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President’s Message – August 2017

Hoping you have all been enjoying your summer so far. As fall approaches, the Chapter will re-start our monthly training meetings/sessions.

Our Chapter Board member elections process has been completed and the Board welcomes Kirsten Lopez and Sandra Badolato, who were elected as Directors, and Tammy Farrell as our new Treasurer. I have included their short bios below. All three are highly qualified and experienced professionals. I am sure they will make very important contributions towards the Board and Chapter activities and direction as a whole.

I want to personally thank all members who took the time to vote. The “voter turnout” was pretty anemic at best, and quite frankly pathetic. I hope that many more members will take the time and interest to vote in next year’s elections, and also seriously consider offering their skills and experience towards a future Board vacancy/position.

Kirsten Lopez is currently the managing investigator for the University of Phoenix ethics and compliance department. Her team manages the company’s helpline and is the primary investigative arm for all areas of the organization. Kirsten has over six years of fraud investigation and compliance/ethics experience. She has been a local Chapter member since 2011 and CFE certified since 2014. Kirsten is also a PCI (Professional Certified Investigator), CCEP (Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional) and a Certified Title IX Investigator.


Sandra Badolato has been in the financial industry for her entire professional career. She has over 25 years’ experience in the Credit Card and Financial Crime Analysis environment maintaining positions ranging from Customer Services, Fraud Prevention, Training, and Quality Assurance, including her current positions at JP Morgan Chase as a Vice President and Cyber Intelligence Investigator.


Tammy Farrell is a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner. Tammy works full-time as a freelance writer where she helps companies communicate product and service information to their accountant, fraud examiner, and C-Suite clients. Tammy ghost writes thought leadership articles for CFOs and CEOs and has been published by Accounting Today, Financial Executives International, Insurance Innovation Reporter, and Global Banking and Finance. Prior to working as a freelance writer, Tammy worked as the Accounting Director for 12 years at American Reliable Insurance Company, which was the specialty insurance product division of Assurant, Inc. Prior to that, Tammy spent 12 years with Hilton Hotels as an Assistant Controller for 4 properties working out of their centralized accounting offices in Phoenix and Dallas.

As stated earlier, the Chapter will be re-starting our one hour monthly meeting program next month. The upcoming September 19, 2017 Monthly Meeting is entitled “Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Public Records Requests (PRR)”, and will be presented by Mark Spencer with Judicial Watch. Mark will discuss the background and purpose of Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) legislation, litigation and exemptions requests. He will provide specific examples of the FOIA and Public Records Requests (PRR) and discuss some of the significant results of the FOIA and PRR. Mark, who is based in Phoenix, AZ is the Southwest Projects Coordinator for Judicial Watch.

The Board is also putting together a four hour/half-day morning training session scheduled for Tuesday. October 17th at the AZ Industrial Commission. This session is still in the planning stages. A two hour ethics presentation will be provided. A detailed training session announcement will be forthcoming next month.

The Board voted at its recent August meeting to award CFE Exam Completion Incentive Grants to two Chapter members who have successfully completed and passed the CFE exam. The Chapter member recipient names will be announced next month. Each will receive a $500 check as partial reimbursement for their CFE preparation course and exam fees.

The Board announced to Chapter members earlier this year a new program that recognizes individuals (both law enforcement and private sector) for exceptional performance of official duties in the detection and deterrence of fraud. A certificate of achievement is awarded to the recipients at a ceremony amongst their peers. The recipient’s supervisor(s) is also asked to attend. The Chapter has received several nominations from the local and federal law enforcement community. Our first award will be presented at the upcoming September 19th monthly meeting. PLEASE contact Board member Chuck Kuchar if you are aware of any qualified recipients at your place of employment, or a qualified individual located within the Phoenix metro area. The Board will greatly appreciate your referrals and input on this.

AZ Chapter ACFE Membershipfees range from $35 to $55 annually (for CFEs and non-CFEs, respectively) and include 8 regular, one-hour accredited presentations and special seasonal multi-hour accredited events at an additional nominal fee, and which are all NASBA certified. Please tell your friends and co-workers about us and ask them to consider joining our Chapter.

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Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at future Chapter events.


James H. Tendick, CFE

President – Arizona Chapter



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