Premier America Credit Union Announces Appointment of Mechelle Best, PH.D, to Board of Directors


Premier America Credit Union has announced the appointment of Mechelle Best, Ph.D. to the Board of Directors, effective August 1, 2022.

“We are pleased to welcome Mechelle to the Premier America Board,” said Gary Holmen, Board Chairman. “She is highly respected within both the business and academic communities. Her wide range of experiences and qualifications, along with her deep commitment to positively impact the lives of the next generation, are perfectly aligned to the credit union’s mission.”

Mechelle Best is the Interim Dean of the College of Health and Human Development at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). As part of the university’s senior leadership team, she is responsible for multiple academic departments, centers, and institutes, with a focus on building a world class institution of higher learning for its diverse student body. She is a Fulbright and Organization of American States Scholar, and has advised numerous state, local, and private entities on both boards and committees. She brings a deep commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), helping others realize their potential and build a more just and equitable future.

“Premier America’s commitment to our communities is stronger than ever,” said Rudy Pereira, Premier America Credit Union President and CEO. “Mechelle’s addition to our esteemed Board of Directors demonstrates how perfectly aligned our vision is with that of the university community. Together, we can provide opportunity and guidance, helping extend the promise of America to succeeding generations.”

“Premier America Credit Union is a member-centered and community-focused institution, and I am excited to join its Board of Directors,” said Mechelle Best, Board Member. “I look forward to working with my fellow board members and the management team to enhance the services this fine institution provides to its members, strengthen existing community relationships, and build new partnerships.”

About Premier America Credit Union:
Premier America is a full-service community financial institution that offers exceptional banking to more than 100,000 Member-Owners. Member-Owners benefit from personal service, great savings rates, low fees, low loan rates and a full complement of savings, lending, wealth management, and insurance services. Founded in 1957, Premier America is one of the nation’s largest credit unions, with more than $3.4 billion in assets. With 21 branches, access to over 30,000+ surcharge-free ATMs through the CO-OP ATM Network; and the CU Service Center Shared Branch Network, Premier America provides financial services to those who live, work, worship or attend school in the Ventura and Los Angeles counties of California, and Harris county in Texas. To learn more about Premier America, please visit

Mechelle N. Best, Ph. D.
Premier America Credit Union Board of Directors
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