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Introducing CCUL: New initiatives tighten fabric of two-state movement

Thursday, February 13, 2014   (1 Comments)
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LaTasha Cooper
Director of Small CU Initiatives

By definition, an association brings together its members for various purposes. For the Carolinas Credit Union League, creating strong, lasting bonds among member institutions is a primary objective that will provide enduring benefit. CCUL's commitment is proven in two passionate individuals in unique new roles.

LaTasha Cooper is excited to serve as director of small credit union initiatives, extending an affinity she developed in South Carolina as director of member services since 2007. She sees smaller credit unions as essential to communities and as occupants of niches other institutions are unable to fit. She has spent more than half her time inside credit unions and has worked tirelessly with groups considering new credit union charters.

LaTasha is a Compliance Expert (CUCE) and BSA Specialist (BSACS), and she recently became a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE). A 1996 graduate of Columbia College, she originally joined the league that year as external auditor, spent a few years outside the movement as cost accountant, then returned in 2005 as internal audit supervisor. With additional expertise in budgeting, strategic planning, and training programs, LaTasha is poised to support success among smaller credit unions in both states.

Jeff Hardin
Director of Cooperative Initiatives

Taking on a new role as director of cooperative initiatives, Jeff Hardin is working to build relationships and foster a strong sense of community among credit unions in the Carolinas, and to strengthen connections with other cooperatives throughout both states.

With years of experience in communications, Jeff also helps credit unions share the stories that make them unique in the financial services marketplace. In this role, he is author of the Seven Principles Blog and People, Not Profit, both on In addition, he works with credit unions to host Reality of Money events in North Carolina and South Carolina.

A proud Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE), Jeff works with a volunteer network of CUDEs in both states to raise awareness of and appreciation for the history, principles, and philosophy of credit unions and cooperatives. CUDEs work cooperatively to host the Principles and Philosophy Conference each year.


"In the Loop” will be "Introducing CCUL” to you over the next few months through these weekly pieces.These introductions will share changes in staffing and services for credit unions provided by the Carolinas Credit Union League.


Eric Nystrom says...
Posted Monday, February 17, 2014
Having attended several of the SCCUL's Small Credit Union roundtables in the past; I can speak to the power of these meetings. We, as the leaders of small credit unions find ourselves without all the resources that our larger CU partners are more easily able to obtain. To that end, when we have gotten together, the gloves come off and we delve into important topics and how they impact us specifically. I thank LaTasha, Jeff and Lucile Beckwith for helping bring this very valuable service to both states and I hope that it flourishes under their leadership. Eric Nystrom, President / CEO Blue Flame Credit Union

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