45 CU Professionals Become Certified CU Development Educators (CUDEs)

Foundation’s Transformational CU Training held in Madison

Graduates of the April 2017 DE Training stand with training staff inside the World Credit Union Center Campus in Madison, Wis.
Graduates of the April 2017 DE Training stand with training staff inside the World Credit Union Center Campus in Madison, Wis.
Forty-five credit union professionals became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after being guided by dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the Foundation. The DE training was held April 26 – May 3, 2017 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis.

After attending the April DE Training, Kim Cromer, Director of Prepaid Services at CU24 Inc in Tallahassee, Fla., said, “DE Training didn’t just give me information on credit union philosophy and principles, it provided me with experiences that will last a lifetime! DE Training had a powerful impact that fueled an even a bigger fire in me to make a difference. DE training gives us purpose and now I’m an advocate of the credit union movement forever.”

Team Projects
DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. During the recent week-long program, participants were involved in group exercises, field trips, discussions with speakers from around the credit union system, and are required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area. For this training’s final case studies, participants worked through and presented solutions to critical issues that included financial stability among young adults and families, credit union board development, building microfinance programs in developing countries, credit union solutions to predatory lending, the increasing issue of homelessness in America, and rejuvenating a stagnant credit union.

Class Graduates
The most recent DE graduating class included credit union movement representatives from across the U.S, as well as representatives from Ghana, Scotland, Peru and Malawi. They are: Nana Agyepong, Ghana Co-Operative Credit Unions Association in Ghana; Myra Aranda, Complex Community FCU in Texas; Danielle Banks, Fairfax County FCU in Virginia; Barbara Begin, Heritage Family FCU in Vermont; Satya Bhadriraju, American Airlines FCU in Texas; Brad Buher, PSCU in Florida; Kim Cromer, CU24 Inc in Florida; Todd Cunningham, Central CU of Florida in Florida; Catherine Davenport, Capital Credit Union in the UK; Jack Davis, PSCU in Florida; Roy Echols, Suncoast CU in Florida; Victor Frasher, Educators Credit Union in Wisconsin; Lisa Johnson, Suncoast CU in Florida; Sharon Jones, Canton School Employees FCU in Ohio; Mark Joyce, Resource One CU in Texas; Drake Keller, Peach State FCU in Georgia; Morgan Kelsey, Texas People FCU in Texas; Tania Kolodziej, Streator Onized CU in Illinois; Scott Leiser, Rock Valley FCU in Illinois; Jodi Loe, Local Government FCU in North Carolina; Carrie Marek, First Family FCU in Oklahoma; Gabrielle McClure, Members Choice WV FCU in West Virginia; Sue McCue, Credit Union House in DC; Sonya McDonald, Randolph-Brooks FCU in Texas; Ron Moorehead, First Financial CU in New Mexico; Emily Moreno, Cornerstone Credit Union League in Texas; Fareeda Murrell, Guardians CU in Florida; Angel Phillips, Reliant FCU in Wyoming; Kyhle Porter, Elements Financial Federal Credit Union in Indiana; Arnold Ramirez, Thinkwise CU in California; Mara Rayner, Montana Credit Union Network in Montana; Carolyn Reeves, SchoolsFirst FCU in California; Tanya Romero, Guadalupe CU in New Mexico; Willard Ross, Coastal Federal Credit Union in North Carolina; Kristin Ryan, Credit Union National Association in Wisconsin; Francisco Sanchez, Peoples Trust FCU in Texas; Beth Schnabel, Filene Research Institute in Wisconsin; Renee Shipko, Truliant FCU in North Carolina; Paulo Tarazona Sanchez, Federacion Nacional De Cooperatives De Ahorro Y Cr in Peru; Alicia Vanness, Northern Paper Mills Credit Union in Wisconsin; Daniel Vasquez, GECU in Texas; Joan Wacker, Gesa CU in Washington; Francis Waliwa, United Civil Servants SACCO in Malawi; Matt Walusis, WyHy FCU in Wyoming; and Samantha Ziesemer, CUNA Mutual Group in Wisconsin.

2017 DE Trainings
The Foundation will be holding four DE Trainings this year all in Madison, Wis. The June training session is sold out, but registration for the September and November session will be opening up later this year. If you are interested in participating in one of the Fall 2017 DE Trainings, visit ncuf.coop to learn more or you can email cude@ncuf.coop to be put on a notification list for when registration opens up.

More April DE Training Testimonials
“DE was a transformative experience,” said Matthew Walusis, Cheyenne Financial Services Manager at WyHy FCU in Cheyenne, Wyo. “I have a new appreciation and mission for how my credit union needs to interact and serve within the communities it resides.”

“After DE Training, I feel part of something bigger than me and have a direct, personal connection to the “why”: members, community, service,” said Samantha Ziesemer, IT Manager at CUNA Mutual Group in Madison, Wis.

“DE Training helped me articulate the credit union difference more clearly and more importantly, it will help me live it day in and day out,” said Willard Ross, SVP Strategy & Talent at Coastal FCU in Raleigh, N.C.

More about the DE Program:
The mission of the Credit Union Development Education (DE) program is to promote credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive adult education and professional networking. By linking credit unions’ past and present, the DE program brings renewed relevance to credit unions’ seven cooperative principles and the philosophy of “People Helping People.”

Since 1982, more than 1,600 credit union advocates from over 35 countries have graduated from DE Training to become Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs). Once they earn their CUDE designation, people return to their jobs with a sense of personal enrichment and renewed energy to share what they have learned. This growing corps of credit union advocates devotes professional and volunteer time to spreading the credit union message to audiences throughout the country.

For more information on the DE program, visit www.ncuf.coop under “How We Help”.

About the National Credit Union Foundation (ncuf.coop):
The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is the charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement and works as a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Through grants and programs, the Foundation is strengthening financial well-being, igniting passion and instilling knowledge about the credit union difference, and uniting resources to help credit union people during disaster. Donations to the Foundation ultimately enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals and achieve financial freedom..

The National Credit Union Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. The Foundation continues to earn the
Better Business Bureau seal of approval as an “Accredited Charity” for meeting all 20 BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for national charities.

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