BECU, Gesa, TwinStar CU Staff Among Latest CUDE Class in Madison

DE program graduates on their last day.

40 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 National Credit Union Foundation. The DE training was held November 2-9, 2016 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Graduates from the Northwest included:

Tom Berquist, SVP, Marketing and Co-Op Affairs with BECU;

Brandon Allison, Education and Outreach Specialist, Gesa Credit Union;

Katie Dovalle, Marketing Coordinator, Gesa Credit Union;

Devin Boyd, Senior Executive Assistant, TwinStar Credit Union.

“The DE Program is simply an UNBELIEVABLE eye-opening experience that inspires you to go out and make a huge positive impact on the world,” said Boyd.

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 disruption, 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.

2017 DE Trainings

The November DE Training was the last training of 2016 and four are scheduled for 2017 in Madison. If you are interested in participating in one of the 2017 DE Trainings, visit to learn more or you can email to be put on a notification list for when registration opens up. 

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