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Accounting Advisory Board

This page features members of the Accounting Advisory Board in the Smeal College of Business.

The Accounting Advisory Board advises and otherwise works with the Department in a number of different ways. The Board is made up of accounting, business, government, and education professionals who have an interest in promoting accounting education as it is understood at Penn State University, and in furthering the development and practice of accounting in all its applications.

The Board meets twice a year with the Department Chair and other department representatives as needed. The Board may also act through committees, which may include Board members only or be joint committees including both Board members and Faculty members.

Patrick Durbin, ’91
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Accounting Advisory Board Chair

John Barnes
Partner, Business Advisory Services
Grant Thornton LLP

Eric Bocan, ’96
Senior Vice President, Corporate Audit
Fidelity Investments

Colleen Cunningham
Vice President and Controller
Zoetis, Inc.

Robert Denove
Managing Partner
Deloitte & Touche

Michael Farrell ‘71
President & CEO
Farrell & Co.

Richard Fisher ‘75
Eisner Amper LLP

Robert Libby ‘70
David A. Thomas Professor of Management
Cornell University

Thomas McNamara ‘82
McNamara & Carver

Robert Moore ‘48
President Emeritus
Financial Executives International

Karen Morris, ’86
Manager, Credit Services
PPG Industries, Inc.

David Otteni ‘75

Stephen Patras ‘95

Stephanie Shern ‘69
Founder & CEO
Shern Associates

Ron Sloan ‘70

James Stalder ‘62

John Tierney, ’76
Retired Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Kenneth Urish ‘72
Partner & Founder
Urish Popeck & Company

Mike Vierheller, ’89
VP and Deputy Chief Auditor
American Red Cross National Headquarters

Chris Votta

Tara Weiner, ’76
Managing Partner, Greater Philadelphia Region
Deloitte LLP

Emeritus Board Members (position held at end of board membership):

Joan Amble ‘75 (2001-2012)
Executive VP & Controller
American Express

Anthony Buzzelli ‘71 (2001-2004)
Regional Managing Partner
Deloitte LLP

Mitch Cohen ‘81 (2007-2010)

Anthony Dolanski ‘71 (2001-2007)
Internet Capital Group

Lou Grabowsky, ’73 (2008-2014)
Cheif Operating Officer
Grant Thornton

Steve Hamilton ‘86 (2001-2006)

Jim Leisenring (2001-2007)
Director of International Activities

Jim Matheny ‘64 (2001-2008)
Chief Financial Officer
Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Bernie Milano (2001-2006)
KPMG Foundation

Ro Verrechia (2001-2003)
Professor of Accounting
University of Pennsylvania