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

Will Daugherty and Jessie Woolley-Wilson Join BECU’s Board of Directors

At BECU’s Member Summit on April 19, the credit union announced the election of Will Daugherty and Jessie Woolley-Wilson to its board of directors, as well as the re-election of Desiree Serr, who has served on BECU’s board since 1998. Serr was also elected to serve on the Audit Committee. Their terms will run through the spring of 2020.

The new board members bring expertise in corporate strategy, technology, and philanthropy. Daugherty earned a Bachelor of Arts in politics from Princeton University and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in international relations, military strategy, and political economy. He has served as the president and CEO of Pacific Science Center since January 2016.

Woolley-Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has served as chair, CEO, and president of DreamBox Learning since 2010, a software company that pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning that currently serves nearly 2.2 million K-8 students and 80,000 teachers.

“Our nominating committee focuses on maintaining a diversity of skills and backgrounds on our board to thoughtfully lead BECU into the future,” said BECU Board Chairperson, David Yonce. “Will and Jessie are true leaders and pioneers in the Pacific Northwest business community. We are honored that they will represent our members and bring their expertise and leadership to an incredibly strong board of directors.”

American Lake Credit Union Opens Lakewood Branch

American Lake Credit Union opened the doors for its new retail branch serving the Lakewood, Washington community. Located at 9802 Gravelly Lake Drive SW in Lakewood, the new branch opened its doors March 20, and the official ribbon-cutting took place May 1.

“We invested $1.3 million to remodel a former bank building, and we’ve turned it into a facility that will offer personal services to local consumers, as well as cutting-edge technology and other conveniences,” said Kolin McMann, President and CEO of American Lake Credit Union.

Those services include Saturday hours and an ATM which is part of a surcharge-free network, available to members of virtually any credit union. Eight new employees have been hired to work in the branch, McMann noted, adding that, “We are getting away from traditional teller lines and have created a modernized “teller pod” that will more personally connect our members with our staff.”

Columbia Credit Union announces Scott Karn as VP of Business Lending, James Senatore as VP of Wealth Management

Vancouver, Washington-based Columbia Credit Union welcomed Scott Karn as Vice President of Business Lending and James Senatore as Vice President of Wealth Management in April.

Karn will develop and maintain large business loan relationships and interface with branch staff regarding business lending products and services.

“Scott is a great addition to the Business Lending team,” said Vice President and Manager of Business Lending Ron Bertolucci. “He brings to us his great experience with commercial, construction, and business lending.”

Senatore will lead the Wealth Management department’s operations and develop non-deposit investment and insurance strategies. He will also serve as the primary contact between the credit union and their broker-dealer, CUSO Financial Services (CFS).

“James is a highly-qualified senior manager with extensive skills as a team builder, strategic planner, and sales leader,” said Columbia Credit Union President and CEO Steve Kenny. “We are proud to welcome him to Columbia Credit Union.”

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