Member News: Here’s What’s Happening in Northwest Credit Unions


St. Helens Community Credit Union Names Two New Vice Presidents

St. Helens Community Credit Union has announced the addition of two new Vice Presidents, including Katie Woodall, Vice President of Lending, and Steve Brown, Vice President of Commercial Lending.

The credit union added the new positions to better serve its members as well as streamline internal processes. The two professionals taking on these new positions are industry veterans with decades of experience.

“My ultimate goal is to make it easy to do business with us,” Katie Woodall, Vice President of Lending said. “I’d like to make the lending process easier for staff and members.”

Woodall has been with the credit union since 1998, when she took a job as a teller. She quickly added to her list of responsibilities, moving into management positions, including Director of Member Service, and Director of Lending.

Steve Brown, Vice President of Commercial Lending is excited to help the community get more from the credit union.

“I want to continue the philosophy of ‘Always here for you’,” Brown stated. “I pride myself on adding trust and value to those opportunities and providing service excellence.”

Steve began his financial services career in 1994, working in leadership positions in banks and credit unions in Alaska and Texas before relocating to Oregon earlier this year.  Prior to 1994, he served in the United States Air Force.

“The addition of Katie and Steve, and their experience and insights, will bring additional depth to our leadership team,” said Brooke Van Vleet, President and CEO of St. Helens Community Credit Union.

Young Credit Union Professionals Raise Funds for Credit Unions for Kids with “Hops for Hope”

On Nov. 19, Young Credit Union Professionals of Oregon & SW Washington will host a fundraiser at the Crowne Plaza in Portland’s Downtown Convention Center in support of Credit Unions for Kids and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The event, called “Hops for Hope,” will feature beer and cider, appetizers, music, and fun, including activities such as a ring toss, bottle grab, and silent auction.

Sponsorships for the event are available in tiers from $100 to $1,000 and involve numerous promotional opportunities for vendors.

“The Credit Union Movement is fueled by helping others, so for all of us to come together and give back like this can only further propel a better world for our todays and tomorrows,” said YCUP Oregon & SW Washington VP of Communications Michael Murdoch. “With all of the effort Pacific Northwest Credit Unions pour into Credit Unions for Kids, I sincerely hope to see many open hearts at this very cool gathering.”

Click here for more information on tickets and sponsorship options.

Unitus Community Credit Union Recognized with 2017 Corporate Philanthropy Award for Commitment to Community Support

Unitus Community Credit Union has received a 2017 Corporate Philanthropy Award from the Portland Business Journal for their commitment to community support.

“While we focus our efforts on improving the financial well-being of our members each day, there are organizations making a difference in so many other areas of life for the people who need it,” said Unitus Chief Marketing Officer Laurie Kresl. “We are fortunate to have strong relationships with so many outstanding nonprofit community partners and humbled to share this recognition with them. Your community is what you make it, and we want to make ours healthier, happier, and smarter about money.”

For decades, Unitus has cultivated community partnerships with local nonprofit organizations helping people in need across the Northwest. These organizations contribute vital services including healthcare for sick children (Doernbecher Children’s Hospital), school supplies for underprivileged kids (Schoolhouse Supplies), stable housing for families (Good Neighbor Center), and much more. Additional close community partners include Clackamas Service Center, Helping Hands, Share, SnowCap, and the Portland Rose Festival Foundation.

The award was announced at the Portland Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Luncheon, an annual event celebrating community service and corporate support of local charities. Unitus President and CEO Steve Stapp accepted the award on stage on behalf of Unitus.

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