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United States Development Education (DE) Program Awards

The United States Development Education (DE) Program Awards provide U.S. trained Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) the opportunity to honor those individuals who exemplify what DE stands for through their individual or cooperative efforts to make a difference in their credit union, community or on a national/international basis. Examples may include marketing and communications around the DE program to enhance participation, coordinating a project which benefits a local or national community, developing a fundraising strategy to benefit a local charity or credit union organization, promoting financial literacy and education to youth and adults, reaching decision makers through advocacy efforts, providing technical assistance to a credit union or related organization, or completing an international volunteer project. The awards are typically presented during the annual DE Workshop.

These awards will be given in the following three categories:
  • Individual Achievement: - honors a single individual for accomplishments that have made a significant impact on the national or international basis. Nomination should cite a specific achievement.
  • Cooperative Spirit Award: honors a group of individuals for a project that has made a significant difference to a community, school, a credit union or the greater credit union movement.
  • Lifetime Achievement:  honors an individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the credit union movement and the DE program over several years of service.

2017 Award Winners

  • Lifetime Achievement: Marlene Shiels
  • Individual Achievement: Brandi Stankovic
  • Cooperative Spirit: Coastal Federal Credit Union CUDEs
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2016 Award Winners

  • Lifetime Achievement: Larry Blanchard
  • Individual Achievement: Kathy Chartier
  • Cooperative Spirit: Credit Unions Care spearheaded by Karen Hart
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2015 Award Winners

  • Lifetime Achievement: Joanne Todd
  • Individual Achievement: Carla Decker
  • Cooperative Spirit: The Disclosures (Chad Helminak and Christopher Morris)

Past DE Award Winners


  • Lifetime Achievement: Michael Ray
  • Individual Achievement: Melvin Edwards
  • Cooperative Spirit: CU Aware (Patrick Livingston and Brandon McAdams)

  • Lifetime Achievement: Bob Schumacher
  • Individual Achievement: Paul Thompson
  • Cooperative Spirit: North Carolina CUDEs

For More Information... Chad Helminak, Director of Credit Union Development & Cooperative Values Engagement, at (608) 231-4078 or