9 CU professionals receive international CUDE designations

MADISON, WI (August 13, 2018) — The seven international Credit Union Development Educator (DE) programs, in partnership with World Council of Credit Unions, recognized nine individuals who received their International Credit Union Development Education (I-CUDE) designation at the recent 2018 World Credit Union Conference in Singapore.

Nine credit union professionals received the I-CUDE distinction.  They are:

  • Diana Dykstra, California & Nevada Credit Union League, California, USA
  • Brian Gately, Credit Union Consulting Services, New York, USA
  • Judy Hurt, (Retired) Greensboro Municipal Federal Credit Union, North Carolina, USA
  • Alisha Mahabirsingh, CLICO Credit Union Co-operative Society Limited, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Nelson Medina, Guadalupe Credit Union, New Mexico, USA
  • Carol Philbin, Partners Credit Union, United Kingdom
  • Brent Rempe, WEOKIE Credit Union, Oklahoma, USA
  • William Rol, Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union, Hawaii, USA
  • Norman Stockton, 1st Street Credit Union, Florida, USA

The Development Education Program is designed to encourage an international exchange of ideas and opportunities around credit union philosophy. In an effort to encourage trained development educators to learn from their international peers and to learn from international travel opportunities, the seven international CUDE programs offer their development educators the opportunity to achieve an I-CUDE designation.

To achieve the distinction of an I-CUDE, development educators must:

  1. Complete their local DE program;
  2. Complete an independent studies project appropriate to the learning objectives of the DE program;
  3. Participate in an international program, conference or training opportunity. This may include but is not limited to an international DE program, an international immersion program or an international volunteer assignment; and
  4. Attend World Council’s World Credit Union Conference or a regional confederation conference.

The seven international DE programs are based in Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, Great Britain, the Philippines and the United States.

About 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 grants and programs, the Foundation is strengthening financial well-being, igniting passion, and instilling knowledge about the credit union difference, and uniting resources to help credit union people during disaster. Donations to the Foundation ultimately enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals and achieve financial freedom.

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 1,800 credit union advocates from over 36 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”.


Danielle Brown

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