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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

Daniel Semick, MPA, CFE, CGFM
Vice President
 Ethics Commissioner, Anne Arundel County; formerly with GAO

Robert N. Cantor, CPA, CVA, CFE, CDFA
Director, Vallit Advisors

 Stacy Lewis, MS, CFE

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 University.

2022 Board Highlights

During a March 18, 2022 Zoom meeting the following occurred:,

  • The President reported on progress fo arranging the April 2022 Chapter Conference.
  • The Board made a decision on the financial institution, terms , and conditions for some CDs after hearing the Treasurer's report.
  • The Secretary described some plans for the next election. The Board discussed approaches for encouraging members to volunteer for leadership positions.
  • The Board discussed having representatives at the ACFE Global Conference in 2022

Maryland Fraud Conference, April 2022

Under the leadership of President Frank Abel, the Board organized a joint in-person and virtual conference with a combined attendance of almost 700 participants receiving training. Bruce Dorris, ACFE's President and CEO was one of the many speakers.

Election Results June 2022

The Chapter attempts to stagger terms of the Board so some officers and board members are elected every year for 2-year terms. The following individuals running unopposed as a slate,received a 96.67% favorability rating from the electorate  of CFE and Associate Members: were elected in 2022: Daniel Semick, Stacy Lewis, Ken Demianchick,  Bruce Hall, Jessica Gay, Deborah Pasto, and Laura Tucholski.

Board Members

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

Bruce W. Hall, CFE

Jessica Gay, CPC, CFE, AFHI-AHIP

Vice President, Integrity Advantage

Deborah Pasto, CPA, CFE, CRMA

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

Election Results and Terms of Office

The following individuals were elected to a 2-year term starting July 1, 2023:

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

Robert N. Cantor, CPA, CVA, CFE, CDFA
Director, Vallit Advisors

Shameeka L. Jones, CFE
Board of Directors

Magellan Health

The following individuals took office for a 2-year term ending July 1, 2024:

Vice President: Daniel J. Semick

Secretary: Stacy Lewis

Training Director: Regina Miante

Board of Directors:

Ken Demianchik

Jessica Gay

Bruce Hall

Deborah Pasto

Laura Tucholski

Examples of Past Actions with Officers and Board of Directors   _________________________________________

What people said about our 

September 2021 Chapter Meeting

 featuring Michele Stuart on cellular security, internet profiling, and intelligence gathering:

"Another first class training from the Maryland Chapter"



"Very useful"

Chapter President R. Frank Abel with Michele Stuart


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

Some Board Members Attended the First ACFE Global Conferences 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. Similarly, some Board members attended the 2021 global conference oniine.

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. Check back to learn whether ACFE will provide another training session in Baltimore in the fall 2022.

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