There have been a few changes around the Wallingford Branch in the past year. Get to know your new Wallingford Branch employees and catch up on what is going on with a few old favorites.

Those of you who are long-time members may have noticed a few changes around the Wallingford Branch in the past year. I thought our members might like to get know some of our newer employees better and to catch up with what is happening with some of their old favorites.

Abby Siefer is the newest member of the Wallingford Branch. She recently moved back to Washington from Minneapolis to be close to family and became a Member Service Representative at Verity in November. She loves it! In her spare time Abby is learning to play the bass guitar, training to run a marathon with her brother by the end of the year and wants to be a photographer when she grows up.

Barton Jackson has been a Member Service Representative at Verity for one year in April. Originally from Idaho, Barton is currently training to be a Senior Member Service Representative. Outside of working hours he is a spoken word poet who can be seen most Tuesday nights performing at the Seattle Poetry Slam.

Ben Wilson got his start with Verity over four years ago and has worked at the Beacon Hill, Northgate and Wallingford branches. Currently the Operations Assistant Manager at Wallingford as well as Branch Security Officer, Ben was a youth soccer coach for nine years. Ben wants you to know that he could eat pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner and never get sick of it.

James Chang is the Regional Operations Manager for the Wallingford and Federal Building branches. He has been at Verity for almost four years and is glad to be a part of the great community here in Wallingford. In his spare time James is getting into running and hopes to run a marathon in two years.

Joe Lancaster recently transferred to the Wallingford Branch from the Alderwood Branch. He is our Relationship Associate and has been with Verity for five years. Joe is currently working on his MBA and he loves basketball.

Lara Simmons just celebrated her one year anniversary as a Member Service Representative at Verity. She recently started blogging on Verity Voices and is looking into becoming certified as a Financial Counselor. Outside of work Lara is mom to two very active boys, writes a personal blog, and enjoys running, yoga and meditation whenever she can.

Paul McJannet – is the Regional Relationship Manager for the Wallingford and Northgate branches. He will have been at Verity for fifteen years on tax day (4/15/11) this year. Over the years he has held many positions here at Verity including: Member Service Representative, Branch Officer at Beacon Hill, Assistant Branch Manager at the Federal Building, and Branch Manager at Beacon Hill, Northgate AND Alderwood branches. When not working, Paul enjoys playing ice hockey, indulging his Oakley obsession and purchasing home theater gear.

And now for updates from some of our former staff:

Carrie Ouradnick moved back to Madison, WI in December. She is currently keeping busy protesting at the State Capital and “knitting for Democracy.”

d’Arcy Rippner-Montague gave birth to twin boys in October and is currently enjoying being a stay-at-home mom. In her spare time she paints and is so buff from lugging two gigantic boys around that she might inadvertently become a body builder.

Sterling Roszel was promoted to Relationship Associate at the Beacon Hill Branch almost a year ago and he loves it. He is very involved in the Beacon Hill community and has just been elected Treasurer of the Beacon Hill Merchant’s Association. Sterling is incredibly grateful to be part of such an amazing and dynamic team at Beacon Hill.

Lara Simmons

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