NAFCU’s 2014 Regulatory Compliance School kicks off

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD  (March 10, 2014) — Credit union professionals from across the country are gathering today at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., to kick off the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) 2014 Regulatory Compliance School. Attendees will learn the latest rules and compliance requirements affecting their credit unions’ operations. The School runs through Saturday, March 15, and is open to NAFCU members and nonmembers.

“Now more than ever, it is essential that credit unions have a solid understanding of the regulations and laws affecting their institutions’ regulatory compliance responsibilities,” said JiJi Bahhur, NAFCU director of regulatory compliance and NAFCU Certified Compliance Officer (NCCO). “In this increasingly complex regulatory environment, the School will be a vital resource for credit unions handling any new compliance changes that arise.”

School presenters include Bahhur and other members of NAFCU’s highly regarded compliance team, Bernadette Clair, NCCO and senior regulatory compliance counsel, and Brandy Bruyere and Ricardo Pineres, regulatory compliance counsels. Additionally, NAFCU’s Dan Berger, president and CEO, Michael Coleman, NCCO and director of regulatory affairs, and PJ Hoffman and Angela Meyster, regulatory affairs counsels, will also offer remarks.

School attendees will also get to hear from:

  • Suzanne Garwood, partner of Venable LLP;
  • Judy Graham, program officer in NCUA’s examination and insurance office;
  • John Harwell, NCCO, associate vice president of risk management of Apple Federal Credit Union in Fairfax, Va.;
  • Andy Keeney, partner of Kaufman & Canoles;
  • Mitchell Klein, NCCO, chief risk officer of Citadel Federal Credit Union in Exton, Pa.;
  • Frank Kressman, NCUA’s associate general counsel for regulations and      legislation;
  • Devon Lyon, NCCO, manager of compliance and BSA of State Department Federal Credit Union in Alexandria, Va.;
  • David Reed, NCCO, partner of Reed and Jolly, PLLC;
  • Bart Shapiro, principal at Offit Kurman;
  • Barry Stricklin, vice president of real estate lending at Tower Federal Credit Union in Laurel, Md.;
  • Steve Van Beek, NCCO, attorney and counselor at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC; and
  • Rusty Vellek, NCCO, compliance officer at Transportation Federal Credit Union in Washington, D.C.

One full day of the School will be devoted to regulatory updates. A complete schedule of events is online at

Regulatory Compliance School attendees have the opportunity to earn the NAFCU Certified Compliance Officer (NCCO) designation, receive free access to NAFCU’s Credit Union Compliance GPS electronic manual, and will network with other credit union professionals and compliance officers.

For up-to-the-minute information on the School, follow the #ComplianceSchool hashtag on Twitter.

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