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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Tennessee chapter learning events will be announced soon.

ACAMS Middle Tennessee Chapter seeks to create a community of dedicated AML/CTF experts by developing and strengthening relationships among local financial crime professionals and to provide that community with knowledge, skills and expertise.

Upcoming Tennessee chapter learning events will be announced soon.

AI and Machine Learning – The Next Evolution of AML

Free Event on Zoom

Only Middle Tennessee Chapter Members can earn a CAMS credit for this event


  • Seth Twery, Vice President of Client Success, Tookitaki

Cannabis & Financial Institutions

Effectively Understanding, Identifying and Managing Cannabis Risk & Opportunity

Learn the differences between marijuana, hemp, and CBD. Review best practices and common weaknesses regarding a firm’s policies and procedures as it relates to cannabis? Discover how to develop a risk-based framework for how to categorize cannabis related businesses.


Steven Kemmerling, Founder & CEO, CRB Monitor
Risk Assessment & Regulatory Compliance Subject Matter Expert
Financial services professional and RegTech entrepreneur with experience as a corporate investment banker, corporate finance analyst and litigation consultant. Currently developing and launching a data-as-a-service solution that helps institutions identify and manage high-risk relationships. Prior entrepreneurial experience includes helping to launch and grow a litigation and anti-money laundering consultancy serving large financial institutions. Kemmerling utilizes his experience, knowledge, and entrepreneurial insight to develop innovative products and services that provide meaningful solutions to large problems.

Risk Assessment Fundamentals

Understanding the AML Program Cycle. An effective AML Risk Assessment informs the AML Program for your institution, learn what elements and concepts form the basic essentials for a useful and relevant assessment of your firm’s AML risks.


Matthew Hollenbeck
Risk Assessment & Regulatory Compliance Subject Matter Expert

Currently working for UBS in Financial Crime Prevention, Matt works on a team that produces the firm’s AML & Sanctions Risk Assessments for the firm’s US, Canadian & Puerto Rican entities. Prior to UBS, Matt was Sr. Project Manager and SME for NContracts, (a developer of web-based compliance and risk tools for banks and credit unions) where he developed regulatory content for Enterprise-wide Risk Management (ERM) software. He was Chief Compliance Officer for Advance Financial from 2016 to 2018, a Nashville-based short-term/small-dollar lender with over 100 storefront locations and an online lending presence in 24 states. Prior to Advance Financial, Matt served as the Sr. Investigative Lead for AML and financial crimes investigations at Mutual of Omaha Bank where he lead investigations involving the gaming and hospitality, oil/gas/mineral exploration, private banking/wealth and real estate investment sectors. He has also served as an Independent Consultant and SME in various AML and compliance roles with banks, credit unions and finance companies.

Matt has a JD from Thomas M Cooley School of Law and a BA in Political Science & Spanish from the University of Wisconsin. He has been a full-time resident of Nashville since 2016 and enjoys food and outdoor activities with friends and family.

CTF Learning Event

ACAMS Middle Tennessee Chapter Event

Speakers will discuss a variety of topics related to the SAR Lifecycle.


  • William Stanley
  • Jason Elrod
  • Henry Leventis

Applying Cognitive Computing and Blockchain to Financial Services Challenges


Boris Kusovski, IBM Watson

Social Engineering Fraud by Douglas King

ACAMS Mid Tennessee Learning Event


Justin McClinton, TN Department of Financial Institutions

Please submit questions for the Q&A Sessions to MidTNACAMS@gmail.com.

Sponsored by KraftCPAs PLLC

AML Technology 101


Benjamin Kelly, Associate Director, Protiviti

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Lunch and Learn: “Bank Against Modern Slavery”

On December 7th the ACAMS Mid-TN Chapter welcomed two speakers to discuss the topic of Human Trafficking. During our “Bank Against Human Trafficking” discussion Jill Rutter, Director of Community Outreach for End Slavery TN, shared the Nashville impacts of human trafficking and how we can not only identify signs, but safely report suspicious behaviors and trends. Joann Alicea, Senior Compliance Officer at JP Morgan Chase, shared the banking powers in place and congressional efforts in the works to help fight this epidemic nationally. Joann is renowned for her tireless nationwide campaigning to have the SAR form revised to include Human Trafficking/Smuggling. As Jill and the team at End Slavery Tennessee continue to fight human trafficking locally throughout the state, Joann’s meticulous campaigning seems to have finally paid off! It is anticipated that FinCEN will release a revised SAR form sometime this year (2018) to include a checkbox for Human Trafficking/Smuggling. Join us for our next chapter event in February for more thrilling and enlightening FinCrime discussions!

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September Learning Event & Breakfast

A huge thank you to Richard Sullivan, Division Director for Robert Half Management Resources, for taking time out of his busy schedule to speak to our chapter on the growth and demand of AML professionals in 2017. As the AML regulations continue to evolve, the need for such expertise expands as well. However, this increased demand is yielding a short supply since AML professionals are hard to find. What does this mean for you as an AML professional? You have the power to possibly write your own ticket to a rewarding AML career! Having a CAMS certification is sure to boost you to the top of the hiring list so don’t miss out on our next chapter event to find out how you can get certified and become a chapter member!

Why transnational criminal enterprises are targeting organizations in Nashville? Are we prepared or the next victim?


Scott Augenbaum, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI
Mike Rodriguez, Chapter Development Manager, ACAMS



Middle Tennessee Chapter Launch Event

Mid-Tennessee ACAMS Chapter Launch Event

FATF & Real Estate

Crystal Hopkins, CAMS
Mid-Tennessee ACAMS Chapter
Chapter Co-Chair

Crystal has 12 years of experience in the banking and finance industry. Currently, she is the Compliance/BSA Officer and Vice President for First National Bank of Pulaski Tennessee where she oversees the bank’s compliance, BSA, and Information security programs. Crystal holds a M.B.A from the University of Tennessee at Martin TN. In addition to the CAMS certification, she also earned the CRCM certification through the Institute of Certified Bankers and the CCBCO certification through the Independent Community Bankers of America.

Amy Greene

Amy G. Greene, CAMS
Mid-Tennessee ACAMS Chapter
Chapter Membership Director

Amy has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, with the past 13 years being focused on AML/BSA roles. Currently a Supervisor with KraftCPAS, PLLC, she performs audits for bank clients, covering all consumer compliance regulations. A graduate of Freed-Hardeman University, Amy began her career as a Credit Analyst and Loan Officer. She has worked for NorWest Financial, The Hardin County Bank and Community First Bank. In addition to the CAMS certification, she has also earned a CRCM certification through the Institute of Certified Bankers and the CCBCO through the Independent Community Bankers of America.

Promise Nevers

Promise Nevers, CAMS
Chapter Programming Director

After serving for four years in the Air Force and then working at Cape Canaveral, FL, Promise joined Wells Fargo in the audit function in 2008. She was quickly promoted to Senior Auditor. Her responsibilities included leading the implementation of a comprehensive Management Information System in response to one of the Consent Order articles. She played a key role in the merger of Wachovia and Wells Fargo banks, steering the audit functions to ensure accuracy and quality control.

Her knowledge spans US, Swiss and international accounting and financial reporting requirements, systems and regulatory standards, including SOX. Currently with UBS in Nashville, Promise acts as the U.S. Branch Controller with responsibility for the oversight of daily, monthly and quarterly financial analysis and reporting.

A graduate of Park University, she holds a BS in Management/Accounting and an MBA in Finance.

Benjamin Kelly
Mid-Tennessee ACAMS Chapter

Ben is a CFE and Associate Director in Protiviti’s Risk & Compliance practice who focuses on technology and data related to AML and anti-fraud strategies. He has over 20 years of experience in I/T and business consulting with the majority of that spent providing I/T and business solutions in the financial services industry with the last 12 years focused on risk and compliance. He has worked both domestically and internationally in technical leadership positions for several financial services clients to deliver or support a variety of risk-related solutions including KYC/CDD, transaction monitoring, watchlist screening, and integrated case management solutions. He has been involved with all phases of solution delivery from strategy definition through production roll-out and optimization as well as assisting clients with their remediation efforts related to enforcement action.

Stacey Chambers

Stacey Chambers

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology with a minor in Political Science, Stacey first began a career in law enforcement by working as an Investigative Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She was first located in San Francisco, CA and later in Memphis, TN. In 2010, she returned to her home state of Colorado to begin her career in Compliance and AML at Western Union. She held various roles working in consumer analysis, in the Financial Intelligence Unit, in the creation of business rules and country risk analysis, and in internal testing. Stacey received her CAMS designation in 2012. Since January 2019, she has worked as an Associate Director in Financial Crime Prevention Quality Assurance for UBS in Nashville, TN.

Chandler Wavro

Chandler Wavro
Event Coordinator

After receiving a Bachelors in Science degree in Psychology with a minor in International Studies, Chandler began her career in Compliance at JP Morgan Chase in Newark, Delaware. She was an AML Compliance Analyst focusing on the area of subpoenas. She investigated clients across the firm that were being reviewed by law enforcement. Chandler received her CAMS designation in 2017. Since 2017, Chandler has worked at UBS in the areas of Anti-Money Laundering Surveillance, Quality Assurance, and Control Testing. Presently her role is in Financial Crimes Compliance Testing at UBS.

Ronald C. (Cole) Shepherd
UBS Financial Services

Director, Financial Crimes Intelligence Team, UBS.

Former career Department of Defense intelligence professional. Planned and executed AML, PEP related AML, casino AML, counter terrorist finance, sanctions, and other financial crime related operations.

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

Counter-terror operations in Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Southeast Asia.

Responsible for sanctions related sensitive operations throughout Asia, specifically focused on North Korea and Iran.

Responsible for the sanction/closure of Banko Delta Asia Macao.

Leading DoD expert on China with multiple senior diplomatic postings.