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Leadership At Verity

We exist for, and are owned by, our members

Our leadership structure reflects our ownership structure in that we are led by a board of directors comprised entirely of Verity members. This group provides strategic guidance to our executive team. Learn more about our leadership team below.

Board of Directors 

The board of directors is composed of nine Verity members. They volunteer their time to meet regularly, discuss strategy and make decisions for the good of the credit union. Board members are elected each year at the Annual Meeting

We also have a board associates program, which is a great introduction for future board members. Associates are able to participate on committees and sit in on board meetings without voting power. Contact Nancy Woodland, Nominations Committee Chair, to learn more.  

Directors:

Zach Gose, Chair 
Ben Lundell, Vice Chair 
Evan Gay, Secretary 
Chris D'Abreau 
Eric Esteban 
Nick Etscheid 
Michael Grenetz 
Michelle Pham 
Nancy Woodland 

Associates:

Tom Holz
Tionka Humphrey
Chad Klemme
Pelin Muharremoglu

Supervisory Committee 

The supervisory committee is an independent governing entity that shares responsibility with the board of directors. It monitors Verity leadership to ensure the credit union is safeguarding financial assets and reporting financials as required. Supervisory Committee members are elected at the Annual Meeting.

Committee members:

Rodolfo Hurtado, Chair 
Zhu Zhu Xiao, Vice Chair 
John Carpenter 
Vikash Chhagan 
Karen Hunt 

You can contact the supervisory committee by email at supervisorycommittee@veritycu.com or by mail: 

Supervisory Committee 
P.O. Box 75974 
Seattle, WA 98175 

Executive Team

John Zmolek

John Zmolek, CEO

Having the opportunity every day to get closer to fulfilling our mission statement is what excites John Zmolek about his role as CEO of Verity Credit Union. John is passionate about helping members empower their financial lives and ensuring that Verity is at the heart of the communities we serve. He began his journey with Verity as a board member in 1986 before joining staff as CFO in 1990. He stepped up to the CEO position on January 1, 2014. In this role, he manages the operations of the credit union while working closely with the board of directors to set the course of the credit union. 

John received his BS in economics from Iowa State University and his MS from University of California-Davis. He has a hobby of serving on nonprofit boards. Whether kayaking, bicycling or hiking, he likes to be outdoors. When indoors, he loves cooking and entertaining. 

Justin Martin

Justin Martin, Executive Vice President

Justin started his long career at Verity as a summer intern. After leaving to pursue a degree in human resource management at Western Washington University, he returned to what he describes as "one of the strongest environments I have seen in terms of focus on their employees." 

During his time here, Verity has been recognized with multiple awards ranging from employee development initiatives to overall work environment. Justin holds an MBA from Seattle University along with being an honors graduate from Western CUNA Management School and a certified Credit Union Development Educator.  

Jason Hirl

Jason Hirl, Chief Technology Officer

Jason comes to Verity with over 22 years of experience in the credit union industry. After starting as a teller in his first credit union, Jason quickly moved up the ranks with roles in accounting and software support. In his most recent role, Jason led the technology operations as the Vice President of IT at a Minneapolis credit union for the last 15 years. He believes that his technology team has a huge responsibility providing tools that are secure, available, and efficient, and meet the needs of Verity's membership and staff. 

Jason received his BA degree from the University of Northern Iowa, majoring in finance and minoring in mathematics. He is also a 2005 graduate of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Management School in Madison, WI. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, boating, hiking and camping with his wife and two boys. 

Heidi Cleveland

Heidi Cleveland, Chief Marketing Officer

Heidi started her career by spending 10 years in the credit union industry before moving on to work for several large community banks for 12 years. She couldn’t be more thrilled to have returned to the credit union industry and the “people helping people” philosophy. She has spent her 25-year career in marketing for financial institutions, initially in Indiana before moving to Washington in 2000.   

Throughout her career, Heidi has believed that a strong brand must be built from the inside out, focusing first on instilling the values and mission in the employees—in the ways they treat one another and members. When success is achieved in building a strong culture, this spills over and creates a brand that people will talk about, and growth happens organically. 

Heidi received her BA from Purdue University and serves on the Board of Directors for Transitional Resources. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and grandchildren. 

Tina Narron

Tina Narron, Chief Lending Officer

Tina joins Verity with a wealth of experience in the financial services industry. She started her career as a teller and has worked her way up through senior lending positions before ending up in executive leadership. In addition to managing all aspects of lending for billion-dollar loan portfolios, Tina has also helped lead organizational and cultural transformations at credit unions to improve member service. 

In her role as Chief Lending Officer, Tina believes that her team is essential to helping people achieve their dreams. As such, she is responsible for contributing to the development of loan products and services and equipping her lending team with the tools they need to be successful. 

In her spare time, Tina enjoys charity work, cooking and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys traveling and visits a new destination every year. 

Brad Tanberg

Brad Tanberg, Chief Financial Officer

Brad joined Verity in 2018 and brought with him decades of experience in the financial industry. He “caught the bug for credit unions” as a teenager when working as a teller at Olympia Credit Union. He loves being part of the credit union movement because he believes in one of the key philosophies: people helping people. Before coming to Verity, Brad was the CFO at TruWest Credit Union in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Brad is a “lifelong learner.” He has a post-baccalaureate degree in accounting from Arizona State University, a bachelor’s degree in finance from Western Washington University and is a graduate of Western CUNA Management School. 

In his free time, Brad enjoys spending time with family and watching his daughter play volleyball. He also enjoys flying (he has his private pilot’s license), boating and golfing. 

Angela Lowe

Angela Lowe, Chief Human Resources Officer

Angela started her career at Verity in 2007, working with members in our Northgate branch. In 2011, she joined the Human Resources team and found her true passion and purpose. Angela understands that people and culture are at the heart of everything we do. She works tirelessly to hear and amplify the voices of our employees, build strong and vibrant teams, and foster an inclusive work culture. During her time in HR, Verity has consistently been recognized as a best place to work. 

Angela exemplifies lifelong learning. During her time at Verity, she earned her BA in philosophy from the University of Washington and is expected to complete her MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University next spring. She is also a graduate of Western CUNA Management School and a certified Credit Union Development Educator. 

In her free time, Angela enjoys volunteering with Teen Feed, reading and learning about the lived experiences of people, and traveling with her husband. 

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