Leventhal School of Accounting


Eric Allen

Assistant Professor of Accounting

PhD, MS, UC-Berkeley; BS, University of Redlands

Eric Allen's research focuses on the effect of statutory requirements on firm income tax disclosures, financial statement analysis, and motion picture accounting. Professor Allen is a licensed CPA, a referee for the Review of Accounting Studies, and a member of the American Accounting Association.

Jack Barcal

Associate Professor of Accounting

JD, Stanford University; BS, DePaul University

Jack Barcal is an expert in taxation, estate planning, probate, trusts, estates and wills, and tax law. He has published in The Journal of Taxation and Estate Planning among other journals. Professor Barcal is a past recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award at the Leventhal School of Accounting. He has served as chairman of Death & Gift Tax Section and the Inheritance Tax Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and has consulted for a variety of entities, families and individuals, including acting as special tax, estate & trust counsel for a trustee of a multi-billion dollar trust/estate.

Randolph Beatty

Professor of Accounting

PhD, MAS, BS, University of Illinois

Professor Beatty's scholarship spans accounting, finance, and management, with articles published in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Law & Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Strategic Management Journal. He has won or been nominated for teaching awards at USC Marshall School of Business, Southern Methodist University, the University of Chicago, the Wharton School, and the University of Illinois. In 1994, Business Week selected him as one of twelve Masters of the Classroom. Beatty has consulted for a variety of organizations providing expert witness testimony on bankruptcy prediction, valuation, and financial accounting issues. Beatty serves on the Advisory Board for the USC Caruso Catholic Center and the City of Hope Board. He is also the Chair of the City of Hope Medical Center Board.

Sarah Bonner

Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting

PhD, University of Michigan; MA, George Washington University; BS, Wake Forest University

Sarah Bonner is a leader in the study of judgment and decision making. Her book, Judgment and Decision Making in Accounting (2008) develops a framework that synthesizes research in psychology and economics. She has published in the Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, and Accounting, Organizations and Society. She serves on the editorial board of Contemporary Accounting Research, and previously served on the board of The Accounting Review. Professor Bonner has received two National Science Foundation grants, the American Accounting Association's Outstanding Dissertation Award, the USC-Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring, and the Evan C. Thompson Faculty Mentoring and Leadership Award.

Ruben Davila

Professor of Clinical Accounting

JD, BS, Loyola Marymount University; MBA, University of Southern California

Ruben Davila is an expert on financial accounting and reporting, management control issues, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. He is a forensic accountant who has served as a consultant and expert witness in a variety of complex business litigation matters including: fraudulent financial reporting, embezzlement, economic damages, solvency, business valuation, and corporate governance. Professor Davila served on the California Board of Accountancy from 2003 to 2007. He has been highly involved with professional activites including the AICPA Board of Examiners, NASBA's Global Strategies Committee, NASBA's International Qualifications Board including Task Force Leader for the MRA review of the Chinese Institute of CPAs.

Mark DeFond

A. N. Mosich Chair in Accounting and Professor of Accounting

PhD, University of Washington; BA, San Francisco State University

Professor DeFond is the A. N. Mosich Chair of Accounting, Leventhal School of Accounting, University of Southern California. His research investigates issues in auditing, international financial reporting, and earnings management. He is a former Senior Editor of The Accounting Review and has served on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals, including the Journal of Accounting Research and the Journal of Accounting and Economics. He is a recipient of the AAA’s Notable Contribution to the Auditing Literature Award, and a four-time MBA Golden Apple teaching award winner. Professor DeFond has held visiting professorships in Hong Kong and Singapore, and is currently the Associate Dean of Faculty at the Leventhal School of Accounting. He received his PhD at the University of Washington and prior to that worked for several years as an auditor with Deloitte (formerly Touche Ross) and is a California CPA (inactive).

Chrislynn Freed

Professor of Clinical Accounting

MBA, University of Southern California; BSA, University of Florida

Chrislynn Freed's interests include financial accounting and auditing. Professor Freed received the CalCPA Outstanding Accounting Educator Award in 2013, Golden Apple Award in 2010, 2012 and 2014, USC Mellon Award for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in 2009 and 2008, and USC Parents Association Teaching and Mentoring Award in 2008. Professor Freed's activities include co-chairing the Accounting Education Committee and serving on the Board of Directors of CalCPA, member of USC's Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures and the Advisory board of Florida's Fisher School of Accounting. Prior to joining USC she was a senior manager in an international CPA firm.

Shane Heitzman

Associate Professor of Accounting

Ph.D., University of Arizona; M.Acc., University of Arizona; B.S., Business Economics, Eastern Oregon University

Shane Heitzman specializes in the economic consequences of corporate and individual taxation, mergers and acquisitions, and information quality in capital markets. His research is published in top accounting and finance journals and he serves an associate editor for the Journal of Accounting and Economics and The Accounting Review. Prior to joining USC, Professor Heitzman was on the faculty at the University of Rochester.

William Holder

Dean of the Leventhal School of Accounting, Alan Casden Dean's Chair, & Professor of Accounting

DBA, MAcc, University of Oklahoma; BS, Oklahoma State University

William Holder is an expert on financial accounting and reporting, and auditing. His research has been published in The Journal of Accountancy, The Accounting Review, the Financial Executive, and The CPA Journal. He is a recipient of the Gold Medal Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award. Professor Holder served as a member of the American Institute of CPAs and chaired its audit committee.

Merle Hopkins

Professor of Clinical Accounting

PhD, Michigan State University; MS, BA, Western Michigan University

Merle Hopkins conducts research on support for the hypothesized importance of expected cash flows to firms, and has published in The Corporation Law Review. Professor Hopkins served as Assistant Dean in the Leventhal School of Accounting, and is actively and extensively involved with several on-going programs conducted by the USC Office of Executive Development. Former clients include Amgen, Security Pacific Bank, Union Bank among others. He has consulted for a variety of organizations, including the Security Pacific National Bank and Union Bank in Los Angeles.

Cecil Jackson

Professor of Clinical Accounting

DCom, University of South Africa; MCom, Rhodes University; BCom, University of the Witwatersrand

Professor Jackson is an expert on accounting models. He is the author of Business Fairy Tales: Grim Realities of Fictitious Financial Reporting (2006), and has published articles in The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies and Accountancy SA. Professor Jackson received the Senior Graduating Class Most Memorable Professor Award and the Orange County MBA Core Class #1 "Favorite Professor" of the Year Award and "Favorite Course" Award.

Joseph Keller

Professor of Clinical Accounting

MS, BS, Utah State University

Joseph Keller is an expert on accounting in the financial services, manufacturing and real estate industries. He has published articles for the National Association for Real Estate Investment Trusts. He received the Utah State University Professional Achievement Award and the Utah State University Beta Alpha Psi Alumnus of The Year Award. Professor Keller is a former member of the Tax Legislation and Policy Committee, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and past chairman of the Dean's Advisory Council at Utah State's College of Business.

Bob Kiddoo

Associate Professor of Clinical Accounting

MBA, BS, CSU Northridge

Bob Kiddoo is an expert in the selection, implementation and support of enterprise systems. He has 20 years of experience implementing ERP based systems in a variety of industries, and teaches advanced courses in the Accounting Information Systems program covering systems strategy, project planning, project management, systems analysis and design, and systems implementation. He also serves as Executive Director of University Advancement Gift Accounting, where he leads the team that implemented and maintains the University's PeopleSoft based Constituent Relationship System (CRS).

Rose Layton

Professor of Clinical Accounting

MAcc, BS, DePaul University

Rose Layton is an expert in auditing and assurance and financial accounting, particularly in the areas of auditor liability and financial statement fraud. She is a Searle Fellow and a recipient of the Margaret Keldie Award from the American Society of Woman Accountants.

Clive Lennox

USC Accounting Associates Professor of Accounting

Clive joined the Leventhal School of Accounting in 2015. His research interests are in auditing, disclosure, fraud, bankruptcy, and empirical methods. He has published more than twenty articles in the top-tier accounting journals (Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, and the Review of Accounting Studies). His research and teaching has received numerous prizes including the Notable Contribution to the Auditing Literature Award from the American Accounting Association in 2016. Clive is an editor at The Accounting Review and Contemporary Accounting Research, and he is a member of the editorial board at the Journal of Accounting Research.

Shelley Li

Assistant Professor of Accounting

DBA, Harvard University

Shelley Xin Li received her Doctoral degree in Business Administration (Accounting and Management) from the Harvard Business School in May 2016. She joined the Leventhal School of Accounting as an assistant professor of accounting in June 2016. Shelley examines the role of management control and corporate governance mechanisms in driving innovation and long-term performance. She analyzes archival data and employs field experiments in her research. Her dissertation examines the problem of motivating innovation in a multi-tasking environment and finds that under certain conditions reduced time pressure on execution tasks is associated with more employee-initiated innovation. Shelley's research has already been published in the Accounting Review. She has won the AAA/Grant Thornton Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Tracie Majors

Assistant Professor of Accounting

PhD, University of Texas Austin; MS, BA, Wake Forest University

Tracie’s research focuses on auditing and financial reporting issues, and she draws upon theory from psychology and economics to conduct experiments examining these issues. Her particular areas of interest are factors influencing auditor judgment effectiveness, impacts of regulation, and effects of individual attributes on decision-making. She earned her doctorate at University of Texas at Austin, and served on the faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prior to joining USC’s faculty. Prior to her doctorate, she worked in auditing and transaction services at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Shirley Maxey

Professor of Clinical Accounting and Management Communication

University of California, Davis

Shirley Maxey directs the Master of Accounting and Business Taxation programs in the Leventhal School of Accounting. She also serves as Assistant Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Marshall School of Business. She served seven years as Chair of the Dept. of Business Communication. She specializes in accounting communication. Before joining USC, Professor Maxey worked for the California Legislature's Auditor General and with Coopers & Lybrand. Professor Maxey is the recipient of the Instructor Excellence Award, the Faculty Excellence Award, Marshall's Master Teacher Award, the Dean's Award for Community, and the Marshall Award for Innovation in Teaching. She is a member of the Management Communication Association, the American Accounting Association, and is active in the Federation of Schools of Accountancy.

Kenneth Merchant

Deloitte & Touche LLP Chair in Accountancy and Professor of Accounting

PhD, UC-Berkeley; MBA, Columbia University; BA, Union College

Kenneth Merchant is an expert in management accounting, management control systems, and corporate governance. He has published in many journals, including Accounting, Organizations and Society, The Accounting Review, Industrial Relations, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Marketing, and Management Science. He has received numerous awards, including three Notable Contributions to Research awards from the American Accounting Association, one for lifetime contributions to the field. He also received an honorary doctorate from the Turku School of Economics (Finland) in 2010. Professor Merchant served as Dean of the Leventhal School of Accounting from 1994 to 2001. Before joining USC, he taught at Harvard Business School and UC-Berkeley.

Patricia Mills

Professor of Clinical Accounting

LLM, University of San Diego; JD, BS, Syracuse University

Patricia Mills specializes in partnership, real estate, and individual tax issues, she has contributed to the treatises Powell on Real Property and California Real Estate Law and Practice, and has published articles in the California Real Estate Journal, The Journal of Real Estate Taxation, and the Tax Lawyer. Prior to joining USC Marshall, she spent 20 years in private practice. She has served on the Research Institute of America's Customer Support Advisory Board. Professor Mills is a frequent speaker on tax topics, including at NYU's Federal Tax Institute and USC's Institute on Federal Taxation.

Daniel O'Leary

Professor of Accounting

PhD, Case Western Reserve University; MBA, University of Michigan; BS, Bowling Green University

Dan O'Leary has published articles in Management Science, Decision Sciences, IEEE Intelligent Systems, IEEE Computer, International Journal of Human and Computer Studies, Communications of the ACM, and Decision Support Systems. He served as editor of IEEE Intelligent Systems and the International Journal of Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance and Management, and on the editorial board of Enterprise Information Systems, Expert Systems with Applications: An International Journal, International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, Information Technology and Management, and Journal of Information Systems. Prior to completing his PhD, he worked in consulting for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co.

Maria Ogneva

Associate Professor of Accounting

PhD, University of Southern California; MS, BS, Moscow State University

Maria Ogneva's research focuses on accounting-based risk assessment, accounting information and market efficiency, accounting-based equity valuation, and earnings quality. Her work has been published in Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, and Journal of Finance. Professor Ogneva was also named one the world's 40 best business school professors under the age of 40 by Poets& She served on the faculty of Stanford University before joining USC's faculty.

John Owens

Professor of the Practice, Accounting


Leslie Porter

Professor of Clinical Accounting

PhD, UCLA; MS, BS, University of British Columbia

Les Porter specializes in organizational structure and accounting, particularly in the area of information technology. He directs the Accounting Information Systems program, and has consulted for a variety of organizations such as the Index Group and IBM

Smrity Randhawa

Assistant Professor of Clinical Accounting

Ph.D., Stanford; B.S., University of Michigan

Smrity Randhawa is an Accounting scholar whose area of expertise spans financial accounting, managerial accounting, valuation, disclosure and corporate governance. Smrity holds a PhD in Business from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. In her research, she has studied the effect of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on small public companies. At Marshall School of Business she has taught classes ranging from Introductory Accounting for undergraduate students to Financial Statement Analysis for graduate students. In addition to her faculty duties, she also provides consulting services related to: bankruptcy analysis; fair value accounting measurements and valuations; and provides opinions on the analysis of other experts.

Thomas Ryan

Professor of the Practice of Accounting

MBA, DePaul University; BS, University of Illinois - Chicago

Thomas Ryan is an expert on valuation for financial statement and federal tax purposes. He retired from the PricewaterhouseCoopers partnership in 2010. As PwC's national tax valuation leader from 2002 to 2006, he guided growth of the practice to ten cities. He also served as managing director at KPMG and was a partner at Arthur Young. He has over 35 years of experience valuing the business enterprise, intangible assets, real property, and manufacturing assets. He teaches valuation topics for CFALA and is the Leventhal School's representative to International Valuation Standards Council.

Kendall Simmonds

Professor of Clinical Accounting

MBA, UC-Berkeley; BA, CSU-Hayward

Kendall Simmonds is a two-time receipient of the prestigious Marshall School of Business Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award. He has served as Director of the Marshall Undergraduate Honors Program and is currently the Director of the Leventhal School Summer Leadership Program (SLP). He is a member of the National Association of Financial Planners, National Association of Accountants, National Association of Black Accountants, and American Accounting Association.

Lori Smith

Assistant Professor of Clinical Accounting

B.S., University of Southern California

Mark Soliman

Professor of Accounting

PhD, University of Michigan; MS, Seattle University; BS, California State Polytechnic University

Mark Soliman specializes in financial reporting information, trading strategies, capital markets, debt ratings voluntarily disclosure, especially non-GAAP earnings. He has held positions at The Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Foster School at the University of Washington where he was the recipient of numerous teaching awards. Outside of academia, he was vice president of accounting-based research at Citadel Investment Group in Chicago and consulted extensively for Renaissance Technologies, helping them to develop trading strategies for their hedge fund. Professor Soliman has published extensively in the top journals including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, The Review of Accounting Studies, Management Science and Contemporary Accounting Research. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Notable Contribution to the Accounting Literature in 2009 along with the Best Paper award at several conferences. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review and The Review of Accounting Studies. Professor Soliman is also a CPA in the state of California and Washington (inactive). He is also a triathlete recently completing the Ironman distance in Coeur D’Alene in Idaho.

K.R. Subramanyam

KPMG Foundation Professor of Accounting, Associate Dean of Marshall PhD Program

PhD, University of Wisconsin; MBA, Indian Institute of Management - Ahmadabad; BCom, Madras University

K.R. Subramanyam is a prolific and highly cited researcher in financial accounting and auditing who is on the editorial boards of several leading journals. His research has been widely reported in the national and international media and also cited in congressional hearings. He is the recipient of several research awards including the Notable Contribution to the Auditing Literature. Professor Subramanyam teaches financial statement analysis in the MBA program and is an author of a popular text book on the topic. Professor Subramanyam has been actively involved with doctoral students and has placed his students at Stanford and Columbia.

Julie Suh

Assistant Professor of Clinical Accounting

PhD, Stanford; B.S. Wellesley College

Julie Suh earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. in Business Administration (Accounting) from Stanford University. Her research interests include voluntary disclosure, CEO compensation, earnings management, and corporate governance.  She previously taught financial accounting to undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley and most recently, at Loyola Marymount University. While at Berkeley, she was honored with the Outstanding New Instructor Award as well as the student-nominated Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Prior to academia, Suh spent time in the corporate sector as an economic consultant for Cornerstone Research in San Francisco and as an investment banking analyst for Goldman Sachs in New York City. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Marcus, and their two dogs, and enjoys surfing, obstacle course racing, and flying on the trapeze in her free time.

Charles Swenson

Professor of Accounting

PhD, University of Southern California; MS, Arizona State University; BS, University of Arizona

Charles Swenson conducts economics-based research on state and local taxation, location-based credits and incentives, and enterprise zones. He has published articles in the Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Public Economics, National Tax Journal, and The Accounting Review. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy and the Asia Pacific Journal of Taxation, and previously served on the editorial board of The Accounting Review. Professor Swenson is a three-time recipient of the Tax Manuscript Award from the American Taxation Association, and received the Most Popular Teacher Award at the Leventhal School of Accounting.

Andrew Tinseth

Assistant Professor of Clinical Accounting

MBA, BS, University of Southern California

Andrew Tinseth is an expert in financial, operational, regulatory, compliance, and information technology controls.  He joined USC after a 20+ year career in various accounting, auditing, governance, risk and compliance roles with large multi-billion dollar revenue, multi-national companies in various industries including manufacturing, financial services, education and consulting.  Just prior to coming to the university, he served as the Chief Audit Executive for Western Digital Corporation.  He also consulted with numerous Fortune 100 companies while working for Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young.  He chairs the Leventhal School's Technology Committee, as well as, sits on the Leventhal School's Curriculum Committee and the Marshall School of Business' Technology Committee. 

David Tsui

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; BBA, University of Wisconsin- Madison

David Tsui’s research interests revolve around corporate governance, with a particular focus on the design of executive compensation contracts and how these and other incentive mechanisms affect managers’ investment and reporting choices. Much of his research also emphasizes the role of uncertainty in decision-making and incentive design. Professor Tsui received his PhD in Accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and previously worked as an equity analyst covering the automotive industry at Robert W. Baird.

MaryAnne Werner

Assistant Professor of Clinical Accounting

MBT, University of Southern California; B.S., University of Southern California

MaryAnne Sabido Werner – Currently an Assistant Professor in Clinical Accounting at University of Southern California, teaching her second year. Prior to joining USC, MaryAnne was an International Tax Partner at PwC. MaryAnne’s tax career at PwC was twenty years and two years at BDO Seidman before that.
MaryAnne always wanted to teach and enjoyed training less experienced staff throughout her career, she lead various internal and external trainings.
MaryAnne is married to Chris Werner and together have a daughter Nicole Ana (12) and son Kyle Christopher (8).
MaryAnne received her Masters in Business Taxation and BS in accounting at USC in 1993 and 1992 respectively.

Zivia Wilson Sweeney

AssociateProfessor of Clinical Accounting

MBA, BS, University of Southern California

Zivia Sweeney is an expert in strategic planning and budgeting, mergers and acquisitions, and accounting and finance operations for manufacturing, healthcare, service, and nonprofit organizations. She has served in senior management roles in public corporate and nonprofit arenas, and has held the of Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, and Corporate Controller. Professor Sweeney is a PriceWaterhouseCoopers alumnus. She has served for a number of years as a member of the USC Leventhal School’s Accounting Advisory Board.

Regina Wittenberg Moerman

Arthur Andersen and Company Alumni Associate Professor of Accounting

Regina Wittenberg-Moerman specializes in financial reporting quality, debt contracting and trading, information asymmetry, financial intermediation, and bond analysts. She has held positions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Wittenberg-Moerman's published research includes "The Role of Information Asymmetry and Financial Reporting Quality in Debt Trading: Evidence from the Secondary Loan Market" in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, “Price Discovery and Dissemination of Private Information by Loan Syndicate Participants” in the Journal of Accounting Research and “A Debt Analysts’ View of Debt-Equity Conflicts of Interest” in The Accounting Review.

Wittenberg-Moerman is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Best Paper Prize by the Journal of Accounting and Economics in 2008 and Ernest R. Wish Accounting Research Award in 2011. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Accounting and Economics and the Journal of Accounting research and is a referee for numerous journals, including Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Review of Accounting Studies, Review of Financial Studies and The Accounting Review.

At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Wittenberg-Moerman earned a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in accounting and economics in 1996 and an MBA summa cum laude in finance and accounting in 1999. In 2006, Wittenberg-Moerman received an MBA and PhD from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Forester Wong

Assistant Professor of Accounting

PhD, Columbia University

Forester joined the Leventhal School of Accounting in 2016. His research interests are in corporate governance, activists investing, and executive compensation. Forester is the recipient of the 2014 Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting and the 2015 Alex Woo MBA 1984 Doctoral Fellowship. He will receive his doctorate from Columbia Business School in May 2016. Outside of academia, Forester maintains active professional memberships in the Legal Service Board of Victoria (Australia) and CPA Australia.

T.J. Wong

Joseph A. DeBell Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Accounting


T.J. Wong is an expert on accounting and corporate governance in emerging markets. He has published numerous articles in top accounting and finance journals. He is the editor of The Accounting Review and has served in the editorial board of several accounting journals. His research is frequently featured in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Globe and Mail and South China Morning Post. Prior to joining USC, he served as the Dean of the CUHK Business School from 2008 to 2013.

Mark Young

George Bozanic and Holman G. Hurt Chair in Sports Entertainment Business & Professor of Accounting

PhD, University of Pittsburgh; MAcc, The Ohio State University; BA, Oberlin College

S. Mark Young studies management control system design and has conducted research in the automobile, airline, high tech, and entertainment industries. He has published in Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, and Academy of Management Review, and served as associate editor of The Accounting Review. His book with Dr. Drew Pinsky, The Mirror Effect, was a New York Times Best Seller. Professor Young received the Notable Contributions to the Accounting Literature Award and the Notable Contributions to the Management Accounting Literature Award. He is a distinguished fellow of the Center for Excellence in Teaching at USC.

Adjunct and Part-time

Tony Aaron

Adjunct Professor of Accounting

Tony Aaron has spent over 35 years in financial analysis. The majority of his career took place at Ernst & Young, where he specialized in the valuation of businesses, securities, intangible assets and intellectual property. He also spent time as a securities analyst at a registered investment advisory firm.

Tony has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Appraisal Foundation, he has served on the Business Valuation Committee of the American Society of Appraisers, and he has participated in groups for both the AICPA and the Appraisal Foundation, developing best practices for valuations performed for financial reporting purposes.

David Boschetto

Adjunct Professor of Accounting

MBT, University of Southern California; B.B.A., Loyola Marymount University

David Boschetto retired from the Internal Revenue Service in October 2016 after 31 years of service. His last position with the IRS was that of Subject Matter Expert in the Methods of Accounting & Timing Practice Network in the Large Business & International (LB&I) Division. David is a licensed CPA in California and is a 2005 graduate of USC's Master of Business Taxation (MBT) program.

Diane Comi

Adjunct Professor of Accounting

LL.M., Boston University; J.D., Southwestern University School of Law; B.S., University of Southern California

Diane Comi began her legal career in the Tax Department of PriceWaterhouse Coopers in Los Angeles and then transferred to PwC’s Boston office to pursue an LL.M. (Taxation) at Boston University School of Law. After graduation, she worked in the Tax and Corporate Departments of Wood, Lucksinger & Epstein in Century City. Before forming her own firm in 1991, Diane practiced law at Reish & Luftman and today continues her transactional law practice representing a wide and diverse client base, in addition to serving as Of Counsel to Michels & Lew in West Los Angeles.

Cynthia Gensler

Adjunct Professor of Accounting

J.D., Southwestern School of Law; BBA, University of West Los Angeles

Cynthia Gensler, a former attorney at Simon and Sheridan and Mitsui Manufacturer's Bank, Cynthia has owned Cynthia Gensler, Inc. for over 25 years. In addition to being an adjunct professor at University of Southern California, Gensler has taught seminars on etiquette and financial management at Brinnegar Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Nauheim Straus Charitable Foundation, Inc. Cynthia is a certified specialist in estate planning, probate and trust law and holds a B.A. in Paralegal Studies from the University of West Los Angeles and a J.D. from Southwestern School of Law.

James Gergurich

Adjunct Professor of Accounting

J.D./LLM, University of San Diego School of Law; B.A., University of California, San Diego

James Gergurich is a Tax Principal at KPMG who focuses his efforts on serving clients in the Real Estate and Alternative Investments industries.  James has focused the majority of his career on serving clients in these industries, regularly addressing complex partnership and REIT tax issues.  Prior to his work in public accounting, James worked for the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel.  In his time there, he focused on developing guidance impacting pass-through entities and on challenging abusive tax shelter transactions.

Patrick Kinsella

Adjunct Professor of Accounting

B.S., California State University at Northridge

Patrick Kinsella is a retired partner from KPMG, LLP and has provided audit and advisory services to financial clients, including banks, thrifts, mortgage, automotive finance, specialty finance, and investment management companies. He has served as the Finance and Derivative Resource and IFRS partner within KPMG, as well as the resource partner of the implementation of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Kinsella is a current board member and audit committee chair of PennyMac Financial Services, Inc, a public mortgage company. He also serves as a board member of the non-for-profit Center Dance Arts and is a former board member of United Way of Los Angeles. He holds a B.S. from California State University at Northridge.

Greg Kling

Adjunct Professor of Accounting

MST, Golden Gate University; B.S., University of California at Berkeley

Greg is a partner at Kling & Pathak LLP in Cerritos, California. In addition to providing tax planning, tax compliance, and business consulting services, Greg also provide IRS and state tax audit representation for both his clients and clients of the other tax partners. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor at the Marshall School of Business and Leventhal School of Accounting, University of Southern California. Greg specializes in individual, real estate, and state/local tax issues. He earned his B.S. in accounting from University of California, Berkeley and his M.S. in taxation from Golden Gate University.

James Leonetti

Adjunct Professor of Accounting

BS, Accounting, University of Southern California

James ( "Jim") Leonetti, has served as a senior financial executive in the finance, banking, real estate, mortgage and rental equipment industries. With a record of success with both publicly traded and private companies, he has demonstrated expertise in leading companies through a number of challenging and growth opportunities including: Initial Public Offerings, dividend recapitalizations, debt restructurings and modifications, equity raises, cost reduction and operational restructuring, and Corporate sales. He has been the key leader over a variety of business functions, including: Finance, SEC reporting, Accounting, Mergers, Due diligence, Credit Administration, Asset Resolution, Information technology, and Investor relations.

Bob Louk

Adjunct Professor of Accounting

MBA, Cornell University; BA, Economics, UCLA

Bob Louk, who has over twenty-five years of Corporate and Commercial Banking experience, is a Senior Vice President for Bank of America's Commercial Bank serving as Manager of Business Development for Southern California. Since October 2012, Louk has acted in his capacity assisting Client Managers with new client acquisition and revenue generation in three major markets that make up six Middle Market offices. He provides leadership to several Client Manager teams in Southern California in terms of delivering the Bank and assisting to structure/close complex transactions.

Robert Scharlach

Adjunct Professor of Accounting

BS, University of Illinois

Robert Scharlach is a former partner in the Arthur Andersen & Co. accounting firm. He has published in Inc Magazine and Tax Shelters. During Fall 2006, he was a Professor in Residence at KPMG where he was involved with that firm's Tax Accounting Methods specialty group.

Harris Smith

Adjunct Professor of Accounting

BS, Accounting, University of Baltimore

Harris Smith is a retired audit partner with Grant Thornton and served clients across a broad array of industries over his 40 year career.

Harris began with GT in Baltimore, transferred to LA in 1989. Harris transferred to San Francisco as Managing Partner and in 2002 he became the West Region Managing Partner. In 2005 Harris relocated to LA and in 2009 transitioned back into a client service role.

He is the President of the Board of JVS of LA, a member of the California Society and American Institute of CPA’s and has served on various other community Boards.

Michael Sylvester

Adjunct Professor of Accounting

JD, University of Illinois; BBA, Loyola University of Chicago

Mike spent 3 years as the International Tax Leader for PwC's Southern California/Phoenix market and has more than 25 years experience serving both inbound and outbound multinationals. He has advised on a wide range of international tax issues, including cross-border acquisitions and reorganizations, value chain transformation, tax efficient financing, and cash redeployment. Mike is an instructor in the Master of Business Taxation program at the University of Southern California where he teaches a course in U.S. taxation of international operations. He is the co-author of an article, "Navigating Corporate Culture and Avoiding U.S. Tax Pitfalls for Multinationals", which appeared in the January 2005 edition of Tax Notes International and collaborated in the preparation of an article, "Structuring to Utilize CFC Losses", which appeared in the April 2002 edition of the Journal of International Taxation.

Steven Toscher

Adjunct Professor of Accounting

JD, University of San Diego; BS, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Steven Toscher is a principal of Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez, P.C., specializing in civil and criminal tax litigation. Mr. Toscher is a Certified Tax Specialist in Taxation, the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Toscher's tax practice includes a wide array of substantive areas including income taxes, estate taxes, employment taxes, excise taxes, sales taxes and property taxes. He has handled extensive tax litigation involving government securities; wind and solar energy; horse racing and breeding; equipment leasing; motion picture transactions; oil and gas and other natural resource ventures.

Doug Wride

Adjunct Professor of Accounting

BS, University of Southern California

Doug Wride is founder and CEO of Wride Advisory Services, Inc., through which he provides growth capital and advisory services to private companies and early stage enterprises. He also serves on the Board of Directors of a number of companies and organizations. Doug has been an Adjunct Professor in the Leventhal MAcc program.

Doug retired from Websense, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBSN) in 2011 where after serving as CFO, COO and President over a twelve year span he was instrumental in the transformation of Websense from a small private venture to a successful public company providing industry leadership in the cyber security industry.

Prior to joining Websense in 1999, Doug served as COO/CFO at Artios Inc., an international venture backed CAD/CAM software company where Doug restructured international operations and improved operating profit while decreasing income tax liabilities. He was also integral to the company's successful merger with BARCO, an international conglomerate. Before Artios, Doug served as COO/CFO of NetCount, LLC, a venture backed Internet traffic verification, analysis and research company, and CFO of two other private venture backed software companies. Doug began his career Price Waterhouse, LLC where for 11 years he focused on high growth technology clients. Doug earned a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Southern California, and is a certified public accountant.

Omid Yazdi

Adjunct Professor of Accounting

BS, Management, Tulane University


Jerry Arnold

Professor Emeritus of Accounting

PhD, University of Michigan; MA, BS, University of Missouri

Jerry Arnold's research focuses on SEC disclosure and accounting standard-setting. He has published articles in numerous journals including Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Accountancy, Research in Accounting Regulation, The Corporation Law Review, Management Accounting, Journal of Commercial Bank Lending, and the Journal of the American Taxation Association. Professor Arnold has served as managing editor of Accounting Horizons, as a member of AICPA Committee on SEC Regulations, and was founding director of the SEC and Financial Reporting Institute. He has consulted for numerous companies from start-ups to multinational corporations on SEC compliance and capital formation.

Egner Larsen

Professor Emeritus of Accounting

Thomas Lin

Emeritus Professor of Accounting

PhD, The Ohio State University; MS, UCLA; MBA, National Chengchi University; BA, National Taiwan University

Thomas Lin specializes in management accounting and control systems, strategic cost management, and Chinese accounting and management. He has published over 50 articles in refereed journals and several books, including Cost Management and Advanced Auditing. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Economics and Management and the Journal of Accounting and Corporate Governance. He received best paper awards from the Journal of Management Accounting Research and the 9th World Congress of Accounting Educators, is the founding president of the Chinese Accounting Professors Association of North America, and former president of the Chinese-American Faculty Association of Southern California.

Theodore Mock

Professor Emeritus of Accounting

PhD, UC-Berkeley; MBA, BS, The Ohio State University

Ted Mock is an expert in auditing and decision making, especially auditor judgment, assurance services, and evidential reasoning. He has published in The Accounting Review and the Journal of Accounting Research, served as editor of Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, and served on the editorial board of The Accounting Review and Accounting, Organizations and Society. Professor Mock has received the Wildman Award, the Auditing Section Outstanding Auditing Educator Award, and the ABO Notable [Lifetime] Contribution Award from the American Accounting Association. He is a former president of the auditing section of the American Accounting Association.

Anelise Mosich

Professor Emeritus of Accounting and Ernst & Young Professor Emeritus in Accounting (Deceased)

Zoe-Vonna Palmrose

Accounting Circle Professor Emeritus of Accounting

PhD, MBA, University of Washington; BS, Oregon State University

Zoe-Vonna Palmrose has published and spoken extensively on financial reporting and auditing, including restatements, materiality, audit litigation, and pricing of audit services. She received the American Accounting Association Competitive Manuscript Award, the California Society of CPAs Accounting Faculty Fellow Award, the Deloitte/AAA Wildman Award, the AAA Auditing Section’s 2003 Distinguished Service Award, and is a PricewaterhouseCoopers Fellow in Auditing. From 2006 to 2008, she served as Deputy Chief Accountant for Professional Practice in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the SEC. Treasury and Risk Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in finance in 2008.

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