Speaker & Facilitator Biographies
Urton Anderson CIA, CCSA, CGAP, CFSA, CCEP
Chair, Department of Accounting and Clark W. Thompson Jr. Professor in Accounting Education, McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
Urton Anderson is Clark W. Thompson, Jr., Professor in Accounting Education and Chair of the Department of Accounting at the McCombs School of Business, at The University of Texas at Austin.
He joined the Department of Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin in 1984, teaching auditing and managerial accounting. From 1997 to 2007 he served as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. Urton received his Ph. D from The University of Minnesota in 1985. Urton's research has addressed various issues in internal and external auditing - particularly corporate governance, compliance, enterprise risk management and internal control. He has written several books, including: Implementing the Professional Practices Framework: He is also one of the co-authors of the new internal auditing textbook - Internal Auditing: Assurance and Consulting Services. Urton is a Certified Internal Auditor and is active in the Institute of Internal Auditors. He has been a member and Chair of the Institute's Board of Regents and served on the CCSA Steering Committee which developed the professional examination for Control Self-Assessment and the CGAP Steering Committee which developed professional examination in governmental auditing. He has also been a member of the Internal Auditing Standards Board and currently serves as its Chair. Additionally he is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his contributions to the areas of internal auditing, ethics and corporate governance.
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Jeanette Bennion became the leader of Los Alamos National Security Security, LLC Ethics and Audit Division in April 2010. Prior to joining LANS, she worked for several years in the engineering and construction industry, serving as vice president of Internal Audit for The Shaw Group Incorporated in Baton Rouge and vice president of Internal Audit and Financial Compliance for Washington Group International in Boise, Idaho. She also served in a variety of financial management roles in the electric utility and precious metals exploration and mining industries in Reno, Nevada working for Sierra Pacific Resources, FMC Corporation, and First Mississippi Corporation. Jeanette began her career as an auditor for Arthur Andersen and Company in Salt Lake City. She earned her BS in Accounting from the University of Utah and a MBA from Golden Gate University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.
Ethics & Compliance Manager
Los Alamos National Laboratory
As the Ethics & Compliance Manager for Los Alamos National Laboratory, Michelle manages all the Ethics programs for the Laboratory, including Conflicts of Interest, Employee Concerns, and Ethics awareness and training.
During Michelle's more than 20 years at the Laboratory, she has served in numerous audit positions and as a chief of staff for the Associate Director for Business Services. In addition to managing day-to-day operations and programmatic issues ranging from improper activities, conflicts of interest (personal/organizational), and outside activities, she also supervises both the Conflicts of Interest Program and Employee Concerns Program, collaborates and participates on the Investigative Working Group and Conflicts of Interest Related to Outside Activities Committee, and works closely with LANL's management team. Michelle conducts trainings, presentations, and briefings across the Laboratory to ensure internal and external customers are informed of Laboratory ethics and compliance requirements and programs.
Prior to coming to the Laboratory, Michelle was first employed with Sproles-Woodard & Co. where she worked as a junior auditor and then Mason & Hanger-Silas Mason Company Inc., the security subcontractor to the Laboratory.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Eastern New Mexico University, graduating with honors. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. Michelle also completed the Executive Leadership Development Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2013 and the Emerging Leader Development Program at Columbia University Graduate School of Business in 2005.
Michelle has served as a mentor in the Laboratory's Mentor-Protégé Program for two years. She enjoys all sports, reading, and spending time with her husband, three grown children, and granddaughter.
Vicky Lee Groskinsky
MA from University of Montana
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Presenter at a variety of conferences and venues in California, Montana, New Mexico
Previously a Manager of Internal Audit at State of NM
Presentation content is my own and not necessarily the viewpoint of e- Management
Vicky Groskinsky works for e-Management as a contractor for the Indian Health Service. She simulates malicious attacks nationwide from both internal and external entities by identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities to ensure that IHS facilities meet all federal requirements. Vicky has worked in IT, IT audit, and digital forensics positions for more than 15 years. Vicky has a Master's Degree from the University of Montana and a long list of certifications.
Vicky likes discovering how things work and exploring how a people, groups, and society manage processes. Everything can be "hacked"-computers, Jeeps, biology, theology to name just a few, and she enjoys the philosophical and ethical pursuit of exploring these inner workings.
Rickey R Hass, CPA
Deputy Inspector General for Audits and Inspections
US Department of Energy
. Deputy Inspector General for Audit Services
. 22 Years Service, US Marine Corps
Rickey R. Hass was appointed as the Deputy Inspector General for Audits and Inspections in December 2010. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Inspector General for Audit Services. In his current position, he directs a Federal workforce of professional auditors and inspectors serving at 13 major Department of Energy sites across the country. Mr. Hass is responsible for all audits, inspections and related reviews of the Department's programs and activities.
Mr. Hass has over 20 years of experience performing Federal audits. Notably, he initially developed the strategy for and is now responsible for all financial statement and information technology related audits across the Department. He directs a $12 million plus effort of an independent public accounting firm to perform, under contract, the annual Audit of the Department's consolidated financial statements. Mr. Hass also developed and stood-up the Office of Inspector General's technology audit capability - a highly successful organization that aids the Department by performing many cyber security and other information technology focused audits each year.
Prior to his Federal civilian career, Mr. Hass served for 22 years in the US Marine Corps. He served in a variety of positions during his Marine Corps career, including tours in legal services, finance and accounting, and budget. He retired from active duty in August 1991 as a Master Gunnery Sergeant and immediately began his career with the Office of Inspector General.
Mr. Hass graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Chaminade, University of Honolulu. He is also a graduate of the Leadership for a Democratic Society program at the Federal Executive Institute. Mr. Hass is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Maryland.
During his career, Mr. Hass has received a number of awards for outstanding service. While in the Marine Corps he was the recipient of numerous commendations and the Meritorious Service, Navy Commendation, and Navy Achievement Medals. As a result of his Federal civilian service, he has been the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award and has been recognized for his exemplary audit work through a number of Awards for Excellence from the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.
Janet McHard, CPA, CFE, MAFF, CFF
Janet McHard, is the Founding Partner of McHard Accounting Consulting LLC. Together with her partner and staff, Janet conducts forensic and investigative accounting in matters concerning alleged white collar crimes, embezzlements, employee theft and other disputed accounting issues. She provides expert witness testimony and consulting expert services in cases where fraud is suspected.
She is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a certification bestowed upon examination by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). She also holds a CPA in the State of New Mexico. Janet also is a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF), a designation offered by the National Association of Certified Valuation Analyst. She is also Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the AICPA.
As a faculty member of the ACFE, Janet travels internationally teaching fraud prevention, financial investigation and forensic accounting techniques. She was the Inspector General for the City of Albuquerque. Her background also includes work as a legal secretary and administrative assistant for a law firm and business manager for a medical office.Janet holds an MBA from UNM's Robert O. Anderson Graduate School of Management in addition to a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico. She is a Commissioner for the Albuquerque Housing Authority.
Terry Owen, CIA, CGAP
Terry Owen is the manager of Sandia National Laboratories, Contract Audit Department. He has been in this position since 2011. He and his staff of 17 are responsible for auditing a universe valued at approximately one billion dollars.
He began his career at Sandia in 2001 as a staff auditor and also served as a team leader. During his tenure he has led or participated in numerous enhancements to systems and processes. This included development of the Integrated Contract Audit System and programs to perform audits of intellectual property agreements. He has also held financial analyst positions within the nuclear weapons business unit.
Terry holds a Bachelors and Masters of Accountancy from New Mexico State University. He also completed Navy Surface Engineering School in Newport, Rhode Island. He has over 20 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, process improvement and implementation of Total Quality Management across a broad range of organizations.
Prior to joining Sandia, Terry completed 20 years of service in the US Navy in both the enlisted and officer ranks. Beginning his career aboard a fleet ballistic missile submarine, he eventually went on to become a diver, and a manned submersible pilot certified to 20,000 feet. Subsequently he completed assignments as ship's chief engineering officer, quality assurance officer, and repair project manager at a major shipyard.
Since February 2009, Mr. Pieper has served as the Internal Audit Director for the Idaho National Laboratory, a pre-eminent nuclear energy and multi-disciplinary research and development laboratory in Southeastern Idaho. As the Director, Mr. Pieper has responsibility to provide assurance that cost effective and efficient operations are maintained; the INL's strategic objectives are achieved; laws, regulations, policies and procedures are complied with; and, assets are safeguarded.
Prior to joining the INL, Mr. Pieper worked for the Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General. During his 18 year career with the Office of Inspector General, he worked his way from being a staff auditor to the Director, Environmental and Science Audits Division. As the Division Director, Mr. Pieper was responsible for all program, performance and management control audits for the DOE's Energy, Science and Environmental operations. Prior to his work at the Department of Energy, he worked for the Defense Contract Audit Agency. Mr. Pieper served as a member of the US Government Senior Executive Service from June 2005 to February 2009.
Mr. Pieper is an active participant in the Institute of Internal Auditors and served as a guest instructor since 2009. He has instructed courses on Auditing Tools and Techniques, Operational Auditing, and Enterprise Risk Management. Mr. Pieper serves on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk individuals and families meet their basic needs and increase independence through support and education. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Kimberly (Kim) C. Sawyer
Deputy Laboratories Director and Executive Vice President for Mission Support
Sandia National Laboratories
Kimberly (Kim) C. Sawyer is the Deputy Laboratories Director and Executive Vice President for Mission Support at Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) in Albuquerque, NM. She is responsible for ensuring that all Mission Support programs are integrated and that they enable mission delivery. Mission Support programs include Sandia's business operations, information technology (IT) services, infrastructure operations, human resources, legal, corporate governance, communications, ES&H, security, facilities, audit, and ethics. Kim reorganized Sandia's Mission Support programs to bolster their effectiveness for supporting the evolving responsibilities of a 21st century government-owned, contractor-operated national laboratory. The restructure included the following: 1) elevating the functions of both CIO and IT services to a leadership position to oversee the critical areas of computing and network services and cyber security; 2) creating the positions of corporate risk officer and chief privacy officer to help safeguard Sandia and its employees; 3) strengthening corporate governance and assurance; 4) implementing greater efficiencies within Sandia's business operations to ensure the long-term viability of employee pension and health care programs; 5) controlling customer costs; and 6) applying cost savings toward mission delivery. Kim was previously Vice President for Technical Operations at Lockheed Martin's Mission Systems & Sensors. She led an engineering and technology workforce of 6,700 and was accountable for salary, capital, initiatives, and engineering pool budgets. Her team was responsible for over 300 complex programs for advanced platforms and weapons, C4ISR, global sustainment, and sensors and growth areas such as international, laser applications, rail and port security. Kim restructured the engineering organization (located across 12 major sites) into virtual centers of excellence to leverage talent, increase collaboration, strengthen synergies, and drive cultural change. Kim has extensive IT experience in roles such as CIO, IT management, information resource management, project management, systems analysis, software engineering, application development, and outsourcing. She has been instrumental in initiating organizational and cultural change, developing relationships with customers, advocating innovation, and cost cutting. She has industry experience with DuPont, TRW, Xerox, Coca-Cola Enterprises, and BAE Systems (formerly Lockheed Martin Sanders). Kim earned her MS in Mathematics and Computing from the University of Massachusetts in 1989, and a BS in Business Administration from Robert Morris University. She serves as a board member for Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc., and the Economic Forum of Albuquerque. She is also Vice-Chair for United Way of Central New Mexico (UWCNM), where she served as the 2012 Campaign Chair, raising over $28M. In addition, Kim is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and Women in Defense.
G. John Schroeder CPA, CIA, CISA
John Schroeder has over 15 years of audit experience. He became an Internal Audit Manager at Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) Ethics and Audit Division in September 2010, after having previously worked in the LANS CFO's internal controls and compliance group for 4 years. In addition to his 7 years at LANS, he worked over 8 years for two different top 5 public accounting firms in both the external audit and business advisory services divisions. John earned a BS in Accounting from the Brigham Young University and a MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a certified public accountant, a certified internal auditor and certified information systems auditor.
Elizabeth (Beth) Sellers joined Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in December 2011 and serves as the Deputy Director.
Previously, Ms. Sellers was a Senior Vice President for Federal Services at the French nuclear company AREVA in Bethesda, MD. She was responsible for leading program development within the company's U.S. government sector. Prior to that, Ms. Sellers was a principal with Good Harbor Consulting's Abu Dhabi operations focusing on establishment of the physical security program for the new commercial nuclear industry in the United Arab Emirates.
Ms. Sellers completed a successful 26-year career with the U.S. Department of Energy in 2009 after her assignment as manager of DOE's Idaho Operations Office, where she had lead contract responsibility for a $1.4 billion annual budget and 7,000 employees. In this position, she oversaw the integration of the former Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory with the Argonne National Laboratory-West to form the new Idaho National Laboratory. Her work in restructuring contract management and oversight responsibilities resulted in an increased emphasis on internal management systems and safety, including guiding the Idaho operations office into ISO 9001 certification. For this accomplishment, she received the Meritorious Presidential Rank award for exemplary federal service, limited to the top 5 percent of the U.S. government's career Senior Executive Service employees.
From 1999 to 2003, Ms. Sellers was the Manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration Kansas City Site Office, overseeing a $500 million annual budget at a specialized national security operation with a contractor workforce of 3,000.
From 1995 to 1999, Ms. Sellers was the Director of the Spent Nuclear Fuel Project in Richland, Washington. She developed a unique, innovative approach to dry storage of 2,300 metric tons on highly enriched uranium spent nuclear fuel rods. Under Ms. Sellers direction, the project obtained the environmental impact statement, nuclear safety authorization basis, project baseline, and implementation in record time, fulfilling the mission requirement to remove spent nuclear fuel pools 300 feet from the Columbia River. She began her federal career in 1983 with an assignment as program manager for defense programs at DOE's Albuquerque Operations Office, followed in that location by assignments as manager of ES&H for the Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action project, and director of the Albuquerque Operations Office's Environmental Restoration Division.
Ms. Sellers holds a B.A. degree in English literature from the University of Alabama and a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of New Mexico.
Laurence M. Ulrich
Director, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Ethics and Business Conduct
Larry leads the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company Ethics organization. By training Larry is an attorney who practiced law in private law firms in Minneapolis and later in Palo Alto, California where he represented both corporations and individuals before state and federal courts as a litigator in a variety of legal matters. For the past 15 years, he has served in-house at 3Com Corporation and later with the Lockheed Martin legal office. In that capacity, Larry oversaw litigation, counseled executive management and front line leaders on labor and employment matters, conducted training and advised on the broad variety of issues brought to the legal office.
Larry earned his bachelor's degree at Boston College and his law degree at the University of Wisconsin. Larry and his spouse, Nadinne Cruz, live in San Jose and are the parents of two adult children.
Norman L. Whitlock, CPA
Waste Isolation Pilot Project Internal Audit Manager
Norman Whitlock previously served on the CIAD Professional Standards Subcommittee and as a Member-at-Large.
Mr. Whitlock has also worked in public accounting and is a member of the IIA, AICPA, TSCPA.
Jessica A. Yockers
Team Lead Contract Audit
Sandia National Laboratories
As a Team Lead of the Contract Audit Department at Sandia National Laboratory, Jessica works closely with the auditors in order to complete assignments and provide mentoring to help strengthen their careers. Jessica works closely with management to achieve annual goals and maintain momentum which helps to keep the department heading in the right direction.
Prior to coming to the Laboratory, Jessica was first employed with KPMG LLP where she began her career as a staff auditor and worked her up through the organization until she was promoted to an audit manager.
Jessica holds a Masters of Accountancy from the University of New Mexico, graduating with honors. She is a practicing Certified Public Accountant holding her license for 8 years.
Jessica works daily to grow in her career by seeking challenging opportunities and assisting others along their career paths. A quote by Abigail Adams that Jessica strives to live by states, "Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." She has a strong belief that learning never ends and every individual she meets provides an opportunity for learning. Jessica enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family which includes her husband and three young boys.
CIAD Steering Committee Meeting
July 29th, 3:30pm - 5pm
CIAD Professional Development Seminar, Phillips Technological Institute Sunport
July 30th - August 1st
Points of Contact
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