University of Southern California

Board of Advisors

The USC Leventhal Board of Advisors ("BOA") is dedicated to providing guidance and support to the USC Leventhal School of Accounting. The BOA partners with USC Leventhal administration and faculty to seek national exposure and financial support for the activities of the School, and also provides oversight to its programs.

The BOA is a group of volunteers comprised of top-level executives from the "Big Four" accounting firms, regional and local firms, and large and small business enterprises. The BOA are also alumni and friends who bring valuable experience and perspective that contribute to the strategic direction of the school, influence undergraduate and graduate curriculum, and support USC Leventhal students.

The BOA has proven to be an important source of information relevant to coming changes in accounting practices and recruiting patterns, external constituencies’ perceptions of the School’s teaching, research, and service activities, and fundraising plans and prospects.

Mr. Joe Allanson
Executive Vice President,
Chief Accounting Office and Controller
Salesforce Inc.

Mr. Alex Bender (Alexander)
Partner
Ernst & Young

Mr. P. Steve Cabello (Steve)
Managing Director
Protiviti

Mr. James Dal Pozzo (Jim)
President and CEO
The Jacmar Companies

Ms. Ellen J. Glazerman (Ellen)
Executive Director
Ernst & Young Foundation & Americas Director, University Relations

Mr. Robert V. Graziano (Bob)
Managing Director
J.P. Morgan

Mr. David H. Hannah (Dave)
President & CEO
Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.

Mr. Taylor L. Hawes (Taylor)
Controller for Finance Operations
Microsoft Corporation

Mr. Dennis A. Ito (Dennis)
Dennis Ito & Associates, Inc.

Mr. Bret Johnsen (Bret)
Chief Financial Officer
Spacex

Mr. Eduardo L. Jordan (Ed)
CPA
Ed Jordan CPA.

Mr. Jeffrey A. Kaplan (Jeff)
Attorney at Law

Mr. Kenneth J. Kay (Ken)

Mr. Israel Z. Kotton (Issy)
Partner
BDO USA, LLP

Ms. Karen L. Kurek (Karen)
Managing Director
RSM McGladrey Business Services Inc.

Mr. Joseph D. Mazza, CPA (Joe)
Partner, Audit Services

Mr. John J. Menchaca (John)
Managing Partner
Menchaca & Company LLP

Mr. Donald T. Nicolaisen (Don)
Chief Accountant (Former)
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Mr. Patrick J. Niemann (Pat)
Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Mr. S. Herbert  Perlmutter (Herb)
Partner In Charge of Los Angeles Audit Practice
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Mr. Steven G. Pizula (Steve)
Partner
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Ms. Karen Schoenbaum (Karen)
EVP/CFO
California United Bank

Mr. Michael W. Soza (Mike)
Partner
BDO USA, LLP

Mr. Richard Stamm (Rick)
Vice Chairman, Global Tax
PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited

Mr. Charles G. Stanislawski (Chuck)
Stanislawski & Company

Mr. Brent Stevens (Brent)
Chairman & CEO
Peninsula Pacific

Mr. Kirk A. Thorell (Kirk)
Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Mr. Douglas Wride (Doug)
CEO
Wride Advisory Services, Inc.

Mr. Jeff Wolman
Wolman Wealth Management

Marshall Spotlight

Cornell University
Diamond Bar, California
“You will find some really great people in [the Master of Business Taxation program], and it was really helpful for me to meet, study and spend time with them outside of school. Not everyone knows what it’s like to go through a program like this, so it was really helpful to have friends I could talk with, commiserate with—and rejoice with when we succeeded.”