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Sheri Betzer is a CPA and CFE from Denver, CO. Since receiving her B.S. in Accounting from Colorado Mesa University, she has become one of the foremost experts in fraud & forensic accounting. She regularly conducts continuing education courses for CPA’s and attorneys while maintaining a practice that involves litigation support, fraud investigation, & financial consulting. Former clients include the US Dept. of Justice, the CO Dept. of Revenue, & public defender offices throughout CO, AZ, & WY.
Gregory Clifton is a tenured Associate Professor of Accounting and earned his law degree (JD) at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and an LLM in Taxation from the University of Denver. He is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of Colorado and Georgia. He has also practiced in the US Tax Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Greg continues to operate a small private practice advising small businesses and individuals on tax matters.
Theresa DiPonio is an Associate Professor of Accounting at MSU Denver. She shares twenty years of teaching experience with her students at MSU Denver having taught all accounting and tax courses in the accounting program curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Further she has 13 years of experience in public accounting as an Audit Manager and Senior Tax Manager. She earned her doctorate in business from Georgia State University.
Joe has two Master’s degrees from the University of Colorado Denver and is a PhD student at the University of Denver. He is a long time Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). His research interests are in auditing, internal auditing, cost accounting, and small business issues.
Dr. Andrew Holt is a professor of accounting at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He previously held positions at Kingston University, Gloucestershire University and the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom (UK). Andrew obtained his PhD in accounting at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK. He also holds an MSc in Accounting from the LSE and a BA (Hons) in Accounting from Kingston Polytechnic, UK.
Viktor Kiss primarily teaches quantitative courses, ranging from Business Statistics through Operations Research to more advanced Data Mining courses. He lectures on both the BS and MBA level. He publishes in the area of modelling complex systems. Viktor has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Pécs and a Master’s degree in Finance and a B.B.A. degree from Middlesex University in collaboration with the University of Pécs.
Matt Lausten is an accounting professional and expert witness with over 20 years of experience. He has a BA in Economics from Colorado College & a Masters of Professional Accountancy from MSU Denver. He is a partner at the forensic accounting firm Betzer Call Lausten & Schwartz and his work includes funds tracing, reconstructions, fraud investigations, data analytics, and lost profits damages. He works with governments, small partnerships, large corporations, and everything in between.
Dr. Mesa received his Bachelors and Masters in Accounting from New Mexico State University and his Doctorate in Management at Colorado Technical University. His primary areas of teaching are in accounting, strategic analytics and ethics. Dr. Mesa is the principal and founder of Triangulation Group, LLC where he serves as a consultant for SMEs in the capacity of vision, strategy, and core values planning in conjunction with analytics.
Dr. Negash teaches a variety of accounting courses. His intellectual contributions were published in highly rated journals. He serves the University of the Witwatersrand as a Visiting Professor. Negash is a recipient of a national award from the Southern African Accounting Association & the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship. He is a member of the American Accounting Association, serves on editorial boards of journals & advises the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Ethiopia.
Dr. Pleis has a Ph.D. in Accounting. She is focused on Cost Accounting and is Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis. Current research interest involves cost management and strategy within small businesses. She is active within the profession focusing much of her time with the Institute of Management Accountants and is a great resource for students wanting to know more about the Certified Management Accountant certification.
Professor Richard Russell is a JD/CPA specializing in research in the area of taxation. His teaching interest include the taxation of Individuals, Corporations, and Partnerships as well as Tax Research and Business Law courses. His research interest include taxation of private equity funds, tax issues stemming from the development of new and developing technologies, retirement tax issues and tax treatment of federally illicit business enterprises.
Professor Salina Siddique earned her Ph.D. in 2016 from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia in 2016, where she taught for 10 years. She is from Melbourne, where she got her MS in Accounting in Central Queensland University. Dr. Siddique has published research in journals such as Business Strategy and the Environment, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, International Review of Business Research Papers, and Australasian Accounting, Business and Finance Journal.
Shawn has over 30+ years of accounting experience—PwC partner, VP of Internal Audit at two large global public companies, Managing Director at Protiviti, VP of Financial Aid Operations & owner of a consulting business. She brings experience in leadership, accounting & auditing, risk management, compliance, program management & process improvement to help students connect theory and concepts. As a lifelong learner, she is excited to bring real-world experiences to life for her students.