Pittsburgh Chapter


Upcoming Pittsburgh Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Welcome to the Pittsburgh Chapter of ACAMS! Founded in September 2017, our chapter’s mission remains consistent with the international ACAMS mission, which is “to advance the professional knowledge, skills and experience of those dedicated to the prevention, detection and reporting of international money laundering.” To achieve this mission, our Board of Directors is comprised of professionals from financial institutions, public and private sector industry experts, and law enforcement who have years of experience in the AML and counter-terrorist-financing fields. We aim to provide our region, encompassing western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and south eastern Ohio, a platform for career development and professional networking. By joining our chapter, you will have access to chapter events aimed to bring our ever growing community together to discuss the rapidly expanding anti-money laundering field.

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ACAMS Pittsburgh Chapter Sponsors

2018 Pittsburgh Chapter Annual Newsletter

Upcoming Pittsburgh Chapter learning events will be announced soon.

Opioid Epidemic

For the presentation our speaker will give an overview of the Opioid Epidemic that is currently facing the United States and the region. In addition our speaker will talk about how financial institutions and Law Enforcement can work together to combat this problem.


SSA Shawn Brokos
SSA Shawn Brokos became a Special Agent in 1996 after spending several years in the banking industry. After graduating from Quantico, she was assigned to the Newark, NJ Division. While assigned to Newark, she worked Public Corruption, Gangs, and Violent Crimes.
After 18 years in Newark, she was transferred to the Pittsburgh Division. From 2014-2016, SSA Brokos was the Supervisory Special Agent for the Complex Financial Crime Program in the Pittsburgh Division. The Complex Financial Crime Program investigates Corporate Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Bank Fraud, Identity Theft, Investment/Commodities Fraud, Internet Fraud and Intellectual Property Rights. From 2016 to the present, SSA Brokos has supervised a transnational organized crime squad that focuses on tackling the current Opiate Epidemic with the use of a DarkNet Fentanyl Task Force and an Opiate Overdose Task Force.
In addition to her work as a squad supervisor, she serves as the coordinator for Pittsburgh’s Crisis Negotiation Team. SSA Shawn Brokos is also part of the FBI Pittsburgh Training Team who received the 2016 FBI Director’s Award for Excellence in Training and Professional Development.

2019 AML & BSA Automation & Technology

During the event our speakers will discuss key trends happening in AML and BSA departments of all sizes. The speakers will cover topics as it relates to automation, artificial intelligence, and technology. This event is sponsored by Thomson Reuters.


  • Sarah Purcell from Thomson Reuters
    Sarah Purcell is a highly experienced public records investigative researcher with over 15 years of professional experience in the legal industry. Since joining Thomson Reuters in 2005, she has assisted customers ranging from small law firms to large corporations with investigative and research needs. In her current role as a Public Records Product Specialist, Sarah works closely with KYC, fraud, CIP, and compliance departments across many industries, and works alongside the Thomson Reuters’ New Product Development team to identify and create innovative due diligence solutions. Sarah earned a B.A. from St. Norbert College and a J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
  • Lesley Park from Thomson Reuters
    Lesley Park is a Senior Client Manager for Thomson Reuters Strategic Accounts Team, working with new and existing investigative clients in the areas of Regulatory Compliance, AML, KYC, CIP, Third-Party Risk, Fraud, Due Diligence, and Insurance Investigations. Lesley works closely with her customers to understand their needs, develop training programs, and ensure overall customer success. Before joining Thomson Reuters, she had experience in consulting, event planning, public relations, sales account management and customer service. In 2018, Lesley completed her CAMS Certification and became an Event/Speaker Director on the Greater Twin Cities ACAMS executive board.
  • Joel Borsh from FinScan
    Joel Borsh is Vice President of North America at FinScan, a leading provider of advanced anti-money laundering solutions trusted by some of the largest organizations in the world. With over 20 years in the financial and banking industry, Joel is responsible for the delivery of AML software solutions in the risk and compliance space. At FinScan, he oversees financial services, insurance and gaming verticals. He has served on the American Gaming Association (AGA) compliance advisory group and has been a speaker at their conferences. Prior to joining FinScan, Joel held management positions at Pitney Bowes Banking Solutions and Messaging Technologies where he worked with multi-regional and national banks, providing client core systems integration solutions. He holds a degree in marketing administration from St. Vincent College.

A “Look-Back” at AML in 2018 and What to Expect in 2019

As we start 2019, join us to hear from the 2018 ACAMS AML Professional of the Year on what made 2018 a year to remember in the world of AML and what to expect in the World of AML in 2019.


  • Jason Chorlins from Kaufman Rossin

Virtual Currency Seminar


Introduction and Overview of Virtual Currencies & Blockchain presented by Coinbase

Main Event

AML Virtual Currency Investigations presented by Coinbase & Panel Discussion on Virtual Currency


  • Katherine Johnson from Coinbase
  • David Bitkower from Jenner & Block

AML Enforcement & Cannabis Banking

Travis Nelson, a partner at Holland & Knight, LLP, will present a lecture on two hot topics in bank regulation. First, in the area of anti-money laundering enforcement, now more than ever banks and their in-house counsel and compliance officers need to appreciate the risk of federal examination and enforcement of anti-money laundering laws. Not only does AML enforcement pose significant reputational risk for banks, but also a comparatively heightened risk for enforcement actions against in-house counsel and compliance officers personally. Second, in the area of Cannabis Banking, the current political and regulatory environment has left many banks and their legal and compliance departments dazed and confused over whether or not they may serve this rapidly emerging industry. This issue is complicated by the fact that there is no “typical” marijuanarelated business against which banks can design their cannabis lending policy, or evaluate their cannabis lending risk.


Travis Nelson from Holland & Knight LLP

Human Trafficking


Mary C. Burke, Ph.D of Carlow University & The Project to End Human Trafficking

Recent Industry Trends and What It Means To The Future Of The AML Professional

This event will address recent industry trends and vulnerabilities that financial institutions are faced with as they continue to evolve their AML Program and assess resource needs. Trends include human trafficking, cyber and fraud risks, virtual currency and others. A question and answer session will be held for the keynote speaker after the presentation.


Jim Candelmo, Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer with Capital One

ACAMS Pittsburgh Chapter Launch Event “Casino Gaming Enforcement: Investigations, auditing, fraud prevention and anti-money laundering”

The audience will gain an understanding of how private industry, government regulators and law enforcement work together to address corruption and crime in casinos.


  • Salim Jackson, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
  • David Vanderaar, Gaming Supervisor Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Gaming Enforcement
  • Mike Rodriguez, Chapter Development Manager, ACAMS

Bryan Chapman

Bryan Chapman, CAMS
PNC Bank

Bryan Chapman is currently a Detection and Investigations Manager in the AML Operations and Financial Intelligence Unit for PNC Bank. Bryan is responsible for managing a team of industry leading investigators responsible for identifying emerging trends, streamlining investigations operations, completing holistic reviews, and regulatory filing. Prior to PNC, Bryan has experience in Insurance Fraud with Progressive Insurance, then at The Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM) roles involving risk, compliance, and ethics.

Bryan is a member of Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS) since 2014, and received his CAMS certification in 2016. In addition is a member of Association of Certified Financial Crimes Specialist (ACFCS) since 2015. Bryan holds a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from California University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from California University of Pennsylvania.

Email: bryan.chapman@pnc.com

John Waterstrom

John K Waterstram, CAMS CFCS
PNC Bank

John Waterstram leads the Global Corruption and Counter Terrorism Team within PNC Bank’s BSA/AML Compliance Special Inquiry group. He joined PNC Bank in 2009, previously working with Citizens Bank’s Broker-dealer Citizens Charter One Investment Services Corp. and American Express Financial Advisors. He holds degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a certificate in Financial Crime Investigation from Utica College.

Email: john.waterstram@pnc.com

Jennifer Wright, CAMS

Jennifer Wright, CAMS
Dollar Bank

Jennifer is currently the Vice President of BSA Compliance and the BSA Officer for Dollar Bank in Pittsburgh, Pa. She has been with the Bank since January 2002 and exclusively in BSA Compliance since 2011. Jennifer is responsible for creating, maintaining and enforcing the Bank’s BSA Policy and Procedures, as well as having hands on involvement with the day-to-day responsibilities required to ensure compliance with all aspects of the BSA Regulation. Jennifer achieved her CAMS certification in 2013. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts from California University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Management and Technology from Carlow University.

Email: jwright659@dollarbank.com

John Lash

John E. Lash, MBA, CAMS, CFE, PMP
Control Risks

John Lash is a Principal within Control Risks’ Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence practice in the Americas region. He is the leader of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) group for the Americas region.

John has significant experience advising domestic and international clients in national security reviews before CFIUS and assisting clients with related regulations including the mitigation of foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI). He leads teams serving in independent audit and monitor roles as required by mitigation terms and provides guidance to clients during various phases of CFIUS evaluation, submission, and review.

John applies his experience in strategic threat management, cybersecurity, and business strategy to advise clients on evaluating and mitigating global trade risk, focusing on maximizing opportunity value. He provides transactional guidance by performing operational and economic impact studies, in addition to evaluating current-state and target-state corporate security models. John also advises clients on comprehensive mitigation structures, including implementation and assessment considerations that may impact national security standards or deal economics.

John has also participated in anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) consulting engagements – including model and system validations, customer risk rating methodology, Know-Your-Customer file remediation, and transactional analysis look-backs.

John has obtained the following professional credentials: Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Email: john.lash@controlrisks.com

David Vanderaar

David Vanderaar

David Vanderaar is a twenty-two-year veteran law enforcement officer. His assignments have included bureau of gaming enforcement (casino), patrol unit corporal, criminal intelligence officer, criminal investigation unit, and patrol unit. He is collaterally a member of the US Office of the District Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania, FinCEN Suspicious Activity Report Review Team, and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). In addition to conducting investigations into a broad field of criminal activity, David’s specialized experience in intelligence, threat finance, financial forensic techniques, asset forfeiture and traditional financial crime and money laundering enhance cooperation between law enforcement and the financial services industry. His investigative efforts successfully traced funds stolen during a homicide which proved crucial in securing a murder conviction. During a national synthetic drug investigation, his work with a multi-jurisdictional financial investigation team established source and disposition of funds to support criminal conviction for drug delivery charges and asset forfeiture. David trains law enforcement, financial services and casino compliance personnel on current and evolving criminal modus operandi, and is an advocate for a fiduciary standard of service in the financial planning industry.

David served as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army, Military Intelligence Corps. He holds a BA Degree in International Politics with a Minor in Military Studies from The Pennsylvania State University and an Executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Duquesne University.

Email: dvanderaar@outlook.com

Debra D’Arrigo, CAMS CPA
Capital One

Debra D’Arrigo is a Senior Director within Capital One’s AML Compliance organization and is responsible for the enterprise wide AML and sanctions risk assessment team. Prior to Capital One, Debra was with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland where she was responsible for examining financial institutions to ensure the safety and soundness of their operations and focused on financial analysis, internal audit, AML compliance and enterprise risk management. Debra began her career in the financial services industry at BNY Mellon in 1991 and since then has gained a broad range of experience in management, operations, compliance and audit-related capacities. With 25 years of financial services experience, in addition to her regulatory background, she’s held positions with several large financial services institutions, consulting companies and public accounting firms. Debra earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris. She is a CPA and is CAMS certified.

Email: Debra.DArrigo@capitalone.com

Jill Sheppard

Jill Sheppard, CAMS CFE
WesBanco Bank
Co-Membership Director

Jill Sheppard is the Chief BSA/AML Officer and Director of Investigations at WesBanco Bank, Inc. Headquartered in Wheeling, WV. Jill has 25 years of experience with WesBanco including Retail, Operations and Internal Audit. Jill supervises WesBanco’s BSA/AML/OFAC program as well as the Fraud Prevention and Investigations program.

Jill is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University. She is CAMS certified and is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Email: sheppard@wesbanco.com

Andrew Zakrocki, JD
The Bank of New York Mellon
Co-Programing Director

Andrew Zakrocki joined BNY Mellon in 2009 and is currently a Managing Director and Managing Counsel responsible for overseeing the firm’s suspicious activity investigation and reporting function. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Andrew served for more than eight years as an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office where he held several roles including Deputy Unit Chief of the Identity Theft Unit. Andrew earned his B.A. from the State University of New York College at Geneseo and his J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School. He is a licensed attorney in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Email: andrew.zakrocki@bnymellon.com

Kathleen Nandan

Kathleen Nandan, JD CAMS
Co-Programing Director

Kathie, counsel at Pittsburgh-based law firm Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC, has worked both in private practice and in government. She advises clients on the conduct of internal investigations, anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act requirements, federal asset forfeiture, subpoena compliance, trial preparation, and general civil litigation. Before moving into private practice, Kathie served nearly thirteen years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kathie was an authority on federal asset forfeiture, money laundering, and complex financial investigations, and she served as Deputy Chief and Chief of the Forfeiture Unit before serving as the Principal Deputy Chief, Civil Division.

Kathie is CAMS certified. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Email: knandan@leechtishman.com

Gordon Plancon

Gordon Plancon, CAMS CFE
Washington Financial Bank
Communications Director

Gordon, a native of Massachusetts, and alumnus of North Adams State College, is a CAMS & CFE certified Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering professional with 14+ years of industry experience.

After a ten-year term traveling both the US and Canada conducting FDCP audits of collection agencies for a Richmond, Virginia based credit card issuer, Gordon began his BSA/AML career with Wachovia Securities as a fraud investigator. This experience led to several years of BSA/AML consulting work in Washington DC, and Pittsburgh.

In the fall of 2010, Gordon joined Washington Financial Bank as their BSA/AML Compliance Officer, and continues in that role to date. Gordon is a 2017 graduate of the Pittsburgh FBI Citizens Academy, and is currently serving as treasurer for both the McMurray Lions Club, and Highland Ridge Community Development Corporation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Email: gplancon@mywashingtonfinancial.com

Amanda Avolia

Amanda Avolia
Law Enforcement Liaison

Amanda Avolia is a Special Agent with the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. She graduated the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in 2007 and has been an Agent in the Pittsburgh Office since. In her tenure, Amanda has investigated many complex financial crimes focusing on violations of tax evasion and money laundering. These investigations have included investment fraud, mortgage fraud, embezzlement, return preparer fraud, and international fraud. Through these investigations and numerous law enforcement task forces, Amanda has developed excellent relationships the United States Attorney’s Office, United States Secret Service, United States Postal Inspection Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police. Amanda has been a member of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI) since 2014 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Accounting from Mount Aloysius College.

Email: amanda.avolia@ci.irs.gov