Daniel A. Weiss is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Chartwell Compliance, the firm he founded in 2011, which provides market entry, testing, and outsourcing services solutions to dozens of financial technology, payments, lending, and banking firms. Prior to Chartwell, Daniel served from 2003 until 2010 as the chief compliance officer, chief strategy officer, and the founder’s first employee of Microfinance International Corporation (MFIC), an international payments and microfinancing business, which was subsequently sold. Daniel secured and managed the company’s multi-state license portfolio; wrote business plans and financial projections; secured the Dutch and American Governments as major investors; built multi-national corporate partnerships; and launched a profitable compliance consultancy. Daniel has been a speaker at industry events at Money2020; the Money Transmitters Regulators Association; the Harvard Business School; the Federal Reserve System; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and the Center for Financial Services Innovation.
Daniel is also President and CEO of Kalyani International School in Bethesda, MD. Kalyani International immerses children into non-Western languages critical to international coexistence. Kalyani International’s mission is to develop mature global citizens, who have well-balanced worldviews and sensitivity to peoples from regions that are less familiar to Westerners.
Daniel completed INSEAD’s one-year Challenge of Leadership program at Fontainebleau and Singapore in December 2016 as well as two intensive rounds of Kaizen management training in Japan in 2015 and 2016. He was a recipient of the U.S. Department of State’s and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Thomas Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, serving the Special Advisors to the U.S. President and Secretary of State for Kosovo Implementation. He was awarded a graduate fellowship and undergraduate scholarship by the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Security Education Program, during which time he studied American-Israeli-Arab relations and foreign languages at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Daniel is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in political science, where he served as an Honors College Undergraduate Teaching Fellow in English writing. He earned his Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University.
In his free time, Daniel enjoys military history, swimming, biking, music, cooking, and traveling with his family. He is a certified advanced scuba diver.
As Chartwell’s Chief of Staff, Jonathan Abratt oversees the company’s back office operations, coordinates and monitors key strategic initiatives, and maintains a productive, collaborative, and positive organizational culture.
In the 15 years prior to joining Chartwell, Jonathan held a number of varying roles across the financial technology, alternative payments, and gaming industries. Jonathan was Group CFO for Pariplay Limited (Isle of Man), a leading provider of Internet gaming solutions and bespoke gaming platforms. He was senior vice president and group director of Zapper (Gibraltar), a mobile payments company, where he oversaw operations and was responsible for the day-to-day running of the company, including ensuring compliance with the various local money transmission and anti-money laundering regulations. Jonathan had a number of roles for 888.com (Gibraltar and Israel), one of the world’s largest online gaming operators listed on the London Stock Exchange, including as Group Treasurer, Head of Finance Shared Services and ePayments Team Lead. He was also the first employee and Head of Operations of Wonga.com (UK), the UK’s most successful payday lending business. Jonathan started his career at Ernst & Young and performed various information technology audit, internal audit, business risk consulting, and operational functions across a number of the company’s worldwide practices.
Jonathan holds a bachelor of business science degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, receiving Honors in Information Systems and a major in economics. He loves spending time and vacationing in exotic places with his wife and daughter, he is an avid pug and animal lover, and is interested in anything to do with aviation and space exploration.
As General Counsel, Jason Noto, Esq., is lead legal internal point of contact for Chartwell Compliance on legislative and regulatory matters, analysis, and interpretation.
Jason has 12 years of experience overseeing high-risk legal, regulatory compliance, and government affairs while working at First Data, AT&T, and with or for various governmental offices within the State of Colorado. Over his many years of experience, Jason has specialized in a number of areas including, but not limited to, the Dodd-Frank Act, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, online payments processing, money transmission, prepaid products, international remittance transfers, payment facilitators, online and land-based gambling, procurement lobbyist activities, drafting and advising on marijuana legislation, debt collection, cyber-security, data privacy, electronic benefits transfers, and financial crimes enforcement.
Jason also works closely with various state financial, health, gaming, investigative and enforcement agencies; attorneys general offices; secretaries of state; and Native American tribal councils. Jason has collaborated with a multitude of federal agencies by providing policy and technical guidance on proposed regulations. Most notably, his commentary was implemented in final adoption by the CFPB on the subject of international remittance transfers, the FTC on remotely created checks, and the Department of Health and Human Services on guiding states to appropriately work within the final federal adoptions limiting the use of electronic benefits transfers. Additionally, he represented the payments industry in discussions with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network regarding achieving compliance with Regulation GG (prohibiting payments processing for unlawful internet gambling) in addition to served as a conduit between the Financial Deposit Insurance Corporation and marijuana-related businesses on complying with specialized Suspicious Activity Reporting rules. Jason also partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in drafting the Cybersecurity Framework implementing President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13636.
Jason is an accomplished writer and public speaker. He has been published in law, payments, and gambling journals. Jason frequently speaks at conferences sharing views on high-risk payment processing, bank and associations’ rules, money transmission, federal and state regulatory compliance, and constitutional law.
Jason earned his law degree from the University of Denver, graduating with honors, and holds a Masters in Communications also from the University of Denver, graduating first in his class. In his spare time, Jason enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and chess, cooking, and volunteering.
Karen Schirmer serves as a vice president at Chartwell Compliance and is a subject matter expert in anti-money laundering, OFAC, money transmission, and prepaid access as well as other regulatory requirements specific to financial services. Karen originally joined Chartwell as a senior compliance director, bringing her many years of experience overseeing AML and compliance operations.
As part of the First Data leadership team for 10 years before joining Chartwell, Karen drafted and directed the operations of the 2012-2013 Global Corporate Compliance Program. Prior to First Data, as compliance director for Western Union, Inc. and Integrated Payments Systems Inc., Karen hired and trained new staff to provide training, monitoring, agent management, and compliance audits for the more than 80,000 agent locations.
Karen has 12 years of experience directing AML Compliance teams and drafting programs that identify requirements, risks, controls and methods of control validations. Karen’s career as an AML expert began in 2001 when the USA PATRIOT Act was passed and added BSA requirements to Money Services Businesses.
In addition to AML, her compliance oversight activities have included reviews of consumer services for FCRA and UDAAP compliance.
Karen has an undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Maryland, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, and a Paralegal Certificate. In her free time, Karen can be found hiking, biking, cooking, reading, and playing cards.
As vice president at Chartwell Compliance, Sherry Tomac, PMP, manages a highly skilled group of compliance consultants working on client engagements. Sherry provides coaching and training to the Chartwell staff on project management and manages Kaizen process improvement activities within the organization.
Prior to joining Chartwell, Sherry spent 20 years developing her expertise managing global, cross-functional projects focused on strategic organizational goals such as software rollouts, call center initiatives, and compliance undertakings at Western Union and First Data. Sherry also has seven years of client engagement experience with Ernst & Young as an auditor and business consultant.
Sherry has a passion to drive process improvement through Kaizen and has used lean and six sigma tools in operational areas of Western Union, First Data, and Childrens Hospital Colorado to train staff, standardize processes, eliminate waste, reduce patient harm, and generate cost savings.
Sherry has a current certification as a Project Management Professional and a Six Sigma Black Belt and has completed two trainings with Toyota Production System Lean Kaizen experts in two trips to Japan. Sherry was born and raised in St. Louis, MO where she graduated from the University of Missouri with a BS in Business Administration. She relocated to Highlands Ranch, CO seventeen years ago. Sherry and her husband have five grown children, and two darling grandchildren. In her free time, Sherry enjoys hiking, skiing, fly-fishing and spending time with her family.
As a Compliance Director at Chartwell Compliance, Trish Lagodzinski assists with regulatory compliance matters dealing with state money services business licenses and associated state and federal compliance regulations for non-bank financial services companies. Trish has completed licensing and administration in all 50 states and territories. In addition, she has completed licensing projects for companies in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the European Union. Trish Lagodzinski has more than 20 years of experience in regulatory compliance and state and federal government contracting.
Prior to joining Chartwell, Trish served as a liaison to federal agencies, a project manager, and a business development specialist at Aspen Systems and then at Lockheed Martin. She represented the General Services Administration at national meetings and managed projects for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). For 8(a) contracting companies, Trish analyzed intelligence data from criminal justice-related agencies for the Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration’s Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Information System (NADDIS).
Trish has an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, a BA in international relations from American University, and a Project Management Certificate from Penn State University. In addition, Trish has written articles for Chartwell Compass on timely compliance issues. She has been a speaker at the Money Transmitter Regulators Association and the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry.
She enjoys spending time with her family, participating in scouting activities, choral singing, and mentoring the St. Mary’s robotics team in the Maryland First Lego League.
As a compliance director with Chartwell Compliance, Omar Magana, CAMS, offers clients the benefit of a veteran compliance officer with over 15 years of experience in domestic and foreign regulatory environments. Additionally, Omar has worked in the Money Services Business industry for over 10 years.
Omar has experience building and executing international as well as domestic AML and due diligence programs as well as leading anti-bribery and corruption programs. Prior to joining Chartwell, Omar worked for one of the largest money transmitters in the country, Sigue Corp, where he held various positions in its compliance department. He played a key role in enhancing and building the backend process of the AML systems designed to assist in the monitoring and reporting functions; and in the development of the government sanctions program. Prior to Sigue, he worked seven years at Citigroup in private banking handling KYC and risk assessments of products and business lines for foreign account relationships. Omar also has participated in various task forces geared toward the development of policies and procedures, operational improvements, and assessing compliance implications for new products and services.
Omar has a BA in Marketing from California State University of Northridge. He is fluent in Spanish and is CAMS certified. Omar grew up in Mexico City until the age of 15 when he moved to California. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, and son. He enjoys learning about pre-Columbian history and traveling to archeological sites. Omar likes ‘adrenaline-driven’ outdoor activities such as scuba-diving, sky-diving, and mountain biking.
Petra Hrachova, CRCM, CAMS, brings her distinguished career and credentials to Chartwell Compliance as its compliance director. Petra has over 14 years of experience as a compliance, CRA, and Bank Secrecy Act officer at community banks and as a regulator. Prior to joining the Chartwell Compliance team as a senior compliance professional and training manager, Petra worked as a senior assistant bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank, routinely helping with supervisory activities for community and regional state member banks. Petra’s experience also includes starting a de novo bank, where she successfully created and managed compliance, BSA, and credit administration programs. In her compliance roles and as a member of the management teams, Petra developed an in depth knowledge of all functional areas of banking.
Petra moved to the U.S. in 1999 after receiving a BA and MA in economics and administration from the University of Pardubice in the Czech Republic. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM). Petra is a mother of twins, and an avid skier, hiker and musician.
Dr Gina J. Lowdermilk, PhD (ABD), CAMS, CRMS is a highly experienced and educated BSA/AML and financial regulatory compliance professional with extensive experience in policy and procedure development and implementation, training, internal audit, monitoring, risk management, and reporting. Her emphasis has been working with financial institutions that are experiencing regulatory concerns and resolutions, including enforcement actions such as memorandums of understanding and cease and desist orders. Her 20+ years of experience has given her the opportunity to work from small community banks to large, international financial institutions. Her roles not only included BSA/AML and compliance, but also operations, lending services, business development, marketing, management, department development, and asset quality.
Ms. Lowdermilk has worked with almost all financial regulators and examiners. She has been responsible for creating both recurring and ad-hoc executive management and board presentations. In addition to her above experience, she has also been a speaker for various ACAMS conferences, as well as has written numerous articles, thought leadership whitepapers, training materials and manuals on both AML/BSA and Regulatory Compliance topics.
KC Gingras is a compliance professional with Chartwell Compliance. KC brings over 20 years of experience in accounting, compliance, and company operations to Chartwell. Throughout her career, KC has gained extensive knowledge in state and federal financial services compliance, risk management, and fraud detection, prevention, and remediation strategies.
As consumer compliance manager with one of the nation’s leading cash advance lenders and check cashers, Advance America, KC monitored state and federal regulations to ensure company compliance with its product offerings, such as payday, installment, and title lending for several states. She reviewed state examination results and provided guidance for the response courses of action. KC also managed the written complaint response process and developed a complaint reporting database to help the company identify customer concerns in keeping with best practices.
KC’s prior experience includes director of operations for a third-party accounts receivable financing company, director of finance and administration for a not-for-profit arts organization, and controller for a national importer and distributor of energy efficient hot water heaters.
KC culminated her MS in economic crime management from Utica College with her dissertation focused on the financial exploitation of the elderly. KC and her husband, Joe, enjoy hiking, fishing and camping. Their short-term goal is to white-water raft down the Colorado River.
Lily Sayers serves as a compliance professional at Chartwell Compliance. Lily brings to Chartwell over eight years of experience in the field of banking from managing a team of tellers, customer service representatives, and personal bankers to handling daily operational reports, monitoring transactions, leading the teller-line and new account department, and resolving numerous challenging transactions. As the operations supervisor for the corporate branch of a local community bank, Lily developed and enhanced operational procedures as well as created a company-wide training program for new tellers and bankers. From her many years in the banking industry, Lily greatly expanded her expertise with regards to online banking, sales, BSA, and treasury management.
Prior to entering the field of banking, Lily was a case manager for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an organization that assists with the resettlement of refugees in the United States. With IRC, Lily helped refugees and asylees from over 30 different countries resettle into various communities throughout Southern California. In addition to assisting with immigration paperwork, securing legal status, and acquiring legal and proper documentation, Lily also educated her clients about law observance, employment, financial practices, and cultural assimilation. Through this refugee work, Lily provided the FBI with advisory services regarding procedural improvements at US embassies throughout Eastern Europe.
Lily was born in Uzbekistan, but grew up in Crimea, Ukraine. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and traveling.
Dennis Lormel is a recognized subject matter expert on anti-money laundering, terrorist financing, and fraud. Denis has 38 years of experience in the field and is considered a specialist in financial crimes, enhanced due diligence, FCPA, corporate and mortgage fraud, forensic accounting, AML, BSA, terrorist financing, asset recovery, and Sarbanes Oxley.
After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, Mr. Lormel realized that the terrorists needed a financial infrastructure to accomplish the attacks. He immediately established an investigative organization within the Federal Bureau of Investigation that, within days, identified the funding stream that supported these attacks. These efforts evolved into the Terrorist Financing Operations Section of the FBI. This multi-agency entity has attained international recognition as one of the world’s elite operations for tracking, investigating, and disrupting terrorist-related financial activity. Dennis’s lead and establishment of a world renown investigative unit is but one example of his expertise in assessing and establishing viable and effective recommendations that produce results.
In addition to Dennis’s distinguished 28 year career at the FBI, including as chief of its Financial Crimes Section and as a special agent, he has consistently delivered high quality consulting services to clients since 2004. Dennis’s combination of law enforcement and financial services experience provides a comprehensive perspective on the issues that face individuals and corporate entities in today’s complex world. Understanding the nexus between fraud and money laundering, especially on the heels of the financial crisis, allows Dennis to provide more comprehensive guidance to clients.
Dennis has received numerous commendations and awards, including the Department of Justice, Criminal Division’s Award for Investigative Initiative and the CIA’s George H. W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism. He was also an advisor to the Congressional Anti-Terrorist Financing Task Force and served as a contributing expert to The Counterterrorism Blog.
Robert Pasley, CAMS, J.D. is an expert in anti-money laundering as well as financial regulatory and enforcement matters. Robert has over 35 years of experience and is a specialist in bank regulatory and enforcement issues, BSA, AML, and counter-terrorism financing. From 1975 to 2005, Robert served first as an attorney and then as an assistant director of the Enforcement and Compliance Division at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). At the OCC, Robert was responsible for investigating as well as taking and/or supervising administrative actions against national banks and their officers and directors. Additionally, he served as the point person on anti-money laundering cases.
Robert helped to draft BSA regulations, including those implementing §312 of the USA PATRIOT Act addressing foreign correspondent banking and foreign private banking. He also handled the investigation of and administrative action against foreign branches. Robert has been a consultant for the International Monetary Fund, American Express, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the law firm of Bryan Cave, and the American Bankers Association (ABA). Previously, he was a senior vice president at Bank of America. He also served as the acting general counsel for the District of Columbia’s Office of Banking and Financial Institutions and as a special assistant U.S. Attorney for Washington D.C.’s U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Robert received his BA from Hamilton College and his JD from Cornell Law School. He also graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking with an Honors Thesis on the “Consolidation of the Federal Banking Regulatory Agencies”.
Grainne Sen, SHRM-SCP, serves an important function at Chartwell Compliance as its manager of human resources. Grainne brings to Chartwell over 10 years of administrative and operational management experience. Chartwell benefited from Grainne’s extensive experience in her previous position as the company’s operations and marketing manager in which she assisted the team with administration, project management, and putting in place many of Chartwell’s operational systems. Prior to Chartwell, Grainne worked with Ascella Compliance, a compliance consulting firm that was a division of an international licensed money transmitter and where Grainne began working with many of her current colleagues.
Grainne graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor Degree in Business Studies. During her leisure time Grainne enjoys keeping fit, sewing, music, and spending time with her family. She also maintains strong ties with her extended family and friends in Ireland.
Richard Davis has over 11 years of experience in the global remittance industry. As corporate services manager, Richard oversees Chartwell Corporate Services, a division that has been created to provide clients non-regulatory compliance professional services. The focus of the Corporate Services Division is on providing services related to professional recruiting of personnel, applied leadership development and Kaizen training and implementation. Richard began his venture with Chartwell as the operations manager, providing support to the operations team and internal and external customers as well as working behind the scenes to help ensure projects ran smoothly.
Prior to joining Chartwell, Richard worked at Travelex, Coinstar and Sigue, where he gained experience working cross functionally throughout the organizations with all levels of the team from department managers to the executive office. His primary responsibilities included providing support to the field sales team, developing and executing promotional and marketing strategies, brand management, managing special projects for the Global Operations Team, and co-chairing the company’s Risk Committee. Among the various projects Richard managed while at Sigue, Richard coordinated and led the team in successfully implementing operational, policy, and document changes across the organization ahead of schedule as a result of the imposed changes mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protections Act.
Richard has also worked as the marketing and brand manager for a fragrance company based in Florida where he was responsible for managing portfolios for nine fragrance brands, supported the field sales team and worked closely with large accounts like Wal-Mart, CVS, and Rite Aid to develop individual programs for their stores across the US.
Richard likes to spend his free time with his dogs, family, watching reality shows, cooking and traveling outside of the U.S. Richard has traveled to 24 different countries amongst which include his favorites: Estonia, Poland, Italy and Egypt.
Jamie Steed is Chartwell’s Corporate Finance Manager. For 10 years prior to joining Chartwell, Jamie has worked as the fiscal coordinator for Spartanburg County. She was responsible for all levels of accounting and reporting for the grant funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and other Federal agencies. In addition to financial management for these grants, Jaime developed the annual departmental strategic planning & performance measurement documents for the last four years.
Jamie attended the University of South Carolina Upstate where she received a BS with a concentration in accounting. In her spare time, she enjoys training in Muay Thai, participating in obstacle course races with her husband Bobby, and playing baseball with her two boys, Camden and Avery.
Kym Rambelle serves as Chartwell Compliance’s Project Management Director. Kyme has 18 years in managing multifaceted projects involving financial systems as well as designing and re-engineering existing business processes into automated solutions.
Prior to joining Chartwell, Kym worked for First Data as well as pursued entrepreneurial endeavors. During her 12 years at First Data, Kym managed the corporation’s Oracle Financials conversion/upgrade, spanning fifteen states and nine international sites. She has also managed IT resources in creating customized software applications. Kym’s entrepreneurial experience includes owning and operating Long Island Prints, a local printing and graphic design business, where her efforts ranged from accounting and sales to operations and graphic design.
Kym has an MBA from Hofstra University with an emphasis in business information technology and holds a BA in accounting. Her dual skill set in areas that require both business acumen and knowledge of financial systems has enabled Kym to fill a niche that is often left void in many businesses.
Kym enjoys spending her free time on the white sand beaches of Long Island with her family, playing nine ball with her husband, gardening, and serving as graphic designer for the Shirley Assembly of God.
Amnon Zatorsky serves as Chartwell’s corporate finance associate, bringing with him over 10 years of experience in the financial world. Among other tasks, he has handled annual budgeting, consolidating financial statements, bookkeeping, sensitivity analyses and valuations. Amnon is familiar with both the US-GAAP and IFRS accounting methods.
Before turning to finance Amnon served in the Air Force for 10 years. He was a Major in the Israeli Air Force, a pilot of Cobra combat helicopters and commanding complex military ground activities in one the world’s most active and delicate tinderboxes.
Amnon has a double major in accounting and economics from Tel Aviv University. Amnon loves the outdoors and spending time and with his wife and three energetic kids, two boys ages nine and six and a daughter age two. He enjoys hiking, playing soccer or basketball and swimming in pristine lakes and the oceans around the world.