The ACAMS AML Professional of the Month is awarded to anti-money laundering professionals from both the public and private sectors. Every month a member of the AML community is nominated and selected for their accomplishments and successes in the AML community. Congratulations to our 2016 winners:
Ursula M’Crystal is head of the Money Laundering Surveillance Unit with Standard Bank and has been specializing in the AML environment for over 20 years. In addition, she was a detective in the South African Police Service’s Organized Crime Unit for many years and has conducted investigations and provided consulting services in relation to industry compliance programs for KPMG Forensic. M’Crystal has also assisted with the establishment of the asset tracing capability with the Asset Forfeiture Unit, as well as the establishment of the Financial Intelligence Centre in South Africa. She has extensive knowledge of both the law enforcement and private sector requirements in this field and has conducted country assessments for international organizations in this regard. Moreover, M’Crystal has lectured and conducted training nationally and internationally in this field.
Bill Cloninger, CAMS
Bill Cloninger is the chairman of the ACAMS Northern Ohio Chapter and was one of the founding board members. He has over 20 years of experience in banking and is currently a senior investigator for KeyBank’s AML Investigations Unit. Cloninger’s professional banking career began in California in the mid-1970s at Western States Bankcard Association, the founder of Master Card. In addition, Cloninger received his Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification in 2006.
Arjun Kalra, CAMS
Arjun Kalra is a principal in Crowe Horwath’s risk consulting practice where he assists financial institutions with various federal and state regulatory issues.
He leads Crowe Horwath’s AML consulting practice where his primary focus over the last 10 years has been in leading efforts to assist financial institutions with the operational aspects of their Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and AML programs. During this time, he led engagements to develop comprehensive AML programs in response to regulatory actions and in the design and implementation of technology to address complex business issues facing the banking industry.
Along with serving financial services clients from mid- to large-sized banks and financial technology and payments companies, Kalra defines and leads the training program for more than 200 individuals in his role as a department chair within Crowe Horwath University. He has been recognized in the industry through his published work in major industry publications, trade journals and online publications. He has also given presentations and webinars for national and local industry associations.
Moreover, Kalra received his master’s degree from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and economics from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, he received his Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) certification and he serves on the Young Professionals Board for Junior Achievement of Northern California.
Allison Mulder, CAMS
Allison Mulder is an experienced AML professional with knowledge in regulatory compliance, the Bank Secrecy Act and AML compliance, deposit operations and risk management. Mulder is currently a SVP Corporate Compliance and risk officer at United Business Bank where she develops and maintains policies and procedures pertaining to the compliance program, maintains the bank’s Identity Theft Program and identifies potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk, among other tasks. In addition, Mulder is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
Michael Hannum, CAMS
With a master’s in criminal justice and cyber-crime, Michael Hannum serves as a subject-matter expert in money laundering trends. During the last 15 plus years he has been deeply integrated into multiple lines of compliance and fraud. In addition, Hannum partners closely with law enforcement, financial institutions and regulatory bodies, provides guidance and mentors employees interested in pursuing a career in the AML field. Furthermore, he is the co-chair of the Greater Phoenix ACAMS Chapter.
Jacqueline Wells took the position as BSA officer in 2006 and has become very experienced in the AML field with extensive knowledge in BSA/AML/OFAC compliance, deposit operations and administration.
Wells is currently the assistant vice president and BSA officer for Farmers & Merchants State Bank where she develops, reviews and maintains the BSA/AML risk assessment, updates and administers policies and procedures, aids in the research of higher risk customer activity and ensures that all employees understand the importance of recognizing suspicious activity along with various other tasks. In addition, Wells has a certificate in Forensic Accounting and is currently working toward her CAMS Certification.
Pamela Oh, CAMS
Pamela Oh is currently the vice president and sanctions strategy manager at Bank of the West. In this role, she is instrumental in aligning the importance of sanctions strategy and sanctions screening with due diligence, accuracy and integrity for the bank. She is a highly skilled banking professional and has experience with regulatory requirements for both investment and commercial banks. In addition, she received her CAMS Certification in October 2015.
Daryl Tottenham, CAMS
Daryl Tottenham is currently an AML specialist for British Columbia Lottery Corporation. In this role, he ensures that the organization has a best-in-class AML program that meets federal compliance regulations pertaining to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act of Canada. In addition, he is a proactive player in the fight against financial crime and works with professionals within and outside his industry.
Imad Habre, CAMS
Imad Habre is currently the group head of the internal control unit at IBL Bank where he supports and controls the implementation of AML and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) procedures, coordinates with the AML and legal compliance units regarding all compliance issues, and drafts analysis and opinions on compliance risks.
In addition, Habre has over 10 years of experience in risk management, AML, compliance, sanctions and CTF. He is a certified anti-money laundering specialist and has a bachelor’s degree in economics, banking and financing and a master’s degree in finance.
Carol Slattery, CAMS
Carol Slattery is currently the Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) compliance manager and vice president at Regions Financial Corporation. In this role, she works on complex cases within the BSA/AML investigations department. In addition, Slattery has over 20 years of experience in the AML and counter-terrorist financing field.
ACAMS is a member-driven association and we are proud of the many contributions our members give on a daily basis in the fight against money laundering and financial crimes.
If you know someone in your network who exemplifies excellence in AML, visit ACAMSToday.org to nominate them for ACAMS AML Professional of the Month for 2017.