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Salal Credit Union

2021 Annual Meeting

Join us for our Virtual Annual Meeting

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
7:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. PT

This year’s annual meeting will be held virtually in response to guidelines regarding social gatherings. To RSVP email Cindy Bjur at cindyb@salalcu.org.

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2021 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

Nishat Akhter is a Data Management leader at Amazon Web Services, responsible for driving data management and governance solutions. A data geek at heart, her role encompasses defining and driving data strategies, and providing technical leadership, with primary focus on data quality and data hygiene. She has spent 16+ years in the technology industry after completing her Computer Engineering from Clemson University. Originally from India, Nishat has lived in the Seattle area since 2008.

Sophie Brougham, Board Member and Risk Committee Member, is the Senior Manager of Projects for Seattle-based Vulcan Inc. In her role, Sophie oversees strategic planning and implementation of focused philanthropic initiatives across the organization, most recently she concentrated on cultural and community enterprises. Throughout her 20+ year career, she has overseen diverse sets of teams, programs, and projects ranging from financial technology delivery to pandemic response planning, and cultural event development. Sophie is a Northwest native and a graduate of Western Washington University.

Brian Luong is a finance professional with 18 years of experience in the health care industry and extensive expertise with financial analytics and planning. Brian, who serves as the Vice Chair as well as on the Salal Asset/Liability Management Committee (ALCO), works at Kaiser Permanente as the executive director of the Financial Planning & Analysis function. He has a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington and an MBA degree from Seattle University.

Catherine Bailey has been a member of the credit union since the mid-1980s and this is her second opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors. She previously served on the Board from 1999 – 2009 including time as board chair. While recently serving on the Supervisory Committee, she was appointed to her current board position due to a vacancy. She has over 30-years’ experience in health care policy and operations as a consultant and in leadership positions at Kaiser Permanente and the State of Washington. She welcomes the opportunity to serve the credit union and contribute her experience as well as her dedication to the health, growth, and fiscal soundness of Salal. She currently serves as the board’s Governance Committee Chair and as a member of the Supervisory Committee.

Salal Credit Union Supervisory Committee Candidates

Quynh-Anh Nguyen is a Lead Solutions Engineer at Tableau/Salesforce, as well as a former Pharmacist and Business Intelligence Manager at Kaiser Permanente. At Tableau/Salesforce, Quynh is responsible for providing technical guidance to global pharmaceutical and medical technology companies looking to implement an advanced data and analytics strategy. Quynh has over 7 years’ experience in data and analytics and prior to switching to the technology field, Quynh worked for 10+ years as a pharmacist at Bartell Drugs, Veteran’s Affairs Hospital, as well as CHI Franciscan. Quynh grew up in White Center/Burien and is currently living in West Seattle. She received both her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master’s in Business Administration degrees from the University of Washington.

Ben Steiner is an audit and risk professional with 17 years of experience leading 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/Economics and has an MBA degree from the University of Oregon. In addition to the Supervisory Committee, Ben also serves on the Salal Board of Directors and Governance Committee.