• Executive Biographies

    Joseph T. Wells
    Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA

    Chairman of the Board

    Dr. Joseph T. Wells is founder and Chairman of the Board of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the world’s largest anti-fraud organization.

    After graduating with honors from the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Wells spent two years on the audit staff of Coopers and Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers).

    He then was appointed a Special Agent of the FBI. Over the next ten years, Dr. Wells investigated thousands of fraud cases, ranging from nickel-and-dime con artists to former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell for his role in the Watergate case. In 1982, he left the government to form Wells & Associates, a firm of criminologists specializing in fraud detection and deterrence.

    Since founding the ACFE in 1988, Dr. Wells has lectured to tens of thousands of business professionals, written 22 books, and authored scores of articles and research projects. His writing has won numerous awards, including the top articles of the year for both Internal Auditor Magazine and the Journal of Accountancy.

    In addition to his duties as ACFE chairman, Dr. Wells served as a professor of fraud examination in the Graduate Business School at the University of Texas at Austin where his pioneering work was recognized by the American Accounting Association, which named him Accounting Education Innovator of the Year in 2002. He is also chairman of the board of directors of the non-profit Institute for Fraud Prevention, an anti-fraud think tank.

    Dr. Wells has served on various senior committees of the American Institute of CPAs and is a member of the AICPA’s Business and Industry Hall of Fame. He was named to Accounting Today magazine’s annual list of the “Top 100 Most Influential People” in accounting nine times. He holds a Doctor of Commercial Science from York College of the City University of New York.

    James D. Ratley
    James D. Ratley, CFE

    President

    James D. Ratley graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. In 1971, he joined the Dallas Police Department as a police officer. 

    Mr. Ratley was assigned to several police department divisions, including vice, child abuse, and internal affairs. He was a member of numerous department task forces that concentrated on major fraud cases. 

    In 1986, Mr. Ratley left the police department to join Wells & Associates, a forensic accounting practice, where he was in charge of fraud investigations. He handled investigations regarding internal frauds, conflicts of interest, and litigation support. In 1988, he was named Program Director for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and oversaw all aspects of the ACFE’s training and education programs. 

    In 2005, Mr. Ratley was awarded the ACFE’s Cressey Award, the organization’s highest honor. It is bestowed annually for a lifetime of achievement in the detection and deterrence of fraud. 

    In 2006, Mr. Ratley was named President of the ACFE. In this role, he works to promote the ACFE to the public and other professional organizations and continues to assist in the development of anti-fraud products and services to meet the needs of the ACFE’s members. In addition to his executive duties, Mr. Ratley served as a member of the ACFE’s faculty, and teaches regularly at workshops and conferences on a variety of fraud-related subjects. 

    Mr. Ratley was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today in 2012, 2013, and 2014, with the magazine praising his leadership in a “changing, growing and evolving” accounting landscape. He was also recognized by Internal Auditor as a 2014 Outstanding Contributor for his article, “Become a Better Interviewer,” published in the magazine’s June 2013 issue, and he was selected as one of Security magazine’s Most Influential Security Executives for 2010.

    Mr. Ratley served as adjunct professor at the University of Texas, where he taught a master’s-level fraud examination course in the McCombs School of Business (Accounting Department). He was also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. 

    Mr. Ratley has been certified as a Master Peace Officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education. He is a member of the Austin Chapter of the ACFE.


    Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA, CVA

    Vice President and Program Director

    Bruce Dorris is the Vice President and Program Director for the ACFE and is an advisory member to the ACFE Board of Regents. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1993, and is licensed to practice law in state and federal courts in Texas and Louisiana.

    Following a judicial clerkship after law school, Dorris was commissioned an Assistant District Attorney for the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office in Shreveport, Louisiana. He created and was the Director of its Financial Crimes Screening Section.

    Dorris is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant and practiced primarily in business valuation and litigation support. He was an Adjunct Instructor in the Accounting and Business Law Department of Louisiana State University in Shreveport and has taught with the Becker CPA Review Program.

    He formerly served on the Board of Directors with the National White Collar Crime Center, and was the Vice Chairman of its Audit Committee. He is a Past President of the Louisiana District Attorneys’ Association ADA Section, and has worked in the Louisiana House of Representatives Fiscal Division. He has testified numerous times before legislative committees and was a frequent lecturer with prosecutor and accountant training associations.

    Dorris is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Texas State Bar Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

    John Gill
    John D. Gill, J.D., CFE

    Vice President - Education

    John D. Gill graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. In 1990, he received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law. 


    Prior to working for the ACFE, Mr. Gill was an attorney in the Austin, Texas office of the law firm of Bragg, Chumlea, McQuality, Smithers and Curry where he was involved with civil fraud, insurance, and deceptive trade practices cases. He was the editor of the TPA Forms and Practice Guide written by David Bragg and Michael Curry.


    In 1995, Mr. Gill joined the ACFE and served as both its General Counsel and the manager of the Research Department for nine years. When the Research Department expanded in 2003, he took on the role of Research Director. In 2009, he was promoted to Vice President – Education. In that capacity he oversees the production and development of all of the books, manuals, self-study courses, and seminar and conference materials produced by the ACFE. Currently, the ACFE publishes thirteen different books and manuals, thirty self-study courses, dozens of online offerings, and materials for more than
    thirty different seminars and conferences.


    He serves on the faculty of the ACFE and is a co-instructor of the CFE Exam Review class. He is a co-author of The Fraud Examiners Manual and serves as the editor-in-chief for the CFE Exam and the CFE Exam Preparation Course. He is also a contributing author to Fraud Magazine.


    Mr. Gill is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Austin Chapter of ACFE, Phi Beta Kappa, the State Bar of Texas, and the American Bar Association.

    John Warren
    John Warren, J.D., CFE

    Vice President and General Counsel

    John Warren has served as general counsel of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners since September 2004. Mr. Warren is responsible for providing guidance, oversight and direction to ACFE management and staff on all legal issues that affect the association. In 2006, Mr. Warren was appointed as an advisory member of the ACFE Board of Regents and in 2009 he was appointed Vice President of ACFE.

    Aside from his legal duties, Mr. Warren is also responsible for producing the Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, a bi-annual report issued by ACFE on the costs and effects of occupational fraud.

    Prior to becoming general counsel, Mr. Warren served for eight years as associate general counsel and senior researcher of ACFE. He contributed works on occupational fraud, courtroom procedure, corporate espionage and embezzlement to the ACFE’s training program, and he served as a guest author for the “Fraud and the Law” column in The White Paper. Mr. Warren worked with Chairman Joseph T. Wells to develop the ACFE’s Higher Education Initiative, which provides free educational materials to colleges and universities that teach courses in fraud examination. He also has worked on behalf of ACFE to develop the Institute for Fraud Prevention, a multidisciplinary academic research center and consortium of universities dedicated to preventing and deterring fraud and corruption through research and education.

    Mr. Warren received Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of South Dakota in 1992, and a J.D. from Baylor Law School in 1995. He is a licensed member of the State Bar of Texas.

    Jeanette LeVie
    Jeanette LeVie, CFE

    Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

    Jeanette LeVie, CFE, is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She oversees the ongoing business operations of the organization. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the ACFE Foundation and as a liaison to the ACFE Board of Regents.

    Ms. LeVie has been with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for more than 24 years, serving in many capacities, including Vice President – Administration, Assistant to the Chairman, Project Manager, Publications Production Manager, and Liaison to the European Council on Fraud.

    Before joining the ACFE in 1992, Ms. LeVie was the office manager for the Austin office of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, a political advocacy group. Her responsibilities at the AIPAC included coordinating fundraising events, supervising the office staff, enhancing public relations, providing member services, and assisting in grassroots political organization. She also worked for a freelance court reporting firm in Houston, Texas, where she was promoted from Assistant to the President to Director of Client Services, a newly formed department responsible for managing the company's litigation support efforts.

    Ms. LeVie also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certifications.

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