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The Conference Center at Sea-Tac

17801 International Blvd
Seattle, WA 98158

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16.0 Credits

Member Price $499.00

Non-Member Price $599.00

Overview

Unsure of GASB's latest pronouncements? Have questions on how the new Yellow Book will affect your work? Baffled by artificial intelligence and how to minimize cybersecurity risks? The WSCPA Governmental Accounting & Auditing Conference is here to help accountants and auditors in the government sector to find clarity and stay aware of the latest developments!

Join us for two days of information-packed sessions led by national and local experts, plus opportunities to connect with peers. Deepen your understanding of current happenings at GASB, GAO, and the AICPA. Uncover what's new with single audit, fraud, cybersecurity, and more, while remaining thoughtful and using foresight in your work.

Be sure to join us for a networking reception at the end of conference's first day. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to expand your network and build valuable relationships with others who are passionate about governmental accounting and auditing.

Register now to stay up to date and even rejuvenate your career at this premier governmental A&A conference!

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Highlights

  • GASB update.
  • Single audit challenges.
  • Fraud schemes affecting local government agencies.
  • Improving accounting and auditing processes
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Prerequisites

None.

Designed For

CPAs and other professionals working in government.

Objectives

Keep up with new standards, as well as current trends affecting local government agencies.

Preparation

None.

Wednesday, April 17

General Session

7:40am - 7:50am PDT Registration, Sign-in, and Breakfast

General Session

7:50am - 8:00am PDT Welcome and Announcements

General Session

8:00am - 8:50am PDT GASB Update - Part 1

David Bean, CEO & Former GASB Director, Governmental Accounting Standards Board

David Bean

David Bean, CPA, is the CEO of Governmental Accounting Research, LLC. After serving as the director of research and technical activities for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board for over 30 years, he retired from the GASB in 2021.

Prior to joining the GASB, David worked in public accounting and government. He also has served as Deputy Chairman of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB). He was the lead author on the 1988 Governmental Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting and was the founder of the GAAFR Review. He was the last director of the National Council on Governmental Accounting before the formation of the GASB in 1984.

David is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, the Connecticut and Illinois Government Finance Officers Associations, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, the Association of Government Accountants, the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, and the Municipal Analysts Group of New York.

Join us as returning guest speaker, David Bean, provides valuable insights into the evolving landscape of governmental accounting. Explore critical topics, including new standards implementation and essential accounting adjustments.

General Session

8:50am - 9:00am PDT Break

General Session

9:00am - 9:50am PDT GASB Update - Part 2

David Bean, CEO & Former GASB Director, Governmental Accounting Standards Board

David Bean

David Bean, CPA, is the CEO of Governmental Accounting Research, LLC. After serving as the director of research and technical activities for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board for over 30 years, he retired from the GASB in 2021.

Prior to joining the GASB, David worked in public accounting and government. He also has served as Deputy Chairman of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB). He was the lead author on the 1988 Governmental Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting and was the founder of the GAAFR Review. He was the last director of the National Council on Governmental Accounting before the formation of the GASB in 1984.

David is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, the Connecticut and Illinois Government Finance Officers Associations, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, the Association of Government Accountants, the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, and the Municipal Analysts Group of New York.

General Session

9:50am - 10:00am PDT Break

General Session

10:00am - 10:50am PDT Fighting Fraud with the Office of the Washington State Auditor - Part 1

Pat McCarthy, Washington State Auditor, Washington State Auditor's Office

Pat McCarthy

Pat McCarthy is the 11th Washington State Auditor and became the first woman elected to the position when she took the oath of office in 2017. Previously, Pat was twice elected Pierce County Executive; she is also the first woman to hold that role. Over more than 30 years of her public service career, Pat has served as Pierce County Auditor and Deputy Auditor, and Board President for the Tacoma School District.

Brandi Pritchard, Assistant Director of Local Audit and, Washington State Auditor's Office

Brandi Pritchard

Brandi Pritchard, CFE, Assistant Director of Local Audit and Special Investigations; Brandi has been with the Office of the Washington State Auditor since 2003. In her role as Assistant Director, she assists with statewide oversight and management of financial, federal and accountability audits for local governments, as well as the Office’s fraud investigation program. She served as an Audit Manager for four years prior to becoming an Assistant Director of Local Audit and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Stephanie Sullivan, Special Investigations Program Mgr., Washington State Auditor's Office

Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan is a Special Investigations Program Manager for the Office of the Washington State Auditor. She serves as a senior level representative working with both state

and local government agencies and audit teams over fraud investigations. Having been with SAO since 2012, Stephanie has experience working with and providing investigation records to local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Before working for SAO, she was Internal Auditor with the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Oregon University.

Join Washington State Auditor Pat McCarthy, and members of SAO's Special Investigation Team to hear about the latest on the fraud fighting front, including:

  • Recent fraud case studies and lessons learned for governments and auditors
  • Red flags you can watch for to prevent cyberlosses
  • The role of elected and appointed officials in preventing fraud
  • Unexpected revenues: SAO’s latest resource on fraud prevention

General Session

10:50am - 11:00am PDT Break

General Session

11:00am - 11:50am PDT Fighting Fraud with the Office of the Washington State Auditor - Part 2

Pat McCarthy, Washington State Auditor, Washington State Auditor's Office

Pat McCarthy

Pat McCarthy is the 11th Washington State Auditor and became the first woman elected to the position when she took the oath of office in 2017. Previously, Pat was twice elected Pierce County Executive; she is also the first woman to hold that role. Over more than 30 years of her public service career, Pat has served as Pierce County Auditor and Deputy Auditor, and Board President for the Tacoma School District.

Brandi Pritchard, Assistant Director of Local Audit and, Washington State Auditor's Office

Brandi Pritchard

Brandi Pritchard, CFE, Assistant Director of Local Audit and Special Investigations; Brandi has been with the Office of the Washington State Auditor since 2003. In her role as Assistant Director, she assists with statewide oversight and management of financial, federal and accountability audits for local governments, as well as the Office’s fraud investigation program. She served as an Audit Manager for four years prior to becoming an Assistant Director of Local Audit and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Stephanie Sullivan, Special Investigations Program Mgr., Washington State Auditor's Office

Stephanie Sullivan

Stephanie Sullivan is a Special Investigations Program Manager for the Office of the Washington State Auditor. She serves as a senior level representative working with both state

and local government agencies and audit teams over fraud investigations. Having been with SAO since 2012, Stephanie has experience working with and providing investigation records to local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Before working for SAO, she was Internal Auditor with the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Oregon University.

General Session

11:50am - 12:40pm PDT Lunch Break

General Session

12:40pm - 1:40pm PDT GAO Update

Michael Bingham, Assistant Director, US Government Accountability Office

Michael Bingham

Mr. Bingham is an Assistant Director for the Financial Management and Assurance (FMA) team at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). He is part of the Standards group, and his duties have included both the 2024 and 2018 revisions of Government Auditing Standards (the Yellow Book); developing comment letters to respond to proposals of national and international standard setters; and responding to Yellow Book and Green Book (Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government) technical assistance inquiries. Mr. Bingham also serves as a project liaison to the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) and has served on various AICPA task forces and working groups. Since joining GAO in 2008, Mr. Bingham has worked on financial and performance audits of various U.S. Government entities, focusing on government-wide and Department of Defense financial management matters.

Prior to joining GAO, Mr. Bingham worked for an inner city tutoring and mentoring non-profit in Chicago. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and his M.A.S. from Northern Illinois University. He is a CPA licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Join us for an exclusive session with Michael Bingham, an accomplished Assistant Director for the Financial Management and Assurance (FMA) team at the GAO. Get the latest insights on professional standards and changes in engagements conducted according to Government Auditing Standards. Don’t miss this opportunity to stay informed and elevate your expertise!

General Session

1:40pm - 1:50pm PDT Break

General Session

1:50pm - 3:10pm PDT Single Audit Challenges

Amy Sutherland, Director, Professional Practice Group, Moss Adams LLP (Admin Office)

Amy Sutherland

Amy has practiced in public accounting and private industry since 1999. She is a member of Moss Adams’ Government and Not-for-Profit Group and focuses on delivering assurance and business consulting services to a variety of not-for-profit entities, governmental entities, and Tribal governments and organizations. Her expertise includes GAAP pertinent to not-for-profit and governmental entities, federal compliance audits, and regulatory and statutory accounting and reporting. In her role in the firm’s national office, she supports the firm’s assurance practice by participating in technical consultations on complex audit and accounting matters; monitoring for updates to audit and attestation standards, and changes in federal program compliance requirements. She also assists in managing continuing education programs on a variety of subjects for all levels of assurance professionals.

In this engaging session, Amy Sutherland, auditing expert, will guide you through the intricacies of single audit reporting, providing a clear path from program-specific audits to major program determination.

General Session

3:10pm - 3:20pm PDT Break

General Session

3:20pm - 4:20pm PDT Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity

Alexander Salazar Jr., Cybersecurity Advisor, CISA Cybersecruty & Infrastructure Security Agency

Alexander Salazar Jr.

Alex serves as a Cybersecurity Advisor for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in King County and Seattle. His position involves engaging stakeholders in the PNW to talk about cybersecurity approaches and solutions. Alex also serves as an Officer in the Washington Army National Guard and engages with local Veterans through the Ballard VFW Post. Alex holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree from Central Washington University and a Master’s of Science Degree from the University of Washington.

General Session

4:20pm - 4:25pm PDT Adjourn

Thursday, April 18

General Session

7:40am - 7:50am PDT Registration, Sign-In, and Breakfast

General Session

7:50am - 8:00am PDT Welcome and Announcements

General Session

8:00am - 8:50am PDT Artificial Intelligence For Accounting and Financial Professionals - Part 1

Lawrence McClelland, Associate, K2 Enterprises, LLC

Lawrence McClelland

Mac McClelland, an attorney and accounting professional, is an associate of K2 Enterprises of Hammond, Louisiana, and Network Management Group of Hutchinson, Kansas. Mac was formerly the director of the Centre for Financial Studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, where he lived and worked for seven years from 1990 to 1997. He was also a member of the faculty of the Advanced Business Programme, ranked in the top 100 MBA programs in the world by The Economist, specializing in business strategy and strategic management accounting. He gained his practical experience in information systems with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and has an established practice in business and technology consulting. Mac has taught hundreds of continuing professional education seminars to accountants and business managers in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Southeast Asia. His presentations are highly rated, and he has won several awards for teaching excellence.Mac has been published in leading business and practitioner journals, including Tax Ideas, Computers in Accounting, Journal of Accounting Education, Chartered Accountants Journal of New Zealand, and the top-rated Journal of Accounting Research.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a futuristic concept. Instead, AI has entered the mainstream and now offers opportunities for improved efficiency and accuracy in accounting practices. Identifying optimal scenarios, detecting potentially fraudulent transactions, automating data entry and review, and generating responses to GASB notices are all examples of tasks that you can automate today with AI. In this session, you will learn how to harness AI’s power to improve accuracy, efficiency, productivity, and – most importantly – profitability. This session is one you can’t afford to miss…the future of your practice may depend upon it.

General Session

8:50am - 9:00am PDT Break

General Session

9:00am - 9:50am PDT Artificial Intelligence For Accounting and Financial Professionals - Part 2

Lawrence McClelland, Associate, K2 Enterprises, LLC

Lawrence McClelland

Mac McClelland, an attorney and accounting professional, is an associate of K2 Enterprises of Hammond, Louisiana, and Network Management Group of Hutchinson, Kansas. Mac was formerly the director of the Centre for Financial Studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, where he lived and worked for seven years from 1990 to 1997. He was also a member of the faculty of the Advanced Business Programme, ranked in the top 100 MBA programs in the world by The Economist, specializing in business strategy and strategic management accounting. He gained his practical experience in information systems with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and has an established practice in business and technology consulting. Mac has taught hundreds of continuing professional education seminars to accountants and business managers in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Southeast Asia. His presentations are highly rated, and he has won several awards for teaching excellence.Mac has been published in leading business and practitioner journals, including Tax Ideas, Computers in Accounting, Journal of Accounting Education, Chartered Accountants Journal of New Zealand, and the top-rated Journal of Accounting Research.

General Session

9:50am - 10:00am PDT Break

General Session

10:00am - 10:50am PDT Benefits and Best Practices for Telework

Jaclyn Veno, Galasso Learning Solutions LLC

Jaclyn Veno

Jaclyn Veno is a licensed CPA and holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Accounting from Clemson University. Before joining Galasso Learning Solutions, she was an auditor for two top-10 CPA firms. Jaclyn has extensive experience developing both staff and interns including the onboarding of overseas staff. She has fond memories of her time spent completing dozens of acquisition audits for one growing client. Jaclyn holds certificates in adult learning and instructional design from the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and will be completing her Training & Facilitation Certificate this spring.

In the era before the pandemic, telework remained an underutilized concept within state and local government agencies. However, times have changed. As organizations adapt to the evolving landscape, telework is no longer a mere contingency plan—it’s a strategic imperative.

Join us in shaping the future of government work. Let’s harness the power of telework to build resilient, efficient, and engaged teams!

General Session

10:50am - 11:00am PDT Break

General Session

11:00am - 11:50am PDT Self-Care and Mindfulness: Core Leadership Competencies

Jaclyn Veno, Galasso Learning Solutions LLC

Jaclyn Veno

Jaclyn Veno is a licensed CPA and holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Accounting from Clemson University. Before joining Galasso Learning Solutions, she was an auditor for two top-10 CPA firms. Jaclyn has extensive experience developing both staff and interns including the onboarding of overseas staff. She has fond memories of her time spent completing dozens of acquisition audits for one growing client. Jaclyn holds certificates in adult learning and instructional design from the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and will be completing her Training & Facilitation Certificate this spring.

Stress has long been a companion in the world of CPAs. However, the emergence of COVID-19 and other environmental factors has intensified its impact on our lives. In this enlightening session, we delve into the effects of stress and explore how CPAs can harness best practices in meditation and self-care to mitigate its effects and achieve optimal personal health.

By participating, you’ll walk away with a practical action plan to incorporate self-care into your daily routine. Just as flight attendants remind us to secure our own oxygen masks before assisting others, we’ll learn how to apply these techniques to foster a healthy workplace culture. Our goal? Empowering leaders to lead by example and encourage their colleagues to prioritize well-being, ensuring they can perform at their best in the office.

General Session

11:50am - 12:40pm PDT Lunch Break

General Session

12:40pm - 1:30pm PDT ESG Reporting Considerations for Governmental Organizations

Anna Waldren, Moss Adams LLP (Seattle)

Anna Waldren

Anna has practiced public accounting since 2013. Her expertise includes GAAP as promulgated by the GASB; federal and state compliance audits including those in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and the single audits of federal awards; and financial statement audits and reviews of not-for-profit and health care entities. Anna also has over nine years of experience providing assurance services over Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting, including greenhouse gas inventories and Green Bond-related assurance engagements. She serves as one of the leaders of Moss Adams’ ESG assurance practice.

General Session

1:30pm - 1:40pm PDT Break

General Session

1:40pm - 2:30pm PDT Auditing Standards Update - Part 1

Andrew Prather, Audit Shareholder, Clark Nuber PS

Andrew Prather

Andrew Prather, CPA, is an audit shareholder at Clark Nuber PS based in the Seattle metro area. He is a leader in the firm’s Not-for-Profit Services Group and provides a wide range of not-for-profit organizations with audit and consulting services.

Andrew is a current member of the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board. He recently served as chair of the planning committee for the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Industry Conference. He previously was a member of the FASB’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Expert Panel and also served on the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Entities Audit & Accounting Guide Revision Task Force. Andrew has served as the chair of the WSCPA Not-for-Profit Committee and co-chair of the WSCPA Not-for-Profit Conference. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars, and webcasts for the AICPA, state CPA societies, and industry groups.

Andrew also serves as his firm’s Quality Control Director overseeing the firm’s audit quality assurance program and serving as a technical resource to the firm’s professional staff.

Contact information: aprather@clarknuber.com; 425.635.4571. https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-prather-cpa/

Troy Rector, Shareholder, Clark Nuber PS

Troy Rector

Troy Rector, CPA, is a shareholder in the Not For Profit and Governmental Services Group at Clark Nuber PS and has spent his career serving tax exempt organizations. He serves a range of tax exempt organizations including low income housing, healthcare and others receiving governmental grant assistance. Troy regularly advises and presents on Uniform Guidance and Single Audit related topics. He is the past chair of the WSCPA Governmental Audit & Accounting Committee, a member of the AICPA’s Government Audit Quality Center’s Executive Committee and board member of a local school district foundation.

Explore the dynamic landscape of auditing standards with insights from Andrew Prather and Troy Rector. In this illuminating session, discover the latest activities of the Auditing Standards Board, delve into the recently issued standards, and gain clarity on how they will influence your planned audit procedures and reporting practices.

General Session

2:30pm - 2:40pm PDT Break

General Session

2:40pm - 3:30pm PDT Auditing Standards Update - Part 2

Andrew Prather, Audit Shareholder, Clark Nuber PS

Andrew Prather

Andrew Prather, CPA, is an audit shareholder at Clark Nuber PS based in the Seattle metro area. He is a leader in the firm’s Not-for-Profit Services Group and provides a wide range of not-for-profit organizations with audit and consulting services.

Andrew is a current member of the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board. He recently served as chair of the planning committee for the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Industry Conference. He previously was a member of the FASB’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Expert Panel and also served on the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Entities Audit & Accounting Guide Revision Task Force. Andrew has served as the chair of the WSCPA Not-for-Profit Committee and co-chair of the WSCPA Not-for-Profit Conference. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars, and webcasts for the AICPA, state CPA societies, and industry groups.

Andrew also serves as his firm’s Quality Control Director overseeing the firm’s audit quality assurance program and serving as a technical resource to the firm’s professional staff.

Contact information: aprather@clarknuber.com; 425.635.4571. https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-prather-cpa/

Troy Rector, Shareholder, Clark Nuber PS

Troy Rector

Troy Rector, CPA, is a shareholder in the Not For Profit and Governmental Services Group at Clark Nuber PS and has spent his career serving tax exempt organizations. He serves a range of tax exempt organizations including low income housing, healthcare and others receiving governmental grant assistance. Troy regularly advises and presents on Uniform Guidance and Single Audit related topics. He is the past chair of the WSCPA Governmental Audit & Accounting Committee, a member of the AICPA’s Government Audit Quality Center’s Executive Committee and board member of a local school district foundation.

 

General Session

3:30pm - 3:40pm PDT Break

General Session

3:40pm - 4:30pm PDT U.S., Washington and Local Economic Outlook – Mix of Sun and Clouds

Lizbeth Martin-Mahar, Chief Economist at King County, King County Department of Finance

Lizbeth Martin-Mahar

Lizbeth Martin-Mahar is King County’s Chief Economist in the Office of Economic and Financial Analysis. She has more than twenty-five years of work experience as a professional economist working for various government agencies. Most recently Lizbeth worked in Washington DC for FEMA as a senior economist in the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant program. Prior to that, Lizbeth worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) as the Assistant Director of Economic Analysis leading a team of economists forecasting transportation revenues. Prior to that Lizbeth worked with the Washington Legislature evaluating tax preferences for the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) and as an economist forecasting state revenues for the Washington Department of Revenue. Lizbeth has a Ph.D. from Purdue University and an MS from the University of Idaho both in Agricultural Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of Washington. Lizbeth’s husband is an environmental engineer with the Department of Ecology and they have a son who is a junior at the University of Washington studying Economics and Business.

US, Washington and our local economy has a mix of sun and clouds right now in 2024. Unemployment is at a historic low, and economic growth remains positive. Yet the effects of high inflation and rising interest rates are beginning to take their toll on Washingtonians. For consumers, prices have been rising faster than wages, but consumer sentiment and outlook on their finances has remained positive. And because inflation is still above the Federal Reserve’s target, there is not likely to be rate reductions right away in 2024 and there may be fewer adjustments. Will inflation remain elevated in 2024, despite its recent trend downward? Will interest rates stay high and for how long? How would persistent higher interest rates impact the local housing industry?

How is the national and state economy affecting local residents? King county’s latest March economic and revenue forecasts with its mix of sun and clouds will be explained. In addition, an examination of how well local Washington counties’ key statistics for population, per capital income, home prices and employment will be presented.

General Session

4:30pm - 4:35pm PDT Adjourn

Leader(s):

Leader Bios

Alexander Salazar Jr., Cybersecurity Advisor, CISA Cybersecruty & Infrastructure Security Agency

Alex serves as a Cybersecurity Advisor for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in King County and Seattle. His position involves engaging stakeholders in the PNW to talk about cybersecurity approaches and solutions. Alex also serves as an Officer in the Washington Army National Guard and engages with local Veterans through the Ballard VFW Post. Alex holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree from Central Washington University and a Master’s of Science Degree from the University of Washington.

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Amy Sutherland, Director, Professional Practice Group, Moss Adams LLP (Admin Office)

Amy has practiced in public accounting and private industry since 1999. She is a member of Moss Adams’ Government and Not-for-Profit Group and focuses on delivering assurance and business consulting services to a variety of not-for-profit entities, governmental entities, and Tribal governments and organizations. Her expertise includes GAAP pertinent to not-for-profit and governmental entities, federal compliance audits, and regulatory and statutory accounting and reporting. In her role in the firm’s national office, she supports the firm’s assurance practice by participating in technical consultations on complex audit and accounting matters; monitoring for updates to audit and attestation standards, and changes in federal program compliance requirements. She also assists in managing continuing education programs on a variety of subjects for all levels of assurance professionals.

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Andrew Prather, Audit Shareholder, Clark Nuber PS

Andrew Prather, CPA, is an audit shareholder at Clark Nuber PS based in the Seattle metro area. He is a leader in the firm’s Not-for-Profit Services Group and provides a wide range of not-for-profit organizations with audit and consulting services.

Andrew is a current member of the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board. He recently served as chair of the planning committee for the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Industry Conference. He previously was a member of the FASB’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Expert Panel and also served on the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Entities Audit & Accounting Guide Revision Task Force. Andrew has served as the chair of the WSCPA Not-for-Profit Committee and co-chair of the WSCPA Not-for-Profit Conference. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars, and webcasts for the AICPA, state CPA societies, and industry groups.

Andrew also serves as his firm’s Quality Control Director overseeing the firm’s audit quality assurance program and serving as a technical resource to the firm’s professional staff.

Contact information: aprather@clarknuber.com; 425.635.4571. https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-prather-cpa/

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Anna Waldren, Moss Adams LLP (Seattle)

Anna has practiced public accounting since 2013. Her expertise includes GAAP as promulgated by the GASB; federal and state compliance audits including those in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and the single audits of federal awards; and financial statement audits and reviews of not-for-profit and health care entities. Anna also has over nine years of experience providing assurance services over Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) reporting, including greenhouse gas inventories and Green Bond-related assurance engagements. She serves as one of the leaders of Moss Adams’ ESG assurance practice.

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Brandi Pritchard, Assistant Director of Local Audit and, Washington State Auditor's Office

Brandi Pritchard, CFE, Assistant Director of Local Audit and Special Investigations; Brandi has been with the Office of the Washington State Auditor since 2003. In her role as Assistant Director, she assists with statewide oversight and management of financial, federal and accountability audits for local governments, as well as the Office’s fraud investigation program. She served as an Audit Manager for four years prior to becoming an Assistant Director of Local Audit and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

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David Bean, CEO & Former GASB Director, Governmental Accounting Standards Board

David Bean, CPA, is the CEO of Governmental Accounting Research, LLC. After serving as the director of research and technical activities for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board for over 30 years, he retired from the GASB in 2021.

Prior to joining the GASB, David worked in public accounting and government. He also has served as Deputy Chairman of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB). He was the lead author on the 1988 Governmental Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting and was the founder of the GAAFR Review. He was the last director of the National Council on Governmental Accounting before the formation of the GASB in 1984.

David is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, the Connecticut and Illinois Government Finance Officers Associations, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, the Association of Government Accountants, the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, and the Municipal Analysts Group of New York.

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Jaclyn Veno, Galasso Learning Solutions LLC

Jaclyn Veno is a licensed CPA and holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Accounting from Clemson University. Before joining Galasso Learning Solutions, she was an auditor for two top-10 CPA firms. Jaclyn has extensive experience developing both staff and interns including the onboarding of overseas staff. She has fond memories of her time spent completing dozens of acquisition audits for one growing client. Jaclyn holds certificates in adult learning and instructional design from the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and will be completing her Training & Facilitation Certificate this spring.

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Lawrence McClelland, Associate, K2 Enterprises, LLC

Mac McClelland, an attorney and accounting professional, is an associate of K2 Enterprises of Hammond, Louisiana, and Network Management Group of Hutchinson, Kansas. Mac was formerly the director of the Centre for Financial Studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, where he lived and worked for seven years from 1990 to 1997. He was also a member of the faculty of the Advanced Business Programme, ranked in the top 100 MBA programs in the world by The Economist, specializing in business strategy and strategic management accounting. He gained his practical experience in information systems with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and has an established practice in business and technology consulting. Mac has taught hundreds of continuing professional education seminars to accountants and business managers in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Southeast Asia. His presentations are highly rated, and he has won several awards for teaching excellence.Mac has been published in leading business and practitioner journals, including Tax Ideas, Computers in Accounting, Journal of Accounting Education, Chartered Accountants Journal of New Zealand, and the top-rated Journal of Accounting Research.

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Lizbeth Martin-Mahar, Chief Economist at King County, King County Department of Finance

Lizbeth Martin-Mahar is King County’s Chief Economist in the Office of Economic and Financial Analysis. She has more than twenty-five years of work experience as a professional economist working for various government agencies. Most recently Lizbeth worked in Washington DC for FEMA as a senior economist in the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant program. Prior to that, Lizbeth worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) as the Assistant Director of Economic Analysis leading a team of economists forecasting transportation revenues. Prior to that Lizbeth worked with the Washington Legislature evaluating tax preferences for the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) and as an economist forecasting state revenues for the Washington Department of Revenue. Lizbeth has a Ph.D. from Purdue University and an MS from the University of Idaho both in Agricultural Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of Washington. Lizbeth’s husband is an environmental engineer with the Department of Ecology and they have a son who is a junior at the University of Washington studying Economics and Business.

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Michael Bingham, Assistant Director, US Government Accountability Office

Mr. Bingham is an Assistant Director for the Financial Management and Assurance (FMA) team at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). He is part of the Standards group, and his duties have included both the 2024 and 2018 revisions of Government Auditing Standards (the Yellow Book); developing comment letters to respond to proposals of national and international standard setters; and responding to Yellow Book and Green Book (Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government) technical assistance inquiries. Mr. Bingham also serves as a project liaison to the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) and has served on various AICPA task forces and working groups. Since joining GAO in 2008, Mr. Bingham has worked on financial and performance audits of various U.S. Government entities, focusing on government-wide and Department of Defense financial management matters.

Prior to joining GAO, Mr. Bingham worked for an inner city tutoring and mentoring non-profit in Chicago. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and his M.A.S. from Northern Illinois University. He is a CPA licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Pat McCarthy, Washington State Auditor, Washington State Auditor's Office

Pat McCarthy is the 11th Washington State Auditor and became the first woman elected to the position when she took the oath of office in 2017. Previously, Pat was twice elected Pierce County Executive; she is also the first woman to hold that role. Over more than 30 years of her public service career, Pat has served as Pierce County Auditor and Deputy Auditor, and Board President for the Tacoma School District.

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Stephanie Sullivan, Special Investigations Program Mgr., Washington State Auditor's Office

Stephanie Sullivan is a Special Investigations Program Manager for the Office of the Washington State Auditor. She serves as a senior level representative working with both state

and local government agencies and audit teams over fraud investigations. Having been with SAO since 2012, Stephanie has experience working with and providing investigation records to local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Before working for SAO, she was Internal Auditor with the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Oregon University.

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Troy Rector, Shareholder, Clark Nuber PS

Troy Rector, CPA, is a shareholder in the Not For Profit and Governmental Services Group at Clark Nuber PS and has spent his career serving tax exempt organizations. He serves a range of tax exempt organizations including low income housing, healthcare and others receiving governmental grant assistance. Troy regularly advises and presents on Uniform Guidance and Single Audit related topics. He is the past chair of the WSCPA Governmental Audit & Accounting Committee, a member of the AICPA’s Government Audit Quality Center’s Executive Committee and board member of a local school district foundation.

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