News & Notes: Here’s What’s Happening Around the Northwest

TwinStar’s CLO Becomes Certified Development Educator

TwinStar Credit Union’s Chief Lending Officer Sharon Weinberg, along with 43 other credit union professionals around the country, recently became a certified Credit Union Development Educator (DE). The National Credit Union Foundation holds DE training programs to provide critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges that credit unions face today.

NCUF Chairman and floridacentral Credit Union President and CEO Laida Garcia, who also participated in the program, said, “NCUF’s DE training was an enriching experience that will stay with me for years to come. While I have 35 years of experience in the credit union industry, my week at DE Training re-kindled my passion and spirit for our cooperative movement and roots.”

The Fall DE training was held September 10-17 at the Lowell Center on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wisconsin. Winter and Spring 2015 program registration is still open online.

Peninsula Branch Manager Awarded Bank On 2.0 Scholarship

Jennifer Owens, Peninsula Credit Union’s Shelton branch manager, was awarded a scholarship to attend a national Bank On 2.0 summit in Washington D.C. at the beginning of November. Bank On is a national campaign to link the unbanked and under-banked with safe, affordable financial products and services from reputable financial institutions, leveraging the success of local government program and service delivery streams.

Peninsula President and CEO Jim Morrell told Anthem that Owens has been working hard for over a year to jumpstart Bank On’s efforts in Mason County.

Wauna Announces New Branch Manager

Wauna Credit Union announced that Cameron Willett has been selected as the new manager for its St. Helens and Scappoose branches. Willett comes to Wauna from Chase Bank’s St. Helens branch, where he served as branch manager and sales leader.

“We are very pleased to add Cameron to our team,” said Debi Smiley, COO and EVP. “The combination of his experience, skills, and familiarity with the needs of local residents and businesses will be of great value to everyone who visits our convenient and welcoming branches in St. Helens and Scappoose.”

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