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

iQ Credit Union Presents “Read with Me” Grants to Schools

More than 1,400 students in the Vancouver, Washington area will benefit from iQ Credit Union’s Read with Me and Literacy program grants. Fifty-eight teachers in 33 schools received the grants to buy books for elementary, middle and high school students. Funding totaled $12,000.

“Reading is the foundation of all aspects of learning,” said Kelly Schrader, President and CEO, iQ Credit Union. “The Read with Me program was started to distribute books to children through their classroom programs. In many cases, this may be the first book a child owns. The Literacy grants were added to build onto this program, to fund inspired reading ideas that engage students at the middle and high school levels.”

Read with Me takes applications from teachers and administrators looking to expand their reading programs. Established in 1996, the program has provided more than $78,000 in grants for thousands of books for local school children.

Key Promotions at Oregon Community Credit Union

In alignment with a new strategic plan recently approved by the Oregon Community Credit Union (OCCU) Board of Directors, internal restructuring and promotions were announced.

Chief Financial Officer Ron Neumann has been promoted to Executive Vice President; Vice President of Enterprise Risk & Administration Greg Schumacher now serves as Chief Administrative Officer; Director of Finance Dave Schiffer now serves as Vice President of Finance; and Tracey Keffer has been named Director of Human Resources.

“These shifts will allow us to become as effective and agile as possible when it comes to executing our strategic plan, which is built with the best interests of our members in mind,” said OCCU CEO Mandy Jones.

In response to strong growth that has seen OCCU evolve into a financial organization with $1.5 billion in assets and more than 138,000 members, Jones said the restructuring also would help the credit union “explore opportunities for succession planning on our leadership team.”

Chief Credit Officer Jerry Liudahl has announced his intention to retire in 2018 after more than 30 years of service to OCCU.

“While that may seem like plenty of time to plan a transition, when you have an individual who has been such a vital part of the OCCU lending practice – our mainstay business for 30-plus years – it is important to use that time wisely to disperse the vast knowledge he has,” Jones said.

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Rogue Appoints New Market VP

Rogue Credit Union promoted Lisa Dolmage from Manager, Grants Pass Branch, to Market Vice President. In the new role, Dolmage, who has nearly three decades of banking experience, will oversee both the Grants Pass and Roseburg markets.

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