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The League Staff

Brett Thompson

Brett Thompson
President & CEO
(608) 640-4012 | [email protected]

Brett joined The Wisconsin Credit Union League in 2001. He currently serves as Board Chair of the Credit Union House in D.C. and serves on the boards of the National Credit Union Foundation, the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation, Wisconsin Credit Union Shared Service Centers, and Reach Business Lenders®.  

He served previously on the board of directors of a number of credit union system organizations, including the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and its Executive, Corporate Governance, and Government Affairs Committees.

Prior to joining The League, Brett was in the private practice of law in Madison for 17 years.

For League Relations questions regarding affiliation, membership, and the credit union system, contact Brett.






Senior Vice Presidents


Beth Ellis
Beth Ellis
Senior Vice President of Finance & Strategic Partnerships
(608) 640-4020 | [email protected] 

Beth is responsible for leading both the Finance and IT functions of The League. She ensures the financial health of The League through oversight of the accounting function, preparation of the annual budget, and financial reporting. Beth also leads the IT department to provide a secure environment and the right tools for The League staff to support our credit union members.

Prior to joining The League, Beth worked at a Fortune 1000 company for over 10 years where she gained experience in accounting, financial and strategic planning, and IT application support. She has master’s degrees in business administration and accounting, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a CPA and CMA.

For League Services related questions regarding products, services, and vendor relations, contact Beth.



Paul Guttormsson
Paul Guttormsson
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
(608) 640-4052 | [email protected]

Paul drafts regulatory comment letters on behalf of credit unions, helping to shape regulations that affect credit union operations, income, and member service. He also supervises The W.C.U.L. Services Corp.’s Compliance Specialist Program, which deploys shared employees among Wisconsin credit unions to provide hands-on support for their compliance efforts. 

Paul also supports The Legal Affairs team with telephone and email assistance to credit unions as well as research and analysis to develop The League’s ii releases, and is a frequent presenter for League compliance roundtables and webinars. Paul graduated with honors from UW-Eau Claire in 1985 and worked as a newspaper editor for several years before attending the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he graduated with honors in 1994. He practiced with the Milwaukee law firm Godfrey & Kahn before joining The League in 2001. 

In his free time, Paul enjoys sailing, fishing, and travel. He’s also a “cruciverbalist,” who has constructed crossword puzzles that have appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, and other publications.


Sarah Wainscott
Sarah Wainscott
Senior Vice President of Advocacy
(608) 640-4030 | [email protected]

In over a decade with The League, Sarah has a wealth of experience in lobbying, grassroots advocacy, and political fundraising. She oversees the Credit Union Activist program, payroll deduction program and fundraising efforts, is credit unions’ spokesperson on policy discussions with legislators and regulators in Madison and D.C., and regularly presents on the importance of advocacy for credit unions and chapters.

Sarah currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Wisconsin Lobbyists and the American Association of Credit Union League’s Political Involvement & Grassroots Committee. She has a master’s degree in public affairs and a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

For Government Affairs questions regarding credit union advocacy, contact Sarah.






Vice Presidents


Sammy Dennis

Sammy Dennis
Vice President of Communications
(608) 640-4033 | [email protected] 

Sammy is responsible for informing and engaging League members and promoting the work of Wisconsin's credit unions to policymakers and the public. She develops and implements The League's overall marketing and communications strategy, publishes member communications, manages The League's social media networks, maintains The League's website, builds relationships with the media, and works across departments to add member value and increase outreach.   

Prior to joining The League, Sammy had over eight years of marketing and communications experience, including four years with another non-profit trade association. She earned her Masters Degree in English from University of Colorado-Boulder in 2014.  

For media inquiries, please contact Sammy.



Jennifer Esser
Jennifer Esser
Vice President of Professional Development
(608) 640-4070 | [email protected]

Since July 2001, Jennifer has been with The League’s Education & Training Department. As of 2009 Jennifer leads the development and coordination of close to 200 training programs each year that train 90% of all Wisconsin credit unions and help more than 2,600 front line, back office and executive staff and directors learn to perform their roles. She is also the lead League liaison for credit union chapters around the state. 

Prior to coming to the League in 2001, Jennifer worked within the financial industry for six years. She holds a degree from UW-Milwaukee.

For questions regarding League events and conferences, chapters, and professional development, contact Jennifer.


Josh Roberts

Josh Roberts
Vice President of System Collaboration & Development
(608) 640-4065 | [email protected] 

Josh is responsible for promoting credit union service and outreach, fostering opportunities for credit union growth, and leading The League’s development program for Wisconsin's young credit union professionals, the YP Network. You can also find Josh helping Wisconsin's small credit unions with operational consulting, provides strategy assistance by facilitating Strategic Planning Sessions, and providing various training for credit union leaders, staff, and boards. Additionally, Josh spearheads diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for The League and its member credit unions and is also the League Liaison for the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation and oversees its operations.

Josh has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial industry, having served credit unions as a vice president, controller, and compliance officer.  He is a graduate of CUNA Management School, where he served as Class President, and a 2016 graduate of the Credit Union Development Educators (CUDE) program.  

Josh currently serves on the Executive Committee of the CUNA Lending Council and is Vice-Chair of CUNA Lending Council’s Member Resources Committee and Vice-Chair of the Engagement Committee. In addition, he is engaged in the community, serving as Board Chair for the Milwaukee Area Technical College Accounting Advisory Board, and as a member of the Milwaukee Area Technical College Banking and Finance Advisory Board. He has previously held positions and volunteered with local neighborhood associations, the American Red Cross, and local environmental organizations.

For League Services related questions regarding young professionals, The Difference, Savers Sweepstakes®, Wisconsin Saves, and credit union service/outreach, please contact Josh.




Directors




John Engel

John Engel
Director of Legal Affairs
(608) 640-4051 | [email protected]

John has been serving Wisconsin credit unions for the past 35 years, and was the first attorney on League staff. He joined The League straight from Marquette University Law School in 1986. He also holds a bachelor and a master of Library & Information Science degree from UW-Milwaukee.

Besides answering credit union compliance calls and emails, John drafts and updates the 71 WCUL loan and account forms. He also screens every bill introduced into the Wisconsin Legislature for its impact on credit unions, providing deeper analysis as needed.

John has also put his research skills to work for 45 years working on his family history. In the days before internet access, he would hitchhike and hop freight trains around the Midwest to get to courthouses, archives, and meet distant relatives. One interesting find was that John's grandfather was elected to a credit union board of directors in 1936. When he died, CUNA Mutual life savings insurance boosted his account payout and loan protection insurance paid off his auto loan!


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Jenny Klamm
Director of Meetings & Events
(608) 640-4072 | [email protected]

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Team Members


Wade Kutchera
Accounting Manager
(608) 640-4021
[email protected]

Carol Nelson
Accounting Assistant
(608) 640-4022
[email protected]

Katie Liedtke
Senior Administrative Assistant
(608) 640-4071
 [email protected]

Jeff Bonk
Administrative Assistant & Laser Forms Developer
(608) 640-4053
 [email protected]

Meghan Murphy
Event & Marketing Coordinator
(608) 640-4073
   [email protected]

Tina Eul
Executive Assistant
(608) 640-4023
  [email protected]

Tom Harrington
Political & Grassroots Specialist
(608) 640-4031
[email protected]

Missy Dickson
Office Manager
(608) 640-4032
[email protected]




Compliance Specialists

For the Compliance Hotline, call (800) 242-0833.

Kim Hoppe

Kim Hoppe
Compliance Resource Analyst
(608) 640-4054
[email protected]

Rod Cory

Rod Cory
Compliance Specialist
(608) 640-4057
[email protected]

Terri Crisp

Terri Crisp
Compliance Specialist
(608) 640-4062
[email protected]

Eileen Flugaur

Eileen Flugaur
Compliance Specialist
(608) 640-4058
[email protected]


Jennifer Haydon

Jennifer Haydon
Compliance Specialist
(608) 640-4059
[email protected]

Julie Jennerjohn

Julie Jennerjohn
Compliance Specialist
(608) 640-4056
[email protected]

Laura Nelson

Laura Nelson
Compliance Specialist
(608) 640-4061
[email protected]

Nikki Springer

Nikki Springer
Compliance Specialist
(608) 640-4060
[email protected]