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Compliance & Risk Council Conference


A big thank-you to the wonderful speakers at our 2023 event. Nicely done!

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Faith Anderson Faith Anderson

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

American Airlines Federal Credit Union

Fort Worth, TX

Faith Lleva Anderson is Senior Vice President & General Counsel for American Airlines Federal Credit Union headquartered in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.  The credit union has over $9.5 billion in assets with over 330,000 members, and 47 branches located in 12 states and the District of Columbia.  Anderson oversees legal, compliance, anti-money laundering, government relations,  vendor management and board governance.

Anderson is currently Chair of CUNA’s Compliance & Risk Council and Chair of Cornerstone Credit Union League’s Regulatory Engagement Committee. She has served on the CFPB’s Credit Union Advisory Council where she was also the Subcommittee Chair of the Card, Payment and Deposit Markets Subcommittee.  In 2017, she testified before the House of Representatives’ Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee at a hearing titled Examining the BSA/AML Regulatory Compliance Regime and participated in Treasury’s Roundtable meeting with credit unions.  She has served on CUNA’s Consumer Protection Subcommittee and as its Vice Chair.

Anderson has served as Chair for the American Bar Association Business Law’s Committee on Credit Unions.  She testified at a HMDA hearing before Federal Reserve Board Governor Elizabeth Duke.  Anderson also served a three-year term on the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) representing credit unions where she also chaired its Depository & Delivery Systems Committee.   She has spoken to various groups including compliance officers, CEOs, board members and attorneys regarding regulatory, board, vendor management, legal, compliance and DEI issues.

Prior to joining American Airlines Credit Union, Anderson was in private practice in Wisconsin.  She was also a former Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and also served as a staff attorney to the chief bankruptcy judge there.

Anderson holds a Juris Doctor from Marquette University where she was also a member of the Marquette Law Review.  She holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  She is licensed to practice law in Texas and Wisconsin.

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Fabiana Burkett Fabiana Burkett

Chief Risk Officer

Orange County’s Credit Union

Santa Ana, CA

Fabiana Burkett is the Chief Risk Officer for Orange County’s Credit Union, where she oversees the Enterprise Risk Management, Regulatory Compliance, and Contract Review/Vendor Management programs as well as the Loss Prevention, Investigations, Corporate Insurance, and Internal Audit Administration functions. Prior to joining Orange County’s Credit Union in 2021, Fabiana worked at Xceed Financial Credit Union where, as the Chief Risk Officer, she held responsibilities similar to the ones she has today, and also oversaw the Business Continuity and Information Security functions. Before Xceed, Fabiana worked at Kinecta Federal Credit Union, where, among other roles, she held the Corporate Secretary position and was in charge of the Contracts and Compliance area.

Burkett holds a law degree from Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo, one of the most respected law schools in her native country, Brazil, where she practiced law. She is also a CUES Certified Chief Executive and CUNA-certified Credit Union Enterprise Risk Management Expert and Credit Union Compliance Expert. Fabiana is a member of the CUNA Compliance and Risk Executive Council and the Chair of its Membership Committee.

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Mark Callender Mark Callender

Senior Solutions Engineer


Marion, Indiana

After spending more than eleven years in supply side vendor management and third-party risk management, Mark joined Quantivate eight years ago where, as a COSO certified consultant and risk practitioner, he seeks to educate and provide tools to clients to make them effective and knowledgeable third-party risk managers. Mark and his wife Ruth of 23 years live in Marion, Indiana with five of their eight children.

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Phone: 425.315.5675

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Tatum Crotinger Tatum Crotinger

Associate Partner, Promontory Director


Washington, DC

Tatum is an accomplished compliance professional with over 15 years of experience in consumer protection laws, regulations, and risk management. With a strong focus on consumer compliance and conduct risk, Tatum has successfully assessed, enhanced, and developed Compliance Management Systems (CMS) for top global financial institutions, community banks, credit unions, and mortgage companies.

Tatum specializes in supporting institutions preparing to cross or having recently crossed the $10 billion asset threshold, subjecting them to regulatory authority from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and enhanced oversight from key regulators like the National Credit Union Association (NCUA). Furthermore, Tatum is recognized as an industry expert in complaint management, monitoring and testing, customer experiences, fair and responsible banking, and monitoring pandemic-related requirements.

Prior to joining Promontory, Tatum held legal, managerial and consulting roles, including serving as a compliance attorney and a consulting auditor for the OCC's foreclosure-related look-back review. Tatum holds a B.S.B.A. in Business Administration and Law from Western Carolina University, as well as a J.D. from Capital University Law School.

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Michelle Dauphinais Echols Michelle Dauphinais Echols


Newbold Advisors

Clearwater, FL

Michelle Dauphinais is an attorney and subject matter expert in mortgage regulatory compliance with 25 years of experience. She received her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and her Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. Michelle has led some of the largest non-banks, banks, and credit unions in compliance and risk management initiatives, including implementation of enterprise wide regulatory changes, developing documentation of compliance for investors and regulators on internal projects, and establishing a right-sized compliance management system and its requisite components for organizations.

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Kristina Del Vecchio Kristina Del Vecchio


Joseph, Cohen & Del Vecchio, PC

Kristina A. Del Vecchio is a partner in Joseph, Cohen & Del Vecchio’s San Francisco office and head of its financial services practice. She brings almost two decades of experience in representing and advising consumer banks, credit unions, commercial banks, bank holding companies, lenders, fintechs and financial services companies in connection with enforcement and regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, compliance with state and federal banking, credit union and consumer protection statutes, rules, regulations, as well as guidance regarding mortgage, reverse mortgage, credit card, student loan, auto litigation compliance, enforcement and regulatory issues. Ms. Del Vecchio also specializes in regulatory counseling and complex commercial litigation matters for corporate clients in other industries, such as technology and clean energy.

Ms. Del Vecchio is a frequent speaker and writer on state and federal regulatory developments affecting credit unions, banks and other financial services companies. She previously served a full term as a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California’s Business Law Section (now the California Lawyers Association) and served as Diversity Co-Coordinator. Before that, she chaired the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the Business Law Section. She is also an active member of World Council of Credit Union’s Global Woman’s Leadership Network and is active in her local community as an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Pasadena Jaycees and as a longstanding member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

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Tony Diaz Tony Diaz

Vice President of Compliance

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union

Tony Diaz is currently the Vice President of Compliance at SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union. He joined SchoolsFirst in 2008, and oversees all aspects of the compliance function across the organization, which is currently at an approximate asset size of $28 billion.

Tony holds a law degree and attended Loyola Law School, as well as Kensington University. He completed his undergraduate degree at Chapman University where he majored in Political Science with an emphasis in Legal Studies. He also holds risk and compliance certifications from various entities, including CUNA. Tony also serves on CUNA’s Risk & Compliance Council.

Prior to joining SchoolsFirst, he spent ten years working in the legal field and, most recently, served as the head of compliance at a multi-state mortgage and consumer lending company. He resides in Orange with his wife and daughter.

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Allison Ebner Allison Ebner


Employers Association of the NorthEast

Allison has a passion for helping organizations create powerful people processes and building exceptional workplaces! Her background includes roles that encompass HR, recruitment and corporate branding including talent acquisition, workforce planning, employee engagement and labor trends and compliance. As President of The Employers Association of the NorthEast, she leads their team of HR and Learning & Development professionals as they deliver best practices around compliance, employee relations, effective employee engagement strategies and employee development initiatives.

Allison is a current Board Member and Past President of the Human Resource Management Association of Western New England, a Board Member for the Massachusetts State Council of SHRM, Vice President of the Board for the Mason Wright Foundation, President of the Board for MassHire Springfield and the Chair of the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Legislative Steering Committee. She is a graduate of Ithaca College in New York where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and she completed the Mini MBA Management Program with Bentley University.

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Mark Haberland Mark Haberland

Managing Director

Darling Consulting Group

Newburyport, MA

With over 25 years of experience in balance sheet and model risk management, and hands-on experience in audit and leading the operations of DCG’s Financial Analytics Department, Mark has unique expertise for optimizing and “right-sizing” risk management in the community, mid-size, and large banking space.

In his current role, Mark facilitates educational programs and collaborative workshops and is a trusted resource for financial institutions, industry, and state trade associations, as well as regulatory agencies on a variety of balance sheet and model risk management/validation topics, including IRR, Liquidity, CECL, BSA/AML, MRM/ERM and ALCO.

Mark is a frequent author and top-rated speaker on a vast array of risk management topics and is a member of the Financial Managers Society’s Board of Directors and California Bankers Association’s Enterprise Risk Management Committee. The son of an educator and member of the faculty of Pacific Coast Banking School, Mark’s passion for teaching drives his desire to work with bankers to strive for excellence within their organizations.

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Sarah Hunt Sarah Hunt

VP and General Counsel

Digital Federal Credit Union

Marlborough, MA

Sarah Hunt is Vice President and General Counsel at Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU), headquartered in Marlborough, MA. In her role, Sarah is responsible for leading DCU’s legal and compliance departments and overseeing the delivery of legal and compliance services to the credit union. Sarah joined DCU in 2013, and was most recently promoted to General Counsel in 2020.  Prior to attending law school, Sarah worked at a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. where she focused on public policy and regulatory compliance.  Sarah holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and a JD from Boston University.  

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Rich Jones Rich Jones



Aurora, CO

Rich Jones is the Founder/Principal of Leading2Leadership LLC. and spent over 20 years in leadership roles in the financial services sector. Before becoming an executive in the financial services sector, Rich was an entrepreneur, building and selling two businesses and working for early-stage start-up companies in executive roles in marketing, business development, and seeking investment partners.  

Rich published “Leading2Leadership, a Situational Primer to Leadership Excellence.” The book is available on In 2014, Rich was chosen as a Credit Union Rock Star by CU Magazine, and in 2018, Rich received the Lifetime Achievement Award from CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council.

A Marine and graduate of Colorado State University, Jones shares his expertise at

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Phone: 720-256-4936

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Sue Landauer, CPA Sue Landauer, CPA


Forensic Accounting Services Group, LLC

Susan is a partner in the Forensic Accounting Services Group, LLC which specializes in fraud investigations, prevention and training. She is a CPA with more than 25 years of experience in the accounting and the financial services industry. Susan has conducted numerous fraud investigations for clients in various industries, including banking, manufacturing, construction and others. She has also testified as an expert witness in federal and local courts and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Capital District chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

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Cheryl Lawson Cheryl Lawson

Executive Vice President of Compliance Review


Cheryl joined JMFA in 2001, rising quickly from consultant to engagement manager to executive vice president of implementation. Today she serves as compliance liaison for overdraft privilege and other profitability programs, ensuring the fulfillment of all regulatory requirements. Her responsibilities also include high-level sales support and administration for financial institutions. Cheryl is also a sought-after authority for compliance issues related to overdraft programs. She continues to be invited to speak at numerous industry events.

Her impressive background includes more than 30 years of experience in global information technology and financial operations, as well as consulting, communications, training and project management. Prior to joining JMFA, she was a managing consultant for DA Consulting Group, Inc. in Chicago and Houston, where she was credited with saving the firm some $10 million through high-efficiency technology strategies. Previous positions include IBM systems engineer, international MIS trainer for Chase Manhattan, director of communications for Bankers Trust Company of New York, and CEO of a start-up providing nonprofit organizations with automation solutions.

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Ryan McInerny, CAMS, FRM, MSBA Ryan McInerny, CAMS, FRM, MSBA

Principal, Product Strategy


Ryan McInerny, is a former examiner with the Office of The Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). At OCC Ryan served on committees for compliance, BSA, and commercial credit and oversaw complex examinations spanning a variety of risk areas and business lines. Ryan brings strong business sense to his banking expertise having received his master’s degree in business Analytics from UVA's Darden School of Business. At RiskScout Ryan researches and informs strategic priorities for product development.

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Patricia O'Connell Patricia O'Connell

Lead Compliance Counsel

Credit Union National Association

Patricia acts as Lead Compliance Counsel with Credit Union National Association (CUNA) where she works with the compliance team to provide compliance information, education and training, and regulatory advice to credit unions and leagues.  Patricia analyzes and reports on regulatory, legal and compliance issues that affect credit unions and leagues, as well as works closely with other CUNA departments to maintain and expand CUNA’s educational compliance resources, identify compliance issues impacting credit unions and suggest regulatory and legislative solutions, and assist in providing insight for articles addressing compliance developments.

Immediately prior to joining CUNA, Patricia was in-house counsel with a New York-based federal credit union where she worked closely with the various lines of business and with senior management to provide compliance and legal services to the credit union.  In addition, Patricia’s previous legal practice has focused on counseling, advocating, and negotiating on behalf of financial, academic and technical not-for-profit clients via policy development, building coalitions and cooperative arrangements among interested stakeholders, participating in the legislative process, and performing complex compliance research and regulatory analysis.

Patricia holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College.  She is licensed to practice law in Illinois, New York and Tennessee and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). 

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Ken Otsuka Ken Otsuka

Senior Consultant, Risk & Compliance Solutions


Chicago, IL

32+ years TruStageTM experience within risk management specializing in risks associated with payments, deposits, funds transfer/ACH, and fraud. Ken is a commonly featured author for our RISK Alerts and a speaker throughout the U.S. He was previously was an insurance auditor.

Ken resides in Illinois and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

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Jeff Owen Jeff Owen

Chief Operating Officer


Overland Park, KS

Jeff has been with Rochdale since 2006. Jeff’s professional approach is rooted at the intersection of a passion for the credit union industry, business strategy, and risk management. For credit unions and the leaders who guide them, it means Jeff approaches his role through the lens of the C-suite executive. Jeff recognizes that client success is best measured by overall member satisfaction and impact, managed growth, and long-term relevance. His ability to build and nurture meaningful relationships with people across organizations, from the board and executives to front line personnel, positions him as a respected and trusted advocate for industry, credit union, and individual success.

Before joining Rochdale, Jeff was a member of management at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, as part of the Bank’s Management Development Program. During Jeff’s time at the Federal Reserve Bank, he managed multiple teams and participated in and lead a broad variety of District and System initiatives.

Jeff earned multiple Bachelor of Science degrees in both Management and Marketing, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree, from Northwest Missouri State University

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Christopher Pippett Christopher Pippett


Fox Rothschild LLP

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Christopher J. Pippett is a Partner and Chair of the Financial Services Industry Practice at Fox Rothschild, a national law firm with more than 1000 attorneys in 29 offices from coast to coast. Chris assists a range of financial institutions, including local and regional banks, credit unions and mortgage lenders, with issues that span regulatory inquiries, corporate governance, commercial and consumer lending and workouts. He also provides strategic counsel to financial institution clients on federal and state privacy and data security laws, helping them implement safeguards as well as navigate delicate corrective actions and federal inquiries. He has particular experience in advising boards and executive teams  of financial institutions regarding delicate governance matters, including mergers, succession planning, and board-executive team relations.

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Madison Rose, Esq. Madison Rose, Esq.

Director of Advocacy & Counsel for Payments and Technology

Credit Union National Association

Madison Rose is Director of Advocacy & Counsel for Payments and Technology for Credit Union National Association (CUNA).  Madison brings career-long industry experience to her role and is responsible for evaluating the impact of federal legislation and regulation and advocating on behalf of the credit union industry. She previously served CUNA as Associate Director of State Advocacy & Counsel and has been with CUNA since 2018.

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Jason Stverak Jason Stverak

Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer

Credit Union National Association

Washington, DC

Jason Stverak currently serves as the Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). Prior to that he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) Additionally, he has served as the Legislative Director and Lobbyist for Christians United for Israel Action Fund and as Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Congressman Cramer in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Jason has been guest on nationally syndicated radio shows and has appeared on the Fox News Channel. His writing has appeared in USA Today, National Review Online, Roll Call, The Hill, Politico, Fox News, Forbes, the Washington Examiner, and numerous other publications.

Jason is a graduate of Baylor University. He and his wife Nicole have one son, Charles, age 7. They live in Ashburn, VA. Jason is a native of Rapid City, South Dakota.

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Arleen Scavone Arleen Scavone


Newbold Advisors

​​Westlake Village, CA​

​​With 30 years of solutions-driven energy and expertise, Arleen Scavone is an established industry leader and go-to advisor. She leads the mortgage and fintech consultancy practice with Newbold Advisors applying a successful track record of building and managing operations, sales and service in both corporate and entrepreneurial roles. The practice focuses on enabling operational excellence through executing the transformation of people, processes and systems for credit unions, banks and IMBs specializing in LOS optimizations or implementations, large-scale servicing conversions, mortgage lending efficiency and program management for transformation projects.  

Arleen is a frequent speaker at industry and technology conferences and has also shared her insight nationally with business, women and youth foundations. ​

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David Seibert David Seibert

Strategy, Risk and Assurance Partner


With more than 20 years of risk management experience, David has a proven track record of helping credit unions implement and improve Enterprise Risk Management programs that are properly tailored to each one. David is known for his attention to integrating ERM with a credit union’s strategy management processes and board governance. He works with key stakeholders to discover the shared vision for the credit union and the Enterprise Risk Management program to ensure alignment and long-term success.

Prior to his focus on Enterprise Risk Management, David spent more than 10 years in information security leadership roles focusing on cyber, information security, and related technology risks. This has proven to be valuable to our clients in this digital landscape that is home to some of our most challenging risks.

Before joining Rochdale in 2023, David was the owner and Chief Risk Off icer of RGS Business Advisors Inc., an Enterprise Risk Management consulting firm dedicated to credit unions.

David’s professional experience began at a boutique financial advisory firm structuring municipal bonds for state and local governments across the country. From there he began his information security career at large organizations such as Boston Scientific and Target Corporation. In 2010 he started his ERM career at a large Minnesota credit union as the Vice President of ERM and Strategy Management, followed by founding RGS Business Advisors in 2014.

David received a Bachelor of Science in Finance, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

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Simone Suri Simone Suri

SVP, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel

Members Cooperative CU

Duluth, MN

Simone Suri has been the Chief Legal and Risk Officer for Members Cooperative Credit Union since 2010.  In addition to being a member of the credit union’s executive team, she is responsible for handling all legal matters, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations, enterprise risk management, and leading the credit union’s financial health solutions department.  Prior to joining MCCU, Simone worked for the Minnesota Credit Union Network as General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources.   In this capacity, she provided compliance support to approximately 150 credit unions in the state and corporate legal support to the league, its credit union-oriented for-profit businesses and foundation.  She also worked with the World Council of Credit Unions to strengthen communication, information sharing and advancement between credit unions abroad and in the local region.  Before joining the Minnesota Credit Union Network, Simone was in private practice representing a variety of financial institutions.

Simone’s background includes a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Catherine in Saint Paul, Minnesota, an international diploma from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In addition to her formal educational background, she obtained a compliance certification in the Bank Secrecy Act.  

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Sue Vandermeuse Sue Vandermeuse

SVP Audit and Assurance

Kohler Credit Union

Sheboygan WI


  • Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE)
  • Credit Union Enterprise Risk Management Expert (CUERME)
  • Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist (BSACS)
  • Certified Credit Union Internal Auditor (CCUIA)
  • Studied Financial Institutions Management at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Wisconsin

Professional Activities

  • Wisconsin Credit Union League Government Affairs Committee
  • Eastern Shores Chapter of Credit Unions Board Member
  • Past Board Member Brown County Chapter of Credit Unions
  • Past Board Member March of Dimes, Green Bay WI
  • Past Treasurer of campground association

Honors, Awards and Major Accomplishments

  • Implemented enterprise risk management program at our credit union
  • Over 40 years of credit union industry experience and over 30 years of compliance experience
  • Mother of two lovely daughters who blessed me with four adorable grandchildren
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Lachelle Teasley Lachelle Teasley

Compliance Officer

Western Vista FCU

Cheyenne, WY

Lachelle Teasley is the Compliance Officer at Western Vista Credit Union located in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Lachelle started her career at Western Vista as a member service representative in 2016.  From there, she stepped into the compliance role a few months later.  Since transitioning to compliance, Lachelle has helped oversee clean BSA audits 4 years in a row.  In her current position at Western Vista, Lachelle oversees all compliance related matters including vendor management to compliance training. Lachelle’s passion and drive for thoroughness and accuracy has helped steer and guide Western Vista for success in compliance related matters. Lachelle Teasley holds an Associate and Bachelor’s degree and is actively working on attaining her Masters in business administration and project management.  When Lachelle is not overseeing compliance matters or working on furthering her education, she is busy volunteering in her local community all while being actively involved in her children’s lives. 

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Sara Trexler Sara Trexler

Chief Administrative Officer

State Employees Credit Union

Raleigh, NC

Sara Trexler serves as State Employees’ Credit Union’s Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, overseeing the Legal department and Corporate Insurance.  Sara founded SECU’s Trust Services and estate planning programs after serving in the branch network for many years.

Sara serves as a Board Member of MEMBERS Trust Company in Tampa, Fl.  She also serves as a Vice-Chair for the American Bar Association’s Credit Union Committee, Vice-Chair of CUNA’s Compliance and Risk Council, and as a member of the CUNA Consumer Protection Subcommittee and the NASCUS Governmental Affairs Committee. 

Sara has a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in North Carolina.  Sara also graduated from Campbell University with a Master of Trust and Investment Management, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an undergraduate degree.  She has several designations including CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CF

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Branch Walton Branch Walton

Speaker and Author

Branch Walton is a well-known speaker and author on workplace violence, executive protection, identity theft, school safety, and other security topics with more than 40 years of experience in federal law enforcement, private security, and instruction. 

Branch’s security experience began with a 21-year career in the U.S. Secret Service where his assignments included: Special Agent-in-Charge of a field office; Assistant Agent-in-Charge of the Office of Training; investigative and protective assignments at three field offices; and security details for Presidents Nixon, Carter, and Reagan. His criminal investigative experience includes threat assessments and the investigation and supervision of counterfeit cases. Prior to his USSS service, Mr. Walton was a commissioned officer in the U. S. Marine Corps and a special agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence. 

Following his career with the Secret Service, Mr. Walton served as a Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee representative with a U.S. Attorney’s Office, Director of Corporate Security for Cummins Engine Company, Chief of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Management Institute, a criminal justice instructor at Indiana University, and as President of the National Association for Bank Security-Profit Protection, LLC, a company specializing in security and compliance training for the banking industry. 

Currently, Branch is active in training program development, management, and/or instruction for: the Miami Police Academy (Florida), Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, University of Findley, Eastern Kentucky University, South American Theft Group Intelligence Network, Miami Dade College, Broward County TRIAD, and South Florida INFRAGARD. He also continues to instruct at Miami Dade College’s School of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security in the fields of physical and operations security. 

He is the former Associate Dean of Student Services at Henley Putnam University, an online university specializing in intelligence, protection management, terrorism and counter- terrorism studies. He is also a past or current adjunct faculty member of the criminal justice department of six universities. Mr. Walton has authored numerous articles, two books, book chapters, and has consulted on several workplace violence training videos.  

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