Board of Directors
Gabriela Coldea, CFE
Gabriela is the founder of Arch360 Group and managing consultant at Coldea Productions. Arch360 Group is a specialized search firm dedicated to the success of both clients and candidates. The firms emphasis is on the Financial Services and IT industries, and the unique, refined search techniques present clients with the best talent every time.
As Founder, Gabriela is responsible for helping to uphold and further the mission of Arch360 Group through the daily operations as a company. Prior to founding Arch360 Group, she was an Executive Search Consultant with The Pegasus Group and Vice President with Epoch Insights. Her background includes Business Process Improvement with OptumRx a United Health Group company, Project Management expertise and banking experience with Liberty Bank.
She earned a Bachelor's of Science in Financial Engineering in Romania, EU and Master of Business Administration (Finance) from University of Dubuque Iowa. In her free time, she enjoys tutoring math and helping students achieve higher goals.
Kim Chatani, CFE, CPA, CFSA, CGMA, FCPA
Kim is an Advisory Partner with the management consulting firm of Khronicle Partners, Inc., and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Far East National Bank ("Bank") and Ygeia Consulting Group, Inc ("Ygeia"). He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Bank and the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Strategic Planning & Risk Management Committee at Ygeia. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Accounting at Concordia University, Irvine.
Khronicle is based in the U.S. and our clients are mid-to-large performing enterprises facing constant change in today's competitive global business landscape. Khronicle is best known for bringing the right experience, knowledge, and skills to partner with organizations in setting strategic direction, achieving operational efficiency, bridging business and regulatory compliance, while maintaining and enabling critical information technology.
Kim leads Strategy & Operations, Compliance and Technology Service Areas of Khronicle. Prior to joining Khronicle, Kim held numerous senior level Partner positions at Arthur Andersen, LLP, BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting), A.T. Kearney, Inc.
Kim earned his Master of Business Administration (Finance) from Boston University and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners as well as the Institute of Internal Auditors, Chartered Global Management Accountant and Forensic CPA Society.
Kim is the co-author of several books on Fraud Casebooks and is a speaker at numerous conferences.
Cecilia Pham, CFE, CIA, CRMA
Cecilia Pham is a Director at Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the United States serving 12.2 million health plan members. Cecilia is currently leading the Membership Accounting function through the design, development and implementation of all financial reporting and accounting-related controls for a new centralized membership system, one of the largest capital investment projects in the healthcare industry.
Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Cecilia has held multiple leadership positions at American Express Financial Advisors, St. Paul Travelers, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ceridian Corporation, Countrywide Financial Corporation/Bank of America, and UnitedHealth Group.
Cecilia has extensive expertise in audit, compliance and operations where she helps organizations navigate through uncharted business waters by mitigating their risk exposure and aligning them with their risk appetite. Cecilia specializes in building and leading teams or functions through risk assessment, new audits, and process improvement initiatives ensuring that appropriate controls, resources and processes are in place. Cecilia has always been able to envision the future and bring about innovative solutions to achieve superior outcomes. This has led to her successes in many areas but most notably in building out an operational audit team of 300 employees globally from the ground up and leading it through the largest pharmacy benefit migration in industry history with an accuracy rate of 99.97%.
Cecilia earned her Master of Business Administration (International Finance concentration) from the University of St. Thomas and Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, International Business and Economics from St. Catherine University.
Cecilia is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (the IIA) and has been serving the Orange County, California - IIA Chapter in various positions including the Chair/Co-Chair of the Audit Executive Roundtable Committee. In addition, Cecilia is a national seminar training facilitator for the IIA.
Guillermo Alvarez, CFE, CPA
Advisory Board Member
Guillermo is responsible for directing all audit processes as Senior Manager, Audit for Mazda North American Operations (U.S., Canada and Mexico) with over 25 years of Audit and Management experience in the automotive and financial services industry. Guillermo is involved with BIOLA's MBA mentoring program - Crowell School of Business as well as is President of Non-profit organization.
Advisory Board Member
Bob was elected Chapter President 2002 - 2004 and Treasurer 1999 - 2002. He served as a Fraud Audit Consultant for: Vicenti, Lloyd, Stutzman, LLP. (A Glendora based CPA firm) He has consulted with Business Entities, on Fraud Risk Management and Controls.
He is a Speaker on Fraud Detection and Deterrence, at California State University, Fullerton, College of Business & Economics, and at the University of California, Irvine.
Bob is also a moderator and presenter, on continuous professional education and development programs, and has attended quality assurance programs, at Jefferson Wells Int’l and at PwC Open University.
He earned a Certificate in Information Systems Auditing & Controls, in 2000, from MIS Training Institute, Farmingham, Massachusetts. He is a member of The Institute of Internal Auditors.
Pamela Fairbrother, CFE, CFI
Pam is an internal fraud investigator with the Walt Disney Company concentrating on various aspects of fraud detection, financial irregularities, and forensic audit.
Pam earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Liberty University in Virginia and is a Certified Fraud Examiner as well as a Certified Forensic Interviewer. Pam is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the International Association of Interviewers.
John Palmer, CFE
VP of Marketing
John is the Manager of the Fraud Management department at SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union focusing on payment card fraud detection and all financial crimes investigations.
Prior to SchoolsFirst, John spent much of his career in corporate security at U.S. Bank, most recently serving as Director of Elder Financial Exploitation and Technology Fraud Investigations.
John earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Cal-State Fullerton. He served as president of the Chief Special Agent’s Association (CSAA) form 2017-2019, and continues to serve as a board member there.