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Congratulations to the October ’23 DE Class

Congratulations to the October '23 DE Class

DE October 2023 Group on stairs55 credit union leaders from across the United States, were designated as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after completing the National Credit Union Foundation’s signature Development Education (DE) program in October 2023. 

Delivered as an immersive week-long in-person event, the DE program is a unique, transformative training experience. It provides lessons in credit union structure, purpose and the “why” that differentiates credit unions from other financial institutions. Participants engage in small and large group exercises and interactive speaker sessions focused on the credit union difference, empathy, and financial well-being for all. 

This graduating class joins more than 2,000 credit union advocates from 35 countries who have previously received their CUDETM (Credit Union Development Educator) designation. 

The Foundation’s Director of Programs, Tobi Weingart, added, “The needs and expectations of consumers have radically changed since DE was established in 1982. But the opportunity for credit unions to leverage the cooperative principles to meet those needs—to work with empathy to understand their communities, and develop products and services that have a positive, measurable impact on them—remains. 

“The DE program’s longevity is testimony to the credit union movement’s unerring commitment to improve financial well-being for all.” 

The October 2023 DE graduating class included credit union movement representatives from across the United States. 

  • Bruce Adams, Credit Union League of Connecticut 
  • Jake Anfinson, StagePoint FCU 
  • Mohamed Awad, United Community Credit Union 
  • Dorothy Badia, Christian Financial Credit Union 
  • Christine Baker, Community Credit Union 
  • Mike Barbieri, Greylock FCU 
  • Jaymason Bramblee, OAHE FCU 
  • Kathy Brandl, Simplicity Credit Union 
  • Kristen Brechko, CUNA Strategic Services 
  • Amy Brodersen, Family Focus FCU 
  • Nadine Buerger, U.S. Eagle FCU 
  • Angela Cappocia, SchoolsFirst FCU 
  • Jocelyn Cassidy, Hello Credit Union 
  • Michelle Chesteine, Peach State FCU 
  • Darian Cobb, Local Government FCU 
  • Jordyn Cohen, CUCollaborate 
  • Patty Corkery, Michigan Credit Union League 
  • Karyn Davis, UP Arkansas FCU 
  • Ann Davis, 1st Mississippi FCU 
  • Elias Diaz, Houston Police FCU 
  • James Gagliano, First Commonwealth FCU 
  • Miguel Garcia, First Central CU 
  • Sarah Greenley, True Sky CU 
  • Aaron Halvorson, Credit Union National Association 
  • Justin Houle, Heartland CU 
  • Stacy Houston, Coastal CU 
  • Cynthia Johnson, Ent CU 
  • Angela Jones, TwinStar CU 
  • Ashley Kjenaas, NorthRidge Community CU 
  • Brian Knollenberg, BECU 
  • Amy Krasikov, Raiz FCU 
  • Chase Lege, Maple FCU 
  • Alice Lin, TruWest CU 
  • Danijel Ljuna, Suncoast CU 
  • Kimberly McDonald, American Airlines FCU 
  • Joseph Meicher, Royal Credit Union 
  • Ronald Menor, Kaua’i FCU 
  • Heather Minetree, People’s Advantage FCU 
  • David Murphy, Marshfield Medical Center CU 
  • Fatima Overton, Upward CU 
  • Alissa Pfeiffer, TruStage 
  • Melanie Quinton, Loyalty CU 
  • Colin Runion, Illinois Educators Credit Union 
  • Heiwote Tadesse, Associated CU 
  • Kerala Taylor, PixelSpoke 
  • Stephanie Tocher, WSECU 
  • Gene Turner, State Employees’ Credit Union 
  • Aubrey Ward, Veridian Credit Union 
  • Leslie Webb, United Bay Community Credit Union 
  • Lori Williams, Unitus Community CU 
  • Janine Williams, UVA Community Credit Union 
  • Bethani Williams, Spero Financial 
  • Jared Woodworth, Northeast Family FCU 
  • Chantal Zarbaugh, Kaua’i FCU 

The program was facilitated by the Foundation’s Chief Program Officer, Tobi Weingart and Jimese Harkley, VP of Membership at CUES and coordinated by Traci O’Neill, Executive Assistant at the Foundation. The class was mentored by Angela Prestil, FI Strategies, Christopher Court, Service 1st FCU, Michael Ray, PAHO/WHO FCU, and Michael Read, First Service CU. 

Interested in attending DE? 

Registration for 2024 DE is now available! To register for an upcoming program or for more information on DE, please visit ncuf.coop/development-education/program. To be added to the notification list to receive DE updates directly to your inbox, please contact [email protected]. 

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