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Kelly Abernathy

Kelly Abernathy

Women's Leadership Council

Kelly Abernathy

Chief Compliance Officer
Heights Finance

Kelly is a compliance professional with over ten years of experience in program development, risk management, and regulatory compliance. Her expertise is in consumer finance, regulatory compliance (FCRA, FDCPA, UDAAP, GLBA, BSA/AML, etc.), fraud prevention, vendor management, compliance program development, and program implementation.

Areas of Expertise
Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management, BSA/AML, Consumer Lending, Compliance Program Development
Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
IT Governance, IT Risk Management

What three keywords best describe you?
Loyal, Persistent, Dependable

What are you passionate about?
Family and travel

What are you most proud of?
Advancing to my current career level and the age at which I reached this level.

What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Continual feedback and evaluation, commitment to the process, clear boundaries around expectations, and training for both the mentor and mentee.