Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides guidance on policies and practices that will enrich the Financial Integrity Institute and the MAFI program. The Board consists of up to eight members appointed by the Deans of the School of Law for five-year, renewable terms. Its functions include:

  • fostering relationships among the Institute, the MAFI program, and its partners, including governmental and nongovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, and the private sector.
  • developing MAFI curriculum and student recruitment initiatives.
  • engaging with policymakers worldwide on solutions necessary to meet the requirements of regulatory and enforcement agencies.
  • planning research and other strategies to address financial sector integrity issues.
  • extending the influence of the Institute and MAFI program among national and international institutions.

Pawneet Abramowski

Founder & Principal, PARC Solutions LLC

Ms. Abramowski is an Advisor & Consultant in the financial crimes risk management industry, providing strategic analysis and overall assessment of program development. She served as the Managing Director, Head of Financial Crimes Risk Management at The Bancorp building on over 21 years of comprehensive achievements in public and private sector with special focus in Compliance/Risk Management and law enforcement industries. She has key subject matter expertise spanning anti-money laundering (AML), fraud, sanctions, anti-corruption, regulation, and compliance. Prior to joining The Bancorp, from 2006 – 2014 Ms. Abramowski held senior level roles at wall street firms in NYC. Before that from 1996 – 2006 she spent her career in public service in investigative and intelligence capacity with municipal, state and federal agencies ending with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She holds an MBA in Management from Adelphi University Robert B. Willumstad School of Business; an MA in Government and Politics and BA in Public Administration from St. John’s University. Ms. Abramowski serves as Academic Director/Adjunct Faculty and is the Chair of the Advisory Board’s Executive Committee for Case Western Reserve University – School of Law’s Financial Integrity Institute. She also serves on Women’s Board for City Year New York, an education focused nonprofit that partners with public schools in high-poverty communities. She is also an Executive Council Member with Ellevate Network a global professional women’s network and a member of Financial Women’s Association a professional organization focused on enhancing the role of women in finance, as well as fostering the development of young female leaders.

Vikas Agarwal

Partner and Actimize Alliance Leader, PwC US

Mr. Agarwal is a Partner in PwC's US Financial Services Advisory Practice, and has extensive experience in leading many of the largest regulatory remediation's in the banking industry. He helps clients develop integrated technology solutions to create, test, and monitor risk and regulatory controls effectively and efficiently. Mr. Agarwal specializes in Financial Crimes (i.e. AML, FIU, Enterprise Case Management, Risk Assessment), Compliance Testing, Insider Trading, Trade Surveillance, Compliance Strategy and Organizational Design, and Artificial Intelligence, to name just a few areas. He currently leads the Financial Crime Technology team, which focuses globally on matters related to money laundering, fraud sanctions, and trade surveillance.

Alma Angotti

Richard Barrett CMG OBE

The Global Strategy Network

Using his expertise, Richard Barrett's work includes resolving conflict and increasing social resilience to political violence, and establishing social cohesion while working together with other practitioners and policymakers. Mr. Barrett was previously a Senior Vice President at The Soufan Group, a security consultancy based in New York. He is also a Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, the Royal United Services Institute in London, and the Centre for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad. He is a board member and strategic advisor for various institutions including the International Centre for Counter Terrorism – The Hague, the Global Center on Cooperative Security in Washington, the Oxford Research Group in the UK, and Projects for the 21st Century in London and Washington. He also serves on the Independent Review Panel of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund in Geneva. From March 2004 to December 2012 he was Coordinator of the Al-Qaida and Taliban Monitoring Team at the United Nations in New York and in 2005 he helped establish what became the United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force following adoption by the General Assembly of the Global Strategy to Counter Terrorism in 2006. Before joining the United Nations, he worked for the British Government both at home and overseas with postings in Canada, Jordan, Turkey and the United States.

Michael Benza

Professor Benza received his Bachelor of Arts (1986) and law degree (1992) from Case Western Reserve University. He also received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology (1988) from Pepperdine University. He was the 1992 Biskind Fellow from CWRU School of Law and spent a year working for the Legal Resources Centre, a civil and human rights law firm in South Africa. Upon returning to the States, he spent four years in the Capital Defense Unit at the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. He was assistant counsel at the Cleveland Bar Association working with the Certified Grievance Committee as well as other committees. Professor Benza teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I, Death Penalty Issues, the Death Penalty Lab, Federal Prisoner Rights, International Perspectives on the Death Penalty, as well as coaching the International Criminal Court moot court team and he previously coached the Mock Trial team. The Student Bar Association selected Professor Benza as the Professor of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. In 2009 Professor Benza was elected as an alumni member to the Society of Benchers. 
Professor Benza continues to represent death row inmates in state courts and federal habeas proceedings. He has litigated capital cases in state trial courts, state appellate and post-conviction courts, and federal courts including arguing Smith v.Spisak, 130 S.Ct. 676(2010), before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ross Delston, CAMS

Mr. Delston is a Washington, DC - based attorney, expert witness, Certified Anti - Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and former banking regulator(FDIC) who has specialized in Bank Secrecy Act and AML / CFT issues for over 15 years.He has been a consultant to the IMF and World Bank on AML / CFT and banking issues for 18 years and has participated in the AML / CFT assessments of nine offshore financial centers.Representative engagements include participating in two major compliance projects involving international banking, AML / KYC, and sanctions, including OFAC; five annual independent AML audits of a publically - held MSB; and acting as an expert witness and / or litigation consultant on BSA/ AML compliance in eight civil cases in Federal and state courts, including a civil forfeiture case as an expert for the U.S.Attorney’s Office(SDNY).Delston is co - author of two law review articles on trade - based money laundering and has been quoted in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, American Banker, Hindu Business Line(India), and the Nikkei(Japan).Previously, he was a Consulting Counsel, IMF, specializing in AML / CFT issues; Of Counsel, Jones Day; Assistant General Counsel, Assisted Acquisitions, FDIC; and Counsel, US Export - Import Bank.

Phil DeLuca

Senior Vice President and Director of Compliance Controls, U.S. Bank

Mr. DeLuca is Senior Vice President and Director of Compliance Controls at U.S. Bank. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, he led the AML investigations department of a large global bank where he and his team pioneered the use of issue-based typology driven investigations. DeLuca has over 30 years of financial services investigations management experience and has conducted and managed numerous high profile/sensitive anti-money laundering/counter terrorist financing investigations. He has partnered with all levels of law enforcement to develop leading edge investigative strategies, and has been recognized by the highest levels of government for his leadership and expertise in leveraging an issue-based investigation approach to identifying data characteristics that are potentially indicative of human trafficking. Recently DeLuca was invited to present at the White House Forum to Combat Human Trafficking with a panel of colleagues from law enforcement and the technology industry. DeLuca regularly advises industry, government, and law enforcement agencies on typology development and data interrogation techniques to be more proactive and productive in detecting illicit financial activity.

The Honorable Sue Eckert

Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security

Ms. Eckert is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, where she focuses on issues at the intersection of economics and national security. Research interests include economic statecraft, sanctions, terrorism and proliferation financing, and financial integrity. She was appointed by President Clinton as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, responsible for US dual-use export control and sanctions policies. Previously, she served on the professional staff of the US House of Representative's Committee on Foreign Affairs, where she oversaw technology transfer, international trade and sanctions, and national security/nonproliferation issues.

Richard Gordon

Richard Gordon teaches courses on financial integrity, banking regulation, and international taxation. Prior to coming to Case Western Reserve, Gordon practiced international tax law in Washington, DC, and later taught courses in tax and corporate governance at the Harvard Law School, where he also served as deputy director of the International Tax Program. After leaving Harvard, Gordon joined the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) where he was senior counsel and senior financial sector expert, and where he worked on sovereign debt restructuring and financial integrity matters. 
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Gordon served on the select IMF Task Force on Terrorism Finance and co - led the IMF and World Bank’s involvement in anti - money laundering and terrorism financing. He was the principal draftsperson of the preventive measures section of the first compliance assessment methodology for the Financial Action Task Force 40 Recommendations.He has participated in a number of FATF 40 compliance assessments in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Southeast Asia, and has published numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and research studies on anti - money laundering and terrorism as well as scholarly articles and book chapters on taxation.

Lisa Grigg

Chief Enterprise Financial Crimes Compliance Executive, US Bank

Ms. Grigg is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a Certified Fraud Examiner. She worked in Federal law enforcement for 8 years as a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service in the Washington D.C. and Charlotte, NC field offices, and has 17 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining U.S. Bank as its Chief Enterprise Financial Crimes Compliance Executive, Ms. Grigg held many positions at Bank of America in their Global Financial Crimes Compliance Division, including AML Investigations Executive, AML Operations Executive, Fraud Investigations Executive, and BSA Officer. She worked with regulators, handling exams, preparing board and business reports, and overseeing all aspects of the AML domestic program. She has also worked internationally during her tenure for AML processes and controls in Latin America, Canada, and Cayman Islands.

William Casey King

William Langford

Chief Compliance Officer for the Americas, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

William Langford is the Chief Compliance Officer for the Americas at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group. Before joining MUFJ Langford was the Chief Compliance Officer for GE Capital. where he led the team responsible for the firm’s global compliance program. He also served as the Global Head of Compliance Architecture & Strategy at Citigroup, where he led the group responsible for compliance risk analytics and assessments, regulatory and data governance, and global compliance strategy. Previously, Langford held several positions at JPMorgan Chase & Co., including the Global Head of Compliance and Head of Enterprise Financial Crimes Compliance. Langford has also served as the Associate Director for the Regulatory Policy and Programs Division of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In this capacity, he oversaw the Bank Secrecy Act regulatory, compliance and enforcement functions for the Agency. Langford previously served as the Senior Advisor to the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he focused largely on the implementation of the anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, including the drafting of regulations implementing these provisions. Prior to joining Treasury, Langford practiced law with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP and the Boston law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart, specializing in commercial litigation. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Bronwen Macro

BSA/AML Risk Coordinator, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Ms. Macro is the BSA/AML Risk Coordinator at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In this role, she identifies and monitors emerging BSA/AML and OFAC risks and supervisory issues, provides guidance and consultative services to supervisory staff, and works with counterparts throughout the Federal Reserve System to develop and deploy regulatory guidance. Previously, Macro was a risk examiner in various areas within the Financial Institution Supervision Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She led BSA/AML examinations of community, regional, and foreign banking organizations, and served as a Senior Examiner in the Counterparty Credit Risk area, where she analyzed and monitored exposure data of large financial institutions. Macro also worked for several years on the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR). She is a graduate of Brown University.

Willie A. Maddox, CRCM, CRMA, CAMS, CPA

Ms. Maddox is Vice President - Senior Mortgage/Retail Credit Lending Compliance & Risk Manager at Fulton Bank, N.A. Previously, she was Vice President, ERM Risk Assessment Manager at Key Bank, where she led the oversight, management, and administration of ERM risk assessments/risk profiles and dashboard production for the corporation. Earlier she was Vice President and Regulatory Compliance Manager, where she was responsible for program and process management within the Key National Bank Major Lines of Business (KNB). Her responsibilities include managing the planning, development, implementation, training, monitoring, reporting, and tracking of compliance procedures and processes related to Bank Secrecy Act / Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), High Risk Issues/Processes, Risk Assessment, Risk Review Open Issues, Key National Bank Enterprise Compliance, and other regulatory, audit and/or security related requirements. She has an MBA from the University of Chicago School of Business.

Rick McDonell, Chair

Executive Secretary, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists

Mr. McDonell is Executive Secretary of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists and a member of the ACAMS Advisory Board. He recently stepped down as Executive Secretary of the Financial Action Task Force, a post he held since 2007. Previously he served as Chief of the UN Global Programme against Money Laundering; founding Executive Secretary of the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering; National Coordinator, Legal Advisor, and Public Prosecutor at the Australian National Crime Authority; and Special Prosecutor for the Costigan Royal Commission of Government of Australia, which investigated organized crime in Australia.

Richard Small

Executive Vice President, Director, Financial Crimes Program, BB&T

Rick Small is Executive Vice President and Director of the Financial Crimes Program at BB&T Corporation responsible for all aspects of BB&T’s anti-money laundering and sanctions (OFAC) related programs. Rick has been designated by BB&T’s Board of Directors as BB&T’s Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) Officer.

Rick has over 35 years of relevant experience working in both the public and private sectors. Rick’s private sector experience includes: Ernst & Young LLP, Senior Advisor, Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes, Financial Services Office; American Express, Senior Vice President, responsible for Enterprise Wide Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Corruption and International Regulatory Compliance; General Electric(GE Money), Global Anti-Money Laundering Leader; Citigroup, Managing Director responsible for Global Anti-Money Laundering.
Rick's public sector experience includes: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Deputy Associate Director and Assistant Director; Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation responsible for enforcement and special investigations functions of Federal Reserve, including all Bank Secrecy Act and money laundering matters, as well as responsibility for conducting investigations of complex financial transactions, suspicious activities and related enforcement actions; United States Department of the Treasury, Senior Counsel for Law Enforcement; United States Department of Justice - Federal Prosecutor with the Organized Crime Strike Force and the Antitrust Division.
Rick is currently Chairman of the Advisory Board of ACAMS (Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.

Emile van der Does de Willebois

Global Leader, Financial Market Integrity, The World Bank

Mr. van der Does de Willebois is a Global Leader, Financial Market Integrity and Senior Financial Sector Specialist at the World Bank. He specializes in issues of abuse of legal entities, beneficial ownership, and the use of non-profit entities for terrorist purposes. At the World Bank’s Financial Market Integrity unit, he was involved in technical assistance (legislative drafting and training) to Eastern Asian Pacific countries on Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT). Previously he worked in private practice specializing in banking and securities law. He started his career at the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.