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Upcoming Delaware Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

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.

ACAMS Delaware Chapter Learning/Employment/Networking Event

Speakers

  • Dennis M. Lormel
    Dennis M. Lormel is a subject matter expert in the anti-money laundering, terrorist financing, and fraud communities. An accomplished speaker routinely engaged to provide training at industry conferences, he frequently participates in media interviews that reach both the U.S. and international markets. After the tragedy of 9/11, he immediately established an investigative organization within the FBI that, within days, identified the funding stream that supported these attacks. In addition to a 31 year career in Government service, he has delivered consulting services to clients since 2004. Under his leadership as president, DML Associates possesses the unique ability to provide credible and actionable financial intelligence in such matters.
  • Matthew Thomas
    Matthew Thomas is a Government Investigative Specialist with Thomson Reuters based in New York. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Matt was a customer of CLEAR at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where he served as a founding member of the International Money Movement Center and Counter-Terrorism Program. At the DA’s Office, Matt used his foreign language skills in Arabic and social network analysis to investigate major white collar crimes ranging from sanctions evasion and fraud to money laundering and terrorism financing. Matt has also spent some time overseas particularly in the Middle East including an internship at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Israel. Matt holds a B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University and M.A. in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Thirty Years on the Run: How a Bank Robber Laundered His Money

Dr. Raymond Carr, F.B.I. (retired) will discuss one of his most interesting cases involving a career criminal who robbed banks, laundered the money, and eluded law enforcement for years. He was able to avoid capture by the FBI, State and local police departments, because of his discipline and attention to detail. These same attributes enabled him to open bank accounts, pay taxes and make investments all with proceeds from the fruits of his crimes.

Come hear about how this criminal disguised the origins of the illegal money he obtained and was able to launder the money making it look as though it was earned through legal sources.

Employer/Recruiter meetings-attendees can network and interview with local recruiters and financial institutions hiring AML professionals Immediately following the presentation, recruiters and local employers will be on-site for networking and interview opportunities.

No registration is required for individuals but employers / recruiters / staffing agencies must contact our chapter first via email to have space confirmed for them to setup boothes, workshops, displays, etc.


Fall Festival

Please join us, the ACAMS Delaware chapter, for our first annual Fall Festival at Lums Pond State Park on Saturday, October 21, 2017. All ACAMS members (from ANY chapter) and their immediate family members are welcome.

Lunch: Hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls, soda and bottled water will be provided by the Chapter. Delaware Chapter Board members will grill up your hot dogs and burgers! Condiments, cups, plates and cutlery will also be provided. The only thing that attendees would need to bring is: BYOB, side dishes, or snacks.

Activities: The Fall Festival will include family-friendly events and activities such as: Bobbing for Apples, Pumpkin Painting and a Costume Contest! Lums Pond Area 2 (where we will be) offers various activities such as Volleyball, Horseshoes, Badminton, Tennis, Basketball, Playgrounds, Fishing, Boat Rentals. The park even offers Zip Lining (additional cost) for the more adventurous! Click here for Lums Pond State Park homepage.


“The Casino Mogul of the Caribbean” and “The Embezzling Best Friend.”

Please join us at Wilmington University (Pratt Student Center) on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 3:30 – 5pm for our next ACAMS Delaware Chapter educational event. Our guest speakers will be Carlo Nastasi and Andrew Grammatikos from the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division.

Case study presentations will be: “The Casino Mogul of the Caribbean” and “The Embezzling Best Friend.”

PART II of the event will be a networking session between Delaware ACAMS Chapter Board Members and Wilmington University students from 5:30-6:30pm. Wilmington University students will be offered the opportunity to discuss AML Compliance topics and explore job opportunities in this growing field with the ACAMS Delaware Chapter Board Members.

Event Sponsored by:

Robert Half

Speakers

  • Carlo Nastasi, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division
  • Andrew Grammatikos , Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division

SARs: Tip of the Iceberg

Speaker

Dandridge Myles, Executive Director, Chief SAR Officer, JPMorgan Chase

Sponsored by: Thomson Reuters


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, Wealth Management, Training and Communication.

Up until February 2017, she worked in JPMC’s Global Financial Crimes Compliance and was 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 an adjunct instructor at Wilmington University, teaching an on-line Compliance course to undergraduate students. Chris holds both Certified Anti Money-laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certifications and has been a guest speaker at industry conferences about various Suspicious Activity Reporting/Bank Secrecy Act, USA PATRIOT Act and Anti Money-Laundering Compliance Program topics. Chris earned a MS degree in Economic Crime Management from Utica College, Utica, NY, as well as a BA Degree in Communication Arts from Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD.

Previously, Chris served as a Director/AML Officer in the Global Financial Crimes Compliance Department for PayPal’s two credit businesses and parts of the US Payments business. Mr. King was also a senior manager, responsible for creating credit compliance policies, training, sanctions screening, suspicious activity reporting programs, risk assessments and supporting bank partnerships with the credit businesses.

Earlier, Chris held a VP position for seven years at JPMorgan Chase’s Financial Intelligence Unit and AML Operations, 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 to meet or exceed regulatory expectations.

In addition, he held banking and compliance positions at MBNA/Bank of America including: Suspicious Activity Reporting Coordinator for the Card Business, Customer Identification Program Coordinator for the Deposits and Business Lending Programs, AML/BSA Team Leader as well as Training and Policy/Procedure Manager.


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.


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

Patricia Vidiksis
Co-Programming
JPMorgan Chase

Patty is currently a Vice President in Compliance Operations – AML Investigations 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 12 year tenure. She supervises a staff of analysts and associates responsible for completing suspicious activity investigations 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, CAMS
Co-Communication
Morgan Stanley

During law school, Bryce developed an interest in AML while working for an administrative agency where he performed AML related investigations. Later, he worked in various AML roles in retail banking, including leading AML investigation teams. Currently, Bryce works at Morgan Stanley where he manages the AML transaction monitoring model.


Michael Defelice

Michael Anthony Defelice, CAMS, MSM
Co-Communication
Citigroup

Michael is the communications director for the Delaware Chapter of ACAMS as well being an assistant vice president in CitiGroup’s financial intelligence unit. His role with Citi is focused on managing AML investigations, SAR filings, liaise with other FIUs, and to provide direction to more junior staff. Starting in the year 2000, Michael’s professional experience encompassed increasingly relevant roles to our profession in terms of investigation, analysis, and the training of others.

In terms of education, Michael holds a BA in political science and international relations, a master’s of science in management and human resource management, CAMS certification, 14 certificates in matters of investigation as well as multiple certificates from a Harvard University program focused on personnel management.

Michael’s military background earned him 5 military occupational specialties from the U. S. Army across 6 deployments as an enlisted soldier. As an instructor in these various roles, he managed training from one-on-ones up to approximately 50 people at a time, and received 17 honors and recommendations for commendation. Outside of the military, he served as chief investigating officer for hundreds of felony investigations over a 9 year period, and was recommended for 10 commendations along with letters of thanks from his superiors and the public he served. In the private sector, prior to his current role with CitiGroup, his years with JP Morgan Chase & Co. focused on financial crime analysis along with the training and supervisory review of others. His experience there spanned 15 different scenarios of AML, client list screening, international sanctions, project experience in KYC and credit card fraud, as well as authoring training guides and an internal report on AML & TF risk assessment of the global tobacco trade. During that time, Michael earned 4 recommendations for commendation.


Michael Defelice

Jennifer McKenna
Director of Operational Support
CitiGroup

Jennifer is an assistant vice president with Citigroup’s financial intelligence unit in Delaware. Her role with Citi is focused on managing AML investigations, SAR filings, liaising with other FIUs, and training and providing direction for junior staff members.

Jennifer began her professional career in banking in 1993. More than 22 years of that time was spent at JP Morgan Chase where she was an AML Compliance Officer. She’s held many roles in the banking industry including retail credit cards, Private Banking, and the Corporate Sector.

Jennifer graduated from Alexis I. duPont High School and attended Delaware Technical Community College. She continues to her enrollment in college courses.

For the past 23 years, Jennifer has been a volunteer and committee chaorperson for an array of volunteer organizations such as the Delaware Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, and the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.


Wendy L. Kirby

Wendy L. Kirby
Co-Membership Director
HSBC Bank

Wendy is currently a Financial Crimes Compliance Officer at HSBC. In this role, she conducts investigations of various financial and investment transactions indicating potential Anti Money Laundering (“AML”) activities. Wendy has a demonstrated proficiency in AML investigations and review including the drafting and preparation of Suspicious Activity Reports. She is technically adept with a strong knowledge of retail and correspondent banking, governing laws and regulations, and banking systems and software.

Prior to her role at HSBC, Wendy worked as an attorney. With over 15 years of experience in banking, finance, and law she contributes an extensive knowledge of regulations and compliance issues. She maintained an extensive legal practice focusing on commercial law, complex civil litigation, and risk management.

Wendy is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law and Stockton University.


Ella Miller

Ella Miller
Co-Treasurer
HSBC

Ella is an VP SR. MANAGER AML, with HSBC in Delaware. Her role with HSBC is focused on management of teams responsible for investigations, review and filing of SARS. Her team provides reporting on Metrics of SARS filed to management to allow confirmation of filings, trending and identify areas of improvement for the teams. She works with other managers to develop and implement Policy and Procedure updates that focus SAR filings on statutory requirements of identifying suspicious activity rather than defensive filings.

Ella held many roles in the banking industry including retail credit cards, Merchant Funding and the Accounting.

Ella graduated from the University of Delaware with a Major in Accounting and a minor in Business administration and attained her CAMS certification in 2015.