2013 Chapter of the Year

Greater Twin Cities Chapter

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Upcoming Greater Twin Cities Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Thank you for visiting the new ACAMS Greater Twin Cities Chapter website! The Chapter was launched on October 27, 2011 by an Executive Board composed of professionals from the AML field in the Minnesota/Wisconsin region. The Chapter seeks to be a professional resource that can provide support, guidance, training, and peer interaction for industry professionals. One of our Chapter’s goals is to promote ACAMS as a platform for career development and professional networking for our local AML community by organizing meetings and events of interest for members and non-members. We’ll have a variety of events in multiple locations and present various speakers who are subject matter experts in the industry so all participants can benefit. We believe this Chapter will be an effective and productive resource, and we strongly encourage your involvement.

Reasons to join the ACAMS Greater Twin Cities Chapter:

  • The Chapter will provide ACAMS members a local forum to facilitate networking and discussion on AML topics of interest among AML professionals from the various industry lines.
  • The Chapter provides an opportunity for AML professionals to share best practices for prevention, detection and reporting of financial crimes and fraud.
  • The Chapter will offer educational opportunities focusing on region-specific topics of interest and provide an opportunity to have your questions answered by AML industry professionals, members of law enforcement, and the regulatory agencies.
  • The local Chapter provides the AML, fraud, and anti-terrorism financing community with professional resources, member support, guidance on new regulations and emerging issues, and career development related training.
  • Most events will be free of charge to Chapter members, providing a great value for your $50 annual membership fee.
  • Many of the training and workshop events will provide an opportunity to earn continuing education credits to maintain your CAMS designation.

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Upcoming Greater Twin Cities Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

“Who’s In Your Neighborhood”

Please join the ACAMS Greater Twin Cities Chapter for a “Who’s In Your Neighborhood” event to learn about our Chapter, the benefits of ACAMS, and connect with citizens in our community.

Money laundering, terrorist financing, and human trafficking are just a few crimes plaguing our communities today. By working together we strengthen the fight against these crimes and build better communities. We look forward to meeting you!

Door prizes, including a GTC ACAMS membership will be given away!


Beneficial Ownership – Are you Ready?

As we are all aware, the requirement to comply with the Beneficial Ownership Rules with respect to the Customer Due Diligence Requirements is soon approaching with a little over a year remaining. As part of that ongoing preparation, the ACAMS Greater Twin Cities Chapter invites you to join us for a 90 minute lunch and learn on that topic. The event will have an overview of the requirements from Dennis Dullinger, a regulatory expert from Wolters Kluwer, followed by an open conversation with your peers on some of the challenges and best practices on implementing the new rules. The discussion will be split into three groups: large banks, small banks/credit unions/MSBs and broker/dealer.

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Human Trafficking Learning Event and GTC ACAMS Chapter Member Appreciation

Speakers:

Simone Bell
A survivor of Canadian domestic human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation and a key member of Roos-Remillard Consulting Services

Sargent Grant Snyder, Minneapolis Police Department

Sargent Sean Johnson, St. Paul Police Department

Special Agent Tonya Price, Department of Homeland Security

AML Officer Sande Bayer, US Bank

Alan Schienberg, RDC

For more information on Roos-Remillard Consulting Services, visit their website.


The First Annual Public-Private Partnerships Summit– Fighting Financial Crimes & Terrorist Financing

Please join Thomson Reuters in an exclusive event highlighting the importance of effective Public-Private Partnerships. This year’s Summit will focus on addressing the challenges organizations face solving some of the toughest issues of our day and how the partnerships between law enforcement and the financial industry are critical to combat the financing of criminal activity and terrorism. Plan to join our faculty of recognized experts and officials as they discuss trends and how to develop successful relationships between government entities and financial institutions.

You will also hear from law enforcement officials on the ground on December 2nd, 2015, as they share first-hand accounts of how the tragic terrorist attacks in San Bernardino highlighted many examples of successful public-private partnerships, including how private sector technology helped put an end to the tragedy and save lives.

Plus, you won’t want to miss the riveting insights from two of the most notable former federal law enforcement officials in the country on the topic of the capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Learn what partnerships were leveraged and how banks can be even more vigilant to stop international money-laundering. From the cameras of 60 Minutes to your stage…


Law Enforcement Appreciation Event (GTC)

Partnering with Law Enforcement – Our Mission and Appreciation as a Community

The event includes participation from and recognition for both local and national (i.e. IRS, FBI, US Postal Inspector) enforcement agencies. Attendees will have an opportunity to directly network with law enforcement.

Whether it’s detecting and reporting possible financial crime or terrorist activity, the partnership between law enforcement and the financial industry is built on trust and respect, with our mission being to protect the community, institution and country. As we continue to combat this effort together, the ACAMS Greater Twin City Chapter (GTCC) would like to celebrate this partnership with a half day learning event, followed by networking and the opportunity to end the day with a Minnesota favorite pastime of enjoying a Twins baseball game.

The learning event will kick-off with a discussion on the recent terrorist activity (i.e. San Bernardino, Paris) with Dennis Lormel. Dennis is retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), following over 30 years of government service, almost 28 years as a Special Agent in the FBI. Immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 2001, Mr. Lormel formulated, established and directed the FBI’s comprehensive terrorist financing initiative. Dennis was the first chief of the FBI’s Terrorist Financing Operations Section. Mr. Lormel will share some best practices in helping your institution identify the red flags in detecting possible terrorist activity.

The learning event will also include different law enforcement panel discussions related to some of the current scams and crimes they are seeing here in Minnesota and across the nation. Law enforcement will share related case studies and the SAR Review Team will discuss what information and data provided in the SAR draws their attention to your case. The discussions will include:

  • IRS scams
  • Business email compromise scams
  • Elder abuse
  • Human trafficking
  • Important data to include on a SAR

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AML Year in Review featuring Ralph Wright

Speaker:

Ralph Wright,
Crowe Horwath


Learning Event luncheon | Session A: Model Validation | Session B: MSBs | Session C: Securities


Learning Event

  • Law enforcement case studies presented by the St. Paul Police Department
  • Best practices used among peers when working with law enforcement

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AML Year in Review


Today’s Threat Environment… Does it impact your SAR Narrative?

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Never Unarmed Event at Sealed Mindset


Learning Event featuring Dennis Lormel: Getting Ahead of Illegal Online Activity


2013 Chapter of the Year Celebration


Fraud and AML – The Super Heroes in Partnership Luncheon


Twins Day

REBBL is a beverage company launched by Not For Sale to create job opportunities and social programs in the most vulnerable communities of the world.

“REBBL is a beverage company launched by Not For Sale to create job opportunities and social programs in the most vulnerable communities of the world.”

Mark Wexler speaks on the cause to end human trafficking during the home plate ceremony

“Mark Wexler speaks on the cause to end human trafficking during the home plate ceremony”

The Not For Sale logo appears during the home plate ceremony recognizing the organization

“The Not For Sale logo appears during the home plate ceremony recognizing the organization”

Founders of Not For Sale and Members of the GTC ACAMS Chapter gather at Lyon's Pub

“Founders of Not For Sale and Members of the GTC ACAMS Chapter gather at Lyon’s Pub”


A Panel Discussion with Local and Federal Law Enforcement Personnel


Learning Event: US Bank Plaza – formerly the Pillsbury Plaza

Paul R. Achman

Paul R. Achman, CAMS
Co-Treasurer
TCF National Bank

Paul R. Achman is the BSA/AML/OFAC Officer in the BSA Department at TCF National Bank, based in Minneapolis, MN. He has had various roles during the past twenty years that have culminated his current position. In his role at TCF National Bank Paul oversees the customer due diligence, currency transaction reporting, enhanced due diligence, AML investigations, and quality assurance functions. His teams are responsible for regulatory screening, including 314(a), OFAC, Senior Foreign Political Figures, and negative news, establishing risk ratings and conducting the respective initial and ongoing enhance due diligence and transaction monitoring, and the investigation and filing of Suspicious Activity Reports. Paul is a Certified Member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and Greater Twin Cities ACAMS executive board member. Paul is a native Minnesotan and is passionate about his family and a dedicated father to his adopted son.

Email: pachman@tcfbank.com


Sande Bayer

Sande Bayer
Co-Chair
U.S. Bank

Sande is a Vice President with Payment Services Chief Risk Office at U.S. Bank. Her various roles during the past 25 years have cumulated into her current responsibilities of AML oversight of business change risk assessment for payment products including credit card, prepaid/stored value systems, corporate cards and merchant processing. Sande was instrumental in working with the financial crimes project team for the fifth pillar CDD requirements.

Sande is passionate about eradicating the crime of human trafficking and is an active volunteer with several local organizations. She also works with non-profits based in Thailand and frequently leads trips into red-light districts in partnership with those groups. Her actions have increased partnerships between multiple disciplines to face this crime. Adding to her volunteer service, are efforts working with the Super Bowl 52 Host Committee to provide training and awareness of trafficking to the volunteer base and community.

Sande is a founding member of the ACAMS Greater Twin Cities Chapter and has served as Communications and Events Coordinator before her current Co-Chair role. She has contributed multiple articles to ACAMS Today and also has been a regular panel speaker at the annual ACAMS conference.

Email: sandra.bayer@usbank.com


Shannon Bennett

Shannon Bennett, CAMS, CRCM
Co-Chair
U.S. Bank

Shannon Bennett has spent her entire career working in the Financial Industry with a primary focus on the laws and regulations related to Financial Crime. She recently joined US Bank in an executive position and responsible for managing the entire Financial Crime Portfolio in the Project Management Organization. Prior to her move, Shannon was with Wolters Kluwer Financial Services (WKFS) as the Senior Director/General Manager of Financial Crime Control Strategy and Consulting, serving as a senior advisor and strategist to clients in preventing, identifying, and resolving opportunities for fraud, money laundering, and other financial crimes in banking, securities, insurance, and other financial service organizations.

Prior to joining WKFS in 2012, Shannon was the Senior Director for Law Enforcement Liaison and Technical Strategies for MoneyGram International, where she served in a variety of compliance leadership roles, including overseeing agent oversight, compliance technology initiatives, government reporting, and transaction monitoring functions.

She has been on the ACAMS Greater Twin Cities Chapter board since 2011 in many different roles and currently is a Co-Chair. Shannon frequently presents at ACAMS and other industry conferences and has written several articles in various industry publications.

Email: shannon.bennett@usbank.com


Christina D'Ambrosio

Christina D’Ambrosio
Co-Law Enforcement Liaison Director
U.S. Marshals Service

Chris has spent 29 years with the US Marshals Service as an Asset Forfeiture/Financial Investigator assigned to various field offices, headquarters divisions, and domestic / international missions. Currently serving as the USMS asset forfeiture liaison to the District of Minnesota’s US Attorney’s Office (D/MN – USAO) for investigations and operational missions; and also serving as the law enforcement liaison for the Twin Cities Chapter of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI). Also a member of both the Twin Cities Organized Retail Crime Association and the Financial and Retailers Protection Association.

Chris’s position includes, but is not limited to:

  • International & Domestic Asset Forfeiture / Financial Investigations
  • Nationwide Seizure Operations
  • Asset Forfeiture Response Teams for Multi-Jurisdictional Missions
  • Taskforce Cases
  • Investigative Coordination with the MN SARRT
  • Midwest Federal Trust Account Recoveries & Inmate Financial Responsibility Program Coordination
  • Treasury Offset Program Coordination for the D/MN  
  • Regional & Nationwide Forfeiture Money Judgment Collections
  • Subject Matter Expert for Internal Database Development & External Presentations
  • Information Sharing & Networking with Outside Stakeholders (public /private sector) & Law Enforcement Partners (federal, state, local, tribal)
  • Investigative coordination with the MN Fraud Investigators Association
  • Policy Development

Email: christina.dambrosio@usdoj.gov


Maria Dolor

Maria Dolor, CAMS
Co-Secretary
Wells Fargo

Maria Dolor joined the Wells Fargo Financial Crimes Audit Team (FiCAT) in 2013. As an Audit Manager within FiCAT’s Center of Excellence, she is responsible for performing quality reviews of audit deliverables, developing and delivering training to team members, and implementing process improvements. She also participates in assurance engagements as needed. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Maria worked in the internal audit department of financial services institutions headquartered in the Twin Cities and the assurance practice of an international public accounting and consulting firm. Maria is CAMS certified and holds a CPA (Inactive) license.

Email: mariavictoria.q.dolor@wellsfargo.com


Ashley Fink

Ashley Fink, CAMS, CFE
Co-Secretary
Wells Fargo

I am a driven individual with 10+ years of work experience in the financial industry and 6+ years of experience in AML/Compliance with over three years of experience specifically focusing on AML audit. I am currently a Senior Lead Auditor on the Financial Crimes Audit Team at Wells Fargo National Bank. In my position, I have been responsible for executing the BSA/AML/Sanctions audit plan by completing written analysis of my assessment of risks and controls within the line of business in order to provide an independent and objective conclusion which adds value and helps the line of business achieve their objectives. I joined Wells Fargo in 2015 from Ameriprise Financial where I was a Senior Compliance Analyst responsible for developing and delivering AML and Anti-Fraud Investigations specific training, designing and building the entire quality control program for AML and Anti-Fraud at Ameriprise, and working on annual AML compliance reviews for the multiple business lines within Ameriprise.

Email: ashley.d.fink@wellsfargo.com


Kelly Halvorson

Kelly Halvorson, CAMS
Co-Programming Director
Wells Fargo

Kelly Halvorson is a Financial Crimes Manager at Wells Fargo. She manages the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Anti-Money-Laundering (AML) and Global Sanctions Program for the Corporate Banking Group in Wholesale which includes 10 sub-line of business industry segments; Gaming, Restaurant Finance, Industrials, Consumer & Retail, Energy, Healthcare, Financial Institutions, Global, Strategic Capital and Technology, Media & Telecom.

Kelly joined Wells Fargo in 2004. She began her career at Wells Fargo in the Mortgage Enterprise Risk Management group and was responsible for creating and implementing the Privacy Program. She later moved into the Financial Crimes Risk Management Group and was responsible for the Enterprise Global Sanctions program.

Before joining Wells Fargo, Kelly was a Compliance Manager at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services specializing in the development of software solutions for the financial industry.

Kelly earned her B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology at St. Cloud State University. She is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Kelly is counsel member of Faith Lutheran Church and actively involved in her community.

Email: kelly.j.halvorson@wellsfargo.com


Jessica Kelly

Jessica Kelly, CAMS, CFE
Co-Membership Director
MoneyGram International

Jessica is currently the Global Security & Investigations Operations Manager at MoneyGram International. She oversees a team which is responsible for responding to law enforcement requests received by MoneyGram from the United States, Canada, all Latin American, and many European and Asian countries. In this position, she works collaboratively with regional compliance teams and law enforcement agencies internationally. She is responsible for creating and maintaining cohesive policy and procedures within the Security and Investigations department globally. Jessica has been with MoneyGram for 14 years in various positions from Compliance to Fraud. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Email: jkelly@moneygram.com


Deb Koehler

Deb Koehler, CAMS, CRCM
Co- Event/Speaker Director
MidWestOne Bank

Debra is currently the BSA Officer for MidWestOne Bank’s Risk Management Department. Debra has over 25 years of banking experience, specializing in BSA/AML/OFAC, Fraud, Compliance and Operations. In her current role she manages the BSA Compliance Program and manages the BSA Team which is responsible for policies, risk assessments, regulatory exams, AML Investigations, transaction testing, BSA/AML reporting, AML training development and compliance oversight. She also manages the paper fraud activity and assists in branch security. Prior to her role at MidWestOne Bank she worked as the Compliance Officer and BSA Officer for Frist National Bank of Elk River.

Debra received her Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)certification in 2008 and her Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) in 2006.

Email: dkoehler@midwestone.com


Michel Moore

Michel Moore, CAMS
Co-Membership Director
TCF National Bank

Michael is the Vice President, BSA Technology and Projects Manager for TCF National Bank, in Plymouth, Minnesota. Michael has over 16 years of banking experience, specializing in Fraud, and AML/OFAC Compliance. In his present role, Michael oversees the team responsible for the development and tuning of the bank’s anti-money laundering surveillance applications and bank projects impacting the BSA area. Michael also has experience with AML investigations, High-Risk customer management, and other BSA-related topics. Michael has been a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Email: mmoore@tcfbank.com


Thor Nelson

Thor Nelson, CAMS
Co-Event/Speaker Director
Ameriprise

Thor Nelson has more than 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He currently serves as Director of AML and Anti-Fraud at Ameriprise Financial, Inc. Prior to his time at Ameriprise, Thor was the AML Investigations Manager at TCF Bank, managing a team of 65 AML Investigators. Before working at TCF, Thor spent 11 years at RBC Wealth Management, with 7 of those years being spent in the AML department. Thor has his CAMS certification, holds an MBA from Augsburg University, and carries the 7, 24, 55 and 66 licenses.

Email: thor.nelson@ampf.com


Jennifer O'Donnell

Jennifer O’Donnell, CAMS, CFE
Co-Law Enforcement Liaison Director
Saint Paul Police Department Criminal Proceeds Unit

Jennifer joined the Saint Paul Police Department in 1995. She currently serves as a Sergeant with the Saint Paul Police Department Criminal Proceeds Unit (CPU). Jennifer is also a Task Force Officer with the United States Secret Service (USSS) and a member of the Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force. Jennifer was instrumental in building the department’s CPU and currently oversees the unit’s day to day operations while supervising assigned staff. The CPU is responsible for conducting financial investigations involving money laundering as it relates to narcotics distribution, human trafficking, identity theft, wire fraud, bank fraud and many other federal and state statutes.

Sergeant O’Donnell has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and an Accounting Certificate from St. Mary’s University. She is also a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Email: jennifer.odonnell@ci.stpaul.mn.us


Andi Wentworth

Andi Wentworth, CAMS, CFE
Co-Communications/Technology Director
MoneyGram International

Andi is a CTF Law Enforcement Liaison IV at MoneyGram International and is a key member to their Terrorism Rapid Response Team. In her position, Andi primarily responds to exigent, terrorism related Law Enforcement inquires such as FinCEN 314a requests and Grand Jury Subpoenas. Andi has been with MoneyGram for over 15 years in various compliance related positions from transaction monitoring to financial intelligence. Andi is an active member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Email: awentworth@moneygram.com


Jenna Willie

Jenna Willie, CAMS
Co-Communications/Technology Director
Wells Fargo

Jenna is a Senior Lead Financial Crimes Auditor over the Wealth and Investment Management Division at Wells Fargo. Jenna has more than 14 years of experience in the criminal justice and financial crimes industry, focused on retail, MSB, banking, and investment management crimes. In her current role, Jenna is responsible for the 4th pillar of Wells Fargo’s AML Program; the independent and objective review of the BSA/AML Program activities. Jenna is a certified member of the Association of Anti Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and Greater Twin Cities ACAMS executive board member.

Email: jenna.willie@wellsfargo.com