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First Federal Community Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

Jan Simon succeeds Karen McCormick, who is retiring

Jan SimonPort Angeles, WA, April 3, 2019– First Federal Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Jan Simon is joining the nonprofit organization as its new executive director. Simon succeeds Karen McCormick, who is retiring from the leadership role and will remain on the Foundation’s board of directors.

Jan Simon brings more than 20 years of experience leading nonprofit organizations. In her more recent roles, Simon served over 15 years as President and CEO of the Washington Lodging Association, and most recently served as the executive director of Seattle’s Center for Spiritual Living. She has been involved in civic and community organizations including Seattle Rotary and the Ballard Ecumenical Homeless Ministry.

“We are delighted to welcome Jan Simon to First Federal Community Foundation,” said Foundation board chairman Norman Tonina. “She brings a wealth of experience, energy, and awareness of the challenges facing our communities and how we can create meaningful and lasting impacts through our foundation.  We believe the Foundation will benefit from her experience in managing financial sustainability, marketing and communications, community leadership, and her experience in fundraising from a grantee perspective.  The board would also like to thank Karen McCormick for her leadership as founding executive director of the Foundation; Karen’s tenacious leadership not only launched the organization but led to $2.9 million in grants over the last 4 years, making a serious impact in the communities we serve.”

“I am honored and delighted to join the First Federal Community Foundation as its executive director,” said Simon.  “In its first four years alone, the Foundation has already made a significant difference in improving the quality of life in Whatcom, Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties.  I look forward to working with the Board and other community leaders to continue build on and grow the Foundation’s impact in delivering benefits to the community, facilitating economic development, and enhancing the availability of affordable housing.”

Simon will join the Foundation in late April.

 

About the First Federal Community Foundation:  First Federal Community Foundation is a private 501(c)3 charitable corporation funded with a gift of cash and stock from First Northwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles. The Foundation provides funding for community support, affordable housing, economic development and community development in communities where First Federal operates a full-service branch.

About First Federal:  First Federal is a subsidiary of First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB). First Federal is a Washington-chartered, community-based savings bank headquartered in Port Angeles, WA. First Federal is currently serving Western Washington through 13 banking centers; located within Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender. www.ourfirstfed.com / (360)417.3204 / (800)800.1577

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Karen McCormick at 360-417-3112 or email at karen.mccormick@firstfedcf.org.

First Federal Community Foundation Appoints New Board Chairman and Elects New Director

Norman Tonina assumes leadership role and Jeffrey Davis joins the foundation’s board of directors.

Port Angeles, WA, May 4, 2018– At its annual meeting held on April 23, 2018, First Federal Community Foundation appointed Norman Tonina chairman of its board of directors, succeeding David Flodstrom who remains on the organization’s board. The foundation recognized and thanked Flodstrom, who served as chairman since the organization was initially funded in 2015. The foundation also elected Jeffrey Davis to a two-year term on its board of directors. Davis joins directors Cindy Finnie, Craig Curtis and Karen McCormick whose terms continue, in addition to Tonina and Flodstrom.

“We are delighted to welcome Norm as our new board chairman,” said foundation executive director Karen McCormick. “He brings a wealth of talent, vision and experience that will benefit our foundation immeasurably.”

Norman J. Tonina, Jr. has served as the Chairman of the Fort Worden Public Development Authority in Port Townsend, Washington since 2015. Tonina is also an adjunct faculty member in Seattle Pacific University’s graduate program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Tonina most recently worked at Grameen Foundation, a non-governmental organization focused on enabling the poor to create a world without poverty, where he served as an advisor to the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors (2012-16) and as its Chief Human Resources Officer (2010-12), focused on driving strategic alignment, organizational effectiveness, and human resource re-engineering initiatives. He began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation in 1987 and joined Microsoft in 1993 as a finance manager for its Systems products, rising to become Senior Director of Finance for Microsoft’s Platforms and Applications business. In 1999, he transitioned to Human Resources, where he directed major strategic global HR initiatives, spending the majority of his time focused on culture, leadership, and talent strategies. Tonina earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University, a certificate in human resources from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Antioch University. Tonina continues to be actively involved in community organizations in both Seattle and Port Townsend, Washington.

Jeff Davis is Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of First Federal.  Davis has over 25 years in leadership positions in banking, focusing on Strategy, Product, Operations, and Service Delivery.  Prior to joining First Federal in September, 2014, he was most recently with First Merchants Corporation.  He is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and Anderson University with a Master’s in Business Administration.  He is also a graduate from Stonier National Graduate School of Banking.  Davis is currently a director of the Northwest Maritime Center, actively volunteers in several local organizations in Clallam County, and served as a director for Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County.  Prior to moving to Washington State in 2014, Davis served as a director of Indiana APSE and director and Treasurer of Fountains of Hope.

“We are pleased to welcome Jeff Davis to First Federal Community Foundation’s board of directors,” said foundation executive director Karen McCormick. “He sets the standard for giving back to those who need it most, and we are grateful for the exceptional leadership and commitment he brings to the foundation.”

 

About the First Federal Community Foundation:  First Federal Community Foundation is a private 501(c)3 charitable corporation funded with a gift of cash and stock from First Northwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles. The Foundation provides funding for community support, affordable housing, economic development and community development in communities where First Federal operates a full-service branch.

About First Federal:  First Federal is a subsidiary of First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB). First Federal is a Washington-chartered, community-based savings bank headquartered in Port Angeles, WA. First Federal is currently serving Western Washington through 12 banking centers; located within Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender. www.ourfirstfed.com / (360)417.3204 / (800)800.1577

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Karen McCormick at 360-417-3112 or email at karen.mccormick@firstfedcf.org.

First Federal Community Foundation Elects New Directors

Norman Tonina and Cindy Finnie join the local foundation’s board of directors

Port Angeles, WA, July 25, 2017– At its annual meeting held on July 24, 2017, First Federal Community Foundation elected Norman Tonina and Cindy Finnie to serve two-year terms on the local nonprofit’s board of directors. The Foundation also elected David Flodstrom to an additional two-year term on its board. Flodstrom has been chairman of the foundation since its inception.

“We are pleased to welcome Norm and Cindy to our board at this exciting time,” said foundation executive director Karen McCormick. “They bring fresh perspective and a strong commitment to the foundation and to our communities.”

Norman J. Tonina, Jr. has served as the Chairman of the Fort Worden Public Development Authority in Port Townsend, Washington since 2015. Mr. Tonina is also an adjunct faculty member in Seattle Pacific University’s graduate program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Mr. Tonina most recently worked at Grameen Foundation, a non-governmental organization focused on enabling the poor to create a world without poverty, where he served as an advisor to the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors (2012-16) and as its Chief Human Resources Officer (2010-12), focused on driving strategic alignment, organizational effectiveness, and human resource re-engineering initiatives. He began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation in 1987 and joined Microsoft in 1993 as a finance manager for its Systems products, rising to become Senior Director of Finance for Microsoft’s Platforms and Applications business. In 1999, he transitioned to Human Resources, where he directed major strategic global HR initiatives, spending the majority of his time focused on culture, leadership, and talent strategies. Mr.  Tonina earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University, a certificate in human resources from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Antioch University. Mr. Tonina continues to be actively involved in community organizations in both Seattle and Port Townsend, Washington.

 

Cindy H. Finnie retired in 2011 from Allstate Insurance Company after 38 years of leadership experience. Her range of responsibilities included property and casualty underwriting, sales management, business development, agency management, financial management and developing insurance agencies. Ms. Finnie was also responsible for introducing and developing the financial services market in her area. Ms. Finnie is the co-owner and President of Rainshadow Properties, Inc., a boutique hotel and property management company that she co-founded in 1995. Ms. Finnie is also a director and past president of the Centrum Foundation, past Chair of the Washington State Arts Commission, past Chair of the Fort Worden Public Development Authority, a former director of the Jefferson County Community Foundation and a member of the City of Port Townsend Lodging Tax Advisory Committee and director of the Fort Worden Foundation.

 

 

About the First Federal Community Foundation:  First Federal Community Foundation is a private 501(c)3 charitable corporation funded with a gift of cash and stock from First Northwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles. The Foundation provides funding for community support, affordable housing, economic development and community development in communities where First Federal operates a full-service branch.

About First Federal:  First Federal is a subsidiary of First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB). First Federal is a Washington-chartered, community-based savings bank headquartered in Port Angeles, WA. First Federal is currently serving Western Washington through 12 banking centers; located within Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender. www.ourfirstfed.com / (360)417.3204 / (800)800.1577

First Federal’s Fairhaven Branch is Now Open

First Federal is pleased to announce their Fairhaven Branch located at 960 Harris Avenue, #101 in Bellingham, WA officially opened for business Monday, August 29, 2016.

First Federal is a 93 year old institution that was established in Port Angeles, WA in 1923 and is dedicated to providing the finest in banking solutions to the communities they serve. This new Bellingham location brings innovative technology to Whatcom County’s Fairhaven District with the Interactive Teller Machine (ITM). ITMs allow consumers and businesses to manage banking transactions on their own or with the help of a First Federal Customer Contact Representative via an interactive screen.  ITMs provide extended hours, Monday – Friday, 7am – 7pm and Saturdays, 9am – 1pm.  Outside of these hours, the ITMs function as a standard ATM, 24/7.  First Federal’s ITMs are now available in the Fairhaven location’s vestibule, and in the 1270 Barkley Boulevard location’s vestibule and drive up lanes.

In addition to the new technology, First Federal offers traditional banking solutions to consumers and businesses, to include Savings, Checking, Consumer, Mortgage and Commercial Loans, Personal and Business Credit Cards, IRAs, CDs, Money Market Accounts and Investment Services. Complimentary services include; Online Banking, Mobile Banking with Mobile Deposit, eStatements, Debit Cards with UChoose Rewards, Finance Works, PopMoney, and the MoneyPass network, providing access to surcharge free ATMs.

“We are pleased to announce the opening of our second location in the Bellingham market! Our first Whatcom County branch at 1270 Barkley Boulevard has been very busy developing and deepening banking relationships since it opened in November, 2015; so opening a second location in Fairhaven was an easy decision for us. The people in Bellingham and First Federal are a great match. Our relationship banking style is what so many people are searching for. Our goal is to combine personal banking and technology with banking specialists giving the customer choices in how and when they do their banking. There is a lot to be said for technology, but the human connection continues to play a very important role in all of our branches, “said Dawnya Scarano, Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

First Federal is proud to introduce their dynamic Fairhaven team of knowledgeable bankers: Troy Wills, Vice President, Market Area Manager, who also manages the Barkley Boulevard location; Tiffany Borchert, Customer Sales & Service Manager; Andy Powell, Universal Banker Lead; and Tina Ruff, Universal Banker. Troy and team look forward to building consumer and business banking relationships, as well as participating in community activities and local economic development.

About First Federal:  First Federal is a subsidiary of First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB). First Federal is a Washington-chartered, community-based savings bank headquartered in Port Angeles, WA. First Federal is currently serving Western Washington through 11 banking centers; located within Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.

www.ourfirstfed.com / (360)417.3204 / (800)800.1577