Mick Lay, Chairman – Mr. Lay was employed by Stewart & Stevenson for over forty-two years. When he retired, he held the position of government sales, parts, and service. Mr. Lay has been a member of Space City Credit Union since 1972 and a director since 1975. Mr. Lay holds a BA in Management from the University of Houston. In 2022, a scholarship was created in his name to honor his long-time service and outstanding leadership on the board. The Buck M. Lay Jr. Scholarship is awarded annually through Space City Charities.
Stephen A. Hines, Vice Chairman – Mr. Hines was employed with Stewart & Stevenson for twenty-five years and was the Vice President of Human Resources. Mr. Hines was the Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations for NRG Energy and Vice President of Human Resources for Certified Safety. Mr. Hines first joined Space City CU as a member in 1983, was named to the credit committee in 1985, then appointed to the board of directors in 1986 where he now serves as Vice Chairman. Mr. Hines holds a BA from the University of Texas and a Masters in Psychology from Texas A&I University, Kingsville. In 2022, a scholarship was created in his name to honor his long-time service and outstanding leadership on the board. The Stephen A. Hines Scholarship is awarded annually through Space City Charities.
Judy Langford, Secretary – Mrs. Langford is retired after being employed by Stewart & Stevenson for 26 years until the Turbine Division of S&S was acquired by General Electric where she was employed for 18 years. Mrs. Langford has been a member of Space City Credit Union since 1973 and a director since 1982 and currently serves as Secretary of the Board. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling with her husband. In 2022, a scholarship was created in her name to honor her long-time service and outstanding leadership on the board. The Judith A. Langford Scholarship is awarded annually through Space City Charities.
John L. (Jack) Patton, Assistant Secretary – Mr. Patton retired from General Electric after 18 years with GE / Stewart & Stevenson Gas Turbine Division in 2008. He held various positions, including Director of Engineering and General Manager – Packaged Products. Mr. Patton has been a member of Space City Credit Union since 1992, on the Audit Committee since 2008, and was appointed to the Board of Directors as Assistant Secretary in 2011. He holds a BS in Engineering from the University of the Pacific and MS in Engineering from the University of Arizona. Mr. Patton has also been involved in several Condominium Boards, currently serving as President of a Condominium Association in Colorado. He is also currently a deacon at his church. Mr. Patton also stays active with golf, snow skiing and biking/walking.
Mark Heitker, Director – Mr. Heitker has been a director since 2006. He joined the Space City CU Board of Directors in July 2012 following the merger with Independence Parkway Federal CU. He served on the IPFCU Board of Directors for six years serving as both treasurer and vice chairman. He retired after thirty-one years at INEOS Olefins & Polymers in LaPorte, having first joined the credit union and Soltex Polymers (the predecessor to Ineos) in 1980. Mark is also director emeritus of the Society of Plastics Engineers Blow Molding Division. He holds a BS in Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Matt Hayslip, Director – joined Space City Credit Union in 2000. He was appointed to the Audit Committee in 2008, and appointed to the Board of Directors in May of 2021. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M. His career has been spent in network design and data storage solutions. He enjoys volunteering for the City of Houston Parking Enforcement Program and Child Advocates of Fort Bend County.
Robert “Bob” Sander, Treasurer – Bob is a graduate of University of Michigan and retired from INEOS after thirty-six years working as an engineer. Bob joined the credit union board in 1979 when he was with Independence Parkway FCU. IPFCU merged and became Space City CU in 2012 and Bob kept his seat on the board at Space City. He has been a credit Union member since 1976. In 2022, a scholarship was created in his name to honor his long-time service and outstanding leadership on the board. The Robert E. Sander Scholarship is awarded annually through Space City Charities.
David Bacica, Director – has been a teacher and coach for 42 years. 37 of those years of that service have been with the Brazposport Independent School District. David is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BBA in Accounting. He has been a member of Brazosport Teachers Federal Credit Union since 1982. In the fall of 2006, he joined the supervisory committee and served there until 2008 when he joined the Board of Directors. David served as President of the BTFCU board from 2012 until the time of the merger with Space City in 2022.
Darla Baines, Director – retired from the Brazosport Independent School District after 42 years of service. She held the position of Human Resource Specialist. Mrs. Baines joined the Space City Credit Union Board of Directors in May 2022 following the merger with Brazposport Teachers Federal Credit Union. She joined Brazosport Teachers Federal Credit Union in 1982. She has served as a Director since 2008, and was Treasurer for 10 years.
Sammye Moore, Director – retired from the Brazosport I.S.D. Nutrition Department after 23 years of service. She joined Brazosport Teachers Federal Credit Union in 1990, and the Board of Directors in 1997. During her tenure she held the position of Secretary and Vice Chairwoman. She keeps busy with several mission projects at her church, volunteering on numerous boards for the City of Freeport, and being a docent for the Brazosport Museum of Natural Science. She is a retired certified firefighter and emergency medical technician through the State of Texas.
Stephen J. Quezada – is a Shareholder in the Houston office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., an international labor and employment law firm. He is Board Certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Quezada focuses primarily on representing public and private employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies that enforce a variety of labor and employment laws. Stephen joined the audit committee in January of 2020.
Rod Tejeda – joined the Space City CU Audit Committee in January of 2017. He obtained both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from University of Houston, and also earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in 2013.
Jerry Garcia, Retired Director – After 35 years of service Mr. Garcia retired from Stewart & Stevenson where he was the Production Manager of Marketing Services. Mr. Garcia joined Space City Credit Union as a member in 1969 and was elected to the board of directors in February of 1980. He was named Treasurer in 1983 where he served until he retired from the board in 2022. Also, in 2022, a scholarship was created in his name to honor his long-time service and outstanding leadership on the board. The Jerry M. Garcia Scholarship is awarded annually through Space City Charities. Jerry retired from the board in May of 2022.
Marian Ann Brown, Director – graduated Valedictorian from Brazosport High School in Freeport, Texas, married, and went to work for Dow Chemical Company in Caustic Evaporators II. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Ann taught second grade for 25 years at Jane Long Elementary in Freeport, Texas. Upon retirement she was a coordinator for Home Delivered Meals in Brazosport, and was the Treasurer for the Brazosport Association of Retired Teachers for 17 years. Ann was a member of the Singing Women of Texas, Southeast Chapter, for 17 years, and is a member of the Heavenly Harmonizers, a nursing home ministry. She is a 42 year member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Eta Omega Chapter, an organization for key women educators. Ann is a 30 year member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association and the local Brazosport Association of Retired School Personnel. She is a member of the Anchor Church at Surfside Beach, Texas and a mother of 3. She joined Brazosport Teachers Federal Credit Union in 1968, and served on the Supervisory Committee of BTFCU for 18 years. The last 10 of which, she served on the Board of Directors. Affectionately known as “Ms. Ann” she retired from the board in November of 2022.
Verna Wolf passed away on June 20, 2016.
Verna Wolf was born in Wimberley, TX on March 5, 1926. She graduated from Bastrop High School. She married James August Wolf on December 7, 1946 and they were married 51 years. Verna worked as the credit manager for Stewart & Stevenson for 40 years. She and James resided in Jacinto City for many years and were actively involved in the community and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She enjoyed reading the newspaper, doing crosswords, doting on her many grandchildren, and watching the Astros.
She served on the board of Space City Credit Union for over 40 years. Space City Charities established the $10,000 Verna Wolf Scholarship in 2011 to honor her dedication to the credit union movement and the philosophy of “people helping people.” In 2015, the Space City Charities board turned the Wolf Scholarship into a $10,000 4-year scholarship.
Buddy Charles Holcombe passed away on May 4, 2018.
After serving his country as a reservist for seven years in the US Marine Corp, Buddy spent the remainder of his professional career with Stewart & Stevenson, working his way up to Marketing Director and eventually retiring after 43 years. Buddy was very active in his community, he had been a Master Mason since 1969, served as Vice President of the Lake Conroe Fire Department for 16 years, was on the Staff Parish Relations Committee at the Montgomery United Methodist Church, and faithfully served 48 years on the Board of Directors of Space City Credit Union.
Space City Charities formed a scholarship in Buddy’s name in 2016 to honor and recognize his long-term service and excellent leadership on the board.
Byron Hodges passed away on February the 26, 2022 at his home in Clear Lake City, Texas.
Byron was born on July 24th, 1945 to Bryon Earl and Lila Hodges in Ponca City, Oklahoma and was raised in Ponca City until he went to join the Air Force in 1964 to see the world. He spent most of his time with the military in Hawaii and the Philippines after which Byron attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater where he earned a degree in Computer Science.
Following graduation from OSU, Byron joined Phillips Petroleum and relocated to Houston. Later, in 1981, Byron joined Solvay, a major European chemical company where he spent the remainder of his career in Computer Science and Technology until his retirement.
Clearly, Byron had a passion for helping other people in many ways. For example, he helped elderly friends with their tax preparation, and his church where he served as a Financial Assistant for many decades. Byron also had a passion for Western film, especially Gunsmoke. His collection of information and every episode of the series is a testament to his love for the genre. He contributed information to Bett McArthur for a book that was written about the Gunsmoke series and its actors.
Byron served on the Space City Credit Union Board from April 2008 to April 2021.