ACFCS Advisory

Barry Koch

Barry Koch

Principal, Barry M. Koch LLC

Barry Koch, Principal at Barry M. Koch LLC 

Barry Koch is Former Counsel to the Investigation Division at the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Formerly, he was Chief Compliance Officer at Western Union, where he led a global team of about 2,200 compliance professionals. A lawyer, he is a frequent speaker at diverse private and public sector events, including those of the United States Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, State and Treasury, the IRS and DEA, the intelligence and diplomatic communities and Financial Intelligence Units worldwide. He has addressed a plenary session of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on Leveraging Anti-Money Laundering Regimes to Combat Human Trafficking and the National Association of Attorneys General Presidential Initiative Summit on Human Trafficking. He served as Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on the United Nations and Other International Organizations, Chair of The Consular Law Society, Inc., and legal counsel to the Society of Foreign Consuls in New York. A licensed pilot and motorcycle enthusiast, he has taught international business law as an adjunct faculty member of Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business Administration.

Sonia Desai

Head of International Compliance

Sonia Desai, Head of International Compliance

Sonia Desai is Head of International Compliance for Charles Schwab Bank based in San Francisco, CA. She has previously lived and worked in Malaysia, Egypt, the Dominican Republic, and Australia. Sonia has numerous years of global experience in defining Anti-money laundering (AML), Sanctions and Anti-bribery and Corruption programs, policy and running operations. Prior to joining Charles Schwab, she was the Director of Operations and Sanctions Officer for the BSA/AML and Sanctions unit at Bank of the West. Prior to that, she was the Executive Manager with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney, Australia where she was the Global Deputy MLRO, Sanctions Officer and Anti-Bribery and Corruption Officer. Before moving to Australia, she worked in the Financial Investigations Unit at Wells Fargo Bankin San Francisco, helping build their BSA/AML and Sanctions Programs. Sonia has also served as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State. In that role she helped shape the U.S. sanctions and the terrorist designation programs with the Office of Foreign Assets Control and other governmental intelligence agencies.

Kelvin Dickenson

VP, Compliance Solutions

Kelvin Dickenson, President, OPUS

As Vice President of Compliance Solutions at Alacra, he was 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. 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.

Toni Gillich

Senior Analyst

Toni Gillich, Assistant Director, Government Accountability Office

As Assistant Director of the Government Accountability Office, she leads the team responsible for conducting performance audits for the US 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. Currently, she is part of ongoing projects related to virtual currencies and cyber threats to financial institutions. 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, and maritime piracy. Before her auditing career, she was a lobbyist in international trade issues.


Becki LaPort

VP & AML Compliance Officer

Becki LaPorte,  Compliance Officer, CSI, Inc.

Becki is the Compliance Officer for CSI, Inc. where she serves as a compliance consultant both internally and with CSI’s clients which include money services businesses, insurance, FinTech and banks. She is a frequent speaker on financial crime at domestic and international events. Prior to joining CSI, she served as the Chief AML Officer for one of the largest networks of independent broker-dealers in the United States. Her team was responsible for reviewing and investigating activity across the financial crime spectrum including AML, fraud, and sanctions. Becki has also served as an Associate Director and Lead Compliance Trainer for FINRA®. FINRA® is the largest independent regulator of the securities industry in the United States. She developed and delivered training and provided guidance and consultation on open examinations and investigations specific to fraud and AML. She possesses 20 years of financial services experience including 8 years in the banking industry. Becki is a member of the CFCS Charter Class. She is an alumnus of Penn State University.

J.R. Helmig

Global Security Intelligence - Innovation Lead, SAS

J.R. Helmig, Global Security Intelligence – Innovation Lead, SAS

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.

Bruce Zagaris

Bruce Zagaris

Partner, Berliner Corcoran and Rowe

Bruce Zagaris, Partner, Berliner Corcoran and Rowe

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. A prolific writer, he has authored and edited several books and hundreds of articles on international law.