A-to-Z Index

CUAV 2012 Conference Speakers Bios

Craig Anderson

Current Title(s):  Deputy Director of University Audit

Craig is responsible for the development, oversight, implementation and execution of all audit activities for Financial and Operational audits within the university and is also responsible for Special Reviews.  Craig has investigated financial fraud, time/leave abuse, operational audits, financial audits and degree reviews within the university.  Craig has been with VCU for four years.

Prior to his time at VCU Craig was a Senior Director at Capital One working in Internal Audit, IT Governance and Accounting Acquisition and Integration.  Craig also worked for KPMG for four years prior to joining Capital One.

Craig has a Masters of Science in Accounting and an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems from Harding University.

Craig is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.



Troy Arthur

Director of Academic and Membership Affairs



Troy Arthur, a 13 year member of the NCAA staff is responsible for the Division Athletics Certification program.  Further, Arthur oversees professional development of Academic and Membership Affairs staff and the low resource institution initiatives.  In 2008, Arthur was Director of Diversity and Inclusion where he oversaw all programming.  Before returning to the NCAA, Arthur worked for Learfield Sports as general manager of its Black Coaches & Administrators Properties (BCAP).  In his capacity as general manager, Arthur developed the branding, emerging marketing strategy and revenue opportunities for the BCAP and Learfield Sports.  Arthur also developed a diversity program for Learfield Sports to increase the number of ethnic minorities and women at the company.


Arthur left the NCAA in 2006 after 10 years; he was associate director of championships.  He was responsible for technology, staff training and development, along with his championships sport responsibilities.  Prior to working in championships, Arthur worked with the membership services staff. 


Prior to joining the NCAA, Arthur worked for the Governor’s Partnership a non-profit organization in Connecticut, which specialized in alcohol and other drug prevention as well as violence prevention at colleges and universities.  He has significant work experience in a variety of industries.  Some of the organizations are the following:  National Black Caucus of State Legislatures in Washington, DC, Citizens for Action in New Britain, Connecticut and the New Britain Public School District.


Troy earned his M.A. in Public Policy from Trinity College.  While pursuing this degree, he taught physical education and coached football and track and field.  Troy is a member of several civic and faith-based committees in Indianapolis and volunteers with numerous community groups in Indianapolis.  He has a B.A. from Central Connecticut State University where he was a four-year starter and captain of the football team his senior year.  Troy lives in Carmel, Indiana.  Troy and his wife, Debra, have three children Brianna (10), Gabrielle (8) and Maya (3).




Jarrett Blankenship


Jarrett Blankenship is an experienced Senior Consultant with Baker Tilly, a national accounting and advisory firm.  He has six years of risk consulting and IT auditing experience working with clients across an array of public, private, and non-for-profit industries, including higher education, government contracting, telecommunications, financial services, and manufacturing.


Jarrett has led numerous internal audits, including risk assessment and business process design, improvement, and evaluation. Jarrett is a Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Certified Incident Handler with a strong background in information security, network analysis, and Internet routing technologies.




Elizabeth A. Brock  

Beth is the Associate Vice President and Controller at George Mason University.  Her responsibilities include internal controls oversight; general accounting and financial reporting; tax reporting and compliance; student accounting, billing, and cashiering; accounts payable, purchasing and central receiving, and finance system security.


A CPA, Beth was in the national tax department with Ernst & Young prior to joining Mason in 1993.  She has a B.S. in Accounting from Northern Arizona University and a master’s in taxation from Georgetown. 




David Clark



David Clark is a Manager with Baker Tilly, focusing on the firm’s Higher Education and Research Institutions industry practice.  He works with clients to provide internal audit, financial and operational risk management, fraud investigation, organizational governance, and sponsored research compliance related services.  In additional to serving higher education clients, David works within the not-for-profit and government contracting industries.  David regularly participates in, and presents at, industry conferences and activities, including the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), the Society of Research Administrators International (SRA), and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE).  David also serves as a board member for the Northern Virginia chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia.




Mike Cullen

Mike Cullen is an experienced Manager with Baker Tilly, a national accounting and advisory firm. Mike leads the firm's Technology Risk Services team in Washington, DC, focused on IT risk consulting and IT auditing.


Over the past 10 years, he has worked with clients in many industries, with extensive experience with higher education and research institutions.  He has led IT risk assessments and audits, developed information privacy and security programs, performed ethical hacking of IT systems, and conducted digital forensic investigations.  Mike has presented to a variety of audiences, including ACUA, various Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) chapters and regional conferences, and at multiple universities.


He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). Before starting his career as an auditor he dreamed of being an astronaut or in advertising (before Don Draper made it cool).




Monica Modi Dalwadi



Monica Dalwadi is a member of Baker Tilly’s Higher Education and Research Institutions practice with ten years of experience.  Monica’s primary focus is internal auditing on a wide range of business issues and regulatory compliance matters, corporate governance, and internal control structures.


Prior to joining the firm, Monica worked in the internal audit department of a financial institution, where she led risk assessment activities and audited lending, deposits, and trusts.  Her client base includes higher education institutions, financial services companies, government contractors, and not-for-profit institutions, including the World Bank, Georgetown University, The Catholic University of America, The Graduate Management Admission Council, The JBG Companies, Princeton University, Children’s National Medical Center, and The George Washington University.


Further, Monica has co-authored: “Conducting Internal Investigations of Sponsored Research Activities” Parts I and II in NCURA Magazine; “Disruptive Forces: Driving a Human Services Revolution;” and “Trusting Assistants with Access,” in Fraud Magazine. She was a keynote speaker at the Alliance National Conference; has delivered four webinars with ACUA on construction audit activities; has presented, “Compliance Triage: Responding Rapidly to Hotline Requests” and “Auditing Fraud in Sustainability Projects” at the ACUA National Conference; has presented, “Getting Practical about Privacy” and “The IRS Compliance Project” at the SCCE National Conference; and has facilitated a discussion on “Document and Evidence Review in Fraud Investigations” for the ACFE.


Monica is the Vice President of the Board of Directors, Washington Improv Theatre. She was recognized as a SMARTCPA in the September 2011 issue of SMARTCEO Magazine. She has her MBA from Georgetown University and her BSBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.




Patrick F. Fallon


Graduated Monmouth College (now Monmouth University) in West Long Branch, NJ, 1987

CPA, licensed in Maryland

1987-1991 Coopers & Lybrand, Auditor

1992-1997 Special Agent FBI’s Jackson, Mississippi Field Office, specializing in Public Corruption and White Collar Crime

1997-2008 Special Agent, FBI’s Washington Field Office (WFO), specializing in Public Corruption, Bank/Mortgage Fraud; also the coordinator of WFO’s Crisis Negotiation Team

2008-2009 FBI’s Inspection Division: Supervisory Special Agent in the Internal Investigations Section

2009-2010 FBI’s Inspection Division: Acting Unit Chief in the Audit Unit

2010-present: Supervisory Special Agent in the FBI’s WFO, responsible for the Criminal and Cyber Human Intelligence Squad



 David Farris


David joined George Mason University as Chemical Hygiene Officer in August 2004. In this role, he was instrumental in developing laboratory safety program and created emergency response plans in accordance with federal and state environmental regulations. David’s role evolved and became responsible for managing and developing safety programs in a broader sense for the university specifically in the areas of occupational safety and environmental compliance where he established the university’s first Environmental Management System. In 2008, David became Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response and in 2010 the Fire Safety group within EHS was added to his portfolio. David focuses on ensuring that emergency plans are designed, implemented and practiced, as well as the development and implementation of fire safety strategies at Mason.

Prior to working at Mason, David began his career at Clean Harbors Environmental Services as a field chemist in 1999. Within Clean Harbors, he held positions as a lead chemist, regional manager for the Mid-Atlantic field chemist division in Baltimore, Maryland and technical service specialist focusing on sales, project management, business development, environmental compliance, emergency response, and environmental remediation.

David graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology, received a Master's degree in Business Administration from Mason's School of Management in May 2007, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at George Mason University.




Guy Ficco


Guy Ficco is a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) with IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) for the Washington DC Field Office. He has been a SSA overseeing a Group of Special Agents in Falls Church for the past year.

Prior to becoming a SSA, Guy was a Senior Analyst with IRS-CI, working at their National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  While at HQ, he was a Senior Analyst in both the Global Financial Crimes and International Operations Sections. Guy was chiefly responsible for overseeing the coordination of International Investigations throughout the country. In this capacity Guy routinely met with and collaborated with the representatives from Department of Justice and several other federal agencies. 

Guy began his career with the IRS, in 1996, as a Special Agent in the New York Field Office. Over the next 13 years Guy investigated a variety of financial crimes, including income tax evasion, money laundering and identity theft. Guy conducted multiple investigations involving unscrupulous corporate executives, often times testifying before grand juries, and recommending federal prosecutions. He has worked with various other federal and state law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Guy has been a Certified Fraud Examiner since 2005.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York, and is a native of Nyack, New York.




Linda H. Harber


Linda Harber was named Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Payroll in September 2006.  Ms. Harber joined George Mason University in September 2003 as Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer. She came to Mason with twenty-five years of experience at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where she held a range of positions, serving as Executive Director of Human Resources at VCU for nine years before coming to Mason.


Ms. Harber earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and her Master’s degree from the University of Kansas.


She has served on both the regional and national boards of directors for the College & University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Additionally, Ms. Harber served as Southern Region chair and has presented conference and educational sessions at both regional and national conferences over the past twenty years.


Ms. Harber was awarded the CUPA-HR National Creativity Achievement Award in 1992, the CUPA-HR Southern Region Distinguished Service Award in 1998, and the CUPA-HR Distinguished Service Award in 2005. Under her leadership, Mason’s Human Resources and Payroll Department won the Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area (HRA-HCA) 2005 Strategic Business Award for successful work/life strategies.




Dr. Joy Hughes

Vice President for Information Technology and C.I.O.




1997 - Present   George Mason University.    Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer;  also a professor in the Volgenau School of Engineering.   Provides executive leadership for the IT organization, the libraries, and a television station that reaches over 700,000 homes.   


Since June, 2011 has served as Executive Director of 4-VA, a partnership between four Virginia universities, the Virginia Governor’s Office, and Cisco Systems, Inc .

Since December 2009 has shared executive responsibility for the Confucius Institute, a joint project of George Mason University, the Beijing Language and Culture University, and the Chinese Government.


1994 - 1997   Oregon State University.  Associate Provost for Information Services.


1990- 1994   State University of New York-Potsdam.   Associate Vice President for Information Services and Director of Institutional Research.


1986-1990   The University of Charleston.  Asst. Vice President and Dean for Information Services. 





2011  Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award and Medal presented by Confucius Institute Headquarters, Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China.


2008  Named as one of the top 100 IT Leaders in the nation by Computerworld.


2007  Recognized by the Information Security Executives Association for outstanding national leadership.

2006  Recognized by the March of Dimes as a “Heroine in Technology.”

2009, 2006, 2002, and 2000    Virginia Governor’s Award for Innovation in Technology (Awards for Mason’s Virtual Computing Lab, Cybersecurity Program, Technology Across the Curriculum Program, and the Implementation of Finance System).


2006  Installed in the Rider University Alumni Science Stairway of Fame (Awarded for outstanding executive leadership).

2001  EDUCAUSE National Award for Systemic Progress in Teaching and Learning.  (Awarded to George Mason University for the Technology Across the Curriculum Program.)

1999  Gault Award (Awarded for outstanding inter-unit collaboration at George Mason University).


1985  Award of the Four Chaplains, the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation (Awarded for activities that promote brotherhood and inter-racial understanding).





2010 – Present

Member, US Department of Homeland Security, National Cyber Security Division, Workforce Development Committee


2008 – Present

Member:  CIO Executive Summit Governing Body.


1998 – Present  

Member: Board of Directors and Vice President of the GMU-Instructional Foundation.


1998 – Present

Member: Board of Directors, F-Corp, a cable television company.  Elected Board Secretary (2000).





Have made over seventy national presentations on various topics in global education, IT, libraries, leadership, women in science, and organizational change and development. 


2009-2011 Presentations include:


December 14, 2011 “Confucius Institutes Ten Year Plan Recommendations”  Presidents’ Forum, Sixth Confucius Institutes Conference, Beijing, China.


December 12, 2010  “Senior Leadership Involvement in Confucius Institutes”  Fifth Confucius Institutes Conference,  Beijing, China.


December 3, 2010  “Sharing Services to Lower Costs and Improve Results”,  address to the presidents of 20 Chinese universities, Fairfax, Virginia.


November 10, 2010.  “Virginia Universities Partnering to Deliver New Services”, address at the Board of Directors meeting, Public Sector Group, TechAmerica, Fairfax, Virginia.


October 6, 2010.   “What Scientific Program Evaluation has to offer the Confucius Institutes,” address at the Pan-Continent Confucius Institute Conference, Daegu, Korea.


August 23, 2010.   “Using Technology to Build Global Partnerships” Governor’s Commission on Higher
Education Reform, Innovation and Investment – Implement Innovation and Cost Containment Committee, 
Fairfax, Virginia.

December 12. 2009   "Value to the Overseas Universities of Confucius Institutes Community Service."
Presidents’ Forum Address at Fourth Confucius Institute Conference, Beijing, China.
December 9, 2009   Keynote Welcome Speech; Confucius Institute Seminar at Beijing Language and 
Culture University, Beijing, China.   

December 3, 2009  “Technologies to Overcome 1+2+1 Program Challenges” an address to the
presidents of Chinese universities participating in the China Sino-American 1+2+1 Program, 
George Mason University. 
September 17, 2009   “What Presidents Need to Know about Cybersecurity”  
keynote address at Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium seminar for the presidents of Connecticut
 colleges and universities. 
June 16, 2009.   Commencement address at the joint graduation ceremony in Weihai, China
of students in the Sino-American 1+2+1 Program.
May 13, 2009.   “Protecting Large Facilities” Homeland Security Symposium co-sponsored by the National 
Academy of Sciences, Washington DC.


Past Years Presentations:   Other major addresses include: 

-          An invited lecture at the Cebrowski Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School

-          The William Appleman Williams Memorial Lecture, in Newport, Oregon.

-          Presentation at the Sally Ride Science Festival;

-          Speech at the Chronicle of Higher Education retreat,

-          Panel presentation for the Roosevelt Group;

-          Panel presentation for the Washington Post/Newsweek Tech Media Group;

-          Addresses at various blue ribbon commissions; and a retreat for Congressional Chiefs of Staff.





“Managing Your IT Risk,” a webcast for NACUBO with Henry DeVries and Keith Bushey, March 2007.


“Cybersecurity on Campus,” served as executive producer and participant on a television production moderated by CNN national correspondent Frank Sesno, September 2005.


“Student Empowerment Through Technology,” Mason Currents, a television production of GMU-TV, May 1999.


“The Potential of Internet2,” served as producer and presenter for a television production of GMU-TV, June 1998.





 “A Security Checklist for ERP Implementations,” with Robert Beer, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Volume 30, No. 4, 2007.


“Learning the Hard Way,” with Keith Bushey, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Volume 29, No. 4, 2006.


”Business Continuity Planning,” with Keith Bushey, Cathy Hubbs, and Robert Nakles, University Business, September 2006.


“Information System Security Obligations and Electronic Privacy,” Proceedings, Conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, November 9-11 2005.


“Presidents and Campus Cybersecurity,” with Jack Suess, EDUCAUSE Review, November/December 2005. 


“A Cybersecurity Symposium: An Opportunity for Collaboration for Researchers, Security Officers and Funding Agencies,” with Anne Agee and Robert Nakles, Working Papers II of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program, edited by Alexander Woolcut and Cristine Pommerening, George Mason University School of Law, October 2004


“Virginia Higher Education IT Collaborations,” served as editor and principal author of this report presented by the Virginia Higher Education CIOs group to the Virginia Legislature, January 2004.


“Virginia Higher Education IT Strategic Plan,” served as editor and principal author of this report presented by the Virginia Higher Education CIOs group to the Governor’s Secretary of Technology,  February, 2003.


"The National Electronic Library:  The Environment Personified," with Karyle Butcher,  a book chapter in The National Electronic Library:  A Guide to the Future for Library Managers, edited by Gary M. Pitkin, Greenwood Press, 1996.


“Thoughts on Leadership: An Exchange,” with Karyle Butcher,  College and Research Libraries News, Association of College and Research Libraries, October 1995


“Building a Team-based, Information Services Organization,” with Charlene Grass,  Building Partnerships: Computing and Library Professionals, Library Solutions Press, 199.


"Empowering Users as Members of the Computer Center Team," CAUSE/EFFECT, Summer, 1993.


"Applying Change and Organizational Theories in a Library Reorganization," CAUSE/EFFECT, Winter 1991.


"The Clay Technology Lab:  A Joint Project of the Library, Computer Center, and Educational Technology Center,"  On-CUE, Carnegie Mellon University, September 199.


"Bringing the Library into the 1990's,"  The University of Charleston Alumni Magazine, Spring 1990.


"Computer-Aided-Design,"  On-CUE, Carnegie Mellon University, Spring 1987.





2006 -  2010
Chair:  Microsoft Higher Education Advisory Group (HEAG).   HEAG is a group of 25 IT thought leaders in higher education who advise Microsoft executives on higher education issues.


2006 – 2009

Member:  Friends of Film Advisory Board, George Mason University.


2005 – 2007

Member:  Advisory Board to the Master’s Degree Program in Technology Management, School of Management.


1998-  2007

Member:   Advisory Board of the Center for Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation. 


Co-Chair:  Educause/Internet2 Security Task Force



Chairperson: Cybersecurity Working Group of the Southeastern Universities Research Association 


Member: Higher Education and Non-Profits Subcommittee of the Corporate Governance Task Force of the National Summit on Cybersecurity



Member:  State of Virginia’s Council on Technology Services, an advisory group to the Secretary of Technology; Executive Committee (2002 - 2004).


Principal Investigator on the grant funded SURA Cybersecurity Symposium



Member:  I-Gov Advisory Committee for the Virginia Legislature’s Joint Commission on Technology and Science


Member: Virginia Governor Gilmore’s Task Force on E-Communities


Member: Oregon Governor's Advisory Council on the Virtual University



Member: Inter-Board Task Force, Committee on Instructional Technologies, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC)



Member:  Oregon State System of Higher Education Interinstitutional Council on Educational Technology


Member: Board of Directors, Northwest Academic Computing Consortium 



Treasurer: NJ Collegiate Consortium for International Education


Editor:  WE Newsletter, the National Association of Women Educator


Program Coordinator:  English Language and Culture Program for Visiting Chinese Scholars, U.S./China Peoples Friendship Association




Walter J. Kucharski

Auditor of Public Accounts

Commonwealth of Virginia



                                        Auditor of Public Accounts, Commonwealth of Virginia, since November, 1984


                                        Deputy Auditor of Public Accounts, Commonwealth of Virginia,

                                        July 1982 - November, 1984


                                        Audit Director, Auditor of Public Accounts, Commonwealth of Virginia, January, 1977 - July, 1982


                                        Arthur Andersen & Co., Certified Public Accountants

                                        Staff Accountant, August, 1972 - June, 1975

                                        Senior Accountant, June, 1975 - January, 1977


Other Official


                                        Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, Ex Officio Member

                                        Compensation Board, Ex Officio Member

                                        Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability

                                        Debt Capacity Advisory Commission




                                        American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

                                        Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants

                                        Association of Fraud Examiners

                                        Association of Government Accountants

                                        National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers

                                        National State Auditors Association

                                        Government Finance Officers Association

                                        National Association of College and University Business Officers



                                        Licensed Virginia State Board of Accountancy and Maryland State Board of Accountancy (CPA Certification)

                                        Certified Fraud Examiner



                                        Ohio University, College of Business Administration

                                        Bachelor of Business Administration awarded June, 1972

                                        Major in Accounting and Minor in Management



Walter J. Kucharski



Walter J. Kucharski has been the Auditor of Public Accounts for the Commonwealth of Virginia since November 1984.  He had been Deputy Auditor for the previous two years, and joined the staff at the Auditor of Public Accounts in January 1977.


As the Commonwealth’s Auditor of Public Accounts, Mr. Kucharski is an Ex-Officio Member of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC), the Compensation Board, Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability and the Debt Capacity Advisory Commission.  He also is a member of a variety of financial management organizations, including the AICPA, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, National State Auditors Association, Association of Government Accountants, and the Virginia Government Finance Officers’ Association. 


He is currently serving as the Past President of the National State Auditors Association.  He also serves on the Executive Committee of the National State Auditors Association. 


He is the 2007 recipient of Outstanding Certified Public Accountants in State Government from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the 2005 recipient of William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award from the Association of Governmental Accountants.  The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants recent recognized his thirty years of service to the society.


A Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Kucharski holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ohio University.


Dr. Alan G. Merten



The reputation of George Mason University as a progressive, innovative institution of higher learning has continued to gain in strength and scope under the presidency of Alan G. Merten.  Since becoming the university’s fifth president in July 1996, George Mason has gained national and international acclaim for a number of significant initiatives and achievements ranging from the completion of its first capital campaign and becoming the first university to host the World Congress on Information Technology to dramatically increasing its basic and applied research activities.


During Dr. Merten’s tenure as George Mason’s president, the university has become the fastest growing university in Virginia, with student enrollment climbing from 24,000 in 1996 to over 33,000 today.  The quality of George Mason’s students at all levels has increased dramatically during this time.  Coinciding with this growth is the emergence of George Mason as a vital center of cultural, academic, and athletic activity for the entire Northern Virginia-Washington, D.C. region.  As a result of the university’s outreach efforts, an estimated three million people visit one of George Mason’s campuses each year to attend and participate in a range of events and activities, including lectures, sports competitions, concerts, recitals, and theatrical productions.


George Mason University is also the only institution of higher learning in Virginia where two of its faculty members have won the Nobel Prize. Dr. James Buchanan received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1986.  In 2002, Vernon Smith was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.


Building on its strengths in the information sciences and the performing arts, the university has recently developed innovative teaching and research programs in the humanities, public policy and the biological sciences.  George Mason is presently immersed in a far-reaching building program that is unprecedented among academic institutions. 


Prior to coming to George Mason University, Dr. Merten was the dean of the Johnson Graduate School of Management of Cornell University from 1989 to1996.  He was dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Florida from 1986-1989, where he also served as a professor of information systems.  From 1970 to 1986, he was at the University of Michigan, first as an assistant professor of industrial and operations engineering.  Dr. Merten rose to the rank of associate dean in the Michigan Business School where he was responsible for executive education and computing services.


Dr. Merten has held academic appointments in both engineering and business, and academic and business positions in Hungary and France. 


He has served on business and government councils and committees, holding several leadership roles.  Dr. Merten was chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Workforce Needs in Information Technology.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Inova Health System Board of Trustees, a real estate investment trust, and a mutual fund trust. Dr. Merten was a member of the Virginia Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education.


He has been recognized for his contributions to the Northern Virginia technology community, and as a leader of the Greater Washington, D.C. business community.  He has also been recognized for promoting volunteerism and service to the community, and for his contributions to the use of information technology in the federal government.  In 2006, he was recognized for outstanding community service and dedication to improving the quality of life in the region and as one of the most powerful people in the National Capital Region in 2007.


Dr. Merten has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. degree in computer science from Wisconsin.


He and his wife, Sally, have two children and four grandsons.




Thomas M. Moncure Jr




University Counsel & Assistant Attorney General

Fairfax, Virginia – January 2006 to Present


            Appointed by the Attorney General as University Counsel and Assistant Attorney General, with responsibility of assuring comprehensive legal services for George Mason University as an educational institution and agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Broad duties include the rendering of advice on all matters of federal and state law and providing representation before federal and state courts. Specialized legal assistance as needed is obtained through and in coordination with the Office of the Attorney General. Supervises the activities of Associate University Counsel and support staff.


            Primary areas of individual responsibility include the registration and maintenance of University trademarks; interpretation of Virginia statutes; monitoring compliance with the Conflict of Interests Act and the Freedom of Information Act; advising the campus threat assessment team; overseeing University regulations; providing guidance on federal law and regulation with emphasis in areas of intellectual property and research; handling local government and police matters; and general trial practice in state courts.  


            Member of the Virginia Code Commission as appointee of the Speaker of the House of Delegates.


Bar Appointments: 1979, Virginia, Supreme Court of Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. District for the Eastern District of Virginia; 1980, U.S. Court of Military Appeals; 1983, U.S. Supreme Court. Active Member, Virginia State Bar.


Senior Counsel – Richmond, Virginia – January 2002 to January 2006


            Senior Counsel to Attorneys General Jerry W. Kilgore and Judith Williams Jadgmann. Provided advice to the Attorney General with primary responsibility for management of outside counsel. Served as liaison to the Senate of Virginia and as agency representative to the General Assembly of Virginia. Acted as liaison to local government officials and constitutional officers.


            Additional duties included the drafting of official legal opinions and serving as agency counsel for multiple state agencies. Was the designated representative of the Attorney General on the Virginia Military Advisory Council and the Freedom of Information Advisory Council.



Circuit Court Clerk – Stafford County, Virginia – December 1991 to January 2002


            Elected Constitutional Officer with primary responsibilities for 1) providing staff and administrative support to the operation of the Circuit Court of Stafford; 2) maintaining the land records for Stafford County; and, 3) exercising Probate jurisdiction for Stafford County.


            Implemented conversion to computerized systems for records Indexing, Case Management, Financial Management and Jury Management. Implemented conversion to computer imaging system for permanent storage of both land and court records, with design for outside internet access.


            Served as member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Council for the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia.


            Designated as Certified Circuit Court Clerk by the University of Virginia in 1995.



Assistant General Counsel – Washington, D.C. – May 1989 to December 1991


            Corporate counsel for the National Rifle Association with primary responsibility for the following areas: state and local legislation and litigation; state and local election and lobbying law compliance; environmental and nuisance regulation; commercial contracts; estate and trust administration. Also served as Secretary and outside counsel manager for 501(c)(3) legal defense fund.


Lawyer – Stafford County, Virginia May 1979 to May 1989


            Lawyer in general trial practice, primarily in state courts. Approximately one-third of practice was in civil matters and real estate, one-third in criminal defense, and one-third in domestic relations.


            Appointed by the Circuit Judges as Assistant Commissioner of Accounts, with responsibility for auditing and approving fiduciary accounts. Appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia to serve on Medical Malpractice Review Panels.




Robert Nakles


Robert Nakles is the Executive Director of the Information Technology Unit's Security and Project Office at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. Bob joined George Mason in August 2001 when the IT Project Office was created. Previous to taking on the new position, he had spent 28 years in K-12 education, working on a wide range of technology projects. He received a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology and Communications at Shippensburg University.




Peter Pober 

Professor of Communication

Director of Forensics

Chair of the Faculty Senate


Dr. Pober is a Professor of Communication at George Mason University where he also directs the university’s nationally-ranked Forensics Team. Dr. Pober is the only forensics director in history to orchestrate a top-ten team national placement for 22 consecutive years. Dr. Pober is honored to continue Mason’s 40-year tradition in forensics, one that has garnered 31 national top-ten placements.


Before arriving in Fairfax in the fall of 2003, Dr. Pober directed the University of Texas at Austin’s Forensics Team to 32 Individual, Team, and Program National Championships. He has been honored as the keynote speaker for more than 20 state conventions and myriad corporation gatherings. He is Chair of the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament Committee, a former President of the Texas Speech Communication Association, directed the 6-state region of TX, LA, OK, KS, MO, and AR for 13 years for the American Forensic Association, and was honored by both that district and the national association with the Distinguished Service Award in 1998. He was given the Texas Intercollegiate Forensic Association Educator of the Year Award in 1994 and the Texas College and University Educator of the Year by the Texas Speech Communication Association in 2002. 


Dr. Pober served as scholar-analyst for myriad U.S. and Canadian publications during the 2008 Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates. He is also the Faculty Senate Chair at GMU. Dr. Pober is the first U.S. Professor to be invited by the Chinese Government to oversee their National English Language Public Speaking Competition. Peter directs the George Mason Institute of Forensics, the largest and demographically most diverse comprehensive high school forensics workshop in the nation. He has written numerous articles on the marked communication that takes place both within and between marginalized groups and is thrilled to call George Mason University home.




Carol Westbrook


Carol Westbrook, v3.x, CPA, CISA, has been auditing at George Mason University for eighteen years.  She is currently the IT Audit Manager.


Trained and experienced in IT, financial, operational, compliance, and investigative auditing, Carol is responsible for managing not only the traditional IT audit coverage of the university’s IT resources, but is also called upon to apply her data mining and forensic auditing skills to investigative assignments and development of continuous auditing processes. For her current special field of interest, Carol has become particularly invested in the audit and control challenges posed by ERP’s with their flexibility, the decentralization of control responsibilities and dissolution of former task boundaries between the back office users, the IT department, and the distributed end-user.  These challenges are compounded by the rapid evolution of network and web technologies and their related security issues.


In previous iterations, Carol has enjoyed a 15-year career in teaching and scholarship, distinguished by academic publication and graduate fellowship at Johns Hopkins. She has also been a dancer, an FCC compliance officer, and a production director for a major market rock radio station.





Dr. Julie Zobel


Assistant Vice President, Environmental Health & Safety

Dr. Zobel is the Assistant Vice President for Environmental Health and Safety at George Mason University. She earned dual Bachelor degrees in Hazardous Materials/Environmental Management and Civil Engineering from the University of Findlay and the University of Akron, respectively, as well as a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Akron where her thesis project focused on investigating a consortium of bacteria for their ability to degrade total petroleum hydrocarbons in soil. Most recently in 2010 Dr. Zobel earned her doctorate in Biodefense from George Mason University. Her doctoral research and dissertation addressed the role of naturally occurring Bacillus anthracis in biological incident preparedness and response. She is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager at the master's level, a Registered Biosafety Professional, and a member of Tau Beta Pi the engineering honors society.

She began working in the area of laboratory safety and compliance for Mason in 2000. In 2007 her role expanded when the university created the Environmental Health and Safety Office which she now manages.


Thomas Bacigalupi

Thomas Bacigalupi is a Detective with the George Mason University Police Department in Fairfax, Virginia. He is currently assigned to the agency’s Criminal Investigations Bureau. He has 18 years total experience as a law enforcement officer and public safety officer in higher education.


Detective Bacigalupi is one of the coordinators and founder of the College and University Police Investigators Conference.  He holds numerous certifications in computer forensics, and is a member of the Regional Computer Forensics Group, High Technology Crime Investigation Association, National White Collar Crime Center, Internet Crimes Against Children task force,  and The FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, Washington Field Office.  Detective Bacigalupi is also the recipient of the IACLEA 2009 award for merit.


Detective Bacigalupi is a certified instructor and has taught classes at The Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy and attends numerous summits and workshops pertaining to campus law enforcement both as a presenter and an attendee each year. He can be reached through email at







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Beth A. Berk is an actively licensed CPA with over 20 years of hands-on experience including public accounting (E&Y), consulting (KPMG and DelCor Technology Solutions), accounting (American Cancer Society), internal audit (Moneyline Telerate), business development and fundraising (local professional service firms and community foundation in Virginia), and recruiting within the metropolitan DC business community (Acsys, formerly Don Richards). As a networker who truly enjoys helping others and sharing her career experiences to guide fellow professionals, she has dedicated herself to   recruiting as an Independent Recruiter. Ms. Berk has been trained as a CPA Ambassador for the state of Maryland on behalf of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and as an ethics instructor on behalf of the Virginia Society of CPA’s and is a member of the Virginia Society of CPA’s Editorial Task Force.


Although her primary focus is on working with companies and professionals to fill accounting and financial related positions, her broad wealth of experience and knowledge allows her to work on many types of positions including administrative, operational, marketing and IT. Ms Berk believes that her forte is in matching the right candidate to the right job based upon the technical skills required, and the needs and values of the parties involved. She also thinks out of the box, when necessary, and could be the one to assist with those “hard to find” professionals. Ms. Berk welcomes the opportunity to meet prospective clients and career seekers.






Beth A. Berk began her career in public accounting in 1982 and has experience in accounting, financial and operational consulting, risk management, business development, recruiting and marketing for public accounting firms, nonprofit organizations, and professional and financial services companies.  Her accomplishments include generating $1.7M+ in gross revenue in first year for recruiting firm’s new line of business and producing $200K+ in gross revenue for other lines of business and developing, marketing, and implementing a gift annuity program including first direct mail campaign resulting in closing $300K in planned gifts in less than 4 months of launching program.  Ms. Berk has had articles published, authored and presented a report to a Department of Defense agency which resulted in a military regulation, established and implemented policies and procedures, researched technical issues, cultivated client relationships, streamlined departments and procedures, prepared and administered budgets up to $22M, and created and edited marketing and Web site materials.  Ms. Berk has served in various capacities at nationally known organizations including Ernst & Young, Moneyline Telerate, American Cancer Society and KPMG.  She has been actively involved within the metropolitan Washington DC business community since her arrival in 1999. 




CPA & Professional Services Firms:  Acsys, Argy, Wiltse & Robinson, P.C., Bauer & Scott CPA’s, Business Engineering, Inc., Clifton Gunderson, Councilor Buchanan & Mitchell, Berlin Ramos and Company, DelCor Technology Solutions, Inc., DeLeon & Stang, Ernst & Young, Grossberg Company LLP, GURU, KPMG, Lehman Smith McLeish, Metro Metro & Associates, OAO Mohn & Allen, P.C., Ribis Jones & Maresca, RSM McGladrey, Santos, Postal & Company, P.C., SKMB, P.A., Snyder Cohn, PC, Steven David Stone, P.C., The Albright Group LLC, UHY Advisors, Valuation Services, Inc., Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Company, WTAS

Publicly Traded & Privately Held:  Blaydes Industries, Digene, EntreMed, Inc., Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc., Infrastructure Management Group, Marriott, Moneyline Telerate, NorthStar Express Freight, Pioneer Roofing Systems, Social & Scientific Systems, Spacesaver Systems, Inc., TrafficLand, Watson Wyatt Worldwide

Nonprofit:  Aerospace Medical Association, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, American Camping Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Health Lawyers Association, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Anchor Mental Health Association, CASA of Maryland, Chelsea School, District of Columbia Primary Care Association, Goodwill Industries, Hadassah, National Apartment Association, National Geographic Society, Telecommunications Industry Association,  The Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children, Westminster at Lake Ridge, Woodruff Arts Center

Government & State Funded:  Department of Defense, Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, University of Maryland University College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill




License: Certified Public Accountant – Maryland and Virginia

Degree:  Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York - Bachelor of Science - Accounting, Magna Cum Laude

Memberships:  American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants, Maryland Association of CPA's, Virginia Society of CPA’s, Finance & Administration Roundtable and Washington Network Group






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  • Background:  Consultative oriented recruiting professional trained in public accounting with current CPA license, and active business developer and networker in metropolitan DC business and nonprofit community.  
  • Experience: Financial, operational, management and technology consulting, recruiting, business development, sales, marketing, internal controls and auditing for CPA and professional service firms, government agencies, and associations and nonprofits. 
  • Accomplishments:  Developing business opportunities and client relationships, coaching and training business owners and professionals, recruiting, establishing and implementing policies and procedures including industries with no prior knowledge, technical and market research, streamlining departments and procedures, cost savings, and creating, editing and presenting marketing materials, proposals, and client deliverables. 




  • Developed and closed new business by cold calling, prospecting, networking, and targeted marketing campaigns.
  •   Recruited accounting, financial and operational professionals for clients and employers for full-time and consulting opportunities.
  • Coordinated speaking engagements and presented to audiences up to 100, trained all levels of staff, management and volunteers on technical and operational issues, and coached professionals on business development, marketing strategy and closing skills.
  • Created, wrote, and edited business development and marketing initiatives including internet contents and design, direct mail, email and fax campaigns, proposals, presentations, seminars, brochures, newsletters, advertisements, public relations announcements, and client correspondence.
  • Served as professional development officer for community foundation to identify donors, cultivated relationships, solicited and closed gifts, and coordinated professional advisory council.
  • Raised funds as a community volunteer for international and local nonprofits through grass roots campaigns and target donor solicitations, and participated in planning committees.




  • Analyzed, documented and streamlined accounting, financial and operational procedures and established and implemented new policies and procedures.
  • Consulted on business process improvement and risk management issues including internal controls, functional and system analyses, working with programmers, software and web developer, and reviewed and negotiated commercial insurance property and casualty policy terms and rates.  
  • Created policy and procedure manuals, organizational charts and flowcharts of transactional, departmental and company wide operations, and prepared requests for proposals on behalf of clients to distribute to software vendors.
  • Administered annual budgets up to $22M and revised budgets to reflect departmental profitability and reclassification of income and expenditures for financial reporting.
  • Managed projects and supervised staff and volunteers.
  • Performed audits, formulated financial analyses, and prepared tax returns, regulatory filings and applications. 




  • Developed, marketed and implemented gift annuity program including first direct mail campaign and closed $300K in planned gifts in less than 4 months of launching program.
  • Prepared and presented final report on valuation methodology for U.S. Army’s museum clearinghouse as a Consultant with a “Big 4” firm resulting in formal Army regulation and consideration for applicability to other Department of Defense agencies.     
  • Consulted on engagements for Department of Education related to government regulations for university and college scholarships and reviewed fiscal operations of utility services for major university to determine department cost allocation to Federal grant recipients.
  • Identified cost saving opportunities, revised budgets to reflect departmental profitability, and reclassified expenditures for presentation on financial statements and tax returns.
  • Analyzed and documented fiscal operations for 5 divisions of major USA City’s arts center and recommended performance improvement and change management solutions.
  • Developed pro forma financial statements and footnotes for new accounting standards for national nonprofit, and organized and chaired task force team of senior management from national nonprofits and “Big 4” CPA firms.



Cheryl Hyder, CFE, MT, CPA, CVA, CFF

President, Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Associate of Certified Fraud Examiners


Cheryl Hyder has provided litigation support services, including performing financial investigations and other forensic accounting assignments, for most of professional career. In addition to being a CPA, Hyder earned advanced professional designations as a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Valuation Analyst and is Certified in Financial Forensics. Her corporate accounting experience, combined with her experience as a public accountant and forensic accountant, provide her with unique perspective to financial investigations. She believes that there are no “cookie-cutter” solutions to the ongoing challenges created by fraudsters and would-be fraudsters, and providing anti-fraud education is but one of the tools a preventive program should include. She speaks regularly on fraud prevention, fraud detection and related topics to diverse audiences, including Federal agencies, professional organizations and collegiate groups. 

Hyder has been active in the Metro-DC chapter since 2004, serving first as Program Chair and then as a Director, prior to her being elected as Vice President of the Chapter in 2009. She co-founded the community outreach and speakers’ bureau programs, which have enhanced our visibility in the local business, government and collegiate communities, and at the same time these efforts have increased anti-fraud awareness among these groups. She currently serves as a Chapter Liaison to the ACFE, is on the ACFE’s Editorial Advisory Board, and holds leadership positions in other professional and community-based organizations.



Mike Laskofski


Mike Laskofski is the Associate Vice President of Research Operations at George Mason University. In this role, Mike leads an office of 35 FTE responsible for all aspects of research administration including pre-award proposal submissions, financial reporting, cash management, cost analysis and contract negotiation. Mike has over 15 years experience in research administration and financial management. He has worked in the Office of Sponsored Programs at Harvard University where he held various financial management leadership roles working with Academic Units including the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Medical School. He also worked as a Public Sector Financial Management Consultant for IBM Business Consulting Services with a particular focus on the Department of Defense and the Department of Health and Human Services. Mike has been with George Mason University since June 2005. 


Mike is a Certified Research Administrator and is active in various professional groups such as the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and the Society of Research Administrators (SRA).  He serves as George Mason University’s contact for the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) and the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR). In 2009, Mike was awarded the George Mason University, David W. Rossell Quill Award, which recognizes individuals who display leadership while advancing the stature of the department and the University.


Mike received his B.B.A in Finance from William and Mary and M.B.A. from Boston University. He lives in Burke, Virginia with his wife Clare and four children, Kiera, Jamie, Andrew and Sara. 



Josh Schiefer


Josh Schiefer is an IT Security Analyst for George Mason. Josh’s primary role is to conduct risk assessments and to help develop IT security policy and procedures.

His previous work history includes stops at Virginia Tech and Penn State University, which shaped his views on IT Security.


Maurice (Morrie) William Scherrens

Senior Vice President


Dr. Scherrens has held the position of Senior Vice President (SRVP) since 1996.  In this role he assumes the role of chief operating officer with additional responsibilities including local & state government relations, institutional planning & research, legislative affairs and distributive campus development.  Dr. Scherrens reports regularly to the governing Board of Visitors, and represents the University on a wide variety of substantive issues.  As SRVP, his responsibilities also include increased engagement in private fundraising and public private partnerships.


As SRVP, Dr. Scherrens provides oversight and assumes direct responsibility for the development and resource allocation of an annual budget of $900M.  This includes over $150M per year of capital improvement spending and over $100M of sponsored research spending.  In the role of SRVP, Dr. Scherrens provides leadership to over 1,000 staff in several departments including, but not limited to, Intercollegiate Athletics, Auxiliary Enterprises, Finance & Administration, and Facilities Planning and Management.  Dr. Scherrens also assumes primary responsibility for university-wide communications on the financial health and operational well-being of the institution.


For the past twelve years Dr. Scherrens has taught a course in Ethics in the College of Education and Human Development, Department of Sports Management.  Dr. Scherrens also currently teaches a graduate finance course.  Previously, Dr. Scherrens has also taught a course in Strategic Decision Making in the School of Management.


His service to the University and to the academic community across the country is reflected in his twenty years of participation in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools institutional accreditation process as well as the NCAA re-certification process.  His consultation and advice, assistance in performance measure evaluation, and review of potential “best practices” has been provided to over thirty institutions through his SACS involvement, and he has chaired numerous NCAA Intercollegiate Athletic Program re-certifications.


Dr. Scherrens authored a best practices business book in 1999 entitled “Agile Archers; Moving Targets” which was published by the National Association of Colleges and University Business Officer (NACUBO).  Additionally, Dr. Scherrens was selected CFO of the Year for large, non-profit organizations in 2009 by Virginia Business Magazine.


Dr. Scherrens received his Doctorate in Higher Education (Ed.D.) from the University of Southern California; Juris Doctor (JD) from George Washington University; and both a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelors in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.


Matt Maher

Assistant Director of Academic and Membership Affairs



Matt Maher has been a member of the NCAA staff for the previous four years, specifically with Academic and Membership Affairs. During his tenure at the national office, Maher has served as a liaison to the Amateurism Cabinet, the NCAA Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement and the NCAA Committee on Institutional Performance. Aside from his liaison duties, Maher functions as the lead for the Fiscal Management area of focus within the Institutional Performance Program, as well as the lead for the audit review process associated with Academic and Membership Affairs’ Business Performance Management directive. Maher also serves on the NCAA Bylaw 12 rules working group.


Prior to joining the NCAA, Maher worked in the athletics department for compliance and marketing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Creighton University. Maher also was employed in the athletics department at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he assisted the Director of Compliance, Academics and Life Skills with day-to-day responsibilities.   


Maher earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance in 2005 and his Juris Doctor in 2008 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While pursuing his law degree, Maher published two law review articles regarding specific topics within intercollegiate athletics and he was the first graduate from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Law, to receive a concentration and certification in intercollegiate sports law.


Matt lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Aimee.