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Governance

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
  • William Melberg
    Board Member
  • Jessica Schneider, M.D.
    Board Member
  • Diane Perry
    Associate Board Member
  • Cristina Reyff
    Associate Board Member
  • Malcolm McLellan
    Associate Board Member
  • Peter Smith
    Emeritus 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.

PositionCompensation
Board Chair$27,000
Director$20,000
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 2023, Gesa Credit Union paid its Board and Supervisory Committee the amounts listed below.

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 (2023)Compensation
Board ChairGeof Griebel $22,462
Board Vice ChairMartin Valadez Torres$23,359
Board SecretaryBrett Spooner$20,000
Board MemberGregg Andrews$24,538
Board MemberAndrew Austin$20,000
Board MemberBen Basson$20,000
Board MemberManuel Chavallo$20,000
Board MemberLinda Cowan$20,000
Board MemberBob Follett$24,000
Board MemberWilliam Melberg$20,641
Board MemberJessica Schneider, M.D.$20,000
Board MemberPeter Smith$24,000
TitleSupervisory Committee MembersCompensation
SC ChairRob McFarland$10,857
SC Vice ChairMatt Medlin$9,000
SC SecretaryPortia Singian$9,000
SC MemberBob Hamm$9,000
SC MemberKevin Sullivan$11,143

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 Reports

Missed our 2024 Annual Meeting? You can see the 2023 highlights and achievements in our Annual Report.

Annual Meetings

2024

Save the Date for Gesa’s Annual Membership Meeting!

When: Thursday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Virtual (Register to receive the link via email)

Gesa’s 71st Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 11 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 register online HERE 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 2024 Annual Membership Meeting. The nominees are as follows:

Board of Directors Nominees (Three-year term)

  • Andrew Austin
  • Manuel Chavallo
  • Linda Cowan

Supervisory Committee Nominee (Three-year term)

  • Kevin Sullivan

We thank you for your membership!

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