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Theresa Ussery Recognized as Compliance Professional of the Year
Friday, August 10, 2018 6:50 AM

Theresa Ussery and Mike Delker
Cornerstone SVP Credit Union Relations Mike Delker presents A+ Federal Credit Union's Theresa Ussery with the Compliance Professional of the Year award at the 2018 Compliance and Audit Conference in Oklahoma City.

Cornerstone Credit Union League's 2018 Compliance Professional of the Year award was presented to Theresa Ussery, compliance officer at A+ Federal Credit Union. The award was presented during the Aug. 8–10 Compliance and Audit Conference in Oklahoma City.

The purpose of the Compliance Professional of the Year award is to recognize an outstanding credit union professional’s achievements and contributions to the advancement of compliance in our movement.

Ussery has been employed with A+ FCU since 1982—for an astounding 35 years. For the past 15 years, she has served as its compliance officer, ensuring that her credit union, with assets of $1.3 billion and 136,000 members, 390 employees, and 24 branches, has maintained its compliance status with all federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.

"Theresa Ussery is a great employee and a wonderful person, and it has been my pleasure to work with her for the past 25 years," said A+ FCU Assistant Vice President Teresa Collins. "She is truly deserving of this wonderful award."

Ussery developed the credit union's BSA and OFAC program and procedures resulting in "no exceptions" during NCUA exams, and the NCUA examiner requested she train other credit unions on how to comply.

Ussery supervises a team of two compliance associates and oversees all regulatory training for staff. She also provides annual training to the A+ FCU board of directors and the supervisory committee for the required BSA/OFAC education. She works closely with the internal audit department, regulatory examiners, and annual external auditors, as well as the fraud department.

Ussery has maintained her CUCE designation since 2005.

Cornerstone Credit Union League extends its sincere congratulations to Theresa Ussery as the recipient of the 2018 Compliance Professional of the Year award.