Board of Directors
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Russell first served Salal as chief financial officer from 2008 until being selected to fill the CEO role in 2012. A proven strategic, high integrity, energetic leader, Russell is a passionate advocate of the credit union and its members. Before coming to Salal, Russell was the vice president of the Finance, Planning and Analysis Group/Home Loans for Washington Mutual. Prior to Washington Mutual, Russell was executive vice president/chief financial officer and corporate secretary at Foundation Bank in Bellevue and executive vice president/chief financial officer and corporate secretary at Cascade Bank in Everett.
Russell earned a Master of Business Administration from City University in Seattle and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Washington. He lives in Kirkland with his family.
Randy Cloes, CMA
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Randy’s banking experience includes finance, lending and operational functions. Prior to joining Salal, Randy was Chief Financial Officer for a local community bank and previously spent six years working as the controller for a commercial bank in Bellevue. Randy also worked as a commercial loan officer prior to shifting his focus to accounting. Randy obtained his certification in management accounting in 2000 and graduated from Western Washington University in business and finance.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF RETAIL BANKING OFFICER
Skott’s skill at building and leading effective sales teams is based on a deep understanding of members’ needs and wants. He has a proven track record of creating staff training and professional development programs to help staff be the best service providers possible. Skott focuses on education, believing only a knowledgeable employee is equipped to handle the needs of a diverse membership. Before Salal, Skott served as senior manager of Member Solutions at BECU and AVP of corporate communications for Washington Mutual.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF LENDING OFFICER
Bob leads our business services, lending, and member solutions teams. A graduate of the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Bob is skilled in managing profitable lending business units and designing and implementing new products and services. Bob came to Salal from Wells Fargo where he was a vice president – senior private banker. Prior to Wells Fargo, Bob was vice president of lending at 1st Security Bank of Washington. An avid golfer and cyclist, Bob can be found enjoying his rare free, sunny days on the links or on the trails.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER
Tara has broad experience in employee relations, benefits, compensation, and rewards. Prior to joining Salal, she was an employee relations director at Ernst & Young and an area operations and HR director for Cap Gemini. She is certified by the Society for Human Resources Management and is a graduate of Bellevue College. Tara is a frequent volunteer at a number of organizations benefiting disadvantaged and displaced youths and adults. She is a past board member of Domestic Abuse Women’s Network and King County Chapter of Credit Unions.