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President’s Message – August 2018

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

Our Chapter Board member elections process has been completed and the Board welcomes Don Carroll (Vice President), Paul Updike (Treasurer), Darcey Horejsh (Secretary), and our three new Directors – Athena DoBell-Garcia, Samantha Goldstein and Tyler Keeble. I have included their short bios below. All six 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. No Chapter members submitted their candidacy for the President position.

I want to personally thank all members who took the time to vote. The “voter turnout” was once again anemic at best. 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.

Don Carroll, CFE is a Financial Investigator – Auditor 3 with the Office of the Arizona Attorney General, Special Investigations Section, Major Fraud Unit One, and has worked in the office for over two years. Don’s duties include conducting investigations into complex fraud schemes, telemarketing violations and political corruption cases.  Additional duties include coordination of gas pump and bank ATM access device fraud investigations and training for local, state and federal agencies statewide. Prior to his employment with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Don was a commissioned police officer for 16 years in the State of California and for 20 years in the State of Washington.

Paul Updike, CFE, specializes in solving small business problems that are operational, financial, accounting-related and fraud-related. Paul earned two degrees from Brigham Young University (BA & MBA), and has 30-plus years of experience as a Chief Operating Officer, CFO, Controller, Financial Analyst and Cost Accountant for Motorola, Rogers Corporation, HS Crocker, Flagstaff Engineering and other multi-million dollar organizations. Paul is also a member of the Online Faculty for the University of Phoenix, teaching Economics and Finance (including accounting classes) to MBA candidates at the University of Phoenix. He has taught over 210 classes in the past 15 years.

Darcey Horejsh has a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Darcey began working for Bank of the West in 2005. In 2011, Darcey transitioned into their Compliance Department as a Compliance Officer. Darcey recently accepted a position as a Corporate Security Investigator at the Bank of the West office in Tempe, Arizona. Darcey conducts interviews with employees, customers, non-customers, and all related witnesses to determine facts and obtain statements regarding internal and external fraudulent activity as it relates to Bank of the West. Darcey relocated to Tempe, AZ from Fargo, ND in May 2018.


Athena DoBell-Garcia, CFE is a Certified Internal Auditor. Athena has worked in both the private and public sectors and currently works at the Internal Audit Department at Grand Canyon University where she was instrumental in creating the Internal Review process for prevention and detection of fraud related to the Title IV program. Athena also currently serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Jerry Colangelo College of Business.


Samantha Goldstein, CFE received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. She has lived in AZ since 2006. Samantha later earned a Masters of Accounting and Financial Management degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management. She then began her auditing career at the AZ Auditor General's office. Samantha currently works for the Internal Audit Administration at DES, Office of Inspector General, and has been a supervisor of a team of internal auditors for the past 3 years.


Tyler Keeble, CFE is a fraud investigator for the AZ Office of the Auditor General. He received his B.S. degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska at Kearney before beginning his public service as an accountant with the Department of Real Estate in 2014. Tyler also passed the CPA exam and is pursuing his certification. Tyler is an Arizona native.


Congratulations to our six new Board members.

As stated earlier, the Chapter will be re-starting our one hour monthly meeting program next month. The upcoming September 18, 2018 Monthly Meeting will be held at the AZ Industrial Commission. Details will soon be posted on the Chapter website.

The Board is also putting together a four hour/half-day morning training session scheduled for Tuesday. October 16th at the AZ Industrial Commission. This session is still in the planning stages. A one hour ethics presentation will also be provided. A detailed training session announcement will be forthcoming next month.

My term as AZ Chapter President comes to an end this month. The new Board will select one of their officers as the new President and make an announcement once that has been decided. It has been a pleasure serving as President over the past two years. I am very grateful to have served the AZ Chapter and also work with my fellow highly talented and dedicated Board members. I am confident that the new Board will continue to do great things for the Chapter. I wish them all the best.

One last request from me. PLEASE tell your professional colleagues and co-workers about us and ask them to consider joining our Chapter. AZ Chapter ACFE Membership fees 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.

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


James H. Tendick, CFE

President – Arizona Chapter



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