Lila Acharya is an experienced compliance and investigations attorney with a unique skillset developed from private practice, the public sector, and in-house compliance roles in the life sciences and manufacturing sectors. In her roles as an in-house compliance attorney at Rolls-Royce plc and Pfizer, she investigated significant matters across EMEA and Asia, developed policies and procedures, trained employees and third parties, and led the implementation of an automated third-party due diligence platform. Before going in house, she was an associate at Ropes & Gray LLP and a state prosecutor in Massachusetts. She is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Ames Contract Attorney in Ethics and Compliance
Elizabeth is experienced ethics and compliance counsel, who uses innovation and technology to create compliance programs to meet business needs while minimizing frustrations to operations. In addition to overseeing corporate policies, hotlines, training, communications, and investigations, she has provided legal advice on a wide array of subject matters including antitrust, bribery, international trade, mergers and acquisitions, third party due diligence, and data privacy.
Amii is a partner at the law firm of Kaplan & Walker LLP, a law firm specializing in advising organizations on compliance and ethics programs. She advises clients on the development and implementation of compliance and ethics programs that are tailored to each client's legal risks and business needs and that conform to applicable government requirements and pronouncements regarding effective compliance programs.
In addition to her legal work, Amii has been recognized by Forbes as "one of the top coaches for legal and compliance executives." A former Fortune Global 50 executive, Amii Barnard-Bahn is a consultant to the C-Suite and leaders at global companies like Bank of the West, Adobe, AbbVie, and The Gap. She is a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches. Amii guest lectures at Stanford and UC Berkeley, is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, ACC Docket and Compliance Week, and a Member at the Harvard Institute of Coaching.
Amii earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and her BA from Tufts.
Erin Brown Vice President, Third-Party Risk Operations Manager
MUFG Bank, Ltd.
Erin Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus on economic development in the Middle East and North Africa, and a double minor in Arabic and Anthropology, from Emory University, and her law degree from the University of Georgia. She is currently a Vice President of Operational Risk Management at Mitsubishi UJF Financial Group (MUFG), providing second line-of-defense governance and oversight for Third-Party Risk and Change Risk Management.
Erin is an active member of various professional organizations, including the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA) and Mediators without Borders. She also serves as a Law School Alumni mentor, volunteers with the Georgia Radio Reading Service (GaRRS) and is a member of the Dogwood City Chapter of the Links, Inc. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pups, as well as cooking, kickboxing and traveling.
Stephanie Cherny Director, Global Enterprise Compliance
Stephanie Fleischman Cherny is a fourth-generation Arizonan born and raised in Tucson. She is the Associate General Counsel, Legal Compliance for Intuit. Prior to her current role, she was Chief of Staff and Special Counsel at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Stephanie spent the bulk of her career representing some of America’s largest companies and most prominent individuals in a wide variety of white-collar prosecutions and government and internal investigations, including export control, sanctions, and anti-bribery and corruption investigations, as well as designing and implementing legal and ethical compliance programs.
Stephanie graduated from the University of California, San Diego (B.A. in History) and the University of Southern California School of Law (Juris Doctorate). Stephanie is admitted to practice law in Arizona, California, and Washington, D.C.
As Senior Manager, Ethics & Compliance at General Mills, Chris Collin was hired to build the General Mills’ Ethics & Compliance Program and continues to be accountable for managing its operations, including development of training and communications, leading a policy governance team, managing Ethics Line investigations, and ensuring program effectiveness.
Chris currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Program in Organizational Ethics & Compliance at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. She also serves on the board for the Cammack-Marshall Fund, a Minnesota non-profit providing support to improve the lives of children under state guardianship.
Angela Crawford is an experienced legal and compliance professional who has spent over two decades advising clients in a number of sectors, including life sciences, healthcare, food and beverage, retail, technology, and manufacturing. She regularly conducts investigations for clients based on allegations of compliance and regulatory violations, corruption, bribery, fraud, and employee and third-party misconduct, and advises clients on the development, implementation and enhancement of compliance programs, policies, and training. Angela has led well over 100 investigations, compliance reviews, risk assessments, and trainings in over 20 countries around the world. Before starting her own law firm, Angela was a partner at two global law firms and a federal prosecutor. She earned her law degree from Northwestern University Law School and a B.S. in Finance from Indiana University. She is based in Miami, Florida.
Michelle Davis CPA, CFE, CCEP is the founder of Artemis Advisory, a boutique consulting firm that focuses on helping business leaders accomplish their strategic compliance and risk management goals. Michelle founded Artemis Advisory to provide a nimble, cost-effective solution to address what she observes as a growing gap between the pressures on the legal, compliance and risk management departments at organizations to accomplish more, with less. Michelle’s professional background includes over 16 years experience in PwC’s Forensic Investigations consulting practice and on Cox Communication’s Ethics & Compliance team. Michelle’s diverse experience as an outside consultant and in-house advisor to business and legal teams allows her to share unique perspectives on strategy, evaluating risks and processes, and solving organizations’ most pressing problems.
Michelle is active in the Atlanta business and legal community as a frequent speaker and thought leader. She is passionate about giving back to her community and spends her time supporting organizations that promote the arts and public education. Michelle is a proud wife and mother of two young children and one sweet puppy. She loves tennis, yoga, and any excuse to be out on the water.
Julie DiMauro Director of Compliance Programs and Training
Julie DiMauro is the director of Compliance Training at Compliance Week. Prior to this role, she served for 10 years as a regulatory intelligence specialist at Thomson Reuters. She has experience working in a compliance role at Fidelity Investments and has served as an adviser to the FCPA Blog since 2013 and a co-chair of the Financial Women's Association's governance committee. She is an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School and Seattle University Law School.
Colleen Dorsey spent over 17 years working as in-house counsel. She spent almost 16 years at Land O’Lakes, Inc. and also served in the legal department at Syngenta Seeds, Inc. Colleen has significant experience in all aspects of business representation including antitrust, compliance and ethics, mergers and acquisitions, production and supply, intellectual property protection, general commercial contract matters, marketing and advertising law as well as training on various substantive legal topics.
In her current role, Colleen has built a graduate degree program wherein she is responsible for several degree offerings in the compliance and ethics discipline – two of which are housed 100% online (a first for the university). In this role, Colleen has built consensus around the direction and curriculum of the program – both within the universities involved in the program (the law and business schools) as well as with the corporate Advisory Board members of the program (of which there are 23 comprised largely of the CCO’s of these organizations).
Colleen also has experience teaching at the graduate level and has co-created and co-taught a completely online course entitled The Effective Ethics and Compliance Professional and Investigations. Colleen leads the Compliance Externship program at the law school and teaches law students the basics around compliance and ethics. In her current role, Colleen regularly exhibits or presents at conferences, as well as hosts events to promote the program.
Lisa Fine Senior Counsel & Director, Global Compliance
Lisa Fine is Sr. Counsel and Director, Compliance for Pearson Education, the world’s leading learning company. She is involved in all aspects of the ethics and compliance program, including trainings and communications, risk assessments and leading and managing global investigations.
Lisa started her legal career at an international law firm, where she was a litigator and also ran the Washington, D.C. pro bono program. She also worked in public interest law and advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities as part of a state protection and advocacy organization. Those roles brought her to work in the area of compliance as it allows her to help shape practices to support ethical decision-making.
Lisa also co-hosts the "Great Women in Compliance" podcast with Mary Shirley. This weekly podcast focuses on the diversity of the compliance community and the accomplishments of women in our field (and others who support women in compliance). They are also the authors of Sending the Elevator Back Down: What We’ve Learned from Great Women in Compliance (CCI Press 2020), where women share their stories of their careers and experiences.
Lisa received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate agree from Tufts University. She grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., and as the daughter of an attorney and a librarian, she feels fortunate to work in a role at Pearson that combines learning and being able to use her legal background. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Melanie Gallagher Head of Third-Party Risk Management
Melanie Gallagher is the Head of Third Party Risk Management at Intuit. She has a passion for GRC and building programs that are both effective and efficient – managing risk and delivering for regulators while enabling the business to be nimble and innovative. She has spent her 20+ year career in high tech companies in Silicon Valley beginning with KPMG where she worked with clients that included Apple, Acer, and Network Computing. Prior to Intuit, Melanie worked for Visa International, Apple, and a start-up, Riffage.com. Melanie is a CPA, CFE, CIA, and CISA. Melanie loves music, hiking, and animals. In her free time, you can find Melanie enjoying wide open spaces, listening to her husband playing his guitar, and petting any animal that will let her.
Holly K. Kulka EVP, Global Chief Compliance and Risk Office
S&P Global Ratings
Holly Kulka is Global Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for S&P Global Ratings. Based in New York, she leads our globally integrated risk and compliance teams, including the criteria and model validation groups. Holly’s group works with senior leadership to ensure compliance with all relevant laws and regulations, as well as with internal policies and industry best practices. Holly and her team manage relationships with more than 20 regulators around the world, including the SEC, ESMA, FCA, HKSFC and the JFSA. She is a member of S&P Global Ratings’ Executive Committee. Holly is also Chairman of the Board of CRISIL Ratings.
Previously, Holly served as Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for Intercontinental Exchange Inc., which acquired NYSE Euronext. As a member of the executive leadership team, she was responsible for regulatory strategy, litigation, investigations, antitrust, insurance, privacy and human resources legal matters. Before that, she was a partner at the law firm of Heller Ehrman LLP, representing and advising companies and individuals in state and federal commercial and regulatory investigations, corporate governance questions and litigations through trial. Earlier in her career, Holly was a federal prosecutor.
Holly holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a B.A. from Williams College. She is admitted to the bars in New York, New Jersey, California and Washington, D.C.
Vice President, Global Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer
Angelique Lee Vice President, Global Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer
Angelique Lee, Esq. is currently VP, Global Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer (CCEO) for Jazz Pharmaceuticals. She previously served as Global CCEO for GW Pharmaceuticals PLC, US General Counsel and Global Compliance Officer for Greenwich Biosciences and GW, and VP Legal and Compliance for Spectrum Pharmaceuticals. She started her career in R&D at Diagnostic Products Corporation, which was acquired by Siemens AG. Angelique held various positions, attending Loyola Law School in the evenings, eventually finding her passion in life sciences law and ethics.
Angelique is a life sciences lawyer and CCEO with strategic business and relationship-minded approach to compliance and ethics. As Director of Compliance at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics during a major corporate corruption scandal, Angelique honed both her skills and professional philosophy, particularly given the impact to patients and healthcare systems.
At GW, Angelique created her I-CARE approach (Integrity, Compliance, Accountability, Respect and Ethics) enabling ethical decisions and demonstrating that doing the right thing is good for business.
Angelique is a boy-mom, lives near the beach in Southern CA, and enjoys traveling, experiencing new cultures, food, music, languages, talking about healthcare and ethics, and trying to find ways to make the world a little better than we found it.
Bets Lillo is an Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor for the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, teaching Global Supply Chain and Global Business Ethics. She is a patent holder and advisor to technology companies in cyber, software and hardware sectors, serving on the board of directors for River Logic, and the advisory boards of Entara, Skylark Wireless and LOOMIA.
A sought-after speaker on supply chain and the boardroom, her 2022 audiences included the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance, Women Corporate Directors, the Private Directors Association and the German Marshall Fund. Her civic leadership includes board service for the World Affairs Council of Dallas Ft. Worth and the International Women’s Forum.
Ms. Lillo’s corporate executive career included finance, operations and technology leadership roles at IBM, AT&T, Abbott Laboratories and AbbVie. As the Vice President of Global Purchasing Systems, Operations and Compliance at AbbVie, she oversaw compliance and global operations for over one million transactions and $15B in spend across 100+ countries.
Recent professional accolades include Chairman’s Awards for M&A at Abbott Laboratories and business transformation at AbbVie, and the Global Innovation Award from the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals.
Katharine Manning is the author of The Empathetic Workplace: Five Steps to a Compassionate, Calm, and Confident Response to Trauma on the Job (HarperCollins Leadership 2021) and the President of Blackbird DC. She has worked on issues of trauma and victimization for more than 25 years. As a Senior Attorney Advisor with the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, for fifteen years Manning guided the Justice Department through its response to victims in cases ranging from terrorism to large-scale financial fraud to child exploitation. Some of the cases she advised on include the Boston Marathon bombing, the Pulse nightclub and South Carolina AME church shootings, the uprising in Charlottesville, the Madoff investment fraud, and the federal case against Larry Nassar, doctor for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team.
Manning now uses her expertise to help organizations prepare for and respond to the challenges they face involving employees and clients who may be in trauma. A member of the bar in Washington, D.C. and California, Manning also served as an attorney with the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop in San Francisco, where she represented Fortune 500 companies in class actions, insurance, and media cases. She is a graduate of Smith College and the University of Virginia School of Law and teaches at American University and in the Master’s in Trauma-Informed Leadership Program at Dominican University.
Amy Mertz Brown has over 30 years of experience as a leader, lawyer, and compliance professional. Amy currently serves as Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Gurstel Law Firm, P.C., a creditors’ rights law firm headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota and practicing in nine states. Amy leads both the Firm’s regulatory compliance with federal and state law concerning creditors’ rights and consumer rights, as well compliance with operational requirements for the Firm such as business and attorney licensing.
Prior to joining Gurstel in 2020, Amy was CCO at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), leading a team of compliance attorneys and professionals to oversee government ethics compliance for all SEC employees and managing several large dollar value IT projects. Amy developed and implemented the enterprise ethics and compliance program at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a financial services federal agency. She joined CFPB in 2010 in its start-up phase and over the course of eight years helped establish and build CFPB’s in-house legal department. Amy also has served in legal department management positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Amy is a national public speaker on compliance program and risk management, regulatory compliance, and creditor’s rights, for groups such as National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA), Receivables Management Association International (RMAI), Compliance Week, and Great Women in Compliance Podcast. Since October 2022, Amy has served on the NCBA Board of Directors and co-chairs NCBA’s Advocacy Committee. Amy also is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and Chief, a private network of executive women.
Amy is a graduate of Washington College of Law, The American University, in Washington, DC, and is licensed in California. She holds a Leadership Professional in Ethics and Compliance (LPEC) Certification from the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), and an individual Certified Receivables Compliance Professional (CRCP) certification from RMAI.
Karen Moore is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where she teaches a foundational course in corporate compliance for MSL and LLM students. She has held senior legal, compliance and privacy positions in multinational companies, including Philip Morris International, Nasdaq and Inchcape Shipping Services. Most recently she served as the Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer at Unisys, a global technology service and solutions company, responsible for the design and implementation of the company’s global compliance program and oversight of the cross-functional privacy program. Prior to moving in house, Mrs. Moore served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Thomas J. Aquilino, Jr. at the US Court of International Trade, and in private practice with Baker & McKenzie.
Currently based in the Washington DC metro area, Mrs. Moore has also lived and worked in Moscow, Russia, and Lausanne, Switzerland. A member of the New York Bar, she holds a BA from Middlebury College, a JD from Emory University, and a certificate of European legal studies from Leiden University (Netherlands).
Mrs. Moore is a frequent speaker on compliance and privacy matters. An avid skier, she teaches beginner level skiing at a local resort during the winter season.
Catherine Muldoon is Chief Compliance Officer of Perdue Farms, a 103-year-old privately held Maryland-based food and agricultural products company, where she leads the Office of Business Ethics & Compliance. In this role, she manages and oversees all aspects of how Perdue Farms’ businesses and brands comply with all federal, state and local rules and regulations, and other external regulatory requirements, as well as internal policies. She is working to establish, implement, and administer a compliance structure to strengthen the company’s existing compliance efforts.
Before Perdue Farms, Muldoon served as longtime Chief Legal Officer at BDP International, a global logistics transportation firm, where she created a comprehensive code of conduct and business ethics program. Most recently she served as General Counsel for Baldor Specialty Foods Inc., a U.S. food procurement and distribution company. She has won several awards, including Best Chief Legal Officer from the Philadelphia Business Journal, Best Global General Counsel from the Association of Corporate Counsel and Ethisphere Person who Matters in Ethics from 2015-2018.
Muldoon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, a juris doctor from the School of Law at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, and an executive master’s in business administration from the Lebow College of Business at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She has served as the Co-Chair of the Corporate Counsel Forum with the International Bar Association, and as a member of the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance, TRACE International, and Association of Corporate Counsel.
Deputy General Counsel, Chief Compliance & ESG Officer
Ling-Ling Nie Deputy General Counsel, Chief Compliance & ESG Officer
Ling-Ling Nie is Deputy General Counsel, Chief Compliance & ESG Officer, and Head ofGovernment Affairs at Aura, a leading provider of proactive all-in-one digital safetysolutions for consumers. She previously served as General Counsel and Vice Presidentfor Ethics and Compliance at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and prior to that wasthe Chief Compliance Officer & Assistant General Counsel at Panasonic Corporation ofNorth America.In 2021, she received the General Counsel award from the Atlanta Business Chronicleand the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. In 2019, she wasselected as a “40 Under 40” honoree by both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and theUniversity of Georgia, and was the recipient of the Women’s Leadership Award from theGeorgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA). She is a former divisionPresident of Panasonic’s Women Connect and served as a Global Mentor for the SportIntegrity Global Alliance (SIGA). Ling-Ling serves on the Board of Directors for GAPABA,the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation, and is anAdvisor to Cloud Court, Inc. She is a former Board member of the Georgia Lawyers forthe Arts, the Atlanta Bar Foundation, and the Actor's Express Theatre.
Vera Powell is Counsel in King & Spalding’s Special Matters & Government Investigations group in Atlanta. She focuses her practice on white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, corporate compliance reviews and program assessments, and compliance counseling. Vera has over 15 years of compliance and investigations experience acquired through working in senior legal and compliance roles at several Fortune 100 companies.
Vera rejoined King & Spalding after serving in senior legal roles at two Fortune 100 companies—Delta Air Lines, Inc. and Uber Technologies, Inc. At Delta, Vera was Senior Corporate Counsel in the company’s Ethics & Compliance group where she had global responsibility for a wide array of corporate compliance topics, including anti-corruption, sanctions, and U.S. government contracts compliance. At Uber, she served as Senior Corporate Counsel, Global Compliance, where she was responsible for anti-corruption compliance, including third-party risk assessment and due diligence and compliance monitoring. Vera began her compliance career at Siemens, shortly before the company’s historic 2008 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement, where she designed and operationalize a best-in-class compliance program pursuant to the terms of the settlement and subsequently served as Corporate Compliance Officer.
Vera frequently speaks at compliance conferences on a wide variety of topics. She serves on the Advisory Board of Compliance Week and is the recipient of Compliance Week’s 2020 “Rising Star in Compliance” award.
Dr. Hemma Ramrattan Lomax VP, Associate General Counsel, Compliance
Dr. Hemma R. Lomax is a passionate ethics and compliance professional who is intrigued by the role of integrity in the context of corporate social responsibility. She is VP, associate general counsel, compliance, at Zendesk. Previously, she was a senior corporate counsel in the Integrity & Compliance team at Snap, Inc. Hemma formerly worked in a similar role in the Global Ethics and Compliance Management team at the Walt Disney Company. Hemma has a passion for designing innovative global compliance programs and is a fan of co-creative design, behavioral science, and coaching for compliance. She ran a Regional Risk Assessment Program and a Kind Business Ambassador initiative at Snap. Prior to moving in-house, Hemma served for just over a decade prosecuting financial fraud and corruption with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Hemma is also a British trained barrister (trial attorney) and has previously worked as Parliamentary Counsel for the UK government and as an advisor at the United Nations for the government of Guyana. Hemma is a strong advocate for integrity at work, active bystandership and diversity, equity, and inclusion, and she has a Ph.D in human rights and the laws of war. She lives in Maryland with her husband and her two daughters.
Mia Reini Director, Corporate Compliance and Ethics
The Home Depot
Mia Reini is Director of Corporate Compliance and Ethicsfor The Home Depot. Mia manages three compliance teams: Compliance Program Effectiveness (compliance assessments, compliance data monitoring, and internal compliance consulting), Corporate Compliance and Ethics (global Compliance Leads program, associate and supplier reporting hotlines, conflict of interest, Business Code of Conduct &Ethics, compliance & ethics communications and training, records management, standard operating procedures for stores, and corporate policy governance), and Global Trade Audit (ongoing auditing of Home Depot’s international customs compliance). Mia received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and her law degree from American University. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts. Mia is the Vice Chair of the Board of the Atlanta Compliance & Ethics Roundtable.
Former General Counsel, Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary
Junna Ro Former General Counsel, Compliance Officer & Corporate Secretary
Junna Ro most recently served as general counsel, compliance officer, and corporate secretary at Metromile (NASDAQ: MILE), a publicly-traded insurtech offering pay-per-mile auto insurance. She was also head of people, responsible for people operations, total rewards, recruiting, and diversity equity & inclusion. In 2022, she helped lead the company through a successful acquisition.
Prior to Metromile, Junna spent 15 years at AAA (CSAA Insurance Group), a $5B company, a top 20 personal lines p & c insurance group in the U.S., and trusted household brand. She was vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer and associate general counsel. Previously, she was corporate counsel at Symantec and VERITAS Software.
Junna earned her JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, her BA from UCLA, and a certificate at UC Berkeley Law’s General Counsel Institute. She sits on the Asian Pacific Fund’s advisory council, and was co-chair for the National Association for Diversity in Compliance, and board member for Bay Area Ethics and Compliance Association and the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California. Junna is a member of Chief, TechGC, HiPower, Bay Area Asian American General Counsel Network, and the Women’s General Counsel Network. She is admitted to practice law in California.
Head of Culture of Integrity and Compliance Education
Mary Shirley Head of Culture of Integrity and Compliance Education
Fresenius Medical Care
Mary Shirley is a New Zealand qualified lawyer with 17 years of Ethics and Compliance experience that includes working for data privacy and antitrust regulators, in-house and private practice/consultancy across five countries and four regions of the world. She is currently global Head of Culture of Integrity and Compliance Education at Fresenius Medical Care, assisting the company with an FCPA monitorship.
Mary also co-hosts with Lisa Fine the Great Women in Compliance podcast, which aims to create a platform for the outstanding achievements of women in the field, share ideas, and provide learning opportunities for everyone in compliance. She co-authored the book Sending the Elevator Back Down: What We’ve Learned From Great Women in Compliance (CCI Press, 2020).
Mary’s expertise, commitment to the advancement of women, and dedication to coaching the next generation of compliance officers has been recognized in recent years as a finalist in three categories at the Women in Compliance Awards. She was also bestowed the honors of being named a Compliance Week Top Mind 2019, Trust Across America 2020 Top Thought Leader in Trust, and Excellence in Compliance Award as Mentor of the Year 2022 by Compliance Week.
Cricket Snyder is the Chief Compliance Officer for the Jefferson County Commission located in Birmingham, Alabama. Cricket’s role implements the very first compliance office function within Jefferson County Commission. She oversees all compliance activities, including establishing, implementing, and monitoring policies, procedures, regulations, laws and support systems. Her team is responsible for conducting internal investigations of alleged violations of the organization’s ethical standards for the employees who work within the Merit System at the county. In addition to her compliance functions, she also leads the organization’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives.
Cricket has more than 18 years of professional experience in compliance, customer service and supplemental staffing in various industries and organizations including Southern Company, Southern Nuclear, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. She has led compliance initiatives in both the utility and healthcare insurance industries. In August of 2022, she was recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal as a Top 40 under 40 honoree for her work accomplishments within the Magic City.
Cricket earned her Bachelor of Arts in Educational Services from Birmingham-Southern College and her Masters in Business Administration from Strayer University. She is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).
In Melanie's compliance role, she serves as a strategic resource to the firm’s healthcare portfolio companies to support the mission of creating and maintaining a strong culture of ethics and compliance within WCP-affiliated entities. She works in tandem with the WCP investment teams and portfolio company leadership teams throughout the life cycle of every investment to build best-in-class compliance programs, provide effective risk assessment, guide compliance team development, coordinate with legal and outside consultants, provide guidance on due diligence and integration efforts, and prepare for future transactions.
Prior to joining WCP, Melanie served as Chief Compliance Officer at BioScrip, Home Solutions, and Fox Rehabilitation. She is a frequent speaker on healthcare compliance and strives to support the compliance profession by mentoring and creating networking and development opportunities for her team and others in the field. Melanie holds a BA,magna cum laude, from Drew University and an MS, with honors, from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as numerous credentials from the Compliance Certification Board.
Outside of her professional career, Melanie enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, cooking, doing Peloton everything, and daydreaming about her future life on an organic farm with many, many rescue dogs.
Rheem is a manufacturer of heating, cooling, water heating, pool/spa heating and commercial refrigeration products and is the largest manufacturer of water heating products in North America. Charged with oversight of the global corporate compliance program, Brennan provides counsel, guidance, and advice with respect to the development, implementation and maintenance of Rheem’s policies, procedures, training, Ethics Helpline, and investigations. She also provides legal guidance on privacy, data security and consumer protection laws and regulations. She directly collaborates with the Information Technology department with implementing preventative safeguards for compliance and provides legal advice and counsel on implications and exposure resulting from privacy requirements.
Prior to joining Rheem, Brennan was Senior Legal Counsel, Director of Compliance & Privacy at Aaron’s, Inc. She provided legal guidance on privacy, data security and consumer protection laws and regulations, with a focus on technology, mobile and online practices. She provided counsel on compliance with COPPA, GLBA, HIPAA, FCRA, TCPA, CAN-SPAM Act, and state privacy and security laws.
Before her role at Aaron’s, Brennan was Senior Legal Counsel at Fiserv where she was responsible for providing legal advice and counsel regarding privacy and data security. In addition, Brennan was Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Reliance Trust Company from 2003 to 2011, where she was Reliance’s principal compliance officer, with responsibility for the administration of Reliance’s Anti-Money Laundering and Bank Secrecy Act policies, procedures and training programs.
Brennan received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Juris Doctor from the UNC School of Law. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar, State Bar of Georgia and the American Bar Association. Brennan is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She served as Chair of the Better Business Bureau serving Metro Atlanta, Athens and NE Georgia (BBB) from 2017 to 2019 and currently sits on the Board of the BBB. She also currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Compliance & Ethics Roundtable.
SVP, Integrity, Compliance and Employee Health, and Chief Compliance Officer
Tobi Tanzer SVP, Integrity, Compliance and Employee Health, and Chief Compliance Officer
Tobi Tanzer, Senior Vice President, Integrity, Compliance and Employee Health, Chief Compliance Officer HealthPartners Tobi Tanzer is Senior Vice President, Integrity, Compliance and Employee Health, and Chief Compliance Officer for Minnesota-based HealthPartners, the largest consumergoverned, nonprofit health care organization in the nation. Ms. Tanzer is responsible for overseeing and implementing HealthPartners' Integrity and Compliance Program, which includes the compliance, privacy and ethics activities of all HealthPartners organizations and products: its health and dental plans; its care system; and its institute for research and education. Ms. Tanzer also leads Employee Health Services, which promotes safe and healthy work environments across the HealthPartners system. She previously served as an associate counsel for HealthPartners and was an attorney in private practice in Minneapolis. Ms. Tanzer holds a law degree from Boston College Law School and a bachelor's in philosophy from Wellesley College. She has written and lectured on corporate compliance and ethics, privacy, health care fraud, physician-industry relationships and discrimination and bias in health care.
Donna Vitalie helps clients navigate and mitigate risk through innovative corporate programs in Ethics & Compliance, Information Management, and ESG Reporting. Before starting the consulting firm 3 Great Questions in 2019, she served as Senior Director, Ethics & Compliance for Verizon Media. She also led client-serving teams for several top accounting and professional services firms, and served as an in-house practitioner.
Donna has designed, implemented, and led global enterprise-wide programs across industries. She has a passion for operating in high-change, highly collaborative environments. Her leadership of cross-functional award-winning teams and initiatives received awards for outstanding team performance, collaboration, and controls.
Donna received her MBA in 2017 from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. She holds certifications with the Society for Human Resource Management ("SHRM") as a Senior Certified Professional ("SHRM-SCP") 2019-2022, and as a Certified Records Manager ("CRM"), and holds a certificate in Corporate Sustainability Management from Yale School of Management (2022).
Rebecca Walkeris a partner in the Santa Monica, California office of Kaplan & Walker LLP. Rebecca has practiced exclusively in the area of compliance law for over twenty years. She has helped hundreds of companies design compliance programs that are tailored to their legal risks and business needs and that conform to applicable government standards. She has also served as a monitor for the Department of the Air Force and as an independent consultant reviewing programs for the Securities and Exchange Commission and the World Bank.
Rebecca chairs the Practising Law Institute's Compliance and Ethics Essentials Institute in New York and co-chairs PLI’s Advanced Compliance and Ethics Workshop. She serves on the Advisory Board of Compliance and Ethics Professional magazine and the Editorial Board of the Complete Compliance and Ethics Manual. She is a member of the faculty of SCCE’s Compliance and Ethics Essentials workshop. For seven years, Ms. Walker served on the Advisory Board of the SCCE.
Rebecca is the author of Conflicts of Interest in Business and the Professions: Law and Compliance, published by Thomson West. Rebecca received her B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Georgetown University and her J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School.