Annual Accounting Educators' Seminar Planning Committee

Linda J. Bell

Undergraduate Accounting Program Coordinator
Park University


Linda has close to 30 years' experience in academia. Currently she serves as the Accounting Program Coordinator at Park University both teaching and overseeing online and face-to-face classes. She also is Emeritus Professor of Accounting at William Jewell College having worked there 26 years. Linda was the 2015 president of the Missouri Association of Accounting Educators and serves on the Audit & Finance Committee of the Liberty School Board. Prior to teaching, Linda worked for Grant Thornton (formerly Fox & Company) in Dodge City, Kansas and as a financial analyst at First National Bank in Tulsa, Oklahoma. From 2007 - 2011, Linda received the U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award for over 100 annual volunteer hours. And finally, Linda has attended most, if not all, of the Annual Accounting Educators' Conferences since it began at Johnson County Community College.

Lynn Canaday

Accounting/Business Faculty, Business Division
Metropolitan Community College - Blue River


Lynn began teaching at MCC in Fall 2000 as an adjunct instructor. She became a full time faculty member in Fall 2005. Her primary teaching load consists of Accounting Principles l & ll, Managerial, Tax, and Computerized Accounting. In addition to her classroom duties, Lynn has also taken on the responsibility of District-Wide Business Division Online Coordinator. She teaches both online and in the classroom. Lynn loves to advise students as to the various career opportunities available to them. Most students enter the Accounting classroom expressing that they are "not good at math". She loves to show them her passion for Accounting and get them excited to learn. Prior to teaching at MCC, Lynn spent 12 years in industry as a Financial Controller for a manufacturing firm in Kansas City. She is currently preparing to defend her dissertation for her PhD in Advanced Accounting. In addition to teaching Lynn is a wife and mother of two girls, 25 and 23 years old; one is a Structural Architectural Designer for Burns and McDonnell; the other is graduating from UMKC in the Spring with degrees in both Film and Media, and Broadcast Journalism.

Dr. Kim Church

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri - Kansas City


Kimberly Swanson Church, Ph.D., has been a faculty member of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri Kansas City since 2013. She has a Master's in AIS from Kansas State and a Ph.D. in AIS from the University of Arkansas. She is actively involved in several national initiatives on Big Data and Data Analytics through the American Accounting Association and Accounting Information Section. She currently teaches AIS, IT Audit, & Advanced Cost. Dr. Church has received several teaching awards including the national Mark Chain/FSA Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award, the national Bea Sanders/AICPA Innovation in Teaching Award Honorable Mention, a National AAA-TLC Best Education Paper award, several University Excellence in Teaching awards, as well as a University Favorite Faculty Member award voted by the Dean's Student Advisory Board. Dr. Church is also the recent recipient of a national NASBA grant for her work on diversity in accounting and the Advanced Placement Accounting Pilot Project. She currently serves on the Board for the IMA - KC Chapter, is the membership chair and on the research committee for the AAA-TLC section, is a trainer for the Accounting Pilot and Bridge Project (AICPA AP Accounting initiative) and coordinates the Annual Accounting Educators' Seminar held at UMKC each spring.

Dr. Paul Goodchild

Assistant Professor of Accountancy
Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, University of Central Missouri


Dr. Goodchild joined the AACSB Accredited School of Accountancy at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in the fall of 2014. He earned his Ph.D. in Accounting in 2015 and Master's in Accounting and Taxation in 2003 from the University of Connecticut. His professional experience includes positions in public accounting in the Assurance Services Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and financial reporting in the Corporate Accounting Department at United Technologies Corporation. He maintains an active CPA license in Massachusetts since 2003 and does some unpaid consulting work as service to the profession. In addition, he is completing his third year as a planning committee member for the AAES-UMKC, is a member of the MOCPA, and serves on the legislative and diversity committees. He teaches Introduction to Managerial and Financial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I, II, and II at the undergraduate level and Financial Reporting and Analysis in the masters level. He is a co-founder and faculty advisor to the UCM School of Accountancy Young Alumni Advisory Board. Dr. Goodchild's research interests include managerial and investor decision-making, the effect of media format of accounting information on decision-making, financial reporting disclosure, and improving diversity in the accounting industry.

Angela King

Associate Professor & Chair, Accounting
Johnson County Community College


Angela King has been a full-time accounting faculty member at Johnson County Community College since the fall of 2011 and is currently serving as Chair of the Accounting Department. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she teaches Accounting Principles I & II, Computerized Accounting Problems and oversees the internship program. Angela earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Accounting and MBA from the University of Kansas. Prior to teaching, she spent five years at JP Morgan Chase in the retirement plan services division in various positions from internal audit to project management. She also spent four years as a Senior Accountant at Ernst & Young LLP in Kansas City.

Kimberly Luken

Accounting Instructor
Metropolitan Community College - Maple Woods


Kim began teaching for Metropolitan Community Colleges "MCC" at the Maple Woods campus in 2008. Kim's course load is primarily comprised of teaching Principles of Accounting I, Accounting II and Accounting with Spreadsheets. Kim teaches both in the classroom at Maple Woods and online. Kim's favorite thing about teaching the introductory accounting courses is discovering those students whom had never even considered accounting as a possible career. She loves finding students that have a natural aptitude for accounting and then pushing them to realize it! Prior to teaching at Maple Woods Kim worked in public accounting first with Deloitte and then Ernst & Young as a tax consultant. Kim does continue to hold her CPA license in Missouri. Kim is proud to use her tax expertise to teach a service learning individual income tax each spring. Kim helps coordinate the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance "VITA" site hosted on the Maple Woods campus. In addition to teaching Kim is married and mom to a ten-year-old sports-loving boy. She enjoys cooking, reading and given a week off she would spend it on the beach.

Dr. Pamela J. Schmidt

Assistant Professor
School of Business, Washburn University


Dr. Pamela J. Schmidt is on the faculty of the Washburn School of Business. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas, also holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. She received the 2016 American Accounting Association's TLC Section's Best Educational Case Award, and her student team was awarded the 2017 Midwest Region's Best Undergraduate Paper Award. In a prior academic position at Wayne State University, she was awarded the Sue Garr Innovative Teaching Award. Her teaching approach gives students exposure to business situations by incorporating simulation, active learning and interactions with the business community. She is a member of the AAA's Advisory Board for the annual Accounting IS Big Data Conference and serves on Washburn University's Advisory Committee for the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning. Dr. Schmidt's research interests include Data Analytics, Enterprise Systems (ERP) knowledge acquisition, accounting information systems, IT controls and IT auditing. Her prior business experience includes positions of project manager and technical manager at AT&T Bell Labs, and as product manager at SBC/Ameritech in Chicago. At AT&T Bell Laboratories, she received the AT&T Transmission Systems President's Award for product design achievements.

Melissa Schulte

Accounting Instructor
Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri - Kansas City


Melissa joined the UMKC Bloch School of Management faculty in August 2016. She teaches the Introduction to Financial Accounting and enjoys working with students early in their academic careers through this principles course. Melissa previously served as an Accounting Instructor at Kansas State University. She also has professional experience in public and corporate accounting. Melissa has Bachelor's and Master of Accountancy degrees from Kansas State University and is a CPA in Kansas and Missouri. Melissa is a volunteer for Junior Achievement, an organization dedicated to teaching financial literacy to K-12 students.

Lindsay Wolf Smith

Executive Learning Technology Representative, McGraw Hill Education
Lindsay graduated from Drake University, Magna Cum Laude, where she studied Business and English. After graduation, she began her publishing career at Thomson Learning as a higher education sales representative in Business and Economics. She moved to Houghton Mifflin and her success led her to receive honors as Top Sales Representative and Best Editorial Performance of the year. Her sales career continued at Cengage Learning as a Senior Learning Consultant specializing in Humanities and Social Sciences. Lindsay expanded her industry knowledge as a consultant in product and market development at KHLowery Consulting where she worked on various projects for McGraw Hill, Cengage, Pearson, Wiley, and Macmillan. Lindsay is now an Executive Learning Technology Representative with McGraw Hill Education and is excited to be representing a company focused on the science of learning.

Jeff Wright

Executive Professor of Accounting
Helzberg School of Management, Rockhurst University


Jeff Wright joined the faculty of Rockhurst University in 2012 and teaches Financial, Managerial and Intermediate Accounting as well as Accounting Information Systems. He is also very actively involved in career and professional development with students at Rockhurst. Jeff spent the prior thirty years at Johnson County Community College as an Accounting Professor and now holds the title of Professor Emeritus there. Jeff's first teaching position was at the University of Kansas as an Associate Instructor of Accounting. Jeff also has diverse experience as a practitioner. He was a member of the audit staff at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell (KPMG) where he left as a Senior Accountant, was the first corporate controller for Beaver Creek Resort Company in Colorado and was a cost engineer/project auditor on the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Jeff is a CPA and has a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration and an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas.

Henry W. Bloch School of Management
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

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