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Our Board.

Our Executive Board is comprised of regulators, industry experts, and consultants who specialize in the prevention, detection, and reporting of financial crimes, including money laundering, terrorist financing, sanctions compliance, and fraud.

 

Chair

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Nicolas Khouri

Co-Chair

Nicolas Khouri is currently the Deputy AML/BSA Officer at Ally Bank responsible for leading the execution of key BSA/AML program components such as risk assessments, governance, and business line oversight. Prior to that Nicolas was the Senior Compliance Director at Ally Bank overseeing AML Investigations. As part of his role, Nicolas manages a team that handles all AML investigations, SAR filings and all law enforcement requests and coordination. Before this role, Nicolas was a Senior Audit Director with Ally Bank overseeing all of Compliance and Legal. Nicolas has over 20 years of financial institutions and investment banking auditing and compliance experience focusing mainly on AML and International Operations. Prior to joining Ally, Nicolas spent 7 years as an AML auditor at Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank. Over the years, Nicolas has developed in depth knowledge in domestic and international AML regulations. Nicolas holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from the George Washington University and is a certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS) since 2006. Nicolas has been an invited speaker and/or panelist at several national conferences on AML and auditing including Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), American Bankers Association (ABA), Florida International Banking Association (FIBA), The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Financial Markets Association (FMA).

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Beth Herron

Co-Chair

Beth Herron, the Manager of the Americas AML Team within the SAS Fraud and Security Intelligence Practice, provides domain expertise in developing, selling, and implementing financial crime solutions. Beth leads a team of subject matter experts who support financial institutions with AML Compliance, Fraud, and NextGen Analytic solutions. Her passion as an anti-money laundering professional came from working within the Financial Intelligence Unit of one of the world’s largest banks. There she led public/private information sharing projects, the consolidation of Fraud and AML into a common case management system and responded to exam inquiries in more than 40 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas Beth holds a master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology focusing on research in predicting behavior and behavior modification in the workplace. Beth has been accredited as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and currently serves on the board of the ACAMS Carolinas Chapter. In her free time, Beth enjoys distance running, chasing her toddler (a subgenre of distance running), and hiking with her Husband.

Secretary

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Carolyn Nelson

Secretary

Carolyn is a Senior Vice President and BSA/OFAC Officer at United Community Bank headquartered in Greenville, SC. Carolyn has been in banking for nearly 20 years and came to United as the result of an acquisition in 2015. Prior to assuming her current role, Carolyn acted as Deputy BSA/OFAC Officer at United for 5 years. United has grown from approximately $8 billion in assets to over $24 billion in assets through seven mergers since Carolyn joined United in 2015. Carolyn attended the University of Charleston in Charleston, WV. Carolyn is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and serves on the board of the ACAMS Carolinas Chapter.

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April Sinicrope

Secretary

April Sinicrope joined the Enterprise Financial Crimes Compliance team at US Bank in 2017 as the Risk Manager supporting US Bank Investments and US Bank Asset Management. Mrs. Sinicrope has worked in the industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining US Bank in February 2017, she was with several firms, including Citi, LPL Financial, Wachovia Securities and Edward Jones Investments where she took on a myriad of roles with increasing responsibilities which provided her a detailed understanding of many aspects within a financial institution. Mrs. Sinicrope has received a Bachelor of Science from Park University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is FINRA Series 7 and 24 registered as well as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Programming

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Sean Mardsen 

Programming Lead

Sean Marsden is the Deputy Director leading the Credit Specialist Group (CSG) within the Financial Intelligence Unit at Truist. The CSG’s primary responsibilities involve analyzing, documenting, and communicating potential money laundering and other financial crimes related risk associated with parties attempting to obtain commercial credit or other banking related services. Sean has 20 years of banking experience primarily tied to commercial lending and has held various positions within Truist including commercial lender, problem loan administrator, and commercial credit officer prior to joining the Financial Intelligence Unit in May of 2016. Sean is based in Winston-Salem, NC and is a graduate of UNC Wilmington. Sean is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Financial Intelligence Specialist (FIS), and maintains his Credit Risk Certification (CRC) through the Risk Management Association.

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Heather Allen

Programming Lead

Ms. Allen is a SVP, Deputy Director of the Financial Crime Group at Truist. She oversees the Administrative Group within the Financial Intelligence Unit, which provides foundational support to the FIU in all aspects of day to day operations as well as strategic initiatives. Ms. Allen is a board member for Carolina’s Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, as well as the ABA Board. She is a certified anti-money laundering expert and holds three professional certifications in addition to a BA from Wells College. She has written several articles, and spoken on a variety of different topics related to anti-money laundering, cannabis banking, money services businesses, fraud prevention and cyber.

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Mike Hall

Programming 

Michael Hall serves as Senior Vice President and Director of AML and Economic Sanctions. He leads Fifth Third Bank’s AML and economic sanctions programs and is responsible for ensuring compliance with financial crimes laws and regulations. Hall is also the designated Bank Secrecy Act officer. At Fifth Third Bank, Hall leads a team of experienced compliance officers who have financial crimes compliance oversight responsibility for the consumer, commercial, payments and wealth management lines of business. The financial crimes compliance team handles all sanctions screening, AML transaction monitoring, customer due diligence reviews, AML investigations, currency transaction reporting and suspicious activity reporting. In addition, he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that continue to improve Fifth Third Bank’s overall financial crimes program. Prior to his current position, Hall spent eight years in Bank of America’s AML organization and 20 years in the global banking division based in the US and Europe. Past positions included global head of AML and economic sanctions risk management for all lines of business, head of the line of business AML program for the Global Banking and Markets division and business support executive for the regional president in EMEA. Hall received his Bachelor of Arts from The American University.

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Chris Healy

Programming

Beginning in February 2022, Chris Healy assumed the role of AML Investigations Manager in Charlotte, North Carolina at US Bank. Chris oversees projects and team members who perform AML investigations and analyze emerging illicit trends used by criminal organizations. Chris works collaboratively with other financial institutions, private industry and law enforcement to combat criminal organizations from illegitimately using the United States financial system. Prior to his role with US Bank, Chris was a Special Agent for Homeland Security Investigations for 25 years. During his career, Chris primarily worked money laundering investigations which targeted Colombian and Mexican based narcotics trafficking cartels. These investigations targeted the cartels money laundering cells who were using the banking system to further the cartels narcotics trafficking activities. Chris has been a member of the Carolina ACAMS Board since 2018 and is CAMS certified.

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Erin Finger 

Programming 

Erin A. Finger serves as a Director of Global Financial Crimes Strategic Initiatives, Liaison, and Emerging Risks at Bank of America. She leads bank efforts around the Anti Money Laundering (AML) priorities as identified by the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 through engagement internally with Global Financial Crimes, Risk, and Front Line Unit partners, as well as externally with law enforcement, supervisory agencies, and industry counterparts. She is a primary liaison with law enforcement on non-routine law enforcement-related requests and participates in the Bank’s work in various public private partnerships. Erin joined Bank of America in 2013 and has previously held investigative and management positions in AML, fraud, and internal investigations. She most recently led the AML investigations team specializing in high risk/high profile financial crimes investigations related to domestic/foreign terrorism, economic sanctions, Senior Political Figures, and national security matters. Prior to her private sector career, Erin served in the US Air Force as a Special Agent with the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations, leading federal criminal investigations across the globe and specializing in matters related to white collar crime and corruption. Erin obtained her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the US Air Force Academy and completed her master’s degree in Comparative Government at the University of Oxford, UK. Erin lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and daughter.

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Tyler Reynolds

Programming 

Tyler Reynolds is the Director of AML and Sanctions Programs. He directs strategy and oversight of the enterprise financial crimes program including the financial intelligence unit, AML & external fraud investigations, currency transaction reporting, customer due diligence operations, risk management, economic sanctions & customer screening, and enterprise financial crimes strategic initiatives. Prior to joining U.S. Bank in 2015, Reynolds spent 14 years at large financial institutions working in various national and global leadership roles related to financial crimes compliance, consumer compliance, operational risk, risk program development, and project management. He lives in Charlotte, NC, holds Six Sigma and ACAMs certifications, and is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University.

Membership Engagement & Communication

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Amanda Wojoski

Communication Lead

Amanda Inabinett Wojoski is a Vice President and Senior Lead Business Execution Consultant supporting Wells Fargo’s Consumer Lending Business. In this role she is responsible for strategic initiatives and special project efforts focused on optimizing program oversight via enhancements to front line AML and Sanctions controls. Prior to this Amanda established best-in-bank inherent and residual product and business line risk assessment methodology in the bank’s former Payments, Virtual Solutions and Innovations Business and integrated these program principles within Consumer Lending. Before joining Wells Fargo, Amanda was Financial Crimes Systems and Data Manager at Capital Bank (now First Horizon) where she managed multiple M&A program conversion efforts ensuring successful pre-operational merger cash aggregation for currency transacting reporting compliance as well as transaction monitoring system consolidation. Amanda has over 15 years’ experience in Financial Services data and leadership including, enterprise information management, data quality, analytics software implementation, compliance, testing/audit/exam management, process optimization and global resource management. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. Amanda is a certified anti-money laundering specialist (CAMS) and currently serves as Associate Board Member for ACAMS-Carolinas Chapter. She enjoys being involved in community volunteerism and is presently Vice President, Programs for the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) affiliated with her kids’ elementary school in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Megan Nelson

Communication Lead

Megan Nelson is the Senior Vice President, Director of Financial Crimes Governance for Truist. Megan is responsible for managing the governance, program framework, and risk identification components of a comprehensive Financial Crimes (FC) program; inclusive of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulatory compliance and Enterprise Fraud Management (EFM). This includes Company-wide anti-money laundering, sanctions risk assessments, customer risk rating, know your customer standards, identify theft red flags assessments, and testing/monitoring processes related to AML and fraud. Prior to joining Truist, Megan was the Vice President over the Global Financial Crimes Compliance Risk Management Office for American Express. In this role, Megan had responsibility for enterprise-wide development of standards and processes related to Customer Due Diligence, Financial Crimes risk assessments, and Customer Risk Rating. Prior to that role Megan served as the Bank Secrecy Act/Anti Money Laundering Officer for American Express Bank, FSB. Prior to American Express, Megan served in various Compliance leadership roles including Bank Control Officer for GE Capital, where she led risk identification, assessment, and testing in Compliance and as the Chief Compliance Officer and Bank Secrecy Act Officer and Anti-Money Launder Officer for a banking organization owned by Lehman Brothers. Megan graduated from Mesa State College. She and her husband, have two children and reside in North Carolina.

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Eddie Robinson 

Communication

Eddie is the Deputy AML Officer at USAA where he is responsible for leading the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Sanctions Strategy and Transformation, Risk Management, Program Governance and Oversight, and Issues Management functions. Eddie is also the designated AML Officer for all non-Bank entities (Life, Property & Casualty and Broker-Dealer). Eddie joined USAA from TIAA where he was Managing Director, Chief AML and Sanctions Officer responsible for leading the global AML and Sanctions program, which included eight programs for TIAA Bank, affiliated insurance companies, broker-dealers, and investment companies across 50 countries. Prior to this position, Eddie served as the Bank Secrecy Act and Sanctions Officer for TIAA Bank as well as Enterprise Financial Intelligence Unit Director, where he led TIAA Bank in the closure of the 2013 Consent Order and the transformation of the AML investigative function. Prior to joining TIAA, Eddie worked for Ally Financial where he spent the majority of his tenure managing the Global AML Investigations Unit, and later served as the Head of OFAC and Global Sanctions. He has also served as the Senior Compliance Officer at Washington Mutual / JP Morgan Chase, where he assisted in the remediation of various enforcement actions. Eddie began his AML career at USAA where he focused on Know Your Customer and OFAC initiatives. Eddie is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and served as a member of FinCEN’s BSA Advisory Group (BSAAG) from 2014 through 2016. He holds a B.S. from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law.

Sponsorship

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Allison Snyder

Sponsorship

Allison Snyder is a Financial Crimes Consultant for Wells Fargo Broker-Dealer Financial Crimes Risk Management. In her current role, she serves as the financial crimes training officer for the for the four Wells Fargo broker-dealer legal entities. Allison joined Wells Fargo in 2003 and since then has held various roles within the organization. Prior to her current role, she spent several years in Wells Fargo’s Financial Crimes Risk Management Governance Office, responsible for providing policy and program oversight over lines of business. She also assisted in the development of the Wells Fargo AML/Sanctions Credentials Program, an in-house certification that recognizes subject matter expertise across the company. Allison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Marketing from the University of South Carolina. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and serves on the board of the ACAMS Carolinas Chapter.

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Wendy Steichen

Sponsorship

Wendy Steichen is the Consumer Lending Financial Crimes Leader at Wells Fargo N.A. In this role, she is responsible for coordinating the development, implementation, and administration of all aspects of the corporate-wide Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) Compliance Program for Consumer Lending businesses. Wendy has worked in the Financial Crimes Compliance Industry for over 15 years, and before joining Wells Fargo N.A., she was the BSA Officer at Capital Bank, where she led the AML and Fraud teams. Prior to Capital Bank, Wendy served in various compliance roles, including Policy and Program Management Expert at PNC Bank and Compliance Strategy Senior Manager at RBC Bank. Wendy attended East Carolina University, earning her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Ms. Steichen has been a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and ACAMS member since 2007. Wendy resides in Raleigh, NC.

Treasurer

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Cheryl Thompson

Treasurer

Cheryl Thompson is a Senior Director and the AML Compliance Officer for Ally Invest Securities. Prior to joining Ally, Thompson was with Fifth Third Bank for three years as a Senior Compliance Director with responsibility for the AML Program and AML Risk Management. Previously, Thompson was with Bank of America / Merrill Lynch in a variety of roles in compliance and operations including serving as the AML Compliance Officer for Merrill Lynch. She serves on the Board of the ACAMS Carolinas Chapter and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration – Finance from Elon University.

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