Thirty certified at CUNA Business Lending Certification School

WASHINGTON, DC (August 10, 2016) — Thirty credit union professionals received the Credit Union Business Lending Professional designation at the 2016 CUNA Business Lending Certification School, held July 18-22, 2016, in Madison.

“With the NCUA about to transform the business lending landscape with their upcoming rule change, the need for business lending education couldn’t be more urgent,” said Kathy Smith, instructional design manager at CUNA. “In earning the CUBLP designation, these professionals have mastered credit union business lending at a time when its opportunities are overflowing.”

CUNA Business Lending Certification School is a three-year professional development program that provides a comprehensive business lending education. Students begin by building a foundation of essential business lending concepts and practices in Year 1, then progress to credit analysis in Years 2 and 3. Upon completing all three years of the program, students are able to test for the CUBLP designation.

The full list of 2016 designees is below.

The 2017 CUNA Business Lending Certification School is scheduled for July 24-27, 2017 in Madison. To learn more about the school, please visit

Credit Union Business Lending Professional (CUBLP) designees for July 27, 2016

  • Joseph Bjork, St Lawrence FCU, Ogdensburg, N.Y.
  • Robert Burrow, Bayer Heritage FCU, Proctor, W.V.
  • Justin Dildine, First Heritage FCU, Painted Post, N.Y.
  • Russell Edelman, CEFCU, Peoria, Ill.
  • Susan Fisher, Geauga CU Inc., Burton, Ohio
  • Christley Ford, Y-12 FCU, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  • Jeffrey Frolik, Cloverbelt CU, Wausau, Wis.
  • Nina Hallock, Great Basin FCU, Reno, Nev.
  • Howie Jorajuria, AEA FCU, Yuma, Ariz.
  • David Kelsay, Sierra Central CU, Yuba City, Calif.
  • Michael Kim, First Entertainment CU, Hollywood, Calif.
  • Ryan Kinnon, People First FCU, Allentown, Penn.
  • Jennifer Kirmse, Azura Credit Union, Tokpeka, Kan.
  • Michele Kors, Gulf Winds FCU, Pensacola, Fla.
  • Krystal LaCrosse, Soo Co-Op CU, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
  • David Luu, CommonWealth Central CU, San Jose, Calif.
  • Diane Mease, Hershey FCU, Hershey, Penn.
  • Danilo Nevarez, Motorola ECU, Schaumburd, Ill.
  • Dawn Newsome, San Antonio Citizens FCU, San Antonio, Fla.
  • Henrietta Quintana, Jemez Valley CU, Jemez Springs, N.M.
  • Aaron Racicot, Peoples Trust FCU, Houston, Texas
  • Lisa Randall, Vermont FCU, Burlington, Vt.
  • Arnold Rettler, 1st Community CU, Sparta, Wis.
  • Christopher Samborski, Rio Grande CU, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Deborah Sunderman, Alliance CU, San Jose, Calif.
  • Julie Thomason, Avadian CU, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Tina Trujillo, Jemez Valley CU, Jemez Springs, N.M.
  • Matt Warren, Superior Choice CU, Superior, Wis.
  • Vayou Yang, Verve, a Credit Union, Oshkosh, Wis.
  • Stephanie Zuleger, Y-12 FCU, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About CUNA

Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America’s credit unions, which are owned by 135 million consumer members. CUNA, along with its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, delivers unwavering advocacy, continuous professional growth and operational confidence to protect the best interests of all credit unions. For more information about CUNA, visit To find your nearest credit union, visit


CUNA Communications


More News