NWCUA Board of Directors Reorganizes After Merger; Board Roster Announced for 2019


It’s official — Idaho, Oregon, and Washington credit unions have merged their collective associations into the three-state united family now known as the Northwest Credit Union Association. Following the merger on Dec. 31, 2018, the Northwest Credit Union Association Board of Directors reorganized at its first meeting Jan. 17, and announced its Executive Committee for 2019.

The reorganized Board of Directors includes:

  • John Zmolek, President and CEO, Verity Credit Union, Seattle, Washington, serving as Board Chair;
  • Kent Oram, CEO, Idaho Central Credit Union, Pocatello, Idaho, serving as Vice Chair;
  • Jeff Adams, President and CEO, Horizon Credit Union, Spokane Valley, Washington, serving as Secretary/Treasurer; and,
  • Bert Fisher, CEO, Our Community Credit Union, Shelton, Washington, serving as an Executive Committee member.

“We’re welcoming 2019 as the world-class trade association credit unions in these three states have come to expect in a modern-day, future-focused association. We are honored by the level of support and engagement committed by outstanding credit union professionals across the region,” said NWCUA President and CEO, Troy Stang. “I look forward to working with them to bring the needs of Northwest credit unions and their members to the forefront of policy officials at the state and national levels.”

Your Association welcomed three Idaho Board appointees: Trisha Baker, President and CEO of Lewis Clark Credit Union, Lewiston, Idaho; Dan Thurman, President and CEO of East Idaho Credit Union, Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Oram. Oram and Thurman previously served on the Idaho Credit Union League Board of Directors, and Baker previously served on the League Services, Inc. Board.

In November, Scott Burgess resigned from the NWCUA Board as he continues to transition from his role as Emeritus President and CEO at Rivermark Community Credit Union in Beaverton, Oregon. Larry Ellifritz, President and CEO of Consolidated Community Credit Union in Portland, was appointed late last year to serve the remainder of Burgess’ three-year term.

Additionally, Teri Robinson, CEO of Ironworkers USA Federal Credit Union in Portland, was appointed to the Board of Directors to replace Debie Keesee, CEO of Spokane Media Federal Credit Union in Spokane. Robinson will serve the remainder of Keesee’s one-year term. Keesee resigned from the Board effective Jan. 17, after more than 18 years of service to the Washington Credit Union League and NWCUA. She will continue to serve on the Credit Union National Association Board and was recently appointed to serve on the National Credit Union Foundation Board.

Other Board of Director members who will continue to serve include: Bob Newcomb, CEO, SELCO Community Credit Union, Springfield, Oregon; Jim Lumpkin, President and CEO, USAgencies Credit Union, Portland; Don Clark, President and CEO, Sound Credit Union, Tacoma; and Brooke Van Vleet, President and CEO, InRoads Credit Union, St. Helens, Oregon. Your Association thanks those credit union professionals who served on the NWCUA and Idaho Credit Union League boards – your dedication and leadership was critical during the merger process. NWCUA also thanks its new Board members who are dedicating time to further the Credit Union Movement. Your valuable time and input is appreciated.

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