During the first week of May, 40 credit union professionals became Credit Union Development Educators in Madison,Wis., after participating in group exercises, field trips and issue discussions with speakers from around the credit union system.
To complete the program, they were required to conclude team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area.
NCUF’s Credit Union Development Education training helps both new and veteran credit union professionals understand the philosophy of the credit union and apply it to day-to-day operating principals while reminding leaders why they joined the movement in the first place.
“During DE training, we work to ensure the lessons in credit union philosophy are applicable and relevant to current events,” said Lois Kitsch, DE facilitator and NCUF national program director. “For example, for the final case studies, participants worked through and presented solutions to critical issues that included credit union solutions to payday lending, a small credit union merger dilemma, the low-income designation, building an Islamic banking center, developing a credit union awareness campaign, and league consolidation.”
Graduates acquire skills in credit union outreach initiatives, problem solving, technical assistance, team building and public presentation. In addition, they join a networking group including over 1,000 graduates across America and over 30 other countries.
“My experience at DE training was eye-opening and inspirational,” said Lisett Olsen, business development officer at Alhambra CU in Phoenix, Ariz. “We need to go out and tell our story so we can keep the unique legacy and vision of our founders alive of ‘people helping people.’ The DE program is the electricity that we need to light our continuing path to the future.”
The spring 2013 graduating class included credit union movement representatives from across the U.S., the Caribbean, and from the Philippines. They are:
- Sam Adams, SECU in North Carolina
- Linda Birt, Peoples Trust FCU in Texas
- Emma Boczar, Boulevard FCU in New York
- Dean Borland, Credit Union Resources Inc. in Texas
- Tom Candell, NCUF in Wisconsin
- Megan Carpenter, Champion CU in North Carolina
- Holly Carter, Central City CU in Wisconsin
- Jama Dagenhart, SECU in North Carolina
- Randall Dixon, Energey Capital CU in Texas
- Jamila Draper, PSCU Credit Union Cooperative Society in Trinidad
- Don Emmer, Best Advantage CU in Wisconsin
- Lindsay Hanson, Heritage CU in Wisconsin
- Chris Kemm, Mountain West CU Association in Colorado
- Karen Knowlton, Champion CU in North Carolina
- Patrick La Pine, League of Southeastern CUs in Florida
- Becky LaFontaine, Northeast Family FCU in Connecticut
- Tracy Lennox, Northeast Regional CU in Missouri
- Alana Listoe, Montana CU Network in Montana
- Vanessa Lowe, NCUA in Virginia
- Stacey Mills, Welcome FCU in North Carolina
- Vanessa Molla, Members CU in Connecticut
- Jim Morrell, Peninsula CU in Washington state
- Graham Nesbitt, BIU Members CU Co-Op Society in Bermuda
- Amy Nigrelli, CUNA in Wisconsin
- Lisett Olsen, Alhambra CU in Arizona
- David Paltza, Evangelical Christian CU in California
- Arna Reynolds, Amarillo Community FCU in Texas
- Carla Schrinner, CUNA in Wisconsin
- Shirley Senn, Corporate America CU in California
- Toni Silbernagel, MAPS CU in Oregon
- Kim Stephenson, SECU in North Carolina
- David Tuyo, Lending Solutions Inc. in Florida
- Kathy Varese, CUNA Mutual Group in Wisconsin
- Rudz Villanueva, National Confederation of Cooperatives in Philippines
- Christine Walsh Rogers, Tapco CU in Washington
- Grant Weiland, CU Association of Oklahoma
- Jamie Wenger, CUNA Mutual Group in Wisconsin
- Adena Whitman, League of Southeastern CUs in Florida
- Tawna Wolfe, Tarrant County CU in Texas
- Lisa Wyman, Complex Community FCU in Texas.
The next CUDE training will be held at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis. on Sept. 4-11, 2013.