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Diana Dykstra, President and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues
Diana Dykstra, President and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues

Leagues President and CU Leaders Receive ‘International CUDE’ Designation

Diana Dykstra, president and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, has been recognized with the International Credit Union Development Education (I-CUDE) designation from the international body of Credit Union Development Educator (DE) programs, in partnership with the World Council of Credit Unions.

She was honored along with eight other credit union leaders during the recent 2018 World Credit Union Conference in Singapore. Dykstra is a longtime board member of the World Council and currently serves as treasurer after being appointed during the conference in July.

The nine credit union professionals receiving the I-CUDE distinction are as follows:

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

Hosted by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), 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 complete their local DE program; complete an independent studies project appropriate to the learning objectives of the DE program; 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 attend the 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.

The mission of the 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.