Board of Directors
The CU*NorthWest board seat is just one of Chuck Papenfus’ volunteer efforts in the credit union industry. He also sits on the California Credit Union League Board of Directors, is a member of the Catalyst Western Region Council and is a member of the Southern California Credit Union Alliance. He has a Masters from Claremont Graduate University and Bachelors of Science from the University of California, San Diego. Papenfus came up the ranks at Inland Valley where he started right out of college in special projects in 1985 and became CEO in 1993. The credit union is located in Fontana, California.
Todd Powell – Vice Chairman
President / CEO, Spokane Firefighters Credit Union
After graduating from Washington State University with a BA in Business Administration, I started working for the Spokane Firefighters Credit Union in 1994. I worked my way up through the organization and assumed the President / CEO position in 2004. We converted to CU*Base during my first year as CEO and continue to expand our use of the product every year.
In 2005 our credit union and three others formed CU*Northwest. I have served as a board member and as board chairman since our inception. My involvement with CU*Northwest has been and continues to be one of the most rewarding aspects of my credit union career.
“CU*Northwest is focused on bringing a full array of products and services to all credit unions, regardless of size.”
In her leadership roles as both a trade association chair and a member of the CUNA Charter Review & Enhancement Task Force, Debie Keesee has been a convincing voice for supplemental capital, member business lending and other initiatives that benefit the credit union movement as a whole.
Ms. Keesee’s service to credit unions spans nearly four decades. She has served in positions from the front lines to the CEO’s office. She began her credit union career at Fairchild Federal Credit Union (Global Credit Union) in 1976 and went on to serve in board and supervisory committee positions at Ironworkers Local #14. By 1985, she was appointed CEO at Roundup Federal Credit Union, where she held the reins until 1992.
Ms. Keesee worked with small and mid-sized credit unions from 1992 to 1996 in her role as an account executive and conversion specialist for FISERV, then joined Spokane Media FCU as CEO in 1997, a position she still holds. Ms. Keesee chaired the board of the former Washington Credit Union League from 2009-2010, successfully managing its merger with the Oregon Credit Union Association. In October, 2012, Ms. Keesee was elected chairman of the Northwest Credit Union Association’s board.
Ms. Keesee is currently a member of CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Committee, as well as the Small Credit Union Committee.
She attended Eastern Washington University, and is a graduate of the Western CUNA Management School. She has earned the designation of Credit Union Development Educator.
Jo An Sanders is a native of Spokane, Washington but a staple now in Cheney, WA – a farming and college town just west. She spent the first decade of her career in the banking industry moving from one to another until she found the credit union experience and set down roots. Jo An joined Cheney FCU in 1991 and has grown the credit union assets by 380% and has one of the lowest expense ratios in the business. Jo An became CEO in 1994 and has guided the credit union on a steady path ever since. The Credit Union recently expanded its reach throughout the West Plains area – tripling its potential member base.
Jennifer began her credit union career in 1988 at a credit union in Las Vegas NV. She spent the next decade working in almost every position to secure a well-rounded credit union education while obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Finance, Accounting, Management and a Master’s in Business Administration. The next decade was been focused on executive management as a Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President until she relocated and accepted a Chief Executive Position in Los Angeles, California in 2007. Jennifer is a Certified Chief Executive as a graduate from Credit Union Executive Society’s CEO Institute in 2003.
Ms. Oliver took the helm at South Bay Credit Union in 2010 and is pleased to be able to perpetuate the cooperative spirit in her hometown community. Jennifer lives in Hermosa Beach with her husband and two young children.
Geoff Johnson is the Executive Vice President of Client Interactions at CU*Answers bringing a wealth of practical lending experience and industry knowledge to the table.
With sixteen years in credit union leadership roles that oversaw the strategic direction of lending and sales in the following areas: commercial, consumer, credit card, indirect, participation, real estate and all aspects of collections.
Since joining CU*Answers in 2005 Geoff has worked closely in the growth and development of the Management Services teams including Gividends, Lender*VP, Audit Link, Web Services and the e-Document Strategies.
Kevin has been the CEO of Thinkwise Credit Union since May 2012. Previously he served as CEO of the University of Southern Mississippi FCU and AVP Finance of WestStar Credit Union. Kevin proudly serves as a Board member at the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation and the Making Hope Happen Foundation. He also serves on a variety of committees within the San Bernardino City Unified School District and the Steering Committee of the Southern California Credit Union Alliance. Kevin graduated with an MBA from The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from California State University Fresno. Kevin graduated from Western CUNA Management School in 2008.