Learn more about the experience and background of our Accounting Program Advisory Board Members below.
Accounting Program Advisory Board Members
Abigail L. Price Asbury
Abigail L. Price Asbury (B.S., Lehigh, ’11), is part of the campus recruiting team in PwC's Philadelphia office, currently managing the recruiting efforts across all Lines of Service for a key PwC regional office, as well as overseeing a market-wide early identification internship program designed to identify, recruit and convert high-performing ethnically diverse talent. Prior to this role, Abby spent two years in PwC’s Assurance practice primarily focused on real estate valuation and hospitality consulting projects. Abby has been with PwC since graduating from Lehigh, where she also earned a minor in Journalism.
Tracy S. Benard
Tracy S. Benard (B.S., Lehigh, ’93), CPA, is the national managing partner of KPMG’s U.S. Advisory Practice, helping lead nearly 10,000 partners and professionals in KPMG’s fastest growing business. She has over twenty years of experience in providing assurance and consulting services to a global client base with an emphasis on financial service providers. Tracy is based in KPMG’s New York office.
Todd Bialick (B.S., Lehigh, ’95; MBA, Wharton), CPA, is a Risk Assurance partner for PwC. He currently works in the Florham Park, NJ, office. He has over twenty years of experience working with multinational clients in the technology, finance, healthcare and communications industries. Todd is currently PwC’s Trust & Transparency Solutions Leader.
Joseph P. Charles
Joseph P. Charles (B.S., Lehigh, ’96), CPA, is a partner based in KPMG’s Philadelphia office, where he delivers audit and advisory services to companies in the retail energy, regulated utility, retail, and manufacturing industries. Joe has previous experience in KPMG’s National Technical Accounting office and is an IFRS expert. He is a frequent visitor to Lehigh’s campus, and serves as a guest speaker in several accounting classes.
Leonard Combs (B.S., Lehigh, ’92; MBA, NYU), CPA, is a partner in PwC's Florham Park, NJ office, currently serving as PwC's U.S. Chief Auditor and leader of Auditing Services, Methods & Tools. Len has over twenty years of experience providing accounting, auditing, and advisory services to multi-national clients. He has also served on the boards of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Junior Achievement of Southeastern PA. Len is the incoming Chair of the Advisory Board beginning his term as Chair in the 2016-2017 Academic Year.
Ray Cooper (B.S., Lehigh, ’87; MBA University of Chicago) a Managing Director for Citi Global Healthcare Investment Banking focusing on health care services including Managed Care and Pharmacy Benefit Management, Health Care Information Technology and Pharmaceutical Outsourcing. He joined Citi in September of 2008. Before joining Citi, Ray was a Managing Director in healthcare Investment Banking at Lehman Brothers.
Cathy Engelbert (B.S., Lehigh,’86), CPA, is currently the Chairman and CEO of Deloitte LLP, whose subsidiaries provide audit, tax, consulting, and advisory services. She was previously a member of Deloitte’s U.S. Board of Directors and was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte & Touche LLP, overseeing Deloitte’s U.S. audit practice. With over twenty-nine years of experience at Deloitte, Cathy has had a distinguished career serving large and complex global clients. She has spoken to influential media including CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, FOX Business Network, Fortune, and The Washington Post about key issues including global business trends, professional services, and how to advance diversity and inclusion in corporate America. Cathy is a member of the Center for Audit Quality Governing Board. She is a past recipient of the YWCA's Tribute to Women in Industry Award, and is listed among the Women’s Fund of New Jersey’s “25 Most Influential Women in Finance” and Crain’s New York Business “Most Powerful Women 2015”.
Richard Koenigsberg (B.S., Lehigh,’76), CPA, is the Managing Partner at Spielman Koenigsberg & Parker. He is a noted expert in individual and corporate taxation for both domestic and international tax laws. He has served on various industry committees including those involved with entertainment, financial media and taxation. While Richard’s clientele cover a broad spectrum, he concentrates his practice in the areas of financial management & taxation in the fields of entertainment, media, new media and technology. He is best known for his ability to simplify and provide reasonable solutions to complex issues, whether they are budgets, taxes or financial & estate plans. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of a major motion picture studio.
Rob Levine (B.S., Lehigh, ’87), CPA, is the Chief Operating Officer of EisnerAmper LLP. He manages overall firm operations as well as the specific capabilities of the human resources, information technology and finance teams to ensure that critical resources are in place for EisnerAmper to achieve its strategic goals. He has nearly thirty years of experience in public accounting, principally all of which have been with EisnerAmper. Prior to his appointment as COO, Rob was Partner-in-Charge of EisnerAmper University, the firm’s professional development and leadership training platform. He also oversaw the EisnerAmper Executive College, which offers complimentary continuing professional education for clients, alumni and other friends of the firm. Previously, Rob was an Audit Partner with 20 years of experience working primarily with public and private software, internet, biotechnology and other technology related businesses. Rob is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA).
Taylor Limbert (B.S., Lehigh, ’93), CPA, is a partner in the New York office of Deloitte. He is a partner with more than 20 years of experience in serving clients in New York, Tokyo and Washington D.C. focusing primarily on retail brokerage, investment management, and sales and trading clients. Taylor has extensive experience with auditing and consulting financial institutions in the areas of accounting, internal control readiness assessment and effectiveness testing, operational improvement, and regulatory compliance.
Linda Murad (B.S., Lehigh, ’02; M.S. in Accounting, Lehigh, ’03), CPA, is the Senior Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for Outfront Media. Before joining Outfront Media, she was a Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for iHeartMedia, Inc., Vice President of Finance for JCDecaux North America and she spent three years in public accounting at Ernst & Young. While at Lehigh, Linda received Tauck, Martindale, and Presidential scholarships.
Ryan Murray (B.S., Lehigh, ’06), CPA, is a Senior Manager in Ernst and Young’s assurance practice. Ryan started his career in EY’s Philadelphia office, where he served clients within the firm’s strategic growth markets group. He recently relocated to EY’s Zurich, Switzerland office, where he serves numerous international SEC registrants in the software and technology industries. Ryan has extensive experience in IPO’s, complex equity transactions, business combinations, and various other technical accounting matters. He is also part of the firm’s new revenue recognition standard implementation group.
Salvatore Restivo is an Assurance Partner with Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Office. Sal has over 25 years of experience serving the specialized needs of international and domestic banks, payments processors, investment banks and broker dealers. From 2001 – 2005 Sal was on secondment in Tokyo, Japan with Ernst & Young’s International Financial Services Group. In Tokyo, Sal’s focus was to provide assurance and advisory services to financial institutions operating in Japan and Asia Non-Japan.
Sal has an MBA – Public Accounting from St. John’s University Graduate School of Business and a BS – Finance from St. John’s University College of Business. He is a CPA licensed in the State of New York and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Sal is a member of the Board of Directors of Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation. Sal is married and has three children.
Michael Rossi (Lehigh ’11, G’12) is a senior associate in KPMG’s New York Deal Advisory practice, providing domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition services for both financial and strategic buyers. He has over three years of deal advisory experience, particularly in pre-sale buy-side and sell-side due diligence, pre-sale structuring advice, and post-close purchase price adjustments and disputes. Michael has experience in US GAAP and IFRS, revenue recognition, business combinations, purchase and sale agreements, and debt agreements/compliance. While at KPMG, Michael has performed financial due diligence for over 40 transactions and has been responsible for managing various aspects of the due diligence process including: quality of historical earnings, analysis of working capital requirements, review of sale and purchase agreements, review of debt compliance agreements, post-closing working capital and purchase price disputes, and assistance with complex accounting matters. Michael also has experience assisting clients with financial modelling. He has participated in Deal Advisory engagements in the following industries: consumer products, specialty retail, manufacturing, media and entertainment, oil field services, technology and telecommunications, and financial services.
Michele Scaringella (B.S., Lehigh, ’90), is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CBS Television Stations, based in New York City. As CFO, Michele has financial oversight for the twenty-nine local television stations owned and operated by CBS Corporation. Prior to assuming this position in 2010, she was Senior Vice President Internal Audit, for CBS Corporation. Prior to CBS separating from Viacom in 2006, she worked for Viacom as the vice president in charge of Financial Reporting and Analysis.
D. Scott Showalter
D. Scott Showalter (B.S., University of Richmond, ’75), CPA and CGMA, is a professor of practice in the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University. Scott joined Poole College of Management in 2008 after a 33-year career with KPMG LLP. He teaches auditing at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as graduate-level research and sustainability courses. His research includes topics related to data analytics and sustainability. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Scott is currently the chair of Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board and board member of the North Carolina Association of CPA’s. Scott is a licensed CPA in North Carolina.
Stephen Smith (B.S., Lehigh, ’81), CPA, is a senior finance executive with C-suite experience as CFO and advisor. Steve was formerly the executive vice president and chief financial officer with The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a leading natural and organic food and personal care products company in North America and Europe. Prior to this position, he was the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Elizabeth Arden, Inc., and a partner with PwC in the New York metro region. He is also Finance Secretary and on the Board of Trustees of Montebello Jewish Center.
Ralph Albert Thomas
Ralph Albert Thomas (B.S. Lehigh’76, MBA Lehigh ’77G), CGMA, has served since 1999 as the CEO and Executive Director of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA), a nonprofit, professional business organization comprised of more than 15,500 CPAs and prospective CPAs. At the NJCPA, Ralph has responsibility for four entities, including one of the largest Scholarship Funds in the country supporting students pursuing degrees in accounting. Prior to joining the NJCPA, Ralph spent almost thirteen years at Citibank as Vice President and Region Audit Head in the M&A and Structured Finance Group. He serves on business school and/or accounting advisory boards for five Northeastern colleges and universities, on the AICPA’s inaugural National Commission for Diversity and Inclusion, and was recently appointed to the AICPA Foundation Board. Ralph is a lifetime member and former national president of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and serves on NABA’s President’s Advisory Council, Finance Committee and Corporate Advisory Board. He was selected in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by Accounting Today as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.” Beyond serving on the Accounting Department’s advisory council, Ralph also serves on Lehigh’s CBE Dean’s Advisory Council and is a Trustee Emeritus on Lehigh’s Board of Trustees.
William K. Velekei
William K. Velekei (B.S., Lehigh ‘2013), CPA. Upon graduation, Will obtained his CPA license and worked as an audit associate for KPMG in Philadelphia. In 2015, he transitioned from public accounting to the wealth management industry. Currently Will works for Concannon Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He assists with the preparation and presentation of financial plans and analysis for high net worth individuals and families.
Will is an active member in the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). He will be formally inducted as a member of the executive committee service a two-year term beginning in May 2016.
Will is originally from Bethlehem, PA where he presently resides. He volunteers for the Salvation Army Children’s Services of the Lehigh Valley, and sits on various sporting race committees which organize the St. Luke’s Marathon and Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Half Marathon. He also serves on the financial planning counseling team at his church, First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem. In his free time, Will enjoys being outside on his bike, running and hiking. He also enjoys spending time with his friends and family and playing golf.
Bob Watters (B.S., Lehigh, ’85), CPA, is an audit partner Ernst & Young’s Northeast assurance practice. He has over thirty years of experience providing audit services to many large global clients. For three years, Bob was the Global Strategy and Planning Partner based in London and led engagement teams around the world. He often serves as the independent review partner for many of Ernst & Young’s largest and most complex engagements. Bob was the Chair of the Advisory Board until the end of the 2015-2016 Academic Year.
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