Chapter Mission Statement: The mission of the Delaware Chapter of ACAMS is to serve as a unified group of professionals endeavoring to counter the threats of money laundering & financial crime, as well as supporting efforts to comply with relevant laws. The Chapter aims to continually further this cause by mutually supporting each other and the community through networking people together from a vast array of relevant disciplines and experience, as well as providing training and career development opportunities. The Chapter’s Executive Board is comprised of industry professionals from both the private and public sector in and around Delaware – one of the country’s largest populations of compliance and financial crime professionals.

We strive to have the Chapter be an effective and purposeful resource for both aspiring individuals as well as the overall finance-related community. Membership in the Chapter isn’t just about developing yourself or your institution, but about also desiring to collectively serve a greater good. Join Us.

Upcoming Delaware Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Delaware Chapter Launch

Announcing the inaugural meeting of the new Delaware Chapter of ACAMS! Please join us at JPMorgan Chase on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 3:30pm to 5:45pm at 200 White Clay Center, Newark, DE 19711. Our guest speaker will be Gene Truono, former Chief Compliance Officer, PayPal. Gene’s topic will be Pre-paid Cards (exact title of his presentation will be provided shortly.) Q&A will be followed by member networking. The meeting is sponsored by Robert Half who will provide refreshments.

Registration forms to join the new chapter will be available. All ACAMS members are welcome at this meeting – there is no charge to attend this inaugural meeting!

Speaker

Gene Truono, former Chief Compliance Officer, PayPal


Marilyn McGowan

Marilyn McGowan
Co-Chair
JPMorgan Chase & Co

Marilyn rejoined JPMorgan Chase in 2013 and is a Vice President, Global Financial Crimes Compliance – Training. She is the firm wide contact for ACAMS memberships and CAMS examinations.

Prior to her return to JPMC, Marilyn was a senior manager at The Edcomm Group Banker’s Academy, Fort Washington, PA where she taught instructor-led courses in clients’ offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE; Manana, Bahrain; Doha, Qatar; and Cairo, Egypt from 2009 – 2012. From 1995 from 2002, she was a Vice President, Master Trust Sales at State Street Corporation, Boston, MA. Her corporate career began at The Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A., New York, New York where she worked in various departments including Corporate Cash Management, International Operations and Systems and Global Securities Services.

After graduating from City University of New York – Hunter College with an MS in Hearing and Language Impairment, Marilyn taught for seven years at the School for the Deaf – JHS 47, New York, New York.

Marilyn attained her CAMS certification in September 2014.


Chris King

Chris King
Co-Chair
PayPal

Our DE Chapter Co-Chair, Christopher (Chris) King, is a Director managing in the Global Financial Crimes Compliance Department for PayPal’s Credit Businesses/and parts of the US Payments business, based in Timonium, Maryland. Earlier, Chris held a VP position for five years at JPMorgan Chase’s Financial Intelligence Unit, responsible for managing detailed AML procedures and training for a large team of investigators. He was also a classroom leader, teaching basic and intermediate AML-related classes to new hires and experienced teams at JPMC. Chris frequently interfaced with managers, staff, bank partners, auditors, regulators, and provided education about various compliance systems or programs worked. Previously, he held banking and compliance positions at MBNA/Bank of America including: SAR Coordinator for the Card Business, CIP Coordinator for the Deposits and Business Lending Programs, AML/BSA Team Leader as well as Training and Policy/Procedure Manager. Along with this background in the banking arena, Chris holds both a CAMS and CFE designation and has been a speaker at external conferences about SAR/AML compliance-related topics.

In 2012, Chris earned a Master of Science degree in Economic Crime Management from Utica College, Utica NY.


Carla Durante

Carla Durante
Co-Secretary
WSFS Bank

Carla Durante is a CAMS-Certified Compliance Officer with WSFS Bank. She has been with the bank for a little over two years. The first two years, she was with WSFS Bank’s ATM division, Cash Connect, where she served as their Compliance Officer. Cash Connect offers ATMs and Deposit Safes, so the specialized experience in applying BSA to those products was greatly learned. In April of 2016, Carla moved over to the Bank’s main compliance department, where she retained her Compliance Officer title.

Carla’s responsibilities are BSA/AML on a broader spectrum. She has been able to acquire great experience since being with WSFS because of the niche business like Cash Connect, but also the traditional banking side as well. Carla has a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security, and is sitting for her CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner). Carla is a member of ACAMS and a member of ACFE.


Ryan Griffith

Ryan Griffith
Co-Treasurer
Citigroup

Ryan Griffith is a Vice President Compliance Officer in the Global Investigations Unit (GIU) at Citi in New Castle, Delaware. Ryan has almost a decade of experience in BSA/AML/OFAC, Enhanced Due Diligence, OFAC Risk Assessment, Fraud, Identity Theft and Fraud Ring Investigations as well as Retail Crime Investigations and Loss Prevention. As part of the GIU, Ryan currently conducts global (enterprise wide) investigations on Citi’s highest risk clients that involve various financial crimes including, but not limited to Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, Trade Based Money Laundering, Corruption/bribery, Organized crime, Human trafficking/smuggling, Black Market Peso Exchange, Senior Public Figure AML issues, Embassy AML issues, High-profile/high-volume SARs and OFAC Sanctions. Ryan currently holds a Master of Science in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis from Michigan State University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Concentrating in Criminal Justice with a Certificate in Intelligence Studies from Neumann University. Additionally, Ryan is currently pursuing a second Master’s degree in Accounting focusing on Forensic Accounting and Fraud Detection from Neumann University.


Isaias Lima

Isaias Lima
Co-Treasurer
Citigroup

Isaias Lima is a Senior Vice President, Compliance Manager at Citibank located in New Castle, DE. Isaias has vast experience leading Risk Management and Compliance initiatives. He possesses a well-rounded knowledge of the Banking Industry and a deep understanding of its regulatory complexities. His work responsibilities within Citi’s Financial Intelligence Unit/AML Cards encompass implementing processes and procedures to mitigate Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risks in the Credit Card space. Prior to Citibank, Isaias worked at Bank of America in Risk Operations initiatives and he has also served as a Police Detective in Brazil for 7 years where he specialized in investigations related to Financial Crimes.

Isaias’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Legal Studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Master of Science Degree in Risk Management from NYU Stern School of Business.


Candice Ridgeway

Candice Ridgeway
Co-Membership
Citigroup

Candice Ridgeway is an AML Compliance Professional with 25+ years banking experience. In her current role she is a Vice President / Compliance Training Manager in the AML Global Investigations Unit (GIU) at Citi. Prior to her role at Citi, she held positions at JPMorgan Chase in Global AML Training, AML Exam Management, and Card Services Compliance.

Candice’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. Her professional certifications include Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), along with completion of ABA Compliance School and ABA Compliance Graduate School.


Christopher Hance

Christopher Hance
Co-Membership
JPMorgan Chase & Co

Chris Hance is currently a team leader in the Global Compliance Operations unit at JPMorgan Chase.

Chris has been in the banking industry for close to 20 years, and during the last nine of those has followed his passion for the investigations world with JPMorgan Chase. Previously a lead in a credit card investigation and SAR filing group, Chris entered the AML arena in 2013 with a focus on leadership and staff development. He built partnerships across the firm and was part of the startup and build-out of several groups within Global Compliance Operations. His current role as team lead in the law enforcement/subpoena group allows him to guide a team whose role is to interpret legal documents and investigate clients across the firm that are being reviewed by courts and law enforcement.

Chris received his CAMS designation in 2014.


Kevin Murphy
Co-Programming
JPMorgan Chase & Co

Kevin Murphy is a Team Leader in the Global Financial Crimes Compliance Investigations unit.

In this role, he is responsible for proactively identifying, evaluating, mitigating and reporting on compliance, regulatory and reputational risks. Prior to leading a Team in Investigations, he was a Team Leader in Global Compliance Operations.

Kevin has more than 20 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry.


Patricia Vidiksis
Co-Programming
JPMorgan Chase

Patty is currently a Senior Associate and Team Lead in Global Compliance Operations at JPMorgan Chase. She started with the firm as an intern and has held positions in Credit Derivatives, Investment Bank Operations, and Finance during her 11 year tenure. She supervises a staff of analysts and associates responsible for dispositioning referrals in accordance with the firm’s BSA/AML policies while maintaining a strong control environment and enhancing efficiency through business and operational strategies. Patty has also participated in numerous projects, such as end-to-end initiatives between Compliance Operations and Financial Crimes Compliance.

Patty is a graduate of Wagner College, where she double-majored in Finance and Economics. In 2015, Patty obtained her CAMS designation.


Bryce Mesa

Bryce Mesa
Co-Communication
Citigroup

Bryce attended law school at Villanova Law School. In law school, he developed an interest in AML while working for an administrative agency performing AML related investigations. Upon completion of his degree, he began his AML career with JP Morgan in Operations. Currently, Bryce is a Team Lead in Citi’s Financial Intelligence Unit where be oversees a team of senior AML investigators.


Michael Defelice

Michael Defelice
Co-Communication
JPMorgan Chase

Michael’s background is in project management, instructing, analysis, and investigations with particular focus on financial crime compliance and law enforcement operations. Presently, he is pursuing a second Master’s of Science in Information Systems Technology, with the first in Management & Human Resource Management, while his Bachelors of Art was in Political Science. Aside from being a founding member of the Delaware Chapter of ACAMS, Michael is a member of the Project Management Institute pursuing Project Management Professional and Agile certifications.

Michael was in the U. S. Army for eight years and during that time showed excellence in the roles of police officer, infantry, instructor, and combat engineer through numerous overseas and domestic deployments. In those capacities, he was recommended for 17 honors and commendations.

For the next nine years, Michael served as a sworn officer and became chief investigating officer in thousands of felony and misdemeanor investigations covering the full spectrum of case types ranging from fraud, elder abuse, identity theft, and forgery to gun crimes, drug trafficking / distribution, and suspicious activity reporting. At times, that service involved being the prosecutor of minor offenses in Justice of the Peace Court # 20, training of newer officers on a one-on-one level, committee work for process / organizational improvement, as well as collaboration with various government agencies while concurrently managing daily emergency response efforts within the given scope, timeframe, and budget. In those capacities, he was recommended for 10 commendations, along with numerous letters of thanks from those he served. =

During Michael’s time with JPMorgan Chase’s Compliance Operations team regarding AML, terrorist financing, sanctions, KYC, client screening, and credit card fraud his roles involved analysis, investigation, training of others, process assessment / improvement, along with inspecting and reviewing the work of other analysts. Additionally, he co-authored an internal report on AML & TF risk assessment of the global tobacco trade.

Michael earned his CAMS designation in 2016.