Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation Undergraduate Program Director
Director of the Financial Crime and Compliance Management program
Suzanne Lynch has extensive experience in risk analysis, fraud control implementation and investigations in the financial services industry. Formerly vice president for security and risk management at MasterCard Worldwide, she has held fraud management positions at Goldman Sachs and Comerica Bank. At Comerica Bank, Professor Lynch had responsibilities for electronic banking fraud for both retail and corporate payments.
At Goldman Sachs, she implemented fraud control procedures for retail accounts associated with online brokerage accounts. At MasterCard, one of her many diverse responsibilities included conducting Fraud Operations reviews on banks to determine the levels of existing fraud controls, global fraud investigations and third party processing system risk controls.
As Professor of Practice in Economic Crimes at Utica College, she was named Director of the Economic Crime Management program in 2010. Professor Lynch teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate economic crime programs.
Professor Lynch holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University and a master's in Economic Crime Management from Utica College.
Heath “Hank” Brightman Ed.D
Program: MS – Economic Crime Management and BS – Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation
Dr. Brightman is currently a Research Professor in the War Gaming Department of the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He served as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Saint Peter’s College from 2000-2008, and continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member at several undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral-level institutions. In addition, Hank previously spent fifteen years in a variety of law enforcement, investigative, and intelligence analysis positions with the U.S. Department of the Interior and United States Secret Service.
Anthony Cecil MS CPA CFE
Program: MS – Economic Crime Management, BS – Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation and Financial Crime Investigator Certificate
Tony is a principal in a boutique consulting firm specializing in providing forensic accounting and due diligence services to top tier national and local accounting and law firms and government agencies.
He was a managing director for a forensic accounting and computer forensic firm based in Virginia; senior manager in KPMG’s Forensic and Litigation Services group; director of special investigations units for Verizon Corporation and Verizon Wireless; and a senior auditor for Price Waterhouse. Tony is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Tony has a Master of Science degree in Economic Crime Management from Utica College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dale Smith, MPA
Program: MS – Financial Crime and Compliance Management, BS – Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation, and Financial Crime Investigator Certificate
Dale is Principal Program Analyst at the FBI's National Data Exchange (N-DEx) Program Office. Prior to this, he was a principal consultant to the Implementation and Transition Unit of the Next Generation Program Office at the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division.
He is a seasoned trainer, educator, and criminal justice professional with an 18-year track record. Dale spent 9 years at the National White Collar Crime Center training law enforcement officers around the US in Data mining, link analysis and financial investigations.
Kevin Sullivan, MS
Program: MS – Economic Crime Management, BS – Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation, and Financial Crime Investigator Certificate
Kevin is the Owner/Director of the AML Training Academy. He retired after 20 years in law enforcement as an Investigator with the New York State Police. The last 8 years he was assigned to the NY HIFCA (High Intensity Financial Crimes Area) El Dorado Task Force at the NY HIDTA Fusion Center as the money laundering coordinator. He worked with a multi-agency task force of federal, state and local law enforcement to detect and combat money laundering. He managed the NY state investigations special projects unit for money laundering and financial crimes. He reviewed and monitored all Suspicious Activity Reports from every financial institution in NY State, established intelligence on possible terrorist financing threats and organized criminal enterprises. Kevin's training also includes a Master's degree in Economic Crime Management from Utica College of Syracuse University, a Micro-MBA from the University of Buffalo, Leadership Program from Cornell University, and certifications as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and an Anti-Money Laundering Professional (AMLP). Kevin was the founding co-chair of the NY chapter of ACAMS and the current chairman of the Educational Task Force. Kevin also teaches the ACAMS exam prep course and the Train the Trainer course for ACAMS. He has taught at the New York State Police Academy and was one of the lead instructors for the ICE initiative, Operation Cornerstone.