Midwest Chapter

Midwest Chapter

The Midwest Chapter of ACFCS strengthens the community of financial crime compliance, fraud prevention and cybersecurity specialists through collaboration, information sharing and professional development. Our purpose is to enable industry professionals to improve results in financial crime detection, investigation, and prevention through ongoing conversations and education. The Midwest Chapter leverages the unique aspects of ACFCS to foster greater discussion between public sector and private sector representatives and will focus on education/development across key areas including: evolving threats, new challenges, emerging trends. The Chapter will provide resources that assist members in their daily work; and offer unique career development opportunities through the sponsorship of educational programs, promotion of networking opportunities and mentoring initiatives.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to establish a community of like-minded professionals who promote collaboration, cooperation and innovation, and in the areas of financial crime investigation, fraud prevention, cybersecurity, risk management and data privacy.

OUR VISION

Our vision is to build a forum across the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin which allows professionals in both the public and private sectors to collaborate, discuss pertinent issues, share resources, and develop relationships across the broader industries of financial crime compliance.

Tom Mangine

Chair

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Tom Mangine (Chair) is Vice President, Capital Markets AML Global Risk & Special Investigations, US MLRO) at the Bank of Montreal. His responsibilities include conducting Targeted and Enhanced Due Diligence (TEDD) investigations into clients, counterparties and correspondents; Conducting Public Sector-Private Sector Engagement efforts with Regulatory and Law Enforcement agencies around the world; advising members of Capital Markets regarding threats inherent in the geographies and industries in which they operate; and Conducting Site Visits with clients in high risk industries. Tom is also an Adjunct Professor at the Joint Special Operations University, where he teaches classes on terrorist-financing, money-laundering and cybersecurity. In 2021, he became a volunteer Sports Integrity Officer, helping civic organizations and Ministries of Sport in Europe as well as South America investigate corruption in professional sports.

Tom joined the Bank after more than twenty years with the US Army where he served on six continents – including deployments to the Balkans, Central Asia, Horn of Africa, Middle East and North Africa. He earned a BS in Political Science from the United States Military Academy as well as an MA in International Relations and Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Susan R. Shaffer

Co-Chair

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Susan R. Shaffer (Co-Chair) currently serves as the BSA and Security Vice President for Quad City Bank and Trust (QCBT). She has been in the banking and financial industry for 28 years. Susan began her career with QCR Holdings (Parent Company of QCBT) in May 2007 as a Loss Prevention and Security Officer, playing a key role in fraud prevention in QCR’s subsidiary banks and serving in a dual role as Security Officer for QCBT. In January 2012 she took on her current role with QCR’s Quad City Bank and Trust subsidiary as the BSA and Security Officer where she continued to oversee fraud prevention as well until August 2021. Susan plays a key role in administering the bank’s BSA regulatory compliance program, working closely with examiners and serving as their point of contact during examinations, and serves to coordinate the administration of the bank’s Security and Security Training program as well.

Susan is actively involved with The Quad City Security Officer Group, previously serving as the president of this group of bank professionals working together to help manage fraud and security threats within the community. In addition, she helped start two similar Security Groups in Iowa and coordinated a robbery victim peer group in the QC area. Susan is a current board member for two non-profit organizations: Living Proof Exhibit, a group dedicated to providing art therapy to those living with cancer; and the New Kingdom Trailriders, serving on several of their board committees. Susan holds the following certifications in her area of expertise; Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialist (ACFCS), and a Certified Community Bank Security Officer (CCBSO).

Shana Leyva

Marketing Director

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Shana Leyva (Marketing Director) is Head of Marketing, Americas for Napier, a regulatory compliance technology company that helps financial institutions to fight financial crime more efficiently and effectively. Shana is a recognized marketing leader with 15+ years’ experience across the technology sector and expertise in the financial crime compliance domain. She previously acted as the Global Marketing Director for RegTech, Silent Eight.

Based in Chicago, she chairs the 100 Women in Finance Chicago Steering Committee and acts as the Marketing Director for the ACFCS Midwest Chapter.

Chad Ratashak

Programming Director

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Chad Ratashak (Programming Director) is a Des Moines-based Senior Financial Crimes Specialist in the Global Financial Crimes Intelligence Group (GFCIG) at Wells Fargo. He is also the Private Sector Leader for the 2022 Ransomware Attacks on Critical Infrastructure Sectors Team in the Department of Homeland Security-sponsored Public-Private Analytic Exchange Program (AEP). Chad studied Arabic and International Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

Tom Cecola

Membership Director

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Tom Cecola (Membership Director) is Director of Business Development at Vital4, has 20+ years of experience working in the information technology, legal and financial services industries. Tom has extensive experience working with various types of firms focused on Corporate Due Diligence, AML, Compliance Management, FCPA/Anti Bribery and Corruption.

Noah R. Tipton

Secretary

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Noah R. Tipton (Secretary) is the BSA/AML Analyst of Town and Country Financial Corporation and Town and Country Bank, Springfield, Illinois. He performs AML investigations, comparative account analysis, and provides BSA training staff while assisting the BSA officer with other duties.

Noah has a passion for the BSA/AML space and is dedicated to staying abreast of the latest trends and technology in the field. Despite being a relative newcomer to the financial industry, he has thrown himself fully into gaining a solid knowledge base. He worked in loan receiving and deposit operations before moving into BSA in 2019. He joined ACFCS as a member in 2020 and achieved his CFCFS certification in April of 2022.

Noah is fully dedicated to the cause of reducing financial crime. He is currently serving as Secretary and Treasurer on the board for the newly forming Chicago/Midwest chapter of ACFS. In this role, he hopes to help provide quality educational opportunities for those working to thwart financial crime and networking events that will foster public-private partnership and cooperation.

Lisa Snow

Board Member

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Lisa Snow (Board Member) is a Managing Director in the Chicago office and is a member of the leadership team in the Expert Services practice. She possesses over 20 years of experience providing both expert witness testimony and financial valuation damages analysis in complex litigation and commercial dispute matters.

Lisa has served as an expert in numerous matters in state and federal court as well as in arbitration. Lisa currently serves in US District Court, Northern District of Illinois as Receiver of KIP, LLC and also previously at Central Coast Nutraceuticals. Her industry experience includes healthcare, financial services, insurance, workers' compensation, telecommunications services and equipment, consumer goods, not-for-profit, and professional services.

Lisa has been involved in many noteworthy cases including the Spamhaus v. e360 matter where she served as the testifying damages expert. In a decision that supported Lisa's testimony, plaintiffs were awarded $27,000 on a claim for over $120 million. The Seventh circuit later reduced the award to $3, because, as Lisa testified in the district court, the award was based on lost revenue not lost profits.

She has performed work involving damages analysis, lost profits, forensic accounting analysis, data analysis, industry and market analysis, revenue and cost analysis, purchase price adjustments, sales history and pricing analysis. Her industry experience includes financial services, telecommunications services and equipment, consumer goods, healthcare, insurance, not-for-profit, and professional services including accounting, publishing, real estate, retail and software.

Lisa serves as Vice-Chair for the Catherine Cook School Board of Trustees. She also serves on Board of Directors for Women Employed. She sits on the Board of Governors for the Metropolitan Planning Council, having previously served as Treasurer. Lisa is a Chicago Co-Founder for the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). Lisa was a Vice-Chair for the Chicago Bar Foundation Investing in Justice Campaign in 2014. She is a member of International Women's Forum of Chicago and The Economic Club of Chicago where she serves on the Membership Committee. Lisa presents annually at the Practicing Law Institute's Accounting for Lawyers course.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, with concentrations in finance and business strategy.

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"The CFCS tests the skills necessary to fight financial crime. It's comprehensive. Passing it should be considered a mark of high achievement, distinguishing qualified experts in this growing specialty area."

KENNETH E. BARDEN 

(JD, Washington)

"It's a vigorous exam. Anyone passing it should have a great sense of achievement."

DANIEL DWAIN

(CFCS, Official Superior

de Cumplimiento Cidel

Bank & Trust Inc. Nueva York)

"The exam tests one's ability to apply concepts in practical scenarios. Passing it can be a great asset for professionals in the converging disciplines of financial crime."

MORRIS GUY

(CFCS, Royal Band of

Canada, Montreal)

"The Exam is far-reaching. I love that the questions are scenario based. I recommend it to anyone in the financial crime detection and prevention profession."

BECKI LAPORTE

(CFCS, CAMS Lead Compliance

Trainer, FINRA, Member Regulation

Training, Washington, DC)

"This certification comes at a very ripe time. Professionals can no longer get away with having siloed knowledge. Compliance is all-encompassing and enterprise-driven."

KATYA HIROSE
CFCS, CAMS, CFE, CSAR
Director, Global Risk
& Investigation Practice
FTI Consulting, Los Angeles

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