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Billy Petty

President



Billy is a Consultant at the public accounting firm Heyman & Associates, PLLC, where he serves clients needing forensic accounting and fraud examination services.  Billy has more than 28 years of experience in law enforcement, including almost 10 years of white-collar crimes investigations. Billy earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Economic Crime Investigations from Syracuse University’s Utica College, and a Master in Business Administration from Texas A&M University’s Corpus Christi campus. Billy is a Certified Fraud Examiner, and holds a Master Peace Officer’s certificate. Billy is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Billy is an adjunct instructor for the National White Collar Crime Center in the Financial Investigations Practical Skills class and the Targeting Investment Fraud course which is conducted jointly with FINRA.



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Erin Anker

Vice President




Erin is a shareholder in the public accounting firm of Phillips Anker, PC in Austin, Texas. She works with small to medium-sized businesses consulting with them on their various business needs ranging from financial statement and tax preparation to internal controls and fraud protection. Erin has held her Certified Fraud Examiner credential since 2007; she has over 21 years of accounting experience, and holds a CPA and a CFF credential (Certified in Financial Forensics) from the AICPA, as well as a CVA (Certified Valuators and Analysts) from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. She received her BS in Accounting and Business Administration from Widener University in Wilmington, Delaware.


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Donna Knapp

Secretary



Donna M Knapp is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years of experience. Additionally she has acquired the following certifications; (CFF) Certified Financial Forensic, (CITP) Certified Information Technology Professional and (CFE) Certified Fraud Examiner. Her professional experience includes fraud investigation, prevention and assessment, data analytics, litigation support and federal and state taxation. She has provided data analysis and litigation support services in both business and divorce litigation, investigated business fraud and administered fraud risk assessments for clients. In 2014 the San Antonio Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, presented her with a Professional Speakers Award for her presentation on “Finding Hidden Assets in Divorce Cases”. Presently she serves as the chairwoman of the Communications Committee of the Business Valuation Forensic Litigation Support (BVFLS) section of the Texas Society of CPAs.



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Maddie Conner

Treasurer




Maddie is currently a masters accounting student at St. Edward's University and will receive her Bachelors in Business Administration in Accounting from St. Edward's University in August of 2018.  Upon graduating with her Masters in the summer of 2019, she plans to obtain CFE and CPA licenses. Maddie works for Heyman & Associates, PLLC, where she assists with a wide range of client needs from tax preparation to forensic accounting to setting up accounting systems, including written policies and procedures.



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Jared Jordan

Director




Jared serves as a Managing Director in the Dispute Advisory and Forensics practice and is the leader of the Austin office of HSSK, LLC. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner with over 17 years of experience assisting clients with the financial and accounting aspects of disputes and investigations including serving as an expert witness in litigation matters. Jared's experience includes developing and analyzing damage claims, conducting fraud and financial forensics investigations, examining and assessing corporate governance practices and internal controls, and evaluating complex data sets resulting from allegations of breach of contract, financial misrepresentation, fraud, director and officer misconduct, misuse of corporate funds and breach of fiduciary duty.


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Carolyn Conn

Director




Carolyn Conn, Ph.D., CFE, CPA, is on the accounting faculty at Texas State University.  She has been a CFE since 1997 and has consistently promoted the ACFE and the profession of fraud examination.  She was instrumental in including a Fraud Examination course in the master's of accounting program when it was implemented at St. Edward's University and taught that course for several years.  Many of her students have become CFEs.  She has spent approximately half of her career in the classroom and half in higher education administration.  She credits the ACFE with providing valuable insights and ideas for improving accounting operations and for enhancing her students' education.



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Doug Lowe

Director





Doug Lowe is an attorney and Certified Fraud Examiner in private practice in Anderson County. Previously, Doug served as Anderson County Criminal District Attorney for sixteen years. Before being elected District Attorney, he was in private practice in Palestine, Texas as a certified personal injury trial lawyer by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Houston in Business Technology and he obtained his JD from the University of Houston in 1978. Doug was appointed to the Texas Lottery Commission by Governor Abbott in 2015.   He anticipates receiving a LLM (Masters of Law) in Risk Management from Texas A & M School of Law in May of 2019.


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Ping Ku

Membership

Committee Chair





Ping has worked with Texas General Land Office (GLO) for over 20 years.  During this time, she had worked in several programs, and held various positions in auditing, accounting, and financial analysis related work.  Her current responsibilities include audit of Oil and Gas leases for the State.  As a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, she is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) since 2012.  When not working, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spent time with family.


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Melissa Stice Larson

Speakers

Committee Chair





Melissa has over 24 years of audit expertise with 19 years in healthcare IT environments.  She possesses extensive knowledge of security risk management, HIPAA compliance, claims processing, and IT controls.   She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Texas, Arlington and is certified as an Information Systems Auditor (CISA), an Internal Auditor (CIA), a Fraud Examiner (CFE), and a HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP).  She has acted as a servant leader throughout her career in non-profit healthcare and government sectors.  She is a past president of the local Austin Chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and, she currently spends her spare time volunteering and fund raising with her children's High School Band Booster Club.  Her other interests include reading, golfing, boating, and travel.


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Cynthia Fenton

Website

Committee Chair