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2018 Speaker Biographies

Jeremy Barnes

Audit Associate
BKD

Jeremy started as an audit associate with BKD in 2017. He received a bachelor's in business management and accounting from Park University in 2017.

Presentation Title and Description:
Young Professionals Panel Session
Want to hear what recent graduates have to say about their transition to full-time employment? Would you like to learn what you as an educator can do to help make this transition easier? A panel of recent graduates will provide answers to these questions and more. Do you have a question you would love to ask? Please feel free to email your questions prior to the event to kim.luken@mcckc.edu.

L. Gary Boomer

Visionary & Strategist
Boomer Consulting, Inc.

L. Gary Boomer, Visionary & Strategist of Boomer Consulting, Inc., is recognized in the accounting profession as the leading authority on technology and firm management. Gary is the creator of The Boomer Technology Circles and the Boomer CIO Circle, as well as a prolific author. He is a regular contributor to Accounting Today and has been published in several online and print industry publications. He also acts as a planning facilitator and coach to some of the accounting profession's top firms. Among his many awards and recognitions are, Accounting Today's 100 Most Influential People in Accounting for over 15 years, Inside Public Accounting's 10 Most Recommended Consultants, CPA Practice Advisor's Top 25 Thought Leaders, Recipient of 2015 AICPA Sustained Contribution Award, 2013 Inductee into CPA Practice Advisor's Accounting Hall of Fame, Former head of the AICPA's IT Executive Committee and former member of the AICPA Council and Past President of Kansas Society of CPAs. Find his full bio here.

Presentation Title and Description:
Blockchain...what CPAs need to know
What is all this Blockchain hype about and does it impact accounting education? The Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2017 has listed Blockchain as one of its digital Platforms that will lead to a reformation of whole industries. Gary will introduce the basics of Blockchain, including cryptocurrencies. His discussion will address the current and future uses of this technology as it pertains to accounting, as well as distinguish public and private blockchains. The future of the accounting profession is going to see the convergence of multiple technologies (Blockchain, AI, Network & Sensors, Robotics, etc.) and thus the need for an appropriate user interface. Stay tuned as Gary dilutes the hype to better prepare our students for the future of accounting. Read more on Gary's thoughts.

Maureen G. Butler, PhD, CPA

Associate Professor
University of Tampa

Maureen Butler is an Associate Professor of Accounting at The University of Tampa(UT) where she teaches Managerial Accounting, Cost Accounting and Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting. She serves as internship coordinator for the Accounting Department and as Academic Coordinator of Graduate Programs. In this capacity, Dr. Butler oversees the Sykes College of Business AACSB accreditation assurance of learning program. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Butler reached the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Finance Corps. She is a CPA, licensed in Virginia and Florida, and has worked as an accountant with a property management company and a small CPA firm. Dr. Butler also has experience consulting small businesses, nonprofit organizations and government contractors. Dr. Butler's awards include the Sykes College of Business Graduate Faculty Member of the Year 2017, Mark Chain/FSA 2017 Teaching Innovation Award, and Gregory, Sharer & Stuart, CPAs 2012 UT Accounting Faculty Member. Her research has been published in the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, the Journal of Business Research, the Journal of Accountancy and other academic and practitioner journals. Dr. Butler is a graduate of Syracuse University (B.S.) and the University of Arkansas (Ph.D.).

Presentation Title and Description:
AICPA 2017 Mark Chain/FSA Innovation in Teaching Award Winners
Preparing Accountants of the Future: Professional Competencies and Self-Assessment

The changing landscape of business and the accounting profession makes it more vital than ever before that we properly equip students with a complete portfolio of skills and abilities. Thought leaders in accounting education are calling for a connection between the accounting body of knowledge and a competency-based educational framework to prepare students for long-term career success. The goal of this presentation will be to help faculty motivate and guide students in taking responsibility for developing competencies required for professional accountants. The presenters will use an award winning experiential learning case in which students research, self-rate, discuss and create a plan for core competency development.

Sandra Byrd, CPA, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Accountancy
School of Accountancy, Missouri State University-Springfield

Dr. Sandra Byrd is an emeritus professor at Missouri State University-Springfield. She earned her BS in Accountancy from the University of Missouri—Columbia, her MBA and PhD from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. She was selected as the first Public Affairs Professor at Missouri State University. She is a CPA licensed in the State of Missouri and has numerous publications and publications.

Recently Dr. Byrd has been teaching undergraduate classes in Financial and Intermediate accounting and graduate classes in Financial Accounting, Public Service Tax Accounting and Accounting Theory. She has taught classes in numerous formats including: mass lecturers, blended (with and without Skype) and traditional online classes. Dr. Byrd is a past president of the Midwest AAA and the Missouri Association of Accounting Educators. For the past few years she has developed round tables for the MAAE Annual Meeting on Trends in Accounting Education in Missouri, including trends in using e-texts and online classes.

Presentation Title and Description:
Surviving the "Online" Jungle
In today's academic environment there is a great deal of pressure to teach online classes. Many of you may feel you have been pushed out into a jungle with no survival equipment. We will discuss how you can survive and even enjoy teaching an online class. There will be a focus on the similarities and differences between teaching online classes and face-to-face classes. We will address specific problems you might encounter when teaching "out of the classroom". Survival topics to be covered will include learning environments, planning for the course, course development, availability of new technology, presentation methods, the faculty member's role, the student's role, assessment and academic integrity issues.

Cynthia Dittmer, PhD

Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Economics
Coe College Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cindy Dittmer joined the faculty of the Business Administration and Economics Department at Coe College in August of 2017. She previously taught at St. Ambrose University, Western Illinois University and Monmouth College. Prior to entering academia in 2004, Cindy worked as an accountant for 23 years. During her accounting career, she worked as an auditor at a small CPA firm, specializing in audits of governmental units and non-profit organizations. After leaving public accounting, she served as controller for a non-profit organization.

Cindy teaches several upper level accounting courses in addition to teaching introductory accounting courses on a regular basis. At Coe College, Cindy has been assigned to teach Advanced Accounting, Fund Accounting (Governmental and Non-Profit) and Fraud Examination. Prior to joining Coe, she has also taught Advanced Auditing, Advanced Managerial Accounting, and Advanced Tax Research.

Cindy enjoys teaching in a small college environment because it provides more opportunity to work directly with students. Besides small class sizes, she also serves as academic advisor and mentor to accounting students. Her research interests include accounting education, faculty diversity, and accounting profession diversity. She presented a poster on August 4, 2017 at the Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting, prior to the American Accounting Association's Annual Meeting in San Diego titled "A More Palatable Advanced Accounting Course - for the Students AND the Professor." Cindy is a member of the Association of International Certified Public Accountants and the American Accounting Association.

Presentation Title and Description:
Upping the Ante in Upper Level Courses: Increasing Student Engagement
Students in advanced accounting courses present a unique challenge to instructors. Many students in upper level accounting courses may have "senioritis" because they are in their final year. In addition, more than a few of them have accepted job offers and are focused on life after college. Engaging these students in specific areas of accounting, such as governmental accounting or consolidations may be difficult, especially if the position that they have accepted is not likely to encounter these topics. See how to tweak the presentation of course materials and utilize unconventional assignments in upper level courses to engage these students, and keep them engaged throughout the course.

Michael Dodds

Auditor
RubinBrown

Michael started with RubinBrown in 2017 as an Audit Associate after graduating from Rockhurst University. His current focus is on real estate during busy season and universities and employee benefit plans in the off season.

Presentation Title and Description:
Young Professionals Panel Session
Want to hear what recent graduates have to say about their transition to full-time employment? Would you like to learn what you as an educator can do to help make this transition easier? A panel of recent graduates will provide answers to these questions and more. Do you have a question you would love to ask? Please feel free to email your questions prior to the event to kim.luken@mcckc.edu.

Christopher T. Edmonds, PhD

Associate Professor
University of Alabama Birmingham

Christopher T. Edmonds, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance at the UAB Collat School of Business. He is the course coordinator for the face-to-face and online principles of accounting courses. Dr. Edmonds specializes in teaching and developing engaging face-to-face and online introductory accounting courses. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities on best teaching practices and has delivered over 20 professional teaching workshops.

His passion for helping students learn inspired him to create hundreds of short videos teaching the fundamental concepts of accounting. This work led to the publication of the first interactive video textbook for introductory accounting. Dr. Edmonds has received seven prestigious teaching awards including the UAB Faculty Student Success Award, UAB Transformative Online Course Award, UAB Loudell Ellis Robinson Classroom Teaching Award, UAB Disability Support Recognition Award, and the Virginia Tech Favorite Faculty Award. He has published four textbooks and has written numerous articles that have appeared in publications, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Issues in Accounting Education, Advances in Accounting Education, Advances in Accounting, and Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting. He currently serves on several editorial boards and the advisory board for the startup company, Edify.

Dr. Edmonds started his career as a web application developer creating software solutions to put newspapers online. He began his academic training at Colorado State University. He obtained an M.B.A. degree from UAB. His Ph.D. degree, with a major in accounting, was awarded by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Check out his blog at www.accountingstepbystep.com.

Presentation Title and Description:
Teaching Introductory Accounting with a Business Decision-Making Approach
Low morale and high DWF rates in your introductory accounting course? Need to stimulate interest in that course? Then, focus on the interesting stuff. Stay away from the recording procedures and get to the financial statement impacts. Instead of asking "how do you record this?" ask "how will this affect my financial statements?" The life and death results of operating a business are far more interesting and important than knowing what to debit and credit. Real world business people focus on how their actions affect their financial statements. They don't think much about how those actions get recorded. We should be teaching our students how to think like business people rather than teaching them recording procedures.

This session will show instructors how to change the focus of their introductory course by moving debits and credits to the end of the course. It provides a financial statements model that instructors can use to teach their students how business events affect financial statements. The presenter recognizes that the introductory course serves accounting majors who need to gain competence in dr/cr terminology. The presentation provides a clear strategy to assure that accounting majors get the background needed to succeed in intermediate accounting.

Yvonne L. Hinson, PhD CPA, CGMA

Yvonne Hinson is the Academic in Residence and Senior Director with the AICPA; a position created to foster closer relationships with universities and faculty. She began her accounting career with Arthur Andersen in Charlotte, NC. After returning to the University of Tennessee to pursue her Ph.D., Yvonne accepted a position with Wake Forest University. During her over 18 year career at WFU she served as a faculty member, Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Accountancy and Dean of Charlotte Programs. Yvonne has served on numerous academic and community committees and nonprofit Boards and is a past President of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and past Chair of the AAA Membership Advisory Committee. Her research has been published in both academic and practitioner journals. She earned her BS in accounting and MBA from UNC Charlotte.

Presentation Title and Description:
AICPA Academic & Student Strategy & Initiatives
This interactive session will discuss the AICPA Accounting Program for Building the Profession (AICPA APBP) as well as provide updates on college acceptance of the course for credit. AICPA resources for faculty will also be discussed.

Brandon Lord

Senior Associate
PwC

Brandon started with PwC in 2013. He is a senior associate in the Risk Assurance group. He received his bachelors and MBA from Rockhurst University in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Presentation Title and Description:
Young Professionals Panel Session
Want to hear what recent graduates have to say about their transition to full-time employment? Would you like to learn what you as an educator can do to help make this transition easier? A panel of recent graduates will provide answers to these questions and more. Do you have a question you would love to ask? Please feel free to email your questions prior to the event to kim.luken@mcckc.edu.

Kimberly Luken

Accounting Instructor
MCC-Maple Woods

Kim began teaching for Metropolitan Community Colleges "MCC" at the Maple Woods campus in 2008. 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 spent 10 years in public accounting within tax consulting.

Presentation Title and Description:
Young Professionals Panel Session
Want to hear what recent graduates have to say about their transition to full-time employment? Would you like to learn what you as an educator can do to help make this transition easier? A panel of recent graduates will provide answers to these questions and more. Do you have a question you would love to ask? Please feel free to email your questions prior to the event to kim.luken@mcckc.edu.

Eric Nelson PhD

Professor of Management
University of Central Missouri

Professor of Management, University of Central Missouri, research interests include interpersonal, teamwork, leadership and self-analysis skills. He has 13 years of corporate experience working in management development training and organizational development. In Germany, he focused on outside sales training and sales management development for Safety-Kleen Corporation. He worked as a strategic planning consultant, with the majority of his experience focused on leadership development for Fortune 500 companies such as Motorola, Grumman, Safety-Kleen, Case and the University of Chicago Hospital. Nelson is best characterized as a training and development specialist with interests in all of the functional areas of a business.

Professor Nelson has a PhD in Education specializing in Workforce Training from the University of Illinois.

Presentation Title and Description:
The Key to Improving Ethical Decision-Making: Developing Multiple Perspectives
Over the past four decades, there have been four major-market crashes that were arguably caused by a failure in ethical decision-making. Accountants were intimately involved in each instance and in some cases held responsible. As educators, we cannot reasonably expect to teach students to make ethical decisions in every instance, but we can provide them the tools to make better ethical decisions. This session will address strategies for teaching ethical decision-making rooted in a multiple-perspective approach. Participants will discuss ethical frameworks and theories, take part in several short cases, and brainstorm approaches to classroom presentation.

Andrew Newkirk

Staff Consultant
MarksNelson

Andrew started with MarksNelson in 2017. He is a staff consultant in Enterprise Resource Solutions, MarksNelson's consulting/advisory group. He received his bachelors in accounting from UMKC in 2016.

Presentation Title and Description:
Young Professionals Panel Session
Want to hear what recent graduates have to say about their transition to full-time employment? Would you like to learn what you as an educator can do to help make this transition easier? A panel of recent graduates will provide answers to these questions and more. Do you have a question you would love to ask? Please feel free to email your questions prior to the event to kim.luken@mcckc.edu.

Emily Newton

Recruiter
BKD

Emily Newton started with PwC in 2015 as an Audit Associate. She then started with BKD in May of 2017 leading the recruiting efforts for their Kansas City and Wichita offices. She received her master's in business administration from Rockhurst University in 2015, where she also studied accounting and economics as an undergraduate, receiving her degrees in 2013.

Presentation Title and Description:
Young Professionals Panel Session
Want to hear what recent graduates have to say about their transition to full-time employment? Would you like to learn what you as an educator can do to help make this transition easier? A panel of recent graduates will provide answers to these questions and more. Do you have a question you would love to ask? Please feel free to email your questions prior to the event to kim.luken@mcckc.edu.

Liz Rodabaugh

Senior Financial Auditor
Cerner

Liz started with Cerner in 2012 as a Business Apprentice, and was hired on full time in 2014. She is a Senior Financial Auditor on the Internal Audit team. Liz received her bachelor's in accounting from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 2014, and became a CPA in 2016.

Presentation Title and Description:
Young Professionals Panel Session
Want to hear what recent graduates have to say about their transition to full-time employment? Would you like to learn what you as an educator can do to help make this transition easier? A panel of recent graduates will provide answers to these questions and more. Do you have a question you would love to ask? Please feel free to email your questions prior to the event to kim.luken@mcckc.edu.

Pamela J. Schmidt, PHD, MBA, ISACA CRISC

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 in Information Systems in 2011 with an emphasis in Accounting. She also holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management with a major in Entrepreneurship, and a Master's of Science in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. She earned her Bachelors in Computer Science from the University of Kansas. She holds a professional certification in risk assessment and information systems controls (CRISC) from ISACA. She received the 2016 American Accounting Association's (AAA) Teaching, Learning and Curriculum (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 serves on Washburn University's Advisory Committee for the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL). She currently serves as a member of the national AAA's Advisory Board for the annual Accounting IS Big Data Conference and as guest co-editor for the Journal of Accounting Education's special issue on the topic of Preparing Accounting Students for Careers Using Big Data. Her prior business experience includes positions of software developer, systems architect, project manager and technical manager at AT&T Bell Labs, and as product manager for new products and Broadband Internet services at SBC/Ameritech in Chicago.

Presentation Title and Description:
Data Analytics Activities Using Excel
What is all this talk about 'Big Data' and "Data Analytics" - real or hype? Real! Managing a business in the 21th Century means that business data, device data, social media data and personal data are all being generated as enormously accelerating rates. Business's that collect, analysis and utilize that data are leading and transforming their industry. Some completely new business ventures have been born, based on new forms of data and those that capture, transform, aggregate and analyze data. Take a first step at seeing how non-financial data can inform and benefit a real-world venture. Use a familiar software application, Excel Spreadsheets, on non-financial data and to extract, transform and run simple summary statistics to provide insights to management. Hopefully, you saw the poster session on Topeka Metro Bike. In this session, you will manipulate Metro Bike ride share data.

Presentation Title and Description:
Data Analytics Projects
Non-traditional data sources like GPS data are of value in the information age, but what is GPS (Global Positioning System) data and how can I use it? "Data Analytics" does not only include numeric or textual data. 'Big Data' includes new forms and formats of data such as Global Positioning Systems data which provides location information and traceability for all kinds of devices. Modern smart devices are generating invisible 'digital footprints' and this device-based data which can be useful for business analysis. GPS data has been heavily used in logistics and transportation industries for years. With the pervasive use of smartphones and the growth of the IoT (Internet of Things), businesses might not only track their products, but also track or analyze customer's transportation, home devices and business devices. Take a first step at seeing how location-based GPS data can inform and benefit a real-world venture. Use a simple software interface, Googlemaps.com, to inspect and layer GPS data that provides insights to management. If you saw the Topeka Metro Bike poster session, then come learn how to map, utilize and seek business insights from GPS data, using local Metro Bike GPS data.

Craig A. Sisneros, PhD

Assistant Professor of Accounting
University of Colorado Denver

Dr. Sisneros joined the University of Colorado Denver faculty in 2010 after holding a visiting position at University of Utah and an assistant professor position at Wichita State University. Currently, he teaches financial and intermediate accounting. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University, both with majors in Accountancy the latter with a minor in Finance. His research and teaching interests are primarily in financial accounting and financial statement analysis. Specifically, his research projects include the market valuation of accounting earnings components, earnings manipulation, and the organizational choices of distressed companies. Dr. Sisneros previously worked as a controller for Central City Opera House Association and the CCOHA Endowment Fund. His service to the community includes serving as a Planning Committee member for the PHD Project, as Treasurer and Chair of the Education Committee for the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as Executive Director for the Accounting Career Awareness Program, as Co-chair of the Minority Affairs Committee at CU Denver, and as Faculty Advisor for Beta Alpha Psi- Theta Sigma Chapter at CU Denver where he was named Outstanding Faculty Advisor in 2017. Dr. Sisneros and his wife Greta have two daughters, Sydnee and Danee. He enjoys golf, basketball, racquetball, camping and other outdoor activities.

Presentation Title and Description:
Working with ALEKS
Please join Craig Sisneros of U. Colorado Denver for a demo and hands-on workshop presenting ALEKS, McGraw-Hill's intelligent adaptive accounting resource. ALEKS works with each student to ensure they are ready to learn each concept - getting the material they need at the right time, and progressing efficiently towards mastery, and provided the right concept. ALEKS for Accounting can be used in a number of ways: as a review of financial accounting and the accounting cycle at the beginning of, or prior to, an intermediate accounting course; as an entry bridge tool for students transferring into the accounting program; in MBA programs for returning students who might need a review of the basics.

Angela Wheeler Spencer, PhD CPA

Associate Professor of Accounting
Oklahoma State University

Angela Wheeler Spencer is an Associate Professor of Accounting and the Haskell Cudd Professor at Oklahoma State University. She serves as the director of the undergraduate program in the School of Accounting and teaches Intermediate Accounting I, Managerial Accounting, and Accounting Theory at the graduate level. She currently serves as the School of Accounting's representative on the Spears School of Business Core Curriculum Committee and is developing a new blended accounting course to be integrated as part of the business core. Previously she served as the director of the School of Accounting's Collaborative for Academic Excellence. Her research interests primarily concern financial reporting issues and has been published in journals such as The Accounting Review, Accounting Horizons, and The Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. She earned her PhD from the University of Arkansas and is a CPA.

Presentation Title and Description:
AICPA 2017 Mark Chain/FSA Innovation in Teaching Award Winners
Preparing Accountants of the Future: Professional Competencies and Self-Assessment

The changing landscape of business and the accounting profession makes it more vital than ever before that we properly equip students with a complete portfolio of skills and abilities. Thought leaders in accounting education are calling for a connection between the accounting body of knowledge and a competency-based educational framework to prepare students for long-term career success. The goal of this presentation will be to help faculty motivate and guide students in taking responsibility for developing competencies required for professional accountants. The presenters will use an award winning experiential learning case in which students research, self-rate, discuss and create a plan for core competency development.

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