NAFCU’s 2015 Regulatory Compliance School kicks off with record number of registrants

ARLINGTON, VA (March 30, 2015) — Credit union professionals from across the country are gathering today at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., to kick off the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU2015 Regulatory Compliance School, which has a record number of registrants this year. Attendees will gain the knowledge needed to conquer a growing number of regulatory compliance requirements.

The School runs through Friday, April 3 and is open to NAFCU members and nonmembers.

“The regulatory environment has grown increasingly complex, so it’s essential for credit unions to have a concrete understanding of the latest regulations and laws affecting their responsibilities,” said JiJi Bahhur, NAFCU’s director of regulatory compliance and NAFCU Certified Compliance Officer (NCCO). “With some of the industry’s leading compliance professionals presenting, the School will be a great resource for credit unions dealing with any new compliance changes that arise.”

School presenters include Bahhur and other members of NAFCU’s highly regarded compliance team, including Bernadette Clair, NCCO, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and senior regulatory compliance counsel; Brandy Bruyere and Eliott Ponte, both NCCOs and regulatory compliance counsels; and Victoria Daka, regulatory compliance specialist. In addition, NAFCU’s Anthony Demangone, executive vice president and COO, Alicia Nealon, director of regulatory affairs, and Celina Stewart, regulatory affairs counsel, will also offer remarks.

School attendees will also hear from:

  • Marshall Bell, counsel of BuckleySandler LLP;
  • Jeremiah Buckley, partner of BuckleySandler 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;
  • Mitchell Klein, NCCO, chief risk officer of Citadel Federal Credit Union;
  • Frank Kressman, associate general counsel for regulations and legislation at NCUA;
  • Devon Lyon, NCCO, manager of compliance and BSA of State Department Federal Credit Union;
  • Jan McGrath, vice president Go To Market Strategy USPD at MasterCard;
  • David Reed, partner of Reed & Jolly PLLC;
  • Lori Sommerfield, counsel at BuckleySandler LLP;
  • Steve Van Beek, NCCO, attorney and counselor at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC; and
  • Rusty Vellek, NCCO, compliance officer of Transportation Federal Credit Union.

An entire day of the School, April 2, will be devoted to regulatory updates. A complete schedule of events is online at

Regulatory Compliance School attendees have the chance to earn the NAFCU Certified Compliance Officer (NCCO) designation, receive a free copy of the association’s newly released 2015 NAFCU’s Credit Union Compliance GPS electronic manual, and the opportunity to network with other credit union professionals and compliance officers.

For up-to-the-minute information on the School, which is sponsored by NAFCU Services Corporation and its Preferred Partner, GlobalVision Systems, Inc., follow the #ComplianceSchool hashtag on Twitter.

The National Association of Federal Credit Unions is the only national trade association that exclusively represents the interests of federally chartered credit unions before the federal government and the public.

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