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External Advisory Board

The Accounting and Information Systems External Advisory Board is comprised of leaders in the field of accounting. They hold positions in public accounting, industry, government, and academia, giving them unique insight into the role our department plays in shaping the accounting profession. We rely on their guidance, advice, and feedback. And we are grateful to them and the vital role they play in promoting MSU, our department, and our students.


Douglas BekkerDouglas Bekker

Office Managing Partner


Doug is the Office Managing partner for BDO’s West Michigan tax practice, leading a group of over 100 tax professionals.  Doug also serves as a partner in BDO’s National Tax Office.  His areas of expertise include restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, consolidated groups, financial instruments and property and casualty insurance companies.

Doug joined BDO in September of 2003.  Prior to this, he was a tax consultant with Ernst & Young’s Federal Specialty Services Group, which followed more than six years with Arthur Andersen’s tax group in Grand Rapids. During his career, Doug has gained significant experience in both tax planning and tax reporting for publicly traded and privately held firms.

Mark BlaufussMark Blaufuss

Managing Director 

Green & White Advisory LLC

Mark Blaufuss is currently the Managing Director of Green & White Advisory, a consulting firm specializing in complex business challenges including mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy and operational execution.

Mr. Blaufuss was formerly the Chief Financial Officer of Metaldyne Performance Group (NYSE: MPG), a $3B light vehicle supplier.  During his tenure, Mr. Blaufuss was instrumental in forming MPG through the merger of three $1B metal-forming businesses (HHI, Metaldyne and Grede), refinancing the combined entity, executing its initial public offering in December 2014 and ultimately selling the company to American Axle & Manufacturing (NYSE: AXL), returning nearly $1B to MPG’s investors over his tenure.

Prior to MPG, Mr. Blaufuss worked extensively with private equity owned manufacturing and distribution businesses, including chief financial officer positions at Metaldyne, United Components, Inc. (an aftermarket automotive parts supplier) and Axletech International (a planetary axle supplier), helping to guide all three businesses through growth and successful ownership transition.  He also worked as director of AlixPartners, a consulting firm, Corporate Controller of JPE, and Manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Blaufuss holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Michigan State University.

jasoncardewJason Cardew

Vice President, Finance

Lear Corporation

Jason Cardew is currently vice president, finance for Lear’s Global Seating Business, which is comprised of approximately $14 billion annual sales and over 90,000 employees.  Jason joined Lear in July 1992 as an accountant in the corporate office.   Since then, he has served in finance roles of increasing responsibility, including management roles in several Lear manufacturing facilities as well as both customer and product divisions.  He has previously served as Interim CFO from September 1, 2011, until March, 2012, and prior to that as the Company’s vice president of finance responsible for the Company’s worldwide financial planning and analysis since April 2010.  Jason also served as vice president of finance for Lear’s Global Seating Business from 2008 until 2010, and was vice president – finance, a position he held since August 2003.

Jason also serves on the Board of Directors for Cornerstone Charter Schools, a non-profit charter company which operates schools in the City of Detroit.

Jason earned a BA in accounting in 1992 and an MBA in 2000 both from Michigan State University.

Lisa Carroll

Managing Partner



Lisa Carroll is an audit partner in KPMG’s Detroit office with over 16 years of experience in auditing and advisory services. Lisa has involvement serving a wide range of international clients, in the industrial markets and automotive industries.  Her experience includes the coordination of multi-national audits. She has assisted numerous clients with acquisition transactions and the related accounting, as well as assisting clients with equity offerings and financing transactions.

Lisa provides professional audit services to public and non-public companies in accordance with PCAOB and AICPA requirements, U.S. GAAP and IFRS. Her audit experience includes SEC filings and private company financial statements.

Lisa has taken on several leadership roles within KPMG’s Detroit office including being the performance management leader for up six employees, mentoring, and participating in Leadership in Action training.

Lisa has served as an instructor for KPMG National and Local Office Trainings and has also presented at annual MICPA Conferences and at KPMG’s Executive Insights conference.  Lisa also serves on the Finance Committee of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

Sara DolanSara Dolan

Chief Financial Officer

Michigan State University Federal Credit Union

Sara Dolan serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU). She joined MSUFCU in 2005.  Sara is extremely active in the Greater Lansing and Michigan State University communities. She currently serves on the MSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, the McLaren Greater Lansing Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees, the Delta Dental of Michigan Board of Directors, and the External Advisory Board for the Eli Broad College of Business Accounting and Information Systems Department. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) State and Federal Issues Working Group. Her professional memberships include the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Sara received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Accounting from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Western Michigan University.

Andrea DominowskiAndrea Dominowski

Director of Corporate Reporting & Analysis

Dow Chemical

Andrea Dominowski is Director of Corporate Reporting & Analysis for The Dow Chemical Company.  In this role, Andrea leads a team responsible to provide standard, consistent internal reporting methodologies, deliver financial reporting & analysis to executive management, develop and facilitate the planning and forecasting processes, and provide support for Dow’s external reporting requirements.

Prior to her current role, Andrea was Latin America Accounting Director and was located in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  In this role, she was responsible for financial and statutory accounting and reporting, invoicing and settlement services and payroll processes for 35 legal entities in 13 different countries within Latin America and addressed accounting issues for a wide range of accounting areas such as; financial derivatives, financing transactions, M&A transactions, litigation, investments, leasing, revenue recognition, etc.

In addition to these two most recent experiences, Andrea also held roles as Site Controller for a manufacturing site in California, Global Project Manager for Dow’s first web-based Travel Expense Reporting system and Associate Accounting Director within Corporate Consolidations.

Andrea joined Dow in 1996 after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Accounting.

Elaine ErvingElaine Erving

Moss Adams LLP

Business Assurance Partner

Elaine has been in public accounting since 1986. She provides accounting and advisory services to closely held businesses and focuses on developing long-term relationships. Her tenure and industry specialization allow her to contribute on a wide range of business matters beyond compliance. Elaine participates in all phases of audits and reviews and has an extensive background in bonding and banking issues as they relate to financial performance.

At Moss Adams Elaine currently leads the firm’s Construction, Real Estate, Hospitality and Professional Services Industry Group. She sits on the firm’s Operations Management Committee, has been a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and has been the head of the Seattle Office Assurance Department.

Elaine has been published in many construction trade magazines and is a frequent presenter to industry associations. She is currently Treasurer of the AGC Education Foundation, Chair of the CFMA National Education Steering Committee External Education Task Force and a member of ULI. She has a BA in business administration from Michigan State University.

Jason Gates

Jason Gates

Partner, Tax

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Jason is a tax partner in the Detroit Office of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jason joined the Detroit market in 2002. Jason leads client service teams in providing domestic and international tax consulting and compliance services in the automotive sector as well as other industries. Jason specializes in advising clients on income tax accounting matters, including controls and accounting for uncertain tax positions. Jason supports PwC Assurance teams in auditing the income tax provision of multinational audit clients.

Prior to joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jason was a tax manager at Arthur Andersen from 1995 – 2002.

thomas grahamThomas Graham


Deloitte & Touche, LLP

Thomas Graham is a Deloitte audit partner in the New York office and has over 25 years of experience serving a variety of global clients in the financial services industry in New York; Washington, DC; Tokyo; and Detroit. He has an extensive background working with complex, multinational audit clients with businesses in capital markets, investment banking, securities brokerage, asset management, private equity, securitization, and consumer finance.

Tom is currently the lead client service partner on Lazard Ltd, the world’s leading independent financial advisory and asset management firm. Tom previously served as an audit partner for three of our largest audit clients that were significantly affected by the 2008 credit crisis: Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and Fannie Mae.

Tom also spent three years on assignment in Tokyo, Japan, where he was the lead partner responsible for all services to clients such as Merrill Lynch Japan, General Motors Japan, Goldman Sachs Japan and Deutsche Securities Japan.

Tom graduated from Michigan State University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC.

Bradley Hehl



Brad is the U.S. Central Region Automotive Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) Leader and has over 19 years of experience at EY and approximately 15 years of experience in the TAS practice.  Brad is viewed as one of EY’s automotive industry transaction leaders and works closely with the Global Automotive Center. He has significant transaction experience with automotive suppliers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), off/on-highway heavy truck components, aftermarket products and other manufacturing or assembly components. He has led numerous buy-side due diligence engagements, including complex international/cross-border acquisitions, carve-out transactions and automotive technology/software businesses. He has presented at industry events regarding automotive merger and acquisition trends, cross-border transactions and preparing business for divestitures. Brad has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. He is a CPA and a member of the AICPA, and is a board member and treasurer for VIP Mentoring.

Alicia Janisch


Alicia Janisch

Partner, Tax

Deloitte Tax LLP

Alicia Janisch is a Deloitte Tax partner with more than 13 years of experience serving clients in the health care industry.  Her main focus is providing advice and expertise to tax-exempt health care provider organizations on many issues including executive compensation, corporate structuring and joint ventures, intermediate sanctions, unrelated business income tax, tax planning, ASC740, and hospital community benefit and charity care.  She also has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, tax due diligence, and large scale tax compliance engagements for health systems.  Alicia leads Deloitte Tax’s talent efforts for her Health Care Provider tax practice nationwide.

Alicia graduated in 2003 from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Accounting.  She is a CPA and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and of the Health Care Task Force of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.  She is a board member and director at large for the Grosse Point

Jeffrey KingJeff King



Based in Chicago, Jeff King is a partner in KPMG’s Management Consulting practice with 20+ years of experience serving industrial manufacturing and automotive clients to improve business performance and to manage operational risk through technology-enabled initiatives.  While primarily focused on serving the technology agenda for three Fortune 100 manufacturing clients, Jeff also has national accountability to lead KPMG’s technology practice serving the industrial manufacturing sector.

Prior to launching his illustrious career with KPMG, Jeff worked at the front desk in Wonders Hall, in the Eppley Computer Lab and volunteered to lead MSU campus tours along the banks of the Red Cedar.  He received his BA from Michigan State’s Broad College of Business and his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth Graduate School of Business.

Joseph LengletJoseph Lenglet


Ernst & Young LLP

Joe is an audit Partner with 16 years of experience in the Assurance Services practice at EY.  Over his career Joe has served a variety of public and non-public clients as well as private equity and family owned businesses, across a variety of industry sectors including real estate, health care, manufacturing, retail and consumer products, sports media and entertainment, professional services.  In his career Joe has assisted many management teams in evaluating technical accounting matters, the impact of new accounting pronouncements, material transactions, as well as significant contractual arrangements in a proactive manner. He has extensive experience in leading global audits and coordinating reporting deliverables from international engagement teams throughout South America, Europe, and Asia as well as leading inter-office reporting audit engagements to primary teams abroad.  Within the Detroit practice Joe leads the audit recruiting efforts as the Campus Coordinating Partner. He is a Certified Public Accountant and graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Notre Dame.

Steven MicallefSteven Micallef

Senior Director, Global Tax Strategy & Trans. Pricing

Stryker Corporation

Steven Micallef was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit.  As a diehard Spartan, Steven received both his Bachelors and Masters in Accounting from Michigan State University.  He even spent some time as an adjunct professor, teaching Managerial Accounting and helping shape young minds at MSU.  He began his professional career slaving away in public accounting as an international tax planner at ArthurAndersen and then Ernst & Young, where he served a variety of clients in a number of industries, though he generally focused on automotive clients.  When the time was right, he made the jump to corporate life, serving as the in-house international tax planner at Dura Automotive before moving to Lear Corporation, where he honed his operational tax planning and repatriation skills.  After living through the economic downturn in the auto industry, today Steven is the head of Global Tax Planning and Transfer Pricing at Stryker Corporation, where he strives to make healthcare better through tax efficiently operationalizing their supply chain and reducing waste wherever possible.  But he has always been and will always be an Accountant first.

Jason ParsonsJason Parsons

Director, Investor Relations

American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.

 Jason Parsons currently serves as Director, Investor Relations at American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM).   Since he joined the Company in 2006, Jason has served in various financial positions at AAM with increasing responsibility including Assistant Treasurer, Senior Manager, Finance – Guanajuato Manufacturing Complex and Senior Manager, Corporate Finance.

Prior to joining AAM, Jason served as a Manager in the Detroit office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).  During his 6 years at PwC, he specialized in providing auditing and accounting services for automotive clients and other publicly held companies.

Jason is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  He is also a member of the National Investor Relations Institute.

Jason received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Accounting from Michigan State University in 2000.   As a student at Michigan State, Jason worked in various roles within the Accounting Department, including serving as a teaching assistant for ACC 201 and ACC 411 courses.
Terri PollockTerri Pollock


Plante & Moran, LLC

Teresa is an assurance partner with Plante Moran. She specializes in providing public schools and insurance organizations with audit, tax, and business advisory services.  She currently serves as the Office Managing Partner of the Auburn Hills office and serves on the firm’s Policy Committee. Teresa is a past industry group leader for the firm’s public education practice.

Teresa is a 1985 accounting graduate from Michigan State University, and joined Plante Moran directly from MSU.   She is actively involved with Plante Moran’s MSU recruiting team and enjoys providing support and guidance to MSU business students as they launch their professional careers.

Bill PopielarzBill Popielarz

Senior Accountant

Key Safety Systems

Bill Popielarz is a senior accountant in the Technical Accounting and Reporting Group at Key Safety Systems (KSS) in Sterling Heights, MI where his primary responsibilities include technical accounting research, internal and external financial statement reporting and analysis under U.S. GAAP and IFRS, and accounting for business combinations. KSS was acquired by Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp., a publicly listed company on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, in June 2016 for $920 million. Bill led the purchase accounting efforts including collaborating with the specialists on the valuation and purchase price allocation and compiling the opening balance sheet for KSS’ 32 locations and 44 legal entities.

Prior to joining KSS, Bill spent three years in the external audit practice at KPMG serving public and private companies across a variety of industries including automotive and aerospace & defense. During his time at KPMG Bill took on multiple leadership roles including participating on the local Involve Council and serving as the local office champion of the Global Delivery Center and data & analytics tools. Bill obtained both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Accounting from Michigan State University. He is a certified public accountant.

Kathryn PriceKathryn Price


Key Safety Systems

Kathryn is a Manager in EY’s Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice assisting clients with buy-side and sell-side financial due diligence.  Previously, Kathryn was a member of EY’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services Practice (FAAS).  Kathryn spent most of her time advising client’s divestitures, acquisitions, IPOs, and debt offerings.  Kathryn also assisted clients in accounting change projects for revenue recognition and leases.

Before Kathryn joined EY, Kathryn spent one year at the Governmental Accounting Standards Board as a Postgraduate Technical Assistant where she worked on major agenda projects as well as short-term practice and implementation issues related to derivative instruments, government combinations, financial guarantees, and the conceptual framework.  Kathryn holds a Bachelors and Masters of Accountancy from Michigan State University and is a licensed CPA.

RameshK. Ramesh

Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Accounting 

Rice University

Ramesh is Accounting Area Coordinator and Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Accounting at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Ramesh obtained his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and has previously served on the faculties of the business schools at Northwestern University, the University of Rochester, The Pennsylvania State University, and Michigan State University. During his tenure at two leading economic consulting firms, he worked with prominent law firms, Big-4 audit firms, major corporations and governmental agencies. Ramesh is Past President of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section of the American Accounting Association and a past academic fellow at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. His recent academic research examines the information content of financial reports mandated by securities regulators, the role of newswires and data aggregators in disseminating corporate accounting information to different investors, and the information content of analyst recommendations. Ramesh has won many accolades for his teaching excellence, including mentioned in the Business Week Guide to Best Business Schools as an outstanding faculty member at the University of Rochester and the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award at MSU.

Kristen Rzeszutek-Rohloff

Manager – Global Technical Accounting

General Motors

Kristen is a Manager, in the Global Technical Accounting group at General Motors (GM) focused on technical accounting research for complex contracts, implementation of new accounting standards, and drafting of FASB comment letters on occasion. Recently, Kristen has spent most of her time on the new revenue recognition and leasing standard global implementation projects, and is actively involved in Financial Executives International Committee on Corporate Reporting, representing GM at the Lease Working Group sessions. In addition, Kristen also supports GM’s campus and experienced hire recruiting efforts.

Prior to her role in Global Technical Accounting, Kristen was a Senior Analyst in Treasury Accounting responsible for GM’s global debt portfolio, review of significant transactions and treasury management system implementation. Before joining General Motors, Kristen was a PwC Senior Assurance Associate in the Detroit office servicing primarily public clients in the utilities, professional services, and automotive industries. Kristen holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Accountancy from MSU and is a licensed CPA.


Steve Shanker

Partner, Deals-Central Region Valuation Leader

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Steve Shanker is a partner in the Deals practice and the Central Region Valuation Leader at PwC. Throughout his career he has advised corporations, boards, private equity firms, and individuals on issues related to valuation, mergers & acquisitions, bankruptcy & reorganization, and litigation support. He principally focuses on the automotive and industrial products sectors assisting clients with acquisitions, divestitures, restructuring, and corporate discussion making. Steve has lectured and presented continuing education seminars on corporate finance, valuation, and litigation support; provides expert testimony; publishes; and provides insight to the media.

Steve is a CPA (licensed in Illinois and Michigan), the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit, senior member (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers, and past chairman of the MICPA Business Valuation and Litigation Support Committee. In addition to his CPA, he holds the ABV (Accredited in Business Valuation) and CFF (Certified in Financial Forensics) credentials from the AICPA. He also serves on the board of directors of The Anti-Cruelty Society.

He received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Michigan State University in 1986.

 Rick Strohmaier


Grant Thornton

Rick is a Partner and Midwest Region State and Local Tax (SALT) leader based in Chicago.  He has over 15 years of experience working with public and private companies in retail, professional services, technology, pharmacy benefit management, manufacturing and distribution.  Rick specializes in state income and franchise taxes.  He is a frequent speaker at tax conferences. Rick earned his bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University and a master’s degree at Northern Illinois University.  He is a CPA in Illinois, a member of the AICPA and serves on the Illinois CPA Society SALT Content Advisory Group and SALT Committee, the Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois Income/Franchise Tax and Fall Conference Committees and the Chicago Tax Club SALT Committee.

Korey Thomas

Director of Policies & Procedures 

Whirlpool Corporation

In 2006, Korey joined Whirlpool, the world’s largest home appliance manufacturer. He is the Director of Global Policies and Procedures and is responsible for technical accounting research, accounting guidance and accounting training. At Whirlpool, Korey has held accounting and finance roles of increasing responsibility in various functions including External Reporting and Benefits Accounting, Marketing & Product Strategy Finance, Integrated Business Units Finance, Supply Chain Finance, and Internal Audit. Prior to joining Whirlpool, Korey began his career at Plante & Moran and later worked in Internal Audit, and Financial Planning & Analysis at Steelcase.

Korey graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He also has a MBA from University of Michigan and holds CPA and CIA designations.



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