Salal Credit Union

2020 Annual Meeting

Join us for our Annual Meeting

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
7:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Email Cindy Bjur at to RSVP and get directions.

2020 nominees

One of the biggest differences 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.

This year there are open positions on the Board and Supervisory Committee. Here are the nominee biographies.


Salal Credit Union Board of Directors Candidates

Dick Woo was Director of Finance and Operations at YouthCare, a Seattle-based not-for-profit organization serving homeless youths. He is a former chair of the credit union’s Supervisory and Asset/Liability Management (ALCO) Committees. Dick is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). 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 City of Seattle Housing Authority and CFO for King County’s Community Services Division. Dick is also Vice Chair of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services and a member of the King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy Advisory Board.

Ben Steiner is an audit and risk professional with 16 years of experience leading various types of audit projects, compliance programs, and investigations for health care and financial services entities.  In his current role as Director of Internal Audit at Community Health Plan of Washington, Ben oversees the development and execution of the internal audit work plan, Enterprise Risk Management Program, and Model Audit Rule Program.  He graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Economics, and he has an MBA degree from the University of Oregon.  In addition to the Salal Board of Directors, Ben also serves on the Supervisory Committee and Governance Committee.

Joe LaPla is a member of Salal’s Risk and Governance Committees. He is a branding and strategic planning consultant who has worked with local and national not-for-profits, financial institutions and healthcare organizations. He’s coauthored three books on integrated branding, the most recent being Create a Brand That Inspires: How to Sell, Organize and Sustain Internal Branding. He also practices sustainable farming techniques on Whidbey Island, where he tends an orchard, and vegetable and pollinator gardens.

Salal Credit Union Supervisory Committee Candidates

Eric Oliner is an architect and healthcare real estate consultant with broad domestic and international experience implementing strategic solutions to complex business problems, including work processes and operational efficiency, needs assessment and prioritization, planning for long-term growth, risk management and project implementation. Working as both as a director within major regional healthcare systems and as a third-party owner’s representative, Eric spearheaded the development of over $4 billion in healthcare projects. Applying his experience in planning, design, project development and financial management, Eric has most recently provided pro bono services to help create trauma centers for underserved populations in developing countries.

John Zielonka spent over 15 years with Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, technology, and outsourcing services, most recently as Vice President of the Cloud Management Unit. His extensive experience also includes working for Cerner and IBM. John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts in Management and Supervision (Healthcare) from Central Michigan University. John is excited to be joining the Supervisory Committee at Salal Credit Union.