Board of Directors

As United Heritage members themselves, each Board member is personally invested in one main goal: ensuring UHCU continues to provide superior, personalized service to every member, while remaining financially sound.

Harold Keyes, CCD

Harold Keyes is Chairman of the United Heritage Board of Directors. Harold Keyes has been a member of the United Heritage Board of Directors since 1995 and has been a UHCU member since 1983. He served on the Supervisory Committee from 1983 to 1995, and served as Chairman from 1993 to 1995. Mr. Keyes graduated from The Credit Union Directors Leadership Institute, where he earned the prestigious designation of Certified Credit Union Director (CCD).

Mr. Keyes’ background includes 29 years of active duty and 14 years of civil service in the United States Air Force in the Logistics Management career field. He retired from active military duty in 1993 as a Chief Master Sergeant, and retired from civil service in 2007 as Chief of Supply at Randolph Air Force Base. Mr. Keyes holds an Associates’ Degree in Logistics Management, and serves as a Youth Pastor in the Montopolis community.

H. Ralph Wilburn, PHD, CCD

H. Ralph Wilburn is Vice Chairman of the United Heritage Board of Directors. Dr. Wilburn has been a member of the United Heritage Board of Directors since 1999 and has been a UHCU member since 1980. Prior to his appointment to the Board of Directors, Dr. Wilburn served on the Supervisory Committee for four years, two of those as Chairman. He graduated from The Credit Union Directors Leadership Institute, where he earned the prestigious designation of Certified Credit Union Director (CCD).

Dr. Wilburn retired from the United States Air Force in 1984 as a Chief Master Sergeant with 30 years of service. Throughout his USAF career he’s held numerous financial and management positions, and holds a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University along with a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Wilburn is an adjunct faculty professor in the MBA program at St. Edward’s University.

James E. North, CCD

James E. North is Secretary/Treasurer of the United Heritage Board of Directors and has been a UHCU member since 1977. He served as Chairman of the Supervisory Committee one year before his election in 1981 to the Board of Directors. As a board member, he served as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer. Mr. North graduated from The Credit Union Directors Leadership Institute, where he earned the prestigious designation of Certified Credit Union Director (CCD).

Mr. North is a retired Major of the United States Air Force. Following Air Force retirement in 1982, he became a Certified Public Accountant and served on the administrative staff of Austin Community College until retiring in 2007. Mr. North holds a BS degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Utah.

Grady N. Elliott, CCD

Grady Elliott has been a member of the United Heritage Board of Directors since 2001 and has been a UHCU member since 1984. Prior to his appointment to the Board of Directors, Mr. Elliott served as Chairman of the Supervisory Committee. He graduated from The Credit Union Directors Leadership Institute, where he earned the prestigious designation of Certified Credit Union Director (CCD).

Mr. Elliott retired from the United States Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1984 after 30 years of service. In the course of his tour of duty, Mr. Elliott served as Executive Officer to the Base Commander and Command Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Wing Commander. While serving, he attended various senior level personnel management and professional courses. A graduate of Alabama State University, Mr. Elliott possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Education/Sociology. After retiring from the military, he was employed as Manager of the Personal Financial Management Program at Bergstrom Air Force Base.

Tommy Lueders

​Tommy Lueders joined the Board of Directors as an associate member in 2014 and was elected as a member of the Board in 2016. He has been a UHCU member since 2008. Mr. Lueders is a lawyer specializing in defense of workers’ compensation cases throughout the state of Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and his JD from Texas Tech School of Law. He is licensed to practice before the US District Court, Western District of Texas and also serves as a member of the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Robert W. Spurck, Jr.

Robert W. Spurck, Jr. joined the Board of Directors as an associate member in 2015 and was elected as a member of the Board in 2017. He has been a UHCU member since 2012. Mr. Spurck is Principal at RB Healthcare Ventures, LLC. He received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and his Master of Science in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. At Tulane, he was a three-year varsity letterman in basketball. 

Mr. Spurck is the former Chief Executive Officer of both Austin Diagnostic Clinic and Brackenridge Hospital. Currently, Mr. Spurck is the Vice Chairman of The ARC; is the Chairman of the Concordia University Nursing Advisory Board; is a Board Member of the Williamson County Institute of Excellence; serves on the Board of the Renfert Foundation; and holds a membership with the American College of Health Care Executives.

Val Velasquez

Val Velasquez joined the Board of Directors as an associate member in 2016 and was elected as a member of the Board in 2019. He has been a UHCU member since 2005. Mr. Velasquez was employed at Southwestern Bell Company, now ATT, for over 30 years; where he was responsible for the testing of new products and implementation of those products throughout thirteen states before he retired in 2000. Mr. Velasquez has now been in real estate for over 19 years, as well as a small business owner and Broker of a property management company.

Mr. Velasquez joined the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC) in 2009, and was awarded the GAHCC Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011, recognizing his dedication and service. Elected to the GAHCC board in 2012 and in 2015 elected Chairman for the GAHCC. During his chairmanship, the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was recognized with an award as one of the best Hispanic Chambers in the country. He has also served as a past board member of the Williamson County Appraisal District, Chairman of the Round Rock Amistad Fiesta, a three term past President for El Amistad of Round Rock, all of which provided him with opportunities to continue to serve his community.