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Board of Directors

Elected by our members, Sound’s board helps set the strategic direction of the credit union and oversees our fiduciary responsibility.

Board of Directors

Elected by our members, Sound’s board helps set the strategic direction of the credit union and oversees our fiduciary responsibility.

Meet our Board of Directors

Shelley Coleman, Chair

Shelley Coleman retired from the City of Auburn in 2019 as the Director of Finance. She has over 25 years of governmental accounting, audit, and finance experience and worked at the State Auditor Office where she conducted independent audits of local governments.

Ms. Coleman graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Ms. Coleman is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with the Washington State Board of Accountancy. She maintains her CPA license by completing 40 hours of accounting and auditing professional continuing education credits.

Shelley Coleman joined Sound Credit Union as a member of the Audit Committee in 2009 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2012. She served as the Audit Committee Chair from 2013 to 2018, and as the Employee Benefits Chair from 2018 to 2022.

Awards & Accolades:

  • 2012 CUNA VAP Board Financial Literacy Certification

John Bauder, Vice Chair

John Bauder is a Senior Vice President and Commercial Real Estate Broker for Lee & Associates. in Tacoma. He has been in the real estate industry since 1985, and has been involved in numerous sale and lease transactions for offices, industrial buildings and land. His expertise includes real estate and market analysis, negotiating transactions and site selection. Prior to joining CBRE, John was with Neil Walter Company. John is a member of the newly formed Tacoma City Manager’s Economic Development Advisory Group.

Mr. Bauder was an Instructor at the University of Washington Tacoma for their Commercial Real Estate Certificate Program between 2006 and 2009. He is also an active participant with Habitat for Humanity locally and abroad. John participated in a Habitat Global Village builds in Guatemala in 2013 and in Budapest, Hungary in 2016. Additionally, he completed builds in Tijuana, Mexico through Amor Ministries in 2001 and 2003.

John was elected to the Sound Credit Union Board of Directors in 2016. He served as the Policy Committee Chair from 2018 to 2020, and as the Governance Committee Chair since 2020.

Awards & Accolades:

  • 2017 CUNA VAP Board Financial Literacy Certification
Sound Credit Union Director John Bauder

Barry Wallis, Secretary/Treasurer

Barry Wallis founded Wallis Law Firm, PLLC in 2007. Since then he has built his law firm and his other law related businesses into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. Areas of focus have included civil litigation, business law, contract negotiation, dispute resolution, trust account management, debt restructuring, verifying corporate accounting, and regulatory compliance. He has worked in the field of law since 2004 holding positions at Wallis & Wallis Attorneys at Law and at Barton Strever PC.

Mr. Wallis received his Bachelor of Arts in European Cultural Studies from the American University of Paris, his Masters of Environmental Studies from Evergreen State College, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon.

Mr. Wallis is currently an Executive Committee Board Member of the American Inns of Court, the Co-Chairman of the Board at the Cardozo Society, an Eagle Member of the Washington Association for Justice, and a Member of the Washington State Bar Association. He is also a founding member and current President of the Slavic Bar Association of Washington (SBAW). Mr. Wallis joined the Sound Board of Directors in 2015. He served as Governance Committee Chair from 2018 to 2020, and as the Policy Committee Chair since 2020.

Mr. Wallis’ connection to Sound Credit Union runs deep as he owns the Historic Sunset Telephone and Telegraph building. It was in this building that many of the founding members of Sound Credit Union worked when the organization was originally formed in 1940.

Awards & Accolades:

  • 2018 CUNA VAP Board Financial Literacy Certification
  • 2015 Avvo rating of “Superb” “10 out of 10” for Mr. Wallis as an attorney in Washington State
  • 2015 Named by Supreme Court Justice Debora Stephens to serve as a Barrister with the American Inns of Court

Haluk Demirkan, Ph.D., Director, Audit Committee Member

Haluk Demirkan, Ph.D., was appointed to the Board in 2017, was elected to the Board in 2018, and also elected to the Audit Committee in 2020. He served as Information Security Committee Chair since 2020. He brings roughly 20 years of professional experience advising more than 40 Fortune 500 companies in data analytics, service innovation and digital transformation with smart machines and service-oriented technology and management.

Dr. Demirkan founded the University of Washington Tacoma business school’s Center for Business Analytics and Master of Science in Business Analytics Programs, and serves as their director.

Dr. Demirkan received a Ph.D. in Information Systems and Operations Management, and earned his post-master’s in Engineering, a master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a bachelor’s of science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Demirkan co-founded the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals—a nonprofit to promote human-centered “smart” services for value and outcome. Recognized for his expertise in his field, Dr. Demirkan frequently serves as an expert reviewer, panelist and speaker.

Awards & Accolades:

  • 2018 CUNA VAP Board Financial Literacy Certification
  • Milgard School of Business Endowed Professor of Service Innovation & Business Analytics
  • Project Management Institute Certified Project Manager
  • 2015 IBM Cognitive Systems Institute Faculty Award on “Deep Analytics & Learning: Leveraging Watson’s Deep Thinking & Smart Services”
  • 2014 Ranked 5th in Top 100 World-wide Researchers by the Association for Information Systems
  • 150+ publications in professional and academic outlets
head shot of Haluk Demirkan

Brenda Goodson-Moore, Director

Brenda Goodson-Moore has worked in the public sector for more than 16 years and currently serves as the Chief Equity Officer for the City of Auburn, WA.  She brings her systemic thinking, operational creativity and passion for building authentic relationships to her role, leading alignment and cross-functional collaboration around the advancement of the City’s Inclusive Auburn Initiative.

Brenda is passionate about using her knowledge and personal experiences, as well as the experiences of employees and community members, to create inclusive and equitable workplaces where everyone feels they belong. She is an advocate for educating and engaging in courageous conversations that embrace the core principles of diversity, racial equity, and inclusion. Brenda believes that people thrive in their professional and personal lives when they have a strong sense of belonging and can participate in environments that remove barriers to equity and access, celebrate differences, and provide opportunities to create shared understanding.

Ms. Goodson-Moore lives in Auburn and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from DePaul University with a concentration in Organizational Development, as well as certificates in Leadership, Human Resources and Change Management. She began her career in Healthcare Management before moving into the public sector as a Finance Manager in 2006. Brenda was appointed to the Board in 2020, and was elected to the Board in 2021.

Awards & Accolades:

  • 2021 CUNA VAP Board Financial Literacy Certification
Brenda Goodson-Moore, Sound Credit Union Board of Directors

Jim Griggs, Director, Audit Committee Chair

Jim Griggs has 34 years of extensive public sector audit and management experience. He spent 33 years with the Washington State Auditor’s Office, retiring October 2017.

A retired Naval Officer, Mr. Griggs spent over 30 years in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves, where he attained the rank of Commander.  He was mobilized in November 2007 during Operation Iraqi Freedom and assigned to the Joint Personnel Recovery Center, Baghdad, Iraq; where he served as the Senior Intelligence Officer, Deputy Director and Director. He was demobilized in January 2009.

Mr. Griggs has been recognized and awarded in both his civilian and military careers. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a Concentration in Accounting, from the University of Washington.

Jim joined the Sound Credit Union Board of Directors and Audit Committee in 2018. Additionally, Mr. Griggs serves as Commissioner for Public Hospital District #1 at Valley Medical Center.

Awards & Accolades:

  • 2018 CUNA VAP Board Financial Literacy Certification
Jim Griggs

Altaf Merchant, Ph.D., Director

Since 2008, Altaf Merchant, Ph.D. has taught marketing in the Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington, Tacoma. He now serves as the Gary E. and James A. Milgard Endowed Dean of the school.

Prior to teaching, Dr. Merchant was a brand/marketing manager for several global brands. He coordinated marketing teams and launched products and campaigns internationally across several countries in Asia, Europe and Africa.

Dr. Merchant is a visiting professor at the University of Lorraine, and the Aix-Marseille University in France, and senior research fellow at the King’s College in the United Kingdom.

He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, an MBA in Marketing and a Bachelor’s in Commerce.

Dr. Merchant serves as associate editor of the Journal of Advertising Research and is program co-chair of the 2019 Academy of Marketing Science Conference. Because of his research, Dr. Merchant has made around 50 conference presentations around the world, and has published over 25 peer reviewed articles. His research focuses on advertising, branding, cross-cultural and nonprofit marketing issues.

Locally, Dr. Merchant consults on advertising, branding and management strategy. Clients have included Hasbro Toys, Annie Wright Schools, the United Way of Pierce County, and PBS.

Dr. Merchant was appointed to the Board in 2017, and elected to the Board in 2018.

Awards & Accolades:

  • 2018 CUNA VAP Board Financial Literacy Certification
  • 2014 MBA Faculty of the Year Award
  • 2013 Great Mind Award, Advertising Research Foundation, New York
  • 2013 Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management
  • 2013 Most Inspirational Faculty Award
  • 2008 Best Paper Award, International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing
Image Altaf Merchant

Terry Pentimonti, Director, Audit Committee

Terry Pentimonti is the Director of Accounting and Finance for a privately owned company in Tacoma.  For over 30 years Ms. Pentimonti has provided accounting and finance leadership to a broad array of companies and institutions from large privately held corporations to small local businesses, as well as non-profit entities and community organizations.

Ms. Pentimonti began her career with a large public accounting firm where she specialized in advisory services for small businesses.  After leaving public accounting, Ms. Pentimonti joined the Securities and Exchange Commission where her work focused on disclosure practices of registered issuers of securities, and interpretive assistance to companies with respect to accounting rules.

Ms. Pentimonti received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and her M.B.A. in Accounting from Santa Clara University.  In addition, Ms. Pentimonti holds a C.P.A. license.

Ms. Pentimonti is active in the Tacoma and Pierce County communities and has served as a board member for several non-profit organizations, frequently as Treasurer.

Terry was elected to the Sound Credit Union Board of Directors and the Audit Committee in 2022.

Terry Pentimonti Sound Credit Union Board of Directors

David Wasson, Director

David Wasson began his career in the retail coffee industry in 1989, and joined Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters in Olympia in 1995. He served as the company’s first Retail Operations Manager and in 2001 was promoted to Vice President/Finance. He added the position of General Manager in 2004. In 2017, Mr. Wasson was promoted to President, and in this capacity oversees operations in Olympia and Atlanta. Previously Mr. Wasson was a Circulation District Manager at The News Tribune for eleven years. He received his Certificate in Accounting from City University.

Mr. Wasson currently serves as President of the Olympia Downtown Association and as Commissioner on the City of Lacey Planning Commission. He started in the credit union movement in 1979 as a volunteer on the Marketing Committee with Tribune Credit Union which later merged with Sound Credit Union. In 1980 he joined the Supervisory Committee of Tribune and also served as a Director. He began his service at Sound as a member of the Supervisory Committee in 1989, and became a member of the Board in 1994. He has served in every Board leadership role including three terms as Chair and has chaired the Audit Committee, the Information Security Committee, and the Employee Benefits Committee.

Awards & Accolades:

  • 2012 CUNA VAP Credit Union Leadership Certification
  • 2012 CUNA VAP Board Financial Literacy Certification
  • 2012 CUNA VAP Roy R. Bergengren Award
  • 2002 CUNA VAP Friedrich W. Raiffeisen Award
  • 1999 CUNA VAP Supervisory Committee Award
  • 1989 CUNA VAP Edward A Filene Award
  • 1988 CUNA VAP Board of Directors Award

Serving on the Board

Members of Sound’s Board serve one-, two-, or three-year terms. If you are interested, download our application to learn more and apply.
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Directors and committee members are offered compensation based on their level of service.
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