Eight Washingonians Earn Credit Union Development Educator Status on Puget Sound Island

Eight credit union professionals from Washington earned their Development Educator (DE) designation after a week-long training at Islandwood, a school on Bainbridge Is., Wash. They include:

  • Josh Allison, Horizon Credit Union
  • Earlene Fantz, American Lake Credit Union
  • Justin Martin, Verity Credit Union
  • Karen Mattson, WSECU
  • Hector Montano, Verity Credit Union
  • Danielle Nelson, Verity Credit Union
  • Nancy Pullen, Washington Credit Union League
  • Kirk Smith, Twin Star Credit Union

D.E. training helps individuals develop a deeper understanding on credit union philosophy, cooperation, collaboration, differentiation and other development issues.

“I understood the difference credit unions made here in the US, but I now understand how valuable our movement is on an international platform as well,” stated Josh Allison of Horizon Credit Union. “Speaking to credit union advocates representing countries that include the Philippines, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan allowed me to better understand the role credits unions truly play in serving the underserved of our world.”

In addition to the eight Washingtonians who completed the training, one Oregonian—Adam VanCleave of Chetco Federal Credit Union—rounds out the latest Northwest DE Class of 2010.

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