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MCUA Employees Earn CUDE Designation

Three Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) employees earned their Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) certification after completing an intense, week-long program April 18-25 in Madison, WI.

Kevin Brueseke, CFO; Don Cohenour, chief membership officer and Mark Hohenstein, Shared Branching vice president, joined 37 credit union professionals from across the globe for the spring program. After completing DE school in 2005, Kevin Shaw, Office of Small Credit Unions director, returned to the program to serve as a group mentor.   

“The Missouri Credit Union Association is the most invested league in the country, and perhaps organization in the country, in our credit union movement's premier philosophy training program and boot camp,” says Mike Beall, president/CEO. “At MCUA, we believe that our commitment to our credit unions, and to the philosophy of our movement is made stronger by the CUDE designations earned by these professionals.”

During the week-long program, participants were involved in group exercises, field trips and required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area.

The MCUA team worked on the following projects:

Kevin Brueseke
My group was a credit union board of directors that needed to determine if the credit union should convert to a bank. We weighed all the pros and cons and determined that it was in the best interest of the membership to remain a credit union. The CUDE program was a fantastic experience for me. It was refreshing and a good reinforcement of the Cooperative Principles we operate under. It helped to remind me of the importance of teamwork. I was very impressed with the quality of the young professionals that attended this year’s DE class. If they are indicative of the young professionals we have in our movement, then we are in good hands going forward.

Don Cohenour
My group was asked by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) to provide recommendations for reconstituting the credit union system in Haiti in light of the 2010 earthquake and significant destruction of the island.

Mark Hohenstein
My group project, “Providing Emerging Markets Access to Credit” revolved around an inner city credit union with $100 million in assets. We were charged (acting as the senior management team) with determining why members and potential members chose to use payday lenders and check cashers over credit union services. I thought our group did a wonderful job developing these same services throughout the credit union at greatly reduced fees in order to satisfy the community’s needs. I thoroughly enjoyed the DE experience, which on many levels drove home the point why we do what we do and what makes credit unions unique in serving people and their communities, both locally and abroad.

Registration for the fall session of DE school takes place September 6-13 in Madison, WI. Click here to learn more and register.

MCUA is proud to have 13 CUDE professionals on staff including:

  • Liz Adams
  • Mike Beall
  • Kevin Brueseke
  • Amy Bucaida
  • Don Cohenour
  • Ryan Dold
  • Mark Hohenstein
  • Tim Loveless
  • Amy McLard
  • Peggy Nalls
  • Julie Schulte
  • Kevin Shaw
  • Barb Stanek
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