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Join our board of directors

We are accepting applications for Associate Board Members. Are you strategic? Do you enjoy learning and applying new skills? Do you have a background in finance, business or risk assessment? We would love to have you join us.

Board of Directors

The board meets monthly to review the performance of the Credit Union and set Credit Union Board policy.  

  • Geof Griebel Board Chair
  • Martin Valadez Torres Board Vice Chair
  • Brett Spooner Board Secretary
  • Gregg Andrews Board Member
  • Andrew Austin Board Member
  • Ben Basson Board Member
  • Manuel Chavallo Board Member
  • Linda Cowan Board Member
  • Bob Follett Board Member
  • Bill Melberg Board Member
  • Jessica Schneider, M.D. Board Member
  • Peter Smith Board Member
  • Cristina Reyff Associate Board Member

Supervisory Committee

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.
An annual opinion audit is conducted by an outside audit firm, at the request of the Supervisory Committee, to manage internal audit functions, ensure proper internal controls are in place, and confirm policies are adhered to. 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 closely monitors the results of the state and federal examinations as they occur.
  • Rob McFarland
    SC Chair
  • Matt Medlin
    SC Vice Chair
  • Portia Singian
    SC Secretary
  • Bob Hamm
    SC Member
  • Kevin Sullivan
    SC Member

The annual stipend ranges between $20,000 and $27,000 for Board members and is based on leadership position(s) held. The annual stipend for Supervisory Committee members ranges between $9,000 and $13,000 and is based on leadership position held.

Board Chair$27,000
Supervisory Committee Chair$13,000
Supervisory Committee Member$9,000
Board Committee Chair$4,000

The Gesa Credit Union Officials Compensation Program began effective January 1, 2019. In 2022, Gesa Credit Union paid its Board and Supervisory Committee the amounts listed below. Gesa Credit Union will report the compensation paid to all Board and Supervisory Committee members for 2022 following the end of the year.

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

Post Office Box 500
Richland, WA 99352

TitleBoard Members (2022)Compensation
Board ChairGeof Griebel$18,750
Board Vice ChairMartin Valadez Torres$22,500
Board SecretaryBrett Spooner$21,663
Board MemberGregg Andrews$25,750
Board MemberAndrew Austin$18,750
Board MemberBen Basson$18,750
Board MemberManuel Chavallo$18,750
Board MemberLinda Cowan$18,750
Board MemberBob Follett$22,500
Board MemberBill Melberg$18,750
Board MemberJessica Schneider, M.D.$13,556
Board MemberPeter Smith$19,587
TitleSupervisory Committee MembersCompensation
SC ChairRob McFarland$8,500
SC Vice ChairMatt Medlin$8,500
SC SecretaryPortia Singian$5,975
SC MemberBob Hamm$8,500
SC MemberKevin Sullivan$12,500
Committee MemberKara Rohrig$818.00

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. 

Annual Meetings


April 13, 2023. If you missed it, you can see the highlights of accomplishments and achievements from 2022 in our Annual Report and Impact Report.

When: Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual

Gesa’s 70th Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m. We welcome you to join us in this virtual format.

How to attend:
Members are asked to register in advance for this virtual meeting. Simply email [email protected] with your first and last name, email address, and phone number. All members who are registered will receive login information via email by 10:00 a.m. on the day of the event.

During the virtual meeting, elections will be held for those Board of Director and Supervisory Committee members with terms expiring at the 2023 Annual Membership Meeting. The nominees are as follows:

Board of Directors Nominees (Three-year term)
Gregg Andrews
Ben Basson
Geof Griebel
Bill Melberg

Supervisory Committee Nominee (Three-year term)
Bob Hamm
Portia Singian

Thank you for your membership!

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Gesa Credit Union Mission, Vision and Values

The credit union motto is at the backbone of Gesa’s core values, mission, and vision – people helping people. We are a dedicated community partner, offer sound financial management, value integrity among our leadership team and organizational culture, and constantly strive to offer great member relations.

Gesa's Mission and Vision

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

  1. Members have convenient access to a comprehensive, relevant and innovative range of financial products and services throughout their lives.
  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. Members and their families have convenient access to relevant financial education to promote financial literacy and long-term financial wellness.
  5. The Member Service Experience is exceptional as a result of an engaged workforce that is invested in the success of the Credit Union.

Vision: Members choose Gesa as their trusted lifelong financial partner.

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People helping people.

Gesa credit union is committed to making a positive impact in the communities we serve.

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Banking made for you.

With best-in-class rates and a variety of everyday banking products, Gesa has the right account, card, or loan for you.

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Up to 5.00% APY
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Notes & Fees Glossary

*APY* APY = Annual Percentage Yield. Rates, terms, and fees are subject to change. APY is accurate as of the first day of the month – the last dividend declaration date.
SmartPlus Checking*To earn the higher rate, you must:
  1. Enroll in eStatements
  2. Make a monthly direct deposit of over $200
  3. Complete 15 debit card transactions
  4. Provide and maintain a valid email address
  5. Limit one account per member
For any month where the account does not meet the qualification requirements, the account will earn a lower rate. Minimum balance of $5 needed to open.Qualifying account balances meet minimum requirements. APY subject to change monthly. Rate may change after the account is opened. The qualifying period begins with the first day of the calendar month and ends on the last day of the calendar month at 6:00 P.M. Pacific Time. No monthly fees and no minimum balance required to maintain account. Minimum opening deposit of $5. Fees could reduce earnings. Limit of one specialty checking account (Smart Plus Checking) per member.

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