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Marijuana & Hemp eSchool

June 9, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - June 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

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The National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS) is pleased to offer a Cannabis/Hemp eSchool, featuring guest speaker Deirdra O’Gorman Founder & Principal, DX Consulting.

This eSchool will cover:

  • Recent regulatory updates
  • How businesses are evolving
  • What financial institutions should be thinking about
    for their cannabis and hemp banking programs
  • Business payments


Day-by-Day Agenda


June 9, 2021

1:30 pm Welcome Remarks

    • Brian Knight, EVP & General Counsel, NASCUS
    • Deirdra O’Gorman, Founder & Principal, DX Consulting

1:45 pm Cannabis 101

    • Deirdra O’Gorman, Founder & Principal, DX Consulting

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm Hemp 101

    • Lisa Pittman, Partner, Zuber Lawler LLP

4:15 pm Cannabis Services Solutions- Cash Logistics and Onsite Compliance

    • Deirdra O’Gorman, Founder & Principal, DX Consulting

4:45 pm Break

5:00 pm Building a Sustainable Cannabis Business in the Regulated Environment

    • Scherill Murray Powell, Attorney, Doumar Allsworth, Laystrom, Voigt, Adair and Dishowitz LLP

5:45 pm Adjourn

June 10, 2021

1:30 pm Welcome Remarks

1:40 pm Lending

    • David J. Apfel, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
    • Mike Mashke, EVP & Chief Lending Officer, First National Bank of Pasco
    • Aaron Kaslow, Director of Lending, Northpoint Commercial Credit
    • Paul Evangelista, Executive Vice President |Sales, Operations, Delivery Administration, Century Bank

2:45 pm Break

3:00 pm Business Payments

    • Katrina Skinner

4:00 pm Technology

    • Ryan Canin, CEO, DocFox
    • Mike Kennedy, Co-Founder and Head of Product & Strategy, Green Check Verified
    • Jenna Meyer, Director of Client Success, Shield Compliance

5:30 pm Wrap Up

June 11, 2021

1:30 pm Opening Remarks

1:45 pm NCUA Remarks

    • Comments and Q/A with the Honorable Rodney E. Hood, NCUA
    • NCUA Guidance with Tim Segerson, Deputy Director – Office of Examination and Insurance, NCUA

2:45 pm Break

2:55 pm The World Beyond Legalization

    • Andrew Bigart, Partner, Venable LLP
    • Michael Bresnick, Chair, Financial Services Investigation and Enforcement Practice, Venable LLP
    • Michael Correia, Director of Government Relations, National Cannabis Industry Association

3:30 pm Final Hemp Rules from USDA

    • Bill Richmond, Chief, USDA Hemp Program

4:30 pm Exam Programs – Regulators Perspective

    • Janet Powell, Chief of Regulation and Supervision-Credit Unions, Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation

5:00 pm Open Forum

5:30 pm Adjourn



Speaker Bios

Deirdra O’Gorman, Founder & Principal, DX Consulting
Deirdra O’Gorman has 26 years of experience as a senior financial services executive. She has held numerous leadership positions, including CEO of a de novo financial institution and Market President for a nationally chartered bank, with $17 billion in assets. With her extensive banking experience, Ms. O’Gorman founded one of the leading BSA/AML consulting firms for cannabis banking, DX Consulting, in 2014. In the last 3 years, Deirdra and her business partners founded Empyreal Logistics, a cash logistics company that provides transit, deposit processing and onsite audit solutions for financial institutions and businesses. Empyreal Logistics currently services 29 states in the continental U.S.

In 2016, Deirdra was named one of 20 “People to Watch” in the cannabis financial services industry and has been featured in articles by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN and more. She is considered one of the foremost experts on banking and compliance for highly regulated industries. Through her work, she has become a nationally known speaker and can be found working with financial institutions, regulators, government agencies, entrepreneurs, and attorneys who are looking to gain a better understanding of emerging markets.

The Honorable Rodney E. Hood
Rodney E. Hood was nominated to the NCUA Board on January 19, 2019. The U.S. Senate confirmed him on March 14, 2019, and he was sworn in as the eleventh NCUA Chairman on April 8, 2019. Mr. Hood served as the NCUA’s Chairman until January 25, 2021.

As a Board Member, Mr. Hood serves as the NCUA’s representative on the Board of Directors of NeighborWorks America, one of the nation’s leading affordable housing and community development organizations. This is his second time serving as the agency’s representative on the board of NeighborWorks.

Mr. Hood was previously nominated to the NCUA Board by former President George W. Bush and served from November 2005 until August 2009. During his first term on the Board, he was appointed Vice Chairman.

Immediately prior to rejoining the NCUA Board in 2019, Mr. Hood served as a corporate responsibility manager for JPMorgan Chase, managing national partnerships with non-profit organizations, financial regulators, and community stakeholders to promote financial inclusion and shared prosperity in underserved communities throughout the United States.

His previous experience includes serving as associate administrator of the Rural Housing Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this role, he helped to address the housing needs in rural communities and administered the agency’s $43 billion mortgage portfolio.

Tim Segerson, Deputy Director – Office of Examination and Insurance, NCUA

Tim Segerson is the Deputy Director of the Office of Examination and Insurance (E&I) with the National Credit Union Administration. Tim is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of E&I and assisting the Director with the implementation of National policy relating to examination, supervision, insurance and guaranty fund risk management. Tim was an examiner and field supervisor and served in various field and supervision related roles at NCUA for nearly 20 years before joining the NCUA policy unit in 2010.

Tim is an honors graduate of Rhode Island College with A bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting.

Mike Kennedy, Co-founder / Head of Product & Strategy, Green Check Verified
Mike Kennedy is a Co-founder and Head of Product & Strategy at Green Check Verified, a technology-enabled solution for banking the cannabis industry. Mike’s background is in helping community financial institutions leverage technology to better manage their compliance and risk functions, and he has helped hundreds of institutions develop and implement bespoke compliance programs. Prior to co-founding Green Check, Mike helped scale Continuity, the first SaaS-based compliance management system for community financial institutions. Having worked with FIs across the country, Mike deeply understands the cost and complexities involved with maintaining compliance. This experience drives Mike and his team’s mission of helping FIs reduce their regulatory burden and build competitive advantages by tapping into new markets.

Ryan Canin, CEO, DocFox
Ryan is the CEO of DocFox, a digital tool which enables rapid account opening, customer onboarding and automated complex workflows for business and commercial banking.

DocFox currently works with over 200 financial institutions to reduce manual effort through advanced document processing with document inspection, data capture and comparison of any document and a suite of automation tools.

Banks and credit unions use DocFox to enable remote account opening for business banking, bank across state lines with comfort, bank high-risk industries like cannabis banking or streamline business lending and back-office processes to completely transform the client experience and reduce costs and losses due to manual activities.

Bill Richmond, Chief, USDA Hemp Program
Bill leads the team responsible for the establishment and implementation of the U.S. domestic hemp production program. The USDA program oversees State and Tribal Government hemp regulations, rulemaking, intergovernmental affairs and stakeholder outreach. He has been in Federal service, all with USDA, for over 20 years. In other roles, he was the acting director of the team responsible for establishing new labeling rules for genetically modified foods in the U.S., served as the chief of staff of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service under the Obama and Trump administrations, and led USDA’s Colorado dairy field office. Richmond studied agricultural economics at the University of Maryland, and holds professional certificates from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Brookings Institution.

Lisa Pittman, Partner, Zuber Lawler LLP
Lisa Pittman focuses on litigation and regulatory compliance. Throughout Ms. Pittman’s 20-year career, she has litigated and tried disputes relating to labor & employment, breach of contract, commercial banking, fraud, fiduciary duty, construction defect and injury, deceptive trade practices, premises liability, professional liability, and products liability. She also possesses extensive expertise in complex commercial insurance coverage matters, having both defended insurance companies and advocated for policyholders in commercial property, residential property, and life insurance matters.

Ms. Pittman is a pioneering figure in the emerging legalized hemp/cannabis industry in Texas. Ms. Pittman is an appointee to the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Industrial Hemp Advisory Council. She is also a non-resident fellow of the Drug Policy Program at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Ms. Pittman presented the American Bar Association’s first marijuana law CLE at its annual meeting in New York City in 2017, resulting in the creation of the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Cannabis Law and Policy, and she is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Cannabis Law & Policy Committee for 2021-2022.

From her participation in the nascent cannabis industry, Ms. Pittman has represented a broad range of clients from investors to ancillary service and product providers to “plant-touching” companies — farmers, processors, manufacturers, laboratories, distributors, and retailers. Some of these clients have now expanded into other countries. In pursuit of becoming an authority in this area, she understands the many challenges facing marijuana and hemp businesses, such as tax, banking, insurance, and regulatory compliance issues, and she has grown a vast network of experts to assist in these areas. Ms. Pittman keeps abreast of the constantly evolving laws, news, and deals occurring in the cannabis industry internationally on a daily basis.

Scheril Murray Powell, Esq., Agricultural, Cannabis, and Dietary Supplement Attorney, Doumar, Allsworth, Laystrom, Voigt, Adair, and Dishowitz LLP
Scheril Murray Powell, Esq. is an Agricultural, Cannabis, and Dietary Supplement Attorney at Doumar, Allsworth, Laystrom, Voigt, Adair, and Dishowitz LLP. The Daily Business Review has named her one of the Top 12 Cannabis Attorneys in Florida. Her practice covers both the Marijuana and Hemp Industries, specializing in Cannabinoid legalization and UK Novel Foods registration. Scheril serves on the Board of one of the oldest Cannabis Advocacy Organizations, Patients Out of Time. She is the former Executive Director of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists of Florida and former Director of Federal Affairs for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Scheril also serves as the Director of Business Development of, an incubator, accelerator and co-working community catering solely to cannabis-related businesses. Scheril is on the Hemp Pilot Program Advisory Board for the University of Florida and serves on the Broward County, Florida Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. She is on the board for the Friends of Hemp and was a Founding Board Member for the U.S. Hemp Builders Association (not to be confused with the U.S. Hemp Building Association Foundation).

She is also President of consulting firm Green Sustainable Strong, LLC. In her spare time, she volunteers with the Winrock Foundation delivering Marketing training to Farmers in Ghana, Africa. In 2018, she was a recipient of the Crohns Foundation Blood, Sweat, and Tears Award, and the Cannabis Business Award’s Industry MVP Award. She is former In House Counsel for Sunflora/ Your CBD Store and former In House Counsel for Green Roads World. She is a graduate of Florida International University College of Law. As a Cannapreneur, Scheril is the President of Canna Headhunters, a staffing agency in the Cannabis Industry that connects Cannabis talent to opportunities. She has been selected to present at a number of Cannabis Conferences including the South East Cannabis Conference The Hemp and CBD Expo in the United Kingdom, The American Bar Association Cannabis Symposium: “From Regs to Riches”, the Women Grow Leadership Sumit, the Emerge Conference, the U.S. Cannabis Conference, South East Cannabis Conference, SHE-CANN, Cannaday, The University of the West Indies Caribbean Neuroscience Conference, Women Grow Leadership Summit, and more.

Andrew Bigart, Partner, Venable LLP
Andrew Bigart helps banks, payments companies, and fintechs work together to develop cutting-edge financial services for consumers and businesses. Andrew’s broad experience in financial services, covering areas such as anti-money laundering and consumer protection, allows him to help banks, payment facilitators, digital wallets, small business lenders, and other financial services providers navigate the complex federal and state regulatory landscape. This extensive knowledge allows Andrew to assist his clients with various legal needs, including regulatory compliance, business planning, and transactions, regulatory examinations, and government investigations and enforcement defense.

With a client base that values speed and innovation, Andrew has developed a legal practice that focuses on meeting his clients’ needs by providing diverse, timely, and cost-efficient legal advice. Andrew advises numerous financial institutions that work with marijuana-related businesses, including on how to set up compliance programs to minimize risk consistent with federal guidance and other best practices.

Michael Correia, Director of Government Relations, National Cannabis Industry Association
Michael Correia is director of government relations for the National Cannabis Industry Association. His focus is raising awareness and building support for the cannabis industry’s issues on Capitol Hill. In addition, Michael works with other national organizations to increase the cannabis industry profile nationally. Prior to joining NCIA, Michael spent many years working on Capitol Hill, including working for Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA), who retired in 2010, and the House Committee on Resources, serving three different Chairmen.

Previously, he was director of federal affairs for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and senior project manager for the Committee for Responsible Federal Budget. In both positions, he advocated for policies in Congress. A campaign veteran, he has worked and volunteered on numerous political campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels over the past two decades. Michael is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. A native of San Diego, he resides in Washington, D.C.

Michael Bresnick, Chair, Financial Services Investigations and Enforcements Practice, Venable, LLP
Michael Bresnick is a partner in Venable LLP’s Washington, D.C., office, serving as Chair of the Financial Services Investigations and Enforcement Practice. He advises executives, directors, banks, payment processors, and other financial services companies in BSA/AML, securities fraud, consumer protection, and other civil and criminal investigations and enforcement actions by a variety of government agencies. He also served as the independent monitor for Deutsche Bank AG following the bank’s $7.2B settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities.

Mr. Bresnick previously served as Executive Director of President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force within DOJ. In that role, he worked directly with the U.S. Attorney General and other leaders throughout federal and state government to lead the largest interagency coalition ever assembled to combat financial fraud. In total, Mr. Bresnick spent 10 years in DOJ (where he also served as a supervisor in the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania), leading 16 federal jury trials and representing the government before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on numerous occasions.

Janet Powell, Chief of Regulation and Supervision-Credit Unions, Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation

Janet Powell has worked for the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation, since September 1992.

She is the Chief of Regulation and Supervision for the Credit Union Program, and she previously served as the Program’s supervising examiner since 2004 and manager since 2007.  Prior to that, she worked as a financial examiner and review examiner in the banking, trust, and credit union programs. Oregon has 20 state-chartered credit unions, with assets exceeding $26.7 billion, as of December 31, 2020.  Additionally, seven state-chartered credit unions from Washington and Idaho have locations in Oregon.

Previously, Miss Powell worked for St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Oregon as the development director for one year and worked for The Oregon Bank in a number of capacities for nearly 25 years.  She has management, lending, operations, business development, and special project experience; she was a bank officer for 16 years.

Miss Powell is Vice Chair of the Board of the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors (NASCUS) and is certified by NASCUS as a state credit union examination supervisor and by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) as an examiner-in-charge. She attended Marylhurst College and has received various banking and regulator training.  She was born in Bend, Oregon and grew up in The Dalles, Oregon.

Katrina A. Skinner, Partner, Burns Levinson

Katrina Skinner is an experienced attorney and subject matter expert in the financial services industry for banking legal cannabis-related businesses. As the former President and General Counsel for Safe Harbor Services, LLC, she learned the intricacies and practical applications of cannabis law in multiple states, federal and state regulations, and finance, and is often asked to speak about them.

Mike Mashke, EVP & Chief Lending Officer, First National Bank of Pasco

Mike Mashke is a forty-year veteran banker who started his career working in a community bank’s mail room while in High School (1981). He then worked his way up through most retail area in a bank while pursuing a B.A. in Economics from the University of South Florida (1988). After completing Barnett Bank’s Management Training Program, commercial lending has been Mike’s passion throughout his career. Mike completed the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado program in 1999 and held a State of Florida Certified Building Contractor License. Mike is from the last breed of true “old school” core-credit trained commercial lenders who understand all types of businesses and their credit needs. He built a strong reputation in the markets he worked by providing exceptional customer service, bringing innovative lending solutions, and being customer-focused by understanding that not all clients fit a square box. Mike’s been in C-level leadership positions since 2007 and has successfully led his teams through many exciting yet challenging economic times in our industry.

Mike pioneered the cannabis banking program for First National Bank of Pasco, which is an OCC chartered FI. Services now include accepting cannabis deposits originated through retail dispensary sales and lending to investors who support the industry. Specializing in providing term-loans secured by commercial real estate leased to cannabis companies. Also offer many other banking services to ancillary businesses that provide services to this complex industry.

Mike has developed a team of experienced compliance professionals and commercial lenders to backstop the industry. His Bank now provides a suite of online and remote banking products to provide exceptional banking services for MSO clientele.

Mike’s natural leadership abilities spread beyond the bank and into the communities he served, where he has led or been on the boards of numerous non-profits, service, and philanthropic organizations. Additionally, Mike’s talents include entertainment, as he is Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Qualified. Mike was a professional sports mascot for over twenty-five years for such teams as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Super Bowl XXXVII Ring holder), Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Strom, and the University of South Florida, to name just a few.

Mike was born and raised in Englewood, FL, is married with three children, and currently lives in Dade City, FL.

Aaron Kaslow, Director of Lending, Northpoint Commercial Credit
With more than 15 years of experience in commercial lending, Aaron oversees the Specialized Lending Division of Northpoint Commercial Credit, LLC. Accomplished in commercial and industrial lending, he specializes in small to middle-market companies and has managed portfolios ranging from $300 million to $1 billion.
Prior to joining Northpoint, Aaron held several senior leadership roles at various financial institutions. He served as the Manager of Business Services for Firefly Credit Union, where he helped the credit union expand into commercial and industrial lending. Prior to Firefly, he was the Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending for Meridian Bank as well as Heritage Bank, both located in Arizona. Additionally, he has held lending and leadership positions for Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank.
Aaron holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Minnesota Duluth.


June 9, 2021 @ 1:30 pm
June 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm