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Board & Supervisory

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, and 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 two non-voting Associate Directors.

Carolyn Caruso, Chair

Carolyn Caruso, Chair

Carolyn began her “love affair” with O Bee Credit Union in 1969 for a career that lasted 34 years. She was hired as a teller and ended her career as the VP/COO. Throughout her time at O Bee she had the privilege of working with every president, from Ted McGill to James Collins. Her service to the Board is motivated by her wish to give back to the Credit Union whose leadership, growth and member loyalty have been an inspiration.

Miriam L. Bausch

Miriam L. Bausch

Miriam is a dedicated volunteer at O Bee and has served in many roles on all Board Committees to enhance members' financial needs. Her service is inspired by the "People Helping People" motto of the credit union movement. Born, raised, and educated at nearby colleges in Olympia, she was employed for many years with the executive and legislative branches of state government. Along with her work on the Board, she pursues community involvement through volunteering.

Jerry Murphy

Jerry Murphy

A lifelong resident of Thurston County, Jerry has been a local business owner for more than 30 years. He served as President on the Tumwater Chamber of Commerce and was a Tumwater City Councilmember. Jerry brings seasoned leadership to the Board and a strong connection to the local business community.

Stacey Clerget, Assoc. Director

Brian Mansfield, Associate Director

Stacey has lived in Olympia since 2008. She has worked as a Financial Manager for a locally owned moving and storage company since 2014. Prior volunteer work includes time with the Boys and Girls Club of Thurston County as well as groups in Grays Harbor. She pursued joining the O Bee Board as an Associate Director to assist and contribute to the credit union and the community.

Will Saunders Jr., 1st Vice Chair

Will Saunders Jr., 1st Vice Chair

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, Middlebury College and the International Finance Corporation. He serves as chair of the Gifts and Donations committee and monitors cyber security and technology issues before the Board.

Steve Blankenship

Steve Blankenship

Steve graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. He began his career at the Olympia Brewing Company as their Master Scheduler before taking a position with Tacoma Paper Board. After seven years in Tacoma, he worked with the California Paper Board in Santa Clara as their Plant Manager for 18 years. Steve currently works in Olympia for the Department of Corrections in their Risk Management Department.

Judith Weeks

Judith Weeks

Judith retired from Providence St. Peter Hospital after 35 years as the Histology Manager. She brings extensive managerial experience to the Board and a deep respect for the history of O Bee. Her father-in-law was employed by the brewery for 37 years and she has family members that have belonged to O Bee from the inception of the brewery. She is proud of her strong ties to the Olympia Brewery and is appreciative of O Bee’s role in preserving the Brewery history and the origins of the credit union.

Phil Wayt, Assoc. Director

This is Phil's second time on the O Bee Board, having previously served for six years beginning in 2009 as the board's 2nd Vice Chair and Governance Committee Chairman. After taking a 2-1/2 year break for medical reasons, he's thrilled to be back as an Associate Director. He has extensive organizational and business management experience obtained in a 41 year career as executive director and lobbyist for statewide business associations in Ohio and Washington State. He also represented clients in Washington, D.C., owned his own consulting firm and traveled extensively as a public speaker on governmental affairs. He retired in 2015. He and his wife Billie live in Olympia.

Christy Kriegsman, 2nd Vice Chr

Christy Kriegsman, 2nd 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.

Prabakaran Manoharan

Prabakaran Manoharan

Prabakaran has more than twenty years’ experience in software engineering. His work with the Board focuses on IT security, stability and customer satisfaction. He enjoys being a part of the O Bee Board, especially through community involvement, and looks forward to helping O Bee continue to grow by providing excellent value to its members. Prabakaran and his wife, Dr. Devi, are blessed with twins; a boy and a girl.

Jason Gordon

Jason Gordon

Jason grew up in Thurston County and worked for the State of Washington in higher education agencies in the Accounting and IT fields. He served on the Lacey Planning Commission, and currently teaches a class that helps families build a strong financial legacy for future generations. He believes in the value of providing strong financial services which improve members’ lives. Jason graduated from The Evergreen State College earning a B.A. with an emphasis in Accounting and from Brandman University, where he completed a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership. Jason and his wife, Beth, are blessed with two energetic boys.

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.

Martha Prestin, Chair

Sonja Winkelman, Chair

Martha, a certified public accountant, brings a strong financial background to her work as a volunteer at O Bee. She is Chief Financial Officer for the Chief Seattle Council Boy Scouts of America. Her great grandfather, Ted McGill, founded O Bee Credit Union while working in Bottlehouse “A” at the Olympia Brewery. Martha is proud of her strong family ties to the Credit Union and is honored to be part of a team that has helped to grow O Bee to where it is today and maintain its history in Tumwater and the surrounding areas.

Bruce Cramer

Martha Prestin

Bruce served as the President of O Bee from 1986 to 2010, when he retired. He guided the credit union from a select employee group (SEG) membership model to an open charter membership, which made O Bee membership available to anyone living or working in Washington State. Experienced in all facets of credit union operations, Bruce currently volunteers at Tulip Credit Union.

Sonja Winkelman

A proud member of O Bee Credit Union since 1977, Sonja has family ties to the Olympia Brewery. She has worked for the State of Washington in the Audit/Analyst/Investigator fields 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, while helping members with their financial needs.

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