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Safeguarding the future for our members

Seattle Credit Union is a not-for-profit credit union that is owned by its membership, not shareholders as in the case of for-profit corporations. The credit union membership elects a set number of board members to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors. An election for open positions on the Board of Directors is held annually. Terms are staggered to maintain continuity of three positions each year. The results of each of the annual elections are announced at the Annual Meeting of the Membership as well as in multiple credit union communications, immediately following the meeting date.

Responsibilities of Our Leadership

The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the credit union to ensure that the credit union is adhering to its established policies and fiduciary responsibilities in the interest of the membership. This is done through several board sub-committees that may occasionally include non-elected volunteers or advisors. These committees and their current members are detailed below.

The membership also elects an independent Audit Committee to monitor the action of the Board of Directors and to review the financial and operational audits of the credit union, and to serve as the tellers of the annual election. You may view information about committee members below.

Our Executive Leadership Team leads the departments of the credit union to ensure we are meeting our members' needs and that we are delivering on the goals of the organization. The team values collaboration, inclusion, and accountability across all levels of the credit union, and believes that Seattle Credit Union can help make our local communities a better place to bank, work, and live.

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Our current Board of Directors

  • Carlos Ruiz, Board Chair
  • Deanna Clark, Vice Chair
  • Robin Harmon, Secretary
  • Robin Shuler, Treasurer
  • Nelson Reyneri, Member
  • Jonelle M.C. Johnson, Member
  • Joe Davila, Member
  • Rebecca Kerr, Member
  • Shahzad Qadri, Member

Our current audit Committee Members

  • Rick Szeto, Chair
  • Sue Her, Vice Chair
  • Deanna Clark, Secretary

Our current Executive Leadership Team

  • Richard Romero, Chief Executive Officer
  • Mele Miller, Chief Operations Officer
  • Kelly Earnest, Chief People Officer

Meet The Board

Our board is dedicated to the needs of our members and the community.

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Carlos Ruiz

Carlos Ruiz

Board Chair

Carlos believes in Seattle Credit Union’s commitment to serving underserved communities and developing internal diversity. From his personal experience as a Costa Rican who grew up in an ethnically rich and culturally diverse community, Carlos brings a unique perspective with complementary professional skills to help Seattle Credit Union better serve its membership.

The challenges facing the immigrant community are diverse, and when combined with a lack of financial institutions that are willing or able to serve them, these challenges can become insurmountable to many. Carlos has learned how the right help, from the right people, is often enough to overcome such obstacles.

As a child, his mother relied on him to accompany her everywhere as a translator until she learned English. She was intelligent and capable, but banks serving their community made no effort to accommodate for her as they would for others. Having also experienced the difficulty of naturalizing in 2000, he is excited about Seattle Credit Union’s citizenship loan program and feels that he can empathize with the communities in which Seattle Credit Union is dedicated to serving.

For over 20 years, Carlos has worked for companies both large and small in the technology industry. Since moving to Seattle in 2011, he has joined the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), first as Chapter president, and currently as an adviser.

Deanna Clark

Deanna Clark

vice chair

Deanna is honored and excited to serve all Seattle Credit Union Members. She has over 25 years of leadership experience in the aerospace, transportation and insurance industries which she will use to ensure our credit union has a growth strategy that will foster opportunities for individuals and businesses in our community.

She has held a variety of roles including positions in financial management, cyber security, risk management, and strategic planning. She previously served as a Boeing Employee Community Trustee, granting millions of dollars annually to non-profit community programs in the Greater Puget Sound region.

Deanna holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Washington University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington. She is a member of NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) and is Cyber Risk Oversight certified. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Auburn Municipal Airport, the 4th largest airport in the region.

At present she is Seattle Credit Union’s Vice Chair of the Board and is a member of the Audit committee.

Robin Harmon

Robin Harmon

SECRETARY

Being a Credit Union member for over 24 years, Robin feels at harmony with the vision and values she found in Seattle Credit Union and is honored to serve its membership. Moving back to the Seattle area she chose to become a member of Seattle Credit Union due to the shared values of creating an inclusive and prosperous future for our community.

After a successful career in corporate finance, she changed her focus and has volunteered with multiple non-profits throughout Washington State providing accounting and marketing expertise. She currently owns a Digital Marketing Company where she works specifically with small businesses across the country providing a wide range of digital marketing tools. She enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge to allow small businesses to focus on their priorities while still remaining competitive through their marketing efforts.

Prior to moving back to the Seattle area Robin served for 7 years as a Board of Director and Audit Committee Member for a large Eastern Washington Credit Union. She has served on multiple Credit Union Committees with a personal passion for Community Involvement and Board Governance. She is enthusiastic to share her experience and knowledge to further the mission of Seattle Credit Union.

Robin graduated with honors from Whitworth University where she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management. She spends her free time with her husband and kids exploring the nature of the Pacific Northwest.

Robin Shuler

Robin Shuler

Treasurer

Robin Shuler was elected to the Seattle Credit Union board of directors in 2016. He has been a Seattle Credit Union member since 2004. As a passionate member and director, he enjoys working to assure first-class fiscal management, stability, customer service, and transparency.

Robin is an experienced finance and operations executive with over 25 years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer and executive in a variety of industries and businesses, including significant nonprofits. Currently, he works as a financial consultant and serves for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations as an Interim CEO/CFO/COO/Executive Director.

Robin's CFO experience includes Qualis Health, W&H Pacific, Applied Geotechnology Inc., Abacus Engineered Systems, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, Benaroya Hall, and Seattle Symphony, among others. His Board experience includes AGI Technologies, Mustard Seed Associates, and Group Health Foundation. He's the Past-President of Financial Executives International (Washington State Chapter) - a nonprofit membership organization for financial management professionals and was an honoree/finalist for the PSBJ nonprofit “CFO of the Year” in 2009.

Robin is a licensed CPA in Washington. He's earned an MBA in Finance from University of Puget Sound and BA in Accounting from Seattle Pacific University. He lives in Kirkland with his wife, Ellen.

Nelson Reyneri

Nelson Reyneri

Board Member

Nelson Reyneri serves as Senior Vice President for Sales and External Affairs for Liberty Power, the largest owner owned and managed retail electricity supplier in the United States. In this role, he oversees the company’s strategy for developing structured solutions to support corporations’ energy and sustainability goals. Prior to assuming his sales responsibilities, he developed and led the company’s communications strategy and created Liberty Power’s Regulatory Affairs Department. Reyneri also has extensive senior leadership experience in the public sector.  In 2016, he was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a position requiring Senate confirmation.

Reyneri holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he was chosen as student commencement speaker. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor’s degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology and Philosophy and in Political Science from Boston University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa.

Jonelle Johnson

Jonelle M.C. Johnson

Board Member

Ms. Johnson is a sales professional at Nordstrom and currently serves as a wardrobe consultant for women and men in high-end fashions. As a top performer, she is the recipient of the Nordstrom prestigious Allstar Award and Pacesetter status achievement. She is part of the top 25 sales professionals at the Downtown Seattle Flagship Store. Ms. Johnson has an extensive banking background and experience which would be of value to the Board of Directors of Seattle Credit Union. She is a former executive banker who managed sales teams that identified and implemented strategies to acquire new relationships and expand existing relationships. Her teams provided domestic and international treasury management expertise to assist corporations, government entities and non-profit organizations with fulfilling their financial strategic objectives. She has also managed national customer service and bank operations groups for various business lines.

Ms. Johnson has an exceptional history of being an active leader in the community. She served on a number of diverse boards in leadership positions. Her current community affiliations and board of directors include O'Dea High School Advisory Board of Directors, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle University Board of Regents, Seattle Rotary #4, Greater Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and YWCA of Seattle King Snohomish.

Joe Davila

Joe Davila

Board Member

Joe Davila is a father of 4 and a Kirkland resident since 2011. In business he spent his time bringing together the very best of what he learned from his professional successes in technology startups, their acquisitions, and consulting at KPMG. Today with Virsys12, his focus is on leading an organization that applies the strength of Salesforce’s market-leading solutions to the most complex challenges in healthcare. A Silicon Valley native whose clients have spanned the U.S. over nearly 25 years. He holds a strong appreciation for the measured balance of technology, human talent, and intelligent business processes applied to every evolving business models across the banking and financial services, healthcare, state & local government, and technology industries.

As business leaders we hold the responsibility of setting the example for tomorrow’s leaders and sharing our time and talents within our community. Reflective of that is the role I have as Treasurer of Youth Focus Incorporated, Corporate Advisory Board member for APLFA Seattle, and Advisory Board member for ZenLedger. While at KPMG Mr. Davila was the Seattle Office Chair for the Hispanic and Latino Network (HLN), Coach and mentor for the ALPFA collegiate members. Corporate teams and communities are stronger when diverse, and I have long been a champion for ‘pushing up and pulling up’ future Latino leaders through these organizations. When my term on the Youth Focus Board ended and have moved on from KPMG, he found an opening to engage with an organization like the Seattle Credit Union, which shares my core principles of inclusion, diversity, collaboration, and community.

I am a graduate of Stanford University and hold a B.A. in Economics.

Rebecca Kerr

Rebecca Kerr

Board Member

Rebecca Kerr an experienced, global executive, Rebecca has substantial success leading multicultural teams jointly driving digital transformation programs. She has lived and/or worked on six continents and achieved high customer satisfaction levels with leaders at top tier financial institutions. She has achieved the level of trusted advisor with her clients as a result of her ethical leadership and practice, active support of diversity and inclusion and her enablement of consequential multicultural team experiences, where exceptional, strategic outcomes have been achieved. Rebecca is committed to driving business results through collaboration, inspiring teams to achieve their best and making personal investments in developing and encouraging talent. Now that Rebecca has returned to her permanent home in Seattle, she is eager to bring her experience and learnings to benefit her community and to participate in the actions needed to better enable a positive, inclusive transformation of our Greater Seattle communities.

Rebecca holds BS and MBA degrees from the University of Washington and is an avid supporter of continuing education and life-long learning. In 2019, she completed the Women on Boards Program at the UW and the Corporate Governance Program at Columbia University in NYC. She recently retired from a global career at IBM, during which she was the Global Client Partner from IBM for Fortune 100 customers driving Digital Transformation projects including Allianz SE, National Australian Bank, Deutsche Bank AG, Nokia, Solectron, Corp and Boeing. In 2018, Rebecca founded Global Creative Solutions a small business providing sourcing, importing and consulting in partnership with artisans from developing economies in countries along the old Silk Road.

Shahzad Qadri

Shahzad Qadri

Board Member

Shahzad Qadri is a Partner in the Firm’s Redmond, Washington office of Wong Fleming and Chair of the Corporate & Immigration Law practice group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate transactions including securities issues, private offerings, IPOS, as well as business and immigration law, with a focus on investment based EB-5 Regional Centers.

Prior to joining Wong Fleming, Mr. Qadri served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the King County Prosecutors’ office in Seattle, Washington.

Mr. Qadri has the distinct honor of being named as a “rising star” in the legal profession by Law & Politics. In addition, Mr. Qadri was nominated as a fellow to the Washington Leadership Institute. Mr. Qadri was also awarded the John Gilmore (2014) award for excellence in Advocacy for Minority Businesses by the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NW Mountain Council).

Most recently Mr. Qadri was a named to Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot List, which recognizes minority attorneys with exceptional achievements and contributions in the legal field.

Meet The AUDIT Committee

Our Audit Committee reviews the financial and operational audits of the credit union, and serves as the tellers of the annual election. The Audit Committee is available to review any questions or concerns regarding the safety and soundness of the credit union. For any comments or concerns about the soundness of the credit union or standard operational issues, please contact us by mailing the address below, or send us a message by clicking the button.

Seattle Credit Union
Attn: Audit Committee
P.O. Box 80724
Seattle, WA 98108

CONTACT THE AUDIT COMMITTEE

Rick Szeto

Rick Szeto

chair

Sue Her

Sue Her

Vice Chair

 

 

Deanna Clark

Deanna Clark

SECRETARY

 

Meet The Executive Leadership Team

Our Executive Leadership Team leads the credit union to ensure we are meeting our members' needs and that we are delivering on the goals of the organization.

Richard Romero

Richard Romero

President/CEO

To Richard Romero, it’s all about personal prosperity for others. Over the several stops of his professional career⁠—which started as a part-time teller while attending college⁠—Richard came to realize that the best thing a financial institution could do is to help its customers achieve financial success.

Leadership and the ability to relate are essential to his work for Seattle Credit Union’s members. It was an old branch assistant manager who showed him a leader’s job is to teach and motivate. He believes his personal immigrant experience⁠—he was born in Peru and is fluent in Spanish⁠—gave him the ability to connect with any person on the other side of the counter or desk at each of his banking stops since 1988.

In the end, Richard says the best part of his job is providing financial services to everyone, especially those who may have been underserved by financial institutions or abused by alternative financial service providers. He’s proud he’s built a staff that agrees. This is why Seattle Credit Union members can escape the bad experiences they’ve had with check-cashing services, or high-interest used car loans, instead receiving the services they need to properly take their place in the American economy. From his perspective, leading Seattle Credit Union allows him to pay back his own success to the members and the community at large⁠—as CEO, and on the boards of the United Way of King County, the YWCA of King and Snohomish Counties, and Inclusiv, an industry organization focused on community-development credit unions.

Richard moved from California to Seattle to take this job. He loves the different life he found here⁠—calmer, and more focused on family (his son loves all sports and Richard practices archery with his daughter), focused less on impression and more on substance. He enjoys listening to music and spending time with his family. That’s one reward for his personal prosperity; his other is ensuring that Seattle Credit Union members find theirs.

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Seattle Credit Union Committees

Members from the Board of Directors, Supervisory Committee, and Executive Leadership team form several committees so they're able to focus on specific areas of our organization's operations and goals.

The Executive Committee

Carlos Ruiz, Chair
Deanna Clark
Rob Shuler
Robin Harmon
Joe Davila
Jonelle Johnson
Richard Romero, Staff Liaison

The Finance & Budget Committee

Rob Shuler, Chair
Rebecca Kerr
Nelson Reyneri
Shahzad Qadri
Joe Davila
Richard Romero, Staff Liaison

The Corporate Governance Committee

Robin Harmon, Chair
Shahzad Qadri
Jonelle Johnson
Rob Shuler
Nelson Reyneri
  

The Compensation Committee

Joe Davila, Chair
Deanna Clark
Rob Shuler
Rebecca Kerr
Carlos Ruiz
Robin Harmon
 

The Nomination & Election Committee

Jonelle Johnson, Chair
Rebecca Kerr
Nelson Reyneri
Joe Davila
Deanna Clark
Richard Romero, Staff Liaison

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