ACAMS Northern NJ Chapter Survey Results

The Northern New Jersey ACAMS Chapter was formed to provide the anti-money laundering /anti-terrorism financing (collectively AML) community in Northern New Jersey with a local resource that provides support, guidance, training, and peer interaction for industry professionals.

The Northern New Jersey Chapter will actively support the goals of the international ACAMS association by being the premier AML organization in Northern New Jersey.

The Chapter will fulfill this mission by:

  • Providing high-quality meetings, workshops, and networking events where members and non-members can build knowledge, enhance skills, and share experiences and expertise.
  • Achieving recognition as an effective resource by promoting sound AML policies, procedures, effective practices, and international standards to the local community including AML professionals, academic institutions, government agencies, financial institutions, and law enforcement.
  • Building strong relationships with other professional organizations in the metropolitan New York/New Jersey region having similar money laundering prevention interests.
  • Responding to the needs of our members that arise from the diversity of AML responsibilities and the constantly changing money laundering methodologies.

Upcoming Northern New Jersey learning events will be announced soon.

Northern New Jersey Chapter Holiday Event


IRS-Criminal Investigation: Who They Are, What They Do and How They Do It

Speaker:

  • Robert Glantz, Special Agent, IRS
  • Michael McGarry, Special Agent, IRS

Multiple Educational Sessions

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ACAMS Study Guide Review


Panama Papers: How It Will Affect U.S. Financial Institutions Presented by Daniel Wager, Duff & Phelps

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The Wolf of Wall Street Investigation


AML Industry Update

ARC Risk & Compliance Articles and Thought Leadership


Trends in Trade-Based Money Laundering: Regulatory Expectations in Trade Finance and How They Grew


AML Model Validation: A Critical Need in The New Regulatory Environment


BSA/AML Risk Workshop: End to End Process – Part II


Trends in Terrorist Financing


CAMS Study Session


CAMS Study Session


2nd Annual ACAMS NNJ Chapter Holiday Party


Concurrent Sessions: SAR-Writing Workshop / CAMS Study Group Networking Reception


Northern New Jersey Chapter meeting


Northern New Jersey Chapter Meeting


Northern New Jersey Chapter Meeting


1st Annual ACAMS Northern New Jersey Chapter Holiday Party


Financial Crimes-Front & Center


Challenges in Identifying/Obtaining UBOs


BSA Compliance Roundtable – Sponsored by: Telavance


ACAMS Northern NJ Chapter Launch Event

Laura Goldzung

Laura H. Goldzung, CAMS
Co-Chair
AML Audit Services, LLC

Laura H. Goldzung, CAMS, CFE, CFCS, CCRP is President and Founder of AML Audit Services, LLC (“AMLAS”), a boutique consultancy specializing in independent testing for anti-money laundering compliance programs for bank and nonbank institutions, and serves as its principal examiner. In addition, her expertise includes custom training, and compliance consulting services, which includes design and development of Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Fraud programs. Ms. Goldzung has worked with financial institutions that have been referred to enforcement for BSA/AML violations, helping them to bring their AML programs into compliance.

In a career spanning more than 35 years across multiple sectors of the financial services industry, Ms. Goldzung has worked in a variety of executive leadership roles. Since founding AMLAS, she has co-created sector-specific compliance officer certification programs and tours internationally presenting various AML/Fraud topics for industry-leading organizations, and has authored a number of articles on the topic of AML.

Ms. Goldzung serves as a dispute resolution arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and serves on a variety of industry task forces and committees. She is active with several industry groups including the Association of Certified AML Specialists, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists, National Society of Compliance Professionals, SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society and the Institute of Internal Auditors. Ms. Goldzung serves as a subject matter expert for a number of compliance, industry and university education programs.

Email: lauragoldzung@amlauditservices.com


Howard Sawransky

Howard Sawransky, Esq., CAMS, CFE
Co-Chair
VP JP Morgan

Howard is VP in JP Morgan’s Wholesale Client On-Boarding group and is responsible for drafting KYC policies for the business group. Prior to joining JP Morgan, he developed a broad regulatory compliance background, with a concentration on AML/KYC, working for a number of international financial institutions. 

Howard holds a BA from Stony Brook University and a JD from the University Of Miami School Of Law and is a member of the New York State Bar.  

Email: Howard.Sawransky@JPMChase.com


James De Rugeriis
Secretary
American Express


Todd T Brungard

Todd T Brungard, CAMS
Treasurer
Manager – Crowe Horwath LLP

Todd Brungard is a manager within Crowe’s Regulatory Compliance Risk Consulting Practice, primarily providing independent AML Audit and consulting services. In this role, he maintains extensive knowledge of bank compliance regulations including Bank Secrecy Act, USA PATRIOT Act, and OFAC.

Todd has over 28 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has expertise in Regulatory Compliance, Bank Secrecy Act, Anti-Money Laundering Compliance, Fraud, Enterprise Risk Management, IT and Internal Audit. Todd served as VP/BSA Officer for Peapack-Gladstone Bank, a New Jersey-based community bank and, in that role, developed, implemented and maintained a successful BSA/AML/OFAC Compliance Program with responsibilities covering all requirements of the BSA/AML and OFAC.


Michael Eisner, CAMS
Communications Director
Verittas Risk Advisors, Inc.

Michael currently manages the BSA/AML Advisory Services division at Verittas Risk Advisors. He began his Compliance career in 1998 with DLJDirect, Inc. and has managed Anti-Money Laundering/Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Fraud Investigations Units at financial institutions such as BNYMellon, Fiduciary Trust Company International, Hudson City Savings Bank and JPMorgan Chase. He was most recently Vice President, Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Group at Pershing, LLC, where he focused exclusively on securities fraud and financial crimes.

Email: michael.eisner@verittas.com


Mary Jo LaHood

Mary-Jo LaHood
Co-Chapter Administrator
Citi

I have had the opportunity to function in different countries in a variety of service environments: Banking, Consulting, Insurance and Diplomatic arenas. My global experience gives me unique perspective, experience and practical skills which are essential in banking and financial institutions. I have a firm background in Anti-money Laundering Compliance, Banking and Internal audit.

Today, I am an employee at Citi; my position is VP Compliance Officer working on the Corporate Compliance Group. In my prior role, I was the Chief Compliance Officer at Xpress Money Services Inc. based in Princeton, NJ. Responsibilities included the implementation of the BSA/AML program, development and execution of a compliance risk management program including regulatory compliance and licensing, and OFAC Sanction Screening. Prior to Xpress Money, I held various positions at Credit Libanais Bank SAL., located in Lebanon, as the Compliance Officer, Internal Auditor and Head of Department.

I am a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and CAMS-AUDIT Certified Specialist. In April 2014, I was appointed to the Board of Directors for ACAMS – Northern New Jersey Chapter. I enjoy speaking at ACAMS webinar and conferences. I have a 4-year degree in Business Information Systems at EPSI. I am multilingual: English, French and Arabic.

Email: mjlahood@hotmail.com


Maryann Lovese

Maryann Lovese
Co-Chapter Administrator
Morgan Stanley

Maryann is an Associate, Anti- Money Laundering (AML) Investigator, at Morgan Stanley with over seven years of banking experience. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University and is currently a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). She specializes in AML monitoring and reporting potential suspicious activity and ensuring regulatory compliance with all Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) requirements. Prior to this role, Maryann was an Investigations Specialist at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co where she specialized in Fraud Investigations.

Email: Maryann.Lovese@morganstanley.com


Martin A Cunningham

Martin Cunningham
Programming Director
Director | Head of Business Intelligence at Deutsche Bank

Martin A. Cunningham (CAMS) is the Director, Head of Business Intelligence at Deutsche Bank. Prior to working in the banking sector, Martin served as Deputy Team Chief in the Counter Threat Finance branch of the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Mr. Cunningham also served as Program Manager for SOCOM’s counter threat finance training program and oversaw the development of curriculum and training partnerships.

Martin Cunningham is a subject matter expert on countering the financing of terrorism and is a frequently demanded guest speaker on the topic. Formerly an Adjunct Professor with the Joint Special Operations University, he facilitated a weeklong counter threat finance course several times a year. Martin also served as a guest lecturer at various institutions to include the Navy War College, the University of South Florida, Georgia State University and the Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

Mr. Cunningham’s background includes a deployment to the Iraq Threat Finance Cell to disrupt Al Qaida-in-Iraq’s financial operations, Senior Counter Threat Finance Analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton, Director of Working Capital Solutions for PrimeRevenue, Inc. Founder and Owner of an income tax preparation firm, and an Intelligence Officer for the United States Navy.

Email: martin.cunningham@db.com


Robin Farshadfar

Robin Farshadfar
Co-Membership Director
EastNets Americas

Robin Farshadfar is General Manager at EastNets Americas, a leading global provider of compliance and payments solutions and services for financial institutions and corporates. Robin is responsible for the leadership, operations and management of EastNets expansion in the USA, Canada, and the Caribbean. With over 30 years of banking, treasury management and compliance oversight experience in the mainstream banking industry, she is well versed in US and international banking operations and regulatory environment as well as an extensive background in financial technology operations.

Robin has liaised with major banking corporations worldwide and several Fortune 500 corporate treasuries during her years of professional experience.

Previously, Robin was Global Industry Solutions Director at Infoglide Software Corporation, a key technology provider to The Department of Homeland Security and Financial Institutions. While there, she was responsible for providing domain expertise and strategy support for the worldwide financial services industry.

Robin is currently the Treasurer of the NY Chapter of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI) Executive Board.

Email: rfarshadfar@EastNets.com


Mark Stephan

Mark Stephan
Co-Membership Director
Senior Vice President – Chief Internal Auditor, Columbia Bank

Mark Stephan is a Senior Vice President and Chief Internal Auditor for Columbia Bank. He is responsible for overseeing and managing the Internal Audit function for the Bank. Mr. Stephan has over thirty years of experience in Banking, Public Accounting, Consulting, Mortgage Banking, and Healthcare. Prior to joining Columbia Bank, Mr. Stephan served as Senior Vice President and Internal Audit Director for a Community Bank in New Jersey. Other Positions include Chief Financial Officer for a Community Bank, Controller for a Mortgage Company, Regional Auditor for a Healthcare Organization, and Senior Manager for a Consulting Firm.

Mr. Stephan is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Financial Management. He received a Masters of Business Administration in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Certified Internal Controls Auditor, Certified Risk Management Assurance, Certified Fiduciary Investment Risk Specialist and Accredited Investment Fiduciary.


Kiesha Oldacre
Co-Programming Director


Desiree Santiago

Desiree Santiago
Co-Programming Director
Metropolitan Commercial Bank

Desiree L. Santiago, CAMS is currently a Compliance Associate at Metropolitan Commercial Bank located in New York City. She has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry with the last 3 years primarily focusing on BSA/AML Compliance. She assists with overseeing the Bank’s overall adherence to the BSA program as well as regulatory compliance with FinCEN.