B Committee

As a community lender, we already use business as a force for good. As a B Corp, we are inspired to constantly strive to be better—better for our communities, our staff, our borrowers, and the environment.

To reinforce these efforts, we created the B Committee — comprised of Clearinghouse CDFI employees at all levels. The B Team ensures that our B Corp values remain strong, while also engaging and empowering our employees to help “B the Change”.

Meet the 2021 Clearinghouse CDFI B Committee:

Mai Ha

Mai Ha

Two bucket list items: Travel…somewhere…anywhere; Live/work overseas

Fave weekend activity: Snuggling with my two munchkins and hubby in the morning

Two social issues: Child hunger; Modern day slavery

Drive / Motivation: My family and my faith

Fave thing about CCDFI? Flexibility and understanding of working/life balance

Fave book(s) / movie(s): Pride and Prejudice

Heroes: Every single person who fights to break barriers

Work Style: Integrator

Night in or out: I have no choice…night in! =)

Morning Bird or Night Owl: Night owl

Kristy Ollendorff

Kristy Ollendorff

Why did you join B Committee?
I believe in the power of CCDFI to strive to be better in how they incorporate themselves into their environment and create a professional atmosphere where new ideas are welcomed and integrated when possible.

Name two social issues that interest you right now:
The subtleties of racial injustice – how white America plays a role without knowing it
Plastic waste – and the disposable society we live in

Share something that inspired you this year.
How incredibly resilient and adaptable we can be if forced and how many more smiles and friendly exchanges I get from people these days. It is a welcome change from the impatience of “normal” life.

Natasa Radosavljevic

Natasa Radosavljevic

Two bucket list items: Speak another language; Convert my garage into a foster home for kittens

Fave weekend activity: Playing soccer

Two social issues: Environmental Issues; Women Equality

Drive / Motivation: My family and challenging myself to do better each day

Fave thing about CCDFI? Being able to work with like-minded individuals with the same goal to help others

Fave book(s) / movie(s): All the Marvel Movies & Star Wars!

Heroes: My mom and dad

Work Style: Pioneer

Night in or out: Night OUT, Are You Kidding?

Morning Bird or Night Owl: Night Owl: Hooooooooot

 

Amanda Virrey

Amanda Virrey

Two bucket list items: Vacation in Bora Bora; Learn to play an instrument

Fave weekend activity: Spending time with my family and Shiloh!

Two social issues: Gender Equality; Renewable Energy

Drive / Motivation: Doing my part to make this world a better place for Nieces to grow up in

Fave thing about CCDFI: The impactful projects & our creative team

Fave book(s) / movie(s): Falling Up by Shel Silverstein; Jumanji

Heroes: My Dad – he’s always there to motivate, challenge and inspire me!

Work Style: Guardian

Night in or out: Night OUT, Are You Kidding?

Morning Bird or Night Owl: Night Owl: Hooooooooot

Alanna Smith

Alanna Smith

Why did you join B Committee?
I believe in using business for good. I’m a B Committee member to feed my soul and to contribute/grow these company initiatives.

Name two social issues that interest you right now:
Cystinosis Awareness/Research
Equal Opportunity for Women/Girls

Share something that inspired you this year.
The CDFI Women’s Network
Frontline workers who kept our country running this past year

Anything else you’d like to add? 
It is a pleasure collaborating with our B Committee members. Everyone brings a unique strength and perspective.

Lawrence Chavez

Lawrence Chavez

Two bucket list items: Learn to play the piano; Watch a baseball game in all 30 MLB stadiums

Fave weekend activity: Hiking

Two social issues: Affordable Housing; Financial Literacy

Drive / Motivation: Continuous improvement in both my personal and professional life

Fave thing about CCDFI? Strong alignment of personal values & CCDFI company values

Fave book(s) / movie(s): Mindset by Carol Dweck (book); The Shawshank Redemption (movie)

Heroes: I have always admired Steve Jobs’ entrepreneur skills and vision.

Work Style: Guardian

Night in or out: Night In All the Way!

Morning Bird or Night Owl: Morning Bird: Chirp, chirp.

Gabriella Brusseau

Gabriella Brusseau

Why did you join B Committee?
To try something new!

Name two social issues that interest you right now:
Human Trafficking
Poverty

Share something that inspired you this year.
The CDFI Women’s Network

Anything else you’d like to add? 
This is a great team with amazing ideas!

Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson

Two bucket list items: Start a non-profit organization; Travel the world

Fave weekend activity: Hanging out at the beach

Two social issues: Gender Equality; Access to Health Care; the Climate Crisis

Drive / Motivation: Increasing efficiency; Making a difference in the world

Fave thing about CCDFI? Our Mission; The Staff

Fave book(s) / movie(s): Rich Dad Poor Dad, any Disney movie

Heroes: The Obamas, Suzy Batiz

Work Style: Integrator

Night in or out: Night in!

Morning Bird or Night Owl: Neither!

Brian Sagert

Brian Sagert

Why did you join B Committee?
I joined the B Committee to contribute to the social impacts CCDFI creates in the communities we serve.

Name two social issues that interest you right now:
Increasing Minority Small Business Ownership
Increasing Access to Credit and Equity

Share something that inspired you this year.
Every day is a gift!

Anything else you’d like to add? 
A new era is upon us all both personally and professionally and I feel there are opportunities to pioneer impactful change and growth in both arenas.

Allie Weber

Allie Weber

Why did you join B Committee?
My dad will tell you that I have always wanted to save the world from everything. I see the B Committee as another opportunity for me to make an impact and help drive positive change within our company and those affected by our decisions.

Name two social issues that interest you right now:
Gender Equality
Environmental Issues

Share something that inspired you this year.
Those who went out of their way to help others get by and survive during the pandemic really revived my faith in humanity.

Anything else you’d like to add? 
Let’s go Horned Frogs!