Feelin’ the Love

Love. It’s not a word you hear in the financial services industry. In fact, it’s a word that may seem discordant with our lexicon of regulatory acronyms. For the Foundation, however, we’re all about the love. In fact, after a recent Foundation Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training, one graduate noted, “I’ve never been to a training session that was, in essence, all about love.”

So, as I write this close to Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d explain why love is so important to the Foundation. A huge part of the Foundation’s success is the human capital that people donate to us every year. No DE training would be successful without the 6-7 mentors who participate in the training and help trainees through the week. For many of these mentors, the time they spend at DE training is their own personal vacation time.

Why would they do such a thing, you ask. Well, love. Love of a program that celebrates and leverages the credit union difference. Love of the possibility to have credit union professionals understand the true value of a not-for-profit cooperative financial model. Love of the inspiration and power to do good that DE trainees acquire in going through the program.

In addition, the Foundation collaborated extensively with credit unions and system partners to facilitate the annual DE Workshop as well as other initiatives to spread awareness about how to leverage the credit union difference. The Foundation wants to thank the leadership and staff of SchoolsFirst FCU in California for all the help in hosting our 2016 DE Summer Workshop; to University FCU in Texas for its gracious hosting of our 2015 DE Summer Workshop; and to CUNA Mutual Group for the human capital it regularly lends to the Foundation to advance the credit union difference.

So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we at the Foundation want to extend all of our love to the individuals and institutions who shared their passion, energy, resources and human talent with us in 2016 to improve people’s financial lives across the country. Our lovin’ shout out goes to:

Craig Atkinson, Houston Highway CU

Creighton Blackwell, Coastal FCU

Kyle Brisendine, Resource One CU

Kathy Chartier, Members CU

Nancy Croix-Stroud, First Class American CU

Scott Earl, Mountain West Credit Union Association

Jeff Hardin, Carolinas Credit Union League

Chad Helminak

Terri Hendrix, Carolina Foothills FCU

Darlene Johnson, Suncoast CU

Angela McCathran, People’s Trust FCU

Heather McKissick, University FCU

Angela Prestil, CUNA

Michael Ray, Hoya Federal Credit Union

Brent Rempe, WEOKIE CU

Wendy Richardson, COPOS Credit Union

Bob Schumacher

Kevin Shaw, Illinois Credit Union System

Gerry Singleton, CUNA Mutual Group

Josh Smith, SchoolsFirst FCU

Kirk Smith, TwinStar CU

Mary Beth Spuck, TwinStar CU

Brandi Stankovic, Mitchell Stankovic & Associates

Tracy Tormey, CUNA Mutual Group

Debbie Wege, BECU

Pat Wesenberg, Simplicity CU

Nanci Wilson, North Star Community CU

Debbie Ybarra, People’s Trust FCU

CUNA Mutual Group

Filene Research Institute

SchoolsFirst FCU

University FCU

Gigi Hyland

Gigi Hyland

Gigi Hyland serves as the Executive Director for the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), the philanthropic and social responsibility leader of America's credit union movement. Prior to her work with ... Web: www.hylandhighway.com Details

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