Sheelah S. Brewer
Sharee Brewer, CPA, CGFM, CFE began serving with the Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy as the Associate Director, Investigations on June 30, 2017. She replaces Andy Wright who was promoted to Executive Director March 1, 2017.
Prior to joining the MSBPA, she served for 5 years as a Finance & Accounting Consultant with the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service in the agency known as MTAS (Municipal Technical Advisory Service). In this capacity, she provided technical assistance to Tennessee municipal governing bodies and financial staff relevant to standards of practice, governing regulations, and Tennessee and Federal law. She also served as an instructor for a state-mandated certification program designed specifically for local government financial personnel as well as other training of a technical nature assigned by the University. Before coming to work with the University of Tennessee, she was employed for 22 years as a Financial & Compliance Auditor with the Tennessee State Comptroller’s Office of Local Government Audit where she conducted audits of county governments and associated component units. She graduated from Mississippi State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Professional Accountancy degree and completed her MBA with a banking and finance emphasis with the University of Tennessee in 2016. She holds CPA licenses in both Tennessee and Mississippi, earning the Tennessee certificate in 1993 and Mississippi certificate in 2017. Sharee holds additional certificates as a Certified Governmental Financial Manager and Certified Fraud Examiner.
Julie Clark is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and adjunct instructor at Hinds Community College. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and has a master's in educational leadership. Through her 15 years of teaching experience, her focus has been on active student engagement and technology integration. In her current position, Julie assists instructors with course management, design, assessment, technology integration, and active learning techniques.
Wilkins M. Crawford
WILKINS M. “WIL” CRAWFORD JR., CPA has over twelve years of experience providing audit and accounting services to telecommunications, governmental, not-for-profit, higher education and various other clients. Wil also serves as the accounting and auditing assistant director for BKD’s Jackson office. Wil is a member of the AICPA and MSCPA. He was awarded the Silas M. Simmons Bronze Medal for the 2007 CPA Exam. He also has served as president of the MSCPA Young CPA Network, chair of the MSCPA Governmental A&A Committee, millenial chair of the MSCPA Long Range Planning Committee, an MSCPA board member and was the 2015 winner of the MSCPA Rising Star Award. He is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and a reviewer for the United States and Canada’s Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement in Excellence in Financial Reporting Program. He previously served as treasurer on the board of directors of the Central Mississippi Chapter of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association and on the Madison United Methodist Church finance committee, and he currently serves on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area. Wil is a summa cum laude graduate of Mississippi State University with a B.S. degree in accounting and an MPA.
Dr. Jeremy B. Griffin, CPA is jointly appointed to the Patterson School of Accountancy and the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Griffin currently teaches cost and managerial accounting. His research interests include judgment and decision making topics in auditing and corporate governance. His primary interests are auditors’ materiality decisions and the role of audit committees in the financial reporting process. His current research investigates how auditors make evaluative materiality decisions in high uncertainty settings such as fair value measurement. Dr. Griffin’s research appears in the Journal of Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, and Managerial Auditing. Griffin received his Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Georgia in 2010, his Master of Science in Accountancy degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2000, and his Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Mississippi in 1999. Prior to seeking his Ph.D., he held positions as a plant accounting manager with BorgWarner, Inc. and as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche, LLP.
Jonathan M. Legner
Jon is an assurance services manager at HORNE LLP. He specializes in auditing for public and middle market clients by identifying and correcting control risks, errors and omissions from financial statements. Jon is also a leader in using data analytics to gain valuable insights for his clients. Jon joined HORNE in 2011. Jon earned his Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Professional Accountancy from Mississippi State University.
Billy A. Morehead
William A. (Billy) Morehead, Ph.D., CGFM, CPA:
Billy is a Professor of Accountancy at Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi where he teaches primarily Governmental and Advanced accounting classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Billy retired from the State of Mississippi in 2011 after 27 years of service in various roles, including Vice President for Finance and Administration, Interim Dean, Chair, and Associate Professor at Delta State University, auditor for the State Auditor’s Office; GAAP Project Administrator for the State Department of Finance and Administration; and CFO within the State Department of Mental Health.
Billy has been a member of the Association of Government Accountants for more than 30 years and has served as both National President and National Treasurer. Billy has served in various other national and chapter roles including the Chair of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Government Financial Management and the Chair of the Higher Education Committee. Billy has also received several AGA national awards, including three National President’s Awards, the Educator Award, and the Robert W. King Memorial Award. Billy is a member of the Mississippi Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.
Dave L. Nichols
Dr. Dave L. Nichols is Associate Professor and Horne LLP Lecturer in the Patterson School of Accountancy at The University of Mississippi. He earned his Ph.D. in Accounting at Oklahoma State University. His research interests include, in addition to Title VII employment issues, accounting certification issues and the usefulness of geographic segment reporting. Professor Nichols’ articles have appeared in or have been accepted in the Southern Law Journal, Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Industrial Management, International Financial Management Journal, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance, Human Resource Planning, Petroleum Accounting and Financial Management Journal, Journal of Individual Employment Rights, and the Journal of Contemporary Business Issues.
Jared S. Soileau
Jared S. Soileau, PhD, CPA, CIA, CISA, CCSA, CRMA, is associate professor of accounting at Louisiana State University where he teaches accounting information systems and audit analytics. His research interests include external and internal auditing, corporate governance, and enterprise risk management. Jared’s academic credentials include a B.S. in accounting and a MBA from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D from the University of Memphis. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Jared worked in internal auditing and information systems auditing at Ernst & Young LLP, Alcatel Inc., Avery Dennison Inc., and FedEx Services.
Brad S. Trinkle
Brad is an Associate Professor in the Adkerson School of Accountancy at Mississippi State University and holds the H. Devon Graham, Jr. Professorship. Dr. Trinkle received his Ph.D. from the Culverhouse School of Accountancy at The University of Alabama. His research focuses on information security, ethical behavior, and voluntary disclosures via social media. Brad’s has published in leading Accounting Information Systems journals, including the Journal of Information Systems, the International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, and the Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting. He received the 2017 Best Paper Award for the Journal of Information Systems and the 2011 Outstanding Author Contribution Award from Advances in Accounting Education.