FCM Graduate Program Director
Kyung-Seok Choo, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Economic Crime
Director, Financial Crime programs
For the last 13 years, Prof. Choo has taught numerous courses, including criminological research methods, fraud prevention technique, fraud and compliance operation, white-collar crime/elite deviance, international perspective on crimes, and organized crime. He also taught the graduate courses such as research and analytical method for fraud management and economic crime management.
He is currently leading a federal project to develop and test Juvenile Drug Court Guidelines funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), as a Senior Research Associate at the WestEd Justice and Prevention Research. He has also been involved in numerous federal/state/foreign government funded projects: 1) a National Institute of Justice funded study for a school safety intelligence fusion center in Miami-Dade, 2) Department of Education's Louisiana Safe and Successful Schools Initiative, 3) a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) funded research on Sex Offender Authentication, 4) a Korean Institute of Criminology funded transnational human trafficking study, 5) the Massachusetts Shannon Community Safety Initiative, and 6) a BJA-funded research on Identity Fraud Trends and Patterns.
The research results have been published as academic journal articles in Asian Journal of Criminology, Victims and Offenders, Sex Offender Law Report, British Journal of Community Justice, Crime and Criminal Justice International, and Women and Criminal Justice. His book "Gangs and Immigrant Youth" published in 2007 has been well received.
Formerly, he served as deputy director of Justice and Prevention Research Center at WestEd and an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Donald J. Rebovich, Ph.D.
Professor of Criminal Justice
Donald J Rebovich, Ph.D., is a professor of criminal justice and coordinator of the Financial Crime Investigation and Financial Crime and Compliance Management programs at Utica College. He is also Executive Director of the Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP) of Utica College.
Before coming to Utica College, Prof. Rebovich served as research director for the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the American Prosecutors Research Institute. At NW3C he was responsible for directing the national analysis of Internet crime report data generated by the FBI's Internet Fraud Complaint Center and directing the National Public Survey on White Collar Crime. He is the author of Dangerous Ground: The World of Hazardous Waste Crime, which presented the results of the first empirical study of environmental crime and its control in the United States. He is co-author of the 2015 U.S. Department of Justice study Hiding in Plain Sight? A Nationwide Study of the Use of Identity Manipulation by Registered Sex Offenders. His background includes research in economic crime victimization, white collar crime prosecution, and multijurisdictional task force development.
Prof. Rebovich has served as advisor to the U.S. Department of Justice on tribal technology and information sharing, and on environmental crime control as well as serving as advisor to The Global Center for Evidenced-Based Corrections and Sentencing, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He obtained his B.S. degree in Psychology from the College of New Jersey and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University.
Professor, Financial Crime and Compliance Management program
Director of Corporate & Professional Programs
Suzanne Lynch MS has global experience in risk analysis, fraud control development & investigations in the financial services industry. She has held fraud management positions at MasterCard Worldwide, Goldman Sachs and Comerica Bank. In these positions, she managed numerous cross functional teams across the organization. She consults for companies regarding fraud and money laundering detection strategies for electronic payments. Professor Lynch has conducted numerous training sessions on fraud detection, prevention and investigations for global law enforcement groups as well as financial institutions throughout the world.
At Utica College Professor Lynch developed and enhanced undergraduate & graduate course materials and created specific courses for both graduate and undergraduate financial crime programs and served as the lead academic for the program’s newest concentration aimed at prevention and detection. Professor Lynch was also the lead academic on the redesign of the undergraduate online certificate program with courses that enhance relevancy to the investigation of financial crime. Her outreach efforts have drawn in entities like the Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), the U.S. Marshals Service, and the New York National Guard to invest professional effort in aligning respective personnel with tailored certificate programs.
Professor Lynch served as the Director of the Economic Crime Management Graduate Program for Utica College from August, 2011 to August, 2015. She currently serves as Director of Corporate & Professional Programs.
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity
Leslie Corbo is an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity in both the BS and MS Cybersecurity programs. Professor Corbo is a Senior Information Security Program Manager for PhishMe, Inc., providing services to fortune 500 companies in educating their workforce in IT-related areas. Additionally, she works with renowned universities collecting data, designing and conducting studies involving employee behavior towards phishing emails. Prior to joining PhishMe, she worked as a cyber security analyst, an IT-security analyst, and an Information System Security Manager on DoD and DHS Science & Technology efforts. Her responsibilities included network monitoring, computer forensics, security policy management, analysis, and incident response.
Leslie holds a M.S. in Cyber Security from Utica College, where she also earned her B.S in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance with a concentration in Cybercrime Investigation and Forensics. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.) in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity from Capitol Technology University in Laurel, MD. Her areas of research include phishing emails, sentiment and behavior analysis, and the Internet of Things.
Alexis C. Bell, MS, CFE, PI
Alexis C. Bell, MS, CFE, PI is the CEO and founder of Fraud Doctor LLC specializing in international litigation support, antifraud consulting, training, and board advisory. Bell earned a BS in Applied Economics from Cornell University, completed the ASCENT fellowship at Dartmouth University, and obtained her MS in Financial Crime and Compliance Management at Utica College. She has authored three books and broken new ground with academic research in furtherance of the antifraud field.
Bell successfully led the design and implementation of the initial Global Antifraud Program for a European public conglomerate with 165,000 employees. She then pioneered the first comprehensive Microfinance fraud risk management program covering 22 post/active conflict developing countries in the Greater Middle East, Eurasia, Latin America, and Africa. Both initiatives encompassed governance, fraud awareness training, fraud risk assessments, data analysis, investigations, and communication strategies.
Bell is a current elected Chair to the international Board of Regents for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and appointed board member for the LexisNexis Fraud Defense Network Advisory Board. She is a champion within antifraud communities speaking at conferences & delivering specialized training. She also produces a video podcast series (FraudCast) connecting antifraud thought leaders to global followers.
LICENSE & CERTIFICATIONS
— Private Investigator, Private Protective Services Board, Raleigh, NC, 2012
— Certificate: Micro Expression Training Tool (METT) Advanced, Behavioral Sciences Expert Level, 2011
— Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Austin, TX, 2007
Joshua Burdett has been in the financial crime space for over 15 years serving in many roles both on the financial institution side and on the vendor side. He has served in fraud prevention, anti-money laundering and risk prevention roles. He was also the Director of Services for a Silicon Valley based Insider Threat vendor. In his daily work, he used statistical techniques to identify internal threats for a wide variety of organizations and industries.
Joshua Burdett’s Doctorate of Management included a dissertation with a focus on organizational culture. He has a technology background and has worked extensively as a program manager for large scale change programs in the financial services space.
Gregory Campbell, Ph.D.
Dr. Campbell is a Deputy Chief Inspector with the US Postal Inspection Service. He has over 20 years of law enforcement and organizational leadership and management experience. He is a member of the Economic Crime Institute's Board of Advisors. Dr. Campbell received his PhD in Management, Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University.
Anthony Cecil MS CPA CFE
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.
Ryne Cornacchia has multiple years of experience with the Bank Security Act and Risk Management within a vast range of asset sized institutions. Formally employed by a large international bank and most recently a regional community bank, Ryne's main focus has been on banking regulations, fraud prevention and detection, and security. Ryne has extensive knowledge of the regulations covering the Bank Security Act, OFAC, anti-money laundering laws, and USA Patriot Act. Ryne's experience has also included the opportunity to manage a bank's legal disclosure area, with responsibilities including subpoenas, restraining notices and levies.
Recently Ryne has transitioned to a credit union where he has been charged with building a fraud and risk program from the ground up. His current position of BSA & Security Manager has added tasks of physical security and vendor management to an already vast profile of experience in the risk area. This new chapter will put to test his skills of merging fraud prevention and detection with business needs and expectations.
As an Adjunct Lecturer at Utica College, he instructs courses in economic crime in both the master's and bachelor's programs. Ryne holds a bachelor's degree in Economic Crime Investigation from Utica College and a master's in Cybersecurity also from Utica College. Ryne is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Carmen Mercado graduated from Utica College in August 2012 with an MBA in Economic Crime and Fraud Management. Since 2012, she began teaching at Utica College as an adjunct lecturer in the FCM program. She is also a professional teaching assistant in the Cybersecurity program.
Mercado’s passion for fraud investigations led her to a career change. In 2012, she left her 30-year career in Wall Street and entered the telecommunications industry. While on Wall Street, Mercado worked for major international banks in various capacities including investment banking operations, technology and operations risk and controls, and risk management.
Mercado currently works at AT&T Mobility and leads a team of fraud analysts. She received multiple recognitions by her employer for her significant contribution in an international telecom fraud case, successful outcome on multiple identity theft cases, and translation of att.com/fraud to Spanish.
Contributing to the success of her team, her students, and fighting fraud are Mercado’s greatest passion. Giving back to the community is also important to Mercado. During her spare time, she volunteers at a neighboring medical facility as an interpreter and medical assistance eligibility interviewer.
Robert has a JD from Syracuse University and is a licensed attorney in New York State. He also holds an MS in Health Care Administration. Previous professional experience was focused in insurance and health care, where Robert has worked in the general counsel’s office, as a compliance/licensing consultant, and in quality improvement.
Currently, he is working full time in higher education, and enjoys working with students.
Robert is interested in corporate and not-for-profit compliance programs, particularly as compliance relates to process improvement, and quality management. Robert has written about the integration of compliance programs and quality management processes in the health care setting.
For the past 16 years Michael O'Connor has worked for online merchants, third-party service providers, and card networks in the field of online payment risk management and fraud prevention. Some of his memorable experiences include managing the fraud prevention team for Overstock.com, starting the Managed Risk department for CyberSource, helping merchants implement device fingerprinting technologies for innovation, and managing a series of online payment projects in China for American Express. In addition to his payment risk roles, Mike has also spent time hands-on with data security, such as when he ran the PCI compliance program for Obopay, a mobile payment startup company, and created network-wide security policies for American Express.
Mr. O'Connor has made risk and security across multiple industries a personal pursuit, culminating in a master's degree in Financial Crime and Compliance Management from Utica College. He is currently in the process of writing his first book, "A Business Guide to Online Fraud Prevention". He presently works at RSA where he runs a global team that consults Fortune 100 companies in how to detect and prevent fraud and other threats to their online business.
Dale Smith, MPA
Program: Master's – Financial Crime and Compliance Management, BS – Economic Crime Investigation, and Financial Crime Investigator Certificate
Mr. Smith is a project manager with Cross Resolve in Morgantown, WV. He has served as a consultant to the federal government over the last five years in information sharing and biometric systems. Mr. Smith served as the Training Manager at the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) where he managed the delivery of financial crime and intelligence analysis training courses to criminal justice professionals across the United States. During his 8 years with NW3C, Mr. Smith presented training courses to thousands of prosecutors, regulators, investigators, and analysts and assisted in the development of course materials. Prior to joining NW3C, Mr. Smith was a Deputy Sheriff in West Virginia for 10 years where he served with the Lewis County and Monongalia County Sheriff’s Offices. His last assignment was as a Detective investigating serious crimes in Monongalia County with an emphasis on computer crimes.
Mr. Smith received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Fairmont State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from West Virginia University.