Walla Walla banker appointed to state partnership

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Walla Walla banker Dennis Gisi has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership.

Gisi, chief executive officer for Bank Reale in Pasco, was appointed with Kim Vu, executive director of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation, as of last December. The program’s mission is to promote financial education in K-12 classrooms, the announcement said.

“Both Dennis and Kim bring a passion and strong financial background to FEPPP,” said Chairwoman Sharon Tomiko Santos, in a prepared statement. “Their experience in teaching financial education will help advance FEPPP’s goal to provide Washington students with the skills to make smart financial decisions.” Santos serves in the Washington House of Representatives in District 37, and in addition to her involvement with the FEPPP, chairs the House Education Committee.

Gisi’s Bank Reale brings financial education to small businesses in the Pasco area. Gisi has been active in various PTAs, Junior Achievement, and the Foundation for Early Learning in Seattle. “I am very excited to be part of FEPPP’s mission,” he said in the announcement. “I believe financial knowledge is the basis for students and adults to improve family circumstances, job opportunities, and the ability to analyze financial choices.”

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