Northwest Credit Union Association Rolls out Red Carpet for Outstanding Credit Unions, Professionals at Amplify 2014


October 15, 2014

Lynn Heider
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Northwest Credit Union Association Rolls out Red Carpet for Outstanding Credit Unions, Professionals at Amplify 2014

SPOKANE, Washington — The Northwest Credit Union Association concluded its 2014 Amplify Convention with a gala awards dinner, presenting the Summit Awards honoring credit union professionals, top advocacy honors, Chapter Excellence Awards and the CUNA Awards recognizing outstanding outreach by credit unions.

Summit Awards:

For his four-decade career as a credit union innovator and philanthropist, Roger Michaelis, president and CEO of iQ Credit Union in Vancouver, Washington, received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Michaelis was nominated for the lifetime achievement honor by more than 20 credit union movement colleagues and community leaders. He founded some of the region’s first Credit Union Subsidiary Organizations (CUSOs) and was a driving force establishing and building Credit Unions for Kids.

“It speaks volumes that more than 20 community and credit union leaders united to nominate Roger for the Lifetime Achievement Award,” said NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang.  “Roger has been an innovator developing services that help credit union members manage their money. He could have won for his vision alone. But he is also one of the founders of Credit Unions for Kids — a leading fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. He established a legacy that even in the credit union movement will be hard to duplicate.”

“In today’s competitive financial environment, the importance of the CEO to the success of the organization cannot be overstressed,” noted Dr. Jim Sork, chairman of the board of directors at iQ. “For the past 29 years, iQ Credit Union has benefited and prospered from the leadership provided by our CEO Roger Michaelis. The story of iQ is one of continued growth and success. Our Board of Directors and our 75,000 community members congratulate Roger for this well deserved recognition.”

Also honored was Ynette Gibbs, CEO of Newrizons Federal Credit Union in Hoquiam, Washington. Gibbs received the Innovation & Impact Award for her outreach to underserved consumers, including “character-based lending” and a Volunteer Tax Assistance Program that resulted in over $500,000 in refunds for 300 working poor families.

Victoria King, business services manager at Portland, Oregon based Rivermark Community Credit Union was honored as the Young Credit Union Professional of the Year. Lauded for her advocacy, community volunteerism and business development expertise, King was called a “guiding light to other young credit union professionals” by Stang.

Advocate of the Year

The NWCUA bestowed top honors on the professionals from both Oregon and Washington for extraordinary participation and effectiveness in state capitols, the Credit Union Advocates program, CUNA GAC, fundraising and campaign volunteerism.

Susan Streifel, CEO of Woodstone Credit Union in Federal Way, Washington was honored as the Washington Advocate of the Year. She serves as vice chair of CUNA’s board, chair of the CUNA GAC, and encouraged credit unions of all asset sizes to weigh in on the proposed risk-based capital rule. She recently chaired the search team for CUNA’s new president and CEO, and the newly appointed Jim Nussle surprised Streifel with a video salute.

Earning the top honors in Oregon was Mandy Jones, CEO of Eugene based Oregon Community Credit Union. Jones collaborated with other CEOs in her area on a messaging campaign to fight the Oregon Bankers attack, stepped up as the top donor to the Oregon PAC, and has been a consistent supporter of CULAC Month.

CUNA Awards

Also presented at the gala were several CUNA Awards for community service and financial education. Winners were automatically entered in the national CUNA Awards program.

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Awards — Five Northwest credit unions won first place honors in various asset-size categories.

  • $50-$100 Million — Prime Source Credit Union, for championing eight local charities year-round, and especially for their work for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. 
  • $50-$100 Million — Point West Credit Union, for partnering with Multnomah County Early Childhood Services to give 50 low-income, at risk families a beautiful Christmas.
  • $100-$200 Million — Mid Oregon Credit Union, for Pay it Forward, a partnership between the credit union, local media and CoEnergy Propane to showcase people and organizations doing great things in the community, and helping fund those efforts.
  • $100-$200 Million — United Health Services Credit Union, for Blessings Under the Bridge, which collects meals, clothing, hygiene products, and more for homeless people and those living off of low incomes.
  • $1 Billion+ — BECU, for its People Helping People Awards, which donates $100,000 to local nonprofits actively supported by BECU’s members.

Desjardins Youth and Adult Financial Education Awards — Two credit unions were honored with Adult Financial Education Awards, and four for Youth Financial Education Awards.

  • Adult Financial Education Award — OSU Federal Credit Union, for helping inmates in Oregon correctional institutions turn around their financial lives with an eight-week curriculum.
  • Adult Financial Education Award — BECU, for their ongoing commitment to financial education, including retaining educators on staff, weekly and monthly radio segments, online money management tools, and community events focused on taxes, back to school and college planning.
  • Youth Financial Education Award — Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union received a first place award for a program that gave two high school students the chance to teach financial responsibility to 122 students across elementary, junior high and high school.
  • Youth Financial Education Award — Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, for their Financially Fit program to teach urban young adults, participants in the Year Up nonprofit program, the skills needed to manage their financial lives.
  • Youth Financial Education Award (Second Place Honor) — Gesa Credit Union, for a high school credit union program that provides in-classroom financial education for more than 650 students, and also gives real world career training.
  • Youth Financial Education Award — OSU Federal Credit Union, for investing in the future by working with the local Boys & Girls Club in Corvallis, Oregon to teach financial basics to kids, and for their work with Junior Achievement.

Chapter Excellence Awards

These awards recognize chapters for exceptional contributions to the credit union movement across four pillars: leadership, education, advocacy, and philosophy in action, plus an Overall Excellence Award.

  • Leadership — Southwest Washington Chapter
  • Education — Spokane Chapter of Credit Unions
  • Advocacy — Spokane Chapter of Credit Unions
  • Philosophy in Action — Spokane Chapter of Credit Unions
  • Overall Excellence — Willamette Chapter of Credit Unions, Spokane Chapter of Credit Unions


The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association serving 165 of Oregon and Washington’s credit unions and their 4.5 million members. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support and business solutions to its members. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit

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