The ACAMS Greater Philadelphia Chapter seeks to promote ACAMS as a platform for career development and professional networking for its members, by organizing meetings and events of local interest, where we will present speakers from the private sector, the supervisory and regulatory agencies, and from law enforcement. By joining and participating in the Chapter, you can keep your AML skills up-to-date in this ever changing environment. The Chapter’s Executive Board is comprised of industry professionals from both the private and public sector, in the greater Philadelphia area. The Chapter services ACAMS members, non-members and compliance professional in the Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware region.

Upcoming Greater Philadelphia Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

AML/Sanctions Enterprise Wide Risk Assessment

2017 ACAMS/ACFE/FIRMA Joint Event – Philadelphia

Annual Holiday Party

Spotting Red Flags of Elder Abuse in your Institution

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Emerging AML Topics: Beneficial Ownership Roundtable and Panama Papers

Human Trafficking

OFAC – Emerging Trends and Changes Throughout 2015

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2015 – A Year In Review

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Download Presentation – Enforcement Actions in the Banking Industry
Download Presentation – AML Risks Vendor Management & Individual Liability

Banking the Medical Marijuana Industry

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Interactive WHODUNIT event with a twist!

AML ABCs for Trade Finance

Emerging Trends and Risk in Financial Crimes

AML Challenges Around Virtual Currencies

End of Year Holiday Social

Global AML Challenges: Ownerships PEPs EDD Oh My!

Light The Night Walk – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

ACAMS Greater Philadelphia – AML Audit Learning Event Sponsored by McGladrey

ACAMS Greater Philadelphia Chapter Launch Event

Darrin McLaughlin

Darrin McLaughlin, CAMS
Capital One

Mr. McLaughlin isa well-respected expert with extensive experience as an AML Compliance Officerwith several major international financial institutions throughout the courseof his career including Fortis Merchant Bank, Citigroup Investment Bank, the AssetManagement Division of Deutsche Bank and the FixedIncome, Currencies & Commodities Group of Macquarie Holdings USA.Throughout his career he has focused on all aspects of Anti-Money Launderingincluding, policy and procedure, development & implementation, KYC &CIP reviews, conducting Enhanced Due Diligence reviews, Transaction Monitoring,managing remediation projects and coordinating internal/external exams withaudit and/or various regulators. Mr. McLaughlin also served as SeniorFraud Investigator for a major international Insurance company handlinginvestigations of fraud, identity theft and other various white collar crimes. Mr. McLaughlin began his career as a Regulator focusing on allaspects of white collar crime investigations.


Zoya Faynleyb

Zoya Faynleyb, CAMS, CRCM, DBA
FIS Global – EGRC

Zoya is a senior manager of AML/Sanctions at Enterprise, Governance, Risk and Compliance, the risk management division of FIS. She has almost 20 years of working knowledge and expertise in AML/BSA, global sanctions, consumer compliance and various other areas of banking and financial services, both domestic and international. Her practical experience includes AML and consumer compliance management at Asian Bank in Philadelphia, PA and at Hanover Community Bank in Long Island, NY; organization of de novo Right Bank in Philadelphia; organization and management of CFTC-regulated companies in PA and NJ; and various banking assignments in Odessa, Ukraine. Dr. Faynleyb is an Expert of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (EAG), a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM). Zoya has earned a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from California University for her research paper on “niche” banking; and her book Niche and Mainstream Banking throughout the Great Recession is published by Amazon worldwide.


Kathy Wong

Kathy Wong, CAMS, SSGB
TD Bank

Kathy Wong is the Vice President at TD Bank with responsibility for global Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Anti-Terrorist Financing (ATF) compliance testing. She manages the TD global AML compliance testing team in the U.S. responsible in independent testing of the AML related controls within TD business units in the U.S. Prior to joining the TD Global AML Compliance, Kathy worked as assistant examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; senior branch manager in the Retail Operations at Commerce Bank, Bank of Mid-Jersey and Bank of America. Kathy holds a BS degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and Certified Six-sigma Green Belt.


Dennis Ansbro

Dennis Ansbro
Capital One

Dennis is currently a Senior AML Compliance Advisory Sanctions Manager at Capital One and based in the Wilmington, DE office. Prior to joining Capital One, Dennis was a Sanctions Manager at Standard Chartered Bank in Newark, NJ where he managed the Business Advisory and Controls teams for the Americas Division; focusing on the primary responsibility of implementing a newly designed screening platform for the Americas Division footprint.  He also served as the Global Sanctions Director at Ally Financial focusing efforts on building a sustainable Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and management, oversight and building of the enterprise Sanctions and Export Controls Programs.  Dennis also spent 25 years at Wells Fargo/Wachovia where he held several management operation positions, the later as Vice President for the Global Sanctions Surveillance and Reporting Program supporting the Global Financial Institution and Trade Services business. 

Of his many career highlights, he assisted in development, implementation, oversight and management of an in-house front-end interdiction sanctions screening surveillance system which provided real-time scanning to support a 24 hour, 6 1/2 day operation of high volume, time-sensitive customer and transact screening platform to meet global and US regulatory screening/internal risk management requirements; including anti-boycott compliance and dual-end use goods processes. Dennis is a founding member of the Greater Philadelphia ACAMS Chapter initially serving as the Membership Director. He currently serves as the Chapter Co-Chair.  Academically, He holds an MBA with an emphasis in International Business and a BS in Accounting (magna cum laude) from Rosemont College located in Rosemont, PA. Dennis enjoys all forms of music, dance, travel and spending time with family and friends.


Jim Gallagher, MS, CAMS, CFE, CPP
Co-Programming Director
Ally Financial Inc.

Jim has more than twenty-six years ofexperience in complex internal investigations, fraud investigations,cyber-crimes, compliance, physical security and law enforcement. Jim has beenwith Ally Financial/GMAC for thirteen years. Prior to working for Ally, he wasa detective with the Philadelphia Police Department. As a detective, heinvestigated financial, property and physical crimes.

Jim holds two Master’s degrees fromSaint Joseph’s University, a Master of Science in Environmental Protection andSafety Management, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. Jim also holdsthe Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Certified Fraud Examiner, andthe Certified Protection Professional designations.


Brett P. Steelman

Brett P. Steelman, CAMS
Co-Communications Director
Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP.

BrettSteelman is a Philadelphia based Advanced Risk and Compliance Analytics manager within the Risk Assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers,LLP. Brett’s focus is to aid organizations in performing assessments usinganalytical systems and techniques, to build and optimize surveillance systems,and to create meaningful dashboards to provide senior management with neededinformation to properly identify, and focus resources on, their highest riskareas.

Prior to his role at PwC, Brett served as AML Operations Manager at AllyFinancial, Inc., maintaining oversight and governance of compliance operationssupporting Ally’s BSA / AML / OFAC programs.

Brett is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, and holds a BA from TheRichard Stockton College of New Jersey as well as an MBA with an internationalperspective from Arcadia University.


Jennifer Stepenosky

Jennifer Stepenosky, CAMS
Events Director
Barclaycard US


Arpita Patel
Co-Communications Director


Rochelle Castagna
Co-Programming Director


Gretchen Scheidly


Theresa Donnelly-Staerk
Membership Director