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47 CU Professionals Become Certified CU Development Educators
Monday, June 6, 2016 6:40 AM

CUDE Graduating Class

Foundation’s Transformational CU Training held in Madison

Forty-seven credit union professionals became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after being guided by dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation. The DE training was held May 18-25, 2016, at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis.

Class Graduates in Cornerstone Region

The most recent DE graduating class included credit union movement representatives from across the U.S, as well as representatives from the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, The Gambia, Kenya, and St. Michael. From the Cornerstone region, graduates are:

  • Jim Brisendine, Resource One CU in Texas;
  • Bryce Farmer, Unity One CU in Texas;
  • Jennifer Grinder, Resource One CU in Texas;
  • Carol Luebke, Cornerstone CU League in Texas;
  • Jason Ruiz, Resource One CU in Texas;
  • Jessica Smith, Peoples Trust FCU in Texas;

Team Projects

DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. During the recent week-long program, participants were involved in group exercises, field trips, discussions with speakers from around the credit union system, and are required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area. For this class’ final case studies, participants worked through and presented solutions to critical issues that included student loan debt, board development and recruiting including the debate over compensation, building microfinance programs in developing countries, credit union solutions to predatory lending, the increasing issue of homelessness in America, and rejuvenating a stagnant credit union.

September and November Sessions Sold Out

Due to increased demand, the Foundation added a fourth DE Training session this year to take place in November. Additionally, the September 14-21 and November 2-9 sessions, both occurring in Madison, are already sold out. If you are interested in 2017 DE Trainings, visit to learn more or you can email to be put on a notification list for when registration opens up. 

More about the DE Program:
The mission of the Credit Union Development Education (DE) program is to promote credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive adult education and professional networking. By linking credit unions’ past and present, the DE program brings renewed relevance to credit unions’ seven cooperative principles and the philosophy of “People Helping People.”

Since 1982, more than 1,500 credit union advocates from over 35 countries have graduated from DE Training to become Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs).  Once they earn their CUDE designation, people return to their jobs with a sense of personal enrichment and renewed energy to share what they have learned.  This growing corps of credit union advocates devotes professional and volunteer time to spreading the credit union message to audiences throughout the country. For more information on the DE program, visit under “How We Help”.

About the National Credit Union Foundation (
The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is the charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement and works as a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Through Foundation grants and programs, credit unions provide widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial services, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes.  Donations to the Foundation enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals and achieve financial freedom.