Around the Northwest: Credit Union News to Know


National Youth Involvement Board Annual Conference to Refresh Credit Union Financial Education Programs

The National Youth Involvement Board’s annual conference, scheduled for July 22-25 in Washington, D.C., will focus on developing or refreshing credit union financial education programs.

The conference will cover state financial education requirements; financial education for families; turning financial education into financial capability; and three break-out presentations focusing on in-school branches, youth education, and adult education and outreach.

The conference includes a business meeting and an awards ceremony recognizing the top individuals and credit unions in financial education. Ruth Kaneko, Financial Educator at BECU, serves on the NYIB Executive Committee and provides a Northwest perspective and leadership for the program. To learn more about the upcoming conference, click here or contact Ruth Kaneko.

OnPoint Community Credit Union Partners with Junior Achievement

OnPoint Community Credit Union is partnering with Junior Achievement of Oregon and Southwest Washington to support financial literacy education. The Portland-based credit union awarded a $20,000 grant to fund Junior Achievement’s In-Class Programs and JA Finance Park Programs, which provide practical information about personal finance, money management, and careers.

The grant was awarded as a part of OnPoint’s financial education initiative and will impact over 500 students across the area this year.


Consolidated Community Credit Union is Named Third Healthiest

Portland-based Consolidated Community Credit Union has been ranked third among the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions for 2019 by

“This is quite an honor and a true reflection of the hard work and dedication of our staff,” said Consolidated Community’s President and CEO, Larry Ellifritz. “This recognition demonstrates how a Community Development Financial Institution can also have strong financials, while still serving the under-banked in our community.”  

Idaho-based Icon Credit Union also ranked among the top 10, coming in at seventh place.

“Icon is proud to stay fully committed to protecting our member’s assets, and that includes our commitment to ensure we operate daily with a strong, safe, and sound environment,” said Icon Credit Union CEO Connie Miller. “Our talented board of directors and team are to be commended for their exceptional ability in managing our deposit and loan portfolios, so we can meet our member’s needs at all stages of their lives.”

Other Northwest credit unions that ranked on the list include:

Red Canoe Credit Union – Longview, Wash.
Cascade Federal Credit Union – Kent, Wash.
Sound Credit Union – Tacoma, Wash.
WECU – Bellingham, Wash.
SELCO Community Credit Union – Eugene, Ore.
Advantis Credit Union – Milwaukie, Ore.
Our Community Credit Union – Shelton, Wash.
Horizon Credit Union – Spokane Valley, Wash.
Community 1stCredit Union – Dupont, Wash.
STCU – Spokane, Wash.
OnPoint Community Credit Union – Portland, Ore.
Fibre Federal Credit Union – Longview, Wash.
Unitus Community Credit Union – Portland, Ore.
BECU – Tukwila, Wash.
Oregon State Credit Union – Corvallis, Ore.    
Cascade Community Credit Union – Roseburg, Ore.
Washington State Employees Credit Union – Olympia, Wash.
Kitsap Credit Union – Bremerton, Wash.
Columbia Credit Union – Vancouver, Wash.

Deposit Accounts uses its own proprietary formula that factors in Texas ratio, deposit growth, and capitalization to assess the financial health of all federally insured credit unions in the U.S. See the complete list and find more information here.

Numerica Credit Union Adds Pearman-Gillman as SVP Community and Corporate Relations

Kim Pearman Gillman

Kim Pearman-Gillman, Numerica Credit Union Senior Vice President of Community and Corporate Relations.

Numerica Credit Union welcomes Kim Pearman-Gillman as Senior Vice President of Community and Corporate Relations. Pearman-Gillman brings more than 34 years of senior leadership experience spanning the private, public, and nonprofit sectors as well as extensive strategic expertise in economic development and community relations, business development, project management, marketing, and communications.

Pearman-Gillman most recently served as a Partner and Business Development Executive at McKinstry for the last 10 years. She is a well-known “connector” and “go-to” collaborator in the Spokane area and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Eastern Washington University; as an advisor for Spokane Preservation Advocates; as a committee member of Greater Spokane Inc.’s Vision 2030; and leads the annual Community and Economic Development training for Leadership Spokane faculty. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work for a number of community and business organizations.

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