MADISON, Wis. (8/26/08)--Twelve credit union staff and board members have graduated as the eighth class of the CDCU Institute, presented by the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (NFCDCU) in Madison, Wis. The graduates completed a three-year program for credit unions specializing in serving low-income and underserved markets. Fifty students attended this year's week-long training program. Clifford Rosenthal, federation president/CEO, told the graduates that the credit union movement and America are at a turning point. "We face multiple crises that represent the great challenges of today: the crisis in banking, the economy, healthcare, and last but not least the environment," he said. Graduates "will use their most important resource--their members' trust--to grow their credit unions and make the world a better place." The 2008 graduates are:
* Derrick Cameron,Self-Help CU, Durham, N.C.; * Edgar Cosner, The United FCU, Morgantown, W.Va.; * Eric Cowell, Toledo Urban FCU, Toledo, Ohio; * Maria Estrella, Bethex FCU, Bronx, N.Y.; * Gloria Feliciano, Community Trust FCU, Apopka, Fla.; * Renee Llorens, Our Mother of Mercy CU, Houston, Texas; * Evelyn Ramos Santiago, Lower East Side People’s FCU, New York; * Patti Robertson-Panduro, Kern Central FCU, Bakersfield, Calif.; * Saundra Scales, First Legacy FCU, Charlotte, N.C.; * Sherley Soto, Lower East Side People’s FCU; * Shirley Spruill, Renaissance Community Development CU, Somerset, N.J.; and * Meagan Weatherby, Cooperative FCU, Syracuse, N.Y.
The federation said it is planning a special celebration in 2009 to mark the CDCU Institute's 10th year in operation. Supporters sponsoring the institute include: National Credit Union Foundation; JP Morgan Chase; CUNA Mutual Group; Suncoast Schools FCU, Tampa, Fla.; Faith Community United CU, Cleveland, Ohio; and Northeast Community FCU, San Francisco. Many institute attendees also received financial support from the National Credit Union Administration.