Northeast Florida

Gain a deeper understanding of Fincrime with passional colleagues in your region

Northeast Florida

Gain a deeper understanding of Fincrime with passional colleagues in your region

Through your Northeast Florida membership, you can connect with financial crime professionals locally and globally who wish to stay abreast of continuously changing financial crime trends and improve results in compliance, investigations and enforcement.
 
By hosting educational programs featuring speakers from private sector and financial regulatory enforcement agencies, our chapter offers unique career development and professional networking opportunities to our members in the North Florida area.

OUR MISSION

The mission of the ACFCS North Florida Chapter is to facilitate a network of financial crime detection and prevention professionals from the public and private sectors who collaborate to share practical knowledge, tools, and emerging trends to stay up to date in the ever-changing world of investigations, compliance and enforcement environment.
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Thamecia Bullard

Co-Chair

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Thamecia Bullard (Co-Chair) has nearly 10 years of financial crime experience working at one of the Big Four banks and at a medium sized regional bank. Thamecia, has worked as an Identity and Transactional Fraud Investigator. And as an Anti-Money Laundering Analyst conducting alert level and case level reviews including SAR filings and other complex investigations. She also spent some time being a Team Lead, Subject Matter Expert (SME), and currently works as a Senior Analyst at EY.

Aside from working complex investigations, Thamecia is also a AML trainer and speaker at various events. As part of her prior roles, Thamecia has become adept in utilizing open-source intelligence for financial investigations. In July 2020, Thamecia created and launched a free resourceful website for AML investigators, “Financial Crimes Research Links” which contains quick links and research options for financial crimes analysts.

Thamecia is committed to contributing to the financial crimes and compliance community.

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Victoria Starr

Co-Chair

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Victoria Starr (Co-Chair) is currently a Regulatory Reviewer with the Prepaid Financial Intelligence Unit at U.S. Bank. In this role she supports the AML and KYC programs, helping to develop and improve processes and completing internal and external audit tasks surrounding these programs.

Victoria has over 13 years of banking experience working in some capacity with Financial Crime prevention for Citi and U.S. Bank.

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Rachel Hershberger

Programming Director

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Rachel Hershberger (Programming Director) is a Quality Analyst for the Quality Control team in Internal Controls as part of the Payment Services Operations team at US Bank in Florida.

In her role she is responsible for developing and executing testing programs for all areas of financial crimes processes. Rachel has five years of banking experience with US Bank. She is known for her attention to detail, strong drive for performance and her ability to problem solve.

Rachel has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She is a Certified Financial Crimes Specialist (CFCS). In her free time, Rachel enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.

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Amy Rockhold

Communications Director

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Amy Rockhold (Communications Director) has been working as a Fraud Analyst for U.S. Bank for several years. She has more than 20 years of banking experience, which has allowed her to work with many aspects of the financial industry and financial crime. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University and is preparing for the CFCS certification.

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Roberto C. Castro-Fuentes

Membership Director

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Roberto C. Castro-Fuentes (Membership Director) is the AVP, AML Investigations Manager in Jacksonville, FL combating financial crimes via retail banking, including fraud, human trafficking, terrorist financing, risk activities related to wires (High-Risk Geography), possible structuring, amongst others. He started his career in the financial services industry in 2008 at Caracas International Banking Corp in private/international banking and transitioned to fighting financial crime at Citi Bank in 2015. He has managed teams in the AML sector for Citi Bank, Deutsche Bank, and Ameris Bank involving strategic planning, compliance application & adherence, analytics, transaction monitoring, cross-border wires, informal currency exchange, and investigations.

Roberto attended the University of Puerto Rico. He has a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Finance. Professionally, he is a certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS) and completed courses in entrepreneurship, business plan strategies, marketing, human resources, financing, planning and development, insurance, and budget strategies, among other business-related topics.

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Tiffany Grant

Treasurer

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Tiffany Grant (Treasurer) is an AML Case Investigation Analyst with (13.5) years’ experience within the Financial Crime Industry, with hands on experience in Fraud, where she served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for years training new hire classes. In AML where she worked in Transaction Monitoring for Retail and move over to Cards AML where she was also trained in SAR writing and was a part of the Single Analyst Workflow (SAWF) project working cases from end to end. She also worked in Cards KYC, where she created templates for QC disputes and was also a SME for the FDR system used in KYC. Tiffany has worked for one of the largest global banks that still operates continuously within the United States and is currently working for a midsize community bank that is continuing to grow. Tiffany has also provided coaching to other analysts with external researching and is the lead with Complex Cases.

She is an alumnus of South Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering & Technology. She also received her Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and is a lifetime Member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority.

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Mary Cobb

Secretary

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Mary Cobb (Secretary) is an experienced Financial Professional with more than 15- years in the financial services industry, including hands-on experience in Compliance, Financial Investigations, Audit, Risk Management, and Mortgage. Her professional experience includes AML/KYC, Default Audit including Breach/Repurchase/Foreclosure, Bankruptcy, Mortgage Originations and Servicing, including working as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) Compliance Project for Foreclosure Declarations and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) 1st Legal Misses. Additionally, SME for AML FIU Operations and Cards KYC Analysts, providing coaching, gap training, mentoring, and guidance on AML and KYC procedures and processes’ including Enhanced Due Diligence and Complex case reviews.

Currently, Mary is the Lead AML/KYC Compliance Analyst with Citi in Jacksonville, Florida, with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Management and a Master of Education with an Emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction. She is known for tackling tough cases, problem-resolution, and approaching each challenge with confidence and as an opportunity to learn something new.

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Andrea Lee Valentin

Chapter Advisor

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Andrea Lee Valentin, CFCS, CFE, CAMS (Chapter Advisor) has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry and is currently the VP, Prepaid Operations in Jacksonville Florida where she oversees the company’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Strategic OPS Vendor Management, Financial Operations, and Card Operations teams. She has a BA in accounting from the University of Central Florida and a MBA in Economic Crime and Fraud Management from Utica College. Andrea’s case, Small Town Boys, appears in Joseph Wells’ “Internet Fraud Casebook: The World Wide Web of Deceit”. Andrea has served on the Jacksonville Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for 10+ years and currently is serving as the Chapter President Emeritus and Advisor. She is a co-founder of the Payments Risk and Fraud Consortium (PRFC) and is also currently serving on the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Ritchieā€Jennings Memorial Scholarship Committee. Andrea is excited to join the NE FL Chapter of the ACFCS as an advisor.

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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."

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"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."

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