Meet The Board

Point West is owned by the people we serve, our membership. This collective group elects Volunteers to serve on the Point West Board of Directors to fulfill and perpetuate the credit union's mission and goals.

A Word from the Board of Directors

Our beliefs start at the top of our cooperative structure with the vision and guidance of our board of directors. These beliefs are integrated into every part of our mission and organizational makeup: to pursue financial empowerment for our members and member businesses by embracing our cooperative roots and providing exceptional service rooted in equity and inclusion. Our volunteers believe the diversity of opinions, histories and experiences that each member brings to our credit union makes us stronger.

Point West Credit Union has for decades stood beside underserved communities – in fact, it’s part of our history and unique story. In a 1991 merger, we welcomed the membership of the Portland NAACP Credit Union, enriching the diversity of our membership and increasing our outreach to an underserved and underrepresented part of our community. In 2004, we merged in the members of Hacienda Community Credit Union, and brought on board bilingual/bicultural staff and members, and a commitment to providing products and services to the Hispanic/Latino community, including non-citizens. These actions, along with changes in local demographics and credit union members, is a part of our cooperative’s evolution, and no doubt will continue to be.

Regardless of race, creed, age, nationality, gender or socioeconomic status, we stand with everyone who calls Point West home. As member-owned organizations, credit unions in general, and Point West in particular, have always advocated for their members and their rights. This was true over 85 years ago when Point West was founded to serve Multnomah County employees and their families, and it’s true today of a Point West serving 10,000 diverse members and stories across the Portland Metro area.

We will continue to seek out constructive conversations to build shared understanding, and to work together with all members to create not only the best credit union possible, but the best community for all of us to live in and thrive.


 

Volunteer Philosophy & Responsibility

Serving as a volunteer Board or Supervisory Committee member is a commitment to advocate for the membership, demonstrated via a commitment towards continuous learning and regular volunteer hours.  Specific training in governance, industry trends, financial literacy and Supervisory Committee duties give a strong foundation for volunteer initiatives.

Susan Brown, Point West’s Board Chair, says:

“Point West’s volunteer Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee are here to represent the members, keeping the needs of our members and community in mind as we determine the strategic direction of our credit union. Our goal is to provide the products and services that our members need, while also advocating for the credit union movement and ensuring that our credit union remains financially healthy to serve our members into the future.” 

Volunteers serve three-year-terms, and meet monthly to perform the following primary functions:

  • Provide strategic direction for the credit union.
  • Promote the Credit Union’s growth consistent with its vision, core values and long-term objectives.
  • Advocate for, and communicate with the membership.
  • Monitor performance of the CEO for short term objectives and long term goals.

Volunteers are an accessible resource, here to represent Point West members and guide the management team.  If you are at least 18 years of age and a member in good standing, click here to express interest and learn more details.

Board of Directors

  • Susan Brown, Board Chair.
    Member since 2008. Volunteer since 2008
  • George Hager, Board Vice Chair.
    Member since 2005. Volunteer since 2006
  • Karen Schilling, Board Secretary.
    Member since 1995. Volunteer since 2016
  • Graham Eichman, Director.
    Member since 2002. Volunteer since 2014
  • Josh Kirby, Director.
    Member since 1996. Volunteer from 2002-2013 and since 2016
  • Peri Tharp, Director.
    Member since 2012. Volunteer since 2015
  • Mark Oliver, Director.
    Member since 2015. Volunteer since 2017

 

Supervisory Committee

  • Dr. Bryan Baisinger, Supervisory Committee Chair. Member since 2003. Volunteer since 2006
  • Christy Aleckson, Supervisory Committee. Member since 2013. Volunteer since 2016
  • Karen Schilling, Board Liaison to Supervisory Committee. Member since 1995. Volunteer since 2016

Our History.

In 1932, seven Multnomah County workers in Portland, Oregon pooled their resources and created Multco Employees’ Credit Union. The ultimate goal was for all members to profit singularly and collaboratively. The legacy continues…

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The Credit Union Difference.

You’re part of something big! We’re proud of our not-for-profit, cooperative structure. We exist because of members just like you.

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Join Our Cooperative!

If you or your family member live or work in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington or Yamhill County, chances are you are qualified for membership at Point West. Find out what a difference being a member can make – join today!

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