The ACAMS Houston Chapter is the local connection to ACAMS, the world’s most prestigious association for anti-money laundering professionals. The chapter was created to increase awareness of best practices in AML prevention and to offer members an open forum to exchange ideas with local law enforcement and industry professionals. Through networking and educational events, the chapter strives to create a local community of professionals who share the common passion of preventing money laundering and terrorist financing, as well as creating a support network for ACAMS members seeking to earn the CAMS designation.
To get more involved or suggest training topics, please contact us or reach out to any of the board members directly.
Upcoming Houston Chapter learning events will be announced soon.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Money Laundering Trends
October 20, 2016
- Michael Sanders, DEA Resident Agent in Charge, Galveston Field Office
Houston Networking Event
July 21, 2016
Interrogation Session- Q & A’s with the IRS-CI
May 25th, 2016
Aaron Gogley, IRS Special Agent, Houston Field Office
The ACAMS Houston Chapter invites you to attend our Networking Event
December 10, 2015
ACAMS Houston Chapter presents Fighting Payments Fraud: EMV, Mobile and Beyond
November 19, 2015
ACAMS Houston Chapter 3 Year Anniversary Dinner and Second Quarter Learning Event “Crossing Industry Lines – The AML Environment in Houston!”
May 21, 2015
- Alberto Laureano – CEO Barri Financial Group
- Sandy Lenior – Associate Director of Financial Crimes Compliance Macquarie Group
Calling ALL Houston BSA/ AML Professionals: Pump Up Your Career!
March 19, 2015
February 25, 2015
Law Enforcement Money Laundering Investigations
October 16, 2014
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
August 14, 2014
May 15, 2014
2014 AML Monitoring: Perspectives and Best Practices
February 27, 2014
The Impact of Non-Traditional Financial Systems and the Internet on Homeland Security
November 7, 2013
Securities Fraud Presentation
August 8, 2013
Cyber Fraud and Corporate Account Take Over
May 22, 2013
Networking Event at The Blue Fish on Washington
May 1, 2013
An IRS perspective on the new SAR Report
February 15, 2013
Lauren Sparks, CAMS
Third Party Resources, Inc./3PR Inc.
Lauren Sparks is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) with over 26 years in community banking. For 16 years, Ms Sparks practiced community bank risk management in and around the Houston area, administering consumer compliance, internal audit programs and training in the risk management discipline. She is the President of Third Party Resources, Inc., a Houston-based bank consulting firm.
Most recently, she acted as National Director in Risk Management Services for Sheshunoff Consulting + Solutions, a national consulting firm. There she provided risk management services, specializing in special projects and high-risk engagements. She also served as the Southwest Director at that firm.
In addition to her CRCM, Ms Sparks holds the designation of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). In 2009 and 2010, Ms Sparks spoke and presented at the ABA National Compliance Conference. She has also spoken at the NACHA Payments Conference. Lauren holds an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) designation, and has written articles for various banking organizations and publications. Most recently she has edited the 2010 and 2011 & 2012 editions of the ABA Regulatory Guide to Regulatory Compliance publication.
American First National Bank
Christopher Barton-DeJean is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) with over 20 years in the banking industry. He also holds and maintains Certification as a Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM). For 13 years, Mr. Barton-DeJean practiced different facets of retail banking and subsequently transitioned to community banking. He has a demonstrated ability to remediate and resolve regulatory exam findings and alleviate written agreements and orders. He currently serves as a Vice President with American First National Bank, a Houston-based Community Bank.
Currently, he performs duties as the bank’s BSA Officer. His responsibilities include effectively performing as the BSA Officer, and managing regulatory risks which includes developing and maintaining comprehensive programs on all new regulations and changes to existing regulations to ensure compliance.
Previously, he performed at CommunityBank of Texas, N.A. as the bank’s Sr. BSA Administrator and Vendor Management Officer. His responsibilities included effectively performing as the BSA Officer, and managing regulatory risks related to Vendor Management.
Prior to his role at CommunityBank of Texas, N.A. (formerly known as Vista Bank Texas), Christopher served as the BSA Officer for Patriot Bank. Prior to his role at Patriot Bank he served as a risk manager and fraud prevention analyst with JP Morgan Chase. Christopher’s tenure at JP Morgan Chase also included roles managing Demand Deposit Account Collections, Foreign Currency Services, Small Business Financial Services and Loan Customer Service.
Christopher holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Bruce Owdley, CFE, CFS
Houston Police Department
Bruce Owdley is Police Investigator for the Houston Police Department Financial Crimes Unit. Officer Owdley has over 15 years of law enforcement experience, with a variety of police experiences, while working in his current position for the past 5 years. His responsibilities range from investigating forgery, fraud & embezzlement cases, which stem from money laundering and organized crime rings. Officer Owdley is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS).
In addition to his investigative duties, Officer Owdley also is a TCLEOSE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education) certified instructor and is responsible for teaching identity theft and fraud in-service classes at the Police Academy and the delivery of the Burglary and Theft and Financial Crimes Investigation module to the cadets at the Houston Police Department Academy. Officer Owdley frequently gives presentations for government, public and private institutions on a regular basis in regard to Financial Crimes, Fraud and Identity theft.
Officer Owdley has developed a sub-specialty in internet fraud investigations by taking on cases which involve e-commerce transactions and internet communication. Officer Owdley is a published author with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in their 2010 edition of Internet Fraud Casebook by writing case number 27 in the book, G.I. Hacker. He has also completed his Identity Theft Prevention e-book, which is available on Amazon Kindle. His book entitled Cybercrime: How to detect and defend will be coming out later this year. Bruce is the current President for the Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Specialist in Houston and has big plans for the future of the organization.
Bruce earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas Southern University, with a minor in Business. He also holds a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University in Beckley, West Virginia.
Weaver and Tidwell, LLP
Sarah Johnson began employment with Bank Advisory Resources, LLC (BAR) in October 2008 as a Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer, performing regulatory compliance reviews, commercial loan reviews, and BSA/AML audits. In June 2010, BAR was acquired by Weaver and Tidwell, LLP (Weaver) to expand the advisory practice of the firm to include regulatory compliance for financial institutions. Weaver is currently ranked as the largest independent accounting firm in the Southwest with over 500 employees in seven offices throughout Texas. Prior to her employment with BAR and Weaver, Sarah worked as an Operations Analyst and Project Manager for Solutran Customized Payment Solutions (Solutran) located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Solutran specialized in check processing, including returned check processing, ACH, and rebate disbursements. Sarah is a native of South Dakota, where she grew up on the family farm. Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in finance from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota. She is a Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer and is in the process of obtaining her Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist certification.
Joann Alicea, CFCI
Senior Compliance Officer
Joann Alicea, Certified Financial Crimes Investigator. Joann has received commendations for excellent investigative work from the United States Secret Service and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for assisting in domestic and international fraud/money launderingcases. Joann has written three published articles entitled: $5.00 to ruin the life of children, and women: Internet ad sites used to launder money in promoting prostitution/human trafficking, How you can help in the fight against human trafficking and FinCEN SAR Checkbox for Human Trafficking. Joann is also a public speaker on fighting the crime of human trafficking at the Visa/MasterCard payment level and Victim Money Laundering Scams.
She has over 10 years of regulatory compliance Fraud/AML & Risk experience in monitoring bank accounts, merchant & cardholder Visa/MasterCard transactions as an employee of First Data Merchant Services , PreCash, Inc. & JPMorgan Chase. Joann is a recipient of the First Data Leader of the Pack Award & the PreCash Dazzle Award for outstanding work. She is a member of the IAFCI, ACAMS & InfraGard. Joann is the proud sister of an NYPD Detective, New York’s Finest. Joann is one of the Women showcased in ACAMS Today for being influential in AML and Fraud Crime Prevention. Please see link: http://www.acamstoday.org/women-aml-showcase/
Joann is a recipient of the ACFE Houston Chapter 2013 Service Appreciation Award for Fighting Human Trafficking. Joann is a 18 time marathon runner and an advocate of children and women’s rights in helping in the fight to end human trafficking.
Account Director-Thomson Reuters
Derrick is an Account Director in the division of Financial and Risk for Thomson Reuters. He is a former Director of Sales for Stratos Legal and US Legal Support. With over 19 years of experience in the the legal industry, Derrick spent 12 years with Equivalent Data where he was responsible for managing a team of fourteen. Prior to his legal career, he worked four summers with the Southwestern Company. He earned numerous awards during this time at the Southwestern Company, including President’s Club, Top First Year Rep, Top Recruiter, Gold Seal Gold Award, and many more.
Derrick was graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Economics. He currently lives in Spring, Texas with his wife. Derrick is very involved with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He has served on the Safety committee for 9 years.
Linda Ly, CAMS, CRCM
Third Party Resources, Inc. (3PR)
Linda is an Engagement Manager at Third Party Resources, Inc. (3PR) where she is responsible for conducting BSA/AML and regulatory compliance audits for financial institutions. In addition, Linda has spent time developing audit work programs and implementing a cloud based file sharing site. Prior to 3PR, Linda was a Compliance Engagement Manager with Sheshunoff Consulting + Solutions and worked as an Operations Supervisor with Washington Mutual.
Linda earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston, majoring in Accounting and Finance. Linda is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) as well as a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM).
Donna Flowers has been a Houston area Community banker for over 30 years with experience in Compliance Management, Audit, Lending, Marketing/Business Development and Branch Management. She is currently Senior Vice President/Compliance/BSA/CRA Officer with Icon Bank where she develops and administers all aspects of the bank’s Compliance Management Program.
She is also a board member/Secretary of the Westchase Management District, an Advisory Board member of the Houston Community College- Finance/Banking Division, Co-Chair of the Education Committee Financial Women in Texas (FWIT).
She is holds the Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP) designation and currently studying for the CAMS certification.
David Kehr is a Corporate Investigative Sales Executive for CLEAR services in the Corporate Investigative division at Thomson Reuters. Prior to Thomson Reuters, David worked for the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) for nine years as Senior Business Development Manager. In that role, he was responsible for driving business through relationship management with government agencies and private institutions to help them meet their anti-money laundering (AML) and financial crime training needs using various ACAMS products and resources. He was a catalyst in starting the ACAMS Houston Chapter, which launched in May 2013.
David has traveled extensively around the United States and lives in Houston, Texas with his wife and daughter. He’s a fervent soccer fan and graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
Nidhi Patel, CAMS
Nidhi serves as the compliance officer for First Investors Financial Services Houston operations. Her responsibilities include creating compliance policies and procedures and integrating them into operational procedures and assisting with training. Nidhi has substantial consumer finance compliance experience. She recently served as the Director of Regulatory Compliance for Precash and, prior to that, was serving as the BSA/AML Officer for Santander for over six years. In that role, she developed and implemented policies, procedures, and controls, creating AML governance structures, established risk assessment and Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) protocols, developed transaction monitoring capabilities and AML training for all associates.
Nidhi earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston, majoring in Finance and was recently accepted into the Strategic Masters of Business Administration at the University of Houston. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).