2018 Government Accounting Conference Speakers 

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Pamela W. Baker, CPA, CGFM

Barbacane Thornton & Company LLP

Presenting - The Political Landscape: How it Affects Your Auditing Practice

Ms. Pamela W. Baker, CPA CGFM is the Managing Partner with the regional firm Barbacane, Thornton & Company LLP, where she has been for the past 28 years.  Ms. Baker has been in the field of government and nonprofit auditing since her graduation from college in 1980.  She serves as the Audit Technical Partner for the firm, overseeing adherence to professional standards. Ms. Baker is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Government Finance Manager. Her prior experience involves audits of hospitals, colleges and universities, state, county and local government, public and private school entities and nonprofit organizations.  Ms. Baker is a frequent speaker at the local, regional, and national level.  In addition, she serves on the Local Government Committee of the PICPA, the PICPA/DCED task force, the Forum of Executive Women, the Women’s United Council of the United Way of Delaware, Great Dames, and is the Board Treasurer of Generations Home Care, Inc. Ms. Bakers value added proposition is to enable governments and non-profit organizations to connect to their mission through an in depth understanding of their financial condition.

Cynthia R. Bergvall, CPA
Cynthia R. Bergvall, CPA, CGMA

Director – Audit & Accounting
Bee Bergvall & Company PC

Presenting - Establishing Auditor Independence under Yellow Book and GAAS • Ask the Experts Panel • Adding Value to Your Local Government Clients

Cindy Bergvall is a director with the accounting and consulting firm of Bee, Bergvall, and Company, PC and a strategic consultant with the firm’s Catalyst Center for Nonprofit Management. In addition to directing the firm’s audit and accounting staff, Cindy has provided consulting services to municipalities in the areas of GASB standard implementation; municipal payroll tax issues; capital planning and management; tax collection issues; and long term financial planning. Cindy is a Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant for the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO).

Cindy has spoken for the PICPA, GFOA, PSATS, PSAB and PA Municipal Managers Association. Topics have included Using Technology More Efficiently, GASB #34 Implementation, Understanding the Audit Trail, Tax Collector Training, and Management Consulting Services. She has also published articles in the Borough News, PA Township News, and Township Update. Cindy currently serves on the Board of CB Cares Educational Foundation. She is a member of the C12 Group; GFOA; PICPA Local Government Committee; and the PICPA Fiscal Responsibility Task Force. Cindy is also part of the Adjunct Faculty at
Cairn University teaching in their graduate program on the topic of Nonprofit Financial Management.


Amanda J. Bernard, CPA, CFE, CMA

Maillie LLP

Presenting - Accounting Issues Facing Small Governments

Amanda is a Principal in the Mont Clare office of Maillie LLP. She has over thirteen years of professional work experience with Maillie LLP, including audit, taxation and advisory services for a wide range of clients in the manufacturing, service and construction industries, as well as homeowner's associations, not-for-profit
organizations and local governmental agencies. As a Certified Fraud Examiner, Amanda also performs forensic investigations and related work. When not servicing her clients, Amanda participates in the firm’s quality control review process and assists with staff training. Amanda also uses her analytical and
computer skills to promote the firm’s usage of data extraction and analysis software as an audit tool.

 Mark Burnette

Mark Burnette, CPA, CISSP, CISM

Shareholder, Information Security
Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain PC

Presenting - Cybersecurity and the Role of the Accountant

Mark Burnette is a Shareholder in LBMC’s Information Security practice.  LBMC is the 45th largest accounting and professional services firm in the United States. Mark oversees LBMC’s information security consulting services and technical information security assessment capabilities, and serves as the service line leader for LBMC’s PCI (credit card security rules) security practice. During his decorated career, Mark has served as the President and Global Practice Leader for a national information security consulting company and built and led information security functions for two major publicly-traded corporations. He worked for several years in key leadership roles with two of the Big 6 (now Big 4) accounting firms where he specialized in developing, implementing, assessing, and securing information technology solutions for companies in the healthcare, retail, manufacturing, banking, and insurance industries. In 2005, while serving as the Global Information Security Officer for international insurance broker The Willis Group, Mark was named the Information Security Executive of the Year at the ISE Southeast Awards. In 2008, while serving as the Executive Director of IT Operations and Security for hotelier Gaylord Entertainment Company, he was named one of Information Security Magazine’s “Security 7” top seven security leaders, and was chosen by ComputerWorld Magazine as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2009. In January 2011, the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), the international trade association for information security professionals, named Mark a Fellow. This prestigious honor, which has only been granted to a handful of individuals worldwide, is bestowed by the ISSA Fellow Program for distinguished accomplishments in the field of information security, leadership, and future service to the association and profession. Mark’s unique background allows him to bring a “walk a mile in the shoes” perspective to all of LBMC’s security engagements. His experience building and running information security functions allows him to develop solutions that are relevant, practical, and actionable.

 Diane Edelstein

Diane Edelstein, CPA

Maher Duessel

Presenting - GAO/OMB: What’s New? • Ask the Experts Panel

Diane E. Edelstein is a partner at Maher Duessel in Pittsburgh, Pa and has over twenty-five years
of experience in public accounting. Her entire auditing career has been of non-profits,
governments and Single Audit.

Diane speaks throughout the country on Single Audit along with Non-profit and Government
topics. She was member of the AICPA NPO Planning Conference Committee from 2012 – 2017
and will speak again in 2018 on Single Audit topics. She is also a prior member of the AICPA
Governmental Audit Quality Center, Executive committee.

Diane currently serves on the AICPA Peer Review Board – GCA PMTF (Government and
Compliance Audits Practice Monitoring Task Force) and the PICPA Professional Ethics

Wesley A. Galloway

Senior Project Manager
Governmental Accounting Standards Board

Presenting - Get in Front of GASB • GASB 87—The New Leases Guidance • GASB 75: Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Implementation

Wesley A. Galloway is a senior project manager at the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and is a frequent speaker on governmental accounting. He serves as the GASB liaison to governmental utilities, hospitals, and higher education organizations. Since joining the GASB staff in 1996, Mr. Galloway has worked on numerous GASB Statements and projects. More recent projects include leases, debt extinguishments, and equity interests reporting.

Mr. Galloway has also conducted research on the effectiveness of GASB standards as a research fellow at the Financial Accounting Foundation, which oversees the GASB.

Mr. Galloway is a graduate of Brigham Young University and is a member of the AICPA.

Chris Gauthier, PMP

Manager, Intelligent Automation

Presenting - The Case for Intelligent Automation

Chris works in KPMG’s Government Intelligent Automation (IA) practice, delivering IA solutions to federal, state, and local governments.  He brings a strategy and operations background to IA, advising clients on the most appropriate set of IA solutions, helping them establish governance structures, and keeping them aware of the latest innovations in IA.  Chris has spent the last six years in management consulting.  Prior to that he spent six years at the Central Intelligence Agency, seven years as an Army aviator, and 3 years performing biology research.  He has a BS in cell and molecular biology from the University of Illinois and is an MS candidate at Arizona State University pursuing a degree in biomimicry.



Jill E. Gilbert, CPA, CGMA

Partner, Audit Services Group

Presenting - Establishing Auditor Independence under Yellow Book and GAAS

Jill is a Partner in RKL’s Audit Services Group. She serves a broad range of industries including governmental agencies and not-for-profit organizations. She also specializes in employee benefit plan audits.

Jill joined the firm as a Partner in 2016, and has more than 20 years of auditing and accounting experience. Prior to joining RKL, she was an Audit Partner in a regional accounting firm. Jill is a frequent speaker at local and state conferences and seminars.

Craig W. Gillahan, II, CPA

Hutchinson Gillahan and Freeh PC

Presenting - Introduction to Financial Reporting & Accounting

Craig is currently a principal with the Accounting Firm of Hutchinson, Gillahan & Freeh, P.C. in Quakertown, PA and has thirty eight years of experience in accounting, auditing and tax. He is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants and currently serves on the PICPA Government Accounting and Auditing Committee.

Craig serves a wide array of audit clients that include governmental entities, non-profit organizations and closely held businesses. Craig is also experienced in forensic accounting, marital asset investigation and valuation, dissenting shareholder actions and loss damage analysis. He has testified as an expert witness in Pennsylvania marital matters, shareholder disputes and business damages.

Craig received his Bachelor of Science degree from DeSales University and has taught business courses for a span of eleven years at DeSales University and Bucks County Community College. He served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and is active with community and civic organizations serving as a board member for several local non-profit organizations.


John R. Good, CPA

Executive Director
Ernst & Young LLP

Presenting -  GAO/OMB: What’s New?

John Good is an executive director with Ernst and Young’s Americas professional practice with 26 years of experience. His government auditing experience includes attending semi-annual meetings of the National Single Audit roundtable. Liaises with members of federal community in that role. He served on three AICPA task forces on training, sampling and materiality and internal controls and compliance as a response to the PCIE Report on Single audit Quality. He is a member of the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center Executive Committee and drafts firm comment letters on  proposed revisions to Government Auditing Standards. He reviews the AICPA’s Single Audit Practice Aids and the annual Government Auditing Standards and Single Audit Guide and Risk Alert. In the government accounting arena, he's a member of the AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel and participates in drafting the AICPA’s comment letters on GASB exposure documents as well as liaises with the GASB, reviews the AICPA State and Local Government Audit Guide and Practice Aids and the annual State and Local Government Audit Guide and Risk Alert. and distributes the firm’s periodic communications on governmental accounting developments.

Allison Henry  

Allison M. Henry, CPA

Vice President, Professional & Technical Standards

Presenting - Ethics, Peer Review, and Enhancing Audit Quality

Allison, who has been with the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) since 2003, works to elevate CPA practice quality through advocacy, outreach, and education. She currently administers PICPA’s Joint Ethics Enforcement Program with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), oversees the administration of the AICPA’s Peer Review Program for Pennsylvania firms, monitors emerging global trends in the accounting profession, and serves as the PICPA staff liaison for eight statewide committees: Peer Review, Professional Ethics, Accounting and Auditing Procedures, Forensic and Litigation Services, Business Valuation, Not-for-Profit, Employee Benefits Plans, and IT Assurance. Allison also is technical staff liaison for a number of working groups that reach out to regulatory agencies in Pennsylvania on behalf of the profession. She frequently shares her expertise by speaking at PICPA events, hosting webinars on key topics, teaching ethics training, writing for the CPA Now blog, writing articles for the Pennsylvania CPA Journal, and fielding technical inquiries.

Before joining the PICPA, Allison spent several years as a senior manager with a regional accounting firm and nine years at Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she worked in the assurance and advisory services group. Allison’s diverse client service experience has included many not-for-profit, health care, and world relief organizations, as well as small and large manufacturing, distribution, and service-oriented entities. She has also served as the designated employee benefits specialist.

Christopher N. Herr, CPA

Christopher N. Herr, CPA

Maillie LLP

Presenting - Accounting Issues Facing Small Governments

Chris is a principal in the Mont Clare office of Maillie LLP and has fifteen years of experience providing auditing services to municipalities and local governments. He is a member of the firm’s Governmental and Not-for-Profit Services Department as well as the Quality Control Department. Chris is responsible for a large number of the firm’s governmental clients, including many school districts, townships, boroughs, counties and authorities. In addition to serving as an instructor in the firm’s continuing professional
education programs, Chris also serves as a speaker to various organizations including the PICPA and PASBO.

Chris believes that every client is unique and that in order to achieve their goals, it is essential that the strategic planning process be tailored to each individual client. In this regard, communication is paramount to ensuring the client gets the absolute best service, information and advice possible. Understanding the environment in which the client operates and the underlying business processes that drive the client’s financial results enables Maillie LLP to provide the distinguished customer service that one expects of their accountant and business consultant.


Michael V. Lamb, CPA, CGFM

Wessel and Company

Presenting - Annual Report Filing for Municipal Authorities • Ask the Experts Panel

Michael Lamb, a resident of Bedford County, is a Principal with Wessel &Company and has over thirteen (13) years of auditing experience. He meets the continuing professional education requirements of the profession for governmental audits.

Mike plans and supervises many of the Firm’s governmental audit clients. He is the lead audit manager responsible for managing day-to-day progress on the Firm’s larger governmental audits and consulting projects. Mike also has extensive experience working with Non-profit organizations providing audit services (financial and compliance), management advisory services and tax services (990, 990-T, etc..).
Mike is a team leader who effectively meets goals through strong leadership, interpersonal communication, and analytical abilities. He is also a skilled staff developer and coach who motivates staff to reach full potential.

Michele Mark Levine, CPA

Director, Technical Services Center

Presenting - Understanding Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Awards & How to Get One • Ask the Experts Panel

As GFOA’s Technical Services Center Director, Michele oversees GFOA products and services related to accounting, auditing, and financial reporting, including training, the annual conference program, publications, newsletters, web resources, award programs, and other content; advocates for state and local government by monitoring the GASB’s technical activities and keeping GFOA members and other interested parties informed of current and pending developments. Michele and the TSC staff support to GFOA’s standing Committee on Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting (CAAFR) which helps define best practices and develop advisories to guide policy and practices in governmental accounting, auditing, and financial reporting.

Prior to joining GFOA, Michele served as the Chief Accountant and Deputy Comptroller for Accountancy of New York City. Her earlier work included leadership positions in New York City Office of Management and Budget, serving as the comptroller of six public authorities and local development corporations affiliated with the City, and on the audit staff of Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers).
Michele is a past chairperson of the GFOA’s CAAFR and is a past president of the New York State GFOA.  She has served as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ governing Council and of its State and Local Government Expert Panel.   She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Society of CPAs, a past member and past chair of its Government Accounting and Auditing Committee, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the CPA Journal.  Michele was honored to have been named the 2011 Outstanding CPA in Government by the New York State Society of CPAs.


Brian T. McCall, CPA, CGFM

Maher Duessel CPAs

Presenting - Intro to Government Auditing

Mr. McCall began his public accounting career in 2001 with Maher Duessel. He specializes in providing services to many local municipalities, water & sewer authorities, school districts, counties, transportation agencies, and housing authorities. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Pennsylvania, as well as a Certified Government Financial Manager. He serves approximately 40 governmental clients on annual basis.

Mr. McCall is a member of the PICPA Local Government Committee, which is in charge of planning the yearly statewide Local Government and School District Conferences. These conferences provide training for the audits of local governments and school districts within the state of Pennsylvania, and Mr. McCall has both attended and presented at these conferences. In addition, he has participated in, both as attendee and speaker, the GFOA Statewide Conference and local GFOA events, the County Commissioners yearly conference, local and statewide PASBO conferences, has written articles for the PICPA Weekly Connections newsletter, and is a regular speaker at the governmental update seminar held on a yearly basis by Maher Duessel.

Jeremy D. Medernach, CPA

Boyer & Ritter LLC

Presenting -  Introduction to Single Audits

Jeremy is a senior member of the Government Services Group at Boyer Ritter LLC and has 15 years of experience working with school districts. He has extensive experience working with clients subject to the Single Audit Act.  He is a member of the PICPA and the AICPA.


David L. Nester, CPA

Business Administrator
Pottsgrove School District

Presenting - Establishing Auditor Independence under Yellow Book and GAAS

Mr. Nester has served as the Business Administrator for Pottsgrove School District for 15 years. Prior to joining the District, he was a shareholder of Dreslin and Company, Inc., a local CPA firm with offices in East Norriton and West
Chester. He was shareholder in charge of the firm’s governmental and non-profit audit practice.

David graduated with honors from Kutztown State University. In addition to his membership in PASBO, he is also a member of the PICPA and the AICPA. David has served as Chairman of the PICPA Local Government Accounting and Auditing Committee and currently serves on the PASBO Accounting Committee. He has spoken on a variety of topics for these organizations.

David has also served his community in a number of volunteer capacities including Vice Chair of Home Healthcare Management, Chair of the Visiting Nurse Association of Pottstown and Vacinity, Pottstown PAL, Treasurer of the Pottsgrove Educational Foundation, Relay for Life of Pottstown, and the SteelRiver Playhouse.

Paul Northrup

Paul G. Northup

Deputy Director of Taxation
Colorado Department of Revenue

Presenting -  The Business of Marijuana

Paul Northrup is the Deputy Director of Taxation for the Colorado Department of Revenue.  He has been with the Department of Revenue for over 10 years.  Prior to becoming Deputy Director of Taxation, Paul served as the Taxation Controller and served on the Project Management Team during the 5-year GenTax integrated tax system implementation project.  As Deputy Director of Taxation, Paul works with the Taxation Leadership Team to oversee all aspects of Taxation including income, sales, and marijuana tax processing, compliance, collections, field audit, criminal tax, systems support, refund fraud detection, public information and education, and customer service. 

Prior to joining the Department of Revenue, Paul worked for 10 years for Andersen Consulting/Arthur Andersen Business Consulting on large-scale organizational strategy and system implementation projects.  Paul has a B.S. in Business (Accounting) and an M.S. in Business (Management Information Systems and Telecommunications) from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  In 2013, Paul led the effort to implement the retail marijuana sales and excise taxes in the state's tax processing system.

Karen M. O’Neill

Local Government Policy Specialist
Governor’s Center for Local Government Services, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Presenting -  Annual Report Filing for Municipal Authorities

Karen O’Neill joined the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services in the Department of Community and Economic Development in February 2007 as a Local Government Policy Specialist.  She manages the Municipal Statistics data base and directs a team of data entry and municipal support staff.  Karen is responsible for County, Municipal and School District data collections, e-filer training and assistance, form updates used in data collection, local withholding tax assistance, annual data releases and semiannual tax register releases.

Karen began her State employment with over 20 years of experience in municipal government where she worked in various positions and served in both staff and management capacities during her tenure.

She is a member of the Leadership Development Alumnae Association, comprised of graduates from the Commonwealth of PA’s Leadership Development Institute and served on its board from 2014 through 2017.


Donald J. Pierce, CPA

Maillie LLP

Presenting - Introduction to Financial Reporting & Accounting

Don Pierce is a partner in the Mont Clare office of Maillie LLP and serves on the firm’s Quality Control Committee and the Governmental and Not-for-Profit Services Committee. He handles a variety of clients
across the business spectrum including manufacturing, real estate, construction, not-for-profit organizations and local governments. His proficiency with various accounting software packages has been a plus for his clients. 

Joseph Seibert, CPA

Joseph E. Seibert, CPA, CGFM


Presenting -The Case for Intelligent Automation

Joe is a Partner in KPMG’s Harrisburg office with more than 30 years’ experience.The practice he leads principally includes state and local governments, and not‐for-profits including college and university and healthcare provider clients.

Joe’s experience includes serving clients that range from single service not‐for-profits to complex organizations such as State Governments. His government and not‐for profit clients have included general purpose governments, health care providers, educational institutions, student loan organizations, insurance companies, membership organizations, governmental financing authorities, pension plans, and foundations. As a result, he has a broad view of the organizations that serve the public. Joe has consulted with clients on numerous accounting issues, and is proactive in assisting clients with the implementation of new accounting standards. He has reviewed/evaluated and tested the internal controls as required by the Single Audit for two states and over a dozen county government clients in the
Mid‐Atlantic area. As a result of his audit experience in the States of Pennsylvania and Delaware, in the past 5 years he has reviewed internal controls and compliance for more than 30 different federal programs. The services he has provided include performance audits, performance improvement consulting, internal control reviews and grant monitoring.