Top Experts Guide ACFCS
ACFCS is built on the proposition that the attack on financial crime can be more effective through better coordination, unification of distinct operating units and converging the different elements of financial crime. The ACFCS Advisory Board, an array of leading experts in financial crime, embodies this proposition and guides the association.
Daniel P. Boylan | Bank of America, Charlotte | Senior Vice President and Audit Director
Sonia Desai | Bank of the West, San Francisco | Senior Vice President, BSA/OFAC Director of Operations
A current resident of Sydney, she is responsible for the for global anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, sanctions and customer risk monitoring and operations center of the largest financial institution in Australia. She is a former Foreign Service Officer of the United States Department of State, and helped shape US sanctions with the Office of Foreign Assets Control. She authored an amendment to the US-Burma sanctions regime which became law. At CBA Group, she also developed and implemented its global strategy for its international offices, which encompasses fraud awareness, financial crime operations and physical security. Previously, she was Executive Manager for Sanctions Operations, where she built and oversaw CBA Group’s sanctions compliance program. Before moving to Australia to join CBA Group, she helped build Wells Fargo’s Financial Intelligence Unit, in San Francisco.
Kelvin Dickenson | Alacra, New York | Vice President, Compliance Solutions
Vice President of Compliance Solutions at Alacra, he is responsible for leading a customer-focused product roadmap to ensure KYC/AML and vendor/third party due diligence compliance with a range of regulatory requirements. Prior to joining Alacra in 2014, Kelvin was at Dun & Bradstreet for 9 years. most recently as Managing Director of Compliance Solutions and previously as principal consultant for several of D&B’s strategic customers, leading engagements in compliance, reference data, credit review and risk management. Before joining D&B, Kelvin spent a combined 20 years in Compliance, Credit, Loss Prevention and Managerial roles at two major financial institutions where his responsibilities included developing CIP policies, procedures, data sources and technology solutions to meet the requirements of the USA Patriot Act. He is a member of the charter class of Certified Financial Crime Specialists and is a current member of the advisory board at the Association of Certified Financial Crimes Specialists.
Wissam Fattouh | Union of Arab Banks, Beirut | Secretary General
Toni Gillich | Government Accountability Office, Washington, D.C. | Senior Analyst
A Senior Analyst with the Government Accountability Office, she is part of a team responsible for conducting performance audits for Congress, covering a wide range of financial services industry issues. She has 15 years experience in auditing banking and securities issues, focusing on financial crimes. She has led audits on the oversight of suspicious activity reporting, banking and securities regulators’ anti-money laundering examination programs, and various payments systems and banking issues. She has contributed to numerous audits involving other financial crimes issues including violations of financial sanctions programs, Mexican cartels, maritime piracy, and ongoing work in virtual currencies and cyber threats to financial institutions. Before her auditing career, she was a lobbyist in international trade issues. She holds a B.A. in Economics and M.A. in International Development from American University.
J.R. Helmig | Leveraged Outcomes, LLC., Washington, D.C. | Founder and CEO,
Blending expertise gained from the client facing financial services and national security industries, he founded Leveraged Outcomes LLC. to be a critical force multiplier during times of regulatory change, operational risk, and strategic opportunity. Focuses include technology selection and implementation, data collection and processing, and modernizing analytical processes and workforces. He has successfully created and delivered innovative solutions for executives in Fortune 20 companies, the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Treasury, the Intelligence Community, and foreign equivalents. Prior roles include designing commercial and government based FININT strategies as a Principal at Lockheed Martin, developing advanced analytical capabilities for DHS’ automated screening systems, and supporting the C-suite at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) as a Senior Advisor (GS-15) during a multiyear technology modernization. Prior financial industry experience includes managing client facing portfolios in excess of $100M for major institutions such as Merrill Lynch as well as emerging companies.
Ron P. King | Scotiabank Group of Companies, Toronto | Chief AML Officer
Barry M. Koch | Western Union, Denver | Chief Compliance Officer
Western Union’s Chief Compliance Officer, leading a global team of more than 1,100 compliance professionals, he is a sought-after speaker at industry, government and law enforcement conferences, having presented to groups including the United States Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, State and Treasury; the IRS and DEA; members of the intelligence and diplomatic communities; the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; and regulators, legislators, international organizations and Financial Intelligence Units around the world. Mr. Koch has served as Chairman of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on the United Nations and Other International Organizations, as Chairman of The Consular Law Society, Inc., and as Legal Counsel to The Society of Foreign Consuls in New York. He has also taught courses in International Business Law as a member of the adjunct faculty of Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from the University at Albany.
Rebecca ‘Becki’ LaPorte | FINRA®, Rockville, MD | Lead Compliance Trainer
Allen G. Love | TD Bank | Executive Vice President, BSA Officer/Deputy Global AML Officer US
Michael R. McDonald | Michael McDonald & Associates, Miami | Principal
Paul E. Pelletier | Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, Washington | Member
George W. Prokop | Price Waterhouse Cooper | Managing Director
Leading PwC’s Threat Management practice, Prokop is responsible for advising clients in both the public and private sector on leading practices in managing governance, risk, and compliance. He has more than 20 years of experience helping clients’ direct efforts to design, develop, and monitor corporate compliance programs targeted at mitigating risks of economic crime. He is frequently retained to conduct trans-national investigations into accounting irregularities; assess allegations of corporate misconduct; examine incidents of fraud, waste, and abuse; analyze allegations of bribery and corruption; perform compliance-oriented due diligence on third parties; and evaluate money laundering activities and terrorist financing matters. His collective experience in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia have given him a unique understanding of the distinct threats facing multi-national companies seeking to operate in complex and opaque environments. He earned a M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland.
Edward Sander | NICE Actimize | Global Vice President and General Manager
Donald C. Semesky | Financial Operations Consultants, Baltimore | Principal
Jeffrey Sklar | SHC Consulting, New York | Managing Director
LaTonia Symonette-Tinker | The Bayshore Group LLC, Nassau | Founder and President
Founder and President of The Bayshore Group LLC, Nassau, The Bahamas, and a top financial crime, AML and compliance specialist for 15 years, she develops financial crime compliance training programs, conducts internal control and company risk assessments, provides non-executive directorship and corporate services with a focus on financial institution and corporate governance for international clients. A lawyer, she previously was Head of Operations and the MLRO at Swiss Financial Services (Bahamas) Ltd., in Nassau, and a leader of the FATCA Compliance Development Team of the Swiss Financial Services Group. Previously, she was the Compliance and Legal Officer at Santander Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd. A frequent speaker, she is charter member of the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS) and a candidate for CFCS certification. She is an Executive Board Member of The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO), a member of the Investment Funds Act Technical Team of the Bahamas, and serves on several working groups of the Bahamas Financial Services Board.
John F. Walsh | SightSpan Inc., Charlotte | President