MADISON, Wis.—The National Credit Union Foundation has named the 2015 winners of the Credit Union Development Education Awards. The three winners are:
- CUDE Individual Achievement Award: Carla Decker, president/CEO at District Government EFCU. Decker was recognized for her “significant impact to both national and international” credit union causes, including helping to get needed services to the D.C. Latino Community of local immigrants and others who were underserved through ACCESO; for being instrumental in starting and growing the CaribDE Program and related Jamborees; for being a mentor and facilitator of the US DE program; for being appointed to the inaugural CFPB CU Advisory Council, and for numerous other activities.
- CUDE Cooperative Spirit Award: The Disclosures. The Disclosures are a band made up of credit unionists Christopher Morris and Chad Helminak who perform music around a theme of financial education and literacy, among other themes. They were recognized for making a “significant difference to youth and the greater credit union community by engaging in the CU difference in a completely new and unique way using their own talents and gifts.”
- CUDE Lifetime Achievement Award: Joanne Todd, president of Northeast Family FCU, Hartford, Conn. “Joanne has literally spent her life, starting at age 16, making an impact on credit unions, the DE program here and internationally, in her local community, with cooperatives and through international programs and projects,” the Foundation said. It noted that Todd has started an intern program at her credit union for youth; helped create a non-profit called Friends of Kenya in her community where local community members created a student exchange program; has been very involved with the Connecticut League and Trinidad and Tobago cooperative movement partnership; is active in local cooperatives, has helped with a farmer-to-farmer program in Uzbekistan for small cooperatives in rural areas, and has been active in numerous other credit union activities.