2014 Not-for-Profit Conference

sponsored by The National Bank of Indianapolis

Speaker Biographies

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Michael B. Bedel, CPA, MBA, CGMA
Partner, Director of Audit & Assurance Services
Sponsel CPA Group, LLC

Mike Bedel leads the audit and assurance services department of Sponsel CPA Group, LLC. He provides clients with the crucial financial information they need to be secure and successful in their business and personal dealings. He has expertise in audits, assurance services, financial statements and consulting across a broad range of industries, including providing CFO- and Controller-level services for non-profit organizations and privately-held and family-owned businesses.

Chris DuKate, CPA
Senior Manager 
Crowe Horwath LLP

Chris DuKate is a senior manager with Crowe Horwath LLP in Indianapolis. DuKate earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. 

David L. Feinberg, CPA
Audit Financial Manager
Crowe Horwath, LLP

David Feinberg is an audit financial manager for Crowe Horwath, LLP. He collaborates directly with partner in charge and operating executive of audit and financial advisory business unit to develop and implement annual budget and business strategies of a practice encompassing 1,000 employees and $200+ million in annual revenues.

Tommy B. Harrington 
Tommy Harrington Enterprises

Tommy Harrington is president of Tommy Harrington Enterprises, a computer training and consulting company located in North Carolina. Until 2009 he was senior Excel instructor for more than 15 years at NC State University’s Computer Training Unit. Since 1987 Harrington has presented seminars for all types of organizations and businesses from CPA organizations to "Fortune 500" corporations, and supports many high-tech Excel users from these organizations.  

Judy Hissong, CLM, PCC
Nesso Strategies

Judy Hissong is the principal of Nesso Strategies. Nesso is the Italian word for connection, and Hissong’s passion is connecting strategies to maximize human performance. Hissong speaks around the country on a variety of topics, including leadership, listening, and stress management. She also partners with organizations in building strong communication skills and teams, facilitating strategic planning, and coaching individuals looking to reach their potential.  


Amanda J. McGinity, CPA
Katz, Sapper & Miller

Amanda McGinity is a director in Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Audit and Assurance Services Department. McGinity provides a wide variety of services to KSM clients including financial statement audits, reviews and consulting projects involving compliance and internal control issues. McGinity’s background includes both public and corporate accounting. Amanda serves on the firm’s Not-for-Profit and Governmental Services Group.

Joseph E. Miller, J.D.
Faegre Baker Daniels

Joe Miller devotes the greatest part of his practice to the representation of organizations exempt from federal and state income taxes. He provides a broad range of legal counsel to private foundations, churches and other religious organizations, colleges, universities, think tanks, museums, fraternities, trade associations, amateur athletic organizations and other exempt organizations. Miller’s practice includes serving all legal needs of such institutions, including general corporate matters as well as technical issues specific to tax-exempt organizations, such as applications for exemption, negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service, private ruling requests and similar matters. He has represented public and private entities with respect to public bidding requirements, open door issues and related topics. 

Heather E. Moore, J.D.
Faegre Baker Daniels

Heather Moore is a member of Faegre Baker Daniels’ exempt organizations industry team, representing organizations exempt from federal and state income taxes. Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, she worked as a legal intern for BFS Diversified Products LLC, assisting staff attorneys in addressing the legal issues of a multinational corporation. Moore worked as a grant writer for Christel House International, Inc., preparing grant applications to corporate and family foundations. She also worked as a legal intern for the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic in Indianapolis. 

Jenny Norris, CPA, CGMA
Vice President - Finance
Indiana CPA Society

Jenny Norris, CPA, CGMA, joined the Society as vice president – finance in January 2013. She has more than 20 years of association financial experience. In her role at the Society, Norris oversees the finance, IT and peer review functions, and as staff liaison to the Society's ethics committee. Norris was previously employed for 12 years as finance director for the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of REALTORS®. She oversaw all financial activities for the Board of REALTORS® and its affiliated companies. She also previously worked at Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. for nine years, where she held various accounting positions including controller.

Mary O'Connor, ASA, CFE
Partner, Valuation and Dispute Advisory Services 
Sikich LLP

Mary O’Connor, is partner, dispute advisory services of Sikich LLP. She has worked exclusively in the field of forensics since 1979 specializing in forensic consulting for litigation and fraud matters for municipalities, corporation and not-for-profits. O’Connor has provided litigation consulting and expert witness testimony to Federal, State and local jurisdictions across the United States and internationally in Russia and New Zealand.  She routinely works with governments and not-for-profits to solve issues related to employee dishonesty and to provide independent support for insurance claims 

Daniel Porter, CFE
Investigative Auditor in the Special Investigations Unit 
Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury, Tennessee

Daniel Porter, CFE, has conducted civil and criminal investigations as a licensed private investigator and as a loss prevention manager. While he was investigations manager with the Tennessee Department of Transportation he created an investigations section and was responsible for investigations of fraud, waste and abuse. Currently, he is an investigative auditor in the Special Investigations Unit in the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury, of the State of Tennessee where he investigates fraud involving public funds. 

Nathan D. Salsbery, CPA, CFE, CGMA 
Partner, National Director of Talent Development

Nathan Salsbery joined CapinCrouse in 2008 and has provided various assurance and consulting services to not-for-profit organizations, including audits, reviews, compilations, and HR consulting services. In addition to his role as a partner in the Indianapolis office, Salsbery serves as the firm's national director of talent development and as chaplain, overseeing the training and development program of firm personnel and instructing many continuing professional education classes within the firm and for clients. 

James Schmutte, CPA, DBA, MBA
Professor of Accounting
Ball State University

James Schmutte, Professor of Accounting, received his BA from Marian College, his MBA from Indiana State University, and his DBA from the University of Kentucky (1983). He is a CPA and joined the Ball State faculty in 1981. His primary teaching areas are auditing and financial accounting. Schmutte was named the 1998 Outstanding Accounting Educator by the Indiana CPA Society and has been a regular recipient of the Miller College of Business Dean's Teaching Award. His research interests include the implementation of auditing standards, the peer review process, and accounting education. His research has been published in The Journal of Accountancy, The CPA Journal, The Ohio CPA, Issues in Accounting Education, and The Journal of Accounting Education. Schmutte also serves as a consultant to the Indiana CPA Society and several public accounting firms. His specialization is continuing professional education. He has presented over 60 professional education seminars. Schmutte also works with the Peer Review Committee of the Indiana CPA Society and is a regular contributor to the committee's newsletter. 

Peter A. Ugo
Crowe Horwath, LLP

Peter Ugo is a partner with Crowe Horwath, LLP. He specializes in auditing, accounting and consulting for not-for-profit organizations, foundations, colleges and universities.