Colorado Chapter


Upcoming Colorado Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Due to the current pandemic and restrictions put in place by the State of Colorado, all chapter events have been put on hold. We are waiting to reschedule and plan events until it is acceptable and responsible to do so. Once things start getting back to normal, we will send out updated information on events for the remainder of the year.

Welcome to the Colorado ACAMS Chapter web page!

An extension of ACAMS International, the Colorado Chapter held its inaugural meeting on October 16, 2014.

Chapter membership comprises over 100 individuals representing banks, credit unions, broker dealers, mutual funds, insurance companies, money services businesses, credit card providers, law firms, federal law enforcement agencies, and Colorado State banking and securities regulators.

The Chapter is committed to assisting ACAMS International in its mission to advance the professional knowledge, skills, and experience of those dedicated to the detection and prevention of financial crimes by providing:

  • Educational resources and continuing education credits;
  • Collaboration and networking opportunities with local AML professionals and industry experts; and
  • Career/professional development opportunities.

With a focus on Colorado and global connectivity, the ACAMS Colorado Chapter provides a vibrant forum for addressing and resolving the full array of BSA/AML and sanctions compliance challenges for all financial institutions serving the region.

We invite you to join us.

Upcoming Colorado Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Regulators Appreciation Night and ACAMS Colorado Chapter 5th Anniversary Celebration

About this Event
5:30 – 6:30 Registration, Networking and Dinner
6:35 – 6:45 Welcome, Opening Remarks and Word from our Event Sponsor
6:50 – 7:00 Update: Extended Hands of Hope/Simply Good Cakery
7:00 – 8:00 Colorado BSA/AML Regulators’ Panel
8:00 – 8:15 ACAMS Colorado Chapter Anniversary Celebrations

Earn 1 CAMS credits

Feel free to forward this email to your BSA/AML/Sanctions colleagues. The ACAMS Colorado Chapter always welcomes new members.

With many thanks to our Colorado Chapter Sponsors:
Thomson Reuters, CoBank

With many thanks to our Colorado Chapter Sponsor:
Funding Circle

Our Executive Board Thanks You for Your Continued Support of The ACAMS Colorado Chapter

ACAMS Colorado Chapter Email:


Mitigating the Risks of Human Trafficking

This event is complimentary for everyone.


T. Markus Funk, Esq.
Perkins Coie, LLP
Co-Author of: “Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining Global Enforcement and Supply Chain Challenges and U.S. Responses”


12:00: Registration and Networking (Light snacks and beverages served)
1:00–2:00: “Colorado’s Human Trafficking Risk Environment”
2:00-3:00: “Global Human Trafficking’s Impact on Colorado”
3:00-3:15: Networking Break with refreshments
3:15-4:15: “Due Diligence and Monitoring Protocols for Identifying Human Trafficking”
4:15-5:15: “Colorado Law Enforcement Dedicated to Investigating Human Traffickers”
5:15-5:30: “A Colorado Commitment to Victims of Human Trafficking” Kristen Harness, Founder and Executive Director, Extended Hands of Hope

Colorado Chapter Event

Hemp Legalization: What Your Financial Institution Needs to Know

The 2018 Farm Bill opened markets and commerce to hemp but also established a new regulatory framework federally and at the state level. This panel discussion will provide an overview of progress towards federal legalization of hemp and the downstream impacts to States and markets.

This panel discussion will focus on the AML/CFT risks surrounding the federal legalization of hemp as well as an overview of what financial institutions’ AML/CFT obligations are in this regard. While hemp has been “legalized” to some extent, financial institutions will need to distinguish between legitimate and potentially illegitimate customers.


  • Hollis Glenn, Director, Division of Inspection and Consumer Services (ICS), Colorado Department of Agriculture
    With over 10 years of state regulatory experience, Hollis became the Director of ICS at the Colorado Department of Agriculture in 2017. In this position, Hollis oversees several inspection programs across Colorado. Prior to coming to the CDA, Hollis worked at the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies-Division of Real Estate, where he worked his way up from an investigator to Deputy Director. Hollis is a proud Colorado native and earned his MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver.
  • Billy Seiber, First Assistant Attorney General, Colorado Attorney General
    Mr. Seiber has represented the Colorado Department of Agriculture for almost 13 years. He is a Colorado native and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law.
  • Betsy Bair, Regional Director, Senator Cory Gardner
    Ms. Bair serves as Regional Director for U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, serving the western slope from his Grand Junction office. She previously served as governmental affairs manager for the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Sal Barnes, Director, Marijuana Policy Group
    Mr. Barnes has a background in strategic consulting with Accenture, Oliver Wyman, and Mercer. Before joining MPG he helped lead Mercer’s Workforce the Future initiative which helped organizations create corporate and human capital strategies that leverage disruptive technologies such as AI and robotics. Mr. Barnes has completed numerous strategy projects globally for government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, institutional capital companies and venture capital firms. Sal holds a B.B.A from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and a M.B.A in Finance from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is active with numerous animal welfare, education and children’s organizations. Sal sits on the advisory board of St. Edward’s University and on the board of Candle Light Ranch. He spent 6 years as a Field Artillery Officer in the Texas National Guard.
  • Zane Gilmer, Partner, Stinson Leonard
    Zane Gilmer represents companies and individuals in high stakes litigation in courts and arbitration forums across the country. Zane has significant experience litigating business and investment disputes concerning allegations of fraud, mismanagement, minority oppression, and derivative claims. He also represents financial institutions in customer and vendor disputes, consumer class actions, state and federal regulatory actions, and provides regulatory compliance advice concerning a wide variety of topics.
    Zane also counsels clients on the vast and ever-changing legal and regulatory issues concerning engaging in business with state licensed cannabis entities. Zane is a regular author and speaker on emerging legal issues and is often sought after to provide commentary to local and national publications on novel issues of law.
  • Michael Holland, BSA Officer, First Bank
    Michael Holland has been with FirstBank since 2000. He currently serves as the Bank Secrecy Act officer for FirstBank and has overseen the company’s Anti-Money Laundering division since 2014. Previously, he held positions in compliance, operations, and lending. Michael graduated from Colorado State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He completed the Graduate School of Banking program at the University of Colorado in 2009. Additionally, he holds the designations of Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
  • Michael O’Neill, BSA Officer, Safe Harbor Private Banking
    Over the last 20 years Michael has acquired a 360-degree view of the banking industry, having served multiple financial institutions and technology companies as an executive, senior BSA compliance officer, auditor, consultant and regulator inclusive of designing, deploying and administering marijuana-related business banking programs. In addition, he has overseen operational, lending, compliance and BSA programs at organizations both large and small and has first-hand experience in evaluating programs from the regulatory agency perspective.
  • Tina Sarnoff, Chief Compliance Officer, Alliance Financial Network, Inc
    Tina Sarnoff is the Chief Compliance Officer at Alliance Financial Network, Inc., an MSB in Denver, Colorado where she is responsible for maintaining the company’s Compliance & Procedures Manual, writing desktop procedures for various roles in the Compliance Department, and all day-to-day duties related to the Compliance Department. Prior to relocating to Denver in February 2018, Tina previously worked in various compliance consulting roles around the country. Tina served as the Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer for Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida from June 2008 to December 2013. Tina also served on the Board of the ACAMS Central Florida Chapter as the Events Coordinator.
  • Micah Schwalb, Partner, Roenbaugh Schwalb
    Micah counsels entrepreneurs, executives, and enterprises on deals and compliance. His compliance expertise spans the financial services industry, gaming, healthcare, agriculture, energy, telecommunications, and software, especially issues arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Bank Secrecy Act. Micah began his career with a regional cellular provider located in Colorado and spent several years as a member of the corporate and securities practice of Greenberg Traurig LLP before forming Roenbaugh Schwalb with Katie Roenbaugh. He teaches a course on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism finance at the University of Colorado School of Law.

Financial Institutions Appreciation and Community Support Night


Latest on Human Trafficking in Colorado

Extended Hands of Hope: “Mission is to offer safe housing and supportive services to sex trafficking survivors, empowering them to move forward with hope and dignity.”

Regulators’ Perspective on the role of BSA Compliance in Protecting our Global Financial System (Good Progress and Challenges)

Law Enforcement Perspective on the Role of Financial Institutions in Financial Crimes and Enhancing National Security

Door Prizes and Best Wishes

OPTIONAL: 8:00 to 8:30 Sign Encouragement Cards for Extended Hands of Hope clients

Understanding Virtual Currencies and their AML Challenges

Strategic Approaches to Address Mounting Frustrations of BSA & OFAC Compliance

Keynote Speaker

Chip Poncy, JD, President and Co-Founder of the Financial Integrity Network; past Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Treasury and leader of the U.S. delegation to the Financial Action Task Force (2010-2013)


Lorraine Lawlor, CPA, Senior Vice President, Global Sanctions Governance Director, Wells Fargo; and past Chief of Compliance Outreach at the Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of Treasury

Daniel Alexander, Esq., Managing Director, Deputy Global Sanctions Officer for OFAC and Global Sanctions, Charles Schwab

Third Anniversary Celebration and Law Enforcement Appreciation Event

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You are cordially invited by the ACAMS Colorado Chapter to attend a Celebration of our Third Anniversary and Law Enforcement Appreciation Event.

This evening will celebrate the three great years we have had as a chapter that would not have been possible without the support of all the ACAMS members that are a part of our chapter and the support of the larger Law Enforcement and Compliance community here on the front range. We also are taking the opportunity this evening to focus on how BSA/AML compliance ultimately supports the efforts of Law Enforcement in identifying and investigating crime and supporting our national security.

Following our celebration of the Colorado Chapter’s third anniversary we will have a panel of Law Enforcement agency representatives discussing how they utilize the reports that financial institutions create and how that is important to supporting the work of Law Enforcement.

Printed Certificates of Attendance will be distributed at the end of the event.


  • Barbra Roach, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Brian Blauser, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
  • Walt Moran, Assistant Special Agent in Charge – Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration & Customs Enforcement – Department of Homeland Security (ICE-DHS)
  • Ryan Rickey, Supervisory Special Agent – SAR Review Team, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI)
  • Nicole G. Davis, Inspector-In-Charge, United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
  • John Gullickson, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service (USSS)

  • The New CDD Regulation: What the Examiners Think

    Cyber Security: It Takes A Team

    Two panels of Cyber Security Experts share their insights on the magnitude of cyber security threats to Colorado financial institutions and the components of an effective Cyber Security Team


    • Alan Brill, Senior Managing Director, Cyber Security and Investigations, Kroll Associates, Inc.
      Alan Brill, Senior Managing Director, Cyber Security and Investigations, Kroll Associates, Inc., is the founder of Kroll’s global high-tech investigations practice. Alan also teaches seminars for NATO’s Center of Excellence for Defense Against Terrorism and their Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Program. A few days after our Education Event in Colorado, Alan is headed to Berovo Macedonia for a session co-sponsored by NATO and the U.S. National Defense University.
    • Rick Pither, CISSP, SparkCognition
      Rick Pither, CISSP, SparkCognition, has been in cyber security, virtualization and networking industry for over 24 years. He has held executive positions at Network General, McAfee, VMware, Secureworks and now at SparkCognition. Rick has served on various cyber security panels and spoken at large conferences, like EMC World and CiscoLive!

    AML Best Practices Round Table

    Presentation: 4:00PM – 6:00PM
    CAMS Credits: 2 CAMS Credits

    The ACAMS Colorado Chapter Second Anniversary Celebration – Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

    Please join us for our second Anniversary Celebration featuring presentations by guest speakers from several law enforcement agencies: Department of Homeland Security-Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations.

    Pre-registration information will be available soon!

    ACAMS Colorado Chapter Presents: The Marijuana Conflict

    Please join us for our upcoming educational event addressing The Marijuana Conflict. A panel of experts will discuss the issues confronting financial institutions as a result of the existing conflict between State and Federal laws.

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    FinCen’s Final Rule: Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions

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    Human Trafficking

    Please join us for our upcoming educational event, focused on the critically important issue of human trafficking. A panel of experts from the non-profit sector, federal law enforcement, and the financial services industry will discuss trends, issues, and cases involving detecting and fighting human trafficking.


    • Kristen Harness, Founder & Executive Director, Extended Hands of Hope
    • Lee Schoenike, Special Agent, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • Amy Ruppeck, Director, Global AML Investigations and SAR Reporting, Western Union
    • Anna Rentschler, CRM, CAMS, VP and BSA Officer, Central Bancompany


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    ACAMS Colorado Chapter Anniversary Celebration

    Cyber Security


    Extra 1
    Extra 2

    Terrorist Financing

    SAR Reporting: Windows into Your AML Program

    Colorado ACAMS Chapter Launch Event

Michael Holland

Michael Holland
FirstBank (CO)

Michael Holland has been with FirstBank since 2000. He currently serves as the Bank Secrecy Act officer for FirstBank and has overseen the company’s Anti-Money Laundering division since 2014. Previously, he held positions in compliance, operations, and lending.

Michael graduated from Colorado State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He completed the Graduate School of Banking program at the University of Colorado in 2009. Additionally, he holds the designations of Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Todd Wilson

Todd Wilson

Todd Wilson started with CoBank in 2001 and has served the bank in various roles including Information Technology and Operations. His current role as Compliance Officer began in January of 2018 and he is eagerly taking advantage of opportunities to learn and expand his network including joining the Colorado ACAMS chapter and serving on the board. Prior to joining CoBank, Todd held Denver-based consulting positions with Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting.

Todd graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Oklahoma State University in 1985 and an MBA from Colorado State University in 1989. He is currently pursuing his Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification.

Janet Baughman

Janet Baughman
Programming Director
Wells Fargo

Janet Baughman has more than 20 years of experience in compliance, business operations and strategic planning. Janet spent nearly 15-years with Western Union laying the foundation for the global Anti-Money Laundering Compliance organization. Janet was instrumental in building the compliance programs associated with suspicious activity and currency transaction reporting for more than 30 countries across the globe. Ms. Baughman was also instrumental in building out Western Union’s global AML Compliance case management systems supporting 1500+ employees in more than 30 countries.

After leaving Western Union, Janet spent time working for Credere Group as a Senior Compliance Consultant serving the needs of Money Services Businesses in Colorado and California.

Ms. Baughman currently serves as a Compliance Consultant in Financial Crimes Risk Management for Wells Fargo. In her role Janet assesses compliance programs for several lines of business within the Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management and Community Banking organizations. Janet performs Inherent Risk Assessment reviews as well as Gap Analysis reviews in support of Wells Fargo’s Culture of Compliance.

Janet is an Honors graduate from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing and has maintained CAMS credentials since 2006.

Ben Metzger
Co-Programming Director
Canvas Credit Union

Ben Metzger serves as the Staff Attorney for Canvas Credit Union, a financial cooperative owned by more than 250,000 members. Ben leads the legal and compliance team at Canvas. In addition, Ben was appointed by Governor Polis in 2019 to serve as a member of the Council of Advisors on Consumer Credit. Ben previously served as an examiner for the Colorado Division of Banking and led a team of compliance analysts at Citi. Ben worked for a law firm and a nonprofit during law school.

Ben is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, where he served as an editor for the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law, and Florida College, where he served as President of the Student Government Association and completed an internship at the White House. Ben is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), a Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE), and a member of the Colorado Bar Association.

Dalila Martinez

Dalila Martinez
Co-Programming Director

Dalila Martinez currently oversees the Fraud, OFAC and Anti-Money Laundering Programs for CoBank. Her responsibilities are to implement and maintain the Bank’s risk-based program and to ensure full compliance and appropriate control practices to better protect the bank against financial crimes. In addition, she is responsible for upholding the program’s policies, procedures, and processes and for the compliance with U.S. export and Farm Credit Administration regulations.

Dalila has over 15 years of progressive Anti-Money Laundering, Financial Crimes and Fraud compliance experience in domestic and international financial services. Her prior experience ranges from BSA and USA PATRIOT Act Program Management, Regulatory Program Implementations, Governance and Internal Controls, Product Compliance Management, to international regulatory reporting.

Dalila received a Master’s of Professional Studies in Leadership and Organizations with a Project Management concentration from the University of Denver. She also received a Business Administration Bachelor’s Degree and Conflict Management Studies Certificate from the University of Denver.

In addition she is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since October 2012 and a Certified Financial Crime Specialists (CFCS) since September 2016.

Micah Schwalb

Micah Schwalb
Membership Director
Roenbaugh Schwalb

Micah counsels financial institutions on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism finance rules administered by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and other financial intelligence regulators. His efforts extend to banks, broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, money services businesses, casinos, futures commission merchants, introducing brokers in commodities, and precious metals dealers, as well as non-financial corporations seeking advice on legal risks associated with money laundering that can occur in their day-to-day operations.

Micah has designed new AML compliance programs, enhanced existing programs, defended internal and external audits, and advised clients on the implementation of surveillance systems. He has interacted with regulators on behalf of clients, helped a global investment bank to navigate legal regulatory conflicts in multiple jurisdictions, conducted enterprise risk assessments, and designed internal controls for novel financial products. Finally, he has advised venture-backed companies on the financial risks associated with investments made by politically-exposed persons.

Micah has also conducted training in multiple jurisdictions; designed and implemented risk-based compliance initiatives; been responsible for integrating compliance functions, systems, policies, and procedures; and advised clients on filing suspicious activity reports. His efforts have also extended to helping compliance operations functions with respect to government sanctions, government reporting/record keeping, licensing in multiple regions/countries, and compliance systems, processes, and procedures. Micah also helps companies with internal investigations. In addition, Micah has developed global strategies and maintained and developed key external regulatory relationships across the United States. He has strong conceptual and planning skills, advanced compliance expertise and the ability to manage in a highly diversified, changing environment enforcing shared responsibility for outcomes.

Brooke Ferris

Brooke D. Ferris
Co-Membership Director
Wells Fargo

Brooke Ferris is a Principal Auditor on the Financial Crimes Audit Team for Wells Fargo. Brooke joined Wells Fargo in 2017. She has been in banking since 1999 and in that time has worked for 4 different banks ranging in size from just under $1 billion to over $2 trillion. Her positions held include teller, new accounts, lending, branch management, Anti – Money Laundering Department Supervisor, Bank Secrecy Act Officer, and auditor. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. She obtained her CAMS certification in 2009 and her CAMS-Audit designation in 2016.

Brooke is a Colorado native where she lives with her husband, Luke and her children, Xavier and Sloane.

Peder Johansen

Peder Johansen
Communications Director

As BSA/AML/OFAC Manager for Nordstrom Bank, Peder Johansen administers the day to day operations of the Nordstrom Bank’s Anti-Money Laundering and OFAC / Sanctions compliance programs for all Nordstrom Visa, Retail, and debit cards. His current responsibilities include managing a team of three BSA/AML/OFAC investigators, maintaining the Bank’s BSA/AML/OFAC policies, procedures, and risk assessment, validating and tuning the Bank’s transaction monitoring system, monitoring data integrity for BSA related data, reviewing changes in BSA/AML/OFAC regulations to determine impact and required changes for the Bank, and reviewing and filing SARs and CTRs. In addition, he works closely with multiple lines of business to develop exception reporting to better enhance business process monitoring and compliance. In this role he developed an in-house transaction monitoring system for suspicious activity, streamlined and automated processes, built and developed reporting, and was instrumental in implementing a new OFAC / Sanctions screening system from selecting the appropriate vendor to setup, testing, rollout, and support of the system. He joined Nordstrom Bank in 2009 and has worked in BSA since 2012. In 2014 Peder was promoted to BSA/AML/OFAC Manager and obtained his CAMS certification in 2015. Peder graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Economics and Business in 2009.

Tamara Darnow
Co-Communications Director
Key Bank

Kevin Hyland

Kevin Hyland

Kevin has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement, auditing and accounting. As a Senior Investigator with TIAA he performs skilled investigative work across the enterprise often with respect complex and higher impact investigative cases that involve significant losses or loss potential, elevated reputational risk, employee integrity issues and sophisticated fraud schemes. He conducts the planning and performance of investigations and coordinates investigative work with management. His assigned caseload is managed to achieve expected results within acceptable timeframes and works through unanticipated scope changes to address discovery of new issues.

Kevin also has experience working as an Agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) assigned to the Identity Theft/Fraud Unit, the Chief Financial Officer for the CBI and working for other organizations as both an external and internal auditor. As an Agent, Kevin specialized in investigating white collar crimes and complex organized criminal activity, involving money laundering, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, organized identity theft groups and business identity theft.

Kevin is a graduate of University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, with a B.S. degree in business administration, a graduate of The University of Denver, with a Master of Taxation. In addition to being a CPA, Kevin is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Veronica Byrnes

Dan Merrell
Finance Director

Michael O’Neill
Co-Finance Director