NEOACFE 2019 Special Year End Newsletter Print

    President's Letter

    Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year Everyone!

    Thank you all for another wonderful year. We have certainly had some great programming this past year with each bringing you the professional standards you’ve come to know and trust from our organization. And with it, I think we’ve all had a bit fun added to the mix to keep things lively and enjoyable.

    Taking a sneak peek into 2020, we’ve already begun mapping out programs and trainings for your professional needs. We’re always thinking of new topics or new ways in which to present old ones. Your feedback and input is always welcomed and is a key component to our decision making process. We thank you for your continued support and strive to be your first choice for all your training and educational needs.

    Before we close out the final chapter of 2019, I would like to turn your attention to those in our community who are in need and ask for your consideration in helping us to help others.

    Over a year ago I had an opportunity at the Baseball National at Cleveland’s IX Center to strike up a conversation with a gentleman by the name of Clark Button. Clark stated he worked at the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland and went on to tell me about this great organization and all it does to help families in need. In the following pages I share with you some of the highlights and history of the Ronald McDonald house.

    This year, the NEOACFE Officers and Board of Directors have chosen to partner with the Ronald McDonald House to raise money for families in need.

    We have established a fundraising page in conjunction with the Ronald McDonald House and humbly ask for your monetary consideration. Every dollar donated from this campaign will go directly to the Ronald McDonald House. And, for every dollar donated, the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners will match those dollars 100% up to a total of $400.

    Thank you for your consideration and contribution!

    For more details and to make your contribution, please visit our fundraising page at:

    NEO ACFE Ronald McDonald House Family Holiday Campaign

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    History of Ronald McDonald House

    In 1974 the first Ronald McDonald House opened its doors in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the time Kim Hill, the daughter of Philadelphia Eagles football player Fred Hill, was undergoing treatment for leukemia. Throughout Kim's treatment, her father recognized the need for a supportive environment away from the hospital for families of seriously ill children. He enlisted the aid of his teammates and local McDonald's restaurant owners to raise funds that would help purchase and renovate the first Ronald McDonald House.

    The first Ronald McDonald House was named, not only because of McDonald's fund-raising support but also for the positive, hopeful, and fun-loving feeling Ronald McDonald was able to instill into the minds of so many children.

    Today there are nearly 370 Ronald McDonald Houses located world-wide. Every Ronald McDonald House is autonomous and is owned by a not-for-profit corporation in the city where it is located.

    The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland became licensed and incorporated in 1978 and began providing lodging and support services to

    families of critically ill and injured children in September of 1979. The original Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland had 26 rooms, a kitchen, common areas and a small garden.

    In 1994 the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland moved to its current location on the corner of E. 105th Street and Euclid Avenue. The House offered 37 guest rooms, comfortable living and play areas, a fully equipped kitchen, library, family resource center, children's playroom and laundry room. Surrounding the House are beautiful gardens, flowers, herbs, children's gardens, winding walkways and benches. This serene oasis was designated as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

    In 2012, the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland launched a massive expansion and renovation project. Designed by City Architecture and constructed by Regency Construction Services, the new wing added an additional 20,000 square feet on four floors, including 18 new guest rooms, a larger kitchen facility, an extended recreation room for families to gather and an expanded conference center

    available for community meetings. The renovations to the existing space upgraded all 37 original guest rooms, along with indoor and outdoor common areas, giving the entire House a fresh look.

    Today the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland can comfortably accommodate up to 55 families each night. It stands as a symbol of comfort and support in our community, with open arms to welcome any family who might need shelter within its walls. 

    Through our expanded House, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in four local hospitals, STAR Centers in two outpatient facilities and online family resource link, we are able to help families in more ways than ever before.

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    Upcoming Events

    February 7, 2020. Expense report and credit card fraud, and data privacy concerns. 2 CPE. Location: Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Headquarters, 4747 E. 49th St., Cleveland, OH 44125.

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    John K. Heffner, CFE
    New York Community Bancorp, Inc.

    Vice President
    James Billman, CFE, CFI, LPC, PI
    Veritas Solutions Group, LLC

    Allison Smith, MBA, CFE, CAMS
    MAI Capital Management

    Melissa Sui, CPA, CFE, CRMA, CGMA
    NE Ohio Regional Sewer District

    Ralph Barone, CFE, CAMS
    Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office

    Linda Chase, CPA, CFE
    Baldwin Wallace University

    Arvin Clar
    Ohio Attorney General

    Christine Meador, CFE
    Medica, LLC

    Adam Pajakowski

    Michael Skrypek, CFE
    Bluestone Research and Consulting

    Allison Smith, MBA, CFE, CAMS
    MAI Capital Management

    Frank Suponcic
    Skoda Minotti

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