Northeast Chapter

The Northeast Chapter meets 3 times a year to discuss topics on Interview and Interrogation.

Chapter leaders:

    • Steve Palumbo, CFI (Chairman) – Tiffanys
    • Matt Christman, CFI – Dick’s Sporting Goods
    • Elisha Toye, CFI – Kohls
    • Lisa Caccomo, CFI – Polo Ralph Lauren
    • Nate Prusi, CFI – Starbucks
    • TJ Flynn, CFI – JC Penney

Upcoming Events

The Northeast Chapter of CFI will be holding its next meeting on Thursday, March 29th from 1-4PM. This is a make-up date from the February meeting that was cancelled.

Speakers will be:
Matt Christman, CFI – Presenting on Phone Interviewing
Elisha Toye, CFI – Presenting on Building Rationalizations

The meeting will be held at:
Tiffany & Co
15 Sylvan Way
Parsippany, NJ 07054

Meeting is open to all CFIs or anyone interested in pursuing the CFI designation. All CFI attendees will receive 3 CEUs towards recertification. If interested in attending, please RSVP to Steven Palumbo at by Monday, March 26th.

Past events

  • July 25, 2017 at 1-4 PM. REI (Washington DC)
    Speakers included Tammy Clark, CFI, CFE of WZ who presented a review of the Participatory Method.  Her presentation guided attendees on performing a high-level investigation in preparation for an interview in regards to theft, fraud or embezzlement. Utilizing facts from an actual case, with real video examples, Tammy discussed an overview of the investigative process focused on the strategy for the interview. The Participatory Approach to an interview was discussed in depth as a strategy when interviewing a high-level executive to minimize excuses or denials. Ultimately, this session provided attendees with additional tools to support their effort in searching for the truth at any level of an organization. TJ Flynn, CFI and Matt Christman, CFI presented on how to utilize social media platforms in conducting investigations. This presentation went over the best practices and tools that will help investigators gather valuable intel while conducting an investigation.
  • January 31, 2017 at 1-4 PM.  Tiffany & Co.
    Speakers included Shane Sturman, CFI, CPP (Wicklander-Zulawski) and TJ Flynn (JC Penny).  Shane presentation was “Conducting Non-Theft Related Interviews” and TJ presented on prepping for an interview when you are not the investigator.
  • October 11, 2016 at 1-4 PM.  Tiffany Headquarters
    Speakers included Wayne Hoover, CFI (Wicklander-Zulawski), Detective Thompson of the NYPD who presented on “Crisis Communication” and Matt Christman, CFI from Dick’s Sporting Goods who presented on “Rationalizations and Expanding the Admissions.”
  • March 16, 2016 at 12-4 PM. Starbucks Offices
    Speakers included Matt Christman and Nate Prusi. Matt presented on Internal Investigations at Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Nate presented on Statement Analysis.
  • September 30, 2015 at 1-4 PM. LP Innovations
    Speakers included Quinn Sullivan, Agent for the Department of Homeland Security and Tim Hickey from LP Innovations.  Quinn’s presentation was an “Overview of Current Terrorist Threats within the US” and Tim’s was “ORC Tracking Solutions.”
  • May 26, 2015 at 1-4 PM. Tiffany Headquarters
    Featured Speaker was Dave Thompson, CFI from Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates hosted an interactive activity with the attendees focused on transitioning the W-Z Method into cases that may not be the typical theft and fraud they normally deal with.  Used this same activity to discuss a current case, and then worked through the interrogation with the group evaluating each step.
  • January 22, 2015 at 1-4 PM Starbucks Offices
    The featured speaker was Dr. Saul Kassin Professor of Psychology,  John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Kassin will be presenting on False Confessions. A link is provided to provide you with some insight into Dr. Kassin’s work:
  • October 14, 2014 at 1–4 PM. The meeting was held at: JCPenney SoHo Location
    Presenting was Dave Thompson, CFI of WZ on Rationalization and Implications. Also presenting will be Matt Christman, CFI of Dick’s Sporting Goods on statement taking and report writing