31 Named Certified Credit Union Executives

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MADISON, Wis. – Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) designations were awarded to 31 individuals from 13 different states, bringing the total nationwide to 2,714.

CCUE, instituted in 1975, is the hallmark of professional credit union achievement. Designed for managers and those aspiring to credit union leadership, the program teaches advanced credit union management and operations techniques.

In addition, three individuals earned the Certified Financial Services Professional (CFSP) designation. This program began in 1999 as a designation targeted specifically at educating credit union professionals specializing in financial services.

The Certified Executive Program (CEP) awarded specialty certifications to 16 credit union professionals. These certifications require in-depth courses in a specialty area, including: compliance, lending, financial management, marketing, and human resources.

The CEP is the overall name for the self-study program allowing for the above designations. Recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE), the classes and materials are tailored specifically to those working within the Credit Union System. All new designations were awarded in November.

CUNA congratulates the recipients who have continued their education and training to earn designee and specialist standing. The names and the credit unions of the new CCUE, CFSP, and specialty designees are listed below.



Sandy Medeiros, CCUE,  Farmers Insurance Group FCU

Hassan Elmi, CCUE, CFSP, Utility District CU


Nancy Perry, CCUE, CFE FCU

Urban Areingdale, CCUE, Suncoast Schools FCU

Donna Pruneau, CCUE, Suncoast Schools FCU

Kathryn Bonaventura, CCUE, VyStar Credit Union


Traci Stiles, CCUE, Des Moines Metro CU


Jodi Mac, CCUE, Neighbors FCU

Rebecca Prince, CCUE, Neighbors FCU


Mark Young**, CCUE, Maine State Credit Union

Thomas Coulter, CCUE, City and County CU

New Jersey

Bret Rigby, CCUE, Deepwater Industries FCU

New Mexico
Anneliese Steen, CCUE, New Mexico Educators FCU

New York

David Rutenber, CCUE, Sidney FCU

North Carolina
Peter VanGraafeiland*, CCUE, Coastal FCU
Tammy Currie, CCUE, State ECU
Donna Koontz, CCUE, State ECU
Elizabeth Lawrence, CCUE, State ECU
Julie J. Lee, CCUE, State ECU
Emily McCurry, CCUE, State ECU
Stephanie McGirl, CCUE, State ECU
Jessica Parker, CCUE, State ECU
Carole Rich*, CCUE, State ECU

Ann Roten, CCUE, State ECU
Aimee Taylor, CCUE, State ECU
Stephanie Thornburg, CCUE, State ECU
Amy Turner, CCUE, State ECU


Annette Vann, CCUE, Tinker FCU

Aaron Kniess, CCUE, Beaver Valley FCU

Allison Anderson**, CCUE, Clinchfield FCU

Marsha Anderson, CCUE, Lowland Credit Union


Darlene Behringer, CCUE, CFSP, Suncoast Schools FCU, FL

Thomas Coulter, CCUE, CFSP, City and County Credit Union, MN

Julie L. Cunningham*, CFSP, Cherokee Strip Credit Union, OK


Certified Compliance Specialist

MaryAnn Fischer, SouthPoint FCU, MN

Certified Financial Management Specialist

Tamera Barber, Big Spring Community FCU, TX

David Rutenber, Sidney FCU, NY

Certified Lending Specialist

Marsha Anderson, CCUE, Lowland Credit Union, TN

Hassan Elmi, CCUE, CFSP, Utility District CU, CA

Julie Flatt*, CCUE, CFSP, CUCE, floridacentral CU, FL

Revonda Golden Dean, Lowland Credit Union, TN

Kathryn Haley, Lowland Credit Union, TN

Stephanie McGirl, CCUE, State ECU, NC

Paula Southall, NSWC FCU, VA

Peter VanGraafeiland*, Coastal FCU, NC

Certified Human Resource Specialist

Donna Pruneau, CCUE, Suncoast Schools FCU, FL

Certified Marketing Specialist

Diana Midge, Coors Credit Union, CO

Rebecca Palmer Browne, Apple FCU, VA

Traci Stiles, Des Moines Metro CU, IA

Alison Wolf, FAA Credit Union, OK

**high honors

For more information on the Certified Executive Program (CEP), visit or call 800-356-9655, ext. 4055.

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