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)
Ernst & Young

Mr. P. Steve Cabello (Steve)
Managing Director

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

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

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

Mr. Kenneth J. Kay (Ken)

Mr. Israel Z. Kotton (Issy)

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)
Ernst & Young LLP

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

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

Ms. Karen Schoenbaum (Karen)
California United Bank

Mr. Michael W. Soza (Mike)

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)
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

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

Mr. Jeff Wolman
Wolman Wealth Management

Marshall Spotlight

Not having a background in finance, Tony did not anticipate entering the world of accounting; however, an offer from accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers was too intriguing to pass up. What was even more surprising was that the one-year, intensive master's in accounting (MAcc) degree from the USC Leventhal School of Accounting was actually fun. "They teach us so much more than just accounting. It's a well-rounded program that really teaches you how to build, grow, and be successful in whatever endeavor you want to undertake."