Executive Forum

November 1-2, 2021 | Hilton Lexington Downtown | Lexington, KY

Hilton Lexington Downtown
369 West Vine Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40507

The Kentucky Credit Union League is excited to present an executive-level gathering for credit union leaders across the state. 

The Executive Forum features a fresh new format - a one-day event with insightful presentations, timely updates and open discussion among your peers who are all facing similar challenges and looking to share best practices and experiences.




5:30 p.m. - Welcome Reception Sponsored by CUNA Mutual Group


8:30 a.m. - Registration & Breakfast
9:15 a.m. - Welcome & Announcements
9:20 a.m. - Education Session
10:45 a.m. - Morning Break
11:00 a.m. - Economic Update
12:15 p.m. - Education with Lunch
1:00 p.m. - Roundtable Discussion
2:15 p.m. - Legislative Update
2:30 p.m. - Closing Remarks



Linda Nedelcoff

Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Human Resources Officer 
CUNA Mutual Group

Linda Nedelcoff is the Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Human Resources Officer for CUNA Mutual Group, an insurance and financial services company headquartered in Madison, Wis. In this role, she is responsible for leading the Employee Experience, Corporate Strategy and Business Development teams, which include human resources, employee communications, corporate security, business resiliency, corporate strategy, the multicultural center of expertise, marketplace intelligence, mergers & acquisitions and partnerships.

Linda joined CUNA Mutual Group in 2011 and prior to that she held positions at Deere & Company and Deloitte & Touché, LLP, in the area of Human Resources and Human Resources Leadership, overseeing corporate and division human resources, strategic planning, talent management and performance development. Linda is passionate about experience and is always looking for ways to listen, learn and build a sustainable culture and workplace that can move with business and meet the demands of tomorrow’s workforce.


Mike Schenk

Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Policy Analysis and Chief Economist
Credit Union National Association (CUNA)

Mike Schenk has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. In 1992 he joined the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) – the largest and most influential national trade association advocating for America's credit unions. There are over 5,000 credit unions nationwide, with 120 million memberships and over $1.6 trillion in assets

Mike is Deputy Chief Advocacy Officer for Policy Analysis and Chief Economist for CUNA and conducts economic research and supports CUNA’s public relations and advocacy efforts.  His analyses regularly appear in trade publications such as Credit Union Magazine.  He also is a frequent contributor to the financial media.

Mike serves on the board of the Filene Research Institute, an independent, non-profit consumer and cooperative finance think tank. He also serves on the board of Summit Credit Union in Madison, Wisconsin – a $4.2 billion financial cooperative with over 200,000 members.  Mike serves as Board Chair and has Chaired the credit union’s Asset-Liability Management and Risk Management/Internal Audit Committees. 

Keith Ash

Senior Vice President
Strategic Resource Management (SRM)

Keith Ash has 25 years of payments expertise across issuer, network, and processor roles. Ash began his career with Household Bank, supporting the launch and growth effort of the GM Co-brand through Household Credit Services. He later joined First Data/Concord EFS where he was the SVP of Operations and Implementations for their Northeast Platform. Keith then worked for MasterCard for 14 years, where he gained extensive experience in roles ranging from Account Management to Sales, supporting regulated and unregulated issuers. His prior role at MasterCard was leading the New Business team for Community Financial Institutions. Keith joined SRM to expand the company’s payments acumen and to focus on serving regulated issuers.

Debbie Painter 

Kentucky Credit Union League

Debbie Painter began her career with credit unions in 1979 at Fort Knox FCU. Almost twenty years later, she joined the Kentucky Credit Union League staff as the Director of Public Relations and Governmental Affairs.  In this role, Debbie served as a lobbyist for Kentucky’s credit unions and maintained relationships with legislative and other governmental agencies on matters of credit union interest.

In 2012, Debbie was promoted to Executive Vice President where she was responsible for oversight of advocacy, compliance, and professional development.  Debbie worked in this capacity until January 2019, when she assumed her current role as League President/CEO.

Debbie serves on the Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission, established by the Kentucky Legislature in 2019 and as Vice-Chair of the Commission’s Finance and Governance Committee. In addition, Debbie also serves on the Board of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL).  

Debbie earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Sullivan University and is a graduate of the Credit Union Management Institute (CUMI) and CUNA Management School (Madison, WI).  



Kristi Amick

Sales Executive
CUNA Mutual Group

Krisit has worked in the credit union industry for over 25 years. She first started out as a teller and later managed a small credit union before working with CUNA Mutual. Kristi has a bachelor’s degree in accounting.






Education Sessions

Conference Attendee $479.00


SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE.  To apply for a scholarship, please click here 



We have secured a room block at the following hotel:

Hilton Lexington Downtown
369 West Vine Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40507

ROOM RATE: $119 per night
Reservation Deadline: October 20, 2021

Reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis. 



Badges Must Be Worn

Badges are specially marked to determine admission to conference activities.


Casual to Business casual. Be sure to bring a sweater or light jacket, as personal comfort levels may vary.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued until 14 days prior to the conference less a $100 administration fee per person. No refunds for cancellations within 14 days of event.  Substitutions accepted anytime. All cancellations/substitutions must be submitted in writing.

Code of Professional Conduct

The registrant agrees to conduct his/herself in a cordial manner. KCUL will not tolerate any registrant who creates a disturbance; is disrespectful to any other registrant, any member of KCUL, its speakers and attendees, exhibitors, volunteers or staff. KCUL reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to investigate any complaint and to dismiss any registrant found by KCUL, in its sole discretion, to have violated the Code of Professional Conduct, without refund of registration fees. 

Safety and Wellness

The Kentucky Credit Union League is committed to hosting a safe event that brings the credit union community together. To ensure the highest level of safety for all attendees and guests we encourage anyone who is feeling unwell or has had exposure to COVID-19 is encouraged to stay home. 

Who Can Attend?

Attendance is limited to League-affiliated and associated credit unions. This conference is a special occasion for CEOs and their Executive Teams to come together for valuable education and networking opportunities.