Houston Chapter


Upcoming Houston Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

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.

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ACAMS Houston Chapter

Upcoming Houston Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

The ACAMS Houston Chapter invites you to attend our Networking Event

Cyber Security Luncheon Learning

ACAMS Houston Chapter presents:

Our Expert Speaker:

Department of Homeland Security Senior Agent, Retired

The presentation examines virtual currencies and other financial products and services available through the internet; how they support a broad array of cyber financial crimes including fraud and money laundering. The relationship between these products and services and their effect on the popularity of the Dark Web is also explored.

National Security, Counterterrorism & Threat Finance Issues in Houston

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Celina Realuyo, Professor of Practice

Celina Realuyo is Professor of Practice at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University where she focuses on U.S. national security, illicit networks, transnational organized crime, counterterrorism and threat finance issues in the Americas. As a former U.S. diplomat, international banker with Goldman Sachs, U.S. counterterrorism official, and professor of international security affairs at the National Defense, Georgetown, George Washington, and Joint Special Operations Universities, Professor Realuyo has over two decades of international experience in the public, private, and academic sectors. She speaks regularly in English and Spanish on “Managing U.S. National Security in 21st Century,” “The 3 R’s: Responding to Risk with Resourcefulness,” “Following the Money Trail to Combat Terrorism, Crime, and Corruption,” and “Combating the Convergence of Illicit Networks in an Age of Globalization.” Professor Realuyo is a regular commentator in the international media, including CNN en Espanol, Deutsche Welle, Foreign Policy, Reuters, and Univision and has testified before Congress on national security, terrorism, and crime issues.

Beneficial Ownership Industry Panel


  • Christopher Barton-DeJean, VP, BSA Officer American First National Bank
  • Chad Shafferman, Financial Crime and Reputational Risk Specialist, Thomson Reuters
  • Lance Rejsek, VP, BSA/AML Officer, Prosperity Bank

ACAMS Houston Chapter presents: Luncheon Learning Beneficial Ownership Industry Panel

Beneficial ownership has come to the forefront for anti-money laundering (AML) compliance professionals around the world! Come and learn more from our Expert Panel of Speakers.

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Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Money Laundering Trends


  • Michael Sanders, DEA Resident Agent in Charge, Galveston Field Office

Houston Networking Event

Interrogation Session- Q & A’s with the IRS-CI


Aaron Gogley, IRS Special Agent, Houston Field Office

The ACAMS Houston Chapter invites you to attend our Networking Event

ACAMS Houston Chapter presents Fighting Payments Fraud: EMV, Mobile and Beyond

ACAMS Houston Chapter 3 Year Anniversary Dinner and Second Quarter Learning Event “Crossing Industry Lines – The AML Environment in Houston!”

Panelist included:

  • 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!

Networking Event

Law Enforcement Money Laundering Investigations

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

Networking Event

2014 AML Monitoring: Perspectives and Best Practices

The Impact of Non-Traditional Financial Systems and the Internet on Homeland Security

Securities Fraud Presentation

Cyber Fraud and Corporate Account Take Over

Networking Event at The Blue Fish on Washington

An IRS perspective on the new SAR Report

Lauren Sparks

Lauren Sparks, CAMS
Third Party Resources, Inc./3PR Inc.

Lauren Sparks is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) with over 30 years in community banking. For 16 years, Ms Sparks practiced community bank risk management in the Southwest 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.

Previously 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). Ms Sparks has presented at the ABA National Compliance Conference and 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 -2017 editions of the ABA Regulatory Guide to Regulatory Compliance publication.

Email: lsparks@3princ.com

Christopher Barton-DeJean

Christopher Barton-DeJean

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.

Email: Christopherb@afnb.com

Bruce Owdley

Bruce Owdley, CFE, CFS
Programming Director
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.

Email: Brucus.Owdley@cityofhouston.net

Joann Alicea

Joann Alicea, CFCI, CHTI
Communications Director
Senior Compliance Officer
JPMorgan Chase

Joann Alicea, Certified Financial Crimes Investigator and Certified Human Trafficking 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 laundering cases. 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 United States Treasury FinCEN SAR Checkbox for Human Trafficking published in the 23rd edition of the SAR Activity Review Trends, Tips and Issues. Joann is also a public speaker on how Financial Crime Investigators fight Human Trafficking; Updating the FinCEN SAR for Human Trafficking and Victim Money Laundering Scams.

She has over 10 years of regulatory compliance Fraud/AML & Risk experience in monitoring bank accounts, merchant, cardholder credit card and prepaid card 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 and the JPMorgan Chase Employee of the Quarter Award for going Above and Beyond. Joann has completed 19 marathons including 15 NYC Marathons and is an advocate of children and women’s rights in helping in the fight to end human trafficking.

Please check out Joann’s Interview in ACAMS Today on Human Trafficking/Smuggling: Joann Alicea: The Fight Against Human Trafficking/Smuggling Continues http://www.acamstoday.org/joann-alicea-the-fight-against-human-traffickingsmuggling-continues

Email: joann.alicea@chase.com

Derrick Zett

Derrick Zett
Co-Communications Director
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.

Donna Flowers

Donna Flowers
Co-Membership Director
Icon Bank

Donna Flowers has been a Houston area Community banker for over 30 years with experience in Compliance Management, Audit, Lending, Marketing/Business Development, Branch Management and extensive experience in working with regulators. 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 and Co-Chair of the Education Committee Financial Women in Texas (FWIT).

Donna is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP) and is currently studying for the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) certification.

Email: dflowers@iconbanktx.com

Nidhi Patel

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).

Email: nidhipatel04@gmail.com

Kenneth Call
Co-Programming Director
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Kenneth is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) with 10 years of BSA/AML, Sanctions and Anti-Bribery/Corruption experience. He currently serves as a Vice President with JPMorgan Chase and Company.

Kenneth joined JPMorgan Chase and Company in December of 2012, where he joined the Global Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption Compliance (GFCAC) Testing function. Since joining GFCAC Testing, Kenneth has assisted or led reviews of various BSA/AML risks and controls regarding SARs, CTRs, Sanctions, and Bribery/Anti-Corruption. Prior to joining JPMC, Kenneth was the Anti-Money Laundering Manager for Woodforest National Bank, where he oversaw a team of AML investigators which completed all AML reviews prior to SAR completion. He also oversaw the Bank’s completion of CTRs, Sanctions Screening, 314a and law enforcement follow-up requests.

Kenneth holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. While completing this degree he also minored in history and psychology.

Email: kenneth.g.call@jpmchase.com

Stephanie McCann

Stephanie McCann
Amegy Bank

Stephanie McCann is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS) with over 15 years in the banking industry. Ms. McCann currently serves as Vice President and BSA Compliance Officer for Amegy Bank, a division of ZB, N.A., a position she has held for almost 10 years.

Prior to joining Amegy in 2007, Ms. McCann served as BSA Officer for Woodforest Bank. In addition to regulatory experience, Ms. McCann has served in various roles in Retail Banking including Branch Manager. She also has experience in branch auditing, risk management, training and recruiting.

Ms. McCann holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting from the University of Houston. When not working, Ms. McCann enjoys reading and spending time with her rescue dogs, Milo and Molly.