Members in the News

Registration Open for King County Chapter Golf Tournament July 10

The King County Chapter of Credit Unions is still accepting registrations for its July 10 golf tournament at the beautiful Washington National Golf Club. Located at 14330 SE Husky Way in Auburn, Wash. (Map and Directions), the tournament will tee off at 1:30 p.m.

Event sponsors include Allied Solutions, BECU, CUNA Mutual Group, PSCU Financial Services, Kaye-Smith, Member Access Pacific, Co-op Financial Services, American Reporting Company and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Golfer registration and sponsor registration are available online. Contact Andy Wright, marketing manager for Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, for more information.

Former CCU CEO Retires after 24 years of service

Paul Regimbal, CEO of the former Catholic Credit Union (CCU), retired at the end of June after 24 years of service to the credit union and Central Washington as a whole. Regimbal stepped down from his role as CEO upon the merger of Catholic and Yakima Valley Credit Unions on Oct. 1, 2011. Since that time, Regimbal has been serving as Solarity’s senior vice president of corporate integration.

During his tenure at the former CCU, Regimbal led the credit union through two successful mergers, including one in 1992 with Kittitas County Catholic Credit Union in Ellensburg. He also oversaw construction of two facilities?the first in 1997 in Yakima and the second in Ellensburg in 2003. In October 2009, he opened a credit union branch inside the Wal-Mart store in West Valley through a partnership with Financial Supermarkets Inc. (FSI). All branches continue operation under the new Solarity name.

In addition to his work at the credit union, Regimbal served on the board of directors for the Washington Credit Union League until 2007. Locally, he is a member of the board of directors for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Yakima and Consumer Credit Counseling of Yakima Valley, Inc.

10 Area Co-ops Demonstrating the Power of Co-operation

Whatcom County residents are building sweat equity … in their own community. Continuing the year-long campaign intended to demonstrate the benefit of cooperation, GaPac Community Credit Union, along with REI, the Community Food Co-op, Whatcom Educational Credit Union, Bellingham Bay Builders, and five other cooperatives in Whatcom County, joined forces for a Co-op Day of Action on Saturday, June 16, when more than 40 volunteers performed work in and around the county.

Work parties were organized to improve landscaping at the public pool, Arne Hanna Aquatic Center; assist with farm tasks at the Bellingham Food Bank Farm; and help with work to be done at the Native Plant Nursery in North Cascades National Park, where both are depended upon to sustain community efforts.

For three hours, 11 volunteers filled an entire recycle truck with blackberry bushes and overgrown brush, spread bark, and planted flowers at the Aquatic Center. Thirteen folks spread manure on 1,200 feet of cucumber crops, hand weeded a row each of carrots and chard, and learned much from the Food Bank Farm crew: Max, Matai and Chris. And, at the North Cascades Institute Plant Nursery, 21 volunteers transplanted, fertilized and prepped for restoration projects at Ross Lake, a popular area for campers and recreationists.

The outcome was a win for everyone. The community benefited from the equivalent of 135 hours of labor and the volunteers feel good about helping their community in these economically challenged times. Watch for future opportunities as leaders of the Whatcom County cooperatives continue to work toward making The Day of Action a regularly scheduled event.

OnPoint’s Theod Named Campaign Coordinator of the Year

Theod OnPointAmanda Theod, human resources specialist for OnPoint Community Credit Union, was named Campaign Coordinator of the Year by United Way of the Columbia-Willamette for her efforts to grow OnPoint employee participation in United Way campaigns.

This year’s Annual United Way Campaign helped to raise a record $22,005,560 to fund critical community programs focused on education, income and health. In 2011, Theod helped OnPoint set a new record for employee participation in the campaign, organizing:

  • Jeans Days
  • A sticker fundraiser
  • An ice cream social fundraiser
  • A participation-based competition
  • Pledge and gift drives

Theod coordinated a credit union-wide campaign that supported four different United Way chapters from each of the communities in which OnPoint branches and members are located (Columbia Willamette, Deschutes County, Lane County, and Mid-Willamette Valley), ensuring that OnPoint’s campaign and efforts truly supported each of the areas where its employees and members live and work—not just the Portland Metro Area.
“United Way of the Columbia-Willamette (Portland & SW Washington chapter) serves over 100,000 individuals locally each year,” Theod said. “It’s huge to me that OnPoint can be part of a group that makes a significant impact in the lives of so many individuals each year.”
Take a look at what Amanda and our other employees have accomplished over the years for United Way:
2006 $5,999 (7% of all employees participated)
2007 $7,100 (8% of all employees participated)
2008 $5,470 (5% of all employees participated)
2009 $22,389 (24% of all employees participated)
2010 $28,386 (36% of all employees participated)
2011 $33,610 (39% of all employees participated)

Oregon Community Hosts Legislative Town Hall Focused on Small Business

Three Lane County legislators convened a Town Hall meeting at Oregon Community Credit Union’s corporate headquarters in Eugene June 27. Senator Lee Beyer—who is also a member of Oregon Community’s Board of Directors—and Reps. Nancy Nathanson and Phil Barnhart assembled a panel of local experts and agency representatives to provide information for constituents interested in assistance for small businesses. 

CEO Mandy Jones said the Town Hall is a natural extension of the relationship Oregon Community has formed with local legislators.

“We were happy to work with them to provide a meeting place and next month we will be joining Representative Barnhart in yet another Town Hall focused on financial literacy.” 

Approximately 35 people were in attendance at the Town Hall meeting. Information about technical, financial and networking assistance was provided. A representative of the governor’s office presented information about how minority- and women-owned businesses can participate in a state database used by public and private organizations to find vendors.

Barb Richey Promoted at STCU

Barb RicheyA longtime member of STCU becomes Vice President of Marketing at the region’s largest credit union on July 1.

“I am honored to continue to serve our members in this new role and pinch myself every day that I work for such a great organization,” said Barb Richey, who was an STCU board member from 2005 to 2008 and became Director of Marketing for the not-for-profit credit union in 2010.

“I have loved STCU since the day I joined as a West Valley High School student.”

Well known in Spokane for her community service and work history, Richey rose from Director of Development to Associate Vice President for Advancement during eight years at Eastern Washington University (1999 to 2007). She served as Associate Vice President for Marketing & Communications at Pacific University from 2007 through 2010.

Prior to her career in higher education, Richey worked with at-risk youth at Deaconess Medical Center and on community outreach for the Spokane Regional Health District.

Richey is a board member for the Spokane Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation and the Spokane Regional Sports Commission, to name just a few of her many community activities.

Richey holds a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology and a master’s degree in communications with a public relations certificate, all from EWU. She is an avid bicyclist and golfer, and recently completed her first marathon.

Richey replaces Brad Hunter, who retires June 29 after 13 years as vice president of the not-for-profit credit union. Under Hunter’s leadership, STCU developed the use of member testimonials in TV spots, on STA buses, on its website and in other promotional materials. Membership doubled during his tenure, and total assets more than tripled.

Maps Credit Union Staff Member Named to International Credit Union Leadership Program

Oscar Porras, community liaison and financial services officer at Maps Credit Union, was selected to be part of the International Credit Union Leadership Program (ICULP), organized by World Council of Credit Unions and funded by the U.S. Department of State. Porraswill join a group of credit union employees who will travel to Guatemala June 10–23, 2012, to intern with local credit unions.

Porras’s internship will be with Cooperativa UPA in Amatitlán, a lakeside municipality in southwestern Guatemala. “I can’t wait to travel to Guatemala and experience what it is like to work in a credit union in that country,” Porras said. “I know competition to be part of this program was stiff, and it is such an honor to be selected to represent my credit union internationally.”

This is not Porras’s first international service trip at the credit union. He was part of Friends of Pimpollo’s Team 50, which helped build a school in Oaxaca, Mexico, in November 2011. Team 50 was comprised solely of Maps staff and board members. Find more about the trip in Maps Credit Union’s virtual press conference hosted at

In his role as community liaison, Porras is part of a cross-departmental team at the credit union that provides financial literacy education to the community through partnerships with local nonprofits and schools. Porras is able to teach courses in both Spanish and English.

The ICULP is a program of the World Council of Credit Unions. The goal of the program is to help improve cross-cultural awareness among credit union staff, provide a globalperspective that can help credit union staff solve daily operations issues, and facilitate an open exchange of ideas. Participants in the program complete a comprehensive application and interview process.

“We at Maps are thrilled that Oscar will be part of this program,” said Jill Nowacki, VP of development. “Because of the ethnic diversity in our local area, we believe strongly in the power of cultural immersion as a tool to build understanding. I know that Oscar will be able to put the lessons he learns with his host credit union in Guatemala to use here at Maps.” Nowacki was also part of the Friends of Pimpollo Team 50.

The ICULP is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges.

Other participants come from credit unions all over the United States:

  • Mayra Lucia Gamarra, Truliant Federal Credit Union, N.C.
  • Hector Montano, Verity Credit Union, Wash.
  • Alejandra Seluja, Guadalupe Credit Union, N.M.
  • David Jamshid, Coastal Federal Credit Union, N.C.
  • Claudia Vidal Rosa, Patelco Credit Union, Calif.
  • Maricela Jauregui, Mid Cities Credit Union, Calif.
  • Maria Martinez, San Francisco Federal Credit Union, Calif.
  • Hector Santos, Seasons Federal Credit Union, Conn.

STCU to Open Moran Prairie Branch

Spokane Teachers Credit Union (STCU) has broken ground on a Moran Prairie Branch that’s expected to open before the end of the year. Located at 5711 S. Haile Road, it will be the 16th branch for the region’s largest credit union.

With more than 10,500 vehicle trips a day, 57th Avenue is one of the South Hill’s busiest arterials. The nearby Palouse Highway accommodates more than 4,500 vehicle trips a day.

“We recognized the rapid growth in the area in 2008, when we purchased the land,” said Patsy Gayda, STCU Vice President of Branches. “In addition to serving the Moran Prairie community, it will be a convenient stop for STCU members who commute into Spokane from the northern Palouse.”

Designed by Nystrom+Olson Architecture, the new branch will be similar in many ways to the South Valley Branch that STCU opened in November. Walker Construction won the $916,000 contract for the 4,096-square-foot building.

As with the South Valley Branch, this one is being designed for eventual certification as a LEED Gold building for environmental stewardship. Among the details:

  • Solar panels
  • Heat-reflecting surface materials on the roof and parking lot
  • Most building materials mined or produced within 500 miles of the construction site
  • Recycling of nearly all construction debris
  • Highly energy efficient lights and heating system
  • Interior construction materials and furnishings that are certified low in volatile organic compounds that can contribute to health problems
  • Lockers and a shower for employees who walk or bike to work
  • Bike rack
  • Located on an STA bus route
  • No-smoking facility, even in the parking lot

When fully staffed, the branch will have a manager, assistant manager and the equivalent of eight other full-time employees. That staff will include real estate and small-business lenders.

Solarity Credit Union Scholarship Winners Announced

 Solarity Credit Union has announced its scholarship winners for the 2012-2013 school year. Each student will receive a $2,000 scholarship. 

The $2,000 scholarship winners are:

Solarity Credit Union Scholastic Achievement Scholarship

  1. Esmeralda Lopez, graduating Davis High School, attending Seattle Pacific University
  2. Solarity Credit Union Warren Sutliff Volunteer Scholarship
  3. Frances Hull, currently attending Yakima Valley Community College
  4. Solarity Credit Union Harold Bailey Memorial Fireman’s Scholarship
  5. Kelly Gooss, graduating East Valley High School, attending Brigham Young University, Idaho
  6. Solarity Credit Union Earl Weatherman Honorary Scholarship
  7. Joshua Shepard, graduating Selah High School, attending Notre Dame
  8. Solarity Credit Union Committee’s Choice Scholarship
  9. Justine Benner, graduating Naches Valley High School, attending George Fox University

Applicants were scored on the following criteria: Academic Record, applicant’s explanation of their Financial Need and Personal Statement, Community Service & School Activities, and Essay. Finalists also went through an in-person interview.

Pacific Crest Chosen as One of Top 100 Places to Work in Oregon

PacificCrest Federal Credit Union was honored as one of the Top 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon at the March 2012 awards event in Portland, Ore. The Credit Union is proud to be able to foster an outstanding workplace, and this is the second consecutive year that Pacific Crest has received the award, improving the ranking from No. 22 out of 100 in 2011 to No. 14 in 2012.

SOREDI Announces Honors During Annual Dinner

Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc. (SOREDI) honored one individual and four companies during its annual dinner Wednesday evening at the Medford Red Lion.

Steve Vincent, Avista Corp.’s regional business manager for Oregon, received the Inspiration Award, which goes to a volunteer who inspires the SOREDI staff through his efforts. SOREDI presented the Collaboration Award to Rogue Federal Credit Union, Grange Co-op, Medford Food Co-op and Ashland Food Co-op, who joined together to create Rogue Co-ops.

The award is meant to recognize a group of businesses setting aside competitive concerns for the good of one or more businesses and community.

Rogue Co-ops touches a combined 90,000 members in Southern Oregon and Northern California. The group vowed to put people ahead of profits and challenge each other to operate by ethical standards. They donated nearly $250,000 to community service organizations, charities and events during 2011.

Other nominees in the category were the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Motorcycle USA.

STCU Announces Staff Moves, Hiring for Key Positions

Russell Palmer joins STCU as card services manager. Palmer most recently was customer service/telecommunications manager for the card/merchant processing division of Bank of America in Spokane. He is working toward a degree in finance from Washington State University.

Tracy Malley is becoming branch manager at STCU’s Spokane Valley Branch. Malley has been an STCU employee for 14 years, most recently as manager of the South Branch.

Brandy Schloss is the new branch manager of STCU’s South Branch. A Spokane native, she began her STCU career as a loan officer 10 years ago and most recently was branch manager at STCU’s Northtown Square Branch.

Wauna Recognized by Oregon Business Magazine and Portland Business Journal

Wauna Federal Credit Union has been listed in the “Top 100 Best Green Businesses to Work for in Oregon,” sponsored by Oregon Business Magazine. Based on its widely recognized Top 100 Businesses to Work for in Oregon, the Top 100 Green Businesses list is based on the results of an individual employee survey and an independent assessment of the employers’ sustainability practices.

Wauna has also been recently recognized by the Portland Business Journal as a “Top 5 Healthiest Employer in Oregon.”The Healthiest Employers in Oregonlistrecognizes employers based on their employee wellness programs and their innovative ways to reduce absenteeism and lower the average medical costs per employee. Wauna Federal Credit Union was ranked fourth among employers with between two and 99 total employees.

“We are extremely proud of our organization’s commitment to programs that support doing the right thing for an internal and external environment, including our Green Initiatives Program launched in 2008 and the exciting activities associated with improving the wellness of our employees and their families,” reported Debi Smiley, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Smiley, along with President and CEO Robert Blumberg and Bob Horness, building maintenance technician and architect of the Green Initiatives program, represented the credit union during the recent Top 100 Best Green Businesses to Work for in Oregon recognition luncheon. According to Smiley, the success of the credit union stems from 100-percent participation by the staff in the Green Initiatives program.

“Having someone such as Bob to help champion our green program has been instrumental in our staff following recycle and energy-efficiency practices, both at work and at home,” Smiley said.

A total of 431 businesses submitted an entry in the 2012 award program. The June edition of the Oregon Business magazine features the entire list of the 100 Best Green Businesses to Work for in Oregon. Wauna Federal Credit Union is the only credit union listed in the Top 100, and the only business listed from Clatsop and Columbia Counties.

Stacey Poor, training coordinator, and Megan Gillespie, call center representative and fellow Wellness Committee member, represented the credit union during the Healthiest Employers in Oregon recognition event.

“A true commitment is required by an organization to create and sustain a successful wellness program,” Poor said. “Our employees are genuinely excited about our monthly health challenges between departments—and very proud when the individual and department recognition is announced.”

Kelley, Braddock Join Numerica Team

Numerica Credit Union announced two new hires recently, as Patricia Braddock was named vice president of the Central Washington Region, overseeing the credit union’s administration of market areas surrounding the Tri-Cities, Wenatchee Valley and Moses Lake branches, and Kimmith Kelley was hired as vice president of Numerica Credit Union’s Corporate Culture.

Braddock has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. Her most recent employer was American West Bank where she was the senior vice-president regional manager for North Idaho and Eastern Washington.

Kelley possesses 27 years of experience in the utilities and energy services industry which includes leadership positions in customer service and human resources. Her most recent employer was with Ecova (formerly known as Advantage IQ) in Spokane, Wash., where she held the position of organization development consultant.

She obtained a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University, graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors. Kelley also received the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from the Society for Human Resources Management and a Certified Professional Coactive Coach certification from the Coaches Training Institute.

Her new position with Numerica will involve partnering with the executive leadership team to insure that the culture being created aligns with the brand and corporate values. This includes leading the human resources and training departments as well.

OnPoint Community Credit Union Donates to Gregory Heights Library

OnPoint Community Credit Union has announced a $1000 donation to the Gregory Heights Library through the Multnomah County Library Foundation. The donation was made to celebrate the opening of OnPoint’s newest branch in the Roseway neighborhood.

The Rose City branch, located inside Safeway at 6901 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, opened May 30, 2012. The Gregory Heights Library first began as a reading room in 1930s and has been serving Northeast Portland in the current location, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, since 1966.

“OnPoint members have asked for more branches and we’re listening,” said OnPoint’s President and CEO Rob Stuart. “Our steady growth has enabled us to open this branch and we’re happy to be in the neighborhood.”

Martinez Jr. Hired as Branch Manager for Numerica’s Pasco Branch

Leo Martinez Jr. was recently promoted as Branch Manager of Numerica Credit Union’s Pasco Branch located inside the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Pasco, Wash.

Martinez has been with Numerica for more than a year. He possesses an extensive background in cash handling and management thanks to his retail experience.

Numerica awarded Martinez the Shining Star award for the third quarter in 2011 for his outstanding efforts.

Solarity Credit Union 2012 Volunteer Officials Announced

New Board and Committee members were recently announced for Solarity Credit Union.

The Board members are: James P. Hurley – Chairman, Jerry Kobes – Vice Chairman, Terry Morgan – Secretary, Tom Garrison, Michael Meyer, Vera Frank, Craig Baird, Peggy Davenport, Mark Chmelewski, Gary Kissling, Mark Kranz, JoAnn Miller-Rose, and Doug Nicholson.

Members of the Supervisory Committee are: Doug Partlow – Chairman, Kenneth Flaks – Vice Chairman, Linda Kane, and Kay Gamache.

Serving on the Nominating Committee are Judie Sanderson, Dee Miller and Kathy Franz.

Kitsap Credit Union Adds Two New Members to Supervisory Committee

Pete Schlicher and Gerda Oostman recently began their appointments as members of Kitsap Credit Union’s Supervisory Committee after completing a six-month training period.

Schlicher has served as a board member and past president for several nonprofit organizations prior to his appointment at KCU. The former Harrison Medical Center vice president views credit unions as an important way for communities to meet their financial needs and as a strong cornerstone to a successful community.

With her professional background as an administrator at Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior, Oostman is well suited for her role on the Supervisory Committee. A self-professed credit union cheerleader, Oostman is a strong believer in the “refreshing” credit union philosophy of not for profit, not for charity, but for service, and the priority KCU places on the financial well being of its members.

KCU members also recently voted to re-elect Wendy Johnson as chairperson while promoting longtime board member Mary Lou Addy to vice chair.

Numerica Names Four New Branch Managers

Numerica Credit Union has recently named four new branch managers who were promoted or transferred from within the credit union.

Deanna Ervin was recently promoted to Branch Manager of Numerica’s Sullivan Branch. She has worked for Numerica Credit Union for 14 years. Ervin began her career at Numerica as a teller working her way through all lines of member service to managing the member service center, and then most recently she managed the South Hill Branch. She graduated from the Western Credit Union National Association Management School in 2010.

Jennifer Frame transferred to the Airway Heights Branch as Branch Manager. Frame has worked in the banking industry for 12 years. She currently serves as the Spokane Chapter President of the Northwest Credit Union Association and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Regis University in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Katrina Phillips was recently promoted to Branch Manager of Numerica’s South Hill Branch. Phillips has been with Numerica Credit Union for the last 12 years. She spent three years in the U.S. Navy prior to working for Numerica.

Guy Ottersen was recently promoted to Branch Manager of Numerica’s Havana Branch. He has worked in the banking industry for 12 years, and nine of those years have been with Numerica. Ottersen attended Eastern Washington University and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.


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