Board of Directors
The board of directors is the top managing body of your credit union. Each member serves as a volunteer, elected by the credit union membership, and receive no monetary compensation for their service.
On behalf of the board of directors, management and staff, we say "thank you" for your continued confidence in Louisiana's largest financial cooperative. We pledge to provide the best financial services possible for every member.
VIRGIL C. BARNETTE - Chairman
Retired CMSGT from Barksdale Air Force Base. Broad management background in financial and engineering areas with education in Business Administration.
Retired Deputy Chief of Civil Engineering Operations at Barksdale AFB. Serves as Chairman, Board of Directors.
AL OAR - 1st Vice Chairman
Retired Chief Master Sergeant from Barksdale AFB, November 1992 after serving 30 years in the United States Air Force. He has served on the Board of Directors since 1988 and served eight years on the Loan Policy Committee. He holds a degree in Applied Science & Personnel Administration, and a BS in Business Management. He retired from Overton Brooks VA Medical Center. He is an active member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. He is a member of the American Legion and lifetime member of the Air Force Sergeants Association. He is also a member of the Bossier Sheriff's Posse. Married to the former Linda Ross of Shreveport with two children, a son, a daughter and four grandchildren.
BERNIE HAWK - 2nd Vice Chairman
Retired United States Air Force in the grade of SMSgt. Served from December 1958 to December 1986. Employed Air Force civil service as the Support Group Executive Officer, and 2 Bomb Wing Protocol Officer Jul 87 - May 2001. Education: High School. Does volunteer work with Barksdale Air Force Base Pharmacy. Member of the Board, Barksdale FCU. Serves on the BFCU Supervisory Committee. Member of Bossier Council of Aging. Member of Shady Grove Baptist Church, Sunday School Superintendent, and Usher. Mr. Hawk is married to Fern Stringer Hawk. They have one daughter, Tammy Nechelle.
ROY E. WALLING - Secretary/Treasurer
Roy Walling is the Retired Accounting and Finance Officer with Barksdale Air Force Base with over 35 years Accounting experience. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Louisiana Tech University. He served four years in the U.S. Army 11th Airborne Division. Mr. Walling was the Past Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and member of the Supervisory Committee. Also serving as a Director on the Louisiana Credit Union League and serving as Commissioner in Charge for the Caddo Parish Clerk of Court during elections. Married for over sixty years to the former Barbara Jean Arnold of Oil City. They live in Blanchard, Louisiana and attend Westview Christian Church where he has served as an Elder, Deacon, and Sunday School Teacher.
ROBERT KEITH FONTENOT - Director
Retired SMSgt from Barksdale AFB in 1995, and recently retired from Overton Brooks VA Medical Center as the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Transition Patient Advocate. He served on BFCU's Supervisory Committee from 1997 to 2000 and as Chairman of the Loan Policy Supervisory Committee from 1991 to 1997. Mr. Fontenot has an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences. He received an Advanced Degree in Biblical Studies. He is a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Commander of the American Legion Post 191 in Bossier City. He and his wife Kay have three children and five grandchildren. He is an active member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Bossier City.
CHARLEENE RINGLER - Director
Charleene Ringler retired December 2001 from Barksdale FCU after 35 years of dedicated service. She ended her career as Senior Vice President/CAO with responsibilities for human resource, funds investment and facilities. Continuing her service to the credit union, Charleene was appointed to the Supervisory Committee in 2006 and was Chairman prior to her appointment to the Board of Directors in 2010. She has seen the credit union grow in assets from $5M to over $1.2Billion and from one location to 20 locations. She was active in several business organizations throughout the years. During these years, she attended LSUS and BPCC and completed the Certified Credit Union Executive program. She was born and raised in the Piney Woods of East Texas and has spent the last 46 years as a resident of the Bossier/Haughton area. She is the mother of four, grandmother of three and great grandmother of one. Married to LTC William (Bill) Ringler, USAF, Retired.
ARNO EASTERLY - Director
Mr. Easterly was President & CEO of Barksdale Federal Credit Union from 1984 to 2008 and has served as Supervisory Chairman. Arno has received numerous awards including the Louisiana Credit Union League’s Distinguished Service, Political Action & Executive of the Year recognition and in 2004 was awarded the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) Executive of the Year. He also received Outstanding Business Person of the Year for 2006 from the Bossier Chamber of Commerce. He served 6 years in the Army Reserve and was called up for 11 months in 1961 during the “Berlin Crisis”. While on active duty he was promoted to Sergeant First Class and was awarded the Army Commendation Metal for meritorious service. Arno is active in the Airline Baptist Church in Bossier City. He was Chairman of the Building Steering Committee for the current building, is Immediate Past Chairman of Deacons and teaches the Sunday school class of oldest men. He enjoys woodworking, home improvement, walking and bible reading. Mostly he enjoys time with his wife Clara, their two living sons, Arno III and Darren 4 grandchildren.