NW Credit Union Professionals Graduate from Western CUNA Management School

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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