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Upcoming Northern California Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

2018 ACAMS Northern California Chapter Annual Newsletter

2017 ACAMS Northern California Chapter Annual Newsletter

2016 ACAMS Northern California Chapter Annual Newsletter

The mission of the Northern California ACAMS Chapter is to support the goals of the International ACAMS organization to provide outstanding learning and training events and professional development opportunities, as well as support for its members’ needs in the AML industry.

The Chapter will strive to fulfill its mission by: educating and training AML professionals in private and government organizations regarding anti-money laundering and fraud detection specific to our area, such as technology related fields and our relations with Pacific Rim countries; bringing educational resources on an international level to our local area to reduce costs and save time for our members; and collaborating and networking with other local AML professionals to increase industry knowledge and job effectiveness from this interaction and exposure.

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Upcoming Northern California Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Seventh Annual Learning Event on Emerging Payments and Technologies

Please join us for our Seventh Annual Learning Event on Emerging Payments and Technologies!

This will be a full-day learning event focusing on new payments and technologies. Lunch will be included.

Save the Date for our next Learning and Professional Networking Event: Cybersecurity and Financial Crimes Risk

Please join us San Francisco for our next learning event on the topic of Cybersecurity and Financial Crimes Risk. The event will begin with a presentation on the Bank of Bangladesh Case – Three Years Later. Afterwards, there will be an expert panel to explore cybersecurity in relation to financial institutions and financial crimes risk. Then immediately following the learning event, please stay for a networking happy hour.

Swift Cyber Report 2019

CSP Overview ACAMs Presentation

Due to building security, advance registration will be required

To attend this event for free, join the Northern California Chapter! Membership is $50/year. The Chapter offers five to six Learning Events each year.

Networking Happy Hour hosted by Accenture
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


ACAMS Northern California Chapter Happy Hour

The Northern California Chapter invites ACAMS members and West Coast AML Forum attendees to join us for a Happy Hour Networking Social event!

We welcome all Chapter members and non-members to join us to meet and network with other AML professionals.

Free for all Chapter Members and WCAML Attendees

Human Trafficking – Typologies, Trends, and Red Flags





Learning Event: Regulatory Panel

Please join us for our first learning event of the year!

This year, our regulatory panel will include panelists from the FDIC and SEC.

Year-end Learning & Social Event

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Please join us for our last event of the year! Similar to last year, we will again feature student case studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. This year’s case studies will be focused on:

  1. Operation Ababil: The Iranian cyber-attacks against U.S. banks
  2. Real Estate Deals: The new frontier in business email compromise
  3. Mobile Payments Fraud
  4. APT38: The John Dillinger of cyber bank heists

To attend this event for free, join the Northern California Chapter! Membership is $50/year. The Chapter offers five to six Learning Events each year.

Changing Sanctions Landscape and Law Enforcement’s Perspective

ACAMS Sanctions Presentation

Charles Schwab and the Northern California ACAMS Chapter invites you to join us for a discussion on the changing sanctions landscape. We’ve seen major sanctions developments over the past year, and by all appearances, things won’t be slowing down any time soon. To effectively manage these changes, it’s important to understand the current sanctions environment and the role law enforcement plays.


  • Adam Wheeler, FBI representative to OFAC
  • Carlton Greene, partner with Crowell & Moring and member of its International Trade and White Collar and Regulatory Enforcement Groups. Mr. Greene is former chief counsel at FinCEN

How to build a Financial Intelligence Unit

The session will cover the following topics:

  1. Basic concepts of the FIU, to including defining “Financial intelligence” and responding to current and emerging financial crime threats
  2. Overall FIU Framework
  3. How does this fit into the AML/CFT, and anti-fraud programs?
  4. What would be your FIU’s functions and what groups would be included? For example, your financial institution’s cybersecurity group. Would this group be included in your FIU? Would it be independent? What others groups would you want to include?
  5. Coordination and cooperation at policy and operational levels
  6. Tools and tech used by the FIU
  7. Skills, integrity, and security of FIU personnel to undertake financial crime investigations, analyses, and assessments

Sixth Annual Learning Event on Emerging Payments and Technologies

This will be a full-day learning event focusing on new payments and technologies. Lunch will be included.

This year’s topics include:

  1. Gaming and Virtual Currencies
  2. Beyond Bitcoin
  3. FinTech/RegTech
  4. Banking MSBs and FinTech
  5. The Evolving Federal and State Regulatory and Enforcement Paradigm for Emerging Payments
  6. New & Evolving Innovation

Please be sure to stay after the learning event for a Hosted Cocktail Hour from 5:30-6:30pm.

Please note: Space is very limited. Once it is full, registration will close. Only registered attendees will be admitted onto the Facebook campus for the event due to security protocols. Anyone else showing up at the door will be turned away. If you register and find out prior to the event that you will not be able to attend, please send an email to ACAMSNorthernCA@gmail.com and let us know, so that we may open your spot to another attendee.

*Attend free by joining the Northern California Chapter! Membership is only $50/year. The Chapter offers five to seven Learning Events each year.

ACAMS Northern California Chapter Happy Hour

The Northern California Chapter invites ACAMS members and West Coast AML Forum attendees to join us for a Happy Hour Networking Social event!

We welcome all Chapter members and non-members to join us to meet and network with other AML professionals!

Learning Event

Please join us for our next learning event, which will be a regulatory panel, including panelists from the OCC, FDIC and FRB. To ensure a great, interactive event for our participants, please submit your questions in advance to our regulatory panel. Your questions will be anonymous. Please click on the link below to submit your questions. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SB566CF

To attend this event for free, join the Northern California Chapter! Membership is $50/year. The Chapter offers five to six Learning Events each year.

AML Technology

Path to Intelligent Transaction Monitoring

Please join us for our first event of the year, which will be focusing on advances in AML technology, including new tools leveraging machine learning and advanced analytics. We will have speakers from DataVisor and Quantiply, as well as First Republic Bank who will provide insights on using technology from the banking perspective.

Sponsored by:

DataVisor is a leading financial crime and fraud detection service utilizing unsupervised machine learning to identify cases of money laundering, fraudulent transactions, identity theft, fake account creation and more. DataVisor’s full-stack risk platform provides an end-to-end solution for detecting individual as well as coordinated attacks. To date, DataVisor has processed over 600 billion events and detected 100M+ bad accounts from some of the largest financial institutions and online services in the world such as Yelp, Pinterest and Alibaba.


Quantiply provides explainable AI software to augment outdated and inefficient AML processes, allowing banks to lower operating costs and reduce false positives by more than 50%. Founded in 2014 by industry veterans, Quantiply is on a mission to fight financial crime. Trusted by leading banks around the world, Quantiply automates manual tasks by using self-learning AI algorithms which also use human feedback, ensuring the decision making process is both predictive and explainable, making it regulator friendly.

The Chapter offers five to six Learning Events each year.

Year-end Learning & Social Event

Dual Location Learning Event: Banking the Marijuana Industry

Please join us for our next learning event on experiences in banking the marijuana industry. Our speaker, Michael O’Neill, is an Operations & Compliance Executive with over 20 years of experience with specialization in bank operations and regulatory compliance for the community banking and credit union industries.

This event will be held at two separate locations on two different dates with the same speaker and content. Please see date and location details below. Please select the location you would like to attend during registration.


Michael O’Neill, Operations & Compliance Executive

Fifth Annual Learning Event on Emerging Payments and Technologies!


Law Enforcement Update

Learning Event: The Importance of SAR filings (NOCA)

Please join us for our next Sacramento area learning event. Hear from an IRS-CI Special Agent on the value SARs provide to law enforcement and the relationship between law enforcement and AML departments.

ACAMS Northern California Chapter Happy Hour

The Northern California Chapter invites ACAMS members and West Coast AML Forum attendees to join us for a Happy Hour Networking Social. We welcome all Chapter members and non-members to join us to meet and network with other AML professionals!

The Internet as an Investigative Research Tool

2016 Year in Review

Mark your calendars for our first event of 2017! This will include a Learning Event on Regulatory updates in 2016 and an outlook on proposed changes in 2017. This will be followed by a networking event at SPiN where you can show off your ping pong skills and/or mingle with colleagues over happy hour food and drinks.

Year-end Learning & Social Event: Northern California ACAMS has Talent!

Please join us for our last event of the year! The Northern California Chapter of ACAMS will be highlighting members who have completed advanced CAMS certifications. Join us to learn more about the topics listed below and advanced certifications and how they can enhance your skills. This event is sponsored by Computer Services, Inc. (CSI). Immediately following the learning event, join us for a Networking Social.


  • Ryan Hodge, CAMS Audit
  • Miguel Alcantar, CAMS FCI



Terrorist and Illicit Finance

Fourth Annual Learning Event on Emerging Payments and Technology

Casinos and Gaming

ACAMS Northern California Chapter Happy Hour

Terrorist Financing

On Thursday, April 28, approximately 70 BSA/AML/OFAC Compliance professionals gathered at the Wells Fargo Learning Annex in San Francisco to attend the Terrorist Financing learning event.

Mayank Johri and Kevin Kinkade from First Republic Bank discussed:

  1. the challenges of identifying terrorist financing,
  2. indicators of terrorist financing including utilizing a Bank’s customer risk rating model and
  3. visualizing the risk using tools.

Their presentation can be found here: http://arca.pagecloud.com/

Then a Special Agent from the FBI provided multiple counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism case studies including a micro-electronics importing/exporting case, credit card re-shipper schemes and calling cards mailed overseas. He took many questions from the audience making it quite an interactive session.


Trade Based Money Laundering Learning Event


Trade Based Money Laundering (TBML) is the process of disguising the proceeds of crime and moving value through the use of trade transactions in an attempt to legitimize their illicit origins. The crime involves a number of schemes in order to complicate the documentation of legitimate trade transactions; such actions may include moving illicit goods, falsifying documents, misrepresenting financial transactions, and under- or over-invoicing the value of goods. We had two speakers covering this topic from the U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Office of International Trade, Commercial Targeting & Enforcement as well as a speaker from Accuity.

Learning Event: De-Risking

“De-risking” is one of the hot topics in financial crimes. What it is, and whether and why financial institutions terminate or restrict business relationships with categories of customers, is the subject of our next learning event with guest speaker Jim Richards, EVP & BSA Officer for Wells Fargo. Mr. Richards will discuss the current trend many banks are taking today in de-risking the “riskiest” types of customers, the systemic effects of de-risking, and alternative options to de-risking such as strategies for pricing for risk.

Third Annual Half-Day Learning Event: Emerging Payment Technologies 103!

Marijuana and the Green Triangle

Regulatory Changes – Sanctions, CDD, FFIEC Exam Manual Changes

Northern California ACAMS Chapter Extension Kick-Off Social

AML Model Tuning, Validation, & Optimization – Getting the Most Out of Your AML Systems

Global AML Trends and Annual Holiday Cocktail Party

Learning event – Investigative Techniques

On Thursday, October 9, approximately 30 BSA/AML/OFAC Compliance professionals gathered at Bank of the West in San Ramon to attend an interactive session on Investigative Techniques. Neal Reiter from Identity Mind shared some great tips on streamlining and enhancing investigations. In addition, he provided information on various paid and free sites that could assist in investigations. Finally, he provided insight into strategies to streamline/automate investigations. After the formal presentation, the audience was split into groups so that participants could network and share investigative tips and tricks.

Second Annual Half-Day Learning Event: Emerging Payment Technologies 102

On Thursday, July 31, BSA/AML/OFAC Compliance professionals gathered at Silicon Valley Bank in Santa Clara to attend the second annual half day learning event focused on Emerging Payment Technologies. Three sessions covered I) emerging payments technology, II) emerging payments companies and III) virtual currency/Bitcoin investigations. For the first session, speakers from Xapo and Paypal discussed payments technologies including: RFID tabs, beacons, QR barcodes, NFC, digital wallets and bitcoin. In addition to discussing the emerging technologies and what they do, the challenges of adoption and compliance risks/concerns were raised. For the second session, three companies presented their products. This included Square (merchant services), PayNearMe (digitization of currency) and Bitaccess (Bitcoin ATMs). For the third and final session, speakers from virtual currency companies as well as a representative from the San Francisco High Intensity Financial Crimes Area Task Force discussed virtual currency investigations. This included an AML case study of Butterfly Labs. After the sessions concluded, attendees were invited to network during a hosted cocktail hour.

AML Hot Topics

On Thursday, May 29, approximately 70 BSA/AML/OFAC Compliance professionals gathered at the Omni Hotel in San Francisco to attend the AML Hot Topics learning event. The event was sponsored by Oracle. Oracle’s representative Don Ryu provided a presentation on FATCA requirements and provided an overview of FATCA and the implementation timeline. Speakers for the session covered additional hot topics including banking marijuana businesses, sanctions and virtual currency. The first speaker was Robert “Bud” Heng, (RH Counseling), who spoke about FinCEN’s recent guidance on banking marijuana businesses. He covered the state versus federal differences on marijuana issues and what the regulatory expectations are in regards to banking marijuana businesses. Specifically, he covered the different SARs that should be filed based on what type of marijuana activity financial institutions are seeing through their customer’s accounts. Second was Tim Byun (formerly of Visa) who provided insight into the recent sanctions against the Ukraine including the timeline and evolution of the sanctions. He also provided some helpful tips on how to take action on potential matches. Finally, Karsten Behrend (Xapo) provided an overview of virtual currencies and their risks and benefits.

Tool Box Lunch Session

Learning Event, Career Paths in AML – Managing your AML Career

On Thursday March 27th approximately 50 local BSA/AML/Compliance/HR professionals gathered at the Wells Fargo Penthouse Board Room in San Francisco to attend the Career Paths in AML: Managing your AML Career learning event. The diverse panel was comprised of individuals from the financial and human resources industries. The panel members were: Peter Deragon (Stanton Chase), Ryan Hodge (Dwolla/ACAMS N. CA Chapter Secretary) Bob Kenny (FinCEN/ACAMS N. CA Chapter Membership Director), John McCarthy (AirBNB), Sandy Merein (K-force)

Jenner Balagot (ACAMS N. CA Chapter Co-Chair) introduced the panel and served as the moderator for the session. The panelists discussed various career paths available within the AML field, as well as how they have managed to translate AML skills into other opportunities and careers. The panelists participated in a moderated question and answer session and then concluded with a breakout session.

The panelists produced some notable takeaways from the panel discussions. Among the valuable concepts that were presented, it was stated that being flexible and taking experiences from other areas was important when building your overall professional skillset. Other panelists state that it is important to be nimble and prepared to make changes to your normal routine to make yourself a more valuable member of your organization. Another item that was emphasized was the expertise that can be gained by forging partnerships with members of the public sector.

Panelists mentioned that when looking towards outside opportunities that it is valuable to use traditional outlets in addition to social media and web-based searches. It was conveyed that it is important to keep in touch with your professional network and reach out two degrees outside of your established network. The panelists agreed that the CAMS certification and colleagues within the ACAMS organization were indispensable in an individual’s professional development.

The audience used the full hour at the end to network, and to speak with the panelists. The event was a great success and provided a wealth of information via the panel and networking session. The consensus opinion was that the event was relevant and valuable. Many attendees mentioned that they are looking forward to upcoming N. CA Chapter events. Once again, a big thank you to our event sponsor: Kforce Inc, a professional staffing and solutions firm.

Implications of Doing Business with Asia

Emerging Payment Technologies

Model Risk Management

Worried About Satisfying FinCEN’s new CTR and SAR Filing Requirements?

Allie Suazo from Bank of Marin presented the new CTR form. Field by field, she provided details into what will soon be required. Erik Mineishi from Union Bank presented the new SAR form. He provided some great information about what FinCEN has stated they are expecting to see in certain fields. Finally, Pam Bowersox from First Technology Federal Credit Union, provided an overview of their BSA operation. This provided insight into a mid-sized credit union based in the Silicon Valley for those Chapter members who may not be that familiar with how a credit union’s BSA program might operate.

The event was sponsored by Verafin, a company that offers BSA/AML solutions including a solution to file CTRs and SARs using the new form.

Tasha Roberts and Brendan Brothers from Verafin, the event sponsor

Tasha Roberts and Brendan Brothers from Verafin, the event sponsor

Left to right: Brian Stoeckert, Erik Mineishi, Pam Bowersox, Allie Suazo, Lisa Lechner, Brendan Brothers

Left to right: Brian Stoeckert, Erik Mineishi, Pam Bowersox, Allie Suazo, Lisa Lechner, Brendan Brothers

Allie Suazo speaking at Bank of the West

Allie Suazo speaking at Bank of the West

Pam Bowersox speaking at Bank of the West

Pam Bowersox speaking at Bank of the West

Lisa Lechner

Lisa Lechner, CAMS


Lisa is the Chief Compliance Officer at Mercari, Inc, a global marketplace of buyers and sellers, and the Co-Chair on the ACAMS Northern CA Chapter. She has lead compliance within financial services and technology since 1995 including MSBs, banks, credit & collections, and securities.  Previously, Lisa served as the OFAC Officer, Privacy Officer and SVP of BSA/AML, Compliance Systems and Training at RaboBank National Association.

At Venmo and Braintree, she was the Chief Compliance Officer and AML/BSA Officer. While at AVG she was the Head of Product Compliance.  She served as a founding member of PayPal’s compliance program, serving as Director of Global AML/CTF Program and later as Head of Compliance Strategy, Product and Analysis. During her career she has spanned many industries and created and managed numerous facets of global  compliance  programs including: Licensing, OFAC and Global Sanctions, AML/CTF,  Consumer Protection, FCPA, SAR and FIU programs, TCPA, UDAAP, GLBA, specializing in the development of compliance strategies for new products, partners, global expansion initiatives, M&A, and for ongoing compliance program development and regulatory reviews. Her experience includes the implementation of an enterprise-wide compliance platform and successful remediations with AUSTRAC and the OCC. She has served on numerous executive boards in her tenure.
Lisa has served on speaker faculties at national and international compliance forums, focusing on the intricacies of risk and compliance programs in unique emerging business models. Having represented both large institutions and companies evolving with the technology landscape, she understands many sides of the compliance ecosystem.

Lisa received her Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law and has a B.S. degree in Political Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Lisa is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Brian J. Stoeckert

Brian Stoeckert, CAMS, CFE
Partner, Stratis Advisory

Recognized risk management expert with more than 15 years of experience in providing startups through Fortune 500 companies with strategy intelligence, advisory services and witness testimony. At Stratis, he manages an international portfolio of FinTech startups, money service businesses, financial institutions, government agencies, universities, and entertainment companies. Brian has served as an expert witness in domestic and global civil and regulatory matters related to AML and digital currency compliance. He also serves as a consultant to SONY Pictures’ Crackle streaming platform 20-episode series “StartUp.”

Previously, Brian led Booz Allen Hamilton’s San Francisco-based strategy and risk practice, advising boards of directors, audit and compliance committees, and executive management teams of financial institutions, money service businesses and global intelligence firms. He is the lead strategic designer of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (“ACAMS”) Advanced Certification Program, including the CAMS-Audit and CAMS-FCI (Financial Crimes Investigations) Advanced Certifications. Brian also serves as a guest lecturer at New York University’s Law School and Stern School of Business on AML laws, regulations and digital currency compliance, and he is a frequent presenter at global risk, compliance and FinTech conferences. He has been featured in a wide range of publications including the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fortune, and Bloomberg Businessweek.
He is chairman of the ACAMS Chapter Steering Committee, an executive board member of the award-winning ACAMS Northern California Chapter

and is an ACAMS faculty member for the Advanced Certification Program and CAMS Examination Prep. Brian also serves as a Mentor for the Envestnet | Yodlee and Commerce Innovated Incubators for FinTech startups. In 2014, Brian received Stony Brook University’s Top 40 Under Forty Award. He received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stony Brook University.

Steven Christie

Steven Christie, CAMS
OzForex Group

Steven is currently the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Manager at OzForex Group/USForex, a global leader in foreign exchange/remittance. In this role, he oversees the transaction monitoring, investigation, and reporting of suspicious activity related to money laundering and terrorist financing. He has over 13 years of financial services experience and over 8 years of experience in the BSA/AML/OFAC space. Prior to his tenure at OzForex, Steve was the Chief Compliance Officer at bitcoin security firm Xapo, Inc. and spent 7 years at Bank of the West where he served as VP BSA/AML Investigations Manager. Steven began his career in the financial services industry as a manager for a full service real estate appraisal firm specializing in appraisal and mortgage fraud, loss prevention, and risk management for wholesale lending and securitization firms.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree (magna cum laude), in Business Management, from the Me

lo College. Steve is also a licensed CA Real Estate Broker (BRE# 01822958).

Steven Christie


DJ is a compliance and audit leader with more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry.  Currently, DJ is an Internal Controls Partner within the Product Risk & Governance team at PayPal.  In this role, she leads the implementation of PayPal’s Enterprise Risk Management framework in the Merchant organization.  Prior to PayPal, DJ was a Senior Compliance Program Manager (Testing & Monitoring) at Intuit, BSA Compliance (Testing & Monitoring) Officer at Bank of the West and Internal Auditor at JPMorgan Chase. 

DJ is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and an Executive Board member of the Northern California Chapter of ACAMS.  She received her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego with a major in Economics and a minor in Ethnic Studies.

Michael Bass

Michael Bass, CAMS

Michael Bass manages the BSA/AML Operation for LendingClub and has managed various BSA/AML investigations units at both JPMC and Bank of the West.  In Michael’s current role he manages the SAR reporting function and enhanced due diligence operation for the largest market place lending firm in the US. Michael is also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as a Psychological Operations Sgt in the US Army.

Robert Kenny

Robert “Bob” Kenny, CAMS
Membership Director
First Republic Bank

Bob Kenny is the Manager of the Strategic Intelligence Unit (SIU) for First Republic Bank’s AML Operations Group where he oversees Intelligence de-confliction, coordination, and production within AML Operations as well as training program management within the group.

Previously, Bob was a Senior Intelligence Research Specialist with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), for 11 years, where he was assigned working as a liaison for FinCEN in the Northern California Region and as the FinCEN Representative to the San Francisco High Intensity Financial Crimes Area (HIFCA) Task Force working in support of financial investigations and providing liaison assistance to law enforcement agencies in the Northern California area on FinCEN related issues.

Prior to his assignment with FinCEN, Bob spent over fourteen years with the Department of Defense working in support of law enforcement and intelligence community efforts related to criminal investigations and operations, as well as serving in the United States Army for 11 years prior to that.

Bob is a Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), and an Executive Board member of the Northern California Chapter of ACAMS. In addition, Bob is also Certified Criminal Analyst and a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts.

Amanda Low

Amanda Low, CAMS
Communications Director
Bank of the West

Amanda is currently Vice President, Regulatory Relations Sr. Manager managing the Exam Management Team at Bank of the West. Prior to that she was the BSA Compliance Program Manager managing the Corporate BSA/AML Program Team with oversight of BSA/AML Policies and Procedures, Risk Assessment, Training, and Monitoring and Testing. She has 20 years of financial services experience and almost ten years of experience in the BSA/AML/OFAC space. She is an active member of the California Bar Association and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Previously, she was a Senior Audit Leader at Wells Fargo acting as an Auditor in Charge of complex BSA/AML/OFAC audits and acted as a subject matter expert on line of business audits where BSA/AML/OFAC was involved. Prior to her position at Wells Fargo, she was First Vice President and AML Compliance Officer for the former United Commercial Bank, a $13 billion bank headquartered in San Francisco. She received her J.D. from John F. Kennedy University, School of Law and received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, with a major in Legal Studies and a minor in Ethnic Studies.

See also: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-low-ba78bb6/

Arjun Kalra

Arjun Kalra, CAMS
Co-Communications Social Media Director
Crowe Horwath

Arjun Kalra is a Principal in the Financial Services Consulting practice at Crowe LLP and leads the Financial Crime team. Over the last decade, Arjun has worked with a broad range of financial services organizations, including large global banks, community and small banks, money services businesses, fintech companies, cryptocurrency exchanges, and regtech vendors. He has helped clients develop comprehensive AML programs in response to regulatory actions and designed and implemented technology to address complex business issues facing the financial services industry. His financial institution experience, understanding of business needs, and ability to leverage technology allow him to effectively bring efficiency into AML, Sanctions, and Fraud programs while complying with regulatory mandates. Arjun has an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a BA in Applied Math and Economics from University of California, Berkeley. He is also a member of the Northern California ACAMS Chapter Executive Board.

Colleen Kearns

Colleen Kearns, CAMS, CFE
Programming Director
Wells Fargo

Colleen is currently a Vice President and Strategy Consultant in the Conduct Management Office at Wells Fargo Bank. Prior to that, Colleen spent several years as a Financial Crimes Manager with Wells Fargo’s Financial Crimes Investigations group and as a Business Initiatives Consultant for the Group Risk Organization for Consumer Lending and Payments, Virtual Solutions and Innovation. Prior to Wells Fargo, Colleen was a manager with Ernst & Young LLP’s Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services group. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Tim O'Brien

Tim O’Brien, CAMS
Co-Programming Director

Wells Fargo

Tim currently evaluates country ML/TF risks for Wells Fargo’s Corporate and Investment Banking group. Tim develops qualitative geographic risk reports used by relationship managers, risk managers and other bank officers as part of Wells Fargo’s BSA/AML compliance risk program for the bank’s foreign correspondent bank portfolio.

Tim has more than 20 years of experience analyzing risk and compliance for financial institutions in emerging and developed markets with onsite experience in Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Tim served as the Regional Director for Russia and Eastern Europe for the Financial Services Volunteer Corps, a non-governmental organization that works to strengthen financial sectors in emerging economies.

Prior to this, Tim worked for an international development consultancy, providing technical assistance in capital markets development alongside micro, small and medium sized enterprises and their access to finance. This followed other work in emerging markets in Central Asia and also in Eastern Europe, including the management of a logistics office under a US-Russia bi-lateral nuclear non-proliferation program.

Tim holds an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill and a BA in Economics, also from UNC. Tim is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

While at Wells Fargo, Tim commits his time to various community outreach and volunteer efforts supported by the bank, including involvement in managing fundraising for the banks’ Community Support Campaign.

Hailey Lennon

Hailey Lennon, Esq., CAMS
Co-Programming Director

bitFlyer USA

Hailey Lennon is Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs at bitFlyer USA, a global cryptocurrency exchange based out of Tokyo, Japan. Hailey helped oversee the company’s expansion into the US in 2017, developing the company’s BSA/AML compliance program and obtaining money transmitter licensing and the 4th New York BitLicense. She has advocated for self-regulation of the cryptocurrency industry and currently serves as a Board Member of the Virtual Commodity Association. Prior to joining bitFlyer, Hailey helped develop Silvergate Bank’s Fintech and Cryptocurrency Branch as Legal Advisor. Hailey received her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law and undergraduate degree in Business Law from Loyola Marymount University.

Brita Sands Bayatmakou

Brita Sands Bayatmakou, CAMS, CFCS
Co-Programming Director
Charles Schwab

Brita Sands Bayatmakou is Managing Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit within the Financial Crimes Risk Management department at Charles Schwab. Brita manages the department’s Risk Assessment, Management Reporting and Training teams. She also oversees the Financial Intelligence Analytics & Reporting team, which develops data-driven responses to emerging threats that exist within the industry’s rapidly changing environment. Her work fuses threat data with external research related to a multitude of crimes, including cyber-related crimes, fraud, and money laundering, to provide actionable intelligence to the firm. Her research interests include the use of social network analysis and visualization to identify and investigate organized criminal activity. Prior to joining Schwab, she worked at Wells Fargo Bank within the Global Financial Crimes Intelligence Group where she focused on anti-money laundering compliance and financial crimes associated with emerging technology.

Brita holds two Masters Degrees and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Joe Robinson

Joe Robinson
Co-Programming Director

Joe Robinson is Co-Founder and CEO of Hummingbird, a new venture in the RegTech space. Joe was previously VP of Risk & Data Science at Circle, a personal finance company backed by Accel Partners, General Catalyst, and Goldman Sachs. Prior to that, he worked at Square where he was product lead for Square Dashboard and Square Online Stores. Joe runs Designers + Geeks, one of the largest communities of designers and technologists in the world.