Worthington, Van Vleet, Cann Join NWCUA Board; Keesee Re-Elected Chair

Three new members were named to the Northwest Credit Union Association’s board of directors at the Association’s annual business meeting in Portland this week. Debie Keesee of Spokane Media Federal Credit Union was re-elected to another term as board chair.

“It has been a privilege to serve as your chair this past year, and I am equally honored to have been selected by the board to serve as chair for the coming year,” Keesee told the meeting, which was held at the annual Amplify Convention. “As we all know, credit unions have the best charter in the financial services industry. I am proud to be a part of that. Thank you for your confidence in me, and for this opportunity.”

Keesee will represent small-asset-size credit unions on the board. She’ll be joined by three new board members and seven returning members who represent either a geographic district or credit unions based on asset size.

New members include:

  • Mina Worthington of Solarity Credit Union, who will represent District 3;
  • Brooke Van Vleet of St. Helens Federal Credit Union, who will represent District 4; and
  • Parker Cann of BECU, who will represent large-asset-size credit unions.

Returning members include:

  • Bob Newcomb of SELCO Community Credit Union, representing District 1;
  • Jack Fallis of Global Credit Union, representing District 2;
  • Tom Griffith of Pacific NW Federal Credit Union, representing District 5;
  • Phil Jones of Harborstone Credit Union, representing District 6;
  • Bert Fisher of Our Community Credit Union, representing District 7;
  • Terry Belco of North Coast Credit Union, representing District 8; and
  • Shirley Cate of Providence Federal Credit Union, representing  medium-asset-size credit unions.

Keesee announced that Fallis had been elected the board’s vice chair, Jones its treasurer and Cate its secretary. And she paid tribute to the three departing board members – Rob Stuart, Bill Anderson and Jean Wheat-Palm.

Stuart is an “inspired visionary whose leadership resulted in unsurpassed, sustained value for members of Oregon’s largest credit union, OnPoint Community,” Keesee said. “Not to mention that he is a heck of a fisherman and hunter.”

She thanked Mid Oregon Credit Union’s Anderson for his “exemplary leadership” as the first chair of NWCUA’s inaugural 18-member board of directors, saying he had given all credit unions a voice through three decades of community involvement. And she praised Valley Credit Union’s Wheat-Palm for “setting a high bar for director service” as a member of the inaugural board and as its treasurer and vice chair.

“Thank you to all of our board members, new and departing,” Keesee said. “You serve not only on the board, but you are also actively involved in our committee work. And you do all of that while leading your credit unions, developing your staffs and making sure your members thrive.

“Your Association is richer as a result of your service.”

Questions? Contact Gary Stein: 503.350.2216, gstein@nwcua.org

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