Member Spotlight

WHF is pleased to feature the WHF Member Spotlight. Each month we will feature a different WHF member.


WHF Member Spotlight – January 2020
Elizabeth M. Young LaBerge, Senior Regulatory Compliance Counsel at the
National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU)

Panama City Beach, Florida

Fun Fact
I’ve never lived anywhere longer than 5 years. In May, 2020, I will have lived in DC longer than anywhere else in my life.

Describe your journey in the financial services industry and how your career has evolved to your current position.
Going to school in Florida, I always expected to be in private practice. I graduated law school in 2008 and found out I passed the Missouri bar one week after the Lehman Brothers collapse. I had just moved to the Midwest to be closer to my parents, and was seeking a position doing estate planning in Kansas City. After the crash, no one was hiring. I ended up taking a job doing creditor’s rights and bankruptcy work. I was lucky to work under a managing partner with great business sense and a strong sense of ethics. In November 2012, my firm was looking for someone with bankruptcy experience to transfer to the Portland, Maine office. I accepted the opportunity, but upon arrival was asked how I felt about moving into the litigation team – their workload had grown exponentially. I was never in love with bankruptcy and took the opportunity to learn something new. Between discovery and preparing witnesses, I learned a lot about mortgage origination and servicing operations. I learned more about federal regulations while defending mortgage servicing violation claims. A little less than three years later, we moved to DC for my late husband’s job and I found a position at NAFCU. I was incredibly excited to take my experience and knowledge and use it to produce educational and informational resources to help credit unions.

What do you love most about what you do?
I believe in the cooperative movement and that credit unions can be a positive force in their communities. Working at NAFCU has given me the opportunity to both expand and deepen the scope of my knowledge, understand the operations of a much broader range of financial institutions, and gain new skills.

I am a film buff and love classic, foreign and arthouse films. Last year I got the Criterion Channel and I love it. I am also a trustee at the Awesome Foundation DC, a local philanthropic organization that gives monthly microgrants to people and projects that make DC more awesome.

How long have you been a member of WHF?
It is 4 years this month.

Please describe your involvement with WHF.
I have been a member for four years. In the past, have served on the communications, membership and young professionals committee.

What have you gained from being a member?
The two biggest gains I’ve gotten from WHF are meeting incredible, smart and kind women through the organization and being exposed to excellent speakers and important content.

How do you make the best use of your day? (think techniques to enhance productivity, time management, time out, meditation/prayer, etc.)
I’m a planner. I find the best way to make sure I don’t waste my day is to know what I would like to do with it before I get started. Sometimes things go sideways on you and being flexible and resilient to change is important – but having a plan to start with means your default is a productive day.

Who or what inspires you?
What inspires me most is earnest passion. I feel like our current culture can be cynical, and taking something seriously is seen as naive. I get a spark from people who feel internally compelled to create, build and study.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
There is no better way to build trust with your boss and coworkers than to be honest and transparent about your mistakes.

Who do you look up to the most and why?
I look up to my mom who loves simply and unconditionally, has never stopped learning or working on herself, and seems to find new things to love about life every day.



November 2019 - Peggy Twohig, Assistant Director for Supervision Policy, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 

October 2019 - Peter Judge, Manager of Government Relations, Crowe LLP

September 2019 - Kris Kully, Partner, Mayer Brown 

July 2019 - Kristin McGovern, Managing Director, Fannie Mae

June 2019 - Jenny Menna, Senior Vice President, Business Security Solutions, U.S. Bank

May 2019 - Nancy Weissgold, Partner and Co-Leader of the Consumer Finance Team, Alston & Bird, LLP

April 2019 - Chastity Abrom, Mortgage-Backed Securities Specialist, Ginnie Mae, Office of Securities Operations

March 2019 - Gisele Roget, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing, Federal Housing Administration

February 2019 - Monda Raquel Webb, Consultant, Monda Media LLC 

January 2019 - Jonice Gray Tucker, Partner, Buckley Sandler LLP 

December 2018 - Alma Angotti, Navigant, Managing Director, Co-Head of Global Investigations and Compliance

November 2018 - Michele Lieber, President, BluePoint DC

October 2018 - Dionne Joemah, Deputy General Counsel, District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development

September 2018 - Lindsey Johnson, President, U.S. Mortgage Insurers (USMI)

August 2018 - Bernadette Kogler, Co-founder & CEO, RiskSpan; Co-founder, SmartLink Lab

July 2018 - Lawrence Kaplan, Chair, Bank Regulatory Practice, Paul Hastings LLP

April 2018 - Dina Ellis Rochkind, Of Counsel, Paul Hastings LLP

March 2018 - Marti Tirinnanzi, President and CEO, Financial Standards, Inc.

February 2018 - Janis Smith, Board of Governors, National Housing Conference

November 2017 - Mary Pat Denney, Managing Director, Risk Initiative Vertical, The Oakleaf Group

September 2017 - Joanna Girardin Shapiro, Managing Director, Global Client Management, Bank of New York Mellon

July 2017 - Mary Martha Fortney, President, The Fortney Group

June 2017 - Kris Kully, Partner, Mayer Brown

May 2017 - Lee Ann Hoover, Financial Services Advisory and Compliance, Navigant Inc.

April 2017 - Faith Arnold Schwartz, Chairman, HLP, Principal, HFSS, LLC, Advisor to Accenture Credit Services

March 2017 - Debbie Matz, Board Member, Mutual of Omaha Bank; Advisory Board OpenDoor Trading LLP