Unitus Executive Patricia Smith Elected To Doernbecher Foundation Board Of Directors

04/02/11  Portland, Ore.

The Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation has announced the election of Patricia E. "Pat" Smith, M.B.A., to its board of directors.

Smith, a resident of Camas, Washington, is president and chief executive officer of Unitus Community Credit Union (formerly Oregon Telco Community Credit Union), a position she has held since March 2002.

In her role at Unitus, Smith has been active in the Credit Unions for Kids program, a grassroots effort involving more than 100 Oregon and Southwest Washington credit unions. Through fund-raising initiatives ranging from bake sales to golf tournaments to an annual wine auction, the program has raised more than $7 million for Doernbecher during the past 20 years.

"We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Pat to our board of directors," said Sue Nicol, executive director of the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation. "Pat has been a leader in the Credit Unions for Kids program for many years, and we're so grateful for the chance to work with her even more closely in her new role as a board member."

Before joining Unitus, Smith served 22 years with Boeing Employees' Credit Union in Seattle, where she held senior positions including vice president of corporate planning and development and vice president of operations. Having served on numerous boards and committees, she is well known in local and national credit union associations. She holds the designations of Certified Consumer Credit Executive (CCCE), and Certified Senior Executive (CSE), and was also the first recipient of the Credit Union Executives Society's National Operations Professional of the Year in 1992. She has served on the University of Washington alumni council and is a former advisor of the University of Washington Class XV Advised Fund of the Seattle Foundation. She received her master's in business administration from the University of Washington and is a graduate of the executive development program at Cornell University.

The Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation is governed by a board of directors comprising civic leaders and members of Oregon and Southwest Washington’s business community. Elected to two-year terms, directors are responsible for formulating long-range goals, policies and operating procedures.

The Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that exists to secure private philanthropic support for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, the region's premier pediatric medical center. The foundation raises funds from individuals, companies, foundations and organizations, and invests and manages gifts in accordance with donors' wishes.