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 
  • James R. Medley, Director  and Secretary
  • Carolyn Barton, Director
  • Mary Ellen O'Keeffe, Director
  • Reed Davis, Director
  •  V. Lee Okarma Rees, Director
  • Warren Brown, Ex-Officio Director
  • Williams Jarvis, 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.

Therese A. Coad, Treasurer

Ms. Coad joined American Financial Solutions as Treasurer in January 2014.  She comes from a varied background of working with many Seattle based non-profit corporations.  She was the Chief Financial Officer of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra during the construction of Benaroya Hall and the Controller and Director of Finance of the Infectious Disease Research Institute, a bio-medical research non-profit in Seattle, WA.  Additionally, her experience includes having worked for the auditing firm of Deloitte and Touche (formerly known as Touche Ross & Co.) and performing consulting services in audit and financial areas.   Her responsibilities at American Financial Solutions include managing and overseeing the accounting, financial reporting and budgeting functions.

Over the past 25 years, Ms. Coad has served as Treasurer and Board member on the Boards of Directors of many community non-profit groups.

Ms. Coad attended the University of Washington, where she earned degrees in Music and Music History and Seattle University, where she completed her undergraduate accounting courses as well as the Foundation courses of an MBA.