NWCUA Launches 2020 Election Cycle


The Northwest Credit Union Association is officially launching the 2020 Election Cycle for NWCUA’s Board of Directors. The NWCUA’s at-large governance model encourages qualified candidates to seek election to the Board.

The Nominating Committee comprises one NWCUA Board Member and five non-Board Members. 

Your Association is pleased to announce that Jeff Adams, President and CEO of Horizon Credit Union and NWCUA Board Secretary/Treasurer, has agreed to Chair the Nominating Committee this year, along with the following individuals: 

  • Shirley Cate, President and CEO, Providence Credit Union 
  • Wendy Edwards, President and CEO, Clarity Credit Union 
  • Curt Perry, President and CEO, Pioneer Credit Union
  • Scott Prior, President and CEO, Connection Credit Union
  • Rob Stuart, President and CEO, OnPoint Community Credit Union 

“I am honored to be a part of this process. Ensuring that we have the right diversity to represent the members voices is a critical part of this governance model, said Adams.  

There are five seats up for election this year. Four incumbents are eligible and interested in re-election. They include: 

  • Trisha Baker, President and CEO, Lewis Clark Credit Union 
  • Larry Ellifritz, President and CEO, Consolidated Community Credit Union 
  • Kent Oram, CEO, Idaho Central Credit Union
  • Dan Thurman, President and CEO, East Idaho Credit Union 

After completing his second year as NWCUA Chair, John Zmolek, President and CEO of Verity Credit Union, will not be running for re-election.  

The NWCUA Board of Directors comprises 11 AtLarge Directors elected from Regular Member credit unions. The NWCUA’s at-large governance model allows the most qualified candidates to seek election to the Board. For eligibility and qualifications, click here

Board diversity has been a pillar of your Association’s governance since inception, and the highest emphasis has been placed on always embracing Board composition that represents the varied needs of the Association’s members. The NWCUA’s governance model has encouraged the membership to keep an eye toward the membership self-managing the most diverse member credit union demographics, including things such as geographic location, asset size, state/federal charter, and rural/metro in overall Board composition 

The NWCUA Nominating Committee is specifically encouraging candidates who have a proven track record of advocacy and Association engagement, and other board governance experiences, to answer the call for nominations. With an eye on diverse representation of our members and to complement the existing Board roster, the Committee seeks representation from the north Puget Sound area in the $1 billion-plus asset category.  

Amanda Guyton, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, is this year’s NWCUA Election Secretary.  

Nominations are being accepted now through 5 p.m. PST on April 3. Qualified and interested candidates, please visit the Director Candidate Profile Form to submit your nomination. 

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