Northwest Credit Union Professionals Complete Credit Union Development Education Training


Recent graduates of the National Credit Union Foundation’s Credit Union Development Education Training program attended group exercises, field visits, and speaker sessions that focused on how credit unions can leverage their unique business model.

Five Northwest credit union professionals have completed the National Credit Union Foundation’s Credit Union Development Education Training program. 

A total of 42 participants, including employees and volunteers from credit unions and system partners, graduated from the CUDE Training, held in April at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wisconsin. 

CUDE Training is a unique program that provides lessons in credit union structure, purpose, and the factors that differentiate credit unions from other financial institutions. Participants attended group exercises, performed field visits, and attended interactive speaker sessions that provided insights into how credit unions can leverage their unique business model to help their members and communities overcome financial and developmental issues. 

Northwest graduates include: 

  • Amy Nelson, TwinStar Credit Union 
  • Hazelmae Overturf, BECU  
  • John Warner, Clackamas Federal Credit Union 
  • Sally Woodcock, Cutting Edge Federal Credit Union 
  • Amber Young, Gesa Credit Union 

Other participants from the Northwest included co-facilitator Debbie Wege, Cooperative Community Advocate at BECU; table mentor Hayley Andrews, Community Development Specialist at Rivermark Community Credit Union; and graduate Julie Ferguson, President of JRF Consulting Services, a Strategic Link partner. 

CUDE Graduate Sally Woodcock

Sally Woodcock, Vice President of Ideas & Innovation, Cutting Edge Federal Credit Union

CUDE Training is intended for current and future leaders from credit unions, system partners, and organizations that support credit unions. Participants earning their certification acquire a variety of professional development skills, expand their networking contacts, and return to their credit unions with a new understanding of how to promote credit union values. 

Each year, DEs get together to give back to their communities and live the Credit Union Difference during DE Day of Service. They implement the values they learned during training and have an opportunity to reunite. 

For Sally Woodcock, Vice President of Ideas and Innovation at Cutting Edge Credit Union, the training opened her eyes to her potential. 

“From a perspective of a mature, longtime credit union employee, DE reinforced what I can still do. The power I still hold, the skills built over time that are still useful,” Woodcock said. “Not only are credit unions still relevant, so am I.” 

For Hazelmae Overturf, Senior Manager of Learning and Development Human Resources at BECU, the program made her realize the power of the Credit Union Movement. 

CUDE Grad Hazelmae Overturf

Hazelmae Overturf, BECU Senior Manager of Learning and Development, Human Resources

“I realized the extent of the movement and the [potential] impact we have on our members and communities,” Overturf said. “I was touched by a particular exercise that showcased how no one is immune to financial hardships. I left feeling intimidated by the work remaining, but inspired to do more!” 

For information on future trainings, click here or send an email to be put on a notification list for additional registration information.

Credit union professionals can gain a snapshot view of the full DE training at the 2019 Leveraging the Credit Union Difference Workshop, held on a 250-acre environmental learning center on BainBridge Island, Washington, from on Nov. 21 to 23. Chad Helminak with the National Credit Union Foundation will serve as co-facilitator. Register today to take advantage of early bird pricing. 

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