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Centerpointe Team

Management Team


    Mahlon L. Vigesaa, Vice Chairman, President and CEO, Director has over 35 years of banking experience. Prior to organizing CenterPointe Community Bank, Mr. Vigesaa served as Executive Vice President at Imperial Bank, a $7.5 billion commercial bank based in Los Angeles, California. His responsibilities included management of the multi-state branch system, all the operational and technology groups as well as being a senior member of Imperial Bank’s Management Committee. Prior to that position, Mr. Vigesaa was Senior Vice President and a key member of U.S. Bank’s management team, from 1994 to 1998 in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Vigesaa began his banking career with Valley National Bank in Arizona. In his 24 years with the bank, he held many positions including management of the operations of the 225 office branch network, branch administration, commercial credit operations, customer support centers, cash vaults and other operational areas. He defined overall operational strategy for standardization and centralization, and developed and implemented improvements in 14 states. His education includes Mankato Commercial College, Mesa Community College and Arizona State University. Mr. Vigesaa has been a resident of the Northwest for over 19 years and resides in Hood River, Oregon.


     Robert Coleman, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer is a seasoned, well rounded banking professional with over 35 years of C-level experience in the banking profession. Prior to joining the CenterPointe Bank Executive Management Team, Mr. Coleman served as President/CEO/CFO/Director of Islanders Bank, headquartered in Friday Harbor, Washington. He also gained valuable De Novo banking experience as a Founder, President/COO/CFO and Director of NW Community Bank, headquartered in Fircrest, Washington. Mr. Coleman served as Executive Vice President/CFO for the following financial institutions headquartered in Washington state: Bank of Tacoma, Tacoma, Washington; First Community Bank, Lacey, Washington, and Ben Franklin National Bank, Pasco, Washington. He has an M.B.A. from Ashford University and is a 1988 graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School (University of Washington).


     Vern L. Mohlis, Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer grew up on an Iowa farm and is a 1985 graduate of Wartburg College in Business Administration with a minor in Economics. He entered banking and lending with Norwest Financial in 1985. His training and experience allowed him to earn positions in community bank sized organizations in Wyoming and Montana including positions as Senior Lender and as President. Prior to accepting his position with CenterPointe Community Bank, his most recent position was as Chief Lending Officer at Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan in Farmington, MO. Mr. Mohlis has lending experience in agriculture, commercial, and consumer lending fields. Mr. Mohlis participates in various civic organizations including Kiwanis, Rotary, and the SBDC advisory committee.


     Willemina Van Pelt, SVP & Compliance / Operations, has over 35 years of banking experience. Ms. Van Pelt started her banking career at Bank of Sunnyside after graduating from Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington with a BA degree. Prior to moving to Hood River, Ms. Van Pelt served as Vice President at Comerica Bank servicing the Southern California Region. Ms. Van Pelt also worked for Peoples National Bank in Seattle and US Bank, Seattle and Portland, Audit Divisions 1977-1997. Her love of community and the Northwest brought her to Hood River, Oregon to help start CenterPointe Community Bank in 2007. Ms. Van Pelt is currently a Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer (CCBCO) and serves on the Compliance and Operations Committees of the Oregon Bankers Association and the Compliance Education Committee for Western Independent Bankers Association. Ms. Van Pelt is active in the community and has served as Past President of the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce and member of the Hood River International Lions Club.


     Juel Turner, VP & Human Resources Manager, Executive Assistant, has 30+ years of banking experience. Prior to joining CenterPointe in February 2008 she held various positions in executive management/board support, project management, performance management and statistical reporting. She also gained valuable De Novo banking experience working for the Chairman/President/CEO of Capital Pacific Bank in Downtown Portland, Oregon. She is currently on the Oregon Bankers Association Human Resources Committee and has served on this Committee since 2012. Ms. Turner has been a resident of Oregon for most of her life and currently resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon.


     Marcie Zorza, VP & Assistant Controller, has over 20 years of banking experience. Prior to joining CenterPointe in 2008 she held the following positions with Columbia River Bank; Internal Auditor, Operations Officer, Personal Banker/Teller. She volunteers her time in fundraising events for the local youth. Ms. Zorza has been a resident of Hood River most of her life and currently resides in Hood River, Oregon.

Branch Managers & Business Relationship Managers


     John Kasberger, SVP / Chief Lending Officer,



     Judi Hicks, VP / Business Relationship Manager,



     Ruth De La Rosa, VP / Business Relationship Manager,



     Shae Kasinger, VP & Branch Manager, The Dalles Office, has over 11 years of banking experience. Prior to joining CenterPointe in 2008 she held the following positions with Columbia River Bank and Wells Fargo Bank; Private Banking, Real Estate Loan Officer, Operations Manager and New Accounts/Teller. She volunteers her time and is active in her community. She is currently a member of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Board of HAVEN (serving victims of domestic violence). Ms. Kasinger has been a resident of The Dalles most of her life and currently resides in The Dalles, Oregon.



     Karalee Chabotte, VP & Branch Manager, Hood River & Bingen Offices, has 25 years of banking experience. Prior to joining CenterPointe Bank in September of 2010, Ms. Chabotte was a Branch Manager of the First Independent Bank branch in Vancouver and in Bingen. She worked for the Bank of America for 9 years in Mesa, Arizona, Portland and Vancouver. She also worked for Key Bank of Oregon as a Personal Banker, Operations Manager and then a Floater from Albany to Portland. Currently, Ms. Chabotte resided in White Salmon, WA where she has lived for 8 years. Ms. Chabotte is a Past President for the Rotary Club of White Salmon/Bingen and a current member of the club, current board member (Secretary) of the Skyline Hospital Foundation, and Volunteer Firefighter for White Salmon.




Bingen Office
The Dalles Branch
Hood River Branch
111 N. Oak St. 1100 W Sixth St. 2500 Cascade Ave.
Bingen, WA 98605 The Dalles, Oregon 97058 Hood River, Oregon 97031
509.493.0303 541.298.2600 541.308.1300