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Conrad Bell is SVP, Chief Information Security Officer at C Spire. He has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology and Cybersecurity. Conrad’s current role at C Spire as the Chief Information Security Officer is to direct the Office of Cybersecurity’s cross functional teams in aiding each line of business in reducing cyber risk while delivering services. Conrad’s career experience spans across a variety of leadership positions at tactical, operational, and strategic levels of both government and private sectors. From his service to our country in the US Marine Corps and as a federal civilian employee, to his role as Systems Analyst at the University of North Texas and Sr. Network Security Architect with General Dynamics, Conrad is very experienced in developing policies and configurations and securing infrastructure. Conrad has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master of Science degree in Information Assurance. He also holds several industry certifications, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).
Trey Clark practices in the area of labor and employment, representing both private and public employers in defense of Section 1983 civil rights claims, Title VII and other discrimination suits, and wage and hour matters under the Fair Labor Standards Act. As part of his practice, Trey also defends claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Equal Pay Act.
Michael T. Dawkins
Michael Dawkins, J.D. is Shareholder at Baker Donelson in Jackson. Mr. Dawkins' white collar practice involves his defense of individuals and companies investigated or charged with various white collar crimes, including financial and tax fraud, economic espionage, theft of trade secrets, crimes against the environment and charges of mail fraud and wire fraud. With regard to investigations and lawsuits under the civil Federal False Claims Act he has decades of experience defending individuals and companies, including government contractors. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the defense of clients in administrative, civil and criminal investigations and enforcement matters involving environmental permitting, regulatory and statutory noncompliance. He frequently works with consulting engineers, toxicologists and other experts, including experts in the fields of the fate and transport of hazardous and toxic substances into the environment. In the area of internal investigations, most recently, he has conducted internal investigations of allegations of financial statement misstatements and insurance fraud. He often works on investigations with forensic accountants and financial statement auditors in the testing and investigation of fraud. He has several years of experience defending criminal federal income tax and state sales tax investigations and prosecutions. Due in large part to his experience in accounting, auditing and the performance of internal investigations, Mr. Dawkins conducts systems reviews for the purpose of monitoring compliance with requirements of federal and state statutes and regulations, as well as compliance with best practices procedures implemented for the purpose of systematizing and maintaining that compliance. He advises clients on changes to practices, policies and procedures in order to improve compliance and avoid violations of statute and regulation. Mr. Dawkins worked in public accounting for four years, principally in the areas of auditing and tax, and he has maintained his license as a certified public accountant since 1984. He has represented CPAs in professional liability cases, disciplinary proceedings and in civil and criminal matters involving allegations of violations of tax law.
Cecil (Bill) M. Felder
Bill Felder, CPA, CISA, is a native of Long Beach, Mississippi, and received his Bachelors and Masters of Professional Accountancy from Mississippi State. He is a director in the auditing and consulting department of Harper, Rains, Knight & Company, P.A. where he is in charge of audit engagements to a variety of industries including government-assisted multi-family housing projects, hospitals, Federal government entities, employee benefit plans, workers’ compensation, financial services, medical services, wholesale supply, churches and non-profit organizations. Bill is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Central Mississippi Chapter of Certified Public Accountants where he served as a past-secretary. Bill has earned the designation of Certified Information Systems Auditor from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and is a discussion leader for continuing professional education courses sponsored by the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Baxter Howell, CPA is a senior audit associate II at BKD CPAs & Advisors. He has over 4 years of public accounting experience providing auditing and accounting services to governmental, commercial services and health care clients. He is a member of the AICPA, MSCPA, and Mississippi chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Baxter is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree and Master of Professional Accountancy.
Sean M. Sarsfield
Sean Sarsfield, is a Director with BKD’s Forensics & Valuation Services division and leads its Houston practice, providing forensic accounting, fraud investigation, business busines interruption and litigation support services. In addition to being a CPA, Sean has the following accreditations: CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst), CFF (Certified in Financial Forensics), and CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner). For over twenty years Sean has provided advice to attorneys, executives, and shareholders to assist them throughout the dispute process. He has extensive experience guiding his clients through the duration of the legal process, from initial fact gathering and discovery through arbitration, mediation, and trail. This includes preparation for the deposition of fact and opposing expert witnesses, providing financial opinions through expert witness reports and testimony, and assistance with trial preparation.
Dudley D. Wooley
Dudley Wooley serves as CEO/COO at Ross & Yerger. He joined the firm in 1995 as an Account Executive and works with a wide array of businesses, with particular emphases in the healthcare and nonprofit industries. Prior to joining Ross & Yerger, Dudley worked five years as an analyst/account executive with Marketing Research Institute in Jackson and two years as a management information systems consultant with Andersen Consulting in Nashville, Chicago and Memphis. Dudley graduated in 1988 from Vanderbilt University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. In 1995, he completed the Masters of Business Administration program at Millsaps College, receiving the scholastic honor of Beta Gamma Sigma. Dudley has achieved the Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Certified Risk Manager (CRM) and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designations. Dudley and his wife, Julie, have three children – Gates, Clay, and John - and are active members of Northminister Baptist Church in Jackson.