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Maryland Chapter 21 of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners


Executive Committee

R. Frank Abel, CPA/CFF, CFE, CIDA
Lecturer, Salisbury University

Stephen J. Lesniewski, Jr., CFE, CIG, CIA
Vice President
 OQA / Baltimore City Department of Public Works

Robert N. Cantor, CPA, CVA, CFE, CDFA
Senior Manager, BDO, USA, LLP

Daniel Semick, MPA, CFE, CGFM
Former GAO Senior Analyst; and a current Ethics Commissioner,  Anne Arundel County

Regina Miante, CPA, CFE, CICA, CPC, CPIP
Training Director
Maryland Department of Health

Alan E. Small, MBA, CFE, CIA, CCA, AFTA

Ex Officio-Immediate Past President

Director, Internal Audit, President's Office, Morgan State U.

Board Meeting Highlights

During a video conference on March 29, 2021, the Board considered

  • Election alternatives for 2021
  • A Chapter training session later in the year
  • Chapter support for an ACFE national training session in Baltimore near the end of the calendar year
  • The ACFE Global Conference

Board Members

Ken Demianchick, PhD., AFA, ATP
Former Assistant Comptroller, Maryland

Bruce W. Hall, CFE

Robert Hauf, CFE
Consultant, (formerly with the Maryland Board of Nursing)

Stacy Lewis, MS, CFE

Todd Sheffer, CFE

Senior Investigative Auditor, Medicaid Fraud Control Units, Office of the MD Attorney General

Heather McLaughlin, CFE
Compliance Coordinator, Maryland Board of Pharmacy

Deborah Pasto, CPA, CFE, CRMA

Laura Tucholski, CFE, CPA, CIA, CRMA
Internal Auditor, Harford County Public Schools

Election Results in 2020

The following individuals took office in July 2020 to begin serving a 2-year term, based on the results of the 2020 election:

Vice President: Stephen J. Lesniewski, Jr.

Secretary: Daniel Semick

Board of Directors:

Bruce Hall
Robert Hauf
Stacy Lewis
Laura Tucholski

Todd Sheffer

The nomination process for other positions generally begins in April or May.

Three Board Members Attended ACFE National Conference Online

Three Board Members joined more than 1,700 fraud fighters around the world at ACFE's first virtual Global Fraud Conference, which started June 22, 2020. Experts on data analytics, law enforcement, covid-19 responses, interviewing skills, whistleblowing, and many other topics provided insights for 3 days. The previous week some Board Members networked virtually with leaders of other chapters in a 2-day free event organized by ACFE.

Board Members Join Academicians and Students at Salisbury University

Several members of the Chapter's Board are shown (front row, blue shirts) here with faculty and students of Salisbury University's Fraud and Forensic Accounting Program. Board Members attended the Shore Fraud Conference on the campus Nov. 22, 2019. The Chapter hosted an information table so others could learn about our activities and find out how to join us. Also, Chapter members joined a number of other conference participants from Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia who heard from James Ratley, president emeritus of ACFE, and other speakers.  Moreover, on this occasion the Chapter provided a donation to the University's Fraud and Forensic Accounting Program.  More about the contribution can be found on our Scholarships/Awards page

Chapter Assisted ACFE Training in Baltimore

Volunteers from the Chapter's Board of Directors provided administrative support at ACFE's training program in Baltimore Oct. 30 through Nov. 1, 2020.  ACFE's lecturers on legal aspects of fraud and interviewing skills trained more than 50 participants from across the country and other nations gathered at the Hilton Baltimore. Board Members Robert Hauf, Heather McLaughlin, Regina Miante, and Daniel Semick represented the Chapter at the event.


R. Frank Abel, President of the Maryland Chapter, is a member of the Higher Education Initiative Committee. The Committee provides guidance for ACFE to develop and promote anti-fraud education in college and university disciplines such as accounting, management, business and criminal justice.

Daniel Semick, the Chapter’s Secretary, was selected for Fraud magazine’s Editorial Advisory Committee.  The Committee ensures that articles published in the magazine meet high professional standards in keeping with ACFE's global leadership position in fraud examination and allied disciplines.

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