Greater Phoenix Chapter


Upcoming Greater Phoenix Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Welcome to the Greater Phoenix Chapter webpage! Our Chapter formed to provide the anti-money laundering /anti-terrorism financing (collectively AML) community in Arizona with a resource that provides support, guidance, training, and peer interaction for industry professionals.

The Greater Phoenix Chapter will actively support the goals of the international ACAMS association by being the premier AML organization in Arizona. 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 greater Phoenix 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.

We look forward to meeting you… Join Today!

Upcoming Greater Phoenix Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

The Human Trail – a Trafficking Forum

The ACAMS Greater Phoenix Chapter is excited to announce our first event of 2020:
The Human Trail – a Trafficking Forum.

Join us for a discussion that will involve speakers from law enforcement, non-profit organizations, and specialized teams responsible for state-wide anti-human trafficking efforts.

Food and beverage will be provided.

Greater Phoenix Chapter Networking Event “Casino Night”

Chapter member only event. Free registration.

All attendees will be provided with chips to play with and exchange them for raffle tickets.

At the end of event we will hold a raffle with prizes from Suns tickets to airpods and gift cards. Food and drinks will be provided.

Registration is open to only Greater Phoenix Chapter members.

2019 Arizona Financial Crimes Compliance Forum

The ACAMS Greater Phoenix Chapter is pleased to present the 2019 Arizona Financial Crimes Compliance Forum* on October 30.

An exciting lineup of presentations and panel discussions are on the agenda:

  • Keynote Speaker- Steve Oxman (ACAMS, Director, Global Certification and Training)
  • Hemp & CBD, Not Marijuana- Steve Reback (Western Alliance Bank, EDD/KYC Director)
  • Leadership for Professionals- Audra Karam (Dale Carnegie, Director)
  • BSA Program Management- Mike Black (Western Alliance Bank, Chief BSA Officer), Jennifer McGinn (Wells Fargo Bank, Senior Vice President), Phil Leary (Allata, Senior Vice President), Tara Frazier (American Express, Director)
  • Third Line of Defense- Ricardo Araujo (EY, Senior Manager) and Trista Sanders (EY, Senior Manager)
  • Financial Crimes Risk Assessments- Lori Cairns (Charles Schwab-Managing Director)
  • Quality SAR Narratives- Denise Lucero (IRS-Criminal Investigations, Special Agent)

Registration for this event is closed. Please reach out to the local chapter for more details. Thank you.

Arizona AML Forum


  • Eric Hylton, Deputy Chief, IRS-Criminal Investigations
  • Michael O’Neill, Safe Harbor Private Banking
  • Gary Restaino, Assistant US Attorney, District of Arizona
  • Marc Van Driessche, Supervisory Special Agent, IRS-Criminal Investigations, NYFO
    Special Agent, FBI, NY
  • Mike Varga, Chula Vista Police Department
  • Lynn Antolin, Special Agent, IRS – Criminal Investigations, LAFO
  • Todd Weitzel, Supervisory Special Agent, IRS-Criminal Investigations Cincinnati FO

Investigations: From Good To Great

Join us for an evening of discussion, brainstorming, and improvement. Learn from Law Enforcement and industry experts about what a great investigation looks like, contains, and delivers


FBI Phoenix Field Office: Speaker TBD
Arizona Attorney General’s Office: Analyst Jawan Little, and others

Arizona’s Annual Anti-Money Laundering Forum

Join us for the 6th annual Arizona AML Forum, an event hosted by the ACAMS Phoenix Chapter and DeTECT, the financial crimes task force of IRS- Criminal Investigation’s (CI) Phoenix Field Office. We are fortunate to have CI’s Chief, Don Fort as our keynote speaker, followed by a number of industry experts and investigative case examples to be shared throughout the day. Topics will include nationally coordinated investigations, casinos, high risk customers, the Dark Web, and more.

Continental breakfast will be served beginning at 7:45 am and lunch will also be provided.


Don Fort, Chief – Criminal Investigation, IRS

Holiday Networking Party

Financial Crimes Emerging Trends Conference

Attend the ACAMS Grater Phoenix Financial Crimes Emerging Trends Conference and receive a complementary onsite Lifetouch Photography business photo courtesy of our sponsor AML RightSource.

Networking and Training Event

Please RSVP by June 1st.
Attendance will be limited to 65.

ACAMS Phoenix Chapter One Day Training Event

You are invited to the ACAMS Phoenix Chapter one day training conference on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Planned agenda topics will include industry speakers and investigative case examples that illustrate fraud and money laundering in traditional and non-traditional banking products (virtual currency, stored value cards, etc.).

ACAMS Greater Phoenix Networking Social

Greater Phoenix Chapter Networking Event

ACAMS Phoenix Chapter Training Event

The Greater Phoenix ACAMS Chapter is proud to co-sponsor the Third Annual Arizona AML Conference

The Greater Phoenix ACAMS Chapter is proud to co-sponsor the Second Annual Arizona AML Conference

Annual Arizona AML Conference

Financial Behaviours of Active Gamblers

The Greater Phoenix ACAMS Chapter held a learning event on September 5, 2013. Nearly 40 attendees trekked to the Talking Stick Resort and Casino in Scottsdale Arizona to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to network with others from financial institutions, financial product service entities, regulatory agencies, casinos, the Phoenix Police Department, the IRS, Homeland Security, and other businesses. An overview of Chapter membership benefits was presented by Chapter Co-Chair Hemant Mirchandani.

A presentation was made by Michael Webb, CAMS/CPA, BSA/Tax Controller for Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort and Casino on Financial Behaviors of Active Gamblers. The presentation included a description of BSA/AML investigations as they pertain to casinos. Investigative processes are different than those used by financial institutions due to frequent lack of specific information on transactors. The presentation covered ways of identifying cash depositors transacting substantial cash while making claims of gambling winnings and types of activity tracked by casinos. Mike also included a case study of an investigation that lasted approximately 12 months.

Thank you to Talking Stick Resort and Casino for hosting this event and to all those who attended!

Effective Financial Investigations

Writing Quality SARs in the Electronic Age

On March 5, 2013, ACAMS brought its first live, full-day seminar to Phoenix, jointly sponsored by the Greater Phoenix ACAMS Chapter. Twenty-nine attendees from six different states had the opportunity to hear speakers from financial institutions and the IRS Criminal Investigations (CI) division. Presentations covered expectations of law enforcement, examiners, and senior management as well as real-life fraud scenarios with recordings of bank call centers. Attendees were divided into five groups, each with a separate ‘fact’ sheet, to discuss and create Suspicious Activity Reports on the transactions/activity provided. The IRS CI, both of whom are members of the Phoenix SARs Task Force, reviewed the SARs and provided feedback on the narratives.

Attendees were from a variety of financial industries, including banks; casinos; credit unions; money services businesses; and insurance companies from multiple different states. The diversity led to discussions of varying fraud and unusual activity seen within each industry. Real world experiences were also shared by the presenters, from financial institution and law enforcement perspectives.

The seminar was hosted by Silicon Valley Bank in Tempe, AZ and attended by several national and Chapter ACAMS members.

Kyle Schultz

Kyle Schultz, CAMS

Kyle Schultz is currently a Senior Business Risk and Controls AML Advisor at USAA. Previously, Kyle worked at Bank of America for 8 years where he worked in Financial Center Management, CIP/KYC Management and as an AML Process Owner. Kyle is CAMS certified and earned a Bachelor’s in Business Management from St. Cloud State University.


Orlando Leon

Orlando Leon, CAMS
Western Alliance Bank

Orlando is a compliance professional and currently holds the position of Vice President, Enhanced Due Diligence Manager at Western Alliance Bank, where he leads the KYC/EDD onboarding team and supports the KYC/EDD advisory for the entire bank and its subdivisions. Orlando is passionate about financial crimes compliance and is an SME in AML/KYC Regulations and Enhanced Due Diligence. He continually seeks and takes advantage of professional learning, networking and career development opportunities in order to continue to expand his knowledge of banking compliance and the current regulatory environment surrounding AML and KYC laws and regulatory expectations. Orlando graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2014 with a Juris Doctorate degree and has since been working in financial crimes compliance. Prior to law school and starting a career in financial crimes, Orlando spent five years in front office roles with financial institutions. Orlando is also a proud BYU Alumni and a die-hard BYU sports fan. He is also CAMS certified. His greatest joy in life are his wife and four children.


Jennifer McGinn

Jennifer McGinn, CAMS, CRCM
Membership Director

Jennifer McGinn oversees enterprise-wide administration for Wells Fargo’s financial crimes program. Her primary areas of responsibility include managing operational risk reporting for the program, overseeing the audit and exam liaison function, directing the BSA/AML/sanctions risk assessment process, and managing a second line of defense testing team. Jennifer has more than 25 years in the industry, including experience in bank supervision and compliance management. Prior to joining Financial Crimes Risk Management, Jennifer served as an Audit Director at Wells Fargo leading dedicated compliance and BSA/AML/sanctions teams. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa.


Jennifer McGinn

Cindy Bierle, CAMS
Western Alliance Bank
Co-Membership Director

Cindy is a Financial Crimes Compliance professional at Western Alliance Bank.  She is currently an officer with the Global Sanctions department. Her responsibilities include the support and training for the banks business units and all subdivisions.  Her prior experience includes KYC/EDD onboarding, BSA and AML compliance. Cindy is CAMS certified.


Alek Dvoskin

Alek Dvoskin, CAMS
Programming Director

Alek is a Senior Manager within PayPal’s Compliance Investigations division. In this capacity, he leads a large team of Managers and Investigators, responsible for financial crime and risk investigations. Additionally, Alek oversees the North American component of PayPal’s Strategic Investigations team, which is responsible for complex investigations, data mining, and risk identification/mitigation. Prior to Paypal, Alek was a Deputy Director with HSBC Financial Intelligence Unit’s “deep-dive” (or the Client Intelligence) team, which was responsible for detecting complex illicit networks, sanctions, and tax evaders, as well as charged with identifying emerging criminal typologies. Before HSBC, Alek served as a Supervisory Intelligence Analyst with the FBI’s Intelligence Division, stationed in New York. During his tenure, he led Intelligence Analysts and Staff Operations Specialists responsible for supporting sensitive investigations. Alek is CAMS certified, holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, with specialization in Investigations, as well as a graduate-level Certificate in Terrorism Studies, from John Jay College of New York


Catheryn Eisaman Avalos

Catheryn J. Avalos, CAMS
Co-Programming Director

Catheryn has over 11 years of experience investigating financial crimes and nine years in banking compliance specializing in the Bank Secrecy Act. Catheryn currently works as a compliance officer with Zions Bancorporation operating as the Bank Secrecy Act officer at National Bank of Arizona. Catheryn is CAMS certified and earned a Bachelors in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.


Robert Lassiter

Robert Lassiter, CAMS
Western Alliance Bank
Co-Communications Director

Robert Lassiter is currently a Senior Analyst at Western Alliance Bank and works with the team onboarding high-risk customers to the bank. He has 5 years in the AML compliance industry and previously worked in the KYC department with JP Morgan Private Bank. Robert is CAMS certified and got his MBA from Arizona State University. He enjoys cooking and spending time with his friends and family.

Teri Rueth

Teri Rueth, CAMS
Communications Director

Teri is an AML Compliance Process Improvement Project Manager at MoneyGram International.  Teri’s experience with MoneyGram spans over 17 years, including compliance program audit and training, corporate training, and chain retailer point-of-sale training.  Teri left MoneyGram briefly to serve as an examiner for the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, where she conducted BSA/AML/OFAC examinations of licensed money transmitter companies throughout the United States.  Teri holds a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Arizona State University, and taught high school English in the 1990s.  She achieved the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist credential in 2011.


Ian Heller

Ilan Heller, CAMS

Ilan Heller is a Compliance Professional with extensive experience in the Financial Industry, and AML Leadership in the Global Arena. He has previously worked for companies such as Western Union and MoneyGram International, helping them with their compliance oversight of third-party agents, through program reviews, auditing, developing Policies & Procedures, and risk assessments. He obtained an MBA from the University of Nebraska and have been CAMS certified for over a decade. Ilan is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.


Jo-Ann Humphrey

Jo-Ann M Humphrey, CPA, CGFM, CAMS
Financial Director

Jo-Ann has built her career around service and has served her country in the Persian Gulf War, communities in her work for government, and businesses, families and individuals in her private CPA practice. For over 20 years, she has been dedicated to making a positive difference in communities as a CFO/Senior Financial Manager in various governmental roles while simultaneously running her own CPA practice dedicated to helping individuals, families and businesses flourish. In her private practice, she has worked in compliance, forensic financial analysis, and assisting businesses with the detection and prevention of financial crimes. She has experienced a truly amazing career in Ohio but the best part of her career is yet to come here in Arizona! In expanding on her past, she is now focused on enhancing and helping individuals, businesses, and governmental entities identify issues, gaps and opportunities in planning and to serve as the catalyst that moves their plan to the next level in her role with Lincoln Financial Advisors. Jo-Ann earned her Bachelor in Accounting and Masters in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Sports Ministry from Malone University in Canton OH.