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31 CU Executives Graduate from SCMS
Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:00 AM

Thirty-one credit union executives have graduated from the prestigious Southwest CUNA Management School (SCMS) in Fort Worth.  SCMS is a three-year course of study recognized in the credit union movement for innovative, intense, hands-on professional development. 

Angie Ohmstede is among this year’s graduates, receiving an Award of Excellence at the 42nd SCMS graduation ceremony held last night at Texas Christian University.  She began her credit union career at Texoma Community CU as a teller in 2003, and was promoted to overdraft privilege coordinator the following year. She left the credit union in 2005 when her husband was relocated to another city. When the family returned to Wichita Falls, she returned to work at Texoma Community CU in 2006 as a special projects administrator.

“She literally worked out of my office closet for six months before we could find a permanent spot for her,” chuckled Texoma Community CU CEO Wayne Mansur.

Proving her ability to take on greater responsibilities, Ohmstede was promoted to executive assistant and HR director in 2007. A position she holds today.

“We just couldn’t be more proud of her,” added Mansur. “She has a tremendous work ethic; is talented, and I just continue to be amazed by her performance, and how God uses her gifts and talents to serve others.”

Ohmstede is the third Texoma Community CU employee to graduate from SCMS, and Mansur says they’ve already selected who will be the next employee to attend SCMS.  

“SCMS accelerates and amplifies an employee’s ability to think like a manager. If you want to develop your staff, send them to SCMS,” Mansur continued.

In addition presenting an Award of Excellence, the following credit union executives graduated with honors:

  • Amber Zerbe  Abbitt, City CU
  • Deadrick Harris, Mount Olive Baptist Church FCU
  • Jeremy Silva, AMOCO FCU
  • Brenda Weinberger, Community Resource CU

SCMS offers a variety of courses designed to challenge, broaden financial industry knowledge, and sharpen management skills.  The school offers credit union professionals the recognition of meeting the requirements and challenges of the program; empowerment by knowing how and what makes the credit union industry work; fulfillment by passing obstacles to meet the challenge, and association with an alumni group of respected and successful industry professionals. 

Students benefit from a strategic mix of university/college faculty, credit union industry leaders, and recognized professional consultants.  The extensive curriculum is built around proven techniques and new trends. In order to graduate, students must develop a real-world strategic business plan for their own credit union.

This year’s graduates include:

  • Troy Adkins, Bossier FCU
  • Jacque Bagot, Education CU
  • Laurie Barraza, Big Spring Education EFCU
  • Orelia Clay, CTECU
  • Kevin M.  Conn, Houston Highway CU
  • Thiago Coutinho, Sicredi
  • Christopher Colt Edwards, DATCU
  • Rodrigo dos Santos, Sicredi
  • Jessica M.  Gonzalez, P.I.E. CU
  • Angela Gray, My CU
  • Hector Gutierrez, 1st Community FCU
  • Deadrick Harris, Mount Olive Baptist Church FCU
  • Edric Joor, Chocolate Bayou Community FCU
  • Jessica Kieffer, Tinker FCU
  • Loma Kiker, Gulf CU
  • Tammy McNair, Santa Fe FCU
  • Stephanie Moncla, Abilene Teachers FCU
  • Christian Mulvey, Texas Partners FCU
  • Kevin Odom, Bossier FCU
  • Angie Ohmstede, Texoma Community CU
  • William Patterson, CU Direct (First Class American CU)
  • Ashley Pelz, Wichita FCU
  • Gloria Resendez, Caprock FCU
  • Sherman Roberson III, Oak Cliff Christian FCU
  • Brian Roy, BluCurrent CU
  • Laura Shotwell, Community Service CU
  • Jeremy Silva, AMOCO FCU
  • J. Nicole Torans-Dominguez, West Texas Educators CU
  • Brenda Weinberger, Community Resource CU
  • Rachel Wilde, Educators CU
  • Amber Zerbe, Abbitt, City CU