We welcome your visit to the newly formed ACAMS Northern Ohio Chapter website!
Our Chapter was launched in September 2014 by an Executive Board comprised of professionals from the AML field in the Northern Ohio region. The Chapter seeks to be a professional resource that can provide support, guidance, training, and peer interaction for industry professionals. Our goal 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.
The Chapter will offer educational opportunities focusing on region-specific topics of interest and provide an opportunity to have questions answered by AML industry professionals, members of law enforcement, and the regulatory agencies.
In addition, we aim to offer the AML, fraud, and anti-terrorism financing community professional resources, member support, guidance on new regulations, emerging issues, career development related training.
Many of the training and workshop events, hosting subject matter experts, will provide an opportunity to earn continuing education credits toward maintaining CAMS designation.
We believe this is a great value for the $50 annual membership fee.
Upcoming Northern Ohio Chapter learning events will be announced soon.
December 1, 2016
An informal lecture series featuring the world’s top AML experts. An AML “Who’s Who” from the Case Western Reserve University Financial Integrity lnstitute’s Executive Masters of Arts in Financial Integrity faculty discussing “top of the mind” topics and events of the day, in the casual setting of the Happy Dog Tavern in University Circle.
- Phil Deluca
Mr. Deluca is Senior Vice President and Director of Compliance Controls at U.S. Bank, and is Adjunct Professor and Senior Fel¬ low of the Financial Integrity Institute at Case Western, where he teaches courses in preventive measures ands in investiga¬ tions. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, he led the AML investigations department of a large global bank where he and his team pio¬ neered the use of issue-based typology driven investigations.
- Andrea Gacki
Ms. Gacki is Acting Deputy Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and Senior Fellow of the Financial Integrity Institute at Case Western, where she teaches courses relating to national security. Previously, Andrea served as OFAC’s Assistant Director for Licensing from 2010 to 2014. Andrea first joined OFAC in March 2008 as the Senior Sanctions Advisor for Program Policy & Implementation.
- Sue Eckert
Ms. Eckert is Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Affairs at Brown University, where she directs projects on UN Targeted Sanctions and Terrorist Financing, and explores cybersecurity governance issues, and Senior Fellow of the Financial Integrity Institute at Case Western, where she teaches courses relating to national security. She was appointed by President Clinton as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, responsible for US dual-use export control and sanctions policies.
Northern Ohio Chapter Board of Directors Elections
November 2, 2016
- Robert Burch, KeyBank Chief Information Security Officer
"The Cyber Threat"
- Adam Kruger, Analyst, Cleveland HIDTA
"Using social media to catch criminals"
AML Unplugged… (MAFI and Financial Crime)
November 3, 2016
An informal lecture series featuring the world’s top AML experts. An AML "Who’s Who" from the Case Western Reserve University Financial Integrity Ins$tute’s Execu$ve Masters of Arts in Financial Integrity faculty discussing "top of the mind" topics and events of the day, in the casual se’ng of the Happy Dog Tavern in University Circle.
- Jonathan Adler
Jonathan H. Adler is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Business Law & Regula"on, and inaugural Associate Director of the Financial Integrity Ins"tute at Case Western, where he teaches courses in environmental, administra"ve and cons"tu"onal law. He has tes"fied before Congress a dozen "mes, and his work has been cited in the U.S. Supreme Court. A 2016 study iden"fied Professor Adler as the most-cited legal academic in administra"ve and environmental law under age 50.
- Forrest Stanley
Forrest Stanley is Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow of the Financial Integrity Ins"tute at Case Western, where he teaches courses in financial regula"on. He spent 34 years at Key Bank in a variety of posi"ons, the last of which, Deputy General Counsel, he re"red from recently.
- Richard Gordon
Richard Gordon is Professor of Law, inaugural Director of the Financial Integrity Ins"tute and Associate Director of the Frederick K. Cox Interna"onal Law at Case Western, where he teaches courses on financial integrity, banking regula"on, and interna"onal taxa"on. Following the a:acks of September 11, 2001, Gordon served on the select IMF Task Force on Terrorism Finance and co-led the IMF and World Bank’s involvement in an"-money laundering and terrorism financing, and has par"cipated in FATF 40 compliance assessments in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Southeast Asia.
October 6, 2016
The Panama Papers — How to Hide a Billion Dollars!
October 5, 2016
The Panama Papers are one of the largest data leaks in history: 2.6 tera-bytes that include 11.5 million documents from the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. Contained within the unprecedented volume of files are a network that expose how some of the global political elite use off-shore bank accounts and shell companies to conceal wealth.
Richard Gordon, Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve Univ. Law school, Inaugural Director of the Financial Integrity Institute
Richard has served on the IMF Task Force on Terrorism Finance and co-lead the IMF and World Bank anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing efforts.
September 8, 2016
An informal lecture series featuring the world’s top AML experts. An AML “Who’s Who” from the Case Western Reserve University Financial Integrity Institute’s Executive Masters of Arts in Financial Integrity faculty discussing “top of the mind” topics and events of the day, in the casual setting of the Happy Dog Tavern in University Circle.
Richard Gordon is Professor of Law, inaugural Director of the Financial Integrity Institute and Associate Director of the Freder-ick K. Cox International Law at Case Western, where he teaches courses on financial integrity, banking regulation, and interna-tional taxation. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Gordon served on the select IMF Task Force on Terrorism Finance and co-led the IMF and World Bank’s involvement in anti-money laundering and terrorism financing, and has participated in FATF 40 compliance assessments in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Southeast Asia.
Juscelino F. Colares is the Schott-van den Eynden chair in Business Law, inaugural Deputy Director of the Financial Integrity Insti-tute and Associate Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center. Professor Colares teaches courses in civil proce-dure and international business and regulatory law. A Brazilian-born, naturalized citizen of the United States, he is a member of the United States Roster of NAFTA (Chapter 19) Trade Panelists. Professor Colares’s scholarship explores inter-jurisdictional conflicts between national business/regulatory law and international trade. He has served on the editorial board of several academic and professional publications, including Transparency International’s Global Corruption Report.
Mike Benza is Senior Instructor in Law at Case Western and inaugural associate Director of the Financial Integrity Institute, where he teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I, Death Penalty Issues, the Death Penalty Lab, Federal Prisoner Rights, In-ternational Perspectives on the Death Penalty. Professor Benza also represents death row inmates in state courts and federal habeas proceedings and has litigated capital cases in state trial courts, state appellate and post-conviction courts, and federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States.
Focus on the Cyber Threat
May 4, 2016
Barry Spencer, Special Agent, FBI Cyber Team
Anatomy of a SAR
March 9, 2016
Focus on Human Trafficking
November 18, 2015
Karen Walsh– Director, Collaborative to End Human Trafficking
Topic: Human Trafficking – 21st Centry Slavery
Ryan Chrysler– Task Force Director, Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force
Topic: Recent Human Trafficking Prosecutions
The Challenges of Terrorist Financing on into 2016
September 15, 2015
ACAMS and the Postal Service: Lessons on Financial Crime Challenges
May 13, 2015
ACAMS Northern Ohio Chapter “Celebrates Mardi Gras”
February 17, 2015
Recent Money Laundering Prosecutions and emerging Criminal Trends
November 12, 2014
Northern Ohio ACAMS Chapter Launch
September 18th, 2014
Bill Cloninger, CAMS
Bill Cloninger is a Senior Investigator in KeyBank’s AML Investigations Unit, since 2005. This "second career" follows over 20 years of wide ranging banking managerial experience with Wells Fargo Bank, Crocker National Bank, Western States Bankcard Association and Bracton Corporation, a merchant banking and private equity firm owned by the UK clearing Bank, Midland Bank plc. Outside of banking, Bill is a World and US National record setting hot air balloon pilot and an avid bicycle racer.
Joann Butler, CAMS
JoAnn Butler is the Operations Director, Vice President for PNC’s AML Surveillance Operations. She joined PNC as part of the National City integration, where she served as the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Manager and provided oversight for transaction monitoring including the implementation of the automated surveillance system, AML investigations, 314(a) & 314(b) processes, corporate SAR filings, and key risk indicators. Her sixteen years of financial services experience includes frontline management, financial analysis, investigations, and business analysis.
JoAnn earned a BA in International Business from Ohio Wesleyan University, an MBA in Management from the University of Akron, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.
Jody Nappier, CAMS
Previously, Jody Nappier severed as the Head of the Enhanced Due Diligence Quality Control Team and as a Compliance Officer for a global financial consulting firm that assists law firms, corporations, lenders and public institutions with analysis, understanding and resolution of complex financial issues. With her numerous years of experience in the BSA/AML field, she has lent her knowledge to banks ranging from small community establishments to large international institutions. Jody Nappier attended Western Michigan University and Purdue University along with earning her CAMS certification in 2007.
Pamela Anthony, CAMS
As a CFSSP and CAMS professional, Pamela Anthony currently manages the AML Investigation Team at KeyBank. Pamela has 24 years of banking experience, first with Dollar Bank’s fraud department then with KeyBank in both fraud and presently with the AML Team. Prior to her banking career, Pamela worked in retail security management for 20 years. She graduated from Capital University with a degree in Business Administration and from Ursuline College with a Master’s of Arts Degree.
John Moody, CAMS
As a CRCM and CAMS professional, I am currently specializing in analysis, creation and maintenance of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing compliance programs that effectively integrate with financial institution business initiatives. I have been with KeyBank since April 2005 as the BSA Officer in Risk Management. I began my banking career in 1981 and my experience ranges from small thrifts to a large regional with foreign ownership. I currently participate in several industry peer AML calls including those of the American Bankers Association and The Clearing House. While more than half my career has been in a risk management capacity, my experience includes having been a teller, branch manager, consumer loan officer, escrow closer for consumer and commercial real estate, accountant, methods and procedures author, compliance officer, compliance auditor, and over ten years as a Bank Secrecy Act officer.
Todd Maher, CAMS
Mr. Todd E. Maher is a Compliance Analyst with Equity Trust Company. At Equity Trust, Todd focuses on asset reviews, red flag research, fraud detection and reporting and OFAC reviews. Prior to joining Equity, Todd focused his career on Banking and Finance at KeyBank with a focus on Audit, Internal Control and Compliance. Todd received his B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Todd has been a member of ACAMS for the past two years and received his CAMS certification in 2012. His passions are his family, Self-Directed IRAs and alternative investments, geopolitics and economics.
Michael Schidell, CAMS
Mr. Mike Schidell serves as the Director of Operations for Gabriel Partners, LLC, a specialized financial consulting firm that assists law firms, corporations, lenders and public institutions with analysis, understanding and resolution of complex financial issues. In his current role, he coordinates the on-boarding of new clients, creates thresholds/rules for the monitoring of suspicious activity and prepares monthly BSA/AML reports for clients. He also tailors services to each client’s specific needs and demographics as well as remaining current with emerging money laundering trends. Mr. Schidell’s additional responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day operations, which involves management of workflow and assists clients with information relating to their BSA/AML program. He also provides assistance to clients in relation to their BSA examinations. As the Director of Operations, Mr. Schidell is responsible for the hiring process, training of new employees, coordinating staff and ongoing development.
His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Secondary Education from Youngstown State University. Mr. Schidell has been CAMS certified since 2011.
Laura Grasha, CAMS
Laura Grasha is the AML Investigations Senior Manager for AML Operations with PNC Bank. Laura has 10 years of AML experience with PNC including BSA/AML investigations, Quality Assurance, OFAC screening, transaction monitoring, and internal training. Laura led investigations and worked with law enforcement on significant Mortgage Fraud, Medicare Fraud, and Ponzi Scheme cases that resulted in criminal indictments. Prior to her role as Investigations Manager, Laura served as an investigative supervisor for PNC’s Cleveland AML Surveillance Operations unit. Laura holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Walsh University.
Kim Suchora, CAMS
Hard Rock Rocksino
Kimberly Suchora currently serves as an Internal Auditor at Hard Rock Rocksino and a Training Consultant with Compliance Online. She has over 7 years of experience in the financial services field including developing beginner and intermediate compliance training, extensive teller, fraud and analyst experience focusing primarily on transaction monitoring, EDD, fraud detection/prevention, audit and loss recovery.
She holds a BA from Youngstown State University, where she was Dean List awarded, and has worked in multiple facets of the financial institutional structure. She earned her CAMS certification in January 2014.
John Goellnitz, CAMS
Mr. Goellnitz is a Senior Investigator/QC at Gabriel Partners, LLC, a specialized financial consulting firm that assists law firms, corporations, lenders and public institutions with analysis, understanding and resolution of complex financial issues. In this role, he provides his expertise in performing Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR), Currency Transaction Reports (CTR), case investigation, OFAC/FinCEN 314(a) scans and overall quality control. He is also well versed in Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD), money service business, audit preparation, report generation and risk rating customers. Mr. Goellnitz is knowledgeable on various AML software packages such as Prime, Verafin and AML Manager.
In his current role, Mr. Goellnitz is responsible for his daily tasks but also mentoring and training staff members to provide high-quality service to clients. He is also a primary contact with eight financial institutions throughout the United States. He ensures the staff analysts provide the highest quality service to clients and assists in conveying pertinent information between our bank clients and analyst floor. Mr. Goellnitz creates monthly reports for clients detailing work performed throughout the month. He has helped with implementation, processes and servicing new client’s on-boarding needs.
Ali Lukungu, CAMS
Ali Lukungu is a Quality Assurance Specialist in the AML Operations group. Prior to joining PNC Bank, he worked for Crowe Horwath LLP in the firm’s External Audit Group and later in the Risk Compliance practice servicing clients in the financial service industry. His multi-disciplinary projects have included AML Risk Assessments, Risk-based Customer Due Diligence, Investigations quality assurance, Transaction monitoring and Investigations, policies and procedures reviews & improvements, and AML Lookbacks.
Ali earned his MBA and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Tiffin University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
Eniko Csiszer, CAMS
Eniko Csiszer serves as an AML Investigations Senior Associate at PNC. In her current position she performs case analysis, investigates potentially suspicious activity, makes risk-based suspicious activity recommendations and prepares SARs. Previously, Ms. Csiszer served as a Quality Control Compliance Specialist over the Enhanced Due Diligence Team at Gabriel Partners LLC, providing quality assessments and mentorship to the EDD Unit. Ms. Csiszer also served as a Senior BSA Investigator at Gabriel Partners, providing transaction monitoring for several bank clients, located throughout the United States, to satisfy guidelines of the Bank Secrecy Act. In this role, she was responsible for scanning OFAC and processing 314a FinCEN alerts. She compiled Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) reviews, Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs) and Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs). Additionally, Ms. Csiszer participated in the interview process and training of new employees.
With fourteen years of experience in the banking and insurance industry, Ms. Csiszer served as an Operations & Controls Specialist for three years in the insurance setting and eleven years in various areas of the banking industry, including retail banking, operations, lending and compliance.
Ms. Csiszer holds an Applied Business Degree, majoring in Accounting and is fluent in English, Hungarian and Romanian. As of 2013, she is a certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and currently is a board member for the Northern Ohio ACAMS Chapter, serving as a Treasurer.
Frank Meister is the Board appointed the BSA/ AML Officer for FirstMerit Bank, N.A. He is responsible for day-to-day coordination and monitoring of BSA/ AML and Sanctions (OFAC) compliance and overall management of the bank’s Financial Intelligence and Risk Evaluation (FIRE) Department. Mr. Meister is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a board member of the Northern Ohio ACAMS chapter. He has his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Ashland University and his Bachelors of Materials Science and Engineering from Purdue University. He has been a member of FirstMerit for over 20 years. Prior to his role within the FIRE department, he held positions in Project Management and Process Improvement.
Notre Dame College
Dr. Gregory Moore is Professor of History, Director of the Center for Intelligence Studies and the Chairperson of the Department of History and Political Science at Notre Dame College in Cleveland, Ohio.
He holds a doctorate in American Diplomatic History from Kent State University, and is a graduate of FBI Citizen’s Academy. Dr. Moore has published The War Came to Me: A Story of Hope and Endurance (2009) and numerous articles, including “The History of U.S. Intelligence” in Homeland Security and Intelligence (2010) and “Human Aspects in Intelligence Education” (2015). He is also the editor of the Encyclopedia of U.S. Intelligence (2014). From 2012 – 2014 Dr. Moore served as a consultant for the NATO Humint Center of Excellence, in Oradea, Romania, serving as a subject matter expert, team leader and coordinating editor for the COE’s publication, Human Aspects in NATO Military Operations (2014). He conducted briefings for senior NATO military and civilian leadership in Bucharest and Oradea, Romania and at NATO headquarters in Brussels. His latest book, Defining and Defending the Open Door Policy, Theodore Roosevelt and China, 1901-1909, was published by Lexington Books in June 2015.