A Word from LeadershipLELAND "ROCKY" JOHNSON – Chair / Board of Directors
One of the important roles of the Board as a whole is to continue to protect the safety and soundness of the credit union that exists to provide its members with more opportunities for their financial success.
Thank you for taking this opportunity to learn about OnPoint Community Credit Union’s Board of Directors election process. Within this website you will find information on each nominee, including their qualifications and reasons for wanting to serve.
A Director’s Important Role
OnPoint Community Credit Union is a local, not-for-profit financial cooperative. It is owned by you and your fellow members. Our Board is made up of nine Directors who represent the entire membership. Each year, three of the nine positions are open for election. The Board, acting as fiduciary to all members, is responsible for oversight and determining the strategic direction of the Credit Union. A talented staff of expert professionals, headed by President/CEO Rob Stuart, runs OnPoint’s day-to-day operations consistent with policies and aimed at achieving the strategic objectives set by the Board.
OnPoint’s membership has grown to 465,000, and our assets are at $9 billion. One of the important roles of the Board as a whole is to continue to protect the safety and soundness of the credit union that exists to provide its members with more opportunities for their financial success. This means a Director has considerable responsibilities in helping steer OnPoint in a successful strategic direction.
Finding qualified, committed individuals to serve on OnPoint’s Board is more important than ever before. OnPoint’s Nominating Committee is made up of sitting Board Directors and OnPoint members at-large. This year’s committee was comprised of committee Chair Keith Thomajan, Amy Slagle, Felicia Tripp, Craig Brown, Jeanne Enders, and Payton Wayne. The Nominating Committee administered a thorough search for interested candidates and conducted careful reviews of submitted applications.
New Election Process
This year, the number of open positions is the same as the number of nominees. As voted on by the board, in 2022 we will implement a non-voting format whenever the number of nominees matches the number of open positions. This format will remain in place until the Board votes to make another change. The three nominees will be elected and officially announced at the 2022 Annual Meeting.
OnPoint’s annual meeting will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at the OnPoint branch located at 2688 NW Vaughn St., Portland, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. There is one nominee for each open Director position, and accordingly there will be no vote and the nominees will be elected by acclamation. The nominees who will be elected are Melissa Damm, Katherine Durham and Daren Nakata.
I thank you, the membership, for your loyalty and trust. Your Board looks forward to continuing its commitment to providing the highest-level oversight functions it can—always in the best interest of OnPoint’s membership.
Melissa DammOnPoint Member since 1989
I am passionate about serving our community, something OnPoint has been doing for decades – prioritizing member needs, safety, and financial performance while maintaining a focus on civic responsibility and advocating for education.
I opened my first savings account at Portland Teachers Credit Union over 30 years ago through my mother, who was a teacher in the Beaverton School District for three decades. I am the second generation of my family to benefit from a membership at OnPoint. Starting with opening that first account to learn about personal finance, buying my first car and home as a young single adult, and setting up a joint account with my husband, OnPoint has been a support at each milestone.
In my work as CFO for Providence Health and Services, we are called to be servant leaders, not only is it my job to manage the business, meet timelines, and achieve financial targets, but also to serve my community – our patients, our caregivers, and my team. I believe my role as a board member is the same, to act as a servant leader for the members and staff. I have experience with strategic and financial planning, identifying underserved markets, investment in digital innovation projects, and identifying current business opportunities to pay for new growth, all of which translate to important skills for serving as board member.
More than anything, I am passionate about serving our community, something OnPoint has been doing for decades – prioritizing member needs, safety, and financial performance while maintaining a focus on civic responsibility and advocating for education.
My first three years as a board member have been during an unprecedented time in history, and I am proud of the leadership role OnPoint has taken in our community – offering support for members in a time of crisis, opening doors to non-members to distribute state stimulus checks, prioritizing employee and member safety from COVID, and taking a stand against racial injustice.
It is an exciting time at OnPoint – the new growth with Fred Meyer locations, a continued focus on equitable access to services in our communities, maintaining the amazing culture, employees, and safety and soundness during this time of significant growth. I look forward to continuing this work with another term on the board and serving our members.
Katherine DurhamOnPoint Member since 2018
I’m committed to bringing my 30 years of business and leadership expertise, community focus and experience to continue to serve you.
People often ask me what the biggest difference is between a credit union and a bank. I always reply that the members own the credit union (unlike shareholders who own a bank).
Why does that matter? Every decision the credit union makes starts with the simple question: how does this serve our members, our community, our employees? It’s been our guide as we have grown to serving 465,000 members in 50 branches, online and through mobile in Portland, Vancouver, Bend and Eugene. Our goal is simple: give more people more access to financial tools, building member and community resilience and financial well-being.
As a board director, my job is to represent you, and what a privilege that is! I’m committed to bringing my 30 years of business and leadership expertise, community focus and experience as a born and raised Oregonian, wife, mom and Nana to continue to serve you.
Thank you for the opportunity.
Darren NakataOnPoint Member since 1996
It is an honor and a privilege for me to have the opportunity to help our community prosper, and I am looking forward to a second term on the Board in order to continue to help more people improve their financial well being.
I have been an OnPoint member for 25 years (when it was still Portland Teachers Credit Union). As OnPoint continues to provide critical financial services and resources to our community, I am proud to serve on its Board of Directors and help guide its efforts in the years to come.
During my first term on the Board, OnPoint was able to open 20 new branches, increasing ease of access to our community members; this was accomplished while maintaining its high standards for safety and soundness. OnPoint also remains focused on financial education, support for teachers and support for our community at large, with a particular emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. It is an honor and a privilege for me to have the opportunity to help our community prosper, and I am looking forward to a second term on the Board in order to continue to help more people improve their financial well being.
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