Aug. 29-Sept. 1

Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel, San Diego



Allyson B. Baker is a partner, trial attorney and civil litigator at Venable LLP with more than a decade of experience in the federal government and private practice. She focuses on financial services litigation and law enforcement investigations involving consumer finance, financial fraud and complex financial transactions. She represents banks and nonbanks subject to law enforcement actions and investigations, especially those initiated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). She represents numerous consumer finance companies in confidential investigations initiated by the CFPB's Office of Enforcement.

Scott D. Cameron was appointed Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Financial Institutions at the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) by Gov.  Edmund G. Brown Jr. on May 5, 2015. As Senior Deputy Commissioner he is responsible for the oversight of the Banking, Credit Union and Money Transmitter Divisions. He has worked for the California DBO (formerly known as the Department of Financial Institutions and the State Banking Department), for more than 33 years. He began his career in 1984 as a Bank Examiner in the Los Angeles Regional Office and was promoted to the position of Senior Bank Examiner in 1992. He served as a Financial Institutions Supervisor in the Los Angeles Regional Office prior to his assignment in 1999 as the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Banking in the Sacramento Regional Office. In 2005, he was promoted to the position of Northern California Regional Deputy Commissioner of Banking and became the Deputy Commissioner/Chief Examiner of the Banking Division in 2010.

Theran ColwellTheran Colwell is vice president, product management of Lending for CUNA Mutual Group. He is responsible for the management and strategic execution of the loan growth products. Prior to his current role, he served as director of Business Protection Risk Management where he was responsible for leading a national team and risk managers, identifying/analyzing risks, developing risk controls and implementing value added services for policy holders. He joined CUNA Mutual Group in 1999 and has held various positions throughout the organization including director of Corporate Strategy & Development, senior manager of Product Finance and senior consultant of Financial Management Services. He has spoken to key industry constituents both domestically and internationally on financial institution strategy, risk management, regulation, asset liability management, loan/deposit pricing and investment accounting.

Theran ColwellDennis Dollar is the principal partner in Dollar Associates, LLC, a full-service consulting group focusing on credit unions and the organizations that serve them. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board in 2001. He had served on the three-member Board since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1997, having been a member of the NCUA Board during the most far-reaching period of legislative and regulatory change in the history of the American credit union movement. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council(FFIEC). A former two-term member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, he was elected at age 22 to the House in 1975, at that time the youngest legislator in the state and one of the youngest in history. He served for eight years in the House of Representatives. Immediately prior to being appointed to the NCUA Board, he served from 1991 to 1997 as President and CEO of what is now the Gulf Coast Community Federal Credit Union, at that time the Gulfport Veterans Administration Federal Credit Union which was a $32 million institution serving more than 12,000 members and 150 employer groups along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Ryan DonovanRyan Donovan is the Chief Advocacy Officer for the Credit Union Natl. Assn. (CUNA) in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for the development and implementation of CUNA’s legislative, regulatory and state government advocacy efforts. He joined the association as Vice President – Legislative Affairs in September 2007, was promoted to Senior Vice President in September 2011 and to Chief Advocacy Officer in January 2015. Prior to joining CUNA, he worked for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues as Director of Federal Government Affairs. He also served as a member of the Congressional staffs of Representative Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and former House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.).

Jeremy EmpolJeremy Empol is Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for the California & Nevada Credit Union Leagues. He began at the Leagues in January of 2007 in the position of Director of Grassroots Advocacy, and has been in his current position since June of 2011. His responsibilities include lobbying Members of Congress, working within the California and Nevada congressional delegations to promote credit union issues and ensuring League members are connecting with their Congressional delegation, as well as those who serve in the federal government.  Prior to coming to the League, he served on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant for California Congressman Bob Filner (CA-51); and Legislative Correspondent for Texas Congressman Max Sandlin (TX-1).

Nick FanningNicholas A. “Nick” Fanning joined Corporate Central Credit Union in February 1997, and has been in the role of SVP/Chief Financial Officer since July 2016. His responsibilities have included investment and credit analysis, ALM modeling and investment and loan sales.  He has also been responsible for managing Corporate Central's balance sheet since 2002.  In his current role, he directs and oversees all aspects of the Investment and Accounting departments.  His responsibilities include the management of Corporate Central's investment and loan portfolios, funding and liquidity management and the development and pricing of investment and lending products and services.  

Larry FazioLarry Fazio is director of NCUA’s Office of Examination and Insurance. He joined NCUA in 1991 as an Examiner in Chicago. During his career with NCUA, he has served as a Supervision Analyst, a Supervisory Examiner in Detroit, the Director of Supervision in the Chicago regional office, the Director of Risk Management in the Office of Examination and Insurance, the Deputy Director of the Office of Examination and Insurance, and NCUA's Deputy Executive Director. In June 2011, he was name E&I director and is responsible for providing leadership over the agency's examination and supervision program.

Tom HechtTom Hecht is a partner at Nixon Peabody LLC, where he litigates cases at all levels of state and federal courts. He represents clients at trial, in arbitrations, in mediation and on appeals in both state and federal appellate courts. He is a member of the bar of the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Tenth and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals as well as the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Seth HorvathSeth Horvath is a partner at Nixon Peabody LLC focuses his practice on trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts nationwide. He represents a wide variety of clients, with particular emphasis on the banking industry.

Patty IdolPatty Idol is chairman of the NASCUS Credit Union Council, and president of Mountain Credit Union, in Waynesville, NC. She became president of the $185 million credit union (with more than 23,000 members) in 1999. Over her years of service to the credit union movement, she has served both NASCUS and the Carolinas Credit Union League in a variety of capacities. In addition to her current role as chairman of the Credit Union Council, she also serves as an ex officio member of the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Education, and Audit Committees.

Lucy ItoLucy Ito became NASCUS president and CEO in November, 2014, joining the association with extensive work and leadership within the credit union system. Prior to joining NASCUS, she was executive vice president and chief operations officer of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues (CCUL/NCUL), serving those organizations for the past 10 years. In that role, she provided oversight to all four of the Leagues' divisions—Advocacy, Member Solutions, Strategic Innovation and Planning, and Finance and Human Resources. Before that, she served as the World Council of Credit Unions' (WOCCU) senior vice president.

Dwight JohnstonDwight Johnston, President of Dwight Johnston Economics, has more than 30 years of investment experience with financial institutions in a variety of roles. For the past 15 years, beginning with his role as economist for WesCorp, he has focused on economic and market information and education for credit unions. He is the author of a popular daily and long-term commentary site and is a frequent speaker at credit union board planning sessions and industry conferences. He is also Chief Economist of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.

John LassJohn Lass is the President of Lass Advisory Services LLC (LAS), a strategy and leadership consulting firm assisting financial institutions and rapidly scaling technology firms to develop powerful, differentiated strategies to achieve sustainable, profitable growth. Prior to forming LAS in 2014, he served for 10 years as SVP of Strategy and Business Development for CUNA Mutual Group (CMG). He has served as strategic advisor to leading credit unions across the U.S., including BECU, Redwood CU, Ent CU, Wescom CU, Summit CU and many others. He has been a frequent speaker at financial conferences across the U.S. and Europe.

Guy MessickGuy A. Messick, a partner at Messick Lauer & Smith P.C., is an attorney engaged in the private practice of law in Media, Pa. He has provided strategic planning and legal consultation services to hundreds credit unions and credit union service organizations nationwide. Since 1987, he has served as General Counsel to the National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations (NACUSO) where he serves as liaison with the National Credit Union Administration.

Rick MetsgerRick Metsger is a member of the NCUA Board, a position he assumed after being chairman of the board from April 2016 to January 2017. Previously, he served as a board member since 2013 (and vice chairman since 2014). As chairman, he pursued a review of the agency’s exam and supervision process via the “Exam Flexibility Initiative,” which recommended changes to the board last fall. As a board member, he continues to watch over implementation of the changes. Prior to joining the NCUA Board, he owned his own strategic communications consulting firm focused on the areas of financial services, capital construction, energy and transportation. He served for 12 years in the Oregon State Senate, where he chaired the Business and Transportation Committee and was elected President Pro Tem in 2009. He worked extensively in areas of financial services, taxation, and consumer protection policy, and served on the Oregon State Treasury Debt Policy Advisory Commission. In addition to consulting and public service, he has worked as a teacher and a radio and television journalist. From 1993 to 2001, he served on the board of directors of the Portland Teachers Credit Union.

Mary Ellen O'NeillMary Ellen O’Neill is chairman of the NASCUS Board, and is the director of the Connecticut Financial Institutions Division, which regulates credit unions, state-chartered bank and trust companies, savings banks and savings and loan associations for compliance with the laws and regulations of the State of Connecticut, as well as appropriate rules and regulations of federal agencies. She joined the Connecticut Department of Banking in 1987 in the examiner division, and steadily worked her way up to a number of administration positions within the department. At NASCUS, she has held a number of volunteer positions over the years, including in the association’s accreditation and performance standards committees.

Sundie SeefriedSundie Seefried is the CEO/President of Partner Colorado Credit Union in Denver, Colo. She has designed a full-scope cannabis banking program that has withstood the scrutiny of federal and state regulators and has realized great success in terms of removing cash from the communities in Colorado to make Colorado a safer place to live. She now banks in excess of a 50% market share of the Colorado cannabis industry that includes both licensed cannabis and ancillary businesses serving the industry. To assist other financial institutions interested in serving this emerging market, she recently authored the book Navigating Safe Harbor – Cannabis Banking in Uncertain Times. She has also packaged her program as a turnkey solution for other financial institutions to engage in banking the industry.

Eben SheafferEben Sheaffer is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. From 2010 to 2013 he served as the President of Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, a $9 million full-service credit union and Federation member located in New York, NY.  He also serves as the Board Treasurer for the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union.  He began his career in the investment industry in 1999, and has worked as a Quantitative Analyst at Aurarian Capital Management, as a Financial Modeling Consultant for Thomson Financial, and as the technical lead for a Risk Management group at Brown Brothers Harriman. 

Tina SolisTina Solis is a partner at Nixon Peabody LLC, where she advises businesses on issues involving trade secrets, unfair competition and complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts. She also counsels lawyers and law firms on professional responsibility issues. Tina regularly represents regulators in federal court litigation related to the failure of banks.

Jim StickleyJim Stickley of Stickley on Security is one of the premiere cybersecurity experts in the nation, Jim has more than 20 years’ experience in the cybersecurity field. He’s CEO of Stickley on Security, a firm focusing on cybersecurity education and awareness solutions. Over the course of his career, he notes that he has been involved in “thousands of security services for financial institutions, Fortune 100 corporations, healthcare facilities, legal firms, and insurance companies,” according to his website. Additionally, he has been a consultant for Fox News, CBS and NBC networks, as well as the Associated Press. His views and commentary on cybersecurity have also been featured in stories and items in such publications as Time, Business Week, Fortune, the New York Times, PC Magazine and more.