Colorado Chapter


Upcoming Colorado Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Welcome to the Colorado ACAMS Chapter web page!

An extension of ACAMS International, the Colorado Chapter held its inaugural meeting on October 16, 2014.

Chapter membership comprises over 100 individuals representing banks, credit unions, broker dealers, mutual funds, insurance companies, money services businesses, credit card providers, law firms, federal law enforcement agencies, and Colorado State banking and securities regulators.

The Chapter is committed to assisting ACAMS International in its mission to advance the professional knowledge, skills, and experience of those dedicated to the detection and prevention of financial crimes by providing:

  • Educational resources and continuing education credits;
  • Collaboration and networking opportunities with local AML professionals and industry experts; and
  • Career/professional development opportunities.

With a focus on Colorado and global connectivity, the ACAMS Colorado Chapter provides a vibrant forum for addressing and resolving the full array of BSA/AML and sanctions compliance challenges for all financial institutions serving the region.

We invite you to join us.

Upcoming Colorado Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Cyber Security: It Takes A Team

Two panels of Cyber Security Experts share their insights on the magnitude of cyber security threats to Colorado financial institutions and the components of an effective Cyber Security Team


  • Alan Brill, Senior Managing Director, Cyber Security and Investigations, Kroll Associates, Inc.
    Alan Brill, Senior Managing Director, Cyber Security and Investigations, Kroll Associates, Inc., is the founder of Kroll’s global high-tech investigations practice. Alan also teaches seminars for NATO’s Center of Excellence for Defense Against Terrorism and their Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Program. A few days after our Education Event in Colorado, Alan is headed to Berovo Macedonia for a session co-sponsored by NATO and the U.S. National Defense University.
  • Rick Pither, CISSP, SparkCognition
    Rick Pither, CISSP, SparkCognition, has been in cyber security, virtualization and networking industry for over 24 years. He has held executive positions at Network General, McAfee, VMware, Secureworks and now at SparkCognition. Rick has served on various cyber security panels and spoken at large conferences, like EMC World and CiscoLive!

The ACAMS Colorado Chapter Second Anniversary Celebration – Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

Please join us for our second Anniversary Celebration featuring presentations by guest speakers from several law enforcement agencies: Department of Homeland Security-Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations.

Pre-registration information will be available soon!

ACAMS Colorado Chapter Presents: The Marijuana Conflict

Please join us for our upcoming educational event addressing The Marijuana Conflict. A panel of experts will discuss the issues confronting financial institutions as a result of the existing conflict between State and Federal laws.

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FinCen’s Final Rule: Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions

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Human Trafficking

Please join us for our upcoming educational event, focused on the critically important issue of human trafficking. A panel of experts from the non-profit sector, federal law enforcement, and the financial services industry will discuss trends, issues, and cases involving detecting and fighting human trafficking.


  • Kristen Harness, Founder & Executive Director, Extended Hands of Hope
  • Lee Schoenike, Special Agent, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Amy Ruppeck, Director, Global AML Investigations and SAR Reporting, Western Union
  • Anna Rentschler, CRM, CAMS, VP and BSA Officer, Central Bancompany


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ACAMS Colorado Chapter Anniversary Celebration

Cyber Security


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Terrorist Financing

SAR Reporting: Windows into Your AML Program

Colorado ACAMS Chapter Launch Event

Robert L. Goecks

Robert L. Goecks, MBA, CPA, CAMS
Egris, LLC.

Egris LLC is an advisory services practice, specializing in Bank Secrecy Act compliance, anti-money laundering, financial crime investigations, criminal tax matters and Office of Foreign Assets Controls (“OFAC”) compliance.

Rob has deep and varied subject matter expertise in AML compliance, having completed a career as a Special Agent with IRS Criminal Investigations where he conducted and supervised complex criminal tax and money-laundering investigations.

Rob served a year as a Special Investigator of sales practice violations for the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) (now FINRA) where he introduced AML training to NASD’s District 10 in Manhattan.

He then served as the Executive Director of AML Compliance for CIBC World Markets for approximately three years. His tenure included sustaining a compliant AML Program in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the firm’s relocation from Ground Zero.

Rob was recruited by U.S. Trust to be their designated AML Compliance Officer. U.S. Trust had a pre-existing Cease and Desist Order involving weaknesses in their AML Program. Rob reported directly to the firm’s General Counsel, participated in senior management’s risk management program and reported regularly to the Board of Directors. With his leadership the Order was lifted within six months of his arrival and under his continued guidance, the firm successfully sustained its AML compliance for the next five years. Throughout his tenure, U.S. Trust incurred no additional penalties or fines related to AML or OFAC issues.

Prior to forming Egris LLC, Rob was the Practice Leader of Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) Compliance Services for the accounting firm of Eisner LLP (now EisnerAmper LLC) headquartered in New York City.

Rob is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the states of New York and Colorado. He is the Founding Chair of the New York State Society of CPAs (“Society”) Anti-Money Laundering & Counter Terrorist Financing Committee and a past member of the Society’s Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Trustees for the John Jay College Foundation, Inc. for twelve years where he chaired the Audit Committee.

Rob has been a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (“CAMS”) since March 2003. He served on the Executive Board of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists’ (“ACAMS”) New York Chapter. He is a Founding Co-Chair of the ACAMS Colorado Chapter and served as a faculty member for Colorado Bar CLE.

Rob’ s consulting engagements have involved the following industries: casino, insurance, banking, U.S. branches of foreign banks and asset management/financial planning.

Rob has a BA degree in Accounting and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Laurie Kelly

As Compliance Officer for CoBank ACB, Laurie Kelly oversees the bank’s anti-money laundering, anti-fraud, OFAC, and export control regulations compliance programs. Appointed to this position in 2006, she was instrumental in the initial design and implementation of the bank’s voluntary Bank Secrecy Act and USA PATRIOT Act compliance, and today continues to refine and enhance these programs to meet the continual challenges of new regulations and evolving financial crime methods. She has also led the development of a comprehensive, enterprise-wide anti-fraud program targeting payment fraud risks from online banking and other channels. In 2007, she earned the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) designation, and in 2013 the CAMS-Audit advanced certification.

Laurie joined CoBank in 1998, managing quality assurance for the bank’s loan operations group, and later developed bankwide programs for information quality and business continuity & recovery. Laurie has over 28 years of financial services industry experience, including public accounting, internal audit, financial reporting, and corporate accounting. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Consultant.

Michael Holland

Michael Holland
Co-Finance Director
FirstBank (CO)

Michael Holland has been with FirstBank since 2000. He currently serves as the Bank Secrecy Act officer for FirstBank and has overseen the company’s Anti-Money Laundering division since 2014. Previously, he held positions in compliance, operations, and lending.

Michael graduated from Colorado State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He completed the Graduate School of Banking program at the University of Colorado in 2009. Additionally, he holds the designations of Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Yadu Bhardwaj

Yadu Bhardwaj
Finance Director

Yadu Bhardwaj joined Wells Fargo Audit Services- Financial Crimes Audit Team in August 2013 as a Senior Auditor. Yadu graduated from Missouri Western State University with degrees in Accounting and Finance in May of 2011. Yadu has 5 years of experience in financial and operational auditing in the fields of manufacturing, mining, healthcare, banking, and telecommunications as well as experience in project accounting in the fields of construction, cable companies, and daily newspapers.

Yadu has held positions with Paragon Audit and Consulting, Media Audits International (fka Cable Audit Associates), Herzog Contracting, Nodaway Valley Bank of Missouri, Suddenlink Communications, Cablevision and St. Joseph News Press. Specialties: BSA, AML, OFAC, Financial Crimes, SOX 404 A & B, Test of Controls, ACL, AMP, TeamMate, General Accounting, Auditing, Bank Auditing, GAAP, PCAOB, Sarbanes-Oxley, Intuit, Quick Books, Peachtree, SBS Financials, AS400, Pro Log, Premier Financials, SPSS, MS Office 2007.

Micah Schwalb
Membership Director
Roenbaugh Schwalb

Micah counsels financial institutions on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism finance rules administered by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and other financial intelligence regulators. His efforts extend to banks, broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, money services businesses, casinos, futures commission merchants, introducing brokers in commodities, and precious metals dealers, as well as non-financial corporations seeking advice on legal risks associated with money laundering that can occur in their day-to-day operations.

Micah has designed new AML compliance programs, enhanced existing programs, defended internal and external audits, and advised clients on the implementation of surveillance systems. He has interacted with regulators on behalf of clients, helped a global investment bank to navigate legal regulatory conflicts in multiple jurisdictions, conducted enterprise risk assessments, and designed internal controls for novel financial products. Finally, he has advised venture-backed companies on the financial risks associated with investments made by politically-exposed persons.

Micah has also conducted training in multiple jurisdictions; designed and implemented risk-based compliance initiatives; been responsible for integrating compliance functions, systems, policies, and procedures; and advised clients on filing suspicious activity reports. His efforts have also extended to helping compliance operations functions with respect to government sanctions, government reporting/record keeping, licensing in multiple regions/countries, and compliance systems, processes, and procedures. Micah also helps companies with internal investigations. In addition, Micah has developed global strategies and maintained and developed key external regulatory relationships across the United States. He has strong conceptual and planning skills, advanced compliance expertise and the ability to manage in a highly diversified, changing environment enforcing shared responsibility for outcomes.

Kenneth Glascock

Kenneth Glascock
Communications Director

Ken has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry providing services that include BSA/AML risk assessments and testing, compliance training, policy and procedure development, contract review and administration, information technology audits and business continuity planning.

He has held a variety of compliance, internal audit and risk management positions for various financial institutions, overseeing compliance management systems, vendor management, information security and enterprise risk management programs.

In addition to being a CPA, Ken is a Certified Internal Auditor ® (CIA®), Certified Financial Services Auditor® (CFSA®), Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). He’s also accredited in internal assessment validation by IIA.

Ken is a graduate of University of Colorado, Boulder, with a B.S. degree in business administration, a graduate of The University of Texas, Dallas, with an M.B.A. degree and a graduate of S.J. Quinney College of Law at The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, with a J.D. degree.

Mary Tigges
Programming Director
Guaranty Bank

Chris Gunias
Co-Programming Director

Linda Sam
Co-Membership Director
Wells Fargo

Peder Johansen
Co-Communications Director

David Jasper
Charles Schwab

David is Managing Director in Charles Schwab’s Financial Crimes Compliance group where he leads teams focused on enhanced due diligence and AML governance. Prior to his current role, David served as in-house counsel for a federally chartered bank where he handled all legal matters related to banking and consumer protection laws. Prior to that role, David was in-house counsel for a large investment adviser where he handled legal and compliance issues related to investment advisers and broker-dealers. David received his law degree from Creighton University with Honors and a Master of Laws in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University (with concentrations in Banking Law and Securities Transactions). David has his Series 7 and CAMS certification. He is an active member of ACAMS and currently serves on the Board of the ACAMS Colorado Chapter.

Peder Johansen

Peder Johansen
Co-Communications Director

As BSA/AML/OFAC Manager for Nordstrom Bank, Peder Johansen administers the day to day operations of the Nordstrom Bank’s Anti-Money Laundering and OFAC / Sanctions compliance programs for all Nordstrom Visa, Retail, and debit cards. His current responsibilities include managing a team of three BSA/AML/OFAC investigators, maintaining the Bank’s BSA/AML/OFAC policies, procedures, and risk assessment, validating and tuning the Bank’s transaction monitoring system, monitoring data integrity for BSA related data, reviewing changes in BSA/AML/OFAC regulations to determine impact and required changes for the Bank, and reviewing and filing SARs and CTRs. In addition, he works closely with multiple lines of business to develop exception reporting to better enhance business process monitoring and compliance. In this role he developed an in-house transaction monitoring system for suspicious activity, streamlined and automated processes, built and developed reporting, and was instrumental in implementing a new OFAC / Sanctions screening system from selecting the appropriate vendor to setup, testing, rollout, and support of the system. He joined Nordstrom Bank in 2009 and has worked in BSA since 2012. In 2014 Peder was promoted to BSA/AML/OFAC Manager and obtained his CAMS certification in 2015. Peder graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Economics and Business in 2009.