Lauren is a Senior Manager at FORVIS, a professional services firm created by the merger of equals between BKD and DHG. Lauren has over eight years of experience providing audit and consulting services to public sector entities across the United States, including extensive experience with Single Audits. She oversees the client engagement process, including managing and developing audit team members, reviewing financial statements and reports, and researching technical accounting issues.
Lauren also currently serves in a part-time special rotation in the FORVIS Professional Standards Group (PSG) where she provides technical support and training to FORVIS auditors, implements quality control policies and procedures for new professional standards, and assists with internal office inspections. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas and serves as a member of the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program Special Review Committee (SRC). Lauren is a graduate of Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana, with a B.S. degree in accounting and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with an M.Acc. degree.
Thomas S. Chain
Tom is currently the Director of the Technical Assistance Division of the Office of the State Auditor responsible for providing technical assistance and training for state and local government officials. Prior to joining the Technical Assistance Division in 2009 he was employed in public and private industry. Tom holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Mississippi. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
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.
Chuck is currently the Director of Peer Review Professional Standards for Partners in Peer Review. Partners in Peer Review administers the AICPA Peer Review Program for Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. Prior to joining Partners in Peer Review he was a partner and practiced public accounting with a concentration in accounting and auditing. Chuck served as a member of the quality management team for his firm and performed peer reviews across the US. He also served on the Alabama Society of CPAs peer review committee for many years in various capacities including committee chair.
Corey Miller, Chief Economist for the state of Mississippi and Director, University Research Center. Responsibilities include economic forecasting, socio-economic policy analysis and monitoring collections of state general fund revenue. Serves as chair of the Revenue Estimating Group. Directs impact analysis by senior economist(s) of University Research Center. Experience includes quantitative analysis, including developing and running economic simulation models; writing, public speaking, including presentations at professional meetings, government agencies, and to industry groups; and experience with a variety of computer software, including programming languages. To date, author or co-author of 16 peer-reviewed journal articles.
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.
Stephanie is currently the Director of the Financial and Compliance Division of the Office of the State Auditor (OSA). The Financial and Compliance Division is responsible for conducting and overseeing audits of governmental entities. Prior to joining OSA in 2013, she was employed in public and private industry. Stephanie was the Director of Finance for the Mississippi Museum of Art from 2008 to 2013, and worked as an auditor for several public accounting firms prior to her job at the art museum. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Mississippi College and a Master of Professional Accountancy degree from Mississippi State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Stephanie is also a member of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Lisa R. Parker
Lisa R. Parker, CPA
Lisa is a project manager with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Prior to joining the GASB, Lisa worked for Runyon Kersteen Ouellette CPA's for 10 years, the Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine as their Finance Director and interim Town Manager for 2 years, and the City of Saco, Maine as their Finance Director for 8 years. Lisa is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. She is also a member of the Association of Governmental Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants and has served as their President. Lisa also has previously served as President of the Maine Governmental Finance Officers Association, an Executive Board member of the New England Governmental Finance Officers Association, and a member of a National GFOA standing committee. Lisa attended Boston College and the University of Southern Maine graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors and a Bachelors degree in Accounting.
Leigh E. Taylor
Leigh is currently the Director of the Quality Assurance Division of the Office of the State Auditor Quality Assurance is responsible for overseeing audits of governmental entities by performing financial statement reviews and workpaper reviews. Prior to joining OSA in 2011, she was employed in the public sector where she served as an audit manager over multiple financial audits. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Public Accountancy from Mississippi State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants.