NW Credit Union Professionals Graduate from Western CUNA Management School
August 10, 2021
On Thursday, July 29, 105 students celebrated their graduation from Western CUNA Management School during a virtual commencement ceremony, including 29 credit union professionals from the Northwest.
At the ceremony, Kent Oram, President and CEO of Idaho Central Credit Union and NWCUA Board Chair, was recognized with the James D. Likens Alumni Recognition Award for all that he’s achieved in the Credit Union Movement since completing WCMS in 1989.
“I am honored to receive the James D. Likens Award from the alumni association of Western CUNA Management School,” said Oram. “I consider Jim a friend, and principles I learned from him have helped me build a long and productive career at Idaho Central Credit Union.”
WCMS is an extensive career and leadership development program that immerses students in the complex world of credit union operations. It takes three years to complete and includes a mix of high-level academic curriculum and hands-on credit union practical experience.
Lori Fink, Marketing Manager at Unitus Community Credit Union and one of this year’s graduates, said all the hard work she put into WCMS was well worth it.
“The WCMS experience was not only challenging, but perhaps the most rewarding journey I have ever taken,” she said. “The beauty of connecting with my credit union peers is in the lifelong friendships we cultivated throughout the program. I’m eager to apply the learning to my marketing role at Unitus.”
The full list of WCMS Northwest graduates includes:
|• Adriana Alexander, iQ Credit Union
• Abigail Apodaca, Malheur Federal Credit Union
• Annettee Babb, PrimeSource Credit Union
• Derek Bumrungsiri, TwinStar Credit Union
• Rebecca Carroll, First Tech Federal Credit Union
• Kevin Cole, Mid Oregon Credit Union
• Lori Fink, Unitus Community Credit Union
• Jon Furbee, STCU
• Janene Gomez, Numerica Credit Union
• Laura Hansen, Rogue Credit Union
• Clinton Hess, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
• Manuel Hochheimer, Numerica Credit Union
• Diana Huff, iQ Credit Union
• Shannon Jiskra, Numerica Credit Union
• John Kihuga, BECU
|• Erick Kniestedt, TwinStar Credit Union
• Ellie McIntyre, Numerica Credit Union
• Athar Nazir, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
• Doug Newell, Gesa Credit Union
• Andrew Reding, BECU
• Dustin Rohde, SnoCope Credit Union
• Joshua Ross, Idaho Central Credit Union
• Corey Suraci, Connection Credit Union
• Verity Swearingen, BECU
• Aimee Tiffee, Rogue Credit Union
• Vickie Valieant, Cutting Edge Federal Credit Union
• Michelle Wall, Tapco Credit Union
• Sonya Watkins, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
• Victoria Worley, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
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