Sharon Blanchette serves as a Compliance Director with Chartwell and brings over 20 years of risk management, audit, regulatory compliance, and AML experience and expertise. For financial institutions, Sharon has held roles as diverse as Chief Risk Officer, Director of a Financial Investigations Unit, Director of Consumer Compliance, and Audit Director. She has also served as a Director of Compliance for a national consulting firm. In some of her previous roles, Sharon was onboarded to remediate regulatory enforcement actions, and has extensive experience acting as a liaison to regulatory examiners.
In the financial crimes world, Sharon has extensive experience with AML and OFAC software systems, and the process of establishing, documenting, and testing data feeds and suspicious activity monitoring settings. She has launched 2nd line of defense fraud risk management functions in two institutions, overseeing fraud governance, strategy, threat analysis, and education/awareness. She has also designed cannabis risk management systems for financial institutions. In the consumer compliance world, Sharon has extensive experience with UDAAP and the alphabet soup of lending and deposit regulations. Her deep experience is readily shared with Chartwell’s clients ensuring they are well versed and adhering to all of their compliance obligations.
Sharon is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor, an ACAMS Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, and holds the Consumer Regulatory Compliance Manager certification. She enjoys publishing articles and speaking on industry topics.
Sharon is originally from western Massachusetts and resides in north central Connecticut with her husband and cat. She enjoys spending her leisure time in her perennial pollinator garden and traveling to major league ballparks across the U.S.