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Gesa's Vision and Mission


Members choose Gesa as their trusted lifelong financial partner.


Gesa Credit Union’s mission is to help members prosper by providing access to a broad range of valued and cost effective financial products and services.

  1. Members have convenient access to a comprehensive and progressive range of financial products and services throughout their life.
  2. Members receive overall rates and fees competitive with other financial institutions.
  3. Members trust that Gesa provides honest advice in their best financial interest, confidentiality, accurate transactions and information, all while safeguarding their information and financial assets.
  4. We offer convenient and innovative access to relevant financial education for our members, their children and our community to promote financial literacy and long-term financial wellness.
  5. Members' service experience is exceptional as a result of an engaged workforce that is invested in the success of the Credit Union.

Core Values

Great Member Relations—We provide remarkable service by exceeding member expectations, being the member’s advocate, anticipating member needs and providing the member with relevant financial education.

Effective Organizational Culture—We value staff and treat them well. We hold employees personally accountable. We encourage open communication and innovation throughout the organization.

Leadership Integrity—Our leaders take responsibility and are held accountable. They are accessible and lead by example. They uphold a high level of ethics and integrity.

Sound Financial Management—Risk is controlled and operations are managed in a safe, sound and efficient manner.

Responsible Community Partner—We are a dedicated community partner. We have a positive economic impact on the regions in which we operate, and consider the consequences of our decisions on all the communities we serve. We work closely with charitable organizations whose missions align with ours. We incorporate environmental sustainability into everyday business practices and decisions.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is made up of members elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting. The Board meets monthly to review the performance of the Credit Union and set Credit Union Board policy.

  • Bill Melberg

    Bill Melberg
    Gesa Member Since 1980
    Elected to the Board in 1993

  • Martin Valadez Torres

    Martin Valadez Torres
    Vice Chairperson
    Gesa Member Since 2009
    Elected to the Board in 2012

  • Gregg Andrews

    Gregg Andrews
    Gesa Member Since 1980
    Elected to the Board in 2008

  • Iris Anderson

    Iris Anderson
    Gesa Member Since 1997
    Elected to the Board in 2008

  • Manuel Chavallo

    Manuel Chavallo
    Gesa Member Since 1992
    Elected to the Board in 2008

  • Bob Follett

    Bob Follett
    Gesa Member Since 1984
    Elected to the Board in 2000

  • Paul Korstad

    Paul Korstad
    Gesa Member Since 1975
    Elected to the Board in 1996

  • Bill Roberts Jr.

    Bill Roberts Jr.
    Emeritus Board Member
    Gesa Member Since 1968
    Elected to the Board in 1989

  • Peter Smith

    Peter Smith
    Gesa Member Since 1984
    Elected to the Board in 2009

  • Brett Spooner

    Brett Spooner
    Gesa Member Since 2010
    Elected to the Board in 2015

  • Jessica Schneider

    Jessica Schneider
    Associate Board Member
    Gesa Member Since 2001
    Elected to the Board in 2019

Supervisory Committee

The Supervisory Committee is elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting. An outside audit firm conducts an annual opinion audit at the request of the Supervisory Committee which also oversees internal audit functions to ensure proper internal controls are in place and policies are adhered to.

It is the responsibility of the Supervisory Committee of Gesa Credit Union to monitor the financial safety and soundness of the credit union and to oversee compliance with various financial and regulatory requirements.

The internal auditors meet with the Supervisory Committee monthly to review internal audit reports, financial statement trends, information protection status, potential fraud issues, risk assessments and internal control practices. The Committee also monitors the results of the state and federal examinations as they occur.

Committee Members

  • Kara Rohrig, Chairperson
  • Kevin Sullivan, Vice Chair
  • Bob Hamm, Secretary
  • Nate Higgins, Committee Member

For issues or concerns you are not able to resolve with management, please use the link below to contact the Committee.

Contact the Supervisory Committee


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Disclosure to Membership

Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee Compensation Schedule

As permitted by law and the Credit Union's Bylaws, Gesa provides reasonable compensation to the Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee for their service to the Credit Union. An annual stipend is payable in quarterly installments in recognition of the education and time requirements that are necessary and expected of Board members, who set the strategic direction of and provide general oversight of the Credit Union, and Supervisory Committee members, who provide oversight regarding the safety and soundness of the Credit Union.

As required by law, the members of the Credit Union shall be informed of the compensation provided to the Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee members.

Compensation Plan

The annual stipend ranges between $15,000 and $22,000 for Board members and is based on leadership position(s) held. The annual stipend for Supervisory Committee members ranges between $7,000 and $11,000 and is based on leadership position held.

     Board Chair $22,000
     Director $15,000
     Supervisory Committee Chair $11,000
     Supervisory Committee Member $7,000
     Board Committee Chair $3,000

Anticipated Board Compensation Schedule for 2019

     Bill Melberg $22,000
     Martin Valadez Torres $15,000
     Gregg Andrews $15,000
     Iris Anderson $15,000
     Manuel Chavallo $15,000
     Bob Follett $18,000
     Paul Korstad $15,000
     Peter Smith $15,000
     Brett Spooner $15,000

Anticipated Supervisory Committee Compensation Schedule for 2019

     Kara Rohrig $11,000
     Nate Higgins $7,000
     Kevin Sullivan $7,000
     Bob Hamm $7,000

For questions or concerns regarding Board of Directors or Supervisory Committee compensation, please contact the credit union’s Supervisory Committee at:

Post Office Box 753
Richland, WA 99352

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