Board Elections - Final Nominees Announced

Firstmark Credit Union will hold its Annual Membership Meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Gold Canyon Financial Center, located at 2023 Gold Canyon Drive, San Antonio, Texas.

This year there are three (3) positions open for election on the Board of Directors.  The Nominating Committee, appointed by the Chairman of the Board, has nominated one member for each board position to be filled.  No nominations were received by petition.  The terms for each position and the nominees are as follows:

  • Position 1 (term: 2018 – 2021) – Rudy Peña, Incumbent Director
  • Position 2 (term: 2018 – 2021) – Kyle Friesenhahn, Incumbent Director
  • Position 3 (term: 2018 – 2021) – Donald Pinson, Incumbent Director

The Nominating Committee has confirmed the above members as qualified to have their names placed in nomination, and the nominees have agreed to accept the office if elected.  A brief statement of qualifications and the biographical data for each of the nominees is included with this notice.

Questions regarding the board election process should be directed to the credit union’s executive office at 210-342-8484.

2018 Board of Directors Election Candidates


Rodolfo "Rudy" Peña (Incumbent Director)

A member of Firstmark Credit Union since 1972, Mr. Peña has served as a director of the Board since 2002.  Professionally, he served as Director of Secondary Human Resources for the Northside Independent School District until his retirement in 2012, where he was responsible for overseeing the staffing of school personnel for middle and high schools throughout the district.  His professional associations included membership in the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators.  A native Texan, Mr. Peña earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Pan American and a master’s degree from Texas A&I University.  Mr. Peña considers his service to the Firstmark Credit Union Board of Directors a meaningful opportunity to serve the community’s long-term financial wellbeing. 

Kyle Friesenhahn (Incumbent Director)

Combining her love for music with a career in education, Ms. Friesenhahn has dedicated the past 40 years as Band Director to high school students throughout the satellite communities served by the Seguin, Luling, LaVernia, and Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School Districts.  Ms. Friesenhahn is originally from Pflugerville, Texas, where she earned her high school diploma.  She attended college at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where she earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education.  She is actively involved in the Texas Music Educators’ Association, the Texas Bandmasters’ Association, the Texas Music Adjudicators’ Association, and the Phi Beta Mu Honorary Music Fraternity. Ms. Friesenhahn began in a volunteer capacity with the credit union by serving on the prestigious Nominating Committee in 2006, and was then asked to serve on the Board of Directors as an Advisory Director in 2007.  She was subsequently elected by the membership as a full Director in 2009.

Donald Pinson (Incumbent Director)

Prior to his retirement in 2004, Mr. Pinson spent the better part of four decades serving the San Antonio education community at both the San Antonio and Northside Independent School Districts as teacher, assistant principal, and vice principal, finally capping his career as principal of a large 5A high school. A graduate of local Jefferson High School, Mr. Pinson  earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas, and his Master of Business Administration and Mid-Management Certification from the University of Texas in San Antonio. During his career he was recognized as the Texas Assistant Princial of the Year in 1996 and Individual Volunteer of the Year (NISD), and now continues an active involvement in the Texas Retired Teachers Association. Mr. Pinson joined the Firstmark Credit Union Board of Directors as an advisory director in 2006, and was appointed a director of the Board in 2008. He has served as chairman of the Board since 2012.