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Upcoming Houston Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

The ACAMS Houston Chapter is the local connection to ACAMS, the world’s most prestigious association for anti-money laundering professionals. The chapter was created to increase awareness of best practices in AML prevention and to offer members an open forum to exchange ideas with local law enforcement and industry professionals. Through networking and educational events, the chapter strives to create a local community of professionals who share the common passion of preventing money laundering and terrorist financing, as well as creating a support network for ACAMS members seeking to earn the CAMS designation.

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ACAMS Houston Chapter

Upcoming Houston Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

SAVE THE DATE for the ACAMS Houston Chapter first Lunch and Learn Event for 2020

The ACAMS Houston Chapter invites you to attend our Networking Event for an AML stress free evening of fun and excitement!

**Please RSVP for Networking Event**
*Registration closes 12/03/2019
***Complimentary 2 Free Drinks***

Lunch and Learn Event Marijuana, Hemp, CBD Regulatory and Law Enforcement Challenges in AML

Join the ACAMS Houston Chapter for our quarterly Lunch and Learn Event with our expert panel of speakers on Marijuana, Hemp and CBD money laundering challenges.

To receive the Law Enforcement discount, please email chapters@acams.org.


  • Law Enforcement Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Sarah Purcell from Thomson Reuters

ACAMS Houston Chapter Presents: Lunch and Learn Event
How Money Laundering is Intimately Tied to White Collar Crime and Cyber Fraud


Dan Ramey
Dan is the President and Founder of Houston Financial Forensics. Dan’s professional certifications include: CPA/CFF/CITP/ABV, CFE, CVA, CIA/CRMA, CISA/CISM, and CMA. He is the Past President of the Houston Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors and formerly a member of the Board of Governors. Dan currently serves as Chairman of the Houston CPA Society’s Forensic and Valuation Committee. He is also active in the Houston FENG Chapter where he was held several leadership roles. Dan also serves on the University of Houston Accounting Advisory Board for the Bauer College of Business. Dan is also a frequent speaker to business and professional groups on fraud, internal audit, COSO 2013, valuation methodology, due diligence, and fraudulent financial reporting. Dan is a graduate of Baylor University with a BBA in Accounting and an Executive MBA from Houston Baptist University. He is also a member of Second Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon.

ACAMS Houston Chapter Lunch and Learn Event

Join us for this lively discussion on what has gone right, what has gone wrong and what is keeping us up at night. Our experts will share their experiences with implementing the Beneficial Ownership rule and how they have faired in audits and exams. Have questions? Submit them in advance to Houston.ACAMS.Chp@gmail.com.


  • Christopher Barton-DeJean, SVP, BSA Officer Allegiance Bank
  • Travis Dreibelbis, VP, BSA/OFAC Officer Woodforest National Bank
  • Lauren M. Sparks, Owner Third Party Resources Inc.

AML on the Frontline: What Triggers Law Enforcement Interest


  • Violet M. Szeleczky, Senior Financial Investigator, DEA Houston Field Division
    Violet M. Szeleczky served as a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) from 1989 to 2016. During her career, she was assigned to New York; Lima, Peru; Miami, FL; and Houston, TX. Ms. Szeleczky’s experience includes working in an ongoing counter-narcotics initiative in South America, serving as an advisor to the Bolivian Narcotics Police and Military, acting as a program coordinator in charge of intelligence collection providing intelligence to the Peruvian Airforce, and holding concurrent roles in the Miami Field Division as a case investigator and the media advisor for the division. During her time in Miami, Ms. Szeleczky was the primary case agent at the indictment and trial phase of an operation targeting Fabio Ochoa, one of the most significant international drug traffickers and money launderers at that time. She later moved to the DEA Houston Field Division where she held several roles including supervising an enforcement group and managing a group of Special Agents, providing leadership and direction for the development of investigations towards the targeting of high level drug trafficking organizations and their assets. Following her retirement in 2016, Ms. Szeleczky was hired as a contract Senior Financial Investigator providing investigative and analytical support to DEA Special Agents and Diversion Agents in the Houston Field Division.

ACAMS Houston Chapter Networking Event

The ACAMS Houston Chapter invites you to attend our Networking Event

**No event registration required**

Keeping Sanctions Management Current and Robust

ACAMS Houston Chapter presents: Luncheon Learning
Keeping Sanctions Management Current and Robust

The sanctions landscape continues to evolve and is more challenging and complex than ever before. Increasing globalization means financial institutions, money service businesses and trade industries are generally exposed to even greater sanctions risks. This session will address the following sanctions related topics:

  • General Sanctions Overview (List Basics) – Which Lists Do You Need?
  • Update of OFAC Sanctions Programs “The Politics and the Actual Changes”
  • What Should Be Checked When There Is A Match?
  • What’s New in Exam Trends “Hot Spots”


Timothy R. White, CAMS
OFAC Sanctions Specialist at TRW Sanctions Consulting

  • Has licensed AML and Sanctions Interdiction Software to over 1400 financial institutions.
  • Expert on OFAC/Sanctions issues and has addressed OFAC and BSA issues at conferences throughout the United States and internationally
    • Has published articles in;
    • ACAMS Today
    • ABA Bank Compliance Magazine
    • Western Banking Magazine
  • Member – ACAMS’ Certification Exam Task Force in 2010 and 2016.
  • 2007 – Member, working group formed by the United Nation’s Al-Qaida Taliban Sanctions monitoring team pursuant UNSCR 1735
  • 2006 – He addressed an EU-US Workshop on Financial Sanctions and Terrorist Financing in Vienna, Austria.
  • Provided training for the; Office of the Comptroller Currency and Federal Reserve Bank’s BSA/AML specialists on OFAC and BSA compliance technologies.
  • 2004 – Member, ABA’s BSA – OFAC Working Group on OFAC Examination Procedures
  • 2002 advised the FBI on interdiction software technologies
  • Chairperson 2012-2018 – West Coast AML Forum in San Francisco
  • Active certified member of ACAMS first graduating class.

Emerging Online Business Payments: Understanding the AML Framework


Melissa Strait Compliance Officer for Stripe, Inc.
Melissa Strait is the US Compliance Officer for Stripe, Inc., a San Francisco-based technology company which allows businesses to accept payments online. Prior to joining Stripe in early 2016, she was a Compliance Operations Manager for Square, Inc. At Square, she oversaw teams in San Francisco and St. Louis which handled transaction monitoring, KYC and EDD reviews, and sanctions screening. Melissa joined Square in 2013 from Kroll, Inc., where she was a Director in the Due Diligence practice. In that capacity, she managed teams producing in-depth due diligence research reports for banking and corporate clients, focused mainly in Asia and the Americas. She graduated from American University with degrees in International Studies and Spanish.

Driving Compliance and Ethics through the use of Data Analysis

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Thomas R. Fox , Attorney, International Best Selling Compliance Author
Tom Fox is the Compliance Evangelist®. He has practiced law in Houston for 35 years. He was most recently the General Counsel at Drilling Controls, Inc., a worldwide oilfield manufacturing and services company. He is now one of the country’s leading experts on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, business leadership and compliance and ethics.

Tom is the author 15 books on business leadership, compliance and ethics and corporate governance, including the international best-sellers “Lessons Learned on Compliance and Ethics” and “Best Practices Under the FCPA and Bribery Act” as well as his series Fox on Compliance. His latest book “The Complete Compliance Handbook” will be published by Compliance Week in April 2018. He writes and speaks across the globe on compliance programs.

Tom leads the social media discussion on compliance with his award-winning blog, The FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog and is the founder of the Compliance Podcast Network.

Post Hurricane Harvey Labor Trafficking Mitigation


Minal Patel Davis, Special Advisor to the Houston Mayor on Human Trafficking
Minal Patel Davis serves as Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Special Advisor on Human Trafficking, the first municipal-level position of its kind in the U.S. Appointed in July 2015, Davis is charged with making a local impact on human trafficking in the 4th largest city in the U.S. from a policy-level perspective and by advancing systems change. She developed and is currently implementing Mayor Turner’s Anti-Human Trafficking Strategic Plan, which is the first comprehensive municipal response to human trafficking by a U.S. city. Davis is passionate about helping other cities in their own anti-human trafficking efforts, and has spoken on several local, national, and international panels to present the City of Houston’s approach. She is a past speaker at the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit, United States Conference of Mayors, and recently traveled to Halifax and Montreal, Canada at the request of the State Department to discuss municipal leadership in trafficking with government officials. Davis received her J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. from New York University.


The ACAMS Houston Chapter invites you to attend our Networking Event

Cyber Security Luncheon Learning

ACAMS Houston Chapter presents:

Our Expert Speaker:

Department of Homeland Security Senior Agent, Retired

The presentation examines virtual currencies and other financial products and services available through the internet; how they support a broad array of cyber financial crimes including fraud and money laundering. The relationship between these products and services and their effect on the popularity of the Dark Web is also explored.

National Security, Counterterrorism & Threat Finance Issues in Houston

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Celina Realuyo, Professor of Practice

Celina Realuyo is Professor of Practice at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University where she focuses on U.S. national security, illicit networks, transnational organized crime, counterterrorism and threat finance issues in the Americas. As a former U.S. diplomat, international banker with Goldman Sachs, U.S. counterterrorism official, and professor of international security affairs at the National Defense, Georgetown, George Washington, and Joint Special Operations Universities, Professor Realuyo has over two decades of international experience in the public, private, and academic sectors. She speaks regularly in English and Spanish on “Managing U.S. National Security in 21st Century,” “The 3 R’s: Responding to Risk with Resourcefulness,” “Following the Money Trail to Combat Terrorism, Crime, and Corruption,” and “Combating the Convergence of Illicit Networks in an Age of Globalization.” Professor Realuyo is a regular commentator in the international media, including CNN en Espanol, Deutsche Welle, Foreign Policy, Reuters, and Univision and has testified before Congress on national security, terrorism, and crime issues.

Beneficial Ownership Industry Panel


  • Christopher Barton-DeJean, VP, BSA Officer American First National Bank
  • Chad Shafferman, Financial Crime and Reputational Risk Specialist, Thomson Reuters
  • Lance Rejsek, VP, BSA/AML Officer, Prosperity Bank

ACAMS Houston Chapter presents: Luncheon Learning Beneficial Ownership Industry Panel

Beneficial ownership has come to the forefront for anti-money laundering (AML) compliance professionals around the world! Come and learn more from our Expert Panel of Speakers.

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Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Money Laundering Trends


  • Michael Sanders, DEA Resident Agent in Charge, Galveston Field Office

Houston Networking Event

Interrogation Session- Q & A’s with the IRS-CI


Aaron Gogley, IRS Special Agent, Houston Field Office

The ACAMS Houston Chapter invites you to attend our Networking Event

ACAMS Houston Chapter presents Fighting Payments Fraud: EMV, Mobile and Beyond

ACAMS Houston Chapter 3 Year Anniversary Dinner and Second Quarter Learning Event “Crossing Industry Lines – The AML Environment in Houston!”

Panelist included:

  • Alberto Laureano – CEO Barri Financial Group
  • Sandy Lenior – Associate Director of Financial Crimes Compliance Macquarie Group

Calling ALL Houston BSA/ AML Professionals: Pump Up Your Career!

Networking Event

Law Enforcement Money Laundering Investigations

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

Networking Event

2014 AML Monitoring: Perspectives and Best Practices

The Impact of Non-Traditional Financial Systems and the Internet on Homeland Security

Securities Fraud Presentation

Cyber Fraud and Corporate Account Take Over

Networking Event at The Blue Fish on Washington

An IRS perspective on the new SAR Report

Christopher Barton-DeJean

Christopher Barton-DeJean

Allegiance Bank

Christopher Barton-DeJean is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) with over 25 years in the banking industry. He also holds and maintains Certification as a Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM). For 13 years, Mr. Barton-DeJean practiced different facets of retail banking and subsequently transitioned to community banking. He has a demonstrated ability to remediate and resolve regulatory exam findings and alleviate written agreements and orders. He currently serves as a Senior Vice President with Allegiance Bank, a Houston-based Community Bank.

Currently, he performs duties as the bank’s Senior BSA/ AML Compliance Officer. His responsibilities include effectively performing as the BSA Officer and managing regulatory risks which includes developing and maintaining comprehensive programs on all new regulations and changes to existing regulations to ensure compliance.

Previously, he held a SVP role at American First National Bank as the BSA Officer. And prior to that he performed at CommunityBank of Texas, N.A. as the bank’s Sr. BSA Administrator and Vendor Management Officer. His responsibilities included effectively performing as the BSA Officer, and managing regulatory risks related to Vendor Management. Prior to his role at CommunityBank of Texas, N.A. (formerly known as Vista Bank Texas), Christopher served as the BSA Officer for Patriot Bank. Prior to his role at Patriot Bank he served as a risk manager and fraud prevention analyst with JP Morgan Chase. Christopher’s tenure at JP Morgan Chase also included roles managing Demand Deposit Account Collections, Foreign Currency Services, Small Business Financial Services and Loan Customer Service.

Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and has presented at multiple Houston ACAMS Chapter and Gulf Coast AML Forum learning events.

Email: Christopher.BartonDeJean@AllegianceBank.com

Joann Alicea

Joann Alicea, CFCI, CHTI
ACAMS Houston Chapter Board Founding Communications Director
Senior Compliance Officer
JPMorgan Chase

Joann Alicea, Certified Financial Crimes Investigator and Certified Human Trafficking Investigator. Joann is a ACAMS Houston Chapter founding board director. Joann has received commendations for excellent investigative work from the United States Secret Service and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for assisting in domestic and international fraud/money laundering cases. Joann has written several published articles entitled: $5.00 to ruin the life of children, and women: Internet ad sites used to launder money in promoting prostitution/human trafficking, How you can help in the fight against human trafficking and United States Treasury FinCEN SAR Checkbox for Human Trafficking published in the 23rd edition of the SAR Activity Review Trends, Tips and Issues. Joann is also a public speaker on how Financial Crime Investigators fight Human Trafficking; Updating the FinCEN SAR for Human Trafficking and Victim Money Laundering Scams.

She has over 10 years of regulatory compliance Fraud/AML & Risk experience in monitoring bank accounts, merchant, cardholder credit card and prepaid card transactions as an employee of First Data Merchant Services, PreCash, Inc. and JPMorgan Chase. Joann worked for 7 years for the FinCEN Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) to be updated for the Human Trafficking checkbox that was successfully implemented in June of 2018. Joann is a recipient of the First Data Leader of the Pack Award and the PreCash Dazzle Award for outstanding work. Joann is a recipient of the CFCS Scholarship award for Human Trafficking Prevention. She is a member of the IAFCI, ACAMS, ACFCS and InfraGard. Joann is the proud sister of an NYPD Detective, New York’s Finest. Joann is one of the Women showcased in ACAMS Today for being influential in AML and Fraud Crime Prevention. Please see link:

Joann is a recipient of the ACFE Houston Chapter 2013 Service Appreciation Award for Fighting Human Trafficking and the JPMorgan Chase Employee of the Quarter Award for going Above and Beyond. Joann has completed 22 marathons including 18 NYC Marathons and is an advocate of children and women’s rights in helping in the fight to end human trafficking.

Joann is a co-author in the Handbook of Sex Trafficking; Feminist Transnational Perspectives: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319736204

Please check out Joann’s Interview in ACAMS Today on Human Trafficking/Smuggling: Joann Alicea: The Fight Against Human Trafficking/Smuggling Continues http://www.acamstoday.org/joann-alicea-the-fight-against-humantraffickingsmuggling-continues

Email: joann.alicea@chase.com

Donna Flowers

Donna Flowers
Membership Director
Third Coast Bank

Donna Flowers has been a Houston area Community banker for over 30 years with experience in Compliance Management, Audit, Lending, Marketing/Business Development, Branch Management and extensive experience in working with regulators. She is currently Director of Compliance/Senior Vice President with Third Coast Bank where she develops and administers all aspects of the bank’s Compliance Management Program.

She is also a board member/Secretary of the Westchase Management District, an Advisory Board member of the Houston Community College- Finance/Banking Division and Co-Chair of the Education Committee Financial Women in Texas (FWIT).

Donna is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP) and is currently studying for the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) certification.

Email: dflowers@tcbssb.com

Donna Flowers

Nicole Canestrini, CRCM, CAMS
Co-Membership Director
Managing Consultant

As a member of BKD National Financial Services Group, Nicole’s professional experience focuses on all aspects of financial institution regulatory compliance functions. She has experience with lending, deposit and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) laws and regulations. Nicole is also experienced in internal audit, FIDICA, and external audits.

Prior to joining BKD, Nicole served as a bank consultant for Harper & Pearson Company, P.C., Houston, Texas for four years. She began her career in banking as a bank examiner intern with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in the Dallas field office.

Nicole received a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) designation from the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists in July 2016 and a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers in July 2017.

She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, with B.B.A. degrees in Finance and Banking and Financial Institutions.

Email: dflowers@tcbssb.com

Nidhi Patel

Nidhi Patel, CAMS

Nidhi serves as the compliance officer for First Investors Financial Services Houston operations. Her responsibilities include creating compliance policies and procedures and integrating them into operational procedures and assisting with training. Nidhi has substantial consumer finance compliance experience. She recently served as the Director of Regulatory Compliance for Precash and, prior to that, was serving as the BSA/AML Officer for Santander for over six years. In that role, she developed and implemented policies, procedures, and controls, creating AML governance structures, established risk assessment and Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) protocols, developed transaction monitoring capabilities and AML training for all associates.

Nidhi earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston, majoring in Finance and was recently accepted into the Strategic Masters of Business Administration at the University of Houston. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Email: nidhipatel04@gmail.com

Kenneth Call

Kenneth Call
Co-Programming Director
CommunityBank of Texas, N.A.

Kenneth is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) with 10 years of BSA/AML, Sanctions and Anti-Bribery/Corruption experience. He currently serves as a Vice President with JPMorgan Chase and Company.

Kenneth joined JPMorgan Chase and Company in December of 2012, where he joined the Global Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption Compliance (GFCAC) Testing function. Since joining GFCAC Testing, Kenneth has assisted or led reviews of various BSA/AML risks and controls regarding SARs, CTRs, Sanctions, and Bribery/Anti-Corruption. Prior to joining JPMC, Kenneth was the Anti-Money Laundering Manager for Woodforest National Bank, where he oversaw a team of AML investigators which completed all AML reviews prior to SAR completion. He also oversaw the Bank’s completion of CTRs, Sanctions Screening, 314a and law enforcement follow-up requests.

Kenneth holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. While completing this degree he also minored in history and psychology.

Email: kcall@cbotx.com

Stephanie McCann

Stephanie McCann
Amegy Bank

Stephanie McCann is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (CAMS) with over 15 years in the banking industry. Ms. McCann currently serves as Vice President and BSA Compliance Officer for Amegy Bank, a division of ZB, N.A., a position she has held for almost 10 years.

Prior to joining Amegy in 2007, Ms. McCann served as BSA Officer for Woodforest Bank. In addition to regulatory experience, Ms. McCann has served in various roles in Retail Banking including Branch Manager. She also has experience in branch auditing, risk management, training and recruiting.

Ms. McCann holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting from the University of Houston. When not working, Ms. McCann enjoys reading and spending time with her rescue dogs, Milo and Molly.

Aydee De Leon

Aydee De Leon
Co-programming Director

Aydee De Leon is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) who is bilingual in English and Spanish. She has over ten years of operational banking experience at large regional financial institutions in Texas. Her professional development has included the Texas Bankers Association Compliance School 2014, ACAMS AML & Financial Crime Conference, and various seminars and webinars on BSA/AML risk topics. Over the past five years, Aydee has performed internal controls audits, compliance audits, and AML software model validations for community banks of all asset sizes including higher risk institutions located on the U.S./Mexico border.

Ana R. Zelaya

Ana Zelaya
Membership Director
Central Bank

Ana R. Zelaya is currently employed by Central Bank as an Assistant BSA Officer. She started her career in banking 20 years ago and has been a BSA professional since 2003. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance from University of Houston in 2015. In 2018, she earned her CAMs certification.

Ana was born and raised in El Salvador and came to the United States when she was a teenager. She is the only girl in the family of 7. She loves to travel and her goal is to visit as many countries as possible during her lifetime.

Travis Dreibelbis

Travis Dreibelbis
Woodforest National Bank

Travis Dreibelbis serves as Senior Vice President and BSA/OFAC Officer at Woodforest National Bank, a $6.4B Bank with more than 750 branch locations across 17 states, and headquartered in the Woodlands, TX.

Travis started his banking career as an Internal Investigator with Woodforest National Bank before moving into the BSA arena in 2012 as the Bank’s Suspicious Activity Reporting Manager. Shortly thereafter, he transitioned into the role of BSA Manager before being appointed as the BSA/OFAC Officer, and has led a successful BSA compliance program for Woodforest since 2013. Travis is responsible for oversight and management of the Bank’s enterprise-wide BSA functions including AML investigations, CTR and SAR Reporting, CDD/EDD, CIP and KYC reviews, and OFAC, along with correspondence and interaction with law enforcement, audit and regulatory personnel.

Travis holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and serves as a committee member on the Gulf Coast AML Forum. An avid outdoorsman, Travis resides in Spring, Texas with his wife Lindsay and son Owen.