Advisory Board


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

BoylanA veteran financial crimes professional with extensive experience in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Anti-Bribery and Corruption and federal law enforcement, he is a senior vice president and audit director for Bank of America where he is responsible for global AML audit activities. He was a vice president in the Corporate Bank Secrecy Act Office at Wells Fargo, where he led an enterprise-wide effort that promoted the convergence of fraud and AML tools across department lines. Before the acquisition by Wells Fargo, he was vice president of Wachovia’s Financial Intelligence Unit , playing a role in multiple areas of counter-financial crime. In 2007, he was selected to serve on the FinCEN Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group. Previously, he was a money laundering and narcotics investigator at the New York High Intensity Drug Trafficking and Financial Crimes Area (HIDTA/HIFCA), having begun his career as a crime prevention intelligence analyst at the Washington D.C. / Baltimore HIDTA.

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
DickensonVice 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

 Secretary General of the Union of Arab Banks, he leads the largest banking consortium in the region and sole representative of the Arab banking community, which aims to develop and advance the banking and financial markets, and exchange expertise with international counterparts. He has an extensive background and considerable expertise in Arab and international banking and financial sectors, acquired from over 20 years of experience. Previously, he served as the Acting Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General, and Director of the Conferences Department at UAB, as well as Manager of Databank & Information Technology. He gained a worldwide channel of communication through innovatively organizing and supervising international, regional and local conferences on banking and financial matters in cooperation with the US Department of the Treasury, World Bank, IMF, FATF, United Nations Security Council, European Banking Federations and various international governmental offices.

Toni Gillich | Government Accountability Office, Washington, D.C. | Senior Analyst
Gillich2A 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

Chief AML Officer for Canada’s most international bank, he oversees all aspects of Scotiabank’s anti-money laundering, counter-terrorism financing, and sanctions programs, encompassing 3,115 branches and offices worldwide. He coordinates AML compliance for major business lines, supports line management in assessing and managing money laundering and other risks, and develops standards, procedures, training, and monitoring and surveillance programs. He has over 30 years experience in the financial services and compliance fields, and has held a variety of progressively senior roles in retail banking, business banking, internal audit and compliance functions. Since assuming his current role, he has been frequently called upon speak at financial crime conferences and workshops including the Canadian Institute’s Annual Forum on Anti-Money Laundering, The Global Payments Forum, and the Global Sanctions & OFAC Compliance Conference.

Barry M. Koch | Western Union, Denver | Chief Compliance Officer

Barry M. KochWestern 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

The lead compliance trainer for FINRA®, the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States, she possesses nearly 15 years of financial services experience and brings a unique perspective to financial crime detection and prevention. She develops and delivers anti-money laundering and securities fraud detection training throughout FINRA® including online, entry level and advanced learning. She partners regularly with law enforcement and other financial crime experts to develop courses that address the current trends in financial crime. She also consults on ongoing examinations of member securities firms specific to their AML controls and compliance as well as patterns of suspicious transactions and potential fraudulent activity. She served as one of the financial crime professionals who assisted in constructing the CFCS Certification Examination and is a member of CFCS Charter Class. Previously, she held senior training and compliance positions at national securities firms and retail banks.

Allen G. Love | TD Bank | Executive Vice President, BSA Officer/Deputy Global AML Officer US

As BSA Officer for TD Bank US Holding and the Deputy GAMLO for US P&C, Love implements the BSA program for TD Bank and is responsible for building the AML program in the US. With more than 20 years of AML and investigative experience, he was previously Vice President of Compliance at the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation and AML/BSA Officer for the Depository Warehouse Trust. Love developed and implemented the AML program for the Warehouse Trust and was responsible for overseeing the compliance risk assessment and Know Your Customer program. He began his career as a Special Agent for the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS where he conducted and supervised numerous AML investigations. Love has held senior compliance positions at GE Commercial Finance and PayPal where he served as the Global AML officer for each. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Haven. He currently represents TD on the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group and is a member of TD’S Diversity Leadership team and is the chairperson for the Minority Leadership Subcommittee.

Michael R. McDonald | Michael McDonald & Associates, Miami | Principal

A retired IRS Criminal Investigation Division special agent, he is also the former coordinator of the South Florida Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and supervisor of the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force. He has trained thousands of state, local and international law enforcement and intelligence officers on money laundering and diverse financial crimes. In 1980, he helped found the pioneering Operation Greenback, the first multi-agency money laundering task force, which recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in assets from drug traffickers. Since retiring, he has advised foreign governments on their proceeds of crime and asset forfeiture laws and procedures.

Paul E. Pelletier | Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, Washington | Member

As deputy chief of the Fraud Section of the US Department of Justice, he directed and supervised some of the Justice Department’s most important financial crime cases of the past decade, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, fraud and other white collar crime cases. He led the prosecution leading to the conviction of mega-fraudster Allen Stanford for his $7 billion Ponzi scheme, and the fraud prosecutions involving PNC, AIG, General Reinsurance and BP. Under his leadership, the Justice Department’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act offensive increased the number of corporate and individual prosecutions and logged a ten-fold increase in fines and penalties. He is now a member of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, in Washington, DC, specializing in FCPA and white collar crime matters. Before joining the Justice Department, Paul was Chief of the Economic Crimes Section of the US Attorney’s Office in Miami, the Southern District of Florida.

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

As Global VP and General Manager, he leads the NICE Actimize Anti-Money Laundering line of business, overseeing product creation, solution delivery, go-to-market planning, and client relationship management activities across all Actimize AML solutions. As the leader of the AML business, he is responsible for growing our market-leading position and ensuring continuous innovation, decision making, and agility to meet the needs of financial services firms around the world. He brings a decade of global enterprise software experience for high-growth markets, with expertise in portfolio management and new product development across analytics, audit-compliance, business process management, and customer relationship management solutions for the banking, insurance, energy, and life sciences markets. Prior to his current role, he was Chief Product Officer at NICE Actimize; Senior Vice President, Product Marketing at IntraLinks; Vice President, New Product Introduction at SAP; and Global Director, Product Marketing for SAP’s entire CRM product line. He holds an MS degree from Columbia University’s Technology Management program.

Donald C. Semesky | Financial Operations Consultants, Baltimore | Principal

semeskyThe widely acclaimed architect of pursuit structures and procedures to attack money laundering, he is the immediate past Chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Office of Financial Operations – an office he pioneered – where he launched initiatives that in 2007 alone led to the seizure of more than $730 million in assets in the US and more than $1 billion internationally from drug trafficking organizations. He boasts decades of law enforcement experience and has testified as an expert or modus operandi witness in more than 45 trials in 23 Federal Judicial Districts on money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act reporting requirements. Previously, he spent 30 years in the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division in various senior leadership positions.

Jeffrey Sklar | SHC Consulting, New York | Managing Director

Jeff Sklar
The Managing Director at the New York financial crime consulting firm, SHC Consulting and Managing Partner of Sklar, Heyman, Hirshfield & Kantor LLP, CPAs, he is a leading expert in anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act compliance and controls at non-bank financial institutions. He has developed AML compliance and training programs for many money service businesses, broker-dealers, insurance companies, casinos and traditional banking institutions. He frequently lectures and conducts seminars in the US and other countries and testifies in cases as a valuation expert. He is a member of the Charter Class of CFCS-Certified specialists, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified in Financial Forensics.

LaTonia Symonette-Tinker | The Bayshore Group LLC, Nassau | Founder and President

TinkerFounder 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

walshA highly regarded industry leader on the subjects of risk management, financial crime risk management, security, anti-money laundering and combating terrorist financing, John has been the CEO of SightSpan Inc, since 2007. He has also held numerous high-level positions within the financial services industry, including leadership roles at Wachovia Bank, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch along with multiple international trading entities which he managed for the majority of his career. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, both within the USA and in high risk countries throughout the Middle East, Europe and Latin America, his expertise and insight into international business management, compliance, security and overall operational risk management have earned him the reputation as a leader in the financial crime field.

Bruce Zagaris | Berliner, Corcoran and Rowe, Washington, D.C. | Partner

A distinguished expert on international financial crime with decades of experience in criminal trials and consultancy work for the public and private sector, he is a partner at the firm of Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe and the editor of International Enforcement Law Reporter, a respected monthly publication. He has worked as a consultant and counsel for fourteen governments and the United Nations on tax enforcement and international criminal law issues. His private practice includes counseling corporations and individuals on extradition and international evidence gathering cases, and counseling witnesses for grand jury investigations, and he has testified before Congress on multiple occasions. He was the chair of the Committee on International Criminal Law, American Bar Association, and is co-chair of the Committee on Public International and Criminal Law, International Law Section, DC Bar Association, and has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School, American University, and the Washington College of Law. A prolific writer, he has authored and edited several books and hundreds of articles on international law.

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