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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

Alan E. Small, MBA, CFE, CIA, CCA, AFTA
Ex Officio - Immediate Past President
Director, Internal Audit, President's Office, Morgan State U.

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

Robert N. Cantor, CPA, CVA, CFE, CDFA
Manager, Hertzbach & Company, P.A.

Daniel Semick, MPA, CFE, CGFM
Former Senior Analyst, U.S. Government Accountability Office

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

Board Meeting Highlights

At a March 19, 2020 meeting the volunteer Board

  • Postponed the annual conference until September;
  • Planned for the next Chapter election.; and
  • Submitted the web site for ACFE's Chapter Web Site of the Year.

Board Members

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

Bruce W. Hall, CFE

Stephen J. Lesniewski, Jr., CFE, CIG, CIA
Baltimore City SIU, Department of Public Works

Stacy Lewis, MS, CFE

Mark Mason, CFE
HR Investigator, Anne Arundel Public Schools

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 to the Board

The following individuals took office in July 2019 to begin serving a 2-year term, based on the results of the April 2019 election:

President: R. Frank Abel

Treasurer: Robert N. Cantor

Training Director: Regina Miante

Board of Directors:

Ken Demianchik
Heather McLaughlin
Deborah Pasto
Stephen J. Lesniewski, Jr.

The positions of other officers and board members will be up for election the week of May 4, 2020.

Board Members Join Academicians and Students at Salisbury University

Several members of the Chapter's Board are shown 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.  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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