About Us

Doing the right thing just comes naturally

In the Credit Union tradition, BECU has developed fair and ethical guiding principles designed to serve our membership. This includes open communication about our financial standing. BECU is a cooperative society organized under Washington state law as a nonprofit corporation. BECU promotes thrift among its members and creates a source of credit for them at fair and reasonable rates of interest. BECU is dedicated to "people helping people" and will strive to serve its members by providing superior financial products and services.

Board of Directors
BECU is proud to have this group of qualified professionals serve on the BECU Board of Directors. 

Audit Committee
The Audit Committee provides oversight of the audit function of the credit union as well as the safety and soundness of the credit union through monitoring risks and controls associated with its business objectives, strategies, and plans. 

Executive Management Team
BECU is proud to have this group of qualified professionals serve as our BECU Executive Management Team.

BECU Officials (Directors and Audit Committee Members) earn a stipend based upon their level of service. View the stipend schedule or the process for setting official stipends.

Read the BECU Corporate Governance Overview

Read the BECU Bylaws

Interested in our Annual Meetings?

Watch a slide show and listen to the 79th Annual Meeting to learn how BECU manages our Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Nominations.

Contact us

Email BECU Board Communications at boardcommunications@becu.org or reach us my mail:

BECU Board Communications
Mail Stop: 1009-1
P.O. Box 87050
Seattle, WA 98124

A summary of your comments will be provided to the Board of Directors for its review. Any comments needing a reply will be forwarded the the appropriate BECU staff person for response. Thank you for your interest in BECU.

Benson Porter

Benson Porter

President/CEO

Benson has more than 25 years of experience within the financial services industry and became the President/CEO of BECU in 2012.

Benson’s prior experience includes serving as the President/CEO of First Tech FCU and Chief Administrative Officer for Washington Mutual. He currently serves on the Boards of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle/Des Moines, COOP Financial Services, CU Direct, and the Overseers of Whitman College.

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Brandi Hilling

Brandi Hilling

Trust Operations Assistant

Brandi joined BECU Trust Services in 2009, bringing with her over 12 years in customer and financial services.

Brandi holds a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis on Accounting. She provides trust administration support for trust officers at BECU Trust Services, always seeking to improve processes and efficiencies. Brandi is a champion for continued education, and consistently seeks new challenges.

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Tom Berquist

Tom Berquist

Senior Vice President of Marketing & Cooperative Affairs

Tom leads BECU’s marketing, co-op affairs, affinity, and strategic planning efforts.

Tom has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been with BECU since 1994. He currently serves on the boards of Housing Hope, and the Northwest Credit Union Foundation. Tom holds a B.A. in Business from the University of Washington and a MBA from Seattle University.

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Parker Cann

Parker Cann

General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Senior Vice President of Governance, Risk and Compliance

Parker has 35 years of experience in the financial institutions industry with extensive involvement in regulatory and governance matters.

Prior to BECU, he served as the President/CEO of Columbia Credit Union in Vancouver, WA. Parker serves on the Advisory Council of the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors and on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Credit Union Association.

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Katherine Elser

Katherine Elser

Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, and Corporate Treasurer

Kathy joined BECU in 1996 as Manager of Accounting, and served as Controller.

She serves on the Board of Junior Achievement of Washington, and the Advisory Board of Central Washington University’s College of Business. Prior to joining BECU, Kathy worked in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche, LLP and at various other financial institutions in both financial reporting and internal audit.

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Tom Morgan

Tom Morgan

CIO/SVP of Information Technology

Tom leads the Information Technology Division and has over 30 years of experience in technology, operations and finance.

Before joining BECU, Tom was Home Lending Chief Information Officer at Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase. He served as CIO of Corporate Technology for Washington Mutual and FleetBoston Financial. Tom serves on the Advisory Board of Applied Residential Inc. and is a member of the Founders Council of The William’s Institute.

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Doug Marshall

Doug Marshall

Senior Vice President of Member Channels & Service Delivery

Doug joined BECU in 2013. He leads BECU’s digital, ATM, telephone and Financial Center channels, as well as product management, and payments strategy.

Before joining BECU, Doug was Chief Membership Officer at First Tech Federal Credit Union in Palo Alto CA. Prior to that, he held senior management positions at both Washington Mutual and Bank of America.

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Scott Strand

Scott Strand

Senior Vice President of Member Lending, Business and Wealth

Scott is Chief Lending Officer and SVP of Lending and Wealth management. He joined BECU in 2008 and has over 25 years of experience in banking and financial services.

Scott holds a BA from Western Washington University and an EMBA from the University of Washington, and he serves on several community, corporate and industry boards, including the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County and MEMBERS Trust Company.

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David Yonce

David Yonce

Board Chairperson, BECU Board of Directors

David is a Partner and COO in SkinSpirit Essential LLC with operations in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay area.

He has extensive experience with privately held middle market companies in the Northwest serving in the roles of President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. David graduated from the University of Washington Foster School of Business with a BA (Accounting Concentration) and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Porsche Everson

Porsche Everson

Board Vice-Chair Person, BECU Board of Directors

Porsche is President of Relevant Strategies, a management consulting firm. She is the former CEO of Starling Systems, and is also a former teacher and university administrator.

Her career background includes consulting work in health care, public health, social services, education, and natural resources. She currently serves on the board of Group Health Cooperative.

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Michelle Eten, Audit Committee

Michelle Eten

BECU Board of Directors, Audit Committee Chair

Michelle Eten is a Divisional Vice President in Digital Retail at Recreational Equipment Inc., and is responsible for the customer experience, driving revenue growth through REI.com and for REI’s mobile strategy.

She has held leadership roles within the Marketing and Merchandising divisions at REI during her 14 year tenure with the company, in addition to several cross-divisional leadership roles for special projects.

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Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney

BECU Board of Directors, Audit Committee

Mike has worked for The Boeing Company since 1997 as Managing Director leading the North/East Asia Contracts organization.

Before joining Boeing, he worked for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation in various contracts, business management, and corporate assignments. Mike is a past board member of Youth Advocates and Seattle Emergency Housing Services. Mike holds law and BS degrees.

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Colleen Brown

BECU Board of Directors, Audit Committee

Colleen serves as Chairperson of the Board for American Apparel (APP) and is on the Board of True Blue Inc (TBI).

She excels in creating enterprise value in publicly-traded and portfolio companies. Previously, she led Fisher Communications, Inc.(FSCI) where she was Director, President and Chief Executive Officer. Colleen is the recipient of the industry’s Technology Leadership Award and also the Innovation Award. She also chaired United Way of King County and co-chaired its annual campaign.

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Denis Farmer

Denis Farmer

BECU Board of Directors

Denis has more than 20 years of experience providing management consulting services to leading organizations.

He is the National Managing Director of the National Industry team at Slalom. Denis focuses on helping his clients win on their most strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Slalom, Denis spent ten years with the global management consulting firm Accenture.

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Bill Longbrake

Bill Longbrake

BECU Board of Directors

Bill has extensive experience in finance and investments, macroeconomics and monetary policy, risk management, housing, and public policy. He has served in business, academic and government organizations.

Bill began his career in Washington, D.C. in government positions from 1970 – 1982. He has also held roles at Washington Mutual, helping the company become the sixth largest depository institution in the US.

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Roger Mauldin

Roger Mauldin

BECU Board of Directors

Roger has served with BECU since 1983 on the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors, and has also served as the Chairman of the Board.

He worked for The Boeing Company for over 30 years. Roger is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hearing Speech and Deafness Center in Seattle, and a past board member of the Woodland Park Zoo Safari Club.

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Desiree Serr

Desiree Serr

BECU Board of Directors

Desiree works as a Senior Associate at Point B, Inc. helping clients develop strategic insights and translate them into impact.

She has been providing management consulting services to executives in aviation, financial services, telecommunications, retail and healthcare industries. She holds a bachelor of arts in business from the University of Washington, and an MBA from Seattle University.

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Debra Somberg

Debra Somberg

BECU Board of Directors

Debra is Managing Partner with The Alster Group LLC, a strategic and operations partner to high-growth companies in the consumer, financial and healthcare fields.

Previously, she was the co-managing partner at Maveron LLC. Debra began her career at Goldman, Sachs and McKinsey & Co., and has served as a Senior Managing Director at Montgomery Securities and a Founding Partner at Thomas Weisel Partners.

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Jane Repensek, Audit Committee

Jane Repensek

Audit Committee

Jane is Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration at The Seattle Foundation, a community philanthropic organization.

Jane oversees The Seattle Foundation's accounting, investment, information technology and human resources functions. Her career includes many years working in the capital markets groups at large financial institutions, including Bank of America and Washington Mutual. She served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Special Olympics Washington. She holds a master's degree in finance from the University of Chicago, a bachelor's degree in accounting from Marquette University, and is a certified public accountant (CPA). She holds a master’s degree in finance from the University of Chicago, a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marquette University, and is a certified public accountant (CPA).

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Maurita Sutedja, Audit Committee

Maurita Sutedja

Audit Committee

Maurita is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Boeing’s Shared Services Group.

Maurita is responsible for the finance functions for Shared Services group and providing business and financial services to Boeing business units. Prior to this, Maurita served as CFO of Boeing Capital. Before joining Boeing, Maurita held a number of finance leadership positions at General Motors.

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Susan Ehrlich

BECU Board of Directors

Susan is General Manager of Amazon’s global credit product portfolio including the Amazon Rewards Visa and Amazon Store Card in the U.S. as well as the company’s branded credit products around the world.

She also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Center for Financial Services Innovation, the nation's leading authority on financial services for underbanked consumers. Susan holds a B.A. with honors in organizational behavior and management from Brown University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

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Debbie Taglialavore

Debbie Taglialavore

Director of Business Lending

Debbie manages the relationship team for BECU including our Relationship Managers serving the needs of our commercial members and our Small Business Specialists.

She has over 25 years of financial services experience. Debbie has extensive business lending and relationship management experience - the past 18 years in the Puget Sound area. She couples this expertise with a commitment to her clients and her team.

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Linnea Wexler

Linnea Wexler

Senior Relationship Manager

Linnea provides financing expertise to our Seattle clients. With over 12 years of banking experience, her areas of focus are income and commercial real estate where she excels at handling even the most complex deals.

Providing real estate industry expertise, Linnea works to help commercial members grow and flourish. She's here to help with whatever financial products or advice they may need.

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Jennifer Teramoto

Jennifer Teramoto

Senior Relationship Manager

Jennifer supports our commercial members in Bellevue and East King County. With over 19 years of banking experience, she's versed in commercial real estate and SBA lending and works diligently to help businesses meet their financing needs.

Over her extensive career, Jennifer has honed her skills in commercial relationship banking and treasury management. She is devoted to helping local businesses realize their financial goals. She is also fluent in the Chinese dialect Mien.

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Heather Odegaard

Heather Odegaard

Senior Relationship Manager

Heather supports our commercial members located in Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. With over 15 years of experience, she is uniquely qualified to address the borrowing needs of her clients.

For Heather, the most exciting part of her role is getting to know businesses and helping them achieve their financial goals. She also is committed to having a positive impact on the community.

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Paul Scheer

Paul Scheer

Senior Business Relationship Manager

Paul supports commercial members in Pierce and South King County. He has 17 years of commercial and business banking experience.

With extensive local knowledge, he's posed to help local businesses succeed and grow. Paul sees exciting opportunities for Northwest businesses and his relationship management background positions him to provide his clients with the best financing solutions possible.

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Jeremy Blackburn

Jeremy Blackburn

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Tukwila Financial Center

Jeremy specializes in retirement planning, VIP, 401(k) and 403(b) rollovers, Traditional and Roth IRAs, annuities, long term care and life Insurance.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Economics from Western Washington University. Jeremy holds licenses in Life and Disability Insurance, as well as Series 7 and 66 securities registrations with LPL Financial. Contact Jeremy at 206-812-5356 or email him at jeremy.blackburn@becu.org.

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Michael Dukes

Michael Dukes

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Tukwila Financial Center

With 16 years in the industry, Michael helps members work toward financial and retirement goals by focusing on risk reduction, a reasonable return and sound stewardship of the core portfolio.

Prior to BECU, Michael served as an Officer in the U.S. Army for 22 years. He holds a BA in Accounting, a BS in Psychology, an MS in Systems Management and an MBA, in addition to, Series 7, 63, and 66 licenses with LPL Financial. Contact Michael at 206-812-5244 or email him at michael.dukes@becu.org.

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Darren Horejsi

Darren Horejsi

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Tukwila Financial Center

Darren has 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. He works with members to gain a thorough understanding of their goals and dreams, then customizes a strategy to work towards meeting their needs.

Darren graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Business Administration. He holds Series 7, 65, & 66 registrations through LPL Financial and Washington State Life and Disability Insurance. Contact Darren at 206-436-2829 or email him at Darren.horejsi@becu.org.

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Brenda Huber

Brenda Huber

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Tukwila Financial Center

Brenda’s areas of expertise include Roth/Traditional IRAs, VIP, 401K, and 403B rollovers, fixed and tax free income strategies, annuities, and retirement planning.

She earned a BA degree in finance from Wayne State University and holds Series 7 and 66 registrations & insurance licenses through LPL Financial. Prior to joining BECU, Brenda was a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones Investments. Contact Brenda at 206-812-5144 or email her at brenda.huber@becu.org.

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Brian Locke

Brian Locke

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Tukwila Financial Center

Brian has worked in the financial services industry since 1992. His areas of expertise include fixed income strategies specializing in tax-free municipal bond investing, retirement planning, and 401(k) and Boeing VIP/FSP rollovers.

Brian earned a Political Science Bachelors degree from the University of Washington. He holds Series 7, 8, 24, 63, and 65 securities registrations and an insurance license through LPL Financial. Contact Brian at 206-812-5190 or email him at brian.locke@becu.org.

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Lance Nekota

Lance Nekota

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Tukwila Financial Center

Lance has worked in the financial services industry for more than 15 years. His areas of expertise include investment and retirement planning, including retirement income strategies.

Lance graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii and a JD from Syracuse University. He holds Series 7, 63, 65 and life and disability Insurance with LPL Financial. Contact Lance at 206-439-5973 or email him at lance.nekota@becu.org.

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Mike Pankaskie

Mike Pankaskie

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Tukwila Financial Center

Mike specializes in helping his clients develop risk management strategies designed to create a reliable income stream in retirement.

His areas of expertise include Roth/Traditional IRAs, Boeing FSP/VIP, 40l (k) and 403(b) rollovers, annuities, life insurance, mutual funds, investment and retirement planning. Mike holds his Series 7, 66, registrations and insurance licenses in life and disability with LPL Financial. Contact Mike at 206-812-5295 or email him at michael.pankaskie@becu.org.

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Priscilla Suhre

Priscilla Suhre

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Tukwila Financial Center

Priscilla brings 20 years of banking and over 14 years of investment services experience to our members.

Her areas of expertise include retirement planning, Roth and Traditional IRA’s, 401(k), 403(b), VIP/FSP rollover strategies, annuities, long term care insurance and life insurance. She holds licenses in Life and long-term care, as well as Series 7 and 66 registrations through LPL Financial. Contact Priscilla at 206-436-2443 or email her at priscilla.suhre@becu.org.

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Steve Vertrees

Steve Vertrees

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Tukwila Financial Center

Steve’s goal is to help simplify the process of retirement for members. He enjoys helping investors develop wealth accumulation, asset optimization and tax reduction strategies.

He also specializes in 401(k), 403(b), Boeing VIP and the Boeing Executive Compensation Program. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Seattle University with a strong emphasis in Philosophy, Economics and Psychology. Contact Steve at 206-812-5196 or email him at svertrees@becu.org.

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David Fryer

David Fryer

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Tukwila Financial Center

David has over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Washington State University. Prior to joining BECU, David was a personal banker with US Bank and maintains a good knowledge of traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs and 401k rollovers. He holds licenses in Life Insurance, as well as, Series 6, 63, 65 and 7 through LPL Financial. Contact David at 206-812-5334 or email him at david.fryer@becu.org.

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Anya Berezow

Anya Berezow

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Tukwila Financial Center

Anya’s areas of expertise include retirement planning, 401(k) & VIP rollovers, Traditional/Roth/SEP IRAs. She specializes in personalized investment strategies to help you work towards building, preserving and transferring wealth.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration and holds Series 7 and 66 registrations & WA State Life and Disability insurance licenses. Contact Anya at 206-812-5348 or email her at anna.berezow@becu.org.

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Tobias Shiner

Tobias Shiner

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Bellevue Eastside Financial Center

Tobias specializes in retirement planning, 401k, VIP, 403b rollovers, IRA, estate planning and individual financial plans.

He takes pride in creating a personal and detailed approach to financial planning and making these services accessible and easy to understand. Tobias holds Series 7 and 66 securities registrations with LPL Financial. Contact Tobias at 206-812-5359 or email him at tobias.shiner@becu.org.

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Lorilee Wells

Lorilee Wells

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Bellevue Eastside Financial Center

Lorilee has been a Financial Advisor since 2001 and an insurance agent for over twenty years.

Lorilee also specializes in providing small business strategies for employee retirement plans including SEP IRA’s, Simple IRA’s and 401(k) plans as well as key person insurance. Lorilee holds Series 7 & 66 securities registrations through LPL Financial and Washington State Life and Disability Insurance licenses. Contact Lorilee at 206-436-2830 or email her at Lorilee.wells@becu.org.

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Todd Crawford

Todd Crawford

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Everett Financial Center

Todd specializes in helping members build and preserve wealth through personalized investment strategies. Todd’s areas of expertise include retirement planning, VIP, 401(k), 403(b) and 457 rollovers.

Todd earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Washington Business School. Todd has worked in the financial services industry for over 17 years. Contact Todd at 425-609-5446 or email him at tcrawford@becu.org.

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Erik Haney

Erik Haney

Investment Representative, LPL Financial

Location: Everett Financial Center

Erik has over eleven years of experience in financial services. He is licensed in Life, disability, long term care, and Series 6 & 63 through LPL Financial.

He has expertise in retirement planning, VIP/401k rollovers/income strategies, Roth/Traditional IRA’s & college planning. He’s passionate about identifying members’ needs and helping them succeed in both personal and financial goals using a simplified approach. Contact Erik at 425-609-5436 or email him at erik.haney@becu.org.

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Jason Pang

Jason Pang

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Everett Financial Center

Jason has been in the investment industry for more than 15 years. His areas of expertise include financial planning, retirement planning, 401(k) and 403 (b) rollovers, VIP, Traditional IRA’s, Roth IRA’s and fixed income strategies.

Jason graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. He holds a Series 7, 63, 65, and Life and Disability Insurance with LPL Financial. Contact Jason at 425-609-5493 or email him at jason.pang@becu.org.

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Jaime Suarez

Jaime Suárez

Financial Advisor, LPL Financial

Location: Everett Financial Center

Jaime's goal is to offer a trusted resource to BECU Members. His expertise includes retirement planning, investment management, risk analysis, wealth preservation, social security and long term care.

He helps members with 401K/VIP and pension rollovers, investing trusts, IRAs and small business retirement accounts. He holds licenses in life & disability insurance, series 7 & 66 registrations through LPL Financial. Contact Jaime at 425-609-5410 or email him at jsuarez@becu.org.

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Linda Davenport

Linda Davenport

Vice President

Senior Trust Officer

Linda was instrumental in the formation of BECU Trust Services. With more than 17 years experience in operations, administration, probate and personal trust administration, as well as a working knowledge of real estate and bank collections.

Linda holds a BS degree in Business Administration and a Certified Trust and Financial Adviser designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers.

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Mike Teramoto

Michael Teramoto

Senior Trust Officer

Mike joined BECU trust services in 2013 and has over 16 years of industry experience. In his role as Senior Trust Officer, Mike works to meet the unique financial needs of each individual client.

Prior to joining BECU Trust Services, Mike held Trust positions with BNY Mellon Wealth Management, The Trust Company of Washington and Pacific Century Trust (also known as Hawaiian Trust Company, ltd. and Bank of Hawaii).

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Rachelle Czaplinski

Rachelle Czaplinski

Trust Officer

Rachelle joined BECU Trust Services in August 2006 bringing with her seven years of marketing, business development and member relations experience.

Prior to joining Trust Services, she worked for five and a half years as Branch Manager at the BECU Kent Neighborhood Financial Center. Rachelle holds a BA in Communications from the University of Washington with an emphasis in Institutions and Effects.

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Chris Flammang

Chris Flammang

Trust Officer

Chris joined BECU Trust Services in September of 2005, bringing with her 27 years of experience in client/member communications, resolutions and relationships.

Prior to joining BECU Trust Services, Chris worked in a number of roles throughout BECU. Chris is pursuing her CTFA designation and continues with her education to increase her knowledge and trends of the industry.

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Jason Ritzenthaler

Jason Ritzenthaler

Vice President-Trust and Investments

Co-Chief Investment Officer

Jason R. Ritzenthaler joined MEMBERS Trust Company in 2005, and has been instrumental in developing innovative and successful investment solutions provided to our clients.

Jason graduated from Florida State University with dual degrees in Finance and Management Information. Starting his career in the Private Bank at Bank of America, Jason has over 10 years of experience in the trust and financial services industry. BECU Trust Services, partnering with MEMBERS Trust Company, is dedicated to offering our clients and members professional investment management services delivered with the highest of integrity adhering to the fiduciary standard you deserve.

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Becky Gardner

Becky Gardner

Trust Officer

Becky, with BECU Trust Services since 2007, uses her 10+ years of trust and financial services experience to assist clients.

Becky holds a BS in Business Administration, Project Management emphasis, and a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers. Becky is committed to personal and community development, and devotes much of her time to educational and charitable pursuits.

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Mike Rackner

Mike Rackner

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