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Congratulations to the 2017 Graduates of Southwest CUNA Management School
Friday, July 21, 2017 6:35 AM

Thirty-eight students graduated from Southwest CUNA Management School on Wednesday, July 19. Each of these graduates chose to further their career and commitment to the credit union industry with three years filled with challenges, both personally and professionally.  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 the announcement of scholarships and awards for achieving high levels of excellence, and SCMS students excel at those.

The C2C Scholarship 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.

This year there was a tie and the scholarship will be split between Austin Lohnes, Marketing and Member Engagement Coordinator, Bossier FCU  (Louisiana) and Courtney Wingo, Branch Operations Manager, Las Colinas FCU  (Texas).

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:

Nathan Ashworth, AMOCO FCU (Texas)
Bradley Christman, BluCurrent CU (Missouri)
Alicia A. Dudley, First Family FCU (Oklahoma)
Leilani Harpole, Oklahoma Central CU (Oklahoma)
Timothy Sperr, BluCurrent CU (Missouri)

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

Nathan Gillen, WEOKIE CU (Oklahoma)
Stuart Johnson, Artesia CU (New Mexico)
Kristen Valerie McCauley, Sabine FCU (Texas)

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

The new graduating class consisted of 38 students from five states:  Arkansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Cornerstone Credit Union League congratulates the 45th Graduating Class of Southwest CUNA Management School:

Lauren Humphrey, Electric Cooperatives FCU

Bradley Christman, BluCurrent CU
Timothy Sperr, BluCurrent CU

Stuart Johnston, Artesia CU

Alicia A. Dudley, First Family FCU
Daniel Garcia, True Sky CU
Nathan Gillen, WEOKIE CU
Brandon R. Grell, Green Country FCU
Leilani Harpole, Oklahoma Central CU
Sharon Koppari, Allegiance CU
Travis Llewellyn, Communication FCU
Nicole Ponteri, TTCU
Wendy Zuege, TTCU

Joshua Benjamin Alberto, Houston Highway CU
Nathan Ashworth, AMOCO FCU
Jennifer M. Barnhill, Corner Stone CU
Teresa Briggs, Houston Highway CU
Kyle Brisendine, Resource One CU
Sherrie A. Dermit, Victoria City-County Emp FCU
Angelina Diamantis, Beaumont Community CU
Brenda Gail Dickerson, Mobiloil FCU
Jamison Ethington, JSC FCU
Kimberly Frederiksen, Education CU
Naomi Guevara, MTCU
Tina R. Huggins, AMOCO FCU
Jeff D. Hurley, My CU
Staci Johnson, FivePoint CU
Amanda LeBlanc, MCT CU
Kristen Valerie McCauley, Sabine FCU
Christina Reyna, South Texas Area Resources CU
Leslie A. Rhodes, Texoma Community CU
Theresa Edington Rogers, Abilene Teachers FCU
Trish Rose, Caprock FCU
William Lee Sheffield, First Central CU
Marie Ann Spencer, A+ FCU
Jackeline Tamez, Houston Highway CU
Sonya L. Thompson, DATCU
Osman Z. Ulhaq, JSC FCU

Southwest CUNA Management School (SCMS) is recognized in the credit union movement for innovative, intense, hands-on, professional development. It is:

  • A program designed specifically to develop and enhance leadership skills
  • An institution - the first class was held in 1966
  • A source of professional networking and life-long relationships
  • A commitment – 3 year course of study
  • A challenge - students develop a real-life strategic plan for their credit unions
  • An educational cornerstone for countless credit union professionals

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