Ron da Silva and Lara Shields

Virginia Beach, VA (February 4, 2021) – Chartway Federal Credit Union is proud to welcome Lara Shields and Ron da Silva to its associate director development program, designed to provide prepared board succession candidates to ensure board continuity.


A member for more than 20 years, Shields serves as the owner/executive director of Kids Park Child Development Centers located in Tooele County, Utah – a family-owned business that has served Tooele County since 1997. Shields leads a team of more than 100 staff and teachers who offer full-time programs for children ages six weeks to 12 years old in three locations.


da Silva is an internet technology expert with more than 25 years of experience. A Chartway member for more than 40 years, da Silva serves as the vice president of operations for Quantum Loophole where he leads the construction of master-planned, decarbonized cloud communities that are gigawatt scaled and environmentally progressive. A NACD Certified Board Governance Fellow, da Silva graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and english.


“We’re honored to welcome two long-time Chartway members and community leaders to our associate director development program,” said CAPT George E. Sauer III, USN (Ret.) – Chartway’s board chair. “At Chartway, our members, our communities, and our team are our top priority. It’s who we are. Their backgrounds, business experience, and perspectives position them well to help us make life more affordable while upholding our foundational responsibilities of People First and Financial Soundness.”

About Chartway

Chartway Federal Credit Union, a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution, has been proudly serving members for more than half a century. Guided by its Purpose and Values, the $2.5 billion credit union that serves more than 190,000 members through its branch footprint and a full line of traditional and digital financial products and services - including Online, Mobile, Video, and Telephone Banking - is dedicated to unlocking the potential of individuals and families so they can thrive.

Chartway is also known for being an award-winning leader in charitable giving through its We Promise Foundation. As the charitable arm of the credit union, the We Promise Foundation provides life-changing experiences that bring joy, hope, and smiles to children facing medical hardship or illness. The foundation has been recognized nationally for its success in raising more than $12 million to support charities that align with its mission. For more information, visit; or, visit them on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.