest, one of the largest credit unions in New Jersey, changed its name from the South Jersey Federal Credit Union in 2021.
“It is an extraordinary honor to serve the members of the credit union and the community in this capacity,” Winters told Front Runner New Jersey about the honor. “I am humbled in these unprecedented times but I am very much up for the challenge.”
Winters, who replaces Dr. Anthony DiFabio, of Acenda Health, leads an all-female executive board that includes, First Vice President Lisa Marino, of Jefferson Health, Secretary Ronda Abbruzzese, of Habitat for Humanity, and Treasurer Michelle Hewitt, of Rowan University.
Other directors include DiFabio, John Bettis, Ana Fernandez, William M. Gruccio, Kenneth Luehmann, Michael McKiernan and James C. Puderbach, Jr.
From its original roots in Camden County, the credit union has expanded its presence all the way to the Jersey Shore. Eight full-service locations in New Jersey include the main office in Deptford, along with branches in Camden, Glassboro, Pleasantville, Voorhees, Mount Laurel and Vineland. It also serves members in Williamsport, Pa.
Winters is the former Second Vice President for the NAACP New Jersey State Conference. She is employed by the Deptford Township School District as the district’s Registrar. Because of her strong advocacy for women’s issues, she was appointed as the NJ NAACP State Conference Women in the NAACP (WIN) Chair.
Winters provides servant leadership to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race and ethnic-based discrimination. In her journey for equality and justice for all Loretta has been at the forefront of social and criminal justice.
Annually as president of the Gloucester County NAACP, Winters presides over the influential women’s empowerment Conference titled “Heels on the Battlefields” in the spring and the Game Changer Awards and Gala in the fall.
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