March 22-25, 2021



Speakers

Sudeshna Aich

CISA

Senior IT Auditor

Florida State University

Sudeshna Aich is a Senior IT Auditor at the Office of Inspector General Services, ‎Florida State University (FSU). In the very short period of two years at FSU, ‎Sudeshna single handedly audited various cybersecurity controls over IT infrastructures, ‎disaster recovery and business continuity, continuous vulnerability management etc. in ‎accordance with the IT Standards, guidelines outlined in such as NIST, CIS, ITAF, and ‎SSAE16/18. She regularly provides cybersecurity advisory services to the FSU IT ‎services for implementing effective cybersecurity governance. Prior to joining FSU in ‎‎2018, Sudeshna worked as Senior IT Auditor for the State of Florida Office of Auditor ‎General for more than four years and was responsible for auditing adequacy of IT ‎controls for the educational entities within the State of Florida. She also worked for the ‎Florida Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General Services as an ‎IT Auditor. Before switching her career to IT Auditing in 2013, Sudeshna had gained ‎more than 15 years of professional experience in Information Technology project ‎management and information security software design and development. She is an ‎alumnus of Florida State University and is a member of ISACA. She holds degrees in ‎Bachelor of Science, in Engineering and Master of Business Administration, in ‎Finance and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).  
Sarah Baumhoff

Sarah Baumhoff

Interim Director of Student Support, Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

Kennesaw State University

Sarah Baumhoff is the Interim Director of Student Support in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at Kennesaw State University. Sarah has been at Kennesaw State for the last nine plus years. Sarah oversees all customer facing interactions, managing a staff of 18. Prior to joining the staff at KSU, Sarah worked for the state agency, Georgia Student Finance Commission, overseeing the outreach efforts and the college access website. Sarah has worked in the financial aid arena in some capacity since her days as a college work-study student in the financial aid office. She has earned the Certified Financial Aid Administrator status through NASFAA.
Sarah earned her bachelor's degree at Birmingham-Southern College in Business Administration and her master's degree from Northern Illinois University in Higher Education Administration. Sarah is a past president of GASFAA, is the current Treasurer-Elect for SASFAA and has been active in NASFAA serving on several task forces. Sarah is married to Ken and has two boys, Adam and Andrew.

Bretta Carithers

Interim Director of Processing & Technical ‎Support, Office of Scholarships and Financial ‎Aid

Kennesaw State University

Bretta Carithers is the Interim Director of Processing & Technical Support in the Office of ‎Scholarships and Financial Aid at Kennesaw State University.  Bretta has been at Kennesaw ‎State University over four years.  She oversees the federal programs, awarding/packaging, ‎disbursements, technical support, and all other processing aspects of financial aid.  Bretta ‎began her career in Financial Aid at the University of South Florida where she worked in ‎various roles for five years. She later relocated to Atlanta, working at Georgia Institute of ‎Technology, overseeing application and eligibility.  Bretta has a passion for serving students ‎and her community.‎ Bretta earned a B.S. in Finance and B.S. in Management from the University of South Florida ‎and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Business Administration. She serves ‎on the New Aid Officer Committee of the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid ‎Administrators (SASFAA).  Bretta is an avid reader and loves to travel.‎
Mike Cullen

Mike Cullen

CISA, CISSP, CIPP/US

Higher Education Practice Director

Baker Tilly

Mike Cullen has worked with clients in multiple industries, with a dedicated focus and extensive experience with higher education and research institutions. He has significant experience leading and executing IT risk assessments, myriad IT internal audits, various IT consulting projects, project risk reviews and multiple IT compliance reviews. He has also led strategic IT governance projects, cybersecurity assessments, information privacy reviews, application audits, the development of IT processes/policies/procedures, digital forensic investigations and IT controls examinations.
Ashley Deihr

Ashley Deihr

CPA, CIA, CFE

Partner

Baker Tilly

Ashley is a partner in Baker Tilly’s Risk Advisory practice. Ashley has 15 years of experience assisting higher education institutions to achieve strategic and financial success, optimize operational effectiveness and enhance compliance. Ashley drives innovation through strategic and enterprise risk assessments, internal audit and compliance reviews and investigations and business process reviews. She has assisted clients in developing and reengineering infrastructures, governance practices, internal controls and business processes to mitigate risk and enhance efficiency, effectiveness and compliance in such areas as budgeting and resource management, financial management and reporting, sponsored research administration, compliance governance and international operations.
Morgan Druce

Morgan Druce

Senior Consultant

Baker Tilly

Morgan Druce is a senior consultant in Baker Tilly’s risk advisory practice who specializes in serving higher education and research institutions. She supports several organizations in aligning resources with strategic priorities, and works extensively on our combination implementation work. Morgan has assisted on various initiatives to address compliance by unifying functions and practices across decentralized environments, and facilitating crucial process improvements.
 
Erin Egan

Erin Egan

CPA, CIA

Senior Auditor

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Since 2009, Erin has been providing operational, financial, and investigative services to the Rutgers community. Prior to Rutgers, Erin worked as a manager at one of the Northeast’s largest public accounting firms where performed forensic investigations, litigation support, and electronic data analysis across many industries. Erin is a graduate of The College of New Jersey with a degree in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA). She enjoys spontaneous 80's dance parties with her husband and three sons. 
Michelle Finley

Michelle Finley

CIA, CFE

Chief Audit Executive

Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges Board of ‎Regents

Michelle has 25 years of experience in higher education, in which she has held several executive positions, including Chief ‎Audit Executive and Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer at a private university and Chief Audit Executive at two ‎public higher education systems. Michelle is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She ‎served on several non-profit Boards. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and was awarded the Jim Cobb ‎Member of the Year for the Oklahoma City Chapter, where she served as president and member of the Board of Governors. ‎Michelle is also a member of the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA) and the Association of Certified Fraud ‎Examiners (ACFE).‎
LaDonna Flynn

LaDonna Flynn

CIA, CPA, CCSA

Director of Internal Audit

Pittsburg State University

LaDonna Flynn is the Director of Internal Audit at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.  She has been in this role for the past eight years.  Prior to joining PSU, LaDonna was an Internal Auditor for 15 years in the healthcare and electric utility industries in Tacoma, WA and Tucson, AZ.  She earned a Bachelor and Master of Business Administration from PSU.  LaDonna is also a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA).  LaDonna is an ACUA Board member-at-large.
Will Hancock

Will Hancock

CPA, CIA, CFE

Audit Manager

Auburn University

Will is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner. He is an ‎Audit Manager at Auburn University and previously worked as an Information Systems Auditor for ‎Deloitte and the State of Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. Will has 23 years of auditing ‎experience, with 15 years in higher education. He is the current Membership Committee Chair, was ‎the Midyear Committee Director for 2017-2019, and has served on the ACUA Fraud Best Practices ‎Committee.‎
Robb Hartman

Robb Hartman

CIA, CFE

Senior Auditor

Colorado State University System

Robb Hartman has four years of higher education internal audit experience and an additional two years of experience as an accountant. Currently working for the Colorado State University System at the Colorado State University Pueblo campus, he previously worked for the University of North Florida. A two-time alumnus of the University of North Florida, he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting as well as a Master of Accountancy. He later obtained the designations of Certified Internal Auditor (CIA,) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Though he works as an auditor, Robb’s most important job is being a father to a beautiful baby girl.
Rene Herrera

Rene Herrera

CISA, CFE

IT Audit Manager

The University of Texas at Dallas

Rene Herrera, CISA, CFE, graduated from Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas with a degree in Accounting. He is a member of the ISACA and the Dallas IIA and has over 15 years of IT audit experience. His experience in higher education and governmental auditing includes working at The University of Texas at Dallas, Baylor Healthcare, and the Department of Defense. He has presented IT audit sessions at the Dallas Chapter IIA SuperConference, Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), and at the Texas Association of University Auditors (TACUA).
Trevor Hughes

Trevor Hughes

CPA

Senior Auditor for Data Analytics

Virginia Tech

As Senior Auditor for Data Analytics with Virginia Tech, Trevor Hughes specializes in analyzing data related to established audit procedures and discovering new ways to use analytics to guide continuous monitoring, plan and perform audits, and to improve risk assessment efforts.  Trevor previously worked at Virginia’s Auditor of Public Accountants as a Senior Auditor and Information Security Specialist.  Between Virginia Tech and the APA, he has over 11 years of audit experience.  In addition, he has spent more than 20 years in corporate and non-profit management, accounting operations, information systems management and development, and consulting.
 
Amy Hurd

Amy Hurd

CIA

Senior Internal Auditor

Tulane University

With 16 years of experience, Amy has worked with a wide range of companies providing internal audit, compliance, accounting, tax, and consulting services in a variety of industries, including higher education, telecommunications, financial services, and public accounting. She is a graduate of the University of West Florida with a B.S. in Accounting and is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Amy is also a 2021 MBA Candidate in the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. At Tulane, she serves on the University Senate, the Wellness Committee, the Staff Advisory Council (SAC), and is the SAC Health & Wellness Chair. As the Health & Wellness Chair, Amy is responsible for developing and running an Intramural Sports Program. She is also the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA) Best Practices Committee Director, serves on the Board for the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) New Orleans (NO) chapter, and was past President and Vice President for the IIA NO. Amy has also served as a member of the Escambia County School District Audit Committee.
Sandy Jansen

Sandy Jansen

CIA, CCSA, CRMA

Chief Audit Executive

The University of Texas at Austin

Sandy is the Chief Audit Executive for The University of Texas at Austin. UT Austin is considered a bold leader in higher education and is one of the top 20 public universities. Previously, she served as the Chief Audit and Compliance Officer for the University of Tennessee System. In her role at Tennessee, she led internal audit and compliance, including a system-wide Title IX function. Prior to Tennessee, Sandy served as the Assistant Chief Audit Executive at Texas Tech University System. Sandy is a transformational leader working with her team to bring about positive change for UT Austin. Over the course of her 25-year career in higher education internal auditing, Sandy has gained extensive experience allocating audit resources to assist executive management in identifying and mitigating risks. Because of her collaborative approach with senior management on governance and risk issues, executive leadership considers her a valuable resource and partner.  
Matt Johns

Matt Johns

CIA

Higher Education Practice Senior Consultant

Baker Tilly

Matt is a Senior Consultant in Baker Tilly’s higher education, risk, internal audit and cybersecurity practice. He has been with the firm since August 2017 and has experience in the areas of internal audit, internal controls, and sponsored research compliance. He performs consulting services for many higher education and research institutions, with a specific focus on sponsored research operations, financial and regulatory compliance, and process and internal control improvement reviews. He is a CIA and is an alumni of the University of South Carolina.
Kara Kearney-Saylor

Kara Kearney-Saylor

CIA, CRMA

Director of Internal Audit

University at Buffalo

Kara Kearney-Saylor, Director of Internal Audit at the University at Buffalo (UB), leads a strategic and comprehensive risk assessment and internal audit program that supports UB’s mission, plans and goals. She is the University’s point of contact for all external audit activities and works actively with SUNY’s Audit and Enterprise Risk Management initiatives. She is implementing Enterprise Risk Management and serves on UB’s Information Security Privacy Advisory Committee. She has been an advocate for Information Security and Data Governance at UB, previously serving as the Interim Information Security Officer. Kara is the Standards and Best Practices Committee Chair for the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA). She also participates in her local chapter of the IIA, co-chairing the academic relations committee. She has presented at a number of local and national conferences including IIA, MISTI, ACUA and EACUBO. Prior to UB, Kara was employed at Boston University, as the Interim Director of Internal Audit and co-chaired the Enterprise Risk Management Steering Committee and the Information Security Committee. She was previously employed at Houghton Mifflin, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Ernst & Young in various audit and tax consultant roles. She has Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and a Master’s Degree from Boston University. Additionally, Kara is a Certified Internal Auditor and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance.
Tim Marley

Tim Marley

CPA, CIA, CISA, CDPSE, CISSP, CISM, GSNA, CIPP/US, PCIP

Director, Risk Advisory Services

True Digital Security

Tim is the Director of Risk Advisory Services for True Digital Security, Inc.  The Risk Advisory Services team provides a broad range of services with a focus on Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) initiatives including Information Security Risk assessments, Information Security Program Development, Virtual CISO, and compliance readiness (i.e. PCI DSS, HIPAA, FFIEC, NERC CIP, CUI, and more).  Prior to joining True in 2018, Tim was the IT Audit Director for the OU Board of Regents, responsible for establishing the dedicated IT audit function, encompassing all campuses for the Universities of Oklahoma, Cameron and Rogers State.  Tim was a Senior IT Compliance Auditor for the IT security team at the University of Oklahoma, before joining internal audit.  Before OU, he was the Network and Security Manager for the national clothing chain, Harold's, where his team managed the network and server applications, IT security, and compliance initiatives.

Deidre Melton

CFE, CIA, CISA, CISM, CRISC

Audit Director

Florida A&M University

Deidre Melton is the Audit Director for Florida A&M University, where she serves as an ‎assurance, risk management, investigative, and advisory professional specializing in ‎information technology/cybersecurity. Deidre began her career working in educational and ‎local/state government audits for the State of Florida Auditor General’s Office. ‎Deidre serves as the Diversity & Inclusive Leadership Committee Chair for ACUA, is the ‎Immediate Past President of the ISACA Tallahassee Chapter, Leadership Development Chair for ‎SheLeadsTech Tallahassee, and serves on the SheLeadsTech Council for One in Tech. She ‎earned her B.S. of Management and Master of Business Administration at Florida A&M ‎University. Additionally, Deidre is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). ‎
Glenn Murray

Glenn Murray

CPA, CIA

Director, Audit & Advisory Services

University of South Carolina

Glenn Murray joined the University of South Carolina in 2013 and serves in the role of Director for the University’s Audit ‎& Advisory Services department. He is both a CPA and CIA and is actively pursuing his CISA certification. Glenn earned ‎a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from the College of Charleston. Additional ‎experience includes 14 years in internal audit (electric and gas utility industry) and 3 years in public accounting ‎‎(emphasis in banking).‎
Meghan Senseney

Meghan Senseney

CIA

Higher Education Practice Manager

Baker Tilly

Meghan Senseney is a Manager with Baker Tilly, a national accounting and advisory firm. Meghan has several years of cybersecurity, technology risk and higher education consulting experience. For over six years, she has worked with a variety of higher education institutions to conduct cybersecurity and IT risk assessments and engagements. She focuses on conducting cybersecurity assessments, IT risk assessments, IT controls assessments and compliance reviews for colleges and universities. Meghan has been with Baker Tilly since 2014 and serves many higher education institution clients including four-year, two-year, and research institutions of various sizes. Meghan has presented on the topics of IT, security, and internal audit to a variety of local, regional, and national conferences, including ACUA webinars and conferences. Meghan is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
Jennifer Sheahan

Jennifer Sheahan

CPA, CIA, CFE

Senior Auditor

Colorado State University System

Jennifer Sheahan is a Senior Auditor for the Colorado State University System at the ‎Fort Collins campus. She has three years of experience in higher education internal ‎auditing and has provided several fraud trainings to campus staff. Prior to working in ‎higher education, Jennifer was an auditor for a regional public accounting firm, on ‎California’s central coast, for five years. There she specialized in not-for-profit and ‎agricultural audits. Jennifer is an alumni of California State University, Monterey Bay, ‎and currently holds Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor ‎‎(CIA), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designations. When not at work, Jennifer ‎enjoys traveling, camping, and spending time with her husband and their fur babies ‎‎(two dogs and two cats). ‎

Jim Sleezer

MBA

Oklahoma State University

James H. (Jim) Sleezer, MBA, retired in 2014 after nearly 20 years with the Department of Internal ‎Audits for the Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents. While an internal auditor, he ‎conducted reviews and audits of higher education activities including information technology, financial ‎systems, human resource systems, student information systems, medical systems, and research ‎administration. Jim has presented seminars on preparing for and conducting Quality Assessment ‎Reviews at ACUA Annual and Midyear conferences and for Tulsa’s Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) ‎Chapter. Jim has been an ACUA board member-at-large, member of ACUA’s Professional Education ‎Committee, and ACUA’s director of distance learning. He is the recipient of the association's 2010 ‎Excellence in Service Award. Although retired, he continues to conduct Quality Assessment Reviews ‎for public and private colleges and universities and local government audit functions. ‎
Lindsey Solomon

Lindsey Solomon

CPA

Audit Manager

University of South Carolina

Lindsey Solomon joined the University of South Carolina as an Audit Manager in January 2020. She ‎primarily performs reviews of financial and operational processes across the University. She is a CPA and ‎is actively pursing her CIA certification. Lindsey earned a Master of Accountancy from the University of ‎South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of ‎South Carolina Upstate. She was previously employed by the South Carolina Office of the State Auditor ‎as an Audit Manager where she specialized in the performance of compliance engagements, particularly ‎agreed-upon procedures for state agencies and the Statewide Single Audit.‎
Ali Subhani

Ali Subhani

CISA, CIA, GSNA

Director Internal Audit

Collin College

Ali Subhani is the Director for Internal Audit at Collin College. He is a ‎Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor and a ‎GIAC Systems and Network Auditor. Prior to joining Collin College, Ali ‎served as the Executive Director of Audit Services at Texas Woman’s ‎University and also has managed the IT Audit function at UT- Dallas. In ‎total, Ali has over 15 years of experience in carrying out audits and ‎investigations. ‎
Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner

CPA

Chief Audit Executive

Texas Tech University System

As Chief Audit Executive for the Texas Tech University System, Kim leads a department of 17 auditors in three cities.  The institutions of the Texas Tech System comprise an annual operating budget of $2.3 billion with almost 55,000 students.  A former ACUA President, Kim received ACUA’s Outstanding Professional Contributions award in 2014. Kim is Co-Chair of the Risk Dictionary subcommittee and received the 2011 Excellence in Service Award for her work in developing and maintaining the Risk Dictionary.  Closer to home, Kim served as a board member-at-large on the state board of the Texas Society of CPAs (TXCPA) and as founding president of High Plains Chapter of The IIA.  A member of ACUA Faculty, Kim is a frequent speaker for such organizations as ACUA, URMIA, TXCPA, and SCCE. Kim has also served on a number of peer review teams to enhance the performance of internal audit functions both inside and outside of higher education. 

 

Dean Weber

CIA, CRMA

Chief Audit Officer

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Possessing over 27 years of higher education internal audit experience, Dean serves as the Chief Audit Officer for ‎the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, functionally reporting to the Finance Infrastructure and Audit ‎Committee of the Board of Trustees and administratively to the university’s Chancellor. The university is a premier ‎teaching and research Institution with an organizational operating budget in excess of three billion dollars annually.‎ As Carolina’s chief audit officer, responsibilities include leading the university's internal audit department to provide ‎independent, proactive analyses of governance, operations, financial activities, and systems of internal control to ‎ensure resources are used in a way that manages risk, complies with state and federal requirements, and serves ‎the university’s mission. Key to this role is the ability to work across the university community and serve as a ‎respected and trusted adviser.‎
Tim Wiseman

Tim Wiseman

ARM-E, CDFM-A (RET), MBA

Chief Risk Officer

University of Wyoming

Tim Wiseman is the Chief Risk Officer for the University of Wyoming and faculty ‎member for PRIMA's ERM in Higher Education program. He previously served with East ‎Carolina University from 2009-2019 as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for ERM. Tim ‎earned the ARM-E designation, and is a Certified Defense Financial Manager (RET), ‎with a B.S. in business from the University of Arkansas, an MBA from Syracuse ‎University, and a M.S. in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the ‎Armed Forces. Tim is also a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army and was featured as a ‎‎2020 Riskonnect Risk All-Star.‎