Trudy Soucoup has been elected by the membership to the WSECU Board of Directors. She joins the nine-member board, which also announced new officers, including 2017 Board Chair Carole Washburn, Vice Chair Mike Stevenson and Secretary Doug Mah. Members also elected Arlene Smith to the credit union's Supervisory Committee.
The WSECU Board of Directors sets the strategic oversight and direction for the 250,000 member, $2.6 billion credit union. Unique to credit unions, fellow credit union members elect their board of directors. The executive committee is, in turn, elected from among the board members. Directors are uncompensated and serve out of dedication to the cooperative. This year's WSECU member elections saw record participation for the co-op with more than 11,000 members casting a ballot for positions for the board of directors and supervisory committee.
Soucoup is executive director for Homes First, a nonprofit rental housing organization in the South Sound. She is a longtime credit union member and is the first WSECU board member in its 60-year history not to have an employment background in state government. Following a charter change in 2013, WSECU now serves all residents in the state of Washington and has a particular emphasis on supporting those who work for the common good in public and community service.
Washburn, who was re-elected this year, has served on the board since 2002. She is retired from the Department of Labor and Industries where she served as deputy director.
A credit union member for more than 30 years, Stevenson also was re-elected to the board this past voting cycle. He retired from the Department of Financial Institutions as a Division Director.
Mah's background includes more than 20 years in state government in the areas of policy, budget and analysis. He also served as mayor of the City of Olympia from 2008-2011. He owns Doug Mah & Associates consulting firm.
Another new addition to credit union volunteer leadership is Arlene Smith. Smith will serve on the Supervisory Committee, which oversees the audit function and the safety and soundness of the credit union. Smith has more than 20 years of management experience, including in the area of information technology. She is retired from the Department of Labor and Industries.