Greater Philadelphia Chapter


Upcoming Greater Philadelphia Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

The ACAMS Greater Philadelphia Chapter seeks to promote ACAMS as a platform for career development and professional networking for its members, by organizing meetings and events of local interest, where we will present speakers from the private sector, the supervisory and regulatory agencies, and from law enforcement. By joining and participating in the Chapter, you can keep your AML skills up-to-date in this ever changing environment. The Chapter’s Executive Board is comprised of industry professionals from both the private and public sector, in the greater Philadelphia area. The Chapter services ACAMS members, non-members and compliance professional in the Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware region.

Upcoming Greater Philadelphia Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Facing Data Integrity Challenges and Solutions

Let’s talk about data! Common challenges around data include:

  • How to properly extract data
  • How to validate the data
  • How to use the data to tune the system,
  • Using the alert data to determine false positive/negatives and more.

Light refreshments provided and free parking.

Best Practices for BSA Budgets

Everyone considers BSA a cost center, but let’s consider the best way to spend the BSA budget dollars. What does a BSA budget look like? What does it cover? What should be kept in-house vs. what should be outsourced? What is the best way to defend the budget?


  • Chuck Silverman, AML Security Director, Beneficial Bank
  • Matthew Mandrell, SVP/Managing Director, BSA/AML/OFAC, Fulton Financial Corporation
  • Gretchen Scheidly, Directory of Risk Management/BSA Officer, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union

ACAMS Greater Philadelphia Chapter 2nd Annual One-Day Conference!

Please join the ACAMS Greater Philadelphia Chapter kick off the summer with a one-day conference!


  • Keynote Speaker
  • Regulatory Hot Topics Panel with the OCC, FDIC, and Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • BSA Software Tuning Tips and Tricks
  • AML Audits Do’s and Don’ts
  • Crypto-Currencies
  • Artificial Intelligence and AML
  • AML at Casinos
  • Human Trafficking
  • Banking Marijuana-Related Businesses
  • Trade-Based Money Laundering

Registration includes parking, continental breakfast, and lunch!

If you have any questions, please contact the Greater Philadelphia ACAMS Board Members at:

Sponsored by:

“Don’t Bet it All on Blacklists”

Discuss sanctions under the Trump administration and prudent steps to be considered given the limited experience we’ve had with them. Examples include: doing lookbacks based on the CAATSA oligarchs list about to be released, or promulgating policies and procedures to handle the client implications of EO 13808, which forbade a lot of dealings in existing Venezuela debt and equity, as well as dividends.

Data Validation

Join the ACAMS Greater Philadelphia Chapter panel discussion focusing on the importance of Data Validation. Specifically this event will explore developing a risk-based program, data analytics, configuration and implementation, periodic assessment and tuning of detection scenarios, operational impacts, and key stakeholders within the AML systems validation processes.

Beneficial Ownership


Beneficial Ownership Bascis
An Overview of FinCEN’s Customer Due Diligence Rule

AML/Sanctions Enterprise Wide Risk Assessment

2017 ACAMS/ACFE/FIRMA Joint Event – Philadelphia

Annual Holiday Party

Spotting Red Flags of Elder Abuse in your Institution

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Emerging AML Topics: Beneficial Ownership Roundtable and Panama Papers

Human Trafficking

OFAC – Emerging Trends and Changes Throughout 2015

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2015 – A Year In Review

Download Presentation – Year in Review
Download Presentation – Enforcement Actions in the Banking Industry
Download Presentation – AML Risks Vendor Management & Individual Liability

Banking the Medical Marijuana Industry

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Interactive WHODUNIT event with a twist!

AML ABCs for Trade Finance

Emerging Trends and Risk in Financial Crimes

AML Challenges Around Virtual Currencies

End of Year Holiday Social

Global AML Challenges: Ownerships PEPs EDD Oh My!

Light The Night Walk – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

ACAMS Greater Philadelphia – AML Audit Learning Event Sponsored by McGladrey

ACAMS Greater Philadelphia Chapter Launch Event

Dennis Ansbro

Dennis Ansbro
Capital One

Dennis is currently a Senior AML Compliance Advisory Sanctions Manager at Capital One and based in the Wilmington, DE office. Prior to joining Capital One, Dennis was a Sanctions Manager at Standard Chartered Bank in Newark, NJ where he managed the Business Advisory and Controls teams for the Americas Division; focusing on the primary responsibility of implementing a newly designed screening platform for the Americas Division footprint.  He also served as the Global Sanctions Director at Ally Financial focusing efforts on building a sustainable Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and management, oversight and building of the enterprise Sanctions and Export Controls Programs.  Dennis also spent 25 years at Wells Fargo/Wachovia where he held several management operation positions, the later as Vice President for the Global Sanctions Surveillance and Reporting Program supporting the Global Financial Institution and Trade Services business. 

Of his many career highlights, he assisted in development, implementation, oversight and management of an in-house front-end interdiction sanctions screening surveillance system which provided real-time scanning to support a 24 hour, 6 1/2 day operation of high volume, time-sensitive customer and transact screening platform to meet global and US regulatory screening/internal risk management requirements; including anti-boycott compliance and dual-end use goods processes. Dennis is a founding member of the Greater Philadelphia ACAMS Chapter initially serving as the Membership Director. He currently serves as the Chapter Co-Chair.  Academically, He holds an MBA with an emphasis in International Business and a BS in Accounting (magna cum laude) from Rosemont College located in Rosemont, PA. Dennis enjoys all forms of music, dance, travel and spending time with family and friends.


Jennifer Stepenosky

Jennifer Stepenosky, CAMS
Barclaycard US


Zoya Faynleyb

Zoya Faynleyb, CAMS, CRCM, DBA
FIS Global – EGRC

Zoya is a senior manager of AML/Sanctions at Enterprise, Governance, Risk and Compliance, the risk management division of FIS. She has almost 20 years of working knowledge and expertise in AML/BSA, global sanctions, consumer compliance and various other areas of banking and financial services, both domestic and international. Her practical experience includes AML and consumer compliance management at Asian Bank in Philadelphia, PA and at Hanover Community Bank in Long Island, NY; organization of de novo Right Bank in Philadelphia; organization and management of CFTC-regulated companies in PA and NJ; and various banking assignments in Odessa, Ukraine. Dr. Faynleyb is an Expert of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (EAG), a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM). Zoya has earned a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from California University for her research paper on “niche” banking; and her book Niche and Mainstream Banking throughout the Great Recession is published by Amazon worldwide.


Kathy Wong

Kathy Wong, CAMS, SSGB
TD Bank

Kathy Wong is the Vice President at TD Bank with responsibility for global Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Anti-Terrorist Financing (ATF) compliance testing. She manages the TD global AML compliance testing team in the U.S. responsible in independent testing of the AML related controls within TD business units in the U.S. Prior to joining the TD Global AML Compliance, Kathy worked as assistant examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; senior branch manager in the Retail Operations at Commerce Bank, Bank of Mid-Jersey and Bank of America. Kathy holds a BS degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and Certified Six-sigma Green Belt.


Brett P. Steelman

Brett P. Steelman, CAMS
Co-Communications Director
Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP.

BrettSteelman is a Philadelphia based Advanced Risk and Compliance Analytics manager within the Risk Assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers,LLP. Brett’s focus is to aid organizations in performing assessments usinganalytical systems and techniques, to build and optimize surveillance systems,and to create meaningful dashboards to provide senior management with neededinformation to properly identify, and focus resources on, their highest riskareas.

Prior to his role at PwC, Brett served as AML Operations Manager at AllyFinancial, Inc., maintaining oversight and governance of compliance operationssupporting Ally’s BSA / AML / OFAC programs.

Brett is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, and holds a BA from TheRichard Stockton College of New Jersey as well as an MBA with an internationalperspective from Arcadia University.


Arpita Patel

Arpita Patel
Co-Communications Director

Arpita Patel is a manager in the firm’s Financial Institutions Services Group, where she is responsible for overseeing the Anti-Money Laundering (AML)/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) team through the completion of internal audits, validations, and consulting projects for community and commercial banks.

Ms. Patel participates in conducting validations of the BSA/AML monitoring software to ensure data is appropriately interfacing from core to system, performing restructuring assessments of BSA departments through staffing analyses, training of staff regarding high-risk relationship reviews, and strengthening and enhancing processes. She also conducts BSA look-backs, alert optimizations, and implementing or enhancing customer risk rating models. Ms. Patel acts as a key resource through regulatory examinations and audits, acting as a member of the BSA management team to address questions and areas of high risk and concern. She is also involved with the documentation of BSA department procedures to identify gaps and limitations while enhancing the process and reporting for monitoring of suspicious transactions and preparation of suspicious activity reports.


Rochelle Castagna

Rochelle Castagna, MBA
Co-Programming Director
ARC Risk and Compliance

Rochelle Castagna is the Marketing Manager for ARC Risk and Compliance, a leading compliance consulting company that specializes in AML/BSA, OFAC, KYC/CDD, and 314(a). Rochelle is responsible for the branding, marketing, and public relations for ARC Risk and Compliance and AML-ology resulting in an substantial growth since she joined the company. With over 10 years of marketing, public relations, and event planning experience for chapter memberships, business-to-business companies, and business-to-consumer companies, she is excited to bring this experience with her to the Greater Philadelphia Chapter to grow chapter membership and engagement.

Rochelle is also responsible for the management and distribution of AML content through AML-ology, and the management of ARC Risk and Compliance SME’s for a number of trainings, seminars, and speaking engagements since 2014. Rochelle is a published author on AML challenges; articles include BSA Updates from the Regulators, When Head Office Tells You “How to be Compliant”, BSA Success = “Culture of Compliance”, and Are You Compliant?.

Rochelle is an active member of the ACAMS New York Chapter, ACAMS Northern New Jersey Chapter, and the Financial Women’s Association. She is a graduate of Waynesburg University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Science/Political Science. She also received a Master’s of Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing from Capella University.


Gretchen Scheidly

Gretchen Scheidly, CAMS, NCCO, NCRM

As the Director of Risk Management at the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU), Gretchen is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of Risk Management programs that result in reduced risk to the Credit Union and oversight of the Risk Management Department.  Gretchen also assists the Chief Compliance Officer in the administration of all aspects of the Compliance Management program to include direct responsibilities for BSA/AML as the designated BSA Officer.

Gretchen has over 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry to include branch and retail service operations, training, regulatory compliance and risk management.   Gretchen chairs the FMFCU Compliance Committee and is an active participant on their Technology and Operations Committee.

Gretchen is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), NAFCU certified compliance officer (NCCO), a NAFCU Certified Risk Manager (NCRM) and holds a BS in Organizational Leadership from Neumann University. 


Theresa Donnelly-Staerk

Theresa Donnelly-Staerk
Membership Director

Ms. Donnelly-Staerk is a Senior Manager in the Anti-Money Laundering Consulting Practice at Deloitte. She has over eleven years of experience with the Regulatory and Compliance group focusing on anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing engagements. She has a broad range of experience dealing with AML consulting, fraud and corporate investigations. She advises financial institutions on enforcement actions, regulatory matters, corporate governance and internal policies. Her regulatory compliance services include BSA/AML compliance program assessments, AML/Sanctions risk assessments and major bank remediations. She also has experience in document reviews and analyses involving FCPA, business insurance claims, accounting, finance and economic matters in the areas of forensic accounting and financial investigations.