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38 CU Leaders Graduate from Southwest CUNA Management School
Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:00 AM

On July 20, at the 44th graduation ceremony of Southwest CUNA Management School, the 38 students of the Class of 2016 received their diplomas. The reception, dinner, and formal ceremonies were held on the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Texas.

No graduation ceremony would be complete without awards for achieving high levels of excellence, and SCMS students excel at those.

C2C LEADERSHIP AWARD

Donnielle Goff, VP Common Cents Credit Union (Beaumont), was recognized for the 2016 "c2c" (Connect to Collaborate) Leadership Award, which is based on peer recognition for first-year students under the age of 35 for demonstrated leadership on campus. The C2C Leadership award was created to help younger professionals grow their credit union network and highlight their contributions to the credit union movement. In recognition of her leadership on campus, Goff was awarded a scholarship in the amount of this year's tuition.

ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Shawn BaileyShawn Bailey, president/CEO of AMOCO Federal Credit Union (Texas City) and a 1999 graduate of SCMS, was awarded 2016 Southwest CUNA Management School Alumnus of the Year. The Alumnus of the Year Leadership Award is presented to an individual who is an active supporter of SCMS and/or the Alumni Association, demonstrates the ideals of the credit union philosophy, and is a recognized leader.

Bailey has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. His tenacity and leadership over the last 12 years has taken AMOCO from one branch to eight branches, from 46,225 members to 78,807 members, and $341 million in assets to $794 million. He exemplifies the foundation of the credit union philosophy, “People helping people,” which is further illustrated through AMOCO’s own motto: “All about you.” He is and always has been focused on members as well as his employees.

HONORS AWARDS

Each year, students vie for the "Honors" distinction. The selection process for this high level of achievement is rigorous and reflects a detailed, well-developed, high-quality, strategic business plan for the credit union, the student’s core understanding of financial management, timeliness of assignments, oral presentations, school participation, and leadership. This year was an exceptional one in that many students were in line to receive Honors. In the end, the Honors went to five students. They are:

William Duke, Southwest 66 CU
Jennifer Hamilton, Tarrant County's CU
Whitney Loe, CU Direct Poe CU
Jill Sandberg, Neches FCU
Mark Vinson, First Community CU

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

The Southwest CUNA Management School Award of Excellence was given to two recipients this year: 

Patricia Amelia Brennan, Cy-Fair FCU
Joy B. Meyers, Community Resource CU

This award goes to those who demonstrate the highest level of excellence in all aspects of the school, from project to presentation to leadership.

SCMS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Courtney Moran accepted a contribution to the SCMS Scholarship Fund in the amount of $30,000. The SCMS Scholarship Fund helps future SCMS students achieve their personal and professional development goals.

"The Foundation is extremely grateful for the passion and dedication displayed by the Southwest CUNA Management School Class of 2016," says Foundation Executive Director Courtney Moran. "What better way to carry out the People Helping People philosophy than to provide opportunities for future students. We thank the SCMS graduates for making a difference in the lives of so many who will follow their footsteps."

THE GRADUATES

The new graduating class consisted of 38 students from six states:  Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Cornerstone Credit Union League congratulates the 2016 Graduating Class of Southwest CUNA Management School:

ARKANSAS

Danna M. Thompson

Kansas

Elesa Parsons

Louisiana

Tanya Lawrence
Whitney Loe

New Mexico

Melissa McVay

Oklahoma

Stephen Lark
Preston Mechling
Michael J. Moyer
Heather Stith
Kasey Wasserleben
Alison Wolf

Texas

Patty Brennan
Marcus Wade Davis
Maria S. Diaz
William Duke
Dustin Fuller
Marco A. Garza
Michelle George
Jennifer Hamilton
Brandy Hawkins
Steven R. Jones
Jennifer Key
Maria Carolina Martinez
Heather McWethy
Andrew R. Meese
Joy Meyers
Angelica Moynahan
Shawna Marie Orona
Stacie Preston
Gail Rose
Jill Sandberg
Jackie Smith
Keisha Smith
Matthew Scott Snyder
Randy Soliz
Michelle Still
Mark Vinson
Niles Walters

To learn more about Southwest CUNA Management School, please visit the website at SCMS.coop.