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SAAABA December Webinar

 TOPIC:             Occupational Fraud: Red Flags to Look for and Internal Controls to Prevent

                           **Qualifies for one-hour M&O CPE credit**

 

SPEAKERS:    Jenn Rogell, CPA, CFE, MBA, Senior Manager at Hungerford Nichols;

Kristen Spence, CFE, MSA, Fraud and Litigation Team Manager at Hungerford Nichols

Jenn Rogell, CPA, CFE, MBA — Jenn joined Hungerford Nichols in 2013 as a staff accountant. She was promoted to Senior Accountant in 2015, Manager in 2016, and Senior Manager in 2021. Jenn earned her Bachelor and Master degrees in Business Administration from Davenport University. In April of 2012, she earned her CPA certification in Michigan. In 2018, she earned her Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification. Jenn is a part of the non-profit audit team at Hungerford Nichols but also provides services such as for-profit audits, tax return preparation, financial statement preparation, and tax planning. Jenn enjoys participating in community service projects and is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Kristen Spence CFE, MSA — Kristen works as the Fraud & Litigation Team Manager at Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors to lead the creation of a new avenue for the company in 2021. She has a passion for helping people and a strong focus on analyzing circumstances through the scope of Anti-Fraud measures. Balancing multiple tasks under pressure while keeping a level mind set and positive attitude is where she thrives. Kristen is trained in Fraud Interviewing, Facial Recognition Signs of Deception, Forensic Visual Security, Body Language Fraud Detection, Forensic Accounting, and Internal Control Strategy Planning as well as obtaining Judicial Confessions.

Kristen earned a Master of Science in Accounting degree from Grand Valley State University and maintains a current Certified Fraud Examiner(CFE) certification under the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Previous to this, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Physiology Pre-Med from Michigan State University (Go Green!).  Another passion of Kristen’s exists in the medical field. She worked in the Emergency Department at Butterworth Hospital finishing up her time there specializing in Pediatric Care. During her free time she enjoys reading medical and scientific journals along with emerging cyber, synthesis, and engineering fraud materials. Kristen is an active member in the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) as well as the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).

WHERE:           Zoom

COST:              

Members:                                            $5.00

Non-Members:                                    $10.00

If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact a board member                                      

NOTE:  Cancellations must be made by Monday, December 13th , 2021.

Otherwise, we will have to charge for your reservation ($5 for members and $10 for non-members).

 

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

SAAABA November Webinar

Join us for “Processing Mining and How It Can Improve Audit Outcomes” with David Wood, Accounting Professor, Ph.D., Business, MAcc, MBA of Brigham Young University’s Marriot School of Business.

David Wood is a professor of accountancy at Brigham Young University’s Marriot School of Business. He has a Master of Business Administration and Ph.D. in Accountancy from Indiana University and a Master of Accountancy from Brigham Young University. He has numerous publications including but not limited to:

He has received numerous rewards including but not limited to:

  • Innovation in Accounting Education Award from the Auditing Section of the AAA, American Accounting Association, 2021
  • 2020 MAS/IMA Teaching Case Conference Outstanding Case Award, American Accounting Association and IMA, 2020
  • BYU School of Accountancy “Spirit of the SOA” Award for Research Contributions, Brigham Young University, 2016
  • Accounting, Behavior, and Organization Section Outstanding Emerging Scholar paper award, American Accounting Association, 2012
  • Issues in Accounting Education best paper award, American Accounting Association, 2007

 

He has numerous certificates and licenses including:

  • Alteryx Ready for Take-Off Badge — Alteryx — 2020
  • Celonis Process Mining Business User Training Track — Celonis — 2020
  • Celonis Process Mining Executive Training Track — Celonis — 2020
  • Celonis Process Mining Training for Academics — Celonis — 2019
  • Tableau Desktop Specialist — Tableau — 2019
  • UIPath RPA Developer Foundation Training — UIPath — 2019
  • FAA Remote Drone Pilot Certificate — FAA — 2018

Where: Zoom

Cost:
Members: $5
Non-Members $10

 

Reservations: 
If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact a board member

Note:  Cacellations must be made by Tuesday, November 16th 2021.  Otherwise, we will have to charge for your reservation ($5 for members and $10 for non-members)

 

 

Thursday, November 18th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

SAAABA October Webinar

Join us for “COSO Framework” with Paul J. Sobel, CIA, QIAL, CRMA

Paul J. Sobel, CIA, QIAL, CRMA, was unanimously elected by COSO’s Board of Directors to serve a three-year term as COSO’s Chair beginning Feb. 1, 2018.
Sobel is widely recognized as a leading expert on governance, enterprise risk management, compliance, and internal control, and was a key member of the Advisory Council that provided input for the 2017 update to COSO’s ERM Framework, Enterprise Risk Management—Integrating with Strategy and Performance.
His previous involvement with COSO includes working on panels and in focus groups that provided input to the COSO Board on other COSO guidance.
Sobel recently retired from Georgia-Pacific, LLC, a privately-owned forest and consumer products company based in Atlanta, Ga., USA, where he served as their Chief Risk Officer and Chief Audit Executive. He previously served as Chief Audit Executive for Mirant Corp., an Atlanta-based energy company; Aquila, Inc., an energy company based in Kansas City, Mo.; and the publishing operations at Harcourt General in Orlando, Fla. He also served as International Audit Manager for PepsiCo, and as Senior and Experienced Manager in Arthur Andersen’s Business Risk Consulting and Financial Statement Assurance practices, respectively.
Sobel was inducted by The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) in the prestigious American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners; was awarded the IIA’s Bradford Cadmus Memorial Award for outstanding contributions in research, education, and other activities related to internal auditing; and was selected as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance by Treasury & Risk Magazine.
He is a sought-after speaker and a prolific author. He wrote Managing Risks in Uncertain Times: Leveraging COSO’S New ERM Framework; Auditor’s Risk Management Guide: Integrating Auditing and ERM; and Enterprise Risk Management: Achieving and Sustaining Success; and he co-authored Internal Auditing: Assurance and Consulting Services, a comprehensive textbook designed to teach students about the fast-growing global profession of internal auditing. He also has penned numerous thought-leading articles published in periodicals including Internal Auditor magazine and Management Accounting Quarterly.
Sobel has held numerous volunteer leadership roles with The IIA, including Global Chairman in 2013-14, as well as senior vice chairman and vice chairman, and as president of The Internal Audit Foundation. He served on the standing advisory group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and as The IIA’s representative on the prestigious Pathways Commission, which developed recommendations to enhance the future of accounting education in the United States.
Sobel earned a degree in accounting from Washington University’s Olin Business School in St. Louis, Mo., USA.

Where: Zoom

Cost:
Members: $5
Non-Members $10

 

Reservations: 
If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact a board member

Note:  Cacellations must be made by Friday, October 22, 2021.  Otherwise, we will have to charge for your reservation ($5 for members and $10 for non-members)

 

 

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

SAAABA September Member Dinner

Join us for “Leadership and the Power of Storytelling” with Bill Ahearne of Novel Leaders.

Brian Ahearne is the founder of Novel Leaders, a firm designed to teach business
professionals the Power of Storytelling and how to incorporate Storytelling into
their corporate communication arsenal. He was recently an Adjunct Professor in the
School of Communications at Grand Valley State University, has a Masters degree in
Communication and has spent 3 decades helping business people create powerful
messages that help build teamwork, inspire, motivate and drive decision-making.

Where: Hawk Island County Park
1601 E. Cavanaugh Rd
Lansing, MI 48910
Peregrine Shelter

Menu:
Saddleback BBQ
Options:
1/3 lb pulled pork served on a Michigan bun
1/3 lb pulled chicken served on a Michigan bun
Pulled pork/chicken with no bun (gluten free)

All options served with coleslaw on the side, house made chips, house made pickles, corncake, and sauce

Cost:
Members FREE
Non-Members $16

Parking will be paid for by SAAABA. Please tell attendant whether you are a resident or non-resident of Lansing upon entering.

Reservations: 
If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact a board member

Note:  Cacellations must be made by Friday, September 17, 2021.  Otherwise, we will have to charge for your reservation ($16 for non-members)

 

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
5:30 pm

64th Annual Business Seminar

              **Qualifies for eight hours of CPE credit**

AGENDA:

  

 

8:05 am – 8:55 am
Cyber Secure – How to avoid becoming the next victim (M/O)

D/Sgt. Jeff Hoffman

D/Sgt. Jeff Hoffman

Detective Sergeant - Michigan State Police

Detective Sergeant (D/Sgt.) Jeff Hoffman is an enlisted member of the Michigan State Police. D/Sgt. Jeff Hoffman joined the State Police in July 1999. He served at the Lakeview Post and Sixth District Fugitive Team.  In 2011, D/Sgt. Hoffman was assigned to the Computer Crimes Unit – Grand Rapids.  In 2017, he transferred to the Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3).  D/Sgt. Hoffman was promoted in 2018 and is currently the team lead for the MC3.

9:00 am – 9:50 am
The Economy as we Inch Toward the End of the Pandemic (M/O)

Charles Ballard

Charles Ballard

Michigan State University

Charles Ballard has been on the Economics faculty at Michigan State University since 1983, when he received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.  In 2007, he won the Outstanding Teacher Award in MSU’s College of Social Science.  From 2007 until 2020, he was Director of the State of the State Survey, in MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.  He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Michigan League for Public Policy.  He has served as a consultant with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health & Human Services, and Treasury, and with research institutes in Australia, Denmark, and Finland.  His books include Michigan at the Millennium and Michigan’s Economic Future.

10:05 am – 10:55 am
Test and Learn (A/A)

Eric Van Tongeren

Eric Van Tongeren

Director of Internal Audit at Meijer, Inc.

Eric Van Tongeren has led the predictive analytics “Test and Learn” program at Meijer for the past five years, helping institutionalize disciplined experimentation by applying the scientific method to business concepts in order to provide evidence based insights to business leaders. Every week, Meijer adds over 50 million records to its predictive technology software in order to execute gold standard test vs. control analyses in a retail environment. Test and Learn analyses are designed to answer:
1. Did it work (measure impact)?
2. Did it work better in some situations (model)?
3. Can we fine tune it to maximize profits (predict)?
Eric has worked in the accounting and information technology world since 2003, running the full spectrum including tax, assurance, and accounting software consulting responsibilities. He has also previously worked at BDO in the assurance practice and has held CPA and CISA certifications.

11:00 am – 11:50 am
Audit 4.0 (A/A)

Jun Dai

Jun Dai

Assistant Professor of Accounting, Michigan Tech University

Jun Dai is an assistant professor at Michigan Technological University. Her research interests lie in applying new technologies such as blockchain, industry 4.0, and data analytics to the auditing profession. Dr. Dai now serves as an associated editor of Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting. She has published in prestigious academic journals and professional journals. These include Accounting Horizons, Journal of Information Systems, International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting, and the CPA Journal. Her paper “Imagineering Audit 4.0” received 2016 NJ “Bright Idea Award”, which is selected as one of the top 10 manuscripts among all publications of New Jersey State business faculty in 2016.

12:50 pm – 2:35 pm
Master Productivity while Working from Home (M/O)

Jeff Sanders

Jeff Sanders

Host of The 5AM Miracle Podcast

Jeff Sanders is a keynote speakerproductivity coach, author of The 5 AM MiracleThe Free-Time Formula, and founder of The Rockin’ Productivity Academy

Jeff is also the host of The 5 AM Miracle Podcast, which has ranked #1 in Apple Podcasts in the Self-Improvement and Business categories, been nominated for 6 Podcast Awards, and exceeded 10 million downloads.  He is a plant-based marathon runner and personal development junkie. Every week you can find Jeff writing and speaking at JeffSanders.com

Jeff has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Psychology from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He and his wife, Tessa, live in Nashville, Tennessee with their daughter, Maisie, and pug, Benny.

2:50 pm – 3:40 pm
Standards Update (A/A)

Stephen Blann, CPA, CGFM, CGMA

Stephen Blann, CPA, CGFM, CGMA

Rehmann

Stephen Blann is a Principal (Owner) with Rehmann Robson LLC, where he serves as the firm’s Public Sector QC Director. Stephen has been with Rehmann since 1995, during which time he has specialized exclusively in the governmental and not-for-profit sector, serving as an auditor, consultant, and contracted CFO to a wide range of governmental and not-for-profit clients.

Stephen has served for over 15 years as an advisor to the GFOA’s Standing Committee on Accounting Auditing and Financial Reporting, and as a board member for his local chapter of the AGA and the Michigan GFOA. He is also a member of the AICPA’s Government Audit Quality Center Executive Committee and a past member of the State and Local Government Expert Panel.

Stephen is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and a frequent speaker for a variety of professional organizations across the country.

Stephen resides in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife (Beccy) and two children.

3:45 pm – 4:35 pm
Internal Controls and SOC Reports (A/A)

Duane M. Reyhl CPA, CGMA, AHP

Duane M. Reyhl CPA, CGMA, AHP

Duane has 38 years of accounting, auditing, and consulting experience within a variety of industries including not-for-profits, government entities, and higher education. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant™ (CGMA®).

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Duane joined AHP as a senior manager in 1998 before becoming partner in 2014.

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Duane graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Duane is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA). He is a member of three MICPA committees: Accounting & Auditing Conference Planning; Accounting & Auditing Standards; and Peer Review. Duane is a member of several other organizations, including ACFE, IIA, IMA, and ISACA. He is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Saginaw Sunrise and a past district governor of Rotary International. Duane also serves as a board member and treasurer for St. Charles Community Schools.

WHERE:

A link to the webinar will be emailed to all participants before the seminar.

TIME:              

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

 COST:              

Members:                                   $40.00

Non-Members:                          $60.00

 

If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact a board member

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SAAABA March Luncheon

Traverse City Treasurer and Finance Director, Kelli Martin will be joining us.

Kelli Martin is the Treasurer and Finance Director of Traverse City, Michigan.  In that role, she manages the banking, investments, budget, financial statements, ACT 345 Pension Board, utility rates, and tax collection.  Kelli is a lifelong civil servant and governmental accountant.  Before moving to beautiful Traverse City, she was the Director of Engineering Research at Michigan State University, a Financial Manager at the City of Ann Arbor, Budget/Management Analyst for the Ohio Executive Budget Office, and a Benefit Plan Design Analyst at the Michigan Office of Retirement Services.  She holds undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Finance, graduate degrees in Business Administration and Accounting Research, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree (ABD) in Management focused on examining the relationship between governmental fiscal stability and the presence of a lean culture.  Kelli is a proud Western Michigan Bronco.

Topic: Budget Accountability and How to Ensure Accountability Exists

Where: Zoom (A link will be provided)

CPE Credit: 1 hour of Accounting and Auditing (A/A) CPE credit

Cost:
Members: $5
Non-Members: $10

Reservations: 
If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact a board member

 

 

March 25th, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1 p.m.

SAAABA / AGA Tax Update

Carrie Hindmon of AHP will be joining us.

Carrie has over 23 years of public accounting experience, and in addition to her CPA, is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning (CSEP). She focuses on various industries including closely held businesses, employee benefit plans, and services. Carrie specializes in tax pertaining to individuals, estates/ trusts, partnerships, s-corps, charitable planning, and does consulting for estate and trust planning. She is the firm’s executive in charge of the audit committee and leads the tax practice in AHP’s Okemos office.

 Carrie joined AHP in 2003 as a senior accountant. She was promoted to manager and then senior manager before earning her position as partner in 2015.

Carrie is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting.

 Carrie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), and the Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council. She is a member of the MICPA State and Local Tax Task Force, on the Board of the American Red Cross Mid-Michigan Chapter and is the past-president of the Haslett-Okemos Rotary Club.

Where: Zoom (A link will be provided)

Cost:
Members: $5
Non-Members: $10

Reservations: 
If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact a board member

 

 

Tuesday, January 19th
12:00 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Data Analytics for Accountants and Operations with Michael Bohanon

An experienced CFO/Controller/Consultant, Michael has worked in several industries and environments from manufacturing to non-profits. He has implemented over 100 information systems from accounting to complete ERP systems. For years, both as a user and as a consultant, Michael has designed extensive executive reporting and dashboards.

Additionally, Michael currently teaches at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. Previously, he taught at Baker College and Clearly University. A Certified Management Accountant (CMA) he has taught Financial and Managerial Accounting, Government Accounting, Auditing, Forensic Accounting, Information Systems Management and Business Program Solving.

 

Where: Zoom

Topic: Data Analytics for Accoutants and Operations  **Qualifies for one-hour Other CPE credit**

Speaker: Michael Bohanon, CMA
President of Controllers Academy/My Company Controller

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Cost:
Members $5.00
Non-Members $10

Reservations: 
If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact a board member

 

 

Thursday, November 19th, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

SAAABA October Webinar

 

TOPIC:            

Hope Network and Community Mental Health Financing in Michigan

                           **Qualifies for one-hour Other CPE credit**

SPEAKER:

Tim Becker, CPA
Chief Operating Officer of Hope Network

 

WHERE:

GoToWebinar
A link will be sent a few days prior to the event.  Attendance questions will require responses in order to earn CPE.  

TIME:              

12:00 – 1:00 PM

 

 COST:              

Members:                                 $5.00

Non-Members:                       $10.00

 

If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact a board member

NOTE:  Cancellations must be made by Monday, October 19, 2020.

Otherwise, we will have to charge for your reservation ($5 for members and $10 for non-members).

 

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

SAAABA September Member Dinner

TOPIC:            

Election Update

SPEAKER:

Bill Ballenger,  The Ballenger Report

 

WHERE:

Hawk Island County Park
1601 E. Cavanaugh Rd
Lansing, MI 48910

TIME:              

Dinner at 5:30 pm.  Speaker at 6:00 pm

 MENU:             

Grand Traverse Pie Company

 COST:              

Members:                                  FREE

Non-Members:                           $16.00

Parking will be paid for by SAAABA.  Please tell attendant whether you are a resident or non-resident of Lansing upon entering.  

 

If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact a board member

NOTE:  Cancellations must be made by Friday, September 25, 2020.

Otherwise, we will have to charge for your reservation ($16 for non-members).

 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
5:30 pm.

63rd Annual Business Seminar

              **Qualifies for eight hours of CPE credit**


NOTE: Due to COVID-19 the seminar has been moved online using gotowebinar.  Food will no longer be provided and the cost for the event has been reduced.  Refunds for the difference in price will be issued to all those that have pre-paid for the event. 

AGENDA:

  

 

8:00 am – 9:40 am
Forensic Accounting (A/A)

Sarah Jennings, CPA, CFE, CAE
Maner Costerisan

&

Bethany Verble, CPA, CFE
Maner Costerisan

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Sarah joined Maner Costerisan in 2003.  She currently serves as a principal in the firm’s Accounting and Outsourced Solutions department, leads Maner Costerisan’s fraud and forensics practice and is a member of Maner Costerisan’s nonprofit committee.  Sarah oversees outsourced solutions engagements providing guidance and advisory services to client leadership and teams on financial analysis, projections and workflow.  She has particular specialization performing fraud risk assessments and internal control process improvements for organizations across various industries.

Joining the firm in 2015, Bethany is a manager in the Audit Department. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Fraud Investigation from Davenport University, where she graduated with honors in 2015. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and the Student Accountants Association.  Bethany earned her Certified Fraud Examination accreditation in 2017. She is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and Lansing Chapter of ACFE. Bethany serves as Vice President of the Lansing ACFE. She is currently a member of the Greater Lansing Arts Chorale.

10:00 am – 10:50 am
Time Management (M/O)
Susan Combs, MBA, PCC
Susan Combs Coaching and Consulting

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A professional coach and trainer for 20 years, Susan Combs, MBA,PCC is committed to helping her clients create the personal and professional lives they desire.  Susan works with individual leaders, entrepreneurs, and teams. She trains on a variety of topics including coaching skills, leadership, DiSC, and mentor programs.

For the past 12 years, Susan has managed the corporate mentor program for the Technical Sales Associates at Parker Hannifin, training over 600 program participants.  In addition, she manages corporate mentor programs for ProQuest and the Farm Forward mentor program at GreenStone Farm Credit Services.

Susan has worked with engineering companies, financial organizations, healthcare, insurance, automotive, professional associations, non-profits, and state government. She holds the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF).  She is a past President of the Michigan chapter of ICF and a past board member of the Junior League of Lansing. She is a licensee of The Fit Leader’s Program ™.

Susan also co-facilitates the dynamic and popular Leadership Lansing program of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, working with 40 rising leaders each year.

10:55 am – 11:45 am
Accounting for GASB 84 (A/A)

Lisa Mazure, CPA, MSA
Lansing Community College

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Lisa Mazure is the controller at Lansing Community College and is also an adjunct faculty teaching accounting, auditing, and governmental accounting classes.  Lisa has over 30 years of governmental auditing and accounting experience in state government and higher education.  Prior to her appointment as controller at LCC, Lisa spent 25 years with the Office of the Auditor General.  As controller at LCC, Lisa works with both State and federal level organizations on improving community college data reporting.  At LCC, she is involved in the program review process, strategic plan project initiatives, revenue/expense ratio analysis, and textbook affordability initiatives.  Lisa holds an MSA in Public Administration and a BSBA in Accounting from Central Michigan University.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Government Financial Manager.

12:45 pm – 1:35 pm
Cybersecurity (M/O)

Laura Clark, Chief Security Officer
Department of Technology, Management and Budget

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As Acting Chief Security Officer for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, Laura Clark brings a unique blend of strengths that include leadership, vision, and strategic and tactical planning along with the ability to promote collaboration at all levels to support high-level, critical state-wide projects to successful completion. 

During the 20 years Laura has served within the State of Michigan, she has steadily built her in-depth IT knowledge while serving in various leadership positions. She has led programs and grant managements supporting not only the State of Michigan, but also many vested local and federal stakeholders and users. 

In 2017, Laura transitioned from the Center for Shared Solutions into the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) organization as the Division Director over Enterprise Services; this allowed her the opportunity to strategically establish an organization and service model that maximized the business value of IT. She identified opportunities and resources, and she implemented strategies that produced cost-savings, internal efficiencies, shared services, and partnership growth.

Her success as a division director opened the door to become the General Manager of the CTO Infrastructure and Operations area. In this role, she was responsible for the critical core IT backbone services supporting the State of Michigan’s central IT services, including network and telecommunications, data center operations, server and storage, and end user support. This position allowed her to continue her commitment to developing IT staff resources through driving collaboration and critical process design as well as understanding core competency needs at all levels of the operations.

As Deputy Chief Security Officer, Laura is responsible for Michigan Cyber Security and Infrastructure Protection Services and the deployment of their resources. Through Laura’s effective leadership, her team can ensure that critical processes are audited, reviewed, and designed for maximum effectiveness, and structures for all cybersecurity and infrastructure protection are effectively delivered and operationalized throughout the enterprise. Laura also supports the Chief Security Officer by providing well-developed and researched strategic recommendations on cybersecurity policy and future department direction.

Before starting her career with the State, Laura attended Michigan State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography with a specialization in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

1:40 pm – 2:30 pm
COVID 19: Governmental Accounting Implications (A/A)

Stephen Blann, CPA, CGFM, CGMA
Rehmann

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Stephen Blann is a Principal (Owner) with Rehmann Robson LLC, where he serves as the firm’s Director of Governmental Audit Quality. Stephen has been with Rehmann since 1995, during which time he has specialized exclusively in the governmental and not-for-profit sector, serving as an auditor, consultant, and contracted CFO to a wide range of governmental and not-for-profit clients.

Stephen has served for over 15 years as an advisor to the GFOA’s Standing Committee on Accounting Auditing and Financial Reporting, and as a board member for his local chapter of the AGA and the Michigan GFOA. He is also a member of the AICPA’s Government Audit Quality Center Executive Committee and a past member of the State and Local Government Expert Panel.

Stephen is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and a frequent speaker for a variety of professional organizations across the country.

Stephen resides in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife (Beccy) and two children.

2:50 pm – 3:40 pm
Blockchain (M/O)

Neil Kane
Michigan State University

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A leading authority on technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and innovation, he is the former Director of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship at Michigan State University where he built the program to a Top 25 national ranking in 2 ½ years. Kane is the former co-Executive Director of the Illinois Technology Enterprise Center at Argonne National Laboratory and was Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Illinois. He was the founding CEO of several startup companies based on university research in areas such as nanotechnology and advanced materials. Earlier he held engineering, sales and business development positions at IBM and Microsoft.

He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from The University of Chicago. Named a 2007 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, he twice attended their annual meeting in Davos. Recognized for Outstanding Entrepreneurship by the National Science Foundation. Twice an invited witness on tech transfer for the U.S. House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Research & Science Education. Contributor to Forbes.com. Co-author of The Innovator’s Secret Formula.

3:45 pm – 4:35 pm
State Auditing Update (A/A)

Laura Hirst, CPA
Office of the Auditor General

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Laura J. Hirst, CPA, was appointed Deputy Auditor General and Director of Audit Operations effective August 2014. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Hirst held a variety of positions within the Office of the Auditor General, most recently as an Audit Division Administrator responsible for both financial and performance audits of various State agencies.

Ms. Hirst is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Government Accountants. Ms. Hirst has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University.

WHERE:

A link to the webinar will be emailed to all participants before the seminar.

TIME:              

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

 COST:              

Members:                                   $30.00

Non-Members:                          $50.00

 

If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact a board member

NOTE:  Cancellations must be made by Wednesday, June 10th.

Otherwise, we will have to charge for your reservation.  We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and will send notification of any changes to the seminar.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SAAABA March Luncheon

TOPIC:            

“Can we do that? Introduction to Records Management and eSignatures”

Do you know how long you need to keep work records?  Do you know if it is legal to add a scanned signature to a document?  This presentation will answer these questions and more.

                           **Qualifies for one-hour Other CPE credit**

SPEAKER:

Caryn Wojcik, Senior Records Analyst of the State of Michigan Records Management Services will be joining us.  Caryn began working for the State of Michigan in 1996.  She is responsible for developing Retention and Disposal Schedules for public records, information governance initiatives, and training government employees about best practices for records management.

 

WHERE:

Capitol Commons Center Building

Conference Rooms E&F

Lansing, MI 48933

TIME:              

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 MENU:             

Zoup

 COST:              

Members:                                   $12.00

Non-Members:                           $16.00

 

If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact a board member

NOTE:  Cancellations must be made by Monday, March 9th, 2020.

Otherwise, we will have to charge for your reservation ($12 for members and $16 for non-members).

 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Unclaimed Property

Terry Stanton, Manager of the Unclaimed Property Division will be joining us.

Where: Capitol Commons Center Building
Conference Rooms E&F
Lansing, MI 48933

Menu:
1. Chicken Pot Pie Soup
2. Quinoa Vegetable Kale Soup
3. Fire Roasted Tomato Soup

Cost:
Members $12
Non-Members $16

Reservations: 
If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact a board member

Please sign-up no later than Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Note:
Cancellations must be made by Thursday, February 14th, 2019.  Otherwise, we will have to charge for your reservation.

 

Saturday, April 13th
11:45 a.m – 1 p.m.

SAAABA/AGA Combined January Luncheon
2019 Tax Updates Luncheon

**This event qualifies for one hour Other CPE credit**

WHEN:             Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

 TOPIC:             2019 Tax Update

SPEAKER:

Carrie L. Hindmon, CPA, CSEP

Partner, Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC

WHERE:

Michigan Library and Historical Center Auditorium

702 W. Kalamazoo Street,

Lansing, MI 48915                                                             

TIME:               11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

MENU:              Capital City Vending – Lunch Boxes
Chicken Salad on croissant, ham/provolone, or veggie wrap; potato chips, chocolate chip cookie, and water

COST:              

Members (AGA or SAAABA):   $12.00

Non-Members:                           $16.00

 

 

If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact AGA.

 

Thursday, November 7th, 2019
11:45 a.m – 1 p.m.

Nonprofit Governance and Compliance with Reid Felsing

 **This event qualifies for one hour Other CPE credit**

 Reid Felsing of The Law Office of Reid Felsing, PLC will be joining us.

Reid Felsing is a Saginaw native who earned his bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University. After his undergraduate studies, Reid obtained his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law, with a Corporate Law concentration.

In 2010, Reid was named the Public Interest Fellow for the Small Business and Nonprofit Clinic at Michigan State University College of Law. There, he counseled small businesses and tax-exempt organizations, supervised legal work product of student clinicians, and led instruction in the areas of corporate law, intellectual property, and tax compliance. To better serve the SBNP Clinic, Reid pursued his Master of Laws in Corporate Law and Finance from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. Before starting his solo practice, he worked at Knaggs Brake, P.C.

Currently, Reid lives in Delta Township with his wife, Sarah, and two sons, Luke and Max. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing table-top games, and binging on Netflix.

Where: Capitol Commons Center Building
Conference Rooms F
Lansing, MI 48933

Menu:
Zoup

Cost:
Members: $12.00
Non-Members: $16.00

Reservations: 
If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact a board member

Note:  Cancellations must be made by Monday, November 4th, 2019.  Otherwise, we will have to charge for your reservations ($12 for members and $16 for non-members).

 

 

Thursday, November 7th, 2019
11:45 a.m – 1 p.m.

Better Work with Josh Schneider

Josh Schneider of the Human Engagement Institute will be joining us.

Better is a mindset of curiosity and belief. It’s looking at who we can become, and what we feel we’re capable of.
It’s not quitting on ourselves and others while continuously searching for fresh approaches to everyday challenges. Maybe most importantly, better is about who we can become as a spouse or partner, the true friendship we can provide to others or our ability to be the most present, loving parent possible.

We often look to others for patterns and habits of success, but what if the breakthrough we needed was just 1 or 2 internal discoveries away? What would our days feel like with a strategy to maximize what we do best while tricking ourselves into doing the hard, repetitive work while not getting defeated, drained and left feeling like our work has little meaning? The world needs our best work – our families need our best selves and we need the satisfaction that comes from doing work that matters.

Where: Capitol Commons Center Building
Conference Rooms E&F
Lansing, MI 48933

Menu:
Pizza will be included

Cost:
Members FREE
Non-Members $16

Reservations: 
If you have questions or need to cancel, please contact a board member

 

 

Mon, September 30th
11:45 a.m – 1 p.m.

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