Exercise Your Voice

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

One of the biggest differentiators between credit unions and banks is that credit unions are owned and run by their members. Instead of stockholders, we have a Board of Directors and governing committees made up of volunteers who are members of our cooperative. The time has come to decide who will make up those leadership teams.

This year, we have a total of five positions open: three on the Board and two on the Supervisory Committee. Please read the following nominee biographies carefully, then join us March 26 at 7 pm for our Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is held at our administrative offices at 1515 Dexter Avenue North in Seattle. If you plan on attending, please RSVP by March 17, 2014 to CindyB@Salalcu.org with the number of people in your party.

Dick T. Woo, Board of Directors candidate, currently serves on the Board of Salal’s CUSO (credit union service organization) Lending Solutions Northwest. Dick is a former chair of the credit union’s Supervisory and Asset/Liability Management (ALCO) Committees and had previously served on the Salal Board. Dick is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). He has over thirty years of financial management experience in the public and private sectors, including positions with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Washington Mutual Bank, and the City of Seattle. Dick previously served as Director of Finance and Administrative Services for the Housing Authority of the City of Seattle and most recently retired as CFO for King County’s Community Services Division.

“Call me old fashioned, but I am a strong believer in the concept of credit unions and the important role that they play in our society. I have been a member of Salal for more than 30 years and I am very much committed to its not-for-profit mission of providing for the financial health and well-being of its members and their families. I look forward to working collaboratively with the Board, management, staff, and fellow members to ensure the success of this member-owned organization.”

Joe LePla, Board of Directors candidate, is a branding and strategic planning consultant who has worked closely with financial institutions and health care for over 38 years with clients that include the Mayo Clinic, Merriman, Group Health, Philips Healthcare and Health Alliance Plan. LePla, who now serves on the Salal Asset/Liability Management Committee (ALCO), works at GreenRubino as a principal strategist. Prior to joining GreenRubino, he was an owner of brand consultancy Parker LePla for 19 years. He’s coauthored three books on branding, the most recent being Create a Brand That Inspires: How to Sell, Organize and Sustain Internal Branding in 2012. He lives in West Seattle with his wife Teresa.

Laura McMillan, Board of Directors candidate, recently completed a 27 year career at Group Health Cooperative in a variety of administrative roles. She left the organization last summer after serving as the Vice President for Strategic Planning for three years and as the Chief of Staff to the CEO for eight years. She is currently taking a sabbatical and plans to return to the world of non-profit health care or social services in the coming year. She has an MBA degree from the University of Washington and lives with her husband and two daughters in Shoreline.

“It’s been my pleasure to serve on the Salal Credit Union board the last six years. I have had the opportunity to contribute in many ways to the governance of the organization and am very proud of the values and business approaches that are practiced. I am happy to report that more than ever, Salal is focused on true service to members, and success built from sound business decisions. For more than 60 years, Salal has not wavered in its commitment to its members. I look forward to continuing to help the organization honor that commitment as it grows to serve more members in the coming years.”

Annette Murphy, Supervisory Committee candidate, is a compliance professional with 15 years of experience in the health care industry and extensive expertise in program implementation, auditing, internal and government investigations, and training and development. Annette, who now serves on the Salal Board of Directors and the Asset/Liability Management Committee (ALCO), works at Group Health Cooperative in the Audit Services area. Prior to joining Group Health she worked as an Audit Manager at Harborview Medical Center (University of Washington). Annette attended Western Washington University, and lives with her husband and two college-age sons in Kenmore, Washington.

Debbie Sather, Supervisory Committee candidate, is an experienced finance leader with an extensive background in healthcare. She held a variety of leadership positions in the finance division at Group Health Cooperative where she worked for the past 17 years. Most recently, she was Executive Director of Finance Administration and Chief of Staff to the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. Debbie earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a graduate certificate in Leadership Formation from Seattle University. She is also a graduate of Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance.


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