Cecily is the McCoy Endowed Chair in Accounting at Texas State University. She teaches both Fraud Prevention and Detection (a graduate elective in the Master of Accountancy program) and Intermediate Accounting I at the undergraduate level. She received her BBA, MBA, and PhD from Louisiana State University and she’s a CPA, CMA, and CFE. She is co-author of Cost Accounting: Foundations and Evolutions and sole author of Core Concepts in Accounting. Cecily has had numerous publications in academic and professional journals, including Strategic Finance, Journal of Business Ethics, Corporate Reputation Review, Accounting and the Public Interest, CPA Journal, Ethics & Behavior, and International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances. She has been a member of the Austin Chapter of the ACFE since moving here from New Orleans in 2006.
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.
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.
Marci is retired from the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) where she most recently served as the Director of Enterprise Risk Management. In addition to implementing ERS’ risk management program, she has over 25 years of internal auditing experience with state agencies, including 20 years in ERS’ internal audit department as both a staff auditor and the Director of Internal Audit. Marci is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and holds a Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA) and a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). Marci received a BBA in Accounting from Texas A&M University. She is currently the Board Secretary of the Austin Area Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners after having served many years as a Director. Marci has served on the Board of Governors for the Institute of Internal Auditors – Austin Chapter and is a Past President of the Association of Public Pension Fund Auditors as well as a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. She is a founding member and served on the Board of Directors for the Lake Travis Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League, a non-profit organization that initiates and encourages young men and their mothers to pursue philanthropic involvement in their community. Marci currently consults part time for Weaver and Tidwell in the Risk Advisory Services practice.
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.
Cynthia is co-founder of Workplace FactFinders, a licensed investigations firm that specializes in investigating business-related misconduct. She has over 15 years’ experience in the private sector, conducting complex, high-profile and business-critical investigations. Cynthia previously managed the enterprise-wide employee hotline for Transamerica Life Insurance Company, which serviced over 12,000 employees. She has trained and supervised a team of investigators and has personally investigated hundreds of matters. Cynthia is co-author of the book Company Confidential: The Secrets to Efficiently Resolving Employee Conflict. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Human Relations from Amberton University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech/Communications from Iowa State University and a paralegal certificate. She is a Fellow, Life Management Institute (with distinction) and has been a Certified Fraud Examiner since 2008. Cynthia has been a member of the Austin Chapter of the ACFE since moving here in 2015.