Five Northwest Credit Union Professionals Become CUDEs

Graduates gain insight into helping their credit union members and communities overcome financial and developmental issues.

Graduates stand for a group shot on stairway

Forty-two professionals graduated from the 2018 Credit Union Development Educators training program in November, with five hailing from the Northwest.

12/11/2018

Five Northwest credit union professionals are now certified as Credit Union Development Educators after completing the National Credit Union Foundation’s Credit Union Development Education Training in November.

Forty-two professionals became CUDE certified at the training attended by employees and volunteers from credit unions and system partners from across the nation and around the world.

CUDE Training is an experiential training program that provides lessons in credit union structure and purpose, and identifies how credit unions differ from other financial institutions.

During the National Credit Union Foundation’s week-long program, participants are involved in group exercises, field visits, and interactive speaker sessions that provide insights into how credit unions can leverage their unique business model to help their members and communities overcome the financial and developmental issues they face.

Northwest graduates include:

  • Danny McGuire, Consumer Loan Underwriter, Unitus Community Credit Union
  • Thomas Meyers, Director of Northern Region Branches, WSECU
  • Rachael Quinn, Training and Development Specialist, BECU
  • Rachel Snyder, SVP Chief Operating Officer, CU Business Group
  • Sarah Snyder, Marketing Manager, Harborstone Credit Union

CUDE training is open to employees and volunteers from credit unions, credit union support organizations, and credit union system partners. Attendees earning their certification acquire a variety of professional development skills, build their networking contacts, and return to their jobs with a new understanding of how to promote cooperative principles and credit union values.

“The CUDE training program was an amazing leadership program that highlighted the purpose and culture of credit unions’ existence — the betterment of members and our communities,” said Washington State Employees Credit Union Director of Northern Region Branches, Thomas Meyers. “Each attendee was tasked with looking at how they can help their community through their work at their credit union.”

Meyers also appreciated how the CUDE training offered a great opportunity to network and collaborate with people across the country and abroad to share the scope of credit union’s work, gaining him many new friends and colleagues.

“Attending Development Education was an inspiring experience and so much more than I expected,” said CU Business Group SVP Chief Operating Officer, Rachel Snyder. “The focus on purpose and cooperative principles really magnified why the work we do in credit unions is so important.”

The National Credit Union Foundation hosts four CUDE Trainings each year in Madison, Wisconsin. The 2019 schedule for trainings can be viewed here. If you are interested in participating in an upcoming DE Training, visit ncuf.coop to learn more, or you can email [email protected] to be put on a registration notification list.