March 2021 eNews

UT Dallas IIA Student Chapter – March 2021

With the semester well under way, Student Chapter members have already attended several receptions. It was a pleasure learning from the Crowe, RSM, Baker Tilly, and EY teams. In February, students participated in virtual speed interviews put on by the IIA to sharpen their interview skills. We would like to thank all the employers and volunteer professionals who participated in these events with the Chapter!



This month, students are looking forward to Fraud Summit coming up on March 25th and 26th. The early registration deadline is nearing!


Student Spotlight

Casey Farrell

Background: I was born in Arnaudville, LA and at the age of nine, my family moved to Dallas, TX where I have lived ever since. I have accumulated over 15 years of professional experience in the retail, financial services, and accounting industries. After completing my Associate’s degree at Collin College in 2018, I decided that it was best for me to go back to school full time. It has been a challenge to balance work, family, and school at the same time, but staying organized and up-to-date with my classes has made things manageable. I will graduate with a B.S. in Accounting in the Spring 2021 semester and begin my M.S. in Accounting Fall 2021. My family has been very supportive and I will never forget how excited my seven-year-old daughter was when I told her that I would be graduating soon.

Why Internal Audit?: During my time in banking, I had the opportunity to work and coordinate with external auditors for financial reporting purposes. I have found the audit process to be interesting and it gave me a better appreciation of why internal controls, policies, and procedures are so important to every organization. After taking the Auditing class, I feel that Internal Audit would be the right fit for my experience and skillset.


  • Dean’s List

Professional Experience:

  • Joe C. Hockaday – Tax Intern
  • LegacyTexas Bank – Executive Assistant



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March Monthly Meeting

March 5, 2021         |         9a-11a         |         Zoom         |         2 hours CPE

Finding Your Voice as a Female Auditor

Finding Your Voice as a Female Auditor

While women are quickly advancing in the Internal Audit profession, women often experience unique challenges as they find their niche in the workforce.  The gender gap is closing, but women are still underrepresented in audit leadership.  This session will focus on some of the barriers women face, ways to overcome them, and how organizations can benefit from the diverse skills women bring to the table, especially as internal auditor leaders.  We will address perception issues, overcoming bias, and communication techniques to bridge the gender brain gap and find your voice as a female auditor.  This session is designed for both female and male auditors and will include a panel discussion with female CAE’s who are thought leaders in the profession.   

Jami Shine, CIA, CISA, CRISC, CRMA, graduated summa cum laude from the Honors Program at Oral Roberts University and has 14 years of combined internal and external audit experience.  She is currently the Corporate and IT Audit Manager for QuikTrip Corporation, where she manages operational, IT, and financial audits and consulting engagements.  She also co-facilitates the Enterprise Risk Management (“ERM”) program and conducts the annual risk assessment process with the CAE.  Her favorite project at QuikTrip was getting to write and facilitate a series of training videos for the 20,000+ store employees.  Jami enjoys being a volunteer facilitator for the IIA, leading both online and in-person trainings, as well as being a recurring speaker at MISTI’s SuperStrategies and Audit World Conferences, the IIA’s Leadership Academy, IIA and ISACA chapters, and the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance.  In 2020 she enjoyed serving as the emcee for the IIA and ISACA’s GRC Conference.  She also loves serving as a District Representative and a member of the IIA’s North American Chapter Relations Committee.  She has served in every officer position for the IIA Tulsa chapter except Treasurer and is currently on the Board of Governors.  She was honored with the Tulsa Chapter’s “Kevin Weast Distinguished Service Award” twice and received the “Auditor of the Year” Award in 2018.  She has been published in Internal Auditor magazine and loves any chance to share her passion for risk management and internal audit.  She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband, Bill, and Toy Fox Terrier, Eliza. 


Mary Peck, CIA, CFE, CCSA, CGAP, CRMA, is the Director of Internal Audit for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.  NYSERDA promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. She has previously provided training on various aspects of internal auditing, internal control, control self-assessment, and risk management.  Throughout her career, Mary has earned a reputation at both the state and national level as an expert and leader in developing and promoting strong systems of internal controls and governance. In 2004, the New York State Division of the Budget, in conjunction with the New York State Office of the State Comptroller, and the New York State Internal Control Association, created an interagency task force to address both internal audit compliance issues, as well as to provide compliance guidance on the broader internal control requirements of the New York State Internal Control Act. In support of that effort, she was asked to serve as the Co-Chair of the Internal Control Education and Implementation committee.  Prior to her appointment at NYSERDA, Mary served as the Director of Internal Control at NYS OPWDD and as an auditor for the New York Independent System Operator, a not for profit organization responsible for monitoring the statewide electrical power grid, and the New York State Office of the State Comptroller, where she ultimately served as its Assistant Internal Control Officer.  She is a Past President of the Albany Chapter, having received that organization’s 2002 and 2008 Martin H. Ives Award for distinguished service. 


Teresa Lin, CPA, is a Managing Director in Grant Thornton’s Risk Advisory Service practice. Based in Dallas, she has over Teresa has over 15 years of experience. Teresa is one of the leads in our Central region practice focusing primarily on internal audit and internal controls services. She leads numerous Sarbanes-Oxley consulting and internal audit engagements for a wide-array of publicly traded and private businesses with international operations. Teresa began her career at Blockbuster in the accounting department, working with the business to completely and accurately record monthly financial transactions, preparing monthly financial reports, and reconciling accounts. As part of the internal controls department, Teresa help establish the SOX program and also performed operational, financial, and information system audits.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. She also received her Master of Science in Accounting and Information Management from the University of Texas at Dallas.  She is an IIA Dallas Board Member and an Audit and Risk Committee Member for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. 


Alice Mariano, CIA, CPA, CPCU, has over 23 years of auditing and accounting experience. She currently leads the internal audit department at North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. (NCFBINS) where she started the department 12 years ago. NCFBINS is a single state P&C insurance company with annual direct written premium of over $1 billion. Mariano has approximately eight years of public accounting experience, of which more than six years was spent serving clients’ diverse internal audit needs.  She is currently an IIA District Advisor and a has spoken at audit conferences such as Audit World and GAM. 




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