O Bee Credit Union Board of Directors and Supervisory Committee

Board of Directors & Supervisory Committee

Meet Our Board


O Bee Credit Union’s Board of Directors is made up of nine volunteers who are responsible for setting the direction of the credit union and have ultimate control of its functions. These nine are member-owners. The Board of Directors serves without compensation. Any member in good standing is eligible and encouraged to serve on the Board. Credit union elections are based on a one-member, one-vote structure; only members can be on the Board of Directors. Directors are not required to make any investment in or have any deposits in the credit union beyond the minimum membership share balance. There are also three non-voting Associate Directors.


Prabakaran Manoharan
Board Chair
Prabakaran leads the Board’s IT security, stability, and customer satisfaction efforts. He brings over 20 years of experience in software engineering to his role. He is dedicated to helping O Bee grow through excellent value and service to its members. Prabakaran and wife, Dr. Devi, are proud parents of twins.
Christy Kriegsman
1st Vice Chair

Christy owns a farm and manages residential and self-storage rentals. In the past, she worked as a registered nurse. She previously served on the Board at Olympia's Nova School and earned a B.A. from the University of Alaska. 
Ryan Bedford
2nd Vice Chair
Ryan, an attorney with 20+ years in legislative affairs and law, finds fulfillment in aiding his community, echoing the credit union motto, "People helping people." With his wife (whose father was a long-time Olympia Brewery employee), they invest in family and community through volunteering and mentoring.
Barry Murray
Barry honed his career in corporate restaurants across multiple states. As a seasoned regional trainer and manager, he built full-service casinos from the ground up. In Olympia since 2001, he now owns a thriving cannabis business. Barry and his wife, Khristie, relish boating, college football, and raising a blended family of four.
Carolyn Caruso
Carolyn's enduring connection to O Bee Credit Union began in 1969, when she started as head cashier. Over 34 years of service she held various roles, eventually becoming Vice President until her retirement. Carolyn, the unofficial O Bee historian, worked alongside all our CEOs, including founder Ted McGill. 
Frieda Ray
Frieda is semi-retired, having spent nearly 30 years in communications, including ten years in state government. Her professional background also includes experience in the fields of real estate and insurance. She is a long-time O Bee Credit Union member and hopes to advance its long history of community engagement.
Steve Blankenship
Starting his professional journey as the Master Scheduler at Olympia Brewing Company, Steve subsequently served at both Tacoma Paper Board and California Paper Board for 18 years. He concluded his distinguished career in Risk Management with the Department of Corrections before retiring.
Will Saunders Jr.
Will is an attorney with international business and regulatory experience. He has worked for the state of Washington on technology, regulation, and transparency policy since 2005. Before coming to Olympia, Will was based in Russia, working on projects for General Dynamics and Middlebury College among others. He advises on cyber security and technology issues before the Board.


Meet Our Supervisory Committee

O Bee Credit Union’s Supervisory Committee is made up of five volunteers that are member-owners. They serve without compensation and eligibility requirements to serve on the Committee are the same as for the Board of Directors. The Supervisory Committee has three general goals: 

  1. Assure management’s financial reporting objectives have been met.
  2. Assure management’s practices and procedures safeguard members’ assets.
  3. Assure a fair and unbiased third-party audit of financial reporting.

Kari Summerour
Kari, a CPA, is a long-time Olympia resident. Her career spans working with accounting firms, state legislature, higher education, and managing external audits for state agencies. She lives in Olympia with her husband and bulldog, enjoying gardening and exploring our beautiful state.
Miriam L. Bausch
Miriam is a dedicated volunteer at O Bee and has served on all Board committees to enhance members' financial needs. Raised and educated in Olympia, she worked with the executive and legislative branches of state government until her retirement. In addition to her Board role, she actively engages in community volunteering.
Sonja Winkelman
Sonja has family ties to the Olympia Brewery and has been an O Bee member since 1977. She has worked for the State of Washington as an auditor, analyst and investigator for more than 25 years. Sonja is passionate about the Credit Union and is proud to be a part of an organization that plays such an important role in the community.