The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) is the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 85,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud worldwide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession. The ACFE exists on six continents, and provides anti-fraud educational materials to over 300 Universities. The ACFE’s official mission statement can be found here.
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the ACFE was established on
March 31, 1993, and is one of nearly 200 chapters worldwide. The Pacific Northwest Chapter/ACFE consists of highly qualified fraud professionals. Members include accountants, auditors, financial managers, private investigators, educators, and anyone simply interested in joining the anti-fraud battle. If you are in search of a CFE to assist you in combatting fraud, check the CFE Referrals page.
Our Chapter mission is to promote fraud prevention and detection through educational training programs. We continually work to increase our outreach and professional networking at colleges and universities as well as in our community. We also provide the opportunity for at least two college or university students to receive a scholarship each year. For more information, check the Scholarships page.
The benefits of belonging to a local Chapter include, but are not limited to, networking opportunities, continuing professional education training, mentoring, promoting fraud awareness, leadership and opportunities to volunteer in the community.
Information about our training can be found at the Training page. Attending these fraud training events is not only inexpensive, but also an outstanding way to network with your fellow anti-fraud professionals.
For more information about becoming a member of our Chapter, click here.
Thanks for your interest in the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. We look forward to your future participation in the life and times of the Chapter.
May 12, 2022
Dear PNW ACFE Membership,
The past two years as President of the PNW ACFE Chapter have been filled with many joys, accomplishments, and fun challenges. I am especially proud of the monthly trainings and annual online conferences we have been able to provide to members throughout COVID and beyond, as well as experiencing a huge jump in membership over the past two years. We’ve also launched a new website, a new Listserv, and rebranded our local Chapter scholarship to become the Joseph R Dervaes Scholarship (a local hero among fraud fighters). I am also honored to have had the opportunity to meet all of you, who represent the premier fraud fighters in the PNW. Last but not least, I am grateful for a talented and motivated Board of Directors.
I am stepping down as President of the Board, effective July 1, 2022. However, I will be remaining on the Board (if elected) as a Director-at-Large. We will be electing the new Board of Directors for the next term (July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024) at our upcoming business meeting on June 22, 2022, starting at 2:00pm. The following is our official announcement on the proposed Slate of Officers. If you are interested in running, or would like to nominate someone, please do so no later than May 31st by contacting any member of the Board. I am also happy to discuss any questions you might have via phone or Zoom.
The proposed Slate of Officers for the 2022-2024 PNW ACFE Board of Directors are:
President: Kari Overson, CFE, PI
Vice President: Bob Holtfreter, Ph.D, CFE, CICA
Secretary/Treasurer: Victoria Kitts, CFE, CPA
Training Director: Joe Boynton, CFE
Director-at-Large: Robert Goehring, CFE, CPA
Director-at-Large: James Peet, Ph.D., CFE
Director-at-Large: Mike Nurse, CFE, CPA, MBA
Most of these names you probably already recognize as being on the Board already. However, I realized while writing this that we had not sent out a formal introduction and welcome to Bob Holtfreter, who is our newest Board member (Director-at-Large as of April 7th) and is running for Vice President for the 2022-2024 term. Bob is a Distinguished Professor of Accounting & Research at Central Washington University, with a long list of accomplishments, leadership positions and accolades in the accounting and fraud fighting arena. Please welcome Bob when you see him at upcoming trainings, and we will be getting all of his bio information up on the website as soon as possible.
Thank you all for the opportunity to serve as President of the Chapter. I am looking forward to remaining on the Board in a supporting capacity and will see all of you at upcoming trainings.
All the best,
Mike Nurse, CFE, CPA, MBA
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