Greater Omaha Chapter


Upcoming Greater Omaha Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

The Greater Omaha Chapter of the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) seeks to advance the knowledge, skills and experience of local AML professionals dedicated to the prevention, detection and reporting of money laundering and other financial crimes within the region, and to educate and promote positive communication between regulators, law enforcement and local financial services professionals.

Greater Omaha ACAMS graciously invites participation of AML professionals from all facets of financial services and related industries, law enforcement and regulatory officials. While headquartered in Omaha, the Greater Omaha chapter hopes to benefit all ACAMS members in Iowa, Kansas, northwest Missouri, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Upcoming Greater Omaha Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

The Convergence of Fraud and AML


  • Jim Van Lent, Financial Crimes Consultant

AI in AML | The Farm Bill Impact

A Dual back-to-back panel event on Robotics Process Automation/Artificial Intelligence in the AML space; marijuana, hemp and the Farm Bill.

CDD Beneficial Ownership Panel

Listen to AML practitioners from various financial institutions discuss and share their experiences post-implementation of the rule.

$10.00 for groups of 10+

Cryptocurrency & AML


  • Di Thomson, Director AML Compliance, First Data
  • Ed Weniger President, Alpha Bitcoin

The Hidden Risks of OFAC Compliance

Fintech and AI in AML

Human Trafficking Panel

AML Compliance: Transaction Laundering


Di Thompson, CAM, JD, CFE, CRCM, SADR, Director, AML Compliance, First Data

Law Enforcement Appreciation Lunch

Regulator Speaking Event


Ken Kohrs, National Bank Examiner, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Petrobras Scandal

BSA/AML Officer Panel

CDD Beneficial Ownership Panel

Elder Financial Exploitation

Identifying and Managing Higher Risk Customers


Di Thomson, CAMS, JD, CFE, CRCM, CCEP, SADR, and Director of Financial Crimes: Anti-Money Laundering Compliance, First Data Corporation

De-risking & Recent Enforcement Actions

Chapter Launch Networking Event

Congratulations to the 50th ACAMS Chapter—Greater Omaha!

Jason Cadek

Jason Cadek, CAMS, CRCM
Bank of the West

Jason Cadek, Vice President and Senior Auditor II within the Omaha Inspection Group at Bank of the West is a member of the internal audit function (Inspection Générale) and the BSA/AML audit team responsible for evaluation the bank’s BSA/AML, financial crimes and sanctions programs. Bank of the West (BOW) is a regional financial services company chartered in California and headquartered in San Francisco. BOW operates a network of more than 600 retail, wealth, commercial and business banking offices in 22 states, with over $75 billion in assets. BOW is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, a French multinational bank and financial services company headquartered in Paris and present in 75 countries across the world.

Before joining Bank of the West in December 2015, Jason spent the majority of his career at First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO). Most recently Jason’s role within internal audit at FNBO included leading the annual independent test of the bank’s BSA/AML and OFAC program supported by a co-sourced audit firm along with audits and validation of issues related to consumer compliance obligations. Prior to two years spent with internal audit, Jason was part of the BSA/AML program function, primarily responsible for exam and audit coordination, in addition to enterprise BSA/AML procedures management. Other prior positions within FNBO’s BSA/AML program function included leading a team of customer due diligence analysts and completing internal reviews of BSA/AML program elements. Before joining the BSA/AML function, Jason worked in the Private Banking and Retail business units at FNBO, starting his nearly 12 years in the financial services industry as a bank teller.

Jason earned a bachelor’s of Journalism in Advertising from the University of Nebraska after completing study abroad at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Jason has been a member of the ACAMS organization since May 2012, earning his Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification in January 2013. Jason is also a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors including the local Ak-sar-ben IIA chapter. Outside his professional life, Jason is a devoted father and husband, advocate of GLBT rights and amateur gardener, genealogist and golfer.


Brandon Seim

Brandon Seim, CRCM, CAMS
Board Member
Five Points Bank

Brandon Seim currently serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for Five Points Bank in Omaha, NE. Five Points Bank is the 6th largest Nebraska based bank with over $1.3 billion in assets. Five Points Bank has 14 locations throughout 7 markets in Central and Eastern Nebraska. Brandon currently oversees Five Points Bank’s Enterprise Wide Compliance activities including the Bank’s BSA/AML Program. Brandon’s current areas of expertise are in BSA/AML compliance, consumer protection laws, and deposit & retail banking compliance.

Prior to joining Five Points Bank in May 2019, Brandon spent 3 years with Bank of the West where in his role as Vice President-Senior Compliance Officer he oversaw the Bank’s deposit operations compliance activities. Prior to Bank of the West, he was a Regulatory Compliance Auditor with First National Bank of Omaha. Brandon has a comprehensive background consisting of over 10 years in the banking industry where he has held positions in Retail Bank Management, Commercial/Agricultural Lending, and Compliance, with financial institutions ranging in asset size from $60 million to $1.75 trillion.

Brandon’s BSA/AML background includes but is not limited to BSA/AML Program oversight, BSA/AML Program development and implementation, transaction monitoring, state and federal exam coordination, and internal audit.

Brandon is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2007.


Amy J. Wheeler

Amy J. Wheeler, CAMS, CRCM, CIA
American National Bank

Amy J. Wheeler is Senior Vice President, Director of Audit and Risk at American National Bank. American National has locations in Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. Amy oversees the audit, loan review and compliance functions at the organization.

Previously Amy served as Senior Director, Corporate Audit Services for First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) and managed consumer compliance and BSA/AML/OFAC audits across the enterprise. Prior to that, Amy was the BSA/AML Officer for FNBO for 7 years. Amy is a former FDIC examiner out of the San Francisco Regional Office and has held compliance, BSA and risk management positions at various community banks in Northern California.

Amy joined ACAMS in 2004 when she received her Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist designation. She is also a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), a graduate of the ABA’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Stanislaus. Outside of work, Amy enjoys hobby farming with her husband in the Loess Hills of Iowa, quilting, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.


Lindsay Hagan

Lindsay Hagan, CAMS
Board Member
Security National Bank

Lindsay has over 15 years BSA/AML Compliance experience. Currently, Lindsay is the BSA Officer at Security National Bank. Security National Bank is a local, family owned bank with locations in Omaha, NE, Des Moines, IA, and Dallas, TX. Prior to joining Security National Bank, Lindsay worked at First National Bank of Omaha and Bank of the West where she held multiple BSA/AML roles both in the line of business and Corporate Compliance. Lindsay’s primary areas of focus has been in high risk customers, enhanced due diligence and KYC.

Lindsay joined ACAMS in December 2014 at the same time earning her Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification. Lindsay is a graduate of Creighton University with a BA in Organizational Communication. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys tending to her vegetable garden, spending time with her nephews and two rescue dogs.


Amber Carlson

Amber Carlson, CAMS
Board Member
TD Ameritrade

Amber Carlson is the Senior Manager of AML Strategy and Investigations at TD Ameritrade. She manages a team of investigators and is responsible for policies/procedures, risk assessments, training and providing subject matter expertise and guidance to business partners. She was tasked with a leading role to ensure successful compliance with FinCEN’ s Customer Due Diligence (CDD) rule. TD Ameritrade offers investing and trading services for more than fourteen million funded client accounts that total more than $1.3 trillion in assets and custodial services for more than 6,000 independent registered investment advisors (RIAs). Amber holds her Series 7 and 63 licenses and is a Certified Anti- Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). Prior to TD Ameritrade Amber served as a bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). She has also worked as an Internal Auditor in both the banking and securities industries. Amber is a graduate of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.


Emily Sherwin

Emily Sherwin, CAMS, CRCM, CCBCO
Board Member
American National Bank

Emily is currently the Internal Audit Manager and Enterprise Risk Management Consultant for American National Bank. American National Bank is one of the largest privately owned banks in Nebraska and has locations in Nebraska, Iowa, the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area.

Previously, Emily was a Supervisor with Corporate Audit Services for First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO). FNBO has locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas and South Dakota with a national presence in the credit card industry.

Prior to her work at FNBO, Emily was a Senior Compliance Consultant with a private consulting firm where she completed reviews of BSA/AML/OFAC programs primarily for community banks in the Front Range, Great Plains and Texas. She assisted banks to address regulatory actions and enhance their comprehensive BSA/AML programs. Her areas of focus include Compliance Review, Mortgage and Credit Card, in addition to internal audit and issue remediation consulting for BSA/AML functions. Emily also sat on the board of The Nehawka Bank, an 1895 state chartered bank serving both Cass and Otoe counties of Nebraska.

Emily has been a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2015. Emily also holds certifications as a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer (CCBCO), and is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors including the local Ak- sar-ben IIA chapter. Outside of her professional career, Emily likes anything to do with the lake life and traveling, traveling, traveling.


Dawn DeGeorge

Dawn DeGeorge, CAMS
Board Member

Dawn M. DeGeorge is Director, Financial Crimes Compliance for FNBO. FNBO has locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas and South Dakota with a national presence in the credit card industry. Dawn directs and provides business development and strategic support to Business Lines across the enterprise as it relates to BSA/AML and OFAC Compliance. She serves as the strategic interface between the BSA/AML and OFAC area and the Business Lines for strategy development, solution discovery, service management, risk management and relationship management.

Dawn joined FNBO in August, 2002 and has spent a large portion of her career within the BSA/AML area at FNBO. Prior to her current role Dawn was the Director of the Suspicious Activity and Know Your Customer Programs as well as holding various other responsibilities including exam and audit coordination, BSA/AML Technology functions such as developing suspicious activity monitoring and customer risk rating scenarios within the compliance monitoring system and working closely with the enterprise technology division to develop technical requirements for the compliance management system and front end account opening platforms.

Dawn earned a bachelor’s of Science in Business from Bellevue University. Dawn has been a member of the ACAMS organization since November 2013, earning her Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification in November 2013. Outside of work, Dawn enjoys running with her golden retriever, reading and traveling.


Shelly Vandenberg

Shelly Vandenberg, CAMS, CAFP
Board Member

Shelly is the Analytics Rule Governance Manager in PayPal’s Global Financial Crimes Analytics team. Shelly has worked in financial crime since 2010, previously as a BSA/AML Compliance Officer for a community bank and internationally as an AML Compliance Team Leader. Shelly graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, concentrating in Homeland Security with a minor in Psychology. She completed her master’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2016. Shelly has been a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) since 2014 and a Certified AML and Fraud Professional (CAFP) since 2016.


Christine Young

Christine Young, CAMS
Board Member
BOX Exchange LLC

Christine Young is the Director of Member and Regulatory Services at BOX Exchange LLC (“BOX”) which is a national securities exchange. Christine celebrated her 10 year anniversary at BOX in September 2018. She handles Membership applications and on-boarding of broker dealers who join BOX. She assists the Chief Regulatory Officer with the operation and regulation of BOX. Prior to joining BOX, she worked for five years in the Securities Practice Group for a national law firm that represented broker dealers in actions against the SEC, FINRA, MSRB, and state attorney generals. Christine has a Juris Doctor from New England School of Law, an LL.M. in Law and Government from American University’s Washington College of Law and a B.A. in Radio-TV-Broadcasting from California State University, Northridge. She has lived in Los Angeles, Boston and Washington, D.C. Christine is a Certified Anti- Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).