President/Chief Executive Officer
Fidel Gonzalez joined First Imperial Credit Union on July 1, 2009 and has more than 30 years of financial services experience. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Pepperdine University, is a graduate of Western CUNA Management School and a Credit Union Executive Society (CUES) Certified Credit Union Executive. Fidel is the treasurer of the board for the Imperial Valley College Foundation and the Imperial County Office of Education Foundation, and is an active member of the Imperial Breakfast Rotary Club. His hobbies include playing golf and off-roading.
Cuauhtemoc De La Torre
Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
Cuauhtemoc (Temo) De La Torre joined First Imperial Credit Union on September 13, 2010. He has a total of 23 years of accounting and financial background experience, 12 of those years in Credit Union management. Temo holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Cal State San Bernardino. On the weekends, he enjoys watching soccer and spending time with his family.
Chief Operations Officer
Jorge joined First Imperial Credit Union on September 16, 2019 and has more than 22 years of Banking and Credit Union experience. Jorge has a strong background in Process Strategy Management, Operations, Compliance and Retail Branch Management. His position oversees all five branches and the contact center. Jorge is an active member of the Calexico Rotary Club. His hobbies include photography, music and off-roading.
Marketing & Member Engagement Manager
Marlena joined the FICU team on August 7, 2017. She has more than eight years of experience in the marketing field with a broad background in public relations, special events, business development, graphic design and social media marketing. Following a local path in her education, she attended Imperial Valley College where she received an associate degree in Business Administration followed by a bachelor's degree at San Diego State University - Calexico Campus in International Business with a specialization in Finance. Marlena is on the Board of the Calexico Chamber of Commerce and is a committee member for the Mariachi Festival sin Fronteras with the organization. Some of her favorite hobbies include reading, attending sporting events with family and friends, searching Pinterest for new recipes and golfing.
Dulce joined the FICU team on March 5, 2014. Since then, she has developed an Indirect Lending Program, First-time Buyers Program, online loan application and Home Equity Line of Credit program. She has been in the lending industry with credit unions for more than 19 years. She holds a bachelor's in International Business with a specialization in Finance from San Diego State University and an associate degree in Business from Imperial Valley College. Her lending team consists of hard working individuals working together for one purpose—assist our members in every lending need they may have. One of her many hobbies are to travel and spend time with her family and getting involved in her kids' extracurricular activities.
Micaela R. Pena
El Centro Branch Manager
Micaela R. Pena joined First Imperial Credit Union on March 26, 2018. She has over 15 years of financial banking experience, six of those as an Assistant Branch Manager. Micaela holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Leadership from Concordia University Irvine. One of her hobbies is reading Universal Literature and short stories; although, Whole Food Plant Base (WFPB) has recently captivated her entire interest as a preventive measure for optimal health. She enjoys preparing WFPB recipes and spending time with her family.
Brawley Branch Manager
Angelina Araujo has more than 22 years of experience in the financial industry. She first joined First Imperial Credit Union on December 5th, 2000 as a teller and within a few months she advanced to several positions such as New Account Representative, Loan Clerk, Indirect Lending Funder and Loan Officer. Within six years of hard work and dedication, she was promoted to the management team and became Brawley Branch Manager as it first opened its doors in 2006. Her knowledge in these diverse and vital areas have given her the expertise and experience to better serve our members, to which she is very dedicated. Her relaxation time after work is being with family and drinking her cup of cafecito.
Calexico Branch Manager
Sergio Jimenez joined First Imperial Credit Union in 2013 as a Member Service Representative. Because of his incredible work ethic and dedication, he has progressed through the leadership ladder as branch manager. In 2016 he was promoted to Imperial Branch Manager of the newly built branch. After three years in management and prepared for a new challenge, in November 2019, he became the Calexico Branch Manager. Sergio has eight years of banking/credit union experience. His favorite hobbies include listening to music and horse racing.
Imperial Branch Manager
Lupita joined First Imperial Credit Union on February 17, 2020. She has more than 16 years of banking experience. Lupita holds an associate degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Imperial Valley College as well as an ESL program certificate of completion. In addition, she is a licensed phlebotomist from California Regional Education Centers (CalRegional). She also attended Instituto Tecnologico de Mexicali, where she pursued a bachelor's degree in Accounting. She loves connecting and meeting new people. Her hobbies include spending time with family, road trips, long trips (travel is adventure and so refreshing), skydiving, sky-biking, paragliding and lots of adrenaline filled activities.