Board of Directors

President

Debra McGlaun

Jones McKnight Edmonson

Debbie is a Senior Manager at Jones, McKnight & Edmonson (JME), a certified public accounting firm.  Debbie is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a HITRUST Certified CSF Practitioner (CCSFP), and a Certified Cybersecurity Advisory Services Practitioner.  Debbie’s primary focus is leading JME's Accounting and Auditing practice engagements including, audits, reviews, compilations, and consulting projects related to internal controls, fraud and forensic, and financial projections.  Her experience also includes the development of internal control policies and procedures to help companies manage strategic, operational, and regulatory compliance risks, including fraud risks.

Prior to joining Jones, McKnight & Edmonson in September 2020, Debbie spent almost 12 years as a leader of the Advisory Practice in an Atlanta regional public accounting firm performing SOC 1 and 2 engagements, fraud and forensic projects, litigation support engagements, and internal control assessments and projects as well as the occasional audit, review, and compilation. Before this position, she spent more than 8 years as the Audit and Tax Manager at a local accounting firm in Atlanta performing financial statement audits, reviews, and compilations and preparing the tax returns and performing tax planning services for clients. She has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting assisting clients in a variety of industries.

Debbie is Magna Cum Laude graduate of Troy University with a B.B.A. in Accounting. She is a member of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Georgia Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Debbie enjoys volunteering with GSCPA and holds positions on the Leadership Council, the Accounting and Auditing Conference Task Force, and the Fraud and Forensic Advisory Council. Debbie currently serves as the Treasurer and President Elect for the GACFE. She also currently serves on the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation Board of Directors as the Treasurer and the Chair Elect.

Vice President

Brandi Steinberg

IAG Forensics & Valuation

Brandi joined IAG in 2016 as a Forensic Accountant in IAG Forensics and Valuation’s forensic accounting and litigation services practice.   Her experience is comprised of both public and private practice, having spent several years in public accounting and serving as a controller for an automotive group.  She possesses extensive experience in financial reporting; auditing of local governments, non-profit entities, and private companies; taxation of individuals and businesses; addressing complex accounting issues; evaluating and designing internal controls; and performing corporate investigations.

Brandi is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.  She is a member of the AICPA, GSCPA, ACFE, and GACFE.  Brandi currently serves on the Georgia Southern Forensic Accounting Advisory Board and the Georgia Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Board.

Brandi is a Double Eagle of Georgia Southern University where she received both her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and her Master of Accounting.

Secretary and Chapter Historian

Nicole Ponziani

Treasurer

Dana Velasquez

EY

Dana is a manager at EY’s Forensic & Integrity Services practice in the Atlanta, Georgia office. She has over eight years of experience assisting clients with assurance and advisory services.

Dana has experience in the public and private sector; such experience ranges across multiple industries assisting clients in managing their investigations and compliance programs. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). 

Chairman, Speakers Committee

Lloyd Lane

Moore Colson

Rusty Lane, CPA, CGMA, CFE is a Director in Moore Colson’s Consulting Practice. Rusty has over 34 years’ experience in accounting, business operations, tax compliance and litigation support in the public accounting and private sectors. He also has Big 4 experience providing financial advisory services, forensic accounting, fraud investigations and activity based costing models to Fortune 500 clients and government agencies.

Rusty conducts financial statement fraud investigations and provides expert witness reports and testimony in litigation cases involving disputes between shareholders, financial institutions and stockholders. He also serves as an accounting and operations manager for various businesses under receivership where he manages daily operations, including: vendor relations, inventory control, forecasting and cash flow. Rusty also develops forecasts, budgets, cash flows and business plans for clients, and their stakeholders, while designing internal controls procedures for operations and accounting units to safeguard assets and assist in the management of the company.

During his extensive career, Rusty has worked as controller for a global vehicle importing company, as the regional manufacturing controller for a top 50 privately held corporation, and as the division controller for a national specialized maintenance corporation.  In these positions, Rusty worked directly with senior executives, operations managers, and stakeholders to develop reporting matrices, improve processes, and find synergies among related companies.  Prior to entering the accounting field, Rusty served in the United States Marine Corp as squad leader and field radio operator.

Co-Chairman, Seminar Committee

Victor Hartman

The Hartman Firm, LLC

Vic is the Principal of The Hartman Firm, LLC in Atlanta.  He specializes in Internal Investigations, Forensic Accounting, and Fraud Mitigation Consulting.  Vic is an attorney, CPA, and CFE.  He also represents whistleblowers and regularly speaks on the topic of fraud.

Co-Chairman, Seminar Committee

Kurt Schulzke

University of North Georgia

Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of North Georgia

 

Chairwoman, Membership Committee

Haley Curtis

EY

Haley Curtis is a Forensic & Integrity Services Senior Manager with Ernst & Young.  She develops Know Your Customer (KYC) and AML program operations strategy, metrics, training and quality assurance for global banking clients.  Haley also manages large KYC operations teams for remediation and business-as-usual activities across multiple locations.  These efforts require successful mobilization of large-scale onshore and offshore support models at EY Managed Services Centers.

Chairman, Career Affairs and Scholarship Committee

Douglas Legg

Doug is a CFE and holds a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration. He also has 30 years of previous  law enforcement experience serving as a Police Officer and Supervisor, Detective, United Nations Police Trainer and white collar crime investigator.

Chairwoman, Webmaster/Technology

Brandi Steinberg

IAG Forensics & Valuation

Brandi joined IAG in 2016 as a Forensic Accountant in IAG Forensics and Valuation’s forensic accounting and litigation services practice.   Her experience is comprised of both public and private practice, having spent several years in public accounting and serving as a controller for an automotive group.  She possesses extensive experience in financial reporting; auditing of local governments, non-profit entities, and private companies; taxation of individuals and businesses; addressing complex accounting issues; evaluating and designing internal controls; and performing corporate investigations.

Brandi is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.  She is a member of the AICPA, GSCPA, ACFE, and GACFE.  Brandi currently serves on the Georgia Southern Forensic Accounting Advisory Board and the Georgia Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Board.

Brandi is a Double Eagle of Georgia Southern University where she received both her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and her Master of Accounting.

Chairwoman, Social Media

Carolyn Brooks-Colins

Oglethorpe Power Corporation

Ms. Carolyn Brooks-Collins has served as the Manager, Compliance & Special Projects for Oglethorpe Power Corporation (OPC) since joining the company in 2012.  She is responsible for managing the organization’s internal controls and compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley Act. Those responsibilities encompass quarterly monitoring, deficiency analysis and remediation, as well as, internal controls reviews with the CEO and CFO.  In addition, as chairperson of the Fraud Committee, she is responsible for fraud awareness and prevention efforts within the company.

Prior to joining OPC Ms. Brooks-Collins worked for Southern Company Services and Southern Nuclear as a Systems Auditor and Business Process Analyst.  She has over 25 years of diversified and extensive audit and accounting experience in the utility and manufacturing industries. Her knowledge and skills include internal audit, risk management, financial reporting, project management and process improvement.

Ms. Brooks-Collins has a BS degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD and an MBA in Project Management from Ashford University.  She is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). 

Member at Large Chair

Undra Baldwin

Kennesaw State University

Undra Baldwin is the Chief Institutional Auditor at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. He is responsible for directing and leading the internal audit function, including its cooperative organizations, by performing operational, performance, compliance, information technology, and financial audits and fraud investigations.

Prior to joining Kennesaw State University, Undra worked in Chief Audit Executive and leadership roles for large Fortune 500 companies with annual revenues ranging from $1 billion to $26.5 billion. He has also worked in the transportation industry and in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Singapore. He has led operational, financial, and information technology audits, compliance reviews, and fraud investigations in 29 countries. Additionally, he has performed fraud investigations in the United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, China, South Korea, Singapore, India, Israel, Australia, Philippines, and Pakistan resulting in fraudulent recoveries exceeding $2.5 million.

Undra is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE). He has an MBA with a Finance concentration from Georgia State University’s Professional MBA program. He is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Georgia Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Institute of Internal Auditors, and Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

Member at Large Chair

Preeti Pawar

Ingo Money

Preeti Pawar, CFE is a fraud prevention specialist with Ingo Money.  She is experienced in fraud detection and prevention with a background as an asset recovery specialist in the credit, auto finance, and money service industry.

Member at Large Chair

Elizabeth Simon

FirstKey Homes

Elizabeth Simon is the Vice President of Compliance for FirstKey Homes in Marietta, Georgia. Ms. Simon served as a Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Compliance and Ethics (ACE) Roundtable, is a Regent Emeritus for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and a Member-at-Large on the Board for the Georgia Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (GACFE). 

Ms. Simon holds Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science Degrees in Accountancy from East Carolina University.  She is a Certified Public Accountant in the states of Georgia (active) and North Caroline (inactive), a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional, and a Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional.