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ONTARIO, Calif. (8/7/12)--The 52nd Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) graduated 88 students on July 25 at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.
 
Click to view larger image Eight-eight students graduated in the 52nd Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) on July 25 at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. From left, Michael D. Steinberger, dean, WCMS; 2013 High Honors graduates Nathan Linde, assistant vice president, contact center, Washington State Employees CU, Olympia, Wash.; Christopher Monti, vice president, finance, East Idaho CU, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Brandi Gleason, director of member relations, Northwest Credit Union Association; Rebecca Bower, senior manager of sales, BECU, Tukwila, Wash.; Daryl Holdaway, internal audit manager, Cyprus CU, West Jordan, Utah; Douglas Brisbon, business development manager, Seattle Metropolitan CU; and Rich Scholes, chief operating officer, Rogue FCU, Medford, Ore.; and WCMS President James D. Likens. (Photo provided by Western CUNA Management School)
"What is it that brings us together? What is it that inspires us to be here?" asked Bill Cheney, commencement speaker and president/CEO of the Credit Union National Association. "There is something different about us. In reality, we're not an industry--we're a movement. It's that 'credit union difference'--balancing head and heart."
 
Cheney added the future of the movement is "brighter than ever," with incredible opportunities for credit unions to become America's preferred financial institution. "WCMS is cultivating the leaders of tomorrow who will highlight the credit union difference, the movement, and win the hearts of Americans and small businesses."
 
Seven students graduated with High Honors. They included: 
  • Rebecca Bower, senior manager of sales, BECU, Tukwila, Wash.;
  • Douglas Brisbon, business development manager, Seattle Metropolitan CU;
  • Brandi Gleason, director of member relations, Northwest Credit Union Association;
  • Daryl Holdaway, internal audit manager, Cyprus CU, West Jordan, Utah;\
  • Nathan Linde, assistant vice president, contact center, Washington State Employees CU, Olympia, Wash.;
  • Christopher Monti, vice president, finance, East Idaho CU, Idaho Falls Idaho; and
  • Rich Scholes, chief operating officer, Rogue FCU, Medford, Ore.
Four students graduated with Honors:
  • Jason Ehn, senior loan officer, Redwood CU, Santa Rosa, Calif.;
  • Thomas Newins, chief operating officer, Credit Union 1, Anchorage, Alaska;
  • Darren Nishioka, vice president lending, Hawaii FCU,  Hilo, Hawaii; and
  • James Staub, loan manager, HFS FCU, Hilo, Hawaii.
Linde won the Rick Craig Prize for Excellence in Projects I and II.
 
Each year the graduating student who best represents the qualities of high moral character, leadership, credit union dedication, and academic achievement is nominated by his or her class to receive the Charles M. Clark Memorial Award. This year's recipient was Douglas Brisbon, business development manager for Seattle (Wash.) Metropolitan CU.
 
Chris Jillson, CEO of Sandia Laboratory FCU, Albuquerque, N.M., and a 1990 graduate of WCMS, received this year's James D. Likens Alumni Recognition Award for significant achievement in the credit union field since graduating from the school.
 
The graduating class presented WCMS President Jim Likens with fundraising checks totaling $92,000--$13,000 from a class auction event by the three classes and $79,000 raised during the past three years by the Lambda class, representing the largest class gift in WCMS history.
 
WCMS is sponsored by the credit union leagues and associations serving Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
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