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Cornerstone Welcomes 10 New Development Educators
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 12:30 AM

Sept 2016 DE  Graduating Class

Forty-five credit union professionals became Credit Union Development Educators after being guided by dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation. Ten of those graduates are from the Cornerstone region.

The DE training, which was held Sept. 14-21 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis., provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy, and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today.

During the recent 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.

Resource One Credit Union Director of Sales and Service Kyle Brisendine, CUDE, was a mentor for this class. "The DE Class of September 2016 was truly one of a kind," he said. "I was given the opportunity to work and mentor one of the best DE classes ever. The group was tasked with a goal to raise $5,000 in one hour, which is a hefty goal. The funds were raised for the Helping Hands Projects. Coming together and utilizing their cooperative spirit, the class raised over $11,000 in one hour—truly remarkable."

Our New Graduating Class

Introducing the 10 new Credit Union Development Educators from the Cornerstone region, in alphabetical order:

  • Sharon Begarney, Catalyst Corporate FCU
  • Nadine Bote, Houston Highway CU
  • Venoka Daniels, Southwest Financial FCU
  • Patty Herdlicka, American Airlines FCU
  • Terry McCoy, Amplify FCU
  • Teresa Montoya, GECU
  • Regina Morgan, American Airlines FCU
  • Lori Ridgeway, Advancial FCU
  • Cleo Segovia, Resource One CU
  • Mark Sekula, Randolph-Brooks FCU

"If you have not had the opportunity to attend DE, it is not a secret," said Brisendine. "It simply is an experience that you must go through. Attending DE renews the relevance to the credit union philosophy of People Helping People."

"Each of our new DE graduates brings amazing talent, passion, and commitment to credit unions," said Cornerstone Credit Union League CEO Dick Ensweiler. "It’s exciting to see them grow and gain influence as a result of their commitment to our credit union roots. I look forward to seeing the great things they'll do for our movement in the years to come."

November DE Session Sold Out

Due to increased demand, the Foundation added a fourth DE Training session this year to take place in November. This session is occurring Nov. 1-8 in Madison, Wis., and is already sold out. If you are interested in 2017 DE Trainings, visit to learn more or 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 1,600 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.