2561 | In Person Training | Update | Scheduled
Governmental Accounting and Auditing Conference
Thursday, May 10, 2018 8:30am - Friday, May 11, 2018 4:55pm
The OSCPA’s 2018 Governmental Accounting & Auditing Conference, May 10-11 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Norman, offers 16 hours of recommended CPE credit and Yellow Book credit, including two hours of Oklahoma ethics.
PLUS: Attendees can enter to win an iPad each day of the conference!
BONUS EVENT: Don't miss the bonus course, Fraud and Abuse in Nonprofit Entities and Governments: Stealing From Everyone, held Wednesday, May 9 at the OSCPA Learning Center in Oklahoma City. Learn more and register today!
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: Sleeping rooms are available at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel at a discounted rate of $129 per night. This rate will only be available through April 18, 2018. To make your reservation, click here or call the reservation line at (866) 577-1273, and use group code "GAA".
PARKING: Self parking is available at no charge to all attendees and hotel guests. Valet parking is not available.
SIMULCAST OPTION: The 2018 GAA Conference will also be simulcast. Attend remotely, in real time, while still getting quality education and saving on travel expenses.
- Deborah Beams (view bio)
- Eric S. Berman (view bio)
- Cynthia P. Byrd (view bio)
- Julie Casteen (view bio)
- Ann M. Cole (view bio)
- David L. Cotton (view bio)
- Frank W. Crawford (view bio)
- Andy B. Cromer (view bio)
- Bruce Day (view bio)
- Vanessa M. Dutton (view bio)
- Clinton E. Everhart (view bio)
- Michael J. Gibson (view bio)
- Steven J. Haaser (view bio)
- Brenda G. Holt (view bio)
- Ronald Hulshizer (view bio)
- Gary A. Jones (view bio)
- Michael R. Madsen (view bio)
- Flo Ostrum (view bio)
- Christopher D. Pembrook (view bio)
- Kelly J. Schwarz (view bio)
- Kevin W. Smith (view bio)
- Marcy D. Twyman (view bio)
- Ronald E. Urlaub (view bio)
- Walter H. Webb (view bio)
CPAs and accounting staff working in government or public accounting.
Fields of Interest
- Auditing Governmental
- Behavioral Ethics
- Accounting Governmental
Deborah Beams, CPA, is a director in the Dallas office of BKD and has more than 11 years of experience working primarily with governments and nonprofit organizations. She spent three years working as a practice fellow at the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, working on projects including fair value and leases. Beams is a graduate of the University of North Texas.
Eric S. Berman
Eric S. Berman, MSA, CPA, CGMA, has more than 25 years of governmental accounting and auditing experience and is a partner with Eide Bailly, LLP. Previous to Eide Bailly, LLP, he was a quality control principal with a public accounting firm in California. His public sector experience includes being a deputy comptroller for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1999 to 2010, being in charge of GASB implementation and being in charge of the OPEB implementation group (GASB 45) for the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers.
Cynthia P. Byrd
Cindy Byrd, CPA, is deputy state auditor for the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s (SAI) Office’s local government services. She has more than 20 years of local governmental auditing experience which includes county audits, district attorney audits and emergency medical services district audits. An accomplished speaker, Byrd provides training across the state for county officials, school district financial personnel and auditors on a host of issues to help ensure public funds are properly safeguarded.
Julie Casteen serves as the HR director and management assistant for the City of Coweta. She has also served in various capacities for the City of Glenpool, the City of Sand Springs and the City of Eau Claire.
Ann M. Cole
Ann Cole, CPA, CGMA, CICA, is a member of BKD National Government Group and BKD National Nonprofit Group, assisting clients throughout Oklahoma with related audit and accounting complexities. She specializes in financial statement audits of state and local governments, institutions of higher education and nonprofits, including Single Audits performed under Uniform Guidance. Cole received her B.B.A. and MAcc degrees from the University of Oklahoma and has more than 18 years of prior audit experience with the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector, a local accounting firm and a global accounting firm.
David L. Cotton
David L. Cotton, CPA, CFE, CGFM, is chairman of Cotton & Company, LLP, and has spoken frequently on professional ethics and auditors’ fraud detection responsibilities under SAS 99, Consideration of Fraud in a Financial Statement Audit. He currently teaches at George Washington University (Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting), and the George Mason University Small Business Development Center (Fundamentals of Accounting for Government Contracts). Cotton is presently serving on the AICPA’s Performance Audit Standards Task Force and chairs the Fraud Risk Management Task Force, sponsored by COSO and the ACFE.
Frank W. Crawford
Frank Crawford, CPA, is president of Crawford & Associates, CPAs, P.C., an accounting firm located in Oklahoma City. The firm is a member of the AICPA’s Government Audit Quality Center. Crawford served as chairman of the AICPA Government Expert Panel from 2004-2008. He has been involved in a number of other AICPA committees and task force groups, U.S. Federal Government Agencies, various local and national CPA firms and a number of state societies. Crawford has also appeared in several AICPA continuing professional education videos and live satellite CPE broadcasts and webcasts related to governmental accounting and auditing.
Andy B. Cromer
Andy Cromer, CPA, has been with Arledge & Associates, P.C. since 1992 performing auditing services for clients in governmental, nonprofit and privately-held industries. He has significant engagement management skills including directing audit work, communicating and working with client team members.
Bruce W. Day, JD, serves as a director for Crowe & Dunlevy in the securities litigation practice group, focusing on securities litigation, corporate law, employment law and litigation. He is an established author and lecturer and has spoken at many continuing legal education seminars in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, corporate law, employment and more.
Vanessa M. Dutton
Vanessa Dutton, CPA, is an audit partner with the Oklahoma City office of Eide Bailly LLP. She received her degree from the University of Oklahoma and immediately started her career in public accounting. With nearly 20 years of public accounting experience, she has focused on governmental clients, including single audits. Her key governmental industries include colleges/universities, school districts and state pension systems. She has received honors such as one of the Journal Record's 50 Making a Difference (2009) and Achievers Under 40 (2012) and currently serves on the board of directors for the Circle of Care.
Clinton E. Everhart
Clint Everhart, CPA, has more than 10 years of audit experience with local and global accounting firms. He received his bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Christian University and specializes in audits of state and local governments. Everhart is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Oklahoma Society of CPAs and serves on the board of a local nonprofit.
Michael J. Gibson
Mike Gibson, CPA, is a partner and leader of Arledge & Associates' assurance services practice at the Oklahoma City office, and is in charge of leading assurance services provided to governmental organizations. He has more than 34 years of experience providing advice, consultation and audit services to a wide range of clients with an emphasis on state and local governments and public higher education institutions.
Steven J. Haaser
S. Joel Haaser, CPA, has 17 years of experience providing audit services to governmental entities and nonprofits, including single-audit major programs, other compliance audits and agreed-upon procedures required by state and federal agencies. He has served key roles in multiple municipality and tribal government audits. Haaser has published firm-sponsored articles on a variety of industry-related topics. He is a member of the GFOA Special Review Committee for the CAFR program and the OSCPA Governmental Accounting & Auditing Committee. Haaser is a 2016 OSCPA Trailblazer.
Brenda G. Holt
Brenda Holt, CPA, is audit manager for the special investigative unit at the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s Office (SAI). During her tenure with SAI, she conducted county audits, college and university audits, state agency audits and special audits of municipalities, school districts and other government entities. She works closely with prosecutors, governing boards and the public in identifying fraud and waste of public funds by gathering the facts necessary to support successful prosecution of wrongdoers.
Holt graduated from East Central University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1984, and has been a CPA since 1987.
Ronald D. Hulshizer, CMA, CGEIT, CISA is the managing director of IT Risk Services for BKD. He has more than 25 years of experience helping companies with information technology, security and financial accounting issues. He primarily focuses on providing internal audit IT and IT security services to financial institutions.
Hulshizer's team conducts Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council reviews, general IT control reviews, internal and external penetration testing, business continuity plans and social engineering reviews for approximately 250 banks and financial institutions. He also coordinates Service Organization Control Reports® and SSAE 18 reviews for banking and financial institution clients.
Gary A. Jones
Gary A. Jones, CPA, CFE, is the Oklahoma State Auditor. He understands the role of the State Auditor in identifying inefficiencies in government entities and offering recommendations and solutions to improve the delivery of government services to taxpayers. As comfortable in boots as in a suit, Jones and his wife, Mary Jane, have operated a cow-calf operation in southwest Oklahoma for more than 35 years.
Michael R. Madsen
Michael Madsen, CPA, is a member of BKD's National Not-for-Profit Governmental Group, with extensive audit and accounting experience in those industries. He focuses on serving indian tribal and gaming enterprises, including managing audits for several of the largest such entities in the state. In addition, Madsen has served on engagements for large, local municipalities, higher education institutions and nonprofit entities. Madsen is a 2018 OSCPA Trailblazer.
Flo Ostrum, CPA, is a partner and the national professional director of government and nonprofits for Grant Thornton LLP, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She serves as a technical accounting and auditing resource for Grant Thornton's Public Sector and Not-for-Profit engagement teams and clients. She is a member of the AICPA's State and Local Government Expert Panel. Ostrum's responsibilities include consulting with teams on challenging Single Audit issues; performing technical reviews of nonprofit and state and local government clients; and working on various engagements conducted under Government Auditing Standards.
Christopher D. Pembrook
Chris Pembrook, CPA, MBA, CGAP, Cr.FA, is a shareholder at Crawford & Associates, CPAs, P.C., an accounting firm specializing in providing auditing, consulting and accounting services solely to governmental entities. He is currently serving as a member of the AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel and the OSCPA Governmental Accounting and Auditing Committee. Pembrook was selected to serve on the joint COSO-ACFE-AICPA Task Force for the development of the group's Fraud Risk Management Guide. He also served on the AICPA task force that helped establish the AICPA's new single audit advanced expert certification program.
Kelly J. Schwarz
Kelly Schwarz, CPA, is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and has been with Arledge & Associates, P.C. since 1992 performing auditing services for clients in the governmental, nonprofit and employee benefit plan industries. Schwarz has significant experience with compliance audits under the Single Audit Act. Schwarz leads the firms employee benefit plan audit practice and serves as the firms designated quality control partner.
Kevin W. Smith
Kevin W. Smith, CPA, was recently appointed managing partner of Crowe Horwath's public sector services group. In this role, he oversees service to federal, state and local governments, higher education and nonprofit entities across the country and manages the relationships for some of Crowe’s largest clients. As a managing partner, he’s responsible for driving a “One Crowe” approach, which provides comprehensive deep industry specialization of all Crowe’s service offerings. He is a graduate of East Central University.
Marcy D. Twyman
Marcy Twyman, CPA, joined Crawford & Associates, CPAs, P.C., located in Oklahoma City in March 2002. Currently, she serves as managing shareholder for the firm. Before joining Crawford & Associates P.C., Twyman was finance director at the City of Guymon for 11 years. She was key in the implementation of GASB 34 and has participated in the standards setting process by serving on task forces and participating in GASB field studies.
Ronald E. Urlaub
Ron Urlaub, CPA, is the managing partner of Urlaub & Co., PLLC, Certified Public Accountants, an accounting firm located in Ada, Okla. The firm specializes in providing accounting services for housing agencies as well as other governmental and nonprofit entities. Urlaub is a frequent lecturer and trainer for numerous groups at the state, regional and national level, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the AHA CPA, state CPA societies and state auditor offices.
Walter H. Webb
Walter H. Webb, CPA, is the audit department coordinator and partner in charge of quality control for CBEW Professional Group, LLP with offices in Cushing, Drumright, Pawnee and Stillwater, Oklahoma where he has served for more than 45 years. He has served on the AICPA Peer Review Board, AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee, AICPA Technical Issues Committee as well as numerous OSCPA committees.