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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

Craig Curtis Elected to First Federal Community Foundation Board of Directors

At its annual meeting held on July 25, 2016, First Federal Community Foundation elected Craig A. Curtis to a two-year term on the local nonprofit’s board of directors. The Foundation also expressed gratitude to outgoing director Stephen Oliver, who has served on the foundation’s board of directors since its inception.

“We are delighted that Craig has joined our board of directors at this exciting time,” said Karen McCormick, Executive Director of the foundation. “He brings a wealth of talent and experience that will benefit the foundation and the communities we serve.”

Curtis is a registered architect and Principal at The Miller Hull Partnership, where he has been employed since 1987. He is also President of Katerra Architecture, LLC, a real estate design, manufacturing and construction company with a vision to make leading-edge buildings affordable and accessible to everyone in the world. Curtis has degrees in Architecture and Construction Management from Washington State University and chairs the External Advisory Board for the WSU Center for Environmental Research and Educational Outreach. A resident of Kitsap County for 26 years, Curtis has served on committees for the North Kitsap School District and the Suquamish Community Advisory Board. He has served on the board of directors of First Federal Bank since 2014.

Other Foundation directors include David Flodstrom, Chairman, and Karen McCormick, who is also the organization’s executive director. Foundation officers elected at the July 25th annual meeting are Joyce Ruiz, Secretary, and Regina Wood, Treasurer. First Federal President Larry Hueth is the foundation’s Registered Agent.

 

First Federal Community Foundation in the News!

“Bank Shares its Legacy”

Peninsula Daily News, February 21, 2016

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First Federal Community Foundation Begins Operations

First Federal Community Foundation today announced that it will begin accepting applications for grants in July of this year. The 501(c)3 private charitable corporation was funded with a gift of $400,000 in cash and 933,360 shares of stock in First Northwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles, upon the bank’s conversion to a public company in January 2015. As of March 31, the value of First Federal’s gift to its foundation exceeded twelve million dollars.

“We are pleased to announce that we are open for business,” said Foundation president David Flodstrom. “With this generous gift, the Foundation will build upon First Federal’s legacy of giving back to the communities it serves.”

The Foundation will accept applications from communities in which First Federal operates a full-service branch, which currently includes Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties.  Grants will be considered for proposals that conform to one or more of the Foundation’s four giving priorities: Community Support, Affordable Housing, Economic Development and Community Development.

“We are very excited about the Foundation’s potential,” said Foundation executive director Karen McCormick, formerly the President and CEO of First Federal. “Of particular interest to us is the opportunity to collaborate with others who are making a difference locally, and bring additional resources to projects and programs that will enhance the quality of life for all of us.”

Additional information, including grant guidelines, contact information and a downloadable application, is available on the Foundation’s website at https://www.firstfedcf.org.

 

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.