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  • SEC and the Everchanging Regulatory Environment’s Impact of U.S. Markets
  • March 28, 2019
  • Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Presentation: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Linsalata Alumni Center Case Western Reserve University
    11310 Juniper Road
    Cleveland, Ohio 44106
  • Chapter Member: Free
  • Law Enforcement/Student: $5
  • Non-Chapter Member: $25
  • 1 CAMS Credits
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  • Why – and- How Americans Should Care about the War in Yemen
  • April 2, 2019
  • Presentation: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Happy Dog Tavern
    5801 Detroit Ave.
    Gordon Square neighborhood (Detroit and 58th)
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1 CAMS Credits
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The first issue of the ACAMS NOH Chapter Newsletter

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We welcome your visit to the newly formed ACAMS Northern Ohio Chapter website!

Our Chapter was launched in September 2014 by an Executive Board comprised of professionals from the AML field in the Northern Ohio region. The Chapter seeks to be a professional resource that can provide support, guidance, training, and peer interaction for industry professionals. Our goal is to promote ACAMS as a platform for career development and professional networking for our local AML community by organizing meetings and events of interest for members and non-members.

The Chapter will offer educational opportunities focusing on region-specific topics of interest and provide an opportunity to have questions answered by AML industry professionals, members of law enforcement, and the regulatory agencies.

In addition, we aim to offer the AML, fraud, and anti-terrorism financing community professional resources, member support, guidance on new regulations, emerging issues, career development related training.

Many of the training and workshop events, hosting subject matter experts, will provide an opportunity to earn continuing education credits toward maintaining CAMS designation.

We believe this is a great value for the $50 annual membership fee.

  • SEC and the Everchanging Regulatory Environment’s Impact of U.S. Markets
  • March 28, 2019
  • Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Presentation: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Linsalata Alumni Center Case Western Reserve University
    11310 Juniper Road
    Cleveland, Ohio 44106
  • Chapter Member: Free
  • Law Enforcement/Student: $5
  • Non-Chapter Member: $25
  • 1 CAMS Credits

RSVP Here

  • Why – and- How Americans Should Care about the War in Yemen
  • April 2, 2019
  • Presentation: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Happy Dog Tavern
    5801 Detroit Ave.
    Gordon Square neighborhood (Detroit and 58th)
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1 CAMS Credits

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Why – and- How Americans Should Care about the War in Yemen

For the last three years Yemen, one of the poorest Arab countries, has been devastated by a civil war that has killed nearly 10,000 people and pushed millions to the brink of starvation. Propelled by the Arab uprisings in 2011, Yemeni society peacefully mobilized protests and forced its long ruling president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to step down. Today, Yemen finds itself mired in a violent contest between northern rebel groups and Saudi and Emirati forces.

Horrific human rights abuses, as well as war crimes, are being committed throughout the country by all parties to the conflict, causing the United Nations to characterize Yemen as the world’s most severe humanitarian crisis to date. As a result, there are bipartisan efforts in Congress underway to stop the United States involvement in the civil war. What effect will they have? What has been the United States’ role in this conflict to date – and what future role should it hold in a quest for peace?

Speaker

  • Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Ph.D.
    Professor of Political Science
    Hobert and William Smith Colleges

SEC and the Everchanging Regulatory Environment’s Impact of U.S. Markets

Speaker

  • Hester Peirce – SEC Commissioner
    Hester M. Peirce was appointed by President Donald Trump to the U.S.Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and was sworn in on January 11, 2018.Prior to joining the Commission, Commissioner Peirce served as Senior Research Fellow and Director ofthe Financial Markets Working Group at the Mercatus Center atGeorge Mason University. While at the Mercatus Center, Commissioner Peirce’s research explored howfinancial markets foster economic growth and prosperity and therole well-designed regulation plays in protecting investors and consumers while promoting financialstability and innovation. Commissioner Peirce co-edited two books, authored publications, testified beforeCongress, and served on the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee. Commissioner Peirce is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and Yale Law Schoo

AML Unplugged Banking Marijuana Revisited— Steven Kemmerling Returns!

Issues arising with banking the marijuana industry.

Speaker

  • Steve Kemmerling – CEO
    MRB Monitor
    Mr. Kemmerling is the CEO of MRB Monitor, which provides independent, robust, reliable, and up-to-date corporate intelligence on marijuana-related businesses (“MRBs”) and the people who own/ manage them. MRB Monitor aggregates unstructured data from hundreds of on-line and off-line sources and organizes it into one comprehensive, cloud-based database. MRB Monitor helps clients more effectively identify and manage marijuana-related risk among customer, vendor, and partner relationships. Prior to founding MRB Monitor, Mr. Kemmerling worked as a corporate M&A investment banker and co-founded a securities litigation consulting firm. A nationally recognized expert in his field, Steve has shared his insights into the risks inherent with banking marijuana related businesses at the ACAMs National Conference, an ACAMs Webinar, with ACAMs Chapters, and a recent AML RightSource PODcast.

Happy Dog Takes on the World The Future of Energy Kingdoms of the Persian Gulf

Oil has moved many countries in the Persian Gulf – namely, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates – from global obscurity to some of the richest, most technologically advanced na’ons on earth. But that transforma’on doesn’t come without consequences, as outlined in in Jim Krane’s new book Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Polical Survival in the Persian Gulf.

In the book, Krane expounds on how the Middle East has also emerged as a leading voice in energy use innova’on, and how it is u’lizing its influence with regards to conversa’ons on climate change. These talks segue into the regions poli’cal power as the region con’nues to grow economically.

Join us as WCPN’s Tony Ganzer talks with Krane about the history of oil’s influence on governance in the Persian Gulf and the region’s current energy conundrum and struggle to remain viable in a climatestressed world.
Join us for a conversa’on with Jim Krane, one of the na’on’s leading experts in middle eastern geopolics and the Persian Gulf oil industry.

Speaker

  • Wallace S. Wilson
    Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Ins’tute for Public Policy
    Author, “Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Poli’cal Survival in the Persian Gulf.”

Happy Dog Takes on the World How America Confronts Terror

For the past 17 years, much of American national security has been focused on preventing another terrorist attack. To that end, the United States has invested countless resources in battling ISIS, the Taliban, and other forms of extreme terrorism around the globe.

In December, President Donald J. Trump announced he was pulling 2,000 American troops out of Syria and 7,000 American troops out of Afghanistan, signaling his belief that the war on terror has been won. These decisions were not supported by many military and intelligence officials -Secretary of Defense James Mattis publicly resigned in response – who believe continued military involvement is necessary to ensure stability.

So, what happens now? How has the war on terror evolved over the years – and are we able to declare an end to this war? How will these decisions affect not only American military efforts, but those of our allies? And, what steps need to be taken to continue to protect our national security against threats?

Join us for a conversation with Joshua A. Gelzer, J.D., Ph.D., one of the nation’s leading voices in counterterrorism, about America’s continued war on terror.

Speaker

  • Joshua A. Geltzer, J.D., Ph.D Vising Professor of Law; Execuve Director
    Instute for Constuonal Advocacy and Protecon
    Georgetown Law, and ASU Future of War Fellow
    New America

Food Stamp Fraud

Financial Integrity Institute Master ff Arts In Financial Integrity (Mafi) present
AML Unplugged

Speaker:

  • Bob Springer, Special Agent, USDA

Banking Marijuana

Speaker:

Steven Kemmerling – Founder MRB Monitor
Mr. Kemmerling is the CEO of MRB Monitor, which provides independent, robust, reliable, and up-to-date corporate intelligence on marijuana-related businesses (“MRBs”) and the people who own/manage them. MRB Monitor aggregates unstructured data from hundreds of on-line and off-line sources and organizes it into one comprehensive, cloud-based database. MRB Monitor helps clients more effectively identify and manage marijuana-related risk among customer, vendor, and partner relationships. Prior to founding MRB Monitor, Mr. Kemmerling worked as a corporate M&A investment banker and co-founded a securities litigation consulting firm. A nationally recognized expert in his field, Steve has shared his insights into the risks inherent with banking marijuana related businesses at the ACAMs National Conference, an ACAMs Webinar, with ACAMs Chapters, and a recent AML RightSource PODcast..


Panel Discussion on OFAC Sanctions

FREE EVENT!

Speakers:

  • Cynthia Nowacki-Weaver, OFAC Officer—KeyBank
  • Larry Gordon, OFAC Director—Huntington National Bank
  • Elizabeth Moreno, OFAC Officer, Fifth Third Bank
  • Monique Johnson, Moderator, KeyBank

Symposium on AML Issues regarding Crypto Currency

Nationally known experts from law enforcement, financial institutions and academia discuss AML issues regarding Crypto Currency.

Speakers:

  • William King, Yale University
  • Pawneet Abramowski, Case Western Reserve University, Financial Integrity Institute
  • William Voorhees, BB & T
  • Zachary Robock, Nordson Corp
  • Pamela Calaquian, Deloitte
  • Matthew Cronin, Asst. US Attorney
  • Milan Kosanovich, FBI
  • William Cloninger, Northern Ohio ACAMS Chapter

2018 Financial Institution AML Conference


AML Unplugged “Active Shooter” Typology

At the Happy Dog West
At Gordon Square (Detroit and 58th)
Familiarize yourself with red flags that may indicate an “active shooter” preparing for an attack. This is a session not to miss!

Speaker:

Lynn Kolodka – KeyBank AML Investigations


Case Study “Operation Car Wash”

Since 2014, when Brazilian Federal Police Carwash Operation became public, Brazil has been at the forefront of corruption and money laundering investigations. After four years, Carwash Operation has turned into a massive international enterprise, with ramifications in the whole of the Americas, in Europe, and in Africa. It has had profound political implications in Brazil and has changed the way private companies operate in the country. In the past year, Carwash Operation reached the financial sector, with several banks and institutions under investigations for their role in the scheme.

Speaker:

Andrea Murta—Director of Operations—JOTA
Ms Murta is an experienced speaker and moderator, having participated in a number of international conferences on Latin America and Brazil. Before joining JOTA, Murta was deputy director for Latin America at the Washington D.C. think tank Atlantic Council. Murta is also a certified Financial Crimes Specialist. In the private sector, she was head of Business Intelligence – Americas at The Risk Advisory Group and a member of PwC’s anti-corruption team. Prior to that and during more than 15 years of journalism, Murta was the chief correspondent for leading Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo in New York and Washington, D.C. and collaborated with Brazilian magazines including Veja.


NCFTA Public-Private Partnership to Combat Cyber Crime


AML Unplugged

Speaker:

  • Bill Riedthaler—Gambling and Money Laundering
    Bill Riedthaler is a retired policeman and published legal expert in gambling. As a member of the Cleveland Police Department, Bill was an undercover vice offcer re-sponsible for enforcement of liquor, gambling and sex crime laws. This experience lead to the publica!on of two books—”An Enforcement Guide to Carnival Games, Gambling and Fraud” and “An Enforcement Guide to Coin Operated Gambling Devic-es or Slot Machines.” Both of these books are used as training resources by local, state and federal law enforcement. Bill has been a frequent Expert Witness in gambling prosecutions. Since February 2002, Bill has been a Professor in the Criminal Justice Studies Program for Tiffin University.

    Between November 2005 and December 2006, Bill was a subcontractor for the US Department of Justice under the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team (CPATT) / International Civilian Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) Mission, Bill provided advanced criminal investigator forensic and counter terrorism training to Iraq’s National Information and Investigation Agency (NIIA); this Agency functions as Iraq’s FBI.as an International Police Trainer at the Baghdad (Iraq) Police College.

    He also instructed Basic Criminal Investigation, Violent Crimes, Interviewing and Interrogations, Advanced Criminal Investigations and Explosive Hazard Awareness Training Courses. Bill, prepared material and curriculum for all of the Advance Criminal Investigation Courses taught to all police officers in Iraq and at Baghdad Police College in Baghdad and for the Ministry of Interior in Iraq.

    He is very knowledgeable of terrorist activities, counter terrorist investigative techniques and been involved in and knowledgeable of Arab cultural issues and sensitivities.

    Bill was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in International Police by Baghdad Police College on November 16, 2006 for his dedication and professional expertise contributing significantly to the democratic future of the People of the Republic of Iraq.

AML Unplugged

Speakers:

  • Clifford Pinkney, Sheriff—Cuyahoga County
    Sheriff Clifford Pinkney was confirmed as the Sheriff of Cuyahoga County in April of 2015. He holds nearly 30 years of service and experience at the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Depart-ment and is the first African-American to serve as Sheriff in Cuyahoga County.

    Sheriff Pinkney started his career with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department in 1991. Prior to his appointment as Sheriff, he worked through the ranks as Deputy, Detectve, Ser-geant, Lieutenant, and Chief Deputy. Sheriff Pinkney has been assigned to the FBI Gang Task Force and the US Marshal’s Violent Fugitve Task Force as well as worked with DEA, Ohio HIDTA, and many of the Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.
  • Brian Sallee, Director—Cuyahoga County AML Bulk Cash Task Force
    Brian Sallee is a Special Assistant to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff. Prior to joining the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department in 2017, Brian C. Sallee was Of Counsel with McCarthy Lebit and is the head of the Financial Compliance practice group. Bri-an applies his years of experience as a government agent investigating money laun-dering and organized crime to help banks and businesses, such as car dealerships and jewelers, prevent and work through financial regulations, including money laun-dering, asset forfeiture and violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). Brian is a founding member of the Northern Ohio Chapter of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists. He is also one of a select group of money laundering expert witnesses used by the United States government.

Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking

Nationally known experts from law enforcement, financial institutions and CWRU Law School’s Human Trafficking Law Clinic discuss recent developments in interdicting Human Trafficking.

Speakers

  • Richard Gordon, Moderator—Director—CWRU Financial Integrity Institute
  • Phil Deluca, SVP and Director of Compliance at US Bank
  • Maureen Guirguis, Co-Director and Founder, CWRU Law School Human Trafficking Law Clinic
  • William Casey King, Director of Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and member of Connecticut US Attorney Task Force on Human Trafficking

AML Unplugged “How China views the world – Insight into the Chinese decision making process”

Dr. Greg Moore Director of the Center for Intelligence Studies, Notre Dame College
How China views the world – Insight into the Chinese decision making process” Dr. Moore is Professor of History, Director of the Center for Intelligence Studies and the Chairperson of the Department of History and Political Science at Notre Dame College in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds a doctorate in American Diplomatic History from Kent State University, and is a graduate of FBI Citizen’s Academy. Dr. Moore has published The War Came to Me: A Story of Hope and Endurance (2009) and numerous articles, including “The History of U.S. Intelligence” in Homeland Security and Intelligence (2010) and “Human Aspects in Intelligence Education” (2015). He is also the editor of the Encyclopedia of U.S. Intelligence (2014). From 2012 – 2014 Dr. Moore served as a consultant for the NATO Humint Center of Excellence, in Oradea, Romania, serving as a subject matter expert, team leader and coordinating editor for the COE’s publication, Human Aspects in NATO Military Operations (2014). He conducted briefings for senior NATO military and civilian leadership in Bucharest and Oradea, Romania and at NATO headquarters in Brussels. His latest book, Defining and Defending the Open Door Policy, Theodore Roosevelt and China, 1901-1909, was published by Lexington Books in June 2015


AML Unplugged “Income Tax Refund Fraud”

It’s tax season again and the crooks are at it again. SSA Weitzel will brief us on recent developments in this prevalent criminal en-terprise and review common typologies and red flags to note while conducting your AML/BSA investigations.


Case Study: “The Pizza Bomber”

Speaker

John Byrne, President, Condor Consulting;
Special Advisor—ACAMS Advisory Board

John was Executive Vice President of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), a global organization with over 55,000 members. John retired in October 2017 to devote more time to writing and teaching.

Byrne is an internationally known regulatory and legislative attorney and one of the leading AML community voices for over 30 years. He has experience in a vast array of financial service related issues, with particular expertise in regulatory oversight, policy and governance, anti-money laundering (AML), privacy and terrorist financing. He has written over 100 articles and blogs on AML, financial crime and privacy; represented the financial sector in this area before the United States Congress, state legislatures and international bodies such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF); and appeared on CNN, Good Morning
America, the Today Show, and many other media outlets.

John has received a number of awards, including the Director’s Medal for Exceptional Service from the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the American Bankers Association’s (ABA) Distinguished Service Award for his career work in the compliance field. His podcast, “AML Now” (on ITunes) received a 2017 Communicator Award for hosting from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. John’s blog on AML and Fraud (found at http://www.bankingexchange.com) received a Gold Hermes Award in 2017.


Case Study: “The Pizza Bomber”

Speaker

Gerald C. Clark, Ph.D. (FBI Special Agent—Retired)
Jerry Clark has 27 years of experience in local and federal law enforcement. In his federal law enforcement career he served as Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investiga-tion (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). He retired from the FBI’s Pittsburgh Division in June 2011. He was the lead investigator on “Collar Bomb,” FBI Major Case #203, also known as the “Pizza Bomber” case – one of the select few Major Cases in the FBI’s history. He is the co-author of “Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery”, “A History of Heists: Bank Robbery in America” and “Mania and Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong: Inside the Mind of a Female Serial Killer”. In his presentation, he will present a fascinating account of the “Pizza Bomber” case and will describe the intricate details of the investigation leading to the resolution of the inves-tigation.


AML Unplugged

November 2nd’s AML Unplugged Session will be on the Main Stage for a special screening of “Chasing the Dragon” An FBI Documentary regarding The Heroin/Opioid Crisis.


IRS—CI & ACAMS NOH Chapter Present the 2017 Financial Institution AML Conference

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Critical Issue—The Opioid/Heroin Crisis

Speaker

James A Cox, III
Second Lieutenant James A. Cox III began his law enforcement career in 1983 by en-listing in the United States Marine Corps and serving as a Military Police Officer. In 1988, he joined the Fairfax County Police Department located in Northern Virginia. He has served as a patrol officer, an undercover detective, a patrol supervisor, an Internal Affairs investigator, and as a Sergeant and Second Lieutenant supervising the Departments Money Laundering Unit. He currently supervises a narcotics squad and is the supervisor of the heroin initiative. He recently received the ACAMS Career Achievement Award for his devotion to duty.


AML Unplugged! Advanced Investigation Issues

An informal lecture series featuring the world’s top AML experts. An AML “Who’s Who” from the Case Western Reserve University Financial Integrity Institute’s Executive Masters of Arts in Financial Integrity faculty discussing “top of the mind” topics and events of the day, in the casual setting of the Happy Dog Tavern in University Circle.

Speakers

  • Pawneet Abramowski
    Ms. Abramowski is a consultant specializing in financial crimes investigation. Previously, she was Managing Director, Head of Financial Crimes Risk Management at The Bancorp. Ms. Abramowski has nearly 20 years of comprehensive achievements in public and private sector with special focus in Compliance/Risk Management and law enforcement industries. She has key sub-ject matter expertise and emphasis on holistic Financial Crimes Risk Management approach that covers anti-money laundering (AML), fraud, sanctions and anti-corruption issues as well overall compliance with regulations. She is recognized for ability to incorporate innovative management techniques critical for risk management functions and the effective implementation with oversight of compliance-related risk management systems for diverse banking and securities environment.
  • Alek El-Kamhawy
    In the United States, Alek El Kamhawy is a criminal defense attorney, representing clients in both federal and state courts, where he specializes in complex litigations including terrorism, terrorism financing, and related matters. He is also Honorary Professor of Law and Director of the American Common Law Center at the Law Faculty, Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he teaches courses in the prevention of public corruption, money laundering, and terrorism financing. He is fluent in English, Arabic, and Russian, and has a master’s degree from Ohio State University and a J.D. from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law.
  • Katherine Goepp
    Ms. Goepp recently joined the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Treasury Department. Previously she was Senior Policy Counsel, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice. She has exten-sive experience with asset forfeiture laws on a national level in their development, their structure, and how they have been applied, as well as how the program administration works and the policy implications both domestically and internationally. She has given presentations and training on forfeiture topics for a broad range of audiences. As a member of the policy unit, she has provided direct support to Criminal Division sections on numerous money laundering topics.

AML Unplugged

An informal lecture series featuring the world’s top AML experts. An AML “Who’s Who” from the Case Western Reserve University Financial Integrity Institute’s Executive Masters of Arts in Financial Integrity faculty discussing “top of the mind” topics and events of the day, in the casual setting of the Happy Dog Tavern in University Circle.

Speakers

  • Joseph Myers
    Joseph (Jody) Myers is Vice President of BSA/AML Risk Assessment at Western Union, where he leads the company’s global AML risk office. Previously, he was assistant general counsel and head of the Financial Integrity Group in the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund, overseeing assessments and technical assistance, providing specialized support to IMF surveillance and program lending missions, and representing the organization at the Financial Action Task Force and the G-20 Anti-Corruption Working Group. Prior to joining the Fund in 2005, he worked on financial crime, corruption and terrorism issues as a director at the National Security Council at the White House, as a senior advisor to the Under Secretary of the Department of the Treasury, as assistant director and deputy chief counsel of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and in private law practice. Mr. Myers is a graduate of Yale College and Vanderbilt University Law School.
  • Jim Vivenzio
    Mr. Vivenzio is the Senior Counsel for BSA/AML for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in Washington D.C. In this position, Mr. Vivenzio serves in the Chief Counsel’s Office and reports directly to the Deputy Chief Counsel. His areas of practice mainly involve Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) compliance policy and enforcement matters, and operational and fraud risks involving payment systems. Mr. Vivenzio is a member of the Interagency Cybercrime Working Group, the Interagency Payments Fraud Working Group, various Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group (BSAAG) Subcommittees, and the FS-ISAC Payments Fraud Working Group. Mr. Vivenzio previously served as the OCC’s Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief Counsels and as the Acting Senior Advisor to the Senior Deputy Comptroller for Bank Supervision Operations.

Trade Based Money Laundering

Speaker

  • Dr. John Zdanowicz, Florida International University
    Dr. Zdanowicz is an internationally recognized expert on money laundering and terrorist financing through international trade flows.

AML Unplugged

Speakers

  • Willie A. Maddox, Vice President – Senior Mortgage/Retail Credit Lending Compliance & Risk Manager at Fulton Bank
    Ms. Maddox is Vice President – Senior Mortgage/Retail Credit Lending Compliance & Risk Manager at Fulton Bank, N.A. Previously, she was Vice President, ERM Risk Assessment Manager at Key Bank, where she led the oversight, management, and ad¬ ministration of ERM risk assessments/risk profiles and dashboard production for the corporation. Earlier she was Vice President and Regulatory Compliance Manager, where she was responsible for program and process management within the Key Nation¬ al Bank Major Lines of Business (KNB). Her responsibilities include managing the planning, development, implementation, training, monitoring, reporting, and tracking of compliance procedures and processes related to Bank Secrecy Act/ Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), High Risk Issues/Processes, Risk Assessment, Risk Review Open Issues, Key National Bank Enterprise Compliance, and other regulatory, audit and/or security related requirements. She has an MBA from the University Of Chicago School Of Business.
  • Vikas Agarwal, PwC
    Mr. Agarwal has more than 11 years of financial services, regulatory, and analytics experience. He leads a team that works with Banking, Capital Markets, Asset Management and Insurance clients in implementing analytics and advanced technology solutions related to fraud, anti-money laundering, trade compliance, and regulatory reporting. Prior to joining PwC, Mr. Agarwal served as Global Head of Analytics for the Legal and Audit departments for a large global investment bank. He was responsible for implementing analytics related to litigation issues as well as developing and implementing strategies to uplift the use of data for risk assessments, control testing, and continuous monitoring. He also led Compliance Analytics at a global professional services firm and advised a number of banks in the build-out of surveillance programs and financial intelligence unit (FIU) development.

AML Unplugged

Speakers:

  • Emile van der Does de Willebois
    Mr. van der Does de Willebois is a Global Leader, Financial Market Integrity and Senior Financial Sector Specialist at the World Bank. He specializes in issues of abuse of legal entities, beneficial ownership, and the use of non-profit entities for terrorist pur-poses. At the World Bank’s Financial Market Integrity unit, he was involved in technical assistance (legislative drafting and train-ing) to Eastern Asian Pacific countries on Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT). Previously he worked in private practice specializing in banking and securities law. He started his career at the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
  • Jean Pierre Brun
    Mr. Brun is Senior Financial Sector Specialist, The World Bank. He worked as a Prosecutor and Investigative Judge in France for 12 years. He prosecuted and investigated corruption, fraud, illegal financing of political campaigns, money laundering and orga-nized crime, and worked as an auditor both in the public and the private sector. Mr. Brun was also a Director for Forensic and Fraud investigations at Deloitte Finance in Paris. He joined the World Bank in 2008 as a Financial Sector Specialist, where he works on Anti Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, providing technical assistance and training to investigators, prosecu-tors and judges dealing with financial crime.

AML Unplugged Returns … “MAFI and Financial Crime”

An informal lecture series featuring the world’s top AML experts. An AML “Who’s Who” from the Case Western Reserve University Financial Integrity Institute’s Executive Masters of Arts in Financial Integrity faculty discussing “top of the mind” topics and events of the day, in the casual setting of the Happy Dog Tavern in University Circle.

Speakers:

  • Braddock Stevenson
    Mr. Stevenson is currently the section chief overseeing FinCEN’s investigations of depository institutions for compli- ance with the Bank Secrecy Act. Braddock has been with FinCEN since 2007. Braddock has worked in Bank Secrecy Act enforcement since 2012. He has also worked in FinCEN’s Office of Regulatory Policy. During this tenure, Brad- dock investigated domestic financial institutions under the Bank Secrecy Act and implemented and interpreted regu- lations on prepaid cards, money services businesses, cross-border transmittals of funds, and currency transaction reports. His responsibilities also included investigating and drafting section 311 actions and representing FinCEN in intra-agency task forces.
  • Katherine Goepp
    Ms. Goepp is the former Senior Policy Counsel, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering, Criminal Division, U.S. De- partment of Justice. Since 2005, Ms. Goepp has been first policy counsel and then senior policy counsel there. She has extensive experience with asset forfeiture laws on a national level in their development, their structure, and how they have been applied, as well as how the program administration works and the policy implications both do- mestically and internationally. She has given presentations and training on forfeiture topics for a broad range of au- diences. Ms. Goepp is presently with the US Dept. of the Treasury.

Financial Crimes Redux

Speakers

  • Arvin E. Clar, Special Agent – Major Crimes Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigation Office of Ohio Attorney General
  • Terry Sullivan, Postal Inspector, USPIS

An informal lecture series featuring the world’s top AML experts. An AML “Who’s Who” from the Case Western Reserve University Financial Integrity lnstitute’s Executive Masters of Arts in Financial Integrity faculty discussing “top of the mind” topics and events of the day, in the casual setting of the Happy Dog Tavern in University Circle.

Speakers:

  • Phil Deluca
    Mr. Deluca is Senior Vice President and Director of Compliance Controls at U.S. Bank, and is Adjunct Professor and Senior Fel¬ low of the Financial Integrity Institute at Case Western, where he teaches courses in preventive measures ands in investiga¬ tions. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, he led the AML investigations department of a large global bank where he and his team pio¬ neered the use of issue-based typology driven investigations.
  • Andrea Gacki
    Ms. Gacki is Acting Deputy Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and Senior Fellow of the Financial Integrity Institute at Case Western, where she teaches courses relating to national security. Previously, Andrea served as OFAC’s Assistant Director for Licensing from 2010 to 2014. Andrea first joined OFAC in March 2008 as the Senior Sanctions Advisor for Program Policy & Implementation.
  • Sue Eckert
    Ms. Eckert is Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Affairs at Brown University, where she directs projects on UN Targeted Sanctions and Terrorist Financing, and explores cybersecurity governance issues, and Senior Fellow of the Financial Integrity Institute at Case Western, where she teaches courses relating to national security. She was appointed by President Clinton as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, responsible for US dual-use export control and sanctions policies.

Northern Ohio Chapter Board of Directors Elections

Speakers:

  • Robert Burch, KeyBank Chief Information Security Officer
    "The Cyber Threat"
  • Adam Kruger, Analyst, Cleveland HIDTA
    "Using social media to catch criminals"

AML Unplugged… (MAFI and Financial Crime)

An informal lecture series featuring the world’s top AML experts. An AML "Who’s Who" from the Case Western Reserve University Financial Integrity Ins$tute’s Execu$ve Masters of Arts in Financial Integrity faculty discussing "top of the mind" topics and events of the day, in the casual se’ng of the Happy Dog Tavern in University Circle.

Speakers:

  • Jonathan Adler
    Jonathan H. Adler is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Business Law & Regula"on, and inaugural Associate Director of the Financial Integrity Ins"tute at Case Western, where he teaches courses in environmental, administra"ve and cons"tu"onal law. He has tes"fied before Congress a dozen "mes, and his work has been cited in the U.S. Supreme Court. A 2016 study iden"fied Professor Adler as the most-cited legal academic in administra"ve and environmental law under age 50.
  • Forrest Stanley
    Forrest Stanley is Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow of the Financial Integrity Ins"tute at Case Western, where he teaches courses in financial regula"on. He spent 34 years at Key Bank in a variety of posi"ons, the last of which, Deputy General Counsel, he re"red from recently.
  • Richard Gordon
    Richard Gordon is Professor of Law, inaugural Director of the Financial Integrity Ins"tute and Associate Director of the Frederick K. Cox Interna"onal Law at Case Western, where he teaches courses on financial integrity, banking regula"on, and interna"onal taxa"on. Following the a:acks of September 11, 2001, Gordon served on the select IMF Task Force on Terrorism Finance and co-led the IMF and World Bank’s involvement in an"-money laundering and terrorism financing, and has par"cipated in FATF 40 compliance assessments in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Southeast Asia.

AML Unplugged…


The Panama Papers — How to Hide a Billion Dollars!

The Panama Papers are one of the largest data leaks in history: 2.6 tera-bytes that include 11.5 million documents from the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. Contained within the unprecedented volume of files are a network that expose how some of the global political elite use off-shore bank accounts and shell companies to conceal wealth.

Speaker

  • Richard Gordon, Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve Univ. Law school, Inaugural Director of the Financial Integrity Institute
    Richard has served on the IMF Task Force on Terrorism Finance and co-lead the IMF and World Bank anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing efforts.

AML Unplugged…

An informal lecture series featuring the world’s top AML experts. An AML “Who’s Who” from the Case Western Reserve University Financial Integrity Institute’s Executive Masters of Arts in Financial Integrity faculty discussing “top of the mind” topics and events of the day, in the casual setting of the Happy Dog Tavern in University Circle.

ACAMS AML Unplugged

Speakers

  • Richard Gordon
    Richard Gordon is Professor of Law, inaugural Director of the Financial Integrity Institute and Associate Director of the Freder-ick K. Cox International Law at Case Western, where he teaches courses on financial integrity, banking regulation, and interna-tional taxation. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Gordon served on the select IMF Task Force on Terrorism Finance and co-led the IMF and World Bank’s involvement in anti-money laundering and terrorism financing, and has participated in FATF 40 compliance assessments in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Southeast Asia.
  • Juscelino Colares
    Juscelino F. Colares is the Schott-van den Eynden chair in Business Law, inaugural Deputy Director of the Financial Integrity Insti-tute and Associate Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center. Professor Colares teaches courses in civil proce-dure and international business and regulatory law. A Brazilian-born, naturalized citizen of the United States, he is a member of the United States Roster of NAFTA (Chapter 19) Trade Panelists. Professor Colares’s scholarship explores inter-jurisdictional conflicts between national business/regulatory law and international trade. He has served on the editorial board of several academic and professional publications, including Transparency International’s Global Corruption Report.
  • Mike Benza
    Mike Benza is Senior Instructor in Law at Case Western and inaugural associate Director of the Financial Integrity Institute, where he teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I, Death Penalty Issues, the Death Penalty Lab, Federal Prisoner Rights, In-ternational Perspectives on the Death Penalty. Professor Benza also represents death row inmates in state courts and federal habeas proceedings and has litigated capital cases in state trial courts, state appellate and post-conviction courts, and federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States.

Focus on the Cyber Threat

Speaker:

Barry Spencer, Special Agent, FBI Cyber Team


Anatomy of a SAR

Sponsor:


Focus on Human Trafficking

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Featured Speakers:

  • Karen Walsh– Director, Collaborative to End Human Trafficking
    Topic: Human Trafficking – 21st Centry Slavery
  • Ryan Chrysler– Task Force Director, Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force
    Topic: Recent Human Trafficking Prosecutions

The Challenges of Terrorist Financing on into 2016


ACAMS and the Postal Service: Lessons on Financial Crime Challenges


ACAMS Northern Ohio Chapter “Celebrates Mardi Gras”


Recent Money Laundering Prosecutions and emerging Criminal Trends


Northern Ohio ACAMS Chapter Launch

Bill Cloninger

Bill Cloninger, CAMS
KeyBank
Chapter Co-Chair

Bill Cloninger is a Senior Investigator in KeyBank’s AML Investigations Unit, since 2005. This "second career" follows over 20 years of wide ranging banking managerial experience with Wells Fargo Bank, Crocker National Bank, Western States Bankcard Association and Bracton Corporation, a merchant banking and private equity firm owned by the UK clearing Bank, Midland Bank plc. ACAMS honored Bill in 2016 by naming him the “ACAMS Professional of the Month” for April 2016. Outside of banking, Bill is a World and US National record setting hot air balloon pilot and an avid bicycle racer.

Email: Bill.Cloninger@KeyBank.com


John Moody

John Moody, CAMS
JRM3 LLC
Chapter Co-Treasurer

John Moody is a native of the greater Cleveland Ohio area and an accomplished CAMS professional. With a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Akron and a CRCM from the Institute of Certified Bankers, Moody’s career covers a wide-banking background. He specializes in the analysis, creation and maintenance of anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing compliance programs that effectively integrate with financial institution business initiatives. He started his career in 1981, working in various roles at seven different banks. These banks ranged from small U.S. banks to two large U.S. regional banks. Moody has been with KeyBank N.A. since April 2005 as BSA officer and vice president. He is responsible for governing Bank Secrecy Act compliance topics and reports to the chief AML officer.

In addition, he is a founding director of the ACAMS Northern Ohio Chapter and was recently re-elected for another term. Moody participates in several AML peer call groups. In his current compliance manager role, Moody draws from various earlier roles, such as branch manager, accountant, compliance officer and senior compliance auditor. Moody’s outside interests include traveling to the National Parks of the U.S. and Canada, hiking, rafting and canoeing in the Rocky Mountains and other locations as well as reading and watching science fiction.


Monique Johnson

Monique Johnson
KeyBank N.A.
Chapter Co- Secretary

Monique L. Johnson is Corporate Compliance Manager and Vice President within KeyBank’s Financial Crimes Governance (FCG) Compliance Testing Program. She recently developed and implemented an enterprise-wide Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) testing within Key’s Compliance Risk Management Department. The Program maintains responsibility for performing independent 2nd line of defense validation testing of the organization’s control environment used to comply with laws and regulations.

Monique has more than twelve years of banking experience serving in prior roles as Senior Audit Strategist and Federal Reserve Bank Regulator, specializing in conducting regulatory BSA/AML examinations of small, regional and large financial institutions.

Monique earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Criminology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.  She currently maintains the Advanced AML Audit Designation (CAMS-Audit) certification.


Jody Nappier

Jody Nappier, CAMS
Financial Compliance Services, LLC
Chapter Co-Secretary

Jody Nappier is the owner of Financial Compliance Services, LLC, a private company based in Chagrin Falls, OH. She established the business to assist Financial Institutions and Nonbank Financial Institutions in managing their financial risk and satisfying government regulatory requirements.

Before starting her own business, Jody served as a Compliance Officer for a global financial consulting firm in Cleveland, Ohio. With her numerous years of experience in the BSA/AML field, she has lent her knowledge to banks ranging from small community establishments to large international institutions.

Jody attended Western Michigan University and Purdue University along with earning her CAMS certification in 2007.

Email: jody.nappier@financialcompliacesvs.com


Ali Lukungu

Ali Lukungu, CAMS
PNC
Chapter Finance Director

Ali Lukungu is a Quality Assurance Specialist in the AML Operations group. Prior to joining PNC Bank, he worked for Crowe Horwath LLP in the firm’s External Audit Group and later in the Risk Compliance practice servicing clients in the financial service industry. His multi-disciplinary projects have included AML Risk Assessments, Risk-based Customer Due Diligence, Investigations quality assurance, Transaction monitoring and Investigations, policies and procedures reviews & improvements, and AML Lookbacks.

Ali earned his MBA and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Tiffin University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Email: ali.lukungu@pnc.com


Eniko Csiszer

Eniko Csiszer, CAMS
New York Community Bank
Chapter Finance Director

Eniko Csiszer serves as an Enhanced Due Diligence Advisory Team Senior Analyst. In her current position she performs complex Enhanced Due Diligence reviews for the high risk customers of the Bank. Previously, Ms. Csiszer was a Senior Investigator at NYCB & PNC Bank, where she performed case analysis, investigated potentially suspicious activity, made risk-based suspicious activity recommendations and prepared SARs. Additionally Mrs. Csiszer served as a Quality Control Compliance Specialist over the Enhanced Due Diligence Team at Gabriel Partners LLC, where she provided quality assessments and mentorship to the EDD Unit.

With eighteen years of experience in the banking and insurance industry, Ms. Csiszer served as an Operations & Controls Specialist for three years in the insurance setting and fifteen years in various areas of the banking industry, including retail banking, operations, lending and compliance.

Mrs. Csiszer holds an Applied Business Degree, majoring in Accounting and is fluent in English, Hungarian and Romanian. As of 2013, she is a certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and currently is a board member for the Northern Ohio ACAMS Chapter, serving as a Finance Director.

Email: ecsiszer@hotmail.com


Todd Maher

Todd Maher, CAMS
Halo Platform Development

Todd Maher is the Compliance Officer for Halo Platform Development (a crypto currency issuer and exchange). Prior to Halo Platform,Todd was a Senior AML Investigator at PNC. Prior to joining PNC, Todd was a compliance analyst at Equity Trust Company with a focus on asset reviews, red flag report creation and audit as well as investigations in the self-directed IRA universe. Todd received his B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Todd has been a member of ACAMS for the past six years and received his CAMS certification in 2012. His passions are his family, cryptocurrencies, alternative investments, geopolitics and economics. Todd has been a founding direct of the ACAMS NOH Chapter.


John Goellnitz

John Goellnitz, CAMS
PNC

John Goellnitz is a Detection & Investigation Associate II at PNC Bank performing case analysis, investigations for potentially suspicious activity, making risk-based suspicious activity recommendations and prepare SARs for AML and Terrorist Financing cases along with preventing overall risk to the bank. Prior to PNC Bank, Mr. Goellnitz worked as a Compliance Specialist/Team Leader at AML RightSource LLC providing his expertise in performing Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR), Currency Transaction Reports (CTR), case investigation, OFAC/FinCEN 314(a) scans and overall quality control. He is also well versed in Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD), money service business, audit preparation, report generation and risk rating customers.


Michael Gulitz

Michael Gulitz
PNC

Mike holds the position of Detection and Investigation Staff Manager for PNC Bank’s Financial Intelligence Unit in the AML Surveillance Division.  He has nearly 30 years of experience in the Financial Sector, most recently having spent 14 years as Senior Vice President managing the Direct Consumer Underwriting Department and consumer loan portfolio at FirstMerit/Huntington National Bank.

Having graduated from Bowling Green State University, Mike’s career in banking began with the startup of Society National Bank/Key Bank’s Debit Card Services Department in 1993.  Mike moved to the Cleveland area in 1995 when he joined Fifth Third Bank’s Management Training Program.  He would spend the next 13 years holding numerous positions in retail banking, including Regional Manager and Relationship Manager in the Private Client Services Division.  Mike was named as a member of Fifth Third’s Conversion and Acquisition team in 1996, and would be involved with numerous bank acquisitions over the course of the next 5 years.

Mike holds Series VI and Series VII licenses, has completed several Dale Carnegie courses on Leadership and has recently completed the CoreSource Leadership Journey Program.


Frank Meister

Frank Meister, CAMS
Treliant

Frank Meister is currently a Group Manager for the Akron location of Huntington Bank’s BSA/ AML Program.  Prior to Huntington’s acquisition of FirstMerit Bank, Mr. Meister was the BSA/ AML Officer for FirstMerit. Mr. Meister is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a co-chair of the Northern Ohio ACAMS chapter. He has his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Ashland University and his Bachelors of Materials Science and Engineering from Purdue University. He has been a member of Huntington/ FirstMerit for over 20 years. Prior to his role with BSA/ AML matters, he held positions in Project Management and Process Improvement.


James E. Hixenbaugh

James E. Hixenbaugh, CAMS
PNC Bank

Jim is an international BSA-AML Consultant with over 37 years of experience in a wide variety of investigative and banking climates. Jim holds a Criminal Justice degree from the University of Cincinnati and graduate work in accountancy and computer science. He is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). He served as a Special Agent with the U.S. Treasury Department for over 29 years, which included a senior supervisory role in the Northern Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). He has supervised several Federal law enforcement task forces and has been a leader in the evolving field of Bank Secrecy Act – Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) Compliance. Jim has 12 years of domestic and international banking experience which have included BSA-AML risk assessments and investigations, BSA-AML audits, Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) audits and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) audits. He is currently is a Detection and Investigations Manager at PNC Bank.

Email: fgvinc@yahoo.com


Karen Valenti-Huet

Karen Valenti-Huet, CAMS
New York Community Bank

Karen Valenti-Huet is the Vice President, BSA & OFAC Operations Officer for New York Community Bank’s BSA/AML/OFAC department. In her present role she currently manages the Action Plans for NYDFS 504, CDD, Internal Audit, Regulator Exam and Third Party Recommendations.

Her former duties included managing day-to-day operations for the Ohio team encompassing, Case review and approval, SAR Quality Control, SAR filing, CIP and the 314(b) process. Her thirty-one years of banking experience includes her start with Ohio Savings Bank as a float customer service representative, advancing to branch supervisor/manager, loan officer, retail banking manager and operations/compliance manager. Prior to NYCB’s acquisition, Karen was the Bank Secrecy Act Compliance officer for Ohio Savings/AmTrust Bank.  She continues to work on staff development and encourages CAMS certification, providing mentoring to those individuals with the desire to excel.

Karen received her CAMS certification in 2007.  She also obtained certification with the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (CFCS) in 2013.

In her free time she enjoys family events with her sons and grandchildren and exhibiting her custom built 1947 Street rods at various charity car shows.

Email: Karen.Valenti-Huet@mynycb.com


Brian Sallee

Brian Sallee, CAMS
Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department
Special Assistant to the Sheriff

Brian Sallee is a Special Assistant to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff.  Prior to joining the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department in 2017, Brian C. Sallee was Of Counsel with McCarthy Lebit and is the head of the Financial Compliance practice group. Brian applies his years of experience as a government agent investigating money laundering and organized crime to help banks and businesses, such as car dealerships and jewelers, prevent and work through financial regulations, including money laundering, asset forfeiture and violations of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).

Brian is a founding member of the Northern Ohio Chapter of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists. He is also one of a select group of money laundering expert witnesses used by the United States government.

Outside of the office, Brian teaches classes relating to business and forensic accounting at several colleges and universities. He also regularly presents on topics relating to financial compliance and various conferences and seminars. He uses this experience when educating clients on the law and standards of compliance.

Email: Sams717@sbcglobal.net


Jessica M. Vescera

Jessica M. Vescera, CAMS
PNC

Jessica Vescera is currently the AML Surveillance Quality Assurance (SQA) Manager with PNC Bank managing a team of 16 SQA Specialists.  Jessica started her AML career at Key Bank before joining PNC in 2010 and has over 11 years of AML experience including internal training, policy & procedure enhancements, transaction monitoring, Investigations and Quality Assurance.  Jessica earned her degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Cleveland State University and became a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) in 2012.


Alek El-Kamhawy

Alek El-Kamhawy
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Financial Integrity Institute

In the United States, Alek El Kamhawy is a criminal defense attorney, representing clients in both federal and state courts, where he specializes in complex litigations including terrorism, terrorism financing, and related matters. He is also Honorary Professor of Law and Director of the American Common Law Center at the Law Faculty, Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he teaches courses in the prevention of public corruption, money laundering, and terrorism financing. He is fluent in English, Arabic, and Russian, and has a master’s degree from Ohio State University and a J.D. from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Alek has been instrumental in organizing the Chapter’s Happy Dog Lecture Series – AML Unplugged.


BOARD ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Board Advisory Committee officials represent sponsor and partner organizations and serve in an ex-offico capacity.

Laura Grasha

Laura Grasha, CAMS
PNC

Laura Grasha is the Director of AML Surveillance Operations with PNC Bank. Laura has 14 years of AML experience with PNC including BSA/AML investigations, quality assurance, OFAC screening, transaction monitoring, tuning and scenario development, and development of internal training.

Laura holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Walsh University and CAMS and CFCS Certifications.

Email: laura.grasha@pnc.com


Gregory Moore

Gregory Moore
Notre Dame College – Center for Intelligence Studies

Dr. Gregory Moore is Professor of History, Director of the Center for Intelligence Studies and the Chairperson of the Department of History and Political Science at Notre Dame College in Cleveland, Ohio.

He holds a doctorate in American Diplomatic History from Kent State University, and is a graduate of FBI Citizen’s Academy. Dr. Moore has published The War Came to Me: A Story of Hope and Endurance (2009) and numerous articles, including “The History of U.S. Intelligence” in Homeland Security and Intelligence (2010) and “Human Aspects in Intelligence Education” (2015). He is also the editor of the Encyclopedia of U.S. Intelligence (2014). From 2012 – 2014 Dr. Moore served as a consultant for the NATO Humint Center of Excellence, in Oradea, Romania, serving as a subject matter expert, team leader and coordinating editor for the COE’s publication, Human Aspects in NATO Military Operations (2014). He conducted briefings for senior NATO military and civilian leadership in Bucharest and Oradea, Romania and at NATO headquarters in Brussels. His latest book, Defining and Defending the Open Door Policy, Theodore Roosevelt and China, 1901-1909, was published by Lexington Books in June 2015.

Email: gmoore@ndc.edu


Greg Kolocin

Greg Kolocin
Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park

Greg Kolocin is the Compliance Specialist at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. His experience includes both Table Games and VLT (Slot) operations, having opened the Horseshoe Casino as a Table Games Supervisor, Thistledown Racino as a VLT Supervisor, and Hard Rock Rocksino as a VLT Shift Manager. Since 2015, he has worked under the guidance of Compliance Director Kyle Wentz, whose experience spans both the regulatory and operations worlds. Greg also has over thirty years of experience in the Food and Beverage industry, from FOH operations to General Manager. He is a native of western Pennsylvania, and has lived in Ohio for over thirty years, the past twenty of which in Northeast Ohio.

He resides in Fairview Park with his wife Christine and his twelve year old son, Ben. In his off time, Greg enjoys traveling and collecting sports memorabilia.

Email: gregory.kolocin@hrrnp.com


Richard Gordon

Richard Gordon
Case Western Reserve University School of Law – Financial Integrity Institute

Richard Gordon teaches courses on financial integrity, banking regulation, and international taxation. Prior to coming to Case Western Reserve, Gordon practiced international tax law in Washington, DC, and later taught courses in tax and corporate governance at the Harvard Law School, where he also served as deputy director of the International Tax Program. After leaving Harvard, Gordon joined the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where he was senior counsel and senior financial sector expert, and where he worked on sovereign debt restructuring and financial integrity matters.

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Gordon served on the select IMF Task Force on Terrorism Finance and co-led the IMF and World Bank’s involvement in anti-money laundering and terrorism financing. He was the principal draftsperson of the preventive measures section of the first compliance assessment methodology for the Financial Action Task Force 40 Recommendations. He has participated in a number of FATF 40 compliance assessments in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Southeast Asia, and has published numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and research studies on anti-money laundering and terrorism as well as scholarly articles and book chapters on taxation.

Email: richard.gordon@case.edu


Laura Grasha

Karen Valenti-Huet, CAMS
New York Community Bank

Karen Valenti-Huet is the BSA/AML Manager, Second Vice President for New York Community Bank’s BSA/AML department.  She is responsible day-to-day operations for the Ohio team encompassing, Case review and approval, SAR Quality Control, SAR filing, Customer Identification Program and the 314(b) process.

Her twenty-nine years of banking experience includes her start with Ohio Savings Bank as a float customer service representative, advancing to branch supervisor and manager, loan officer, retail banking manager, operations and compliance manager and Bank Secrecy Act Compliance officer with a solid focus on BSA/AML/OFAC regulations.  She works consistently on staff development and providing mentoring to those individuals with the desire to excel.

Karen received her CAMS certification in 2007.  She also obtained certification with the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (CFCS) in 2013.

Email: Karen.Valenti-Huet@mynycb.com


Thad Gregg

Thad Gregg, CAMS
KeyBank, N.A.

Thad Gregg is Division Manager in KeyBank’s AML Special Investigations Unit. This position followed 10years with KeyBank in the roles of AML Investigator, and Investigation Quality Control. Thad’s career path leading to his current position began with that of a Peace Officer/K9 Handler with the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department, followed by that of the Chief Bank Security Officer for TransOhio Savings and Third Federal Savings.