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Randy L. Watkins, CPA, CGMA, CCIFP, Chair

BDO LLP, Greeley

Randy is partner-in-charge of the firm’s Northern Colorado office. He specializes in auditing and advising governmental and nonprofit organizations, as well as privately held and publicly traded companies in various industries including construction and technology. A former member of the AICPA’s Government Audit Quality Center Executive Committee and the AICPA’s annual Government Accounting and Auditing Conference planning committee, Randy regularly presents on technical topics at the AICPA’s Government and Construction conferences. Randy belongs to the Associated General Contractors of Colorado, Colorado Government Finance Officers Association, and Construction Financial Management Association. He chairs the United Way of Weld County Board and is past president of the University of Northern Colorado Alumni Association Board. For the COCPA, he previously served a two-year term on the Board of Directors, as Budget Committee Chair, and as Vice Chair/Chair-elect.

Angela Roberts, CPA, Vice Chair/Chair-elect

Acclivity, LLC, Denver

Angela is Founder and Managing Partner at Aclivity, LLC, the Denver-based executive recruiting, staffing, and consulting firm. She also is a Mindset of Leadership Coach and Trainer. A lifetime Girl Scouts USA member, Angela is Treasurer for the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors. Since 2013, Angela has helped the University of Colorado plan and develop curricula and programs as a Community Member of the University of Colorado Business School Accounting Advisory Council. She currently is helping to develop its Controllership and Communications-related curriculum. In 2018, Angela was one of the founding members of HomeStretch Moms, an alliance with Channel Mom and the Denver Rescue Mission dedicated to mentoring single mothers. She first volunteered with the COCPA as a University of Colorado Denver student member. She founded the COCPA CFO/Controllers Roundtable in 2005; previously chaired the COCPA Women in the Workplace Committee, and served on the Strategic Planning Committee and Board of Directors.

Peter J. Derschang, CPA, Treasurer

Leeds West Groups, Greenwood Village

Peter is CFO for the automotive repair management platform. The company owns and operates 100 Midas and Big O stores around the U.S. Previously, he was CFO of Brakes Plus, Inc., Denver. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors, Not-for-Profit, Careers in Accounting, and CPE committees as a way to give back to the profession.

Sharon S. Lassar, Ph.D., CPA (Florida), CGMA, Immediate Past Chair

University of Denver School of Accountancy, Denver

Sharon is the John J. Gilbert Endowed Professor and Director of the School of Accountancy at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. She is a distinguished academic leader and business advisor with expertise in multijurisdictional taxation, banking, and insurance. Sharon has over 20 years of experience leading organizations through strategic initiatives that anticipate disruptions, build diverse workforces, and transform business practices for fiscal effectiveness and regulatory compliance. She is past chair of the AICPA Academic Executive Committee where she steered policy regarding the education requirements to become a licensed CPA. She also served on the Accounting Accreditation Task Force of AACSB International whose work resulted in new standards for accreditation of accounting programs. For the COCPA, Sharon has served on the Careers Committee, as an Educational Foundation Trustee, including a term as President, as Chair of the Budget Committee, and as 2020-2021 Chair of the Board of Directors. She continues to serve on the Board, Financial Literacy Committee, Accounting Educators Conference Planning Committee, and Technology Users Group.

Mary E. Medley, IOM, Secretary

Colorado Society of CPAs, Englewood

Medley is COCPA President and Chief Executive Officer. She leads a staff of 13 professionals in delivering member and community services. She also coordinates the organization’s legislative activities as a registered lobbyist. A frequent speaker before CPAs, students, and national audiences on topics including professional issues, business writing, effective presentation skills, and business etiquette, Medley represents the COCPA before regulatory bodies such as the Colorado State Board of Accountancy and Colorado Department of Revenue.

Diego Baca, CPA, Director

EY LLP, Denver

Diego is an audit senior manager with the Big Four firm and has worked on a variety of clients in various industries including asset management, technology, health insurance, energy, media and entertainment, manufacturing, consumer products/retail, and employee benefit plans. He serves as a liaison for the office’s diversity and inclusiveness professional networks and facilitates technical and soft skill trainings, notably as a consistent “Top Tier Facilitator” within the firm’s Audit Academy. Diego’s passions include a focus on educational access and mentoring, both with EY and in the community. He has volunteered with Junior Achievement, the Denver Scholarship Foundation, Greenhouse Scholars, and Strive Prep as well. He is a former member of the ALPFA Denver Chapter Board of directors and a former member of the AICPA CPA Board of Examiners. Before joining the COCPA Board of Directors, Diego served on the Educational Foundation of the COCPA, including a term as president.

Jim Brendel, CPA, CFE, Director

Moss Adams LLP, Denver

Jim is the Regional Managing Director for the firm. He specializes in SEC reporting and provides public companies with compliance and consulting services for SOX 404 compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and initial public offerings, along with litigation support services and expert witness testimony. Jim also is actively involved with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Colorado Technology Association, COPAS, and the National Association of Corporate Directors. He previously served on the AICPA Center for Audit Quality SEC Regulations Committee.

Jim Gilbert, CPA, CITP, CGMA, Director

Jim Gilbert, CPA LLC, Highlands Ranch

Jim is passionate about supporting the CPA profession and helping his peers embrace technology to prepare for the ever-changing landscape of business and automation. He has focused his entire career, over more than twenty years, on integrating technology into strategic plans and business processes alike. Jim is experienced in forming a variety of business entities, business expansions, divestitures, mergers and acquisitions, and business closures. He is a founding member of the COCPA Technology Users Group and recently served on the AICPA Certified Information Technology Professional Credential Committee. Jim currently serves on the AICPA COVID Technology Committee. He is eager to provide guidance on the importance of CPAs to be more adaptable and pivot toward new concepts, technologies, and needs of clients.

Mary-Margaret Henke, CPA, Director

Biography coming soon.

Amy King, Community Member

Amy King Consulting, Highlands Ranch

Amy started her career in human resources in 1998, holding a variety of progressively responsible positions within higher education HR administration. Most recently, Amy served as Senior Vice President/Chief People Officer at the largest Colorado non-profit Health Care system, where she was responsible for articulating a vision for human resources that translates strategic priorities into operational imperatives and advancing the ongoing evolution of human resources to an integrated and strategic model. Amy currently has her own consulting business that focuses on executive, career, and life coaching as well as HR consulting, helping organizations, both existing and start-ups, with human resource operations.

Kelly Kozeliski, CPA, Director

Plante Moran PLLC, Denver

Kelly is a partner and leader of the firm’s healthcare practice in the Rocky Mountain region. She specializes in advising clients on financial best practices and industry trends. She possesses extensive expertise in internal controls, financial reporting requirements, mergers and acquisitions, and a variety of technical accounting matters related to healthcare, insurance, and the financial services industries. Most of Kelly’s clients are hospitals and health systems, physician practices, insurers, and senior care and living centers.

Samuel D. Cheris, Esq., Special Advisor to the Board

Aurora

Sam is the retired Principal of CherisLaw and a member of the American, Colorado, and Aurora Bar Associations; Chair of the Investment Committee and member of the Budget Committee and Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association; Vice President of Littleton Town Hall Arts Center; Program Manager for the USA Fencing Leadership Academy; and President of the Legal Commission of the International Fencing Federation (FIE).

 

Patrick Lytle, CPA, CGMA, President

SM Energy, Denver

Pat is the Controller and Principal Accounting Officer for SM Energy Company. An AICPA Leadership Academy and COCPA LeadFit graduate, Pat also serves on the AICPA Student Recruitment Committee. He volunteers with Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain Inc. and serves on the board for the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies (COPAS) Colorado chapter.

Laura Theiss, CPA, Vice President

SingerLewak LLC, Denver

Laura is a Tax Director with SingerLewak LLP. She serves on the COCPA Editorial Board and is a COCPA LeadFit graduate.

Ingrid Stiver, CPA, Treasurer

PwC LLP, Denver

Ingrid is a senior manager at PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI), a dedicated research group that provides new intelligence and perspective on major health-related business issues. She leads HRI’s analysis of major trends impacting health insurers, employers, and providers.

Kathleen (KED) Davisson, CPA, Trustee

University of Denver School of Accountancy, Denver

KED is a Teaching Professor and Assistant Director of the School of Accountancy in the Daniels College of Business. Her primary teaching areas are accounting information systems and managerial accounting. She is a two-time winner of the Daniels Award for Excellence for Faculty and a winner of the C. Thomas Howard Innovative Teaching Award. She also serves on the COCPA Careers Committee.

Lora L. Finley, CPA, Trustee

Littleton

Lora has 23 years of experience in public accounting and private industry. Her public accounting experience includes manufacturing, government, banking, and fund accounting while her industry experience encompasses commercial real estate, construction, and professional services. She is proficient in multi-organizational accounting, small business startups, system conversions, intercompany accounting, GAAP-based accrual accounting, forecasting, budgeting, project management, and human resources. As a CFO, Lora has led the due diligence process to assist in the sale of a multi-million dollar mortgage banking firm. Recipient of an Educational Foundation of COCPA scholarship in 1996, Lora has served on the COCPA Member Connections Committee; Audit Committee as both a member and chair; Investment Committee; Board of Directors as director and treasurer in 2012-2014; and Nominating Committee.

Ronald L. Goodrich, CPA, CGMA, Trustee

McPherson, Goodrich, Paolucci & Mihelich, PC, Pueblo

Ron received his B.A. in Accounting from Western State College, now Western Colorado University, in Gunnison, Colo. He has been employed with the same firm, MGPM, PC, since 1987, becoming the president and managing shareholder in November 2017. Ron specializes in preparing tax returns for corporations, S corporations, partnerships, individuals, trusts, and estates, and in providing advisory, accounting, and auditing services to not-for-profits, governmental entities, and small businesses. Many of his clients are in agriculture, real estate, wholesale, governmental, and not-for-profit industries. He is part of the firm’s technology advancement team charged with keeping the firm on the forefront of technology. Ron serves on the COCPA CPE Board and is a past president of the COCPA’s Southeast Chapter which he led the effort to revive in 1988.

Tiffany Knight, CPA, Trustee

Kundinger, Corder & Engle, P.C. (KCE), Denver

Tiffany is a Director with Kundinger, Corder & Engle, P.C. (KCE), an accounting firm that has provided audit and tax services exclusively to not-for-profit organizations in the Denver area since 1991. She graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2005, obtaining her CPA license directly out of college, and has spent her entire career with KCE. Tiffany brings to the Foundation her breadth of knowledge about nonprofit organizations and, even more specifically, membership organizations such as the COCPA. She is actively involved with the COCPA, serving on the Member Connections Committee. She recently was appointed to chair the Audit Committee. Tiffany also is a graduate of the COCPA LeadFit program, a leadership program designed specifically for CPAs.

Lisa Kutcher, Ph.D., CPA, Trustee

Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Lisa joined the Colorado State University faculty in 2008. Her research and teaching interests focus on financial accounting, and she is particularly interested in how regulation impacts financial reporting practices. Lisa’s research has been published in a variety of academic journals, including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Review of Accounting Studies, and National Tax Journal.

Judy Thomas, CPA, Trustee

Regis University, Denver

Judy is chair of the Accounting, Economics, and Finance Department and Associate Professor of Practice in the Anderson College of Business and Computing. She worked in industry for over 25 years before becoming a full-time professor. She gained experience in various industries including manufacturing, telecommunications, consulting, and the federal government. She has taught accounting and finance courses for over 22 years. Judy served two four-year terms on the Colorado State Board of Accountancy and was a member of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy Communications Committee. She is a longtime member of the COCPA Accounting Education/Accounting Careers Committee and currently serves on the COCPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group and the 2021 COCPA Accounting Educators Conference Planning Committee.

Alexandra (Alexie) Tune, CPA, Trustee

Deloitte LLP, Denver

Alexie is a managing director in the firm’s audit practice. She serves as the Denver Office Private Audit leader and leads the Technology and Emerging Growth Company group. She chairs the University of Denver School of Accountancy Advisory Board and serves on the Denver Scholarship Foundation Audit and Finance Committee. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors and chaired the Finance Committee for Open World Learning; chaired the board of College Summit Colorado; and was president of the Alliance of Professional Women.

 
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