Jared Ihrig Jared Ihrig
Chief Compliance Officer and Counsel
Credit Union National Association
Jonathan (Jared) Ihrig is Chief Compliance Officer & Counsel for the Credit Union National Association, managing a staff of thirteen compliance attorneys, paralegals and staff who focus on providing compliance information to leagues and credit unions. He also provides assistance to CUNA’s lobbyists and Advocacy team members in assessing the impact of federal legislation and regulation on credit union operations. Jared previously served CUNA as Senior Director of Advocacy and Counsel, Associate General Counsel, as well as Senior Assistant General Counsel, and has been with CUNA since 2011.
Jared has worked within the credit union compliance, advocacy and legal system for over 25 years. Prior to joining CUNA, he served as regulatory & compliance counsel for Blalack & Williams, P.C., a law firm representing credit unions across the state of Texas, as Senior Compliance Officer for Security Service Federal Credit Union in Texas and as partner at a regional law firm in Dallas, focused on the mortgage banking industry. Ihrig, also a Certified Public Accountant, began his career with Ernst & Young, LLP, and subsequently served as Director of Compliance and Assistant General Counsel for American Airlines Federal Credit Union in Texas.
Ihrig earned his law degree from Oklahoma City University and his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University, and is admitted to practice law before the Federal District Court, Northern District of Texas, the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Ihrig is based in CUNA’s Washington, D.C. office, and lives in Leesburg, VA with his wife Brenda, and two children, Megan and Alex.
Jeff Owen Jeff Owen
Chief Operating Officer
Jeff utilizes his passion for credit unions, combined with his breadth of experience and analytical expertise, to lead a variety of credit union, corporate credit union and CUSO engagements. Jeff works with boards and management teams on ERM, risk appetite, strategic planning and other related projects.
Jeff leverages his 20 years’ experience in the financial services arena for the good of client organizations. Prior to Rochdale, Jeff worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and was part of the Bank's Management Development Program. Jeff began his career at the Federal Reserve as an analyst in Retail Payments (ACH and Check Processing), before transitioning to the Human Resources department where he led the Bank’s college recruiting program, orchestrated district-wide software implementations, and coordinated several other District and System-level initiatives. Jeff transferred to the Savings Bond department, where he managed staff and operations responsible for originating, printing, and servicing U.S. Savings Bonds. Jeff also managed the Information Technology administrative team, including coordination of the division’s COSO/Enterprise Risk Management activities, all IT department budgets, and assisted in the planning and coordination of a move to a new District headquarters building.
Jeff received a Bachelor of Science degree in both Management and Marketing, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree, from Northwest Missouri State University.
Outside of work, Jeff stays busy with his family, including his wife, three daughters and a dog. He is also on the board of a local charity dedicated to providing assistance and hope to those affected by cancer.
Tony Ferris Tony Ferris
Blending over 25 years of experience working with financial institutions and his passion to drive change, Tony helps leaders evolve in the way they think, strategize, and govern. To that end, Tony and Rochdale has led the change on defining business processes around governance, risk, and assurance disciplines to formalize how organizations make better decisions in pursuit of success.
Tony’s professional experience has ranged from operating large staff operations to governance and leadership consulting. Previously, Tony was Vice President of Member Relations at U.S. Central Federal Credit Union, as well as serving for almost ten years with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City managing Human Resources and Savings Bond operation on behalf of the U.S. Treasury.
Tony received a Bachelor of Science in Finance (Cum Laude), as well as his Master of Business Administration from Northwest Missouri State University. He is also a certified leadership development and organizational performance instructor with Developmental Dimensions International. In addition, Tony completed the Graduate School of Bank Operations & Technology program at Vanderbilt University.
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Rachel Pross Rachel Pross
Chief Operations Officer
Maps Credit Union
Rachel Pross is the Chief Operations Officer of Maps Credit Union. She provides strategic leadership for the Operations division of Maps, which encompasses regulatory compliance, security, audit, enterprise risk management, governmental affairs, accounting, finance, IT, information security, and an operational subsidiary. She also directly oversees Maps’ transparent and robust cannabis banking program-- the largest in the State of Oregon-- which has been operational since 2014. Pross holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business and is a High Honors graduate from Western CUNA Management School. She holds expert certifications in regulatory compliance, E.R.M., and vendor management. Pross has contributed to HuffPost Money and The Hill and is a recognized expert speaker on compliance, fraud, and cannabis banking topics. In 2019, she testified to Congress twice on behalf of CUNA in support of the SAFE Banking Act. Outside of credit unions, Rachel is a professional violinist with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra and an avid hiker.