APIPA 2015 Conference Instructors

Frank Crawford

Frank Crawford

Frank Crawford is President of Crawford & Associates, P.C., Certified Public Accountants. Crawford & Associates is a 16-person firm with its lead office located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The firm specializes in providing auditing, consulting and accounting services solely to state and local governmental entities. Crawford & Associates has performed over 700 financial statement audits and financial related audits, along with a variety of other services including GASB 34 implementation plans, fraud investigations, internal control analysis, accounting policy and procedure development, contract internal auditing, quality assurance reviews, training, fixed asset record development and expert witness testimony in litigation and labor arbitration matters.

Mr. Crawford is currently the Chair of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs Government Accounting and Auditing Committee and has also been involved in a number of AICPA committees and task forces as they relate to governmental accounting and auditing, including the former AICPA Governmental Accounting and Auditing Committee, the current AICPA Government and Not-For-Profit Expert Panel and AICPA Audit Guide Revision Task Force.

Mr. Crawford is also currently the Chair of the AICPA's GASB Liaison Task Force, an appointed group of seven individuals designated by the AICPA to interact with the Board during the accounting standard-setting process.

Mr. Crawford was also a member of the GASB's advisory group for the first Implementation Guide of Statement 34, and has already assisted and audited several local governments that implemented Statement 34 as far back as June 30, 1999. In addition, Mr. Crawford, at the request of the Graduate School, USDA's Pacific Islands Training Initiative, recently developed GASB 34 implementation plans for many of the U.S. territories, commonwealths, and Freely Associated States including Guam, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Mr. Crawford is a frequent lecturer, trainer and discussion leader for numerous groups, firms, and State Societies, and has appeared in several AICPA continuing professional education videos and live satellite broadcasts related to governmental accounting and auditing.

Commonly known as Frankie to clients, friends and family, Mr. Crawford has two children, 11 year-old daughter Madison and 6 year-old son Blake, and also has the good fortune to be married to Cindy Crawford.

Mark Gebicke

Mark E. Gebicke

Mark E. Gebicke is currently an independent consultant with over 40 years of experience reviewing executive branch programs and teaching auditing techniques. Mr. Gebicke retired from the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) in April 2005. He was then employed for 3 years as a Management Consultant to both Justus Builders of South Carolina and the GAO. He has been an instructor for The Graduate School since 2008.

As a Manager Director and an expert in reviewing and improving federal programs, Mr. Gebicke worked closely with top officials from NASA, DOD, Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marine Corps. He led numerous GAO reviews and provided congressional testimony on the above agencies in the areas of personnel, readiness, logistics, budget, operations, anti terrorism, and weapon systems.

In addition to his work at the agencies mentioned above, Mr. Gebicke has managed performance reviews at the Department of Justice, Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the US Postal Service, and the Department of Energy.

During his last 5 years at GAO Mr. Gebicke conceptualized, developed, and implemented GAO's Professional Development Program and was responsible for the management of over 200 new GAO staff annually. He also advised GAO's classes of SES candidates or how to best meet the challenges of entering the Senior Executive System. Lastly, Mr. Gebicke trained GAO staff on subjects such as project planning, interviewing skills, and presenting testimony.

Mr. Gebicke holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from High Point University and a Masters of Science Degree in Governmental Administration from George Washington University. He has received numerous awards throughout his career with the GAO.

Mr. Gebicke teaches the following courses for the Graduate School: Interviewing Techniques for Auditors, Presentation Skills for Auditors, Skill for Leading and Managing Audit Projects, Auditing Performance Outcomes, and The Governmental Audit from Planning Reporting.

Stephen Morgan

Stephen L. Morgan

Stephen L. Morgan, CIA, CGAP, CGFM, CFE, is currently the President of EGAPP, Inc., Excellence in Government Accountability and Performance Practices, a company that specializes in training government auditors and managers. Mr. Morgan is the former city auditor of Austin, Texas, who directed a full scope audit office that conducts performance audits, fraud investigations, and consulting engagements. Mr. Morgan played a key leadership role in helping the City of Austin evolve its performance measurement and management system into a model for other government organizations. Before joining the City Auditor’s Office, Mr. Morgan was an evaluator in the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s National Productivity Group.

Throughout his career, Mr. Morgan has instructed, designed, and delivered courses on performance measurement, management, and auditing. For over 20 years he has served as a faculty member for the Graduate School and the Government Audit Training Institute in Washington, D.C. In this role, Mr. Morgan taught courses to government auditors in the United States and to Pacific Islands Public Auditors. He has also gained international experience from speaking at five IIA global conferences in Washington, D.C., Amsterdam, Houston, Johannesburg, and Kuala Lumpur.

In May 2009, Mr. Morgan received the Victor Z. Brink Memorial Award, IIA’s highest award for leadership and service to the global internal auditing profession. In May 2007, Mr. Morgan accepted the National Intergovernmental Audit Forum’s Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award from the Comptroller General of the United States. Also, in March 2002, Mr. Morgan became the fourth annual recipient of the Harry Hatry Distinguished Performance Measurement Practice Award from the American Society of Public Administration honoring his lifetime of contributions to public service.

Karri Perez

Karri Perez

Dr. Karri Perez, SPHR, GPHR is a business owner and Assistant Professor of Global Resource Management at University of Guam. Dr. Perez has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University as well as Masters degrees in business and public administration. She is the only HR professional on Guam holding both the SPHR and GPHR designations and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Karri was one of 13 Starwood Hotel Chairman Award winners of out of 110,000 employees worldwide and is a published author in the field of international leadership.

She has lived in Guam and the Pacific Asia region for the past 22 years.

Mary Beth Saenz

Mary Beth Saenz

Mary Beth Saenz has 10 years of audit experience, performing external audits (for a public accounting firm), internal audits (as a senior auditor for The University of Texas System Administration), and public/governmental audits (both as a senior auditor for the Texas State Auditor's Office and as a fiscal reviewer for a federal grant review team). As team leader for various financial, operational, performance, and IT audits, she developed and demonstrated both technical and leadership skills.

In Mary Beth's role as an instructor, she initially provided basic audit training and various internal training courses. She developed the general employee compliance content for the first web-based internal training offered by The University of Texas System Administration. She also created the agency performance measurement content for the first web-based external training offered by the Texas State Auditor's Office in cooperation with the Legislative Budget Board. She is currently the primary instructor for the Back to the Basics Auditing Series offered by EGAPP, Inc., as well as Effective Grants Management, Auditing Grants, portions of Essentials of Performance Auditing, and other courses. She also occasionally teaches a Technical Math course through Austin Community College.

Mary Beth has a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Tyler. She earned her designation as a CPA in 1998, and as a CIA in 2001.

David Walker

Hon. David M. Walker

David Walker currently serves as the first Senior Strategic Advisor for the Global Public Sector Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Dave is a well-recognized fiscal responsibility/accountability, financial, human capital, change management and retirement security expert. He also has significant strategic planning, risk management, government relations, citizen education/engagement and other functional experience spanning a number of industries.

Dave received Presidential appointments with unanimous Senate confirmation from Presidents Reagan, Bush (41) and Clinton, including serving as the seventh Comptroller General of the United States from 1998 to 2008 and prior to that as head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Over his professional career, Dave has held leadership positions in the private sector, not-for-profit sector, and in government — culminating in a decade-long mission to promote fiscal responsibility where he spoke the truth to the American people about Washington’s fiscal mismanagement.

In addition to his 15 years of federal service, Dave also has over 20 years of private sector experience, including approximately 10 years as a Partner and Global Managing Director of Human Capital Services for Arthur Andersen LLP. He also served as the first Chairman of the United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee for four years and on the Boards of the International Association of Supreme Audit Institutions and the Partnership for Public Service. Dave is a member of the Accounting Hall of Fame, the Trilateral Commission, the National Academy of Public Administration, the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), and the Sons of the American Revolution.

Dave holds a B.S. in accounting from Jacksonville University, a Senior Management in Government Certificate in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and several honorary doctorate degrees. Dave lives in Bridgeport, CT and Alexandria, VA with his wife Mary. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.