ORNL FCU Welcomes Wendy Ward, General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – ORNL Federal Credit Union (ORNL FCU) recently announced the appointment of Wendy Ward as General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer (GR/CRO). The position is new to the $3.65 billion dollar organization.

ORNL Federal Credit Union (ORNL FCU) recently announced the appointment of Wendy Ward as General Counsel & Chief Risk Officer (GR/CRO)

Ward will oversee all aspects of legal, BSA, business continuity, compliance, human resources, and training. She will also act as the credit union’s lead liaison with its regulatory bodies, including the National Credit Union Administration.

“Wendy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in these areas of oversight,” said Jenny Vipperman, ORNL FCU President & CEO. “As our organization continues to evolve in a fast-paced environment, the importance of an internal legal advocate is essential. Wendy will be key in ensuring we continue to grow in a sound and responsible manner.”

Ward’s unique and diverse experience will be instrumental in managing ORNL FCU’s enterprise risk management. Her responsibilities will include managing legal and risk-related matters ensuring that the credit union operates within the boundaries of relevant laws and regulations.  She will be instrumental in transforming the enterprise risk management and compliance programs for future growth.

“I am grateful for the warm welcome and thrilled to join the ORNL FCU Team and contribute to the organization’s continued success,” said Ward. “ORNL has a longstanding history of providing excellent service to the communities of East Tennessee. I am excited to build relationships and help guide the strategic objectives of this trusted organization.”

With over 15 years in the credit union industry, Ward recently held the position of Chief Risk & Compliance Officer at VyStar Credit Union in Jacksonville, Fla. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida and has a Juris Doctorate degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Ward is a NAFCU Certified Compliance Officer and received the CUNA Enterprise Risk Management Expert designation.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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