Making a Meaningful Difference

WECU Leadership

President/CEO

Jennifer Kutcher

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Jennifer Kutcher
President/CEO
Fiercely passionate about WECU’s membership and community, Jennifer Kutcher leads the WECU team and ensures the credit union is aligned with its mission of making a meaningful difference in the lives of its members. Currently WECU’s President & Chief Executive Officer, Jennifer started out as an Accounting Intern before moving through a variety of roles within the credit union. Those roles included VP of Lending and Chief Financial Officer. She assumed her current position at the helm of the Credit Union in 2014. As a lifelong learner, Jennifer graduated from WWU with a degree in finance and has also earned the Certified Chief Executive distinction from the Wharton School of Business, Cornell University, Darden Graduate School of Management, and MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Volunteer Board of Directors

Harte Bressler

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Harte Bressler
Harte has served on WECU’s Board of Directors since August 2011, and is currently serving as Board Chair. He retired from the CPA firm of Metcalf Hodges P.S. where he had worked for 43 years, most recently as the managing shareholder. Harte was a member of the WECU Supervisory Committee from 1996-2017. Harte is the treasurer and a director of the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Harte has held board positions in the past with PeaceHealth/St. Joseph Medical Center; Whatcom Land Trust, Bellingham Mountain Rescue Council, Foundation for Glacier & Environmental Research (Alaska), Mt. Baker Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Bellingham YMCA, and Bellingham Bay Rotary Club.
Volunteer Board of Directors

Carol Lager

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Carol Lager
Carol served as Board Chair from 2018 through 2019. She served on WECU’s Supervisory Committee from 2006 until early 2014, when she was appointed to WECU’s Board of Directors. During her term on the Supervisory Committee, Carol functioned as Chair for several years. Carol taught business and computer classes at Nooksack, Sehome, and Bellingham Technical College for over 25 years. She was the Dean of Health, Sciences, and General Education for 5 years at BTC and ended her career serving as the Vice President of Instruction for 3 years.
Volunteer Board of Directors

Margo Hammond

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Margo Hammond
Margo served as Board Secretary in 2019. She worked 30 years at the BP, Cherry Point Refinery, in several departments including Quality Assurance Laboratory, and Finance, Control, and Accounting. She has also worked at several positions at Western Washington University. In addition to her work history, she has over 25 years' experience volunteering on a variety of community boards including WWU College of Science and Engineering, Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, American Association of University Women, and Spark Museum of Electrical Invention. Margo has also volunteered at WECU as a member of the Social Responsibility Committee and as an Associate Board Member.
Volunteer Board of Directors

Kristi Lewis Tyran

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Kristi Lewis Tyran
Kristi is currently serving as Board Vice-chair, and has served as Board Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary, and on a variety of board committees in the past. Dr. Tyran’s research, teaching and consulting focus in the areas of leadership and team development. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Dr. Tyran was Vice President of Public Finance and Commercial Lending at Bank of America and Key Bank of Alaska. In October 2012, Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics selected Dr. Tyran as its 2012-2013 Distinguished Teaching Fellow. In addition to her professional work, she has over 30 years’ experience volunteering on a variety of community boards.
Volunteer Board of Directors

Ashok Khanna

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Ashok Khanna
For over 20 years, Ashok has volunteered his time serving WECU. During his tenure, he has served on both WECU’s Supervisory Committee and Board in a variety of capacities such as Supervisory Committee Chair, and Board Chair, Vice-chair, and Secretary. In 2014 and 2015 Ashok also served on the Nominating Committee, being appointed Chair in 2015. More recently, Ashok served on WECU’s CEO Compensation Committee. In India, Ashok worked as a banker but in Bellingham, he has been involved in restaurant and retail management for the past 30 years.
Volunteer Board of Directors

Cathie Oberg

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Cathie Oberg
Cathie has served as Board Chair, Vice-chair, and Secretary. She has also served on the Nominating, Credit, Partnering, Strategic Planning and Membership Linkage Committees. Cathie has served on the Camp Fire Samish Council Board, as a volunteer coordinator for the annual Ski-to-Sea Race, President of the Bellingham Branch of the American Association of University Women, committee member of the Whatcom Co. Chapter of the WWU Alumni Association and is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Cathie has taught in the Meridian School District, in Fulda, Germany, and in North Pole, Alaska.
Volunteer Board of Directors

Dale Zender

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Dale Zender
Dale is a retired Healthcare Chief Executive. He spent the past 37 years with PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, a Washington not-for-profit corporation sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. During his tenure, Dale built a distinguished and diversified career in the health care industry developing impressive credentials in operations and finance. Dale is well versed in strategic planning and has a deep understanding of all aspects of healthcare operations and management. He is viewed as a servant leader; confident, patient, determined and constantly aspiring to learn new things. Dale received the Whatcom Business Alliance 2015 Business Person of the Year Award, and in 2011 was the recipient of the rare “John Tiscornia Award” – honoring at least 20 years of service modeling outstanding leadership, stewardship and exemplification of PeaceHealth values.
David Waschke
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David Waschke

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David Waschke
David is currently serving as Board Secretary. He retired from Ershigs after 26 years in various positions, including Contract Manager, JBR Manager and Senior Project Manager. In his tenure on the WECU Board, David has served on various committees, in addition to serving as WECU’s Board Chair, Vice-chair, and Secretary. His other WECU involvement has included working on the Executive, Partnering, Social Responsibility, Strategic Planning, Nominating, and Credit Committees. WECU’s Team WECU (formerly known as SET) projects have been particular favorites of David’s.
Gabriel Mast.
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Gabriel Mast

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Gabriel Mast
Gabriel was appointed to WECU’s Board of Directors in August 2019, after serving as an Associate Board Member for a year. Prior to his position at Skagit Valley College, Dr. Mast was an administrator at Bellingham Technical College. He has taught at Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, Sehome High School, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mount Vernon High School, and the Universidad del Quindío in Colombia. In 2017 the Washington Education Research Association awarded his dissertation the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award. Dr. Mast’s research focuses on institutional contributions to student success, and the role of higher education in social mobility and equity. He lives in Bellingham with his wife, Hana, and their two sons.
Volunteer Supervisory Committee

Jennifer Wright

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Jennifer Wright
Jennifer joined the Bellingham community and Metcalf Hodges in 2009 where she specializes in tax and estate planning. Active in the community, Jennifer serves as treasurer on the boards of the Whatcom Land Trust and the Whatcom FC Rangers, and has served as Chair of the Supervisory Committee. She has also served on the boards of the Northwest Washington Estate Planning Council and Common Threads Farm.
Volunteer Supervisory Committee

Shonda Shipman

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Shonda Shipman
Shonda was elected to the Supervisory Committee in 2014 and has served as the Committee Chair for two terms. Shonda is currently employed with Whatcom Transportation Authority as the Director of Finance. Prior work experience includes Whatcom County Public Works and Western Washington University. Shonda has also worked in public accounting, and holds her CPA license.
Kurt Willis
Volunteer Supervisory Committee

Kurt Willis

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Kurt Willis
In his tenure on WECU’s Supervisory Committee, Kurt has served as a member and is again serving as Chair. Kurt has served 34 years at Western, the past 26 as Associate Director, responsible for the finance and technology matters of the university’s Housing & Dining system, overseeing financial planning, budgeting, capital financing, audits, multiple contracts, campus ID program, technology, and other duties as assigned! Prior to this role he served in other student housing positions at WWU, University of Washington, and the University of California, Davis. Kurt is active in his church community and lives with his wife Katherine.

A Message of Unity

Our mission as a credit union is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the people we serve. Like our community, our membership is diverse. Through our core values of Serve Others, Do What Is Right and Think Differently, we promote and support constructive change, meaningful dialogue and fairness and equity for all. We hope that you will join us in this pursuit.

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