TACTYC 2021 Presenter Bios

Presenter(s) Bio(s)

Presenters are listed alphabetic by Last name ( after Keynote speaker ).

Industry and Sponsored session speakers listed at the bottom. 

Watson, C. Edward    

Keynote Speaker

C. Edward Watson, Ph.D. is Associate Vice President for Quality, Pedagogy, and LEAP Initiatives and Chief Information Officer with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and formerly director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia.  He is the founding executive editor of the International Journal of ePortfolio, the executive editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and has published on teaching and learning in a number of journals, including Change, Educational Technology, EDUCAUSE Review, Liberal Education, the Journal for Effective Teaching, and To Improve the Academy, among others. He has recently been quoted in the New York Times, Campus Technology, EdSurge, and University Business Magazine and on CNN and NPR regarding current teaching and learning issues and trends in higher education.  He is also the author of two recent books, Teaching Naked Techniques:  A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes (Jossey-Bass) and Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past - Research on High Impact, Active Learning Practices (Palgrave MacMillan), both published in 2017.  For more, see eddiewatson.net or follow him on Twitter: @eddiewatson

Akpan, Mfon

 Mfon Akpan is a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he currently teaches business courses full-time. He has a passion for emerging technologies and is an expert in virtual reality technology. He continues to research new technologies and educational methods to offer students and clients a current, effective and relative teaching experience.

Banks, Catherine

Catherine has spent her career at EY with experiences spanning Assurance Services, Campus Recruiting, University Relations and the Foundation. Currently, as Director of the Ernst & Young Foundation, she is responsible for oversight of Foundation activities and operations. Catherine works with EY's public policy group on academic stakeholder initiatives. Catherine is also the Director of the EY Academic Resource Center. The EYARC's mission is to provide faculty with free resources and education addressing leading edge issues impacting the business profession to help students prepare for the fast-changing global marketplace. 
Barrett, Robyn


Robyn is a Professor of Accounting, joining St. Louis Community College in January 2007. Prior to academia, she worked 8 years in Information Systems work and 7 years in Public Accounting. In 2014, Robyn received the Rouche Excellence Award for Teaching. She was named the Outstanding Accounting and Legal Studies Faculty Member at STLCC in 2017.  Robyn won the Two-Year College Educator of the Year in 2017-2018 from AAA and the League of Innovation Excellence Award in 2020-2021.  Robyn has worked with her campus’s VITA program for the past 14 years, serving as the coordinator for the last 9 years. 

Brinkman, Thomas

Thomas J. Brinkmann, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Information Systems at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash.    Tom Brinkmann, a tax CPA, has experience teaching Physics, Mathematics and Computer Networking.  He teaches Accounting and Information Systems at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash.  He also maintains a Real Estate Development advisory practice.  Professor Brinkmann, often referred to as “Coach Brinkmann”, works with startup companies to enhance their probabilities of success, several having sold for over one million dollars. He likes to follow the connection between strong fundamentals in accounting and a person’s ability to lead a successful endeavor.

Christesen, Carolyn

Carolyn Christesen, CPA  Carolyn Christesen has been teaching at Westchester Community College since 1998 and currently serves as accounting department chair. She completed a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Eastern Connecticut State University as well as BBA and MBA degrees in Public Accounting from Pace University. She is a CPA and is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Westchester Community College Foundation’s Teaching Excellence award.   Prior to her appointment at Westchester, she taught accounting at Pace University and worked at KPMG and a small accounting firm doing auditing and accounting work.   

Clark, Lynn

Lynn F Clark, CPA is a Residential Faculty in Accounting and the Online Learning Coordinator at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.  She began her career at the New York office of Ernst & Young.  Lynn is a member of the Arizona Society of CPAs and American Accounting Association.  Lynn teaches Principles of Accounting, Financial Accounting, Computerized Accounting, Managerial Accounting and Intermediate Accounting.  Lynn utilizes a flipped classroom and incorporates active learning strategies in the learning process both in person and virtually, and has adapted many of her active learning activities for use in her online courses.   

Clor-Proell, Shana


Shana Clor-Proell is an Associate Professor in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University (TCU). She received her Ph.D., masters, and undergraduate degrees from Cornell University. She is a CPA in the state of Wisconsin. Shana teaches Fundamentals of Accounting in the undergraduate program and Advanced Accounting in the graduate program at TCU. She has received multiple teaching awards. Shana’s research has been published in The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, the Journal of Financial Reporting, and the Journal of Business Ethics. Shana lives in Fort Worth with her husband and two daughters.
Conn, Carolyn
Carolyn Conn, Ph.D., CPA, CGMA, CFE has spent her career on both the administrative and faculty sides of higher education.  In administrative positions, she had primary responsibility for most aspects of financial and accounting operations and served as liaison to the IT staff for accounting software development.  She also assisted in several fraud investigations which sparked her interest in ethics and ethical decision-making.  She is an experienced instructor of academic and CPE courses in accounting ethics and is an award-winning author of teaching cases on the topics of fraud prevention and detection as well as accounting ethics.

Eason, Susan

Susan Eason, F2F and online accounting professor at San Jacinto College who holds the doctorate from the University of Houston, enjoys learning new and innovative instructional strategies for student success.    John Mayes, F2F and online accounting professor at San Jacinto College, and doctoral student at Capella University enjoys helping students gain an understanding of any challenging areas of accounting and business management.   Kristy McAuliffe, doctoral student at Texas A & M Commerce, teaches F2F and online courses at San Jacinto College. Kristy strives for continuous improvement in her instructional delivery by seeking ways to actively engage students in learning activities. 

Edmonds, Mark

Mark A. Edmonds, PhD, CPA, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has taught principles and advanced accounting classes in face-to-face, flipped, and online formats. He is the recipient of the Loudell Robinson Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Edmonds began his career providing assurance services for the internationally recognized accounting firm Ernst & Young. At the conclusion of his professional service, he obtained his PhD from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

Eisenhauer, Jerrilyn


Jerrilyn A. Eisenhauer, CPA teaches principle, intermediate and tax courses at Tulsa Community College.  Jerrilyn earned her B.S. and M.S. in Accounting from Oklahoma State University, and has actively worked as a Certified Public Accountant since 2004.   Jerrilyn enjoys preparing students to transfer, and also focuses to evolve the accounting curriculum for the workforce program. In her “spare" time she savors time with her sons as the homeschooling mission continues (including games & recitals.) Jerrilyn and her husband look forward returning to their mission: check a game off at every MLB ballpark. Jerrilyn’s challenge: “What can I do better?” 

Engel, Agatha

Agatha Engel, CPA, has been teaching accounting for 15 years. She has taught at a 4 year university, a community college and a vocational college. She has taught face to face and online, to students ranging in age from 16 to 67. She is passionate about accounting education, her instagram is called ‘agathalovesaccounting’.  

Farmer, Karen

Karen Congo Farmer, CPA, teaches Cost Accounting, Ethical Decision-Making, and Energy Accounting at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University where she also designs and leads executive education programs through Mays’ Center for Executive Development.  Upon graduation from McMaster University, Karen worked at Ernst & Young, then transitioned to simultaneous accounting and teaching roles at Western University, in London, Canada. Leveraging industry and academic experience, Karen taught professional accounting students in CPA Ontario’s rigorous programs.  Karen won the 2018 and 2013 Baggett Teaching Award, which recognizes extraordinary accomplishments in teaching innovation, curriculum development and student service.  

Friedman, Mark

Mark Friedman, University of Miami From the early days of the PC to today's wireless classroom applications, University of Miami Accounting Professor, Mark Friedman has been at the forefront of computer technology. He serves as Senior Editor of The Accounting Educators' Journal and has published numerous articles related to integrating emerging technology into the accounting curriculum. 
Gill, Steven

Steven L. Gill, Ph.D. Dr. Gill’s research includes how taxation affects investor decisions and methods by which to collect difficult to enforce taxes from individual taxpayers.  He has distributed case materials developed in conjunction with a “Big-4” accounting firm associated with the use of technology in the accounting for income tax process and has deployed those materials and software to students in his courses at SDSU.  He has taught courses in individual, business, and corporate tax areas and has also developed and taught courses in accounting research and communications.  Prof. Gill is an author on leading textbooks in individual income tax and tax research areas.

Kelley, Monique

Monique Kelley, Accounting Faculty Fresno City College (20yr.), Fresno, CA with work experience at  PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and other local firms.  Taught at two colleges in Georgia.  Monique is a CPA in Georgia (1997). Certified Online Teacher (Cerro Coso College2002).  Monique was 1st Place for the 2018TACTYC poster board.  2020Sabbatical - http://bit.ly/2020sabbatical   Regina L. Brown, Accounting Faculty Dallas College, Mesquite, TX. Regina always searches for innovative instructional methods to engage students. Regina is the Texas Society of CPA’s 2015 “Outstanding Accounting Educator of the Year.” Regina, author of Level Up, a Vision Planning Devotional Journal, helps people find purpose. 

Kelson, Paul

Paul has been a CPA for 42 years and a business owner for 33 years in the area of public accounting.  He received his Masters degree in Accounting in August 2017 and transitioned from Adjunct to full time Accounting faculty.  His philosophy is to make sure that students understand why learning accounting is important to a business career.

Krug, Ron

Ron Krug (Business) has 35 years of full-time college teaching experience. Prior to joining the Allegany College of Maryland business department in 2006, Ron taught for 15 years at the State University of New York at Oneonta and for six years at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He also spent four years as an adjunct instructor at SUNY-Binghamton. Ron has a BS from SUNY-Old Westbury, an MBA from SUNY-Albany, and an MS in Accounting from SUNY-Binghamton. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Maryland. Ron has private sector management experience from Kodak, Macy's, and U.S. Silica.

Madeley, Tim

After graduating from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, I worked as a controller in a medium-sized company. When this firm was acquired by a publicly traded foreign company and I became CFO of their North American division. In 2003, I purchased my own company. After seven years, we doubled the size of the company and I sold it to my largest competitor. I then earned my MBA and began my second career in higher education. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Accounting and a doctoral student at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA.
Mailloux, Athena


Athena’s career is founded in dedication commencing with a disciplined and rewarding decade serving Canada in the Canadian Armed Forces.  Post military service she started the pursuit to her PhD in advanced accounting, earning multiple designations in the area of accounting and financial frauds. The past decade has led to an active role as an educator in the postsecondary field. Athena is working toward expanding her professional and research portfolio in the areas of: best practices for teaching accounting, governance and oversight of individuals with fiduciary duties (both public and private sectors), and forensic accounting best practices (specifically for entrepreneurs).

Mattison, Brenda

Brenda Mattison, CMA, CSCA, has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in accounting, both from Clemson University.  She is currently an Accounting Instructor at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, South Carolina.  She also has accounting work experience in retail and manufacturing businesses and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis (CSCA).  Brenda is a co-author of Horngren’s Accounting and Horngren’s Financial and Managerial Accounting textbooks (Pearson).  Brenda is a member of the American Accounting Association (AAA), Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA), and Teachers of Accounting at Two Year Colleges (TACTYC).

McKinley, Dawn


 Dawn McKinley is an Assistant Professor at Harper Community College in Palatine, Il. She finds a connection with her students having earned her Associates degree from North Iowa Area Community College, followed by her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from the University of Iowa. Dawn is a registered CPA and a CMA, with work experience as an auditor and in a manufacturing company prior to teaching full-time. She enjoys teaching in a variety of modalities, including both Intro and Upper level courses, along with a learning community course combining managerial accounting and Excel.

Miller-Nobles, Tracie

Tracie L. Miller-Nobles, CPA, is a professor at Austin Community College. Prof. Miller-Nobles received her master's degree from Texas A&M University and is working on her doctoral degree also from Texas A&M University. Prof. Miller-Nobles is the President of Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges. She has served in leadership roles for American Accounting Association, American Institute of CPAs, and Texas Society of CPAs. Tracie has received several teaching and professional awards including the AAA J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook Prize and TXCPA Outstanding Accounting Educator. Tracie is also an author of a textbook published by Pearson.

Mitchell, Jill

Kimmel, Paul (co-presenter)

Martin, DeAnna (co-presenter)

Jill Mitchell is a Professor at Northern Virginia Community College and an adjunct at GMU, where she earned an MEd (Instructional Design Technology). She was president of the AFWA’s-DC Chapter and served on the VSCPA board. Jill began her career with EY in Miami. She earned an MS in accountancy from UVA and a BBA in MIS from UGA. She received numerous state and national awards including the Outstanding Faculty Award presented by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia; AAA’s TYC Two-Year College Educator of the Year Award; and the AAA/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize.

Paul Kimmel taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He has received teaching awards at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He has published numerous articles regarding accounting instruction, financial accounting, financial instruments, and managerial accounting.   He also coauthors introductory accounting textbooks published by Wiley.  He has public accounting experience with Deloitte.  

DeAnna Martin, CPA, MBA, is a professor at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, CA. She has been teaching since 2001, both on campus and online. Her regular courses include College Accounting, Financial Accounting, and Managerial Accounting. Before teaching, she began her career at Deloitte, and she later worked in private industry.  She obtained her CPA license, and she earned her MBA degree with a double emphasis in Accounting and Finance. She has earned two online teaching certifications utilizing both BlackBoard and Canvas platforms.  She has also served with the Online Education Initiative to design a California state-wide online course rubric.

Osterheld, Karen


Carol Hughes

Jill Mitchell

Connie Belden

Karen Osterheld is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy at Bentley University.  Karen has been a full-time member of the faculty since 1990 and has been one of the coordinators of the introductory accounting and finance sequence for over 10 years.    Karen is a recipient of the Joseph M. Cronin Award for Excellence in Academic Advising at Bentley and, in 2008, she was voted Faculty Member of the Year by the student body.  Karen is an active member of the AAA and is currently the President of the Teaching and Learning Section of the AAA.

Carol Hughes teaches accounting at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College and the University of North Carolina Asheville. In 2007, she was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury to the National Taxpayer Advisory Panel.  She is the current President of the American Accounting Association’s Two-Year College Section and was the recipient of the 2018 J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook Deloitte Foundation Teaching Award.  Hughes serves on the national Board of Directors of the Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges (TACTYC) and has also served as a consultant and board member of several non-profit organizations.  She was awarded the Hoyt Abney Community Service Award by the Greater Asheville Public Service Council in May 2007, and the Excellence in Public Service Award in 2008. In addition, she has received awards for her promotion of financial literacy and was the winner of the 2002 Distinguished Teaching Award for Part-time Faculty at the University of North Carolina Asheville and the 2007 Teacher of the Year Award at AB Tech. She received the national NISOD Excellence in Education Award in 2008.  Her areas of specialization and her accounting background are in government and not-for-profit accounting, financial and tax and she holds Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Public Accounting certifications from the state of South Carolina.   

Connie Belden received her Master’s in Business Administration from Wichita State University and a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership from Kansas State University.   She is a Professor of Accounting & Business Administration at Butler Community College where she has taught for 30 years.  She is also chair of the college’s Internship Programs.  Connie is a certified Quality Matters Master Reviewer and enjoys working on continuous improvement for online courses. Connie services on the Butler Community College Curriculum Team, Faculty Development Team, and The Accessibility Committee.   Connie has received several teaching awards including Butler Community College Master Teacher in 2015, The 2018 Teaching Excellence Award for Region 5 of ACBSP, and the 2020 Cook Award from the American Accounting Association. 

Parker, Doug

Doug Parker is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Accounting in the DHG Accountancy Program at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. He holds a DBA in Accounting from the University of Scranton, an AACSB accredited program. He has also taught at the two-year college level with more than 15 years teach experience. Prior to going full-time academia, he was an Assistant Vice President  at Wells Fargo (formerly Wachovia) where he held the title Global Rates Management Information Systems Manager. In this role, he handled financial reporting, systems development, and budgeting for investment products with over $1.4 billion in managed assets.
Parmar, Tillie


Tillie Parmar started her accounting career in public practice, working with small to mid-sized businesses and non-profit organization in audit and assurance engagements, as well as personal and corporate tax.  She was heavily involved in student training within the firm, which opened up the world of teaching and educating.  Tillie moved on from the accounting firm to teaching adjunct at University of the Fraser Valley for ten years before joining the School of Business at Trinity Western University, continuing on in her passion for educating students. Tillie has a passion for educating accounting students for the practical world beyond university.

Scott, Cathy

Cathy Scott is an Associate Professor of Business Accounting and MBA Program Coordinator/Advisor at the University of North Texas - Dallas. She is passionate about improving accounting education and has published and spoken on numerous occasions about emerging technologies, effective use of technology, improving online education, engaging students in active learning, data analytics, and bridging the accounting education pipeline. Cathy is also the co-founder of the TeachingAndLearningToolbox.com, a website, and blog that links technology to pedagogy as well as provides tips to successfully incorporate technology into courses. 

Simmons, Pamela

Pamela first discovered her love for teaching as a tutor, seeking to demystify accounting for fellow students.  In preparation for a career in higher education, she completed a Master's in Accounting & Master's in Business Administration from Kent State University and earned the designation of CPA.  She worked as an internal auditor at Banc One Corporation and taught accounting at Kent State University, Hiram College, Baldwin Wallace University and Wayne College before finding her home at Cuyahoga Community College, a college that shares her passion and dedication to excellence in teaching.
Skelton, Tyler

 As a Business Development Manager for IMA, Tyler works with academic institutions to build awareness about the benefits of belonging to professional associations and earning professional certifications.  Tyler has been with IMA for nearly two years. Prior to his role at IMA, he worked for a CPA review test prep provider for six years. Tyler has been heavily involved in the accounting certification field for the majority of his career. He enjoys working with colleges/universities and helping their students become successful in their careers.

Smith, Sheila

 Sheila Smith is a professor of accounting, economics, and management at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, AR, and an adjunct lecturer of accounting at the Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. She holds a B.S. in Business Education, an MBA, and an M.S. in Accounting. She has taught business and accounting classes for 24 years, and has recently focused her efforts on best practices for online and hybrid courses in accounting. Sheila was named a 2018 Outstanding Faculty Member by the Arkansas Community Colleges association.
Stephens, Larry

 Larry G. Stephens, CPA, JD/LLM, is currently a Professor of Accounting and Assistant Dean, Business Studies at Austin Community College District in Austin, Texas. Larry began his career in education in 2009 after more than 20 years of accounting and tax experience in the Oil and Gas and Electric Utility industries. He holds JD and LL.M. degrees from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, a Masters of Science in Taxation from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Bachelors in Business Administration, major in Accounting, from Sam Houston State University.

Taylor Morris, Jan

Jan Taylor Morris, Ph.D., CPA, CGMA is the AICPA Academic in Residence. She is in her final semester as an Associate Professor of Accounting at Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Texas) teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. She has published on a variety of topics in multiple journals through her career and has served in numerous volunteer roles at AICPA, Beta Alpha Psi, and the Texas Society of CPAs. Jan is licensed as a CPA in Texas and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) through the AICPA.   

Thomas, Wayne

Wayne Thomas is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research Innovation at the Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma. He holds the David C. Steed Chair in Accounting and OU’s designation as a George Lynn Cross Research Professor. The best part of his job is teaching students. He enjoys the challenge of helping students become problem solvers and think more critically about the role of accounting in society. He co-authors Intermediate Accounting 10e with David Spiceland and Mark Nelson. He also co-authors Financial Accounting 5e with David Spiceland and Don Herrmann.

Van Wolvelear, Leslie

Leslie Van Wolvelear, CPA, CGMA is Co-Chair and Professor of Accounting at Oakton Community College. She is a doctoral candidate pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership with a Focus in Online Education. Leslie received the Illinois CPA Society Outstanding Educator Award for two-year schools in 2012, was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor in 2017 by Oakton, and was recognized as a Distinguished eLearning Educator by Instructional Technology Council in 2020. She is a member of the TACTYC Scholarship Committee and the CPA Exam Award Program Task Force for the Illinois CPA Society.

Whitecotton, Stacey


Stacey Whitecotton is an associate professor in the School of Accountancy at Arizona State University. She received her PhD and Masters of Accounting from The University of Oklahoma and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Texas Tech. Stacey is the lead author of Managerial Accounting 4e, by Whitecotton, Libby and Phillips. Stacey teaches managerial accounting and has received numerous awards for outstanding teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level.  She was previously the Sr. Associate Dean of Graduate Programs in the W. P. Carey School of Business, where she helped launch several new and innovative graduate degree programs.   

Wild, John J.

Wild, Jonathan M. (co-presenter)

John J. Wild is at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and teaches a wide range of accounting courses, including introductory principles, and the financial and managerial accounting courses. I also enjoy writing materials to help students learn. My books include Financial Accounting, Fundamental Accounting Principles, and Managerial Accounting. In my free time, our family enjoys sporting activities, especially boating and hiking. We enjoy traveling to new places, particularly warm weather locations in the winter months!  Jonathan M. Wild I am currently at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and I have also taught at Madison College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jonathan M. Wild, PhD, CPA, teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.  He previously taught at Madison College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received his PhD from Oklahoma State University.  Jonathan teaches courses in financial accounting and managerial accounting.  His research focuses on accounting transparency and corporate social responsibility.  He previously worked at PwC in assurance services. In his free time, Jonathanlikes to travel and explore new places.

Williams, Idalene

Idalene R. Williams, PhD, MBA, CPA is an Accounting and Business Management Professor at MCC, Omaha, NE, 24 years, Board of Director with TACTYC.  Dr. Williams is President National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Board Treasurer other organizations. Past President of ACBSP Region 5 and National Board of Directors of KBD. Dr. Williams received ACBSP and NISOD Teaching Excellence Awards. Her Dissertation topic: Strategic Planning in Small Businesses: A Phenomenological Study Investigating the Role, Challenges, and Best Practices of Strategic Planning. Dr. Williams is  member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She and husband  parents to 3 and have seven grandchildren.

Yacht, Carol

Lowerkron, Matt (co-presenter)

 Carol Yacht Bio: During a 40-year teaching career, Carol taught accounting, accounting information systems, and computerized accounting at California State University-Los Angeles, West Los Angeles College, Yavapai College, and Beverly Hills High School. Since 1990, McGraw-Hill has published Carol's QuickBooks Online 3e, QuickBooks Desktop 10e, and Sage 21e textbooks. Carol earned an MA degree from California State University-Los Angeles, BS degree from the University of New Mexico, and AS degree from Temple University.   

Matt Lowenkron teaches QuickBooks, Financial and Managerial Accounting, Introduction to Tax, Statistics, and Business Communication at Glendale Community College in Arizona. Previous to teaching, Matt worked as a tax accountant; he is an Enrolled Agent. Matt earned his BSBA degree in Management at Northern Arizona University, and completed his post-baccalaureate in Accounting at Arizona State University.   

York, Toby

Toby is based in London. His current teaching interests focus on the development and use of concept maps in accounting education. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1989 with a firm which is now part of RSM. After spending time in audit, corporate finance and corporate recovery, Toby moved to a national menswear retailer becoming its Finance Director between 1996 and 2003, a period of rapid expansion and success for the company.

He joined Middlesex University in 2003 and continues involvement with private companies through corporate consultancy and advising social enterprises. Toby sits on the board of a social enterprise, is Treasurer of St Matthew's Westminster and was Chair of Finance at his local community high school until 2018.

  Industry Presenters

Industry Presentation -    

Otter Box

Gerald Glen brings a combination of innovative leadership and extensive experience in the financial, accounting, tax, and legal sectors to his role as Chief Financial Officer for Otter Products. Mr. Chen is charged with directing complex analytics and financial analyses along with managing the credit, treasury, tax, and accounting functions. In addition, Mr. Chen oversees the Information Technology function, and serves as the Chairperson for Otter Products’s Mergers & Acquisitions Council. Mr. Chen has been in the CFO role for 5 years, and has been with Otter Products for over 7.5 years. Prior to joining Otter Products, Mr. Chen spent 7 years working in the public accounting and legal sectors and 3 additional years obtaining his law degree.                                                                                             

Autumn DeMers s
erves as an Accounting Manager at Otter Products. Ms. DeMers has worked for Otter Products for over 4.5 years in general ledger accounting. Ms. DeMers is responsible for managing the annual external audit, formal GAAP financial statements, quarterly bank reporting, fixed assets, and international transfer pricing among other general ledger items. Prior to joining Otter Products, Ms. DeMers earned her CPA license working in public accounting for 4.5 years.  

Maddie Hayes serves as an Accounting Manager at Otter Products. Ms. Hayes has worked for Otter Products for over 3.5 years in the areas of cost accounting and accounts payable. Ms. Hayes is responsible for managing the cost accounting function, accounts payable, and the global close process among other accounting items. Prior to joining Otter Products, she worked in cost accounting for industry, primarily for United States based manufacturers. As a cost accountant for a contract metal manufacturer, she was an active member of Women in Manufacturing (WiM), a national association dedicated to supporting, promoting, and inspiring women in all manufacturing job functions. Ms. Hayes began the first local chapter of WiM, establishing the Wisconsin Chapter of Women in Manufacturing (WiM-WI).

Industry Presentation -

Robert Half

Eric Olson is the District President for Robert Half, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm. He oversees operations for the contract, consulting, and permanent placement teams throughout Colorado and Nebraska. Eric has over 30 years of experience in the staffing industry in the fields of accounting, finance, office, engineering, IT, human resources, and contact centers. He has developed go-to-market strategies on service offerings, pricing, and delivery models to launch and enhance market positions. Eric has also been at the forefront of recruitment strategies to maximize the successful onboarding of new employees, created and led operational training programs, and developed numerous industry leaders.  Over his career, he has founded three staffing firms in Denver which he later sold to larger publicly traded companies and private equity firms.  He has a finance degree from Iowa State University and resides in Arvada, CO.

  Sponsored Session Presenters

Bloom, Debby

Debby Bloom was born in Brooklyn, NY, and currently resides in Charlotte, NC, with her husband Dan, dog Piper, and cat Lisa.  Debby is an accounting instructor at Winthrop University and has a master’s degree in accounting from Suffolk University, a master’s degree in mathematical finance from UNC Charlotte, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Boston University.  Debby is certified as a Certified Management Accountant, Certified Financial Manager, and Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis.  Debby also holds certifications in Data Modeling, Data Visualization, and Forecasting and Predictive Analytics. 

Debby is the creator of Ledger Mania, the board and online games that make accounting fun!

Boesiger, Candace

Candace is an experienced Assistant Professor of Accounting with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Candace is skilled in Tax Preparation, Accounting, General Ledger, Tax Accounting, and Income Tax. Candace is a strong education professional with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree focused in Accounting and Business/Management from Boise State University.

Cambridge, Judith

Judith is a Chartered Accountant, public practitioner and Entrepreneur. Fresh from innovating businesses with technology, she co-founded AccountingPod, an EdTech addressing the gap between accounting theory and current business practice via the use of new online teaching technologies for the digital skills curriculum.


Drum, Dawna

Dr. Dawna Drum has been teaching Accounting Information Systems since 2010, following a successful career in Information Technology where she managed several varieties of Accounting and Enterprise Systems. Dawna currently specializes in AIS, as well as Accounting Analytics, and teaches at Western Washington University.

Dustin, Daniel

Daniel Dustin, CPA, joined NASBA on January 1, 2012, as vice president of state board relations. In this role, Mr. Dustin serves as an advocate for State Boards of Accountancy and finds new ways and opportunities to provide support and service to NASBA’s member boards.
Prior to joining NASBA, Mr. Dustin served as executive secretary of the New York State Board for Public Accountancy, an appointment that was made in 1998 by the New York State Board of Regents. As executive secretary, Mr. Dustin was responsible for professional licensing, practice and conduct, including professional discipline of Certified Public Accountants and Public Accountants in New York. A key point person in the regulatory process, Mr. Dustin monitored the evolution of professional practice at national and state levels, and developed and drafted proposed legislation and amendments to New York State accountancy rules and regulations.
The 2010 recipient of NASBA’s prestigious Lorraine P. Sachs Standard of Excellence Award for distinction in accountancy regulation and public protection, Mr. Dustin is former chair of NASBA’s CPA Examination and Administration Committee, Accountancy Licensee Database Task Force and Executive Directors Committee. He also served as a member of the AICPA’s Peer Review Task Force and Board of Examiners, including having chaired the BOE’s Operations Committee. Mr. Dustin earned a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in accounting from Clarkson University, and became a licensed CPA in 1988. 

Dzuranin, Ann

Dr. Ann Dzuranin, Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Analytics, joined the faculty at Northern Illinois University in August 2009 following the completion of her Ph.D. at the University of South Florida. She earned her BS in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her MBA from New York University. She is a CPA and has 15 years of experience in both public and corporate accounting. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, she was the director of management accounting and international reporting for a Fortune 100 financial service company.


Jefferson, Ivy

Ivy Jefferson is the Project Specialist of the Ernst & Young Foundation. She primarily supports various initiatives for the EY Academic Resource Center, as well as a variety of functions within University Relations. Formerly, she served as the Southwest Regional Knowledge Consultant, as well as performed operational support for experienced hire recruiting. She attended Tuskegee University for her Bachelor’s  in Business Management. From there she provided small business to business consulting and advertising work for Verizon and AutoTrader before finding her current home at EY in 2011.

Ivy’s passion involves community service, with a special interest in volunteering with minorities who have expressed interest in the field of accounting. She has worked with programs such as ACAP, NABA and Elements of Success.

Murnaghan, Tamsyn

Tamsyn Murnaghan, BMgt, MA (Lead), has worked in the higher education sector for over thirteen years. She is the Managing Director for Lyryx Learning, an organization born in the University of Calgary Math Department with the pursuit of developing effective online homework for large first-year university courses. After partnering with McGraw Hill Canada to provide online assessment for Canadian colleges and universities for over a decade, Lyryx moved on to publishing open educational resources (OER) for pairing with their sophisticated educational software. Throughout her time with Lyryx, Tamsyn has remained committed to advancing learning and making course materials accessible and affordable.

Oliver, Emil Johan

As CEO of Hubro Education, Emil has spent the last 8 years working with business educators to create great learning experiences. Hubro Education develops simulation games that let students work hands on with subjects like accounting, finance and marketing. Their goal is to make it as easy and fun as possible for both educators and students to use the simulations - it should take you just half a working day to get started, including training, planning and onboarding.

Emil has a master's degree in Entrepreneurship from NTNU School of Entrepreneurship, as well as completing courses at Boston University.

Tietz, Wendy

Wendy Tietz, PhD, CPA, CMA, is a professor for the Department of Accounting in the College of Business Administration at Kent State University. She teaches introductory financial and managerial accounting in a variety of formats, including large sections, small sections, and web-based sections. She also teaches an intermediate accounting bootcamp for incoming juniors and advanced management accounting. She has received numerous college and university teaching awards, including the American Accounting Association Cook Deloitte Foundation Prize for teaching. She is the co-author of two introductory accounting textbooks: Financial Accounting by Thomas/Tietz and Managerial Accounting by Braun/Tietz with Pearson Education.


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