Professor R. Lynn Hannan, PhD., CPA
Saturday, November 4, 8:30 – 9:30 AM

Lynn Hannan is the Jayne Ritchey Cohen Chair in Business Administration and the Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting at the Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, where she serves as Faculty Director of the MACCT program and Accounting Area Head. Her research investigates how to design accounting control systems that motivate employees to behave in ways that benefit their organizations. Her scholarly work has been published in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Review of Accounting Studies, and Journal of Labor Economics and has been recognized by several awards, including the Notable Contribution to Accounting Literature Award. She has served on several Editorial Boards, including as Editor at Contemporary Accounting Research and Journal of Management Accounting Research. Lynn earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.



Frank K. Ross, CPA
Director, Center for Accounting Education, Howard University School of Business
Saturday, November 4, 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Issues Facing Minorities in Accounting

 Frank K. Ross is currently the Director of the Howard University School of Business
Center for Accounting Education and a Visiting Professor of Accounting teaching two courses - Auditing and Ethics.

In December, 2003, Frank retired from KPMG LLP after providing over thirty-eight years of service. Prior to retiring, he was the Mid-Atlantic Area Managing Partner for Audit and Risk Advisory Services and Managing Partner of the Washington DC office. He was also a member of KPMG’s Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Board of the KPMG Foundation.

In 1968, Frank was one of the nine co-founders and the first President of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA).

Frank is a graduate of Long Island University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting and an MBA degree. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Long Island University in 1998 and an Honorary Doctors of Humane Letters in 2001. He was the first graduate of their School of Business, Public Administration and Information Services to be so honored by the University. In 2004, the University of the District of Columbia also awarded Frank an Honorary Doctors of Humane Letters. In 2014, Frank received the AICPA Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service. This is the highest award given by the AICPA. Over the years, he has received numerous other awards for service to his community and his commitment to helping young professionals. In 2015, he was awarded the NYSSCPAs Lifetime Achievement Award and their COAP Scholarship was renamed the Frank K. Ross Scholarship.

Frank has also written a book about his life as an immigrant and successful certified public accountant (CPA) entitled, “Quiet Guys Can Do Great Things, Too: A Black Accountant’s Success Story.” All proceeds from the sale of the book are earmarked for scholarships for accounting students.

Frank is currently a member on the Board of Directors of Cohen & Steers Mutual Funds Group (Chair of Audit Committee). He previously served on the Board of Directors of the following publicly traded companies – PEPCO Holdings, Inc. (PHI, Inc.) and NCRIC Group, Inc.  In addition, he has served on the boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations and currently serves on the board of the Howard University Chartered Middle School for Mathematics and Science (Treasurer).

Melissa M. Stanton
Director, National Audit Solutions Team, KPMG
Saturday, November 4, 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Developing Accountants in the Data Age

Melissa Stanton is a Director with KPMG’s National Audit Solutions team and has been with KPMG for over 16 years. Melissa currently serves as the Project Lead and Curriculum Lead for the KPMG Master of Accounting with Data and Analytics Program.

Melissa has seven years of experience providing professional audit services primarily within the financial services – Insurance industry. She also has experience with government and higher education audits. Melissa spent eight years with KPMG’s Business School-Audit and was responsible for leading the teams that created various core audit training programs including Insurance for Partner/Manager, Private Markets Group, Associate and Senior Associate National Training Programs. Melissa was responsible for designing, developing and leading the team that created eAudIT training during its initial deployment.


Anne L. Christensen, AAA President, Montana State University-Bozeman
Plenary Speaker, Sunday, November 5, 9:00 - 9:45 AM

Pathways to a Sustainable Future

Anne L. Christensen is a Professor of Accounting in the Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship at Montana State University, where she has served as Director of the Master of Professional Accountancy Program, Director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a member of the Graduate Council, and on the University Service Learning Advisory Board. She was previously a member of the faculty at Portland State University. Anne earned her Ph.D. from The University of Utah.

Anne has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals including Issues in Accounting Education, The Journal of the American Taxation AssociationATA Journal of Legal Tax ResearchAdvances in Accounting EducationJournal of Business Ethics, Financial Accountability and Management, and Advances in Taxation. She has served on Editorial Boards for Issues in Accounting Education, Accounting Horizons, Journal of the American Taxation Association, and Journal of Accounting Education.

Anne is currently serving as the President of the American Accounting Association (AAA). In the past she served as the AAA Director-Focusing on Segments and on AAA’s Sharpening OurVision Taskforce I and II. She is a member of AAA’s ABOATA, and TLC Sections. During her career she served on AAA Council and as President and Program Chair of the WesternRegion, as PresidentVice President, and Trustee of the ATA, as Chair of ATA’s Publication CommitteeATA/Deloitte Teaching Innovation Awards CommitteeAccreditation & Curriculum Issues CommitteeAwards Committee, and Nominations Committee. She has served on the AAA Strategic Region Leader Committeeas Co-Chair, and as a member of the Council Committee on Awards Committee,Deloitte Wildman Award CommitteeAAA Journals Task Force, and AAA Nominations Committee.

Anne has twenty-eight years’ teaching experience and has received twelve awards for academic excellence including Montana State University’s President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and President’s Award for Excellence in Service Learning; the College’s Distinguished Faculty Award and Dean’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Service, and the ATA’s Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award and the ATA Outstanding Service Award.