Credit Union Partners in Education (CU-PIE) Annual Speech Competition – “Credit Union Strong”

Credit Union Partners in Education (CU-PIE)

“Credit Union Strong”

Annual Speech Competition

On Thursday, April 21, 2016 the Credit Union Partners in Education (CU-PIE) hosted their annual speech competition. Representatives from various Sacramento Greater Area credit unions write and present a speech based on the year’s theme, Credit Union Strong.  Nine speeches made it to the finals and were presented, each employing different techniques to relay the importance of saving and what Credit Union strong means. The speakers touched on how credit unions help their members obtain financial well-being.


First Place

Kara Johnson, SAFE Credit Union

2016 Credit Union Speech Contest Winner with 2015 Winner

  Kara Johnson, SAFE Credit Union, pictured on right with Last Year’s First Place Winner Kayshia Tagumasi, SAFE Credit Union

2016 Credit Union Speech Contest Winners

Left to right: Third Place Winner Javier Huerta, Golden 1;  First Place Winner Kara Johnson, SAFE Credit Union; and Second Place Winner Anthony Lombardi, Golden One Credit Union

Second Place

Anthony Lombardi, Golden One Credit Union

Third Place

Javier Huerta, Golden 1

Honorable Mentions

Clirissa L. Smith

Garrett Garcia

Lydia Leversee

Kim Hutton

Lena Oselsky

Pavan Sandhu


Alana Golden, California Department of Business Oversight

Mark Klinkert, California and Nevada Credit Union League

George Jarosik, DTM, District 39 Toastmasters

Event Master of Ceremonies

Kevin Smith-Fagan, KVIE Public Television

The annual event gives future leaders a forum to share original ideas and to remind credit unions of our shared heritage of improving the well-being of our communities.

CU-PIE is a non-profit organization which has been actively supporting financial literacy for more than 20 years. Members of CU-PIE consist of credit union employees and volunteers. CU-PIE offers financial institutions, non-profits, community leaders and other professionals the necessary training and resources to help them successfully deliver financial literacy presentations to youth and adults in our community. In 2013, CU-PIE partnered with United Way and the Bank On California program to conduct training sessions for various organizations assisting residents in taking control of their financial future.


Kayshia Tagumasi, SAFE Credit Union, was the 2015 winner.


Delorean Dixon, Golden 1 Credit Union was the 2014 winner.


Credit Union Speech Contest

Speech Competition, circa 1960

Credit Unions: To join CU-PIE or learn more about opportunities on the Executive Committee,  contact Carrie Featherston or Elise Schexnayder.

Carrie Featherston • Branch Manager – Auburn • OE Federal Credit Union • (530) 889-2969

Elise Schexnayder • Financial Education Coordinator  SAFE Credit Union •  Community Banking  (916) 971-2530

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