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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 Supervisory 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, Chair
  • Robin Shuler, Vice Chair
  • Deanna Clark, Secretary
  • Stephen Ejide
  • Andrea Fall Zachary
  • Aracely Godinez
  • Seujan Bertram

Our current Supervisory Committee Members

  • Sue Her, Chair
  • Rick Szeto, Secretary
  • Ken Astrein
  • Tim Boyle

Our current Executive Leadership Team

  • Richard Romero, Chief Executive Officer
  • Tonita Webb, Executive Vice President
  • Jill Vicente, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Mike Quamma, Chief Financial 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

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.

Robin Shuler

Robin Shuler

Vice Chair

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.

Deanna Clark

Deanna Clark

Secretary

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 Secretary of the Board and is a member of the Governance committee.

Stephen Ejide

Stephen Ejide

Board Member

Over the past 10 years, Stephen has led and worked on teams that were committed to member satisfaction and advancing the organizations’ missions. Stephen has served as President of a non-profit organization and has engaged in strategic initiatives in the business sector. Through his finance and business experience, Stephen aims to support the infrastructure and to advance the strategic objectives of Seattle Credit Union. Stephen believes the correlation between Seattle Credit Union’s mission and its strategy to serve a broader community should remain as congruent in execution as it was in development. As a board member, Stephen will look to support the board’s existing structure, objectives, and approach; recognizing that the commitment to serving the community and ensuring leaders have the space to succeed requires a high level of collaboration among board members. Stephen looks to ensure a climate of change exists by providing the executive management team clarity and flexibility. He believes that setting the expectation that diverse thoughts matter at each organizational level and reinforcing measurable expectations is a tangible objective to which all board members can be attached.

Catalyzing the generational impact of access to fair banking services and enhancing the financial literacy of marginalized communities remains a personal purpose for Stephen. He believes that strengthening the constructs of financial education and being responsive to the economics of a shifting demographic is critical to the success of our financial cooperative. Stephen offers the best of his formal education, a collection of industry experience, and access to a capable, consequential community network to the credit union as a board member. Stephen has a deep commitment to the work of the credit union as it moves forward in developing a more sustainable and competitive business model while remaining attentive to its co-operative principles.

Andrea Fall Zachary

Andrea Fall Zachary

Board Member

Andrea is a Seattle native who spent 10 years working on Wall Street in the financial services industry. Her expertise is in institutional investing, trading and operations in both the equity and debt markets and her financial services experience makes her uniquely qualified to understand the challenges that financial institutions are facing in this increasingly regulated industry. She has developed a keen international insight as a result of both living and working abroad that will contribute to a shared understanding of the geopolitical landscape affecting the financial sector and inform strategic planning decisions for Seattle Credit Union.

Prior to her career in finance, she was Director of the World Trade Center Seattle (WTCSE) where she engaged in corporate underwriting and public affairs. Prior to that, she served in the public sector as a press officer for United States Senator Slade Gorton. Andrea is honored and excited to have this opportunity to serve the Seattle Credit Union members!

Seujan Bertram

Seujan Bertram

Board Member

Seujan is privileged to serve the Seattle Credit Union Community as a member of the Board of Directors. She brings to this role over two decades of leadership experience in top ranked companies including Starbucks and Tableau. She is currently the VP of Global Operations for OpenMarket, an Amdocs company and leads a worldwide team dedicated to providing an exceptional customer experience across the enterprise.

She is especially drawn to the Seattle Credit Union’s mission to drive economic inclusion and prosperity in Seattle communities. Her career started in public schools where she taught low-income and marginalized students. She provided them with the education and skills needed to achieve their high school diploma; in many cases help them become the first in their family to do so.

Seujan holds a BS in Education from West Chester University, an MA in Social Science from Binghamton University and an MBA from Seattle University.

Aracely Godinez

Aracely Godinez

Board Member

Aracely is thrilled and honored to join the Seattle Credit Union board. She initially became a member of the credit union because the principles of inclusiveness, education, cooperation, and community are part of her core. Seattle Credit Union is the first financial institution that she has joined out of pride for what the organization stands for and is striving to provide to its members. Currently, Aracely is a regional director for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes marketing team. In this role, she is responsible for providing information on the financial aspects associated with an airline's operations as well as developing persuasive financial analysis and presentations that promote Boeing products. She began working for the Boeing Company in 2011, and previously held roles in accounting and internal audit teams. Prior to joining Boeing, she worked in the non-profit sector for over 12 years in various finance and project management roles.

Aracely also has prior board experience both as board chair and as part of the corporate advisory board of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America) Seattle. With ALPFA, she has been responsible for developing the chapter strategy, while ensuring it aligned with the national vision and mission of the organization. As a member of the advisory board, she collaborates with the chapter president and the executive leadership team to provide continued guidance on strategy.

She will bring her perspective gained from diverse employment and educational experiences to her work as part of Seattle Credit Union’s board. By combining her skill set and the community relationships she has built over the years, she will focus on setting the credit union on a path for long-term growth, while ensuring prosperity is shared with our members.

Aracely is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Illinois and Washington State. She also holds an MBA from the UW Foster School of Business, a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

Meet The Supervisory Committee

Our Supervisory Committee reviews the financial and operational audits of the credit union, and serves as the tellers of the annual election. The Supervisory 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: Supervisory Committee
P.O. Box 12334
Seattle, WA 98111-4344

Contact The Supervisory Committee

Sue Her

Sue Her

Chair

Rick Szeto

Rick Szeto

Secretary

Ken Astrein

Ken Astrein

Supervisory Committee Member

Tim Boyle

Tim Boyle

Supervisory Committee Member

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 YMCA 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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Tonita Webb

Tonita Webb

Executive Vice President

Achieving success despite humble beginnings is no fairy tale when it comes to Tonita Webb. Another African-American woman once called her a “unicorn”⁠—she’d heard that there was an African-American EVP/COO in the Pacific Northwest, but wasn’t sure such a thing really existed.

Tonita most certainly exists. She leads at Seattle Credit Union with smooth day-to-day performance of its teams, precise paperwork, and compliance to regulations. She’s proudest of her role in building the culture permitting employees to thrive and Seattle Credit Union members to grow and prosper. She reminds employees that members come first, and the result is more important than the procedure. That’s why her favorite accomplishment was helping a longtime member on dialysis. She recognized that communication is difficult on dialysis day, and made sure the team working his problem called on days he wasn’t being treated.

As important as her credentials, is the empathy and compassion Tonita learned being raised by her single mother in the projects in Virginia. Her mother’s work ethic has inspired her to lead whether serving her country, her employers, or her customers.

Tonita and her husband settled in Seattle after both were stationed here during their service. When they were younger, they felt they were limited to certain places only; Seattle made them feel like they belonged anywhere, and she’s repaid that welcome by donating her skills to numerous organizations that help make the area better.

As a mother of four, she spent what little spare time she had at sports events with kids. With the last graduation Tonita and her husband plan to address Tonita’s bucket list goal to visit every Caribbean Island. It’s all part of her need to organize and process, a distinctly real-world drive that helps both Tonita and Seattle Credit Union’s members.

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Jill Vicente

Jill Vicente

Chief Marketing Officer

Jill Vicente is responsible for finding easier and more personal ways for people to connect and participate with Seattle Credit Union. She describes Seattle Credit Union as being “intentional about helping people,” from which she draws her own inspiration. It’s a little different now than when she began her career⁠—and better, she thinks⁠—with digital interaction spaces, social media, and email, all working to encourage conversation with members and non-members alike about their financial needs and wants.

Those needs and wants have led to the creation of entirely new products designed to help people get ahead faster. Whether it’s purchasing a home more quickly because of a new kind of mortgage or programs to give members power over their own finances instead of being controlled by them, Jill is excited about leading the effort to communicate these tools. She does that by eliminating “banking-speak” and making it personal. She works to ensure everyone can participate⁠—those who may have avoided or been unfamiliar with credit unions, those with low incomes, people working multiple jobs, young people, students, and people just starting their careers. Toward this end, Jill finds it crucial that Seattle Credit Union is certified as a community development financial institution, offering low-cost mortgages for first-time home buyers, small-business loans, and loans so consumers can rebuild their credit. Being part of these innovations has been Jill’s favorite thing about working at Seattle Credit Union.

Jill thinks her travels have informed what she does at the credit union. She relishes different local customs and the small nuances that make every place special. Here in Seattle, she recognizes that Seattle Credit Union members each have their own customs. Recognizing them makes it easier for anybody to turn to Seattle Credit Union for banking, loans, and services. That’s why Jill will continue to work out of her comfort zone to provide the kind of products that may be different to many, but perfect for you.

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Mike Quamma

Mike Quamma

Chief Financial Officer

The joys of living in the Seattle area are many⁠—being near the water, beautiful islands, wonderful hiking, skiing, fly-fishing, and the area’s calmer vibe (compared to the northeast, where Mike grew up). But Mike confesses that the nuts and bolts of his job⁠—building Seattle Credit Union’s financial strategy⁠—are what really make his time fun. (Lucky for its members.)

While most of Seattle Credit Union’s employees are focused on supporting the members directly, Mike instead is charged with the overall financial health of the credit union. From the day he walked through the door, he has worked hard to shore up its financial foundation as well as its competitive position. His team is focused on critical aspects of financial management and in using data to build a financial model that helps uncover and quantify risks. This enables Seattle Credit Union to focus on its member-owners and its ability to create lasting value while striving for the best prices and rates possible.

Mike was drawn to Seattle Credit Union for more than the professional challenge. For him, one of the best parts of pushing himself as a financial professional is the credit union’s cooperative, not-for-profit status. Get him started on the things that are part of his daily working life⁠—financial statements, regulatory reporting, portfolio management, risk analysis, and budgeting⁠—and mostly what clicks for him is that he’s at work protecting the members’ money.

Mike and his wife (who works at UW) have three adult daughters of whom he’s enormously proud. All told, when he’s up to his eyeballs in numbers, data and economic forecasts, he’s happy with his choices that have led to a great life for his family⁠—and, he hopes, yours.

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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
Deanna Clark
Robin Shuler
Seujan Bertram
Richard Romero

The Finance & Budget Committee

Mike Quamma, Staff Liaison
Robin Shuler, Chair
Aracely Godinez
Stephen Ejide
Richard Romero

The Corporate Governance Committee

Tonita Webb, Staff Liaison
Deanna Clark, Chair
Aracely Godinez
Andrea Fall-Zachary

The Compensation Committee

Tonita Webb, Staff Liaison
Carlos Ruiz, Chair
Stephen Ejide
Deanna Clark

The Nomination & Election Committee

Jill Vicente, Staff Liaison Seujan Bertram, Chair
Deanna Clark
Robin Schuler

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