OAK HARBOR, Wash., Feb. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Washington Banking Company (Nasdaq:WBCO), announced today that it elected two directors to serve on its Board of Directors. Rhoda Altom and Deborah Gavin, the newly-elected directors, were also elected to serve on the board of Whidbey Island Bank, the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary. "We are very fortunate to have Rhoda and Debbie joining our Board," stated Tony Pickering, Chairman of the Board for Washington Banking Company. "The depth of their financial expertise and broad business experiences will be great additions to the boardroom perspective." Pickering advised that Gavin was appointed to the Company's Audit and Compensation Committees, while Altom was appointed to the Audit Committee and Corporate Governance Committee. Rhoda Altom is a real estate investor and manager and has been the President and Managing Member of Milestone Properties and Milestone Managers since 1984. Milestone specializes in the acquisition and property management of commercial, retail, apartment, and land projects which are held in partnerships to own and operate properties in the Puget Sound area. Altom was the Facilities Manager for King Broadcasting Company for four years, and served as a Project Manager for Wright Runstad and Company and also for Howard S. Wright Construction Co. A resident of Seattle, Ms. Altom holds a BS degree in Engineering - Construction Management from Washington State University and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Washington. She is a founder and trustee of several philanthropic associations, including the YWCA Endowment Guild, Washington Women's Foundation, and Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund & PBTRF Guild at Children's Hospital. Altom received an Alumni Achievement Award from WSU in 2009. Deborah Gavin was employed by the Boeing Company for over 20 years and retired from the position of Vice President of Finance and Controller in 2010. Gavin served as an Undergraduate and Graduate Adjunct Accounting Faculty with City University, Seattle and was a Management Consultant for Deloitte. Prior to her employment with Boeing, Ms. Gavin was a Special Agent with the US Department of Treasury.