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Five CU Professionals from Cornerstone Credit Union League Region Complete DE Training
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 6:45 AM

De Training Graduates

Forty-three credit union professionals, including five from the Cornerstone Credit Union League region, have became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after being guided by eight dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). The Spring DE training was held April 23-30, 2014 at the Lowell Center on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis.

“The passion of all my DE Training classmates and the training material itself really ignited my flame for the credit union movement,” said Spring DE Training attendee Brandon Walker, Cornerstone’s government affairs specialist and Credit Union House Manager in Oklahoma City, Okla. “I know now this is my calling and where I belong. DE changed my life.”

Graduates from the Cornerstone region include:

  • Steve Branstetter, People’s Trust FCU
  • Tonya Elmore, Tarrant County FCU
  • Jenny Serrambana, People’s Trust FCU
  • Brandon Walker, Cornerstone Credit Union League
  • JR Webster, Tinker FCU

“I came to DE Training thinking that credit unions were simply cooperative financial institutions and left believing that they can be vehicles for helping to achieve economic and social justice,” said Steve Branstetter, EVP/CFO at People’s Trust FCU.

DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles and credit union philosophy while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. During the recent week-long program, participants were involved in group exercises, field trips, issue 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 opening an Islamic banking center, board development and recruiting including the debate over compensation, credit union solutions to payday lending, microfinance to women in the Philippines, developing credit union awareness, and a small credit union merger dilemma.

Registration is still open for the next 2014 DE training, which will be held Sept.10-17, 2014 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis. Registration and more information can be found on the NCUF website, at