Upcoming Greater Omaha Chapter learning events will be announced soon.
The Greater Omaha Chapter of the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) seeks to advance the knowledge, skills and experience of local AML professionals dedicated to the prevention, detection and reporting of money laundering and other financial crimes within the region, and to educate and promote positive communication between regulators, law enforcement and local financial services professionals.
Greater Omaha ACAMS graciously invites participation of AML professionals from all facets of financial services and related industries, law enforcement and regulatory officials. While headquartered in Omaha, the Greater Omaha chapter hopes to benefit all ACAMS members in Iowa, Kansas, northwest Missouri, South Dakota and Nebraska.
Upcoming Greater Omaha Chapter learning events will be announced soon.
Elder Financial Exploitation
November 30, 2016
Identifying and Managing Higher Risk Customers
September 21, 2016
Di Thomson, CAMS, JD, CFE, CRCM, CCEP, SADR, and Director of Financial Crimes: Anti-Money Laundering Compliance, First Data Corporation
De-risking & Recent Enforcement Actions
June 23, 2016
Chapter Launch Networking Event
April 27, 2016
Jason Cadek, CAMS, CRCM
Bank of the West
Jason Cadek, Vice President and Senior Auditor II within the Omaha Inspection Group at Bank of the West is a member of the internal audit function (Inspection Générale) and the BSA/AML audit team responsible for evaluation the bank’s BSA/AML, financial crimes and sanctions programs. Bank of the West (BOW) is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco. BOW operates a network of more than 600 retail, wealth, commercial and business banking offices in 22 states, with over $75 billion in assets. BOW is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, a French multinational bank and financial services company headquartered in Paris and present in 75 countries across the world.
Before joining Bank of the West in December 2015, Jason spent the majority of his career at First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO). Most recently Jason’s role within internal audit at FNBO included leading the annual independent test of the bank’s BSA/AML and OFAC program supported by a co-sourced audit firm along with audits and validation of issues related to consumer compliance obligations. Prior to two years spent with internal audit, Jason was part of the BSA/AML program function, primarily responsible for exam and audit coordination, in addition to enterprise BSA/AML procedures management. Other prior positions within FNBO’s BSA/AML program function included leading a team of customer due diligence analysts and completing internal reviews of BSA/AML program elements. Before joining the BSA/AML function, Jason worked in the Private Banking and Retail business units at FNBO, starting his nearly 12 years in the financial services industry as a bank teller.
Jason earned a bachelor’s of Journalism in Advertising from the University of Nebraska after completing study abroad at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Jason has been a member of the ACAMS organization since May 2012, earning his Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification in January 2013. Jason is also a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors including the local Ak-sar-ben IIA chapter. Outside his professional life, Jason is a devoted father and husband, advocate of GLBT rights and amateur gardener, genealogist and golfer.
Amy Bracht, CAMS, CRCM
Amy Bracht, CAMS, CRCM, is a Compliance Consultant within Global Operations for PayPal, Inc. In this role, she interfaces with policy partners and advises operational groups on the appropriate and efficient implementation of regulatory compliance standards, focused on consumer protection. Prior to PayPal, she spent five years at First National of Nebraska, the holding company of First National Bank of Omaha, focused on BSA/AML compliance.
Ms. Bracht graduated cum laude from Creighton University in 1998 with a BA in Political Science. Subsequently, she has received a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a MS in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from the Werner Institute at Creighton University’s School of Law.
In her free time, she enjoys following politics, traveling the world (she will walk on all 7 continents, halfway there!), karaoke and attending concerts and sporting events (Go Bluejays and GBR!).
Brandon Seim, CAMS
Bank of the West
Brandon Seim currently serves as Vice President and Senior Compliance Officer for Bank of the West (BOW) in Omaha, NE. Bank of the West is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco. BOW operates a network of more than 600 retail, wealth, commercial and business banking offices in 22 states, with over $75 billion in assets. BOW is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, a French multinational bank and financial services company headquartered in Paris and present in 75 countries across the world. Brandon’s current areas of expertise are in BSA/AML/OFAC, deposit servicing, commercial lending, and retail banking compliance.
Prior to joining BOW in May 2016, Brandon was a Regulatory Compliance Auditor with First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO). Prior to FNBO he spent 3 years at a community based firm in Central Nebraska serving as the institutions BSA/AML Compliance Officer as well as a Loan Officer. Brandon has a comprehensive background in the banking industry and has held Retail Bank Management, Commercial/Agricultural Lending, and Compliance positions with financial institutions ranging in asset size from $60 million to $1.75 trillion.
Brandon’s BSA/AML/OFAC background includes but is not limited to Program development and implementation, state and federal exam coordination, internal audit, and overall BSA/AML Program management. Additionally, he has also designed and implemented BSA/AML Training programs for internal staff and board members.
Brandon is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2007.
Leesa Wees, CAMS
Leesa Wees is currently a Corporate Compliance Audit Manager with First Data Corporation and is based in Omaha, NE. Prior to joining First Data Corporation, she was a Director of BSA/AML/CFT Compliance at MetaBank, located in Sioux Falls, SD.
Prior to this, Leesa has worked in various Financial Industries for over 20 years and has conducted and lead over 50 BSA/AML Independent Audits. In prior positions, Leesa played an integral role in implementing various systems including NetEconomy, Actimize, LexisNexis, and Bridger. She also has additional experience in BSA and OFAC Risk Assessments, managing CDD/EDD teams, and developing BSA and OFAC Policies and Procedures and maintained numerous relationships with regulators.
Leesa has been a member of the ACAMS organization since 2006, earning her Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification in April 2007. Leesa is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors including the local Ak-sar-ben IIA chapter.
Leesa enjoys antiquing, going to auctions, and exploring new restaurants.
Amy J. Wheeler, CAMS, CRCM, CIA
First National Bank of Omaha
Amy J. Wheeler is Senior Director, Corporate Audit Services for First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO). FNBO has locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas and South Dakota with a national presence in the credit card industry. Amy manages consumer compliance and BSA/AML/OFAC audits across the enterprise.
Amy served as the BSA/AML Officer for FNBO for 7 years prior to moving to audit. Amy is a former FDIC examiner out of the San Francisco Regional Office and has held compliance, BSA and risk management positions at various community banks in Northern California.
Amy joined ACAMS in 2004 when she received her Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist designation. She is also a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), a graduate of the ABA’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Stanislaus. Outside of work, Amy enjoys hobby farming with her husband in the Loess Hills of Iowa, quilting, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Logan Anderson, CAMS
Logan Anderson leads TD Ameritrade’s AML Strategy Group focusing on continuous improvement of risk assessment, enhanced due diligence, policies and procedures, and AML training. TD Ameritrade offers investing and trading services for more than six million funded client accounts that total more than $650 billion in assets and custodial services for more than 4,500 independent registered investment advisors (RIAs).
Mr. Anderson has been with TD Ameritrade for 12 years, accumulating experience in both introducing and clearing broker processes. Mr. Anderson is an Iowa State University graduate and currently serves on the SIFMA Anti-Money Laundering & Financial Crimes Committee.
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Sara Rose Ahonen
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Sara Rose currently manages the BSA program at Mutual of Omaha Bank. The Bank’s FRAML department includes a team of 20 investigators spread out across multiple geographic locations. Originally from Northern Minnesota, she started her BSA career in Northern California until moving back to the Midwest in 2014. Sara Rose has over 14 years of experience with community banks under $10 billion in assets.
Sara Rose has a unique technical background and has implemented over 5 different AML systems. She’s been a keynote speaker at conferences for AML technology firms and has developed statistical models explaining and predicting various operational risks. She maintains an excellent working relationship with bank examiners, state and federal law enforcement and frequently collaborates with various compliance groups nationwide. You may hear her in various ACAMS Webinars as a moderator or speaker.
Sara Rose has been a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2008 and holds an MBA in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Law. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, photography, concerts and tornado chasing.
Emily Sherwin, CAMS, CRCM
First National Bank of Omaha
Emily is currently a Regulatory Compliance Auditor for First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO). FNBO has locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas and South Dakota with a national presence in the credit card industry.
Prior to her work at FNBO, Emily was a Senior Compliance Consultant with a private consulting firm where she completed reviews of BSA/AML/OFAC programs primarily for community banks in the Front Range, Great Plains and Texas. She assisted banks to address regulatory actions and enhance their comprehensive BSA/AML programs. Her areas of focus include Compliance Review, Mortgage and Credit Card, in addition to internal audit and issue remediation consulting for BSA/AML functions. Emily sits on the board of Nehawka Bank, an 1895 state chartered bank serving both Cass and Otoe counties of Nebraska.
Emily has been a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2015. Emily also holds certifications as a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer (CCBCO), and is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors including the local Ak-sar-ben IIA chapter. Outside of her professional career, Emily likes anything to do with the lake life and traveling, traveling, traveling.
Shelly Vandenberg, CAMS
Security National Bank
Shelly Vandenberg is the BSA/AML Compliance Officer at Security National Bank, one of the largest community banks in Omaha. Shelly has worked in financial crime for the past 6 years, returning back to Omaha in January 2015 after spending nearly two years living and working in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as an AML Compliance Team Leader.
Shelly graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, concentrating in Homeland Security with a minor in Psychology. She completed her master’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2016. Shelly has been a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2014 and a Certified AML and Fraud Professional (CAFP) since 2016.