Trustees and Officers of American Financial Solutions

American Financial Solutions is a division of North Seattle Community College Foundation, a non-profit agency. It is governed by a Board of Trustees.


  • Jerome B. Gronfein, Chairman and Director
  • Joseph F. Jahn, Vice-Chairman and Director 
  • Carolyn Barton, Secretary and Director
  • Mary Ellen O'Keeffe, Director
  •  V. Lee Okarma Rees, Director
  • Williams Jarvis, Director
  • Dr. Chemene Crawford, Ex-officio Director
  • Andrew Bembry, Director


Cindy R. Seremek, CPA, President

Ms. Seremek joined American Financial Solutions as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer in May 2004. In June of 2012 she was appointed President.  Her prior positions include senior business consulting and management as a Senior Audit Manager with the accounting firm Grant Thornton, LLP, where she worked with a variety of publicly and privately held manufacturing, distribution, real estate and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining American Financial Solutions, she was the Vice President of Finance for a venture capital firm specializing in companies that develop Internet applications, where she oversaw the accounting functions and financial reporting for twelve companies. At American Financial Solutions, she is responsible for the Organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives, ensuring the delivery of high quality services while managing for current and future growth and providing leadership in program development, organizational and financial plans.

Ms. Seremek is a member and Past Chairman of the Not-for-Profit Committee of the Washington Society of CPAs. She is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs and has served on several community boards including Soroptimist International and Food Lifeline.

Ms. Seremek earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Montana State University.

Kim Nguyen, Treasurer

Ms. Nguyen joined American Financial Solutions in January 2008.  Ms. Nguyen has worked in all the accounting areas at American Financial Solutions and was promoted to Controller in December 2017.  In February 2018, she was elected Treasurer by the Board of Directors.  Prior to joining American Financial Solutions, Ms. Nguyen worked as a staff accountant and office manager for two local for-profit entities.  Her responsibilities at American Financial Solutions include managing and overseeing the accounting, financial reporting and budgeting functions.

Ms. Nguyen attended the Central Washington University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.