Joining an Elite Group, Northwest CU Professionals Earn Credit Union Development Educator Certification

The credit union’s version of an Ivy League college, the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) trains credit union professionals to become Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs). Among the forty credit union professionals attending the intensive training this Spring were three from the Northwest. Jim Morrell, Peninsula Credit Union and Christine Walsh Rogers, TAPCO Credit Union in Washington, and Toni Silbernagel, Maps Credit Union in Oregon received their certification from the week-long training in Madison, Wisconsin. The prestigious certification comes as a culmination of training in credit union philosophy while incorporating challenges credit unions face today.

“The DE experience was an opportunity to top off my tank of passion for assisting our members and the communities we serve,” said Spring DE Training attendee Jim Morrell, President/CEO of Peninsula Credit Union in Shelton, Wash. “Through experiential learning, collaboration, and engaging with bright minds from within and around the credit union industry, the program ignites synergy in many different ways. Together CUDEs will drive the passion that our industry needs to ‘Unite for Good’ and continue to benefit millions of credit union members in this country and around the world.”

The CUDE program entailed group exercises, field trips, and issue discussions with speakers from around the credit union world. Participants are also required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate situations in any given area.

“DE training is a life and career changing immersion into the history, philosophy and issues that transformed how I think about why and how we do our jobs within the credit union movement,” said Christine Walsh Rogers, Director of Marketing at TAPCO Credit Union in Fircrest, Washington. “The relationships I have built here will provide me a network of the most committed, innovative and intelligent people I have ever had the chance to work and learn with. From tackling local to international issues, together we are stronger in the true cooperative spirit.”

The CUDE certification for CU Development Educators ensures that their unique cooperative principled philosophy—setting the industry apart from its banking relatives—is promoted and practiced in credit unions across the country.

The next DE Training will be held at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wisconsin on September 4-11, 2013.  Registration is still open and can be found on the NCUF website.


Questions? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225,

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