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WCMS HONORS 2013 GRADUATING CLASS

 

Nearly 90 Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) graduates eagerly accepted their diplomas on July 25 at Pomona College in Claremont, CA—a significant and joyous accomplishment for the Lambda class.

Click here to view the 2013 WCMS Graduation photo gallery!

"What is it that brings us together? What is it that inspires us to be here?," said Bill Cheney, commencement speaker and president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). "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."

He said 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."

The celebration quickly gained steam with the announcement of academic honors, which included seven students graduating with high honors and four with honors, followed by award announcements.

  • Nathan Linde, assistant vice president of the contact center for Washington State Employees CU (Washington), won the Rick Craig Prize for Excellence in Project II. This award recognizes excellence in a student's second-year project.
  • Douglas Brisbon, business development manager for Seattle Metropolitan CU (Washington), was the recipient of the Charles M. Clark Memorial Award, an award presented to an outstanding member of the graduating class and chosen by the class and faculty.
  • Chris Jillson, CEO of Sandia Laboratory FCU (New Mexico)—and a 1990 graduate of WCMS who represents the spirit of the WCMS—was honored with the James D. Likens Alumni Recognition Award, which is given to a WCMS alumnus every year for significant achievement in the credit union field since graduating from the school.

As usual, the graduates had a chance to give back to WCMS—this year with $92,000. A tri-class auction event by the three classes raised $13,000, while the Lambda class raised $79,000 over the last three years, the largest class gift in WCMS history.

WCMS President James Likens' charge to the class concluded the ceremony. "From this class will come men and women who will become credit union leaders," he said. "Open your hearts to service. Your credit unions believe in you, so do your families, and so do I."

 
High Honors Graduate Photo. Left to Right, Michael Steinberger, Dean of WCMS, Nathan Linde AVP contact center for Washington State ECU and also winner of the Rick Craig Prize for Excellence in Project II, Christopher Monti CFO for East Idaho CU, Brandi Gleason director of member relations for the Northwest Credit Union Association, Rebecca Bower senior manager of sales for BECU, Daryl Holdaway internal audit manager for Cyprus CU, Douglas Brisbon business development manager for Seattle Metropolitan CU and winner of the Charlie Clark Award, Rich Scholes chief operations officer for Rogue FCU, James D. Likens, President of WCMS.
 
Honors Graduate Photo. Left to Right, Michael Steinberger, Dean of WCMS, James Staub loan manager for HFS FCU, Jason Ehn senior SBA loan officer for Redwood CU, Thomas Newins COO for Credit Union 1 FCU, Darren Nishioka vice president of lending for CU Hawaii FCU, James D. Likens, President of WCMS.
 
 
 


For questions and inquiries please contact:

Nancy Wood,
Director of School Administration
Western CUNA Management School
2885 E. Guasti Rd.,
Suite 600
Ontario, CA 91761-1250

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 51476
Ontario, CA 91761-0076

(800) 472-1702, ext. 6059 nancyw@wcmspomona.org
Fax (909) 354-3109

 

 
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