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Why volunteer groups?

Oikocredit Support Associations are collectives of volunteers whose members are engaged in promoting Oikocredit’s mission. Volunteer associations are part of a long-standing tradition in Oikocredit’s work. In addition to being active volunteers for Oikocredit, Support Associations are members of the Oikocredit International cooperative.

Oikocredit has two Support Associations based in the US – the Western Pennsylvania Support Association and the Oikocredit Northwest Support Association based in Seattle. Click on the regions to learn more about how you can get involved in your local Support Association.


Meet the Northwest Support Association

Our Purpose and Activities

Our Board and committees are comprised of dedicated volunteers who are committed to helping spread the word about microfinance as a pathway out of poverty.  We inform and educate our fellow citizens about microfinance in general and Oikocredit in specific. We do this primarily through discussions and hosting and participating in events.

Oikocredit Northwest Team

Steven De Board, President and Board Member

Steven believes that community and collaborative enterprises are essential to a more peaceful and just world. He has worked with local community organizations such as the Fremont Abby Arts Center. He is working toward a degree in Computational Mathematics and holds a B.A. from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

Amara Oden, Vice President and Board Member

Amara Oden has been working in the nonprofit sector for two decades and is still in love. Currently she’s serving the sector as Amara Oden Consulting, while an Mdiv student at Seattle University. She loves that OikocreditNW affords her the opportunity to help bring dignity and equity to the world. You can catch her at @amaraoden or fb amaraodenconsulting.

Tyler White, Treasurer and Board Member

Tyler is passionate about social and economic justice, and strongly believes that given rights and access to financial services, impoverished individuals will pull themselves out of poverty and minimize the imbalances of the global economy. In addition to his service with Oikocredit NW, Tyler works with the Community Alliance for Global Justice promoting the rights of smallholder African farmers. Tyler holds a B.A. in Economics from Bates College where he focused on global development, Mandarin Chinese and French.

Judy Andrews, Secretary and Board Member

Judy focuses her professional law practice on nonprofit corporation law, tax-exempt organizations and public finance.  She represents nonprofit organizations on corporate and tax exemption issues including determination of tax-exempt status, legal obligations of directors, organizational structure and roles of board and staff, conversion, merger and affiliation issues, federal tax-exemption issues and special fund revenue bond financings.  She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Seattle University’s Law School, as a member of the Secretary of State’s Charities Advisory Council and as chair of the Washington State Bar Association Nonprofit Corporations Committee.  She helped found and served as the first President of Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations (WAACO).  She is a graduate of Beloit College and Notre Dame Law School.

Stacy Andersen, Board Member

John Beatty, Board Member

John Berry, Board Member

John A. Berry has been engaged in promoting financial inclusion of marginalized populations for thirty years. John has worked internationally for the US Agency for International Development, the United Nations, the International Finance Corporation, United States Peace Corps, NGOs, foundations, and consulting firms on assignments in more than fifty countries. John has held long term positions in Swaziland, Rwanda, Tunisia, and Niger. John speaks French, Spanish, and Zarma, and holds an MA in Development Economics from Johns Hopkins and a BA in International Development and French from American University.  He is the author and editor of “Genocide in Rwanda: A Collective Memory” and numerous publications on microfinance.

Rick Hodson, Volunteer and Past Board Member

Rick is a founding member of Oikocredit Northwest and has served on the Board since 2008. After a 30 year career in the seafood business, Rick ‘retired’ in order to devote time to teaching, the arts and to economic justice activism. Rick has academic degrees from: BA (Japan Studies), American University/School of International Service; MA (Asian Studies), University of Hawaii; MA (Teaching), Seattle Pacific University.

David Mesenbring, Volunteer and Past Board Member

Mr. Mesenbring served as the Social Justice priest at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle for seven years during which time he helped establish Oikocredit Northwest. He previously founded a maritime industry nonprofit in Florida that serves international seafarers and has experience in 25 African countries where he has worked as a grant maker and become familiar with global development issues. He serves on several boards of directors including Oikocredit USA and the Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment. Mr. Mesenbring holds a B.A. from Kalamazoo College and a M.A. from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Greg Olson, Board Member

Greg founded Delightability with the belief that we all have the potential to do better. He brings his experiences across marketing, sales, engineering, services, and operations to help leaders and organizations make a bigger impact. His education includes a BSEE, and MBA from Seattle University while his informal and ongoing education is about how humans think and interact with brands and the world at large. A business coach, consultant, speaker, facilitator, and author he serves as a volunteer Board member for Oikocredit Northwest and an advisory board member for Seattle University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Sara Price, Board Member

Sara is an energetic and innovative collaborator with a passion for achieving maximum potential through start-ups and commercialization, sustainable business growth and economic development. Experienced strategy practice manager & consultant focused on growth strategy, innovation and collaborative commercialization. Experienced in a variety of sectors, including energy, construction, transportation and emerging technologies. Sara is passionate about:economic empowerment, environment, health, disaster and humanitarian relief, politics, poverty alleviation, and science and technology.

Cressida Slote, Coordinator

Cressida Slote has an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University, an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, and a Certificate in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute.)  She spent 4 years in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina working with international organizations, the U.S. Government, and U.S. and Bosnian NGOs to promotehuman rights, ethnic reconciliation, and democracy-building efforts.  After returning to the U.S., she travelled extensively to developing countries with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State.  Upon moving to the Pacific Northwest, she has used her skills and expertise to help organizations integrate responsible business practices into their operations. Contact her at

Aaron Smart, Board Member

Chad Toppass, Board Member

Chad Toppass has a passion for people and has made it his life mission to help others reach their full potential of leadership. He has an MBA and Certificate of Supply and Value Chain Management from Texas Christian University. He has more than 10 years of experience in the field of Customer Experience management. He currently manages the Voice of the Customer program at Nintendo of America. Prior to moving to Seattle he served as Chair of the Young Leaders Society of United Way, Tarrant County.