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.
Jerry Behar founded Workiva (NYSE: WK) in 2008 and served as Managing Director through March 2013. Jerry is current evaluating new entrepreneurial ventures. Workiva is the leading disclosure management solution provider for SEC and business reporting. Jerry has more than 25 years of general and financial management experience. He was previously the founder and CEO of Financial Intelligence (No. 33 on the 2008 Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing US private companies) which assisted clients with challenging financial reporting issues. Jerry served on the board of directors and audit committee of Portal Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTL – sold to Oracle in 2006). He was also the Chief Financial Officer of Engineering Animation, Inc., MS2, Inc. and International Risk Control, Inc., which he co-founded. Jerry also co-founder the SEC Professionals Group, an organization comprised of 6000 in-house professionals focused on SEC reporting. Jerry earned a BA from Michigan State University and an MBA from Stanford University, and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Office Managing Partner
BDO USA, LLP
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.
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Metaldyne Performance Group
Mark Blaufuss is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Metaldyne Performance Group (NYSE: MPG), a $3B powertrain and safety critical components supplier to the light and commercial vehicle industries. Mr. Blaufuss was instrumental in forming MPG through the merger of three legacy $1B metal-forming businesses (HHI, Metaldyne and Grede), refinancing the combined entity and executing its initial public offering in December 2014.
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.
Vice President, Finance
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.
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.
Director of Corporate Reporting & Analysis
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.
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 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.
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.
Chief Talent Development Officer
Alison Hooker has been with EY (formerly Ernst & Young) since 1994, and became a partner in 1999. She currently serves as EY’s chief talent development officer for the Americas. Her purview includes leadership and team development, succession planning, career development and performance management, as well as the learning function which delivers over 3 million hours of continuing professional education per year.
Alison began her career at EY in the tax practice and headed up an economics consulting group that supported corporate tax structuring work. After completing a stint in EY’s business strategy group, Alison has focused predominantly on people strategy roles. She was a member of the Americas Transactions Advisory Services (TAS) executive committee, serving as the People Leader. She then stepped into the London-based Global TAS People Leader role. Before assuming her current role, Alison stepped out of the “people” space and into an operational role for a two-year period, overseeing the firm’s internal investment strategy in the rapidly expanding South American member firms.
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
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.
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.
Senior Director, Global Tax Strategy & Trans. Pricing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Accounting
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.
Partner, Deals-Central Region Valuation Leader
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.
VP & CFO
Janice Stipp is the VP, & chief financial officer of Rogers Corporation which is a global leader in engineered materials to power, protect, and connect our world. Rogers delivers high-performance solutions that enable clean energy, internet connectivity, safety and protection applications as well as other technologies. In her role, she has responsibility for the global finance, SEC reporting, accounting, financial analysis, treasury, tax, M&A, and risk and insurance.
Prior to joining Rogers Corporation Janice worked for several corporations. She started her career in internal audit at Lear Siegler, and then moved to General Motors where she held various positions. After several years with GM, she was the director of financial operations at SPX, vice president of finance & IT of the GDX division of GenCorp, vice president corporate controller for Oxford Automotive, finance director of the Fuel Systems Group at the TI Automotive Group, CFO for GDX Automotive (a spin out from GenCorp), CFO at Acument Global Technologies and EVP, Treasurer & CFO Tecumseh Products company.
A native of Michigan, Janice graduated from Michigan State University in 1981. She is on the board for the Arkansas Best Corporation and is a member of the audit committee. She is also on the board of PlyGem and is a member of the audit and nominating committees.
Global Tax Accounting Manager
Ford Motor Company
Robbin graduated from Michigan State University in 1996 with a BA and an MBA In Professional Accounting. She joined Arthur Andersen upon graduation and worked in the tax group until 2002, providing large and middle market businesses and individuals in a wide variety of industries with consulting and compliance services. She also worked in the tax groups at Ernst and Young and PwC before joining Ford Motor Company in 2004, where she is a manager of tax accounting with responsibility for the global consolidated income tax provision accounting for both Ford and Ford Credit.
Office Managing Partner
Vince Tomkinson is the Office Managing Partner in the Chicago office of Grant Thornton. He has over 25 years of experience, both in the U.S. and Europe, in providing clients with financial statement audits and internal control risk assessments. Vince is experienced in assisting publicly traded companies with auditing and accounting needs and fulfilling SEC requirements, including compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, as well as transaction consultation and support relating to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and structured financings. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. He sits on the board of directors of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, as well as the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Vince earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Liverpool John Moores University in Liverpool, England.