News & Notes: Here’s What’s Happening in Northwest Credit Unions

Melba Bartles, CFO

Melba Bartels Joins BECU as CFO

BECU has announced that Melba Bartles will join the Tukwila-based credit union May 1 as Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the accounting and treasury teams.

“Melba’s deep knowledge and experience within the financial industry, paired with her thoughtful leadership style, made her the right choice to join our executive team as CFO,” said Benson Porter, CEO of BECU. “She will be a key contributor to our business strategy, which is focused on enhancing the member experience and reinforcing the unique culture that sets BECU apart.”

Bartels graduated from the University of Washington with an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts in finance.

Mid Oregon Branches Out in Sisters

Bend-based Mid Oregon Credit Union has opened its seventh branch, located in Sisters, Oregon. The new, full-service branch is located across the street from the Larch St. post office. The branch gives Sisters residents convenient access to the full line of products and services Mid Oregon offers to more than 26,00 members, including a drive-up ATM.

“We are excited with this opportunity to offer Mid Oregon Credit Union services to new friends and existing members in Sisters,” said Bill Anderson President/CEO of Mid Oregon Credit Union. “We look forward to serving the residents of Sisters and offering them a friendly place to manage their finances with the products and services they want.”

iQ Board Elections

Vancouver-based iQ Credit Union held its 76th Annual Meeting recently to present 2016 financials, re-elect Board of Directors, and honor past Board and Audit Committee members.

Re-elected to the board for another three-year term are Jim Askey, Jim Church, Evie Grendahl and Steve Porter.

Ted Olsen, a long-time contributor to the Credit Union’s Supervisory and Audit Committees, recently retired from his volunteer service and was recognized for his thoughtful leadership. Olsen supported the safety and soundness of the Credit Union through his work and helped iQ grow to just over $900 million in assets. His committee work began in September 2005 and continued until his retirement in 2017.

The Credit Union paid tribute to Ed Maxwell, a former member of the Board of Directors who served from 2005-2016 and passed away in early January 2017.

“We all miss his commitment and contributions, and continue to honor his legacy in the firm foundation he helped to create for iQ,” said Jim Sork, Board Chair. “He was a beloved educator and a community-minded member of our Board, and served us faithfully for many years.”

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