Northwest CUDE Network Advisory Board Welcomes Two New Members

Enhancing and building upon the great work credit unions do, NWCUA’s Micro-Communities are a vital part of the Northwest Movement. Credit Union Chapters, Global Women’s Leadership Network Sister Societies, Credit Union Development Educators, and Young Professionals — all of these groups are comprised of passionate credit union champions committed to making a difference.

Last year, the Northwest CUDE Network — an alumni group of credit union professionals who have obtained the Credit Union Development Education (CUDE) certification offered through the National Credit Union Foundation — established three main pillars to focus their efforts on: Connect, Grow, and Act.

Throughout 2021, the group held six virtual events, connecting more than 100 CUDE professionals across the region as well as past attendees of the “Leveraging the Credit Union Difference” regional workshop.

Together, they heard from speakers across the industry on important topics such as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and LGBTQ+ issues. They built connections with the African American Credit Union Coalition, planned impactful activities for the annual DE Day of Service, and advanced their personal and professional development.

Michael Murdoch, Marketing Manager, Wauna Credit Union

Amanda Stevens, Foundation & Education Development Manager, TwinStar Credit Union

In December, the Network’s Advisory Board elected two new members: Amanda Stevens, Foundation and Education Development Manager at TwinStar Credit Union, and Michael Murdoch, Marketing Manager at Wauna Credit Union.

“The CUDE program had a huge impact on my career, and I want to keep that passion alive,” said Stevens. “One of the best ways to do that is to hear what other CUDEs are up to — and the NW CUDE Network is such a strong, consistent presence. I wanted to get involved in the board to see that continue, as well as get to know other CUDEs in the area on a deeper level.”

Incumbent Steve Pagenstecher, Chief Innovation Officer at Point West Credit Union, was also reelected. Returning Board members include Debbie Wege, Cooperative Community Advocate at BECU; Liz Henderson, Director of Outreach at Maps Credit Union; Devin Boyd, Administrative Service Manager at TwinStar; and Carmen Vigil, the Northwest Credit Union Association’s liaison.

The Network also thanked Erin Pearson, Enterprise Risk & Administration Compliance Manager at Oregon Community Credit Union, and Heidi Wesley-Cleveland, CMO at Verity Credit Union, for their many contributions as they stepped down from the Board.

In 2022, the Northwest CUDE Network will continue building on the Connect, Act, and Grow pillars and hopes to expand virtual events to a larger audience and collaborate with other Northwest Micro-Communities.

Learn more about the CUDE program and how to receive the designation by visiting For more information about Northwest Micro-Communities, please contact Carmen Vigil.

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