Who We Are

Unitus is your local community credit union. That means we’re invested in supporting our members and enriching our community.

Mission Statement: Dedicated to the Financial Well-Being of Our Membership

Unitus has gone through a few changes since we started as the Oregon Telephone Employees Credit Union in 1937, but our core principle of “People Helping People” has never changed. At Unitus, our members always come first.

More Than 80 Years of Experience

In 1937, the employees of Pacific Telephone & Telegraph realized the need for a financial institution whose first priority would be to serve its members, not profit off them. The organization they founded is now Unitus Community Credit Union.

Invested in the Northwest

We serve 90,000 members in the Pacific Northwest and employ more than 250 individuals who share our passion for serving the community.

Empowering our Members

We help to make our members stronger financially by providing financial education, exceptional products and services, and personal service.

Enriching our Community

Building on the ideals of our founders, we operate with the same commitment to improving our local community.

The Unitus Difference

There are many ways to get where you’re going and no one will work harder to meet your financial needs. Experience the Unitus Difference!

Dedicated to the Financial Well-Being of Our Membership

Unitus has been a part of this community for more than 80 years, currently serving 15 counties in Oregon and the entire state of Washington. We are committed to exceptional member service and value working together to be dependable and flexible. Unitus is a full-service financial institution that looks beyond “an answer” to find the right solution for you.

We strongly believe in supporting the well-being of our members, fostering financial education, and working one-on-one with you to help you find your unique path to financial wellness and security. Read our Statement of Commitment to Members for more about our dedication to these values.

Our Board of Directors

In addition to our not-for-profit status, our Board of Directors comprises a dedicated group of experienced professionals who are elected by their fellow members. Our Board oversees the strategic direction of the credit union.

  • Frank Chinn, Chair

    Serving Since: 2010
    Unitus Member Since: 1995

    Appointed to the Board of Directors in 2016, Frank has been a member of Unitus Community Credit Union since 1995. He is the current Board Chair and also serves on the Finance Committee, Governance Committee, and chairs both the Executive Committee and Nominating Committee. Frank has also been a board member of the Portland Rose Festival Foundation since 1999.

    A lifelong music enthusiast who taught K-12 music to students in Oregon and Washington for 34 years, Frank received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Western Washington University and his Masters of Music Education from Lewis and Clark College.

    Frank lives in Tigard with his wife Becky and two daughters, Emily and Alison.

     

  • Somnath Banerjee
    Somnath Banerjee, Vice Chair

    Serving Since: 2013
    Unitus Member Since: 2009

    Appointed to the Board of Directors in August 2016 and then elected in 2017, Somnath has been a member of Unitus Community Credit Union since 2009. He is the current Board Vice Chair and is also a member of the Executive Committee and Finance Committee.

    Somnath earned his MBA from Washington State University. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Jadavpur University, India. Somnath has over 20 years of experience managing technology solutions.

    Somnath lives in Vancouver with his wife Krishna, daughter Riya, and Simba, their golden retriever.

  • Rhonda Cramer
    Rhonda Cramer, Secretary

    Serving Since: 1997
    Unitus Member Since: 1968

    Elected to the Board of Directors in 2017, Rhonda has been a Unitus Community Credit Union member since 1968. She currently serves as Secretary and also serves on the Executive Committee and Finance Committee and has been a member of the Audit Committee since 1997.

    Rhonda attended Portland State University and Clackamas Community College. She worked for US West (CenturyLink) for 30 years in the Engineering and Marketing departments. Rhonda has attended numerous educational conferences and workshops representing Unitus and has completed the Volunteer Achievement Program. She is the Treasurer and Chairs several committees with her church. Her special interest is in working with the mentally/physically disabled and served as a Board Chair and member for many years.

    Rhonda is currently taking Spanish and is attempting to earn her Private Pilot License. Rhonda and her husband Tom live in Estacada.

  • Susan Iggulden
    Susan Iggulden, Director

    Serving Since: 2009
    Unitus Member Since: 1984

    Elected to the Board of Directors in 2009, Sue has been a Unitus Community Credit Union member since 1984. She is the immediate past Board Chair and currently chairs the Governance Committee and serves on the Executive Committee.

    Sue started her career at Pacific Northwest Bell, where she worked while attending Portland State University. She graduated with a degree in Speech Communication and then moved into the world of commercial real estate. Sue currently works for Cushman & Wakefield, where she leads the Real Estate Management Services team for Oregon and SW Washington. She is a volunteer with Medical Teams International and has worked with teams in both Romania and Moldova.

    In her spare time, Sue enjoys “horsing around” with friends in the Morgan Horse world. Sue lives in Gresham.

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    Matthew Mičetić, Director

    Serving Since: 2017
    Unitus Member Since: 2013

    Elected to the Board of Directors in 2017, Matthew has been a member of Unitus Community Credit Union since 2013. He currently chairs the Finance Committee.

    After graduating from Portland State University with a BA in German, he immediately became an entrepreneur, working in web and graphic design before co-founding Red Castle Games in Southeast Portland in 2010. Matthew’s commitment to community has led him to be elected President of Venture Portland and President of the Foster Area Business Association.

    When not working, you can find Matthew traveling, sailing on the Columbia, or dancing Argentine Tango. Matthew lives in Clackamas.

  • Tiffini Mueller
    Tiffini Mueller, Director

    Serving Since: 2015
    Unitus Member Since: 1991

    Elected to the Board of Directors in 2018 after serving three years on the Audit Committee, Tiffini has been a member of Unitus Community Credit Union since 1991. She currently serves on the Nominating Committee.

    Tiffini is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Relay Resources, a non-profit that creates opportunities for adults with disabilities to achieve independence through employment and housing. Most recently, she was the Director of Marketing at hubbub health, a corporate wellness startup inside Cambia Health Solutions’ innovative health care division. Before joining Cambia, she was the Director of Marketing at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, where she helped grow the local non-profit from a mom-and-pop clinic with ten years of flat revenue to one of the most admired non-profits in Portland. Her career started in the newsroom at KOIN-TV where she was a producer for nearly ten years. Tiffini is a Portland native and attended the University of Oregon, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Theater Arts.

    In her spare time, Tiffini officiates unusual weddings, enjoys the local food scene, and plays third base on her kickball team. She lives in NE Portland with her husband Joel and the best dog in the world, Abby.

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    Mary Nolan, Director

    Serving Since: 2018
    Unitus Member Since: 2010

    Elected to the Board of Directors in 2019 after serving one year on the Audit Committee, Nolan has been a member of Unitus Community Credit Union since 2010. She currently serves on the Governance Committee.

    She has been a strong ally of credit unions since 2001 when she began her 12-year service in the Oregon legislature. As Co-Chair of the powerful Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Nolan oversaw the budgets and accountability of 150+ state agencies with 50,000 employees investing $25 billion annually in public services. Nolan has experience as Director of Financial Planning for a natural resources company and as Vice President for Credit Policy with an international bank. She recently retired as CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and is a partner with Caudaloso, LLC. She maintains relationships with leaders across Oregon as a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and a McCall Society member with 1000 Friends of Oregon.

    A passionate advocate for the arts, Nolan serves on the board of Milagro Theater Company and is an apprentice furniture maker with the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers.

    Nolan and her husband Mark enjoy hiking, tennis, and cooking authentic Catalán meals in Portland and with family in Girona.

Our Audit Committee

The Audit Committee assists the Board of Directors by overseeing financial reporting responsibilities, internal controls, audit processes, and compliance with laws, regulations and codes of conduct.

  • Luke Watson
    Luke Watson, Chair

    Serving Since: 2009
    Unitus Member Since: 2008

    Appointed to the Audit Committee in 2009, Luke has been a member of Unitus Community Credit Union since 2008. He currently serves as Chair of the Audit Committee.

    Luke holds an M.B.A. from Willamette University and degrees in Accounting and Finance from George Fox University. His experience has included corporate finance, public accounting, and information technology consulting. Luke is currently a Financial Manager for Hampton Lumber, a forest products company. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor.

    Luke lives in Hillsboro with his wife Kimberly, son Oliver, and daughter Elliott.

  • Rhonda Cramer
    Rhonda Cramer, Committee Member

    Serving Since: 1997
    Unitus Member Since: 1968

    Rhonda has been an Audit Committee member since 1997, with a one-year hiatus while she served as a Unitus Board of Director alternate. She has been a Unitus Community Credit Union member since 1968. She also currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors.

    Rhonda attended Portland State University and Clackamas Community College. She worked for US West (CenturyLink) for 30 years in the Engineering and Marketing departments. Rhonda has attended numerous educational conferences and workshops representing Unitus and has completed the Volunteer Achievement Program. She is the Treasurer and Chairs several committees with her church. Her special interest is in working with the mentally/physically disabled and served as a Board Chair and member for many years.

    Rhonda is currently taking Spanish and is attempting to earn her Private Pilot License. Rhonda and her husband Tom live in Estacada.

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    Jason Beane, Committee Member

    Serving Since: 2017
    Unitus Member Since: 2015

    Appointed to the Audit Committee in 2017, Jason has been a member of Unitus Community Credit Union since 2015 and joined his first credit union in 1988.

    Jason emphasized Finance while earning his MBA, graduating in 2000 as the Outstanding Scholar of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. He has built a broad set of skills across a wide variety of strategic, operational, and financial roles in his 17 years at Intel Corporation. Prior to Intel, Jason was the Branch Manager for the Utah and Idaho offices of CDI Information Technology Services. At CDI, Jason led the development of corporate strategy and managed strategic relationships, as well as the day-to-day operations of the in-house staff. Jason started his own company in 2018, where he now consults with clients that can benefit from his varied skillset and experiences. He is a past Board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs and volunteers by teaching personal finance to local students and adults.

    Jason is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys playing guitar, traveling, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. He lives in Portland with his wife Laura, their son Spencer, and their English Bulldog Rocky.

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    Sarah Bang, Committee Member

    Serving Since: 2017
    Unitus Member Since: 1999

    Appointed to the Audit Committee in 2017, Sarah has more than 35 years’ experience in organizations that serve and support credit unions. Sarah has been a member of a credit union for more than 40 years; she and her husband joined Unitus Community Credit Union in 1999.

    Sarah was the CEO of Financial Service Centers Cooperative, Inc. for 12 years where she worked with more than 1,500 credit unions across the United States. Sarah currently serves on several regional and national boards. She and her husband serve on the Play It Forward board, a nonprofit organization that provides musical instruments and lessons to underprivileged and at-risk kids in Portland and Southwest Washington.

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    John Pierce, Committee Member

    Serving Since: 2018
    Unitus Member Since: 2015

    Appointed to the Audit Committee in 2018, John has been a member of Unitus Community Credit Union since 2015.

    John holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a degree in Economics from Reed College. His experience in information technology management includes executive roles at Tripwire, RadiSys Corporation, and Sequent Computer Systems, and he is currently a senior consultant at Presidio. John is a Certified Information Security Manager and an active member and past President of the Portland chapter of the Society for Information Management.

    John and his wife Robin live in Portland, and you will often find them on weekends riding their tandem bicycle on the roads in and around the city.

  • Kenny Sallee, Committee Member

    Serving Since: 2019
    Unitus Member Since: 2005

    Appointed to the Audit Committee in 2019, Kenny has been a Unitus Community Credit Union member since 2005.

    Kenny is a United States Army Veteran from 1989 until 1997 (8 years). He is a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Emeritus, which is a highly sought after title offered by Cisco Systems. He has worked for companies from dot.com startups to fortune 100 companies, providing business and technology alignment, product development, implementation and design, and C-level advising amongst other activities. In 2008, while working full time, he gained his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management from Western Governors University. In 2012, Kenny decided to pursue his passion as an entrepreneur and formed his own Information Technology consulting firm, which he still leads today. Kenny has served on the board of the Aloha High School Lacrosse Club in at-large and secretary roles in the past and is currently serving as President of the board for a Veterans focused, 501c3 motorcycle club.

    Kenny lives in Beaverton with his wife of 27 years and has a daughter at the University of Oregon and a son entering culinary school.

Meet Our Unitus Management Team

  • Steven Stapp

    President/CEO

    Steve joined Unitus as President/CEO in September 2016. Steve is responsible for guiding strategic leadership for the Credit Union by partnering with the Board of Directors, leadership team, and staff in establishing long-range goals and strategic initiatives that provide superior member value.

    Prior to joining Unitus Community Credit Union, Steve served for eight years as the President/CEO of San Francisco Federal Credit Union, five years as Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer of Redwood Credit Union, and Senior Vice President/Operations of The Golden 1 Credit Union. In these positions, he was responsible for all aspects of credit union operations, including strategic planning, financial management, expansion and growth of new services and products, organizational development, brand awareness, business and consumer lending, and operations.

    Steve earned a B.S. from Sacramento State University and completed his Certified Public Accountant accreditation while employed at KPMG as a Senior Manager. Steve has been a regular presenter in the credit union industry on strategic planning, growth initiatives, and the impacts of accounting and regulatory changes.

    In addition to his duties at Unitus Community Credit Union, Steve is Chairman of the World Council of Credit Unions, which is the leading international credit union trade association and development arm for credit union systems in developing nations. Steve is a Committee Member of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) World Affairs Committee and Northwest Credit Union Association Oregon Governmental Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Board of Currencē, which provides Visa debit/credit transaction services.

    Previously, Steve served as Chairman of Financial Service Centers Cooperative (FSCC) and Vice-Chairman of the CO-OP Shared Branch network. The Shared Branch network provides services to credit unions members throughout the United States and military institutions in foreign countries.

    Steve is active on the CU4Kids Advisory Committee, which assists in fundraising for OHSU Doernbecher Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

  • Jason Werts

    EVP/Chief Operating Officer

    Jason joined Unitus Community Credit Union in 2006 and previously served as the Vice President of Member Services. As Chief Operating Officer, Jason oversees the following divisions of the Credit Union: Credit Services, Member Services and Retail, Marketing, Member Experience, and Training. He ensures that Unitus Community Credit Union’s operations are focused on an outstanding member experience, a sound operational infrastructure, and cross-functional effectiveness.

    Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound and an M.B.A. from Portland State University.

    Currently, Jason sits on the Northwest Credit Union Association’s Governmental Affairs Committee and Global Environment of Cooperative Finance Study Group. Jason also serves on the Board of Directors for the following community non-profit organizations: Good Neighbor Center, Children’s Cancer Association, and United Cerebral Palsy.

    Jason has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years. He believes that the Credit Union has a unique opportunity to make a lasting impact on the community it serves and that financial services can be a powerful catalyst to improving lives.

  • Greg Spear

    SVP/Chief Financial Officer

    Greg joined Unitus Community Credit Union in May 2013 as the Chief Financial Officer. He has spent the last 22 years serving as CFO for financial institutions of varying asset sizes ranging upwards to in excess of $1 billion.

    Greg is a 34-year financial institution veteran, having started his career in the branch system as a Teller and Branch Manager before completing his Certified Public Accounting certificate in the State of Oregon in 1997.

    Greg holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of La Verne and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University Chico.

    Currently, Greg serves as a board of director for the Good Neighbor Center, as well as their Finance Committee Chair.

  • James Alexander

    SVP/Chief Risk Officer

    James joined Unitus Community Credit Union in December 2003 with fifteen years of previous experience at various financial institutions ranging in asset size of $700 million to $38 billion. Unitus is the third financial institution in which James established an audit function replacing an outsourced audit relationship. As Chief Risk Officer, James oversees the Credit Union’s enterprise risk management, internal audit, regulatory compliance, information and physical security, fraud prevention, business continuity planning, and vendor management functions.

    James obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honors at the University of Phoenix.

    James has international and local roles with The Institute of Internal Auditors, including serving on the Committee of Research and Educational Development and as a Board member for the local Portland Chapter. He maintains the Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner designations. Previously, James held the Certified Bank Auditor and Certified Risk Professional designations.

  • Gayle Evans

    SVP/Chief Human Resources Officer

    Gayle joined Unitus Community Credit Union in February 2007. As Chief Human Resources Officer, she is responsible for the strategic alignment and operational management of all human resources functions, including compensation and benefits, recruitment and staffing, employee relations, and organizational development. Prior to joining Unitus, Gayle was the VP of Human Resources with Standard Insurance Company for years and the Director of Human Resources with Salem Hospital.

    Gayle earned a Bachelor of Science in Management from Marylhurst University and a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific College. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources designation from the Human Resources Certification Institute, as well as a Certificate in Personnel Management from Portland State University. Additionally, she maintains memberships with the Society for Human Resources Management and the Association for Strategic Planning.

    Gayle was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Board of Directors for Oregon’s Patient Safety Commission, representing employer purchasers of healthcare, and the Board of Trustees for Western Oregon University, representing Portland’s business community.

  • David Fehrer

    SVP/Chief Information Officer

    David joined Unitus in November 2016 as the Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for the long-term strategic direction and implementation of technology that supports the Credit Union’s objectives. Prior to Unitus, David spent 11 years working at Xerox in the Information Technology field holding several global positions that span financial, telecommunications, healthcare and retail industries. The various positions within the technology space include Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President of Information Technology.

    David has more than 18 years of experience in varying roles in the technology arena that includes working at ING Direct. He has successfully launched multiple data centers, call centers and innovative technology solutions that encompassed a multitude of technology platforms and customers. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and an MBA from Saint Leo University.

  • Brian Devereux

    VP/Chief Lending Officer

    Brian joined Unitus Community Credit Union as the Chief Lending Officer in September 2013. He is responsible for leading the development and execution of lending strategies that deliver exceptional value to the membership. As Chief Lending Officer, Brian oversees credit administration and risk management, pricing, promotion and delivery systems for direct and indirect consumer, business, mortgage and card services.

    Brian’s background includes more than 30 years in the financial services industry, most recently serving as EVP, Chief Operating Officer for Seattle Bank and EVP, Chief Operating Officer for Columbia Bancorp. His experience includes leading six successful financial institution mergers and five years as a commissioned Bank Examiner for the FDIC’s Division of Supervision in the San Francisco region where he led safety and soundness, consumer compliance, and electronic data processing examinations.

    Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from the University of Oregon and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Portland. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society for collegiate schools of business.

    Brian serves on the Board Finance Committee of Currencē, a CUSO, which is the nation’s only aggregator of the Visa Debit Processing Service platform for credit unions. Additionally, Brian is involved in industry advisory boards and is an active member of the CUNA Lending Council.

  • Corlinda Wooden

    VP/Chief Retail Officer

    As the Chief Retail Officer, Corlinda oversees the branch network and the remote delivery channels that members use to connect with Unitus Community Credit Union. Her primary focus is to positively impact Unitus members, the communities we serve, and the team of Unitus employees we have through exceptional service, support, and development.

    Corlinda has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and Information Systems and Qualitative Analysis from the School of Business at Portland State University. She was named one of Credit Union Magazine’s CU Movement Rock Stars for her leadership in developing a successful sales and service culture. Additionally, she was among the top 15 credit union professionals for CUES’ Next Top Credit Union Executive competition where she shared some of her strategies regarding the future of the branching model in the credit union industry.

    Corlinda has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years and has held many roles within the retail and training departments. Prior to joining Unitus, Corlinda worked at Filene Research Institute as the project manager for the Financial Empowerment Incubator assisting credit unions across the country in making a positive difference in the lives of financially vulnerable populations. Corlinda also served as the co-founder of Wooden Consulting where she specialized in developing and facilitating sales and service curriculum, leadership development, and pushing innovative approaches to drive bottom line results for credit unions.

Serving on the Board of Directors

As a member of our credit union, you’re also a part owner, and that means you have a voice at Unitus. Serving on our Board of Directors is a fulfilling experience, and one way to express your voice as a Unitus member.

Learn More About Serving on our Board

Awards and Recognition

Over the past years, Unitus has received several industry honors and local awards that reflect our long-standing commitment to our members and community. We couldn’t have earned these recognitions without your support, and we want to thank you, our members, for helping make Unitus a valued financial and community partner.

Corporate Philanthropy

Unitus was honored by the Portland Business Journal with a 2014 Innovation in Philanthropy Award for our partnership with Adopt A Class. This award honors companies that creatively collaborate with nonprofits and other partners to advance their mission. Unitus also placed 14th in the Medium Company category in terms of overall corporate philanthropy, marking the fifth consecutive year we’ve been recognized for community giving.

Top Rankings

The Portland Business Journal ranked Unitus among Oregon’s Top Credit Unions (5th), Top Community Mortgage Lenders (18th), and Top Commercial Lenders (19th). The Vancouver Business Journal ranked Unitus 15th for Clark County Mortgage Lenders.

Oregon’s 2013 Most Admired Companies

Unitus was recognized in the Financial Services category as one of Oregon’s most admired companies.

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