Affinity Foundation Announces Six New Board Members

Affinity Foundation Announces Six New Board Members

Affinity Foundation Announces Six New Board Members

Basking Ridge, NJ (August 25, 2021) – The Affinity Foundation’s Board of Directors voted to welcome six new members to its board, including Frank Giannelli, Michelle Jansen, Kawanzaa King, MaryAnne Melanson, Sandy Sharp, and Andre Solomon. Giannelli, Jansen, King, Melanson, Sharpe, and Solomon join the board to support the work of the Affinity Foundation and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. 

“We are thrilled to welcome these new board members, including four members from the broader community beyond the Affinity Federal Credit Union team,” said Karla Wallack, executive director of the Foundation. “These new members all bring a wealth of knowledge and talent to an already exceptional board and will help propel the work of the Foundation.” 

The new members were selected for their ability to add diverse input and thoughtful guidance to the Foundation’s ongoing community work and continued commitment to the mission to improve financial wellness, educational programs that enable self-sufficiency, and support that ensures access to essential healthcare services. The additions to the Board of Directors includes: 

  •  Frank Giannelli, senior vice president of data and digital information for Affinity Federal Credit Union, provides collaborative strategic technology vision and leadership in support of the credit union’s multi-year business strategy.
  •  Michelle Jansen provides over 15 years of combined experience in nonprofit, higher education and public health sectors to the Affinity Foundation’s board, currently serving as community outreach coordinator at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
  •  Kawanzaa King, learning and development consultant at LinkedIn and principal consultant at Harvest Partners, has concentrated her professional career in telecommunications, business development and brand management.
  •  MaryAnne Melanson, certified executive and leadership development coach, currently serves as the assistant vice president of executive services and internal communications at Affinity Federal Credit Union.
  •  Sandy Sharp, ICF certified executive coach, has a passion for leadership development, extensive training focused on diversity, equity and inclusion in our communities and higher education, while currently serving as the director of strategic partnerships at NBC Universal.
  •  Andre Solomon, director of finance at the Community Foodbank of New Jersey, serves as treasurer of the Foundation and has over 18 years of leading financial operations in non-profits in the New York and New Jersey Metro areas.

The Affinity Foundation’s Board also includes Affinity Federal Credit Union’s president and CEO, John Fenton (Board Chair) and chief brand officer, Jacqui Kearns (Trustee), as well as Joseph Herbst (Trustee) former chief strategy officer.

About the Affinity Foundation:

The Affinity Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Affinity Federal Credit Union. We invest in local organizations that deliver programs aimed at alleviating financial stress and helping people reach financial independence, empowering people in pursuit of educational, employment and individual goals, and providing healthcare to financially disadvantaged individuals and their families. Through our volunteer efforts, we connect charities with skilled professionals to elevate their mission, provide financial education resources and strengthen communities.

With more than 20 branches across the tri-state area, Affinity is the largest credit union headquartered in the state of New Jersey, proudly ranking in the top 2% of all credit unions in terms of asset size1. It is a member-owned, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). For more information, visit

1 Source: Using the “Credit Union and Corporate Call Report Data” found here: