Accounting Advisory Council

Providing Strategic Guidance to the Accounting Area

Accounting Advisory Council members represent a variety of accounting firms, corporations, and government entities.

To increase the community's participation in the development of future accounting professionals, the accounting area in the School of Business at George Mason University maintains a strong tradition of building partnerships through the Accounting Advisory Council. The council's mission is to advise and assist the accounting area so graduates are prepared to be successful contributors to an increasingly global accounting profession, and to ensure the School's undergraduate and masters programs to the needs of the accounting profession.

Council Chair

  • School of Business Community Partner | A.J. Eschle

    Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen  LLP
    Chair, Accounting Advisory Council

    A.J. is a principal with CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP and joined in 2007.

Past Council Chair

  • Past Chair, Accounting Advisory Council

    Partner, Kearney & Company, PC
    Past Chair, Accounting Advisory Council

    Erin Ogburn is currently the Chief People Officer (Partner) at Kearney & Company, an accounting and consulting Firm and a “Best Place to Work” (Washington Business Journal) in Alexandria, VA.

Council Members

  • Samim Ardeishar, '92 | Partner, Grossberg Company LLP

    Partner, Grossberg Company LLP

    Samim Ardeishar is a partner with more than 27 years of experience providing audit, accounting, tax and business consulting services to clients of various sizes across a broad range of industries including real estate, not for profit, and professional services.
  • School of Business Community Partner | Nazanin Azarian

    Tax Managing Director, Deloitte Tax LLP

    Nazanin Azarian is a managing director in the Global Employer Services (GES) group at Deloitte in McLean, Virginia. Ms. Azarian is responsible for managing many clients with expatriate and inpatriate assignees.
  • School of Business Community Partner | Kari Bedell

    Executive Director, Greater Washington Society of CPAs    

    Karie Beddell is the executive director at the Greater Washington Society of CPAs.
  • School of Business Community Partner | Andrew Clements

    Partner, Audit Services, Grant Thornton, LLP

    Andrew Clements is a Partner in Grant Thornton’s Mid-Atlantic audit practice.
  • School of Business Community Partner | Matthew Cromwell

    Partner, BDO USA LLP

    Matthew Cromwell is a partner with BDO’s Assurance Division with extensive experience working with large non-profit organizations, with a specialized focused on international operations, multiple complex revenue streams and large endowment portfolios.
  • School of Business Community Partner | Charles "Chip" F. Helme, III

    Managing Principal, Thompson, Greenspon & Co., PC

    Chip Helme is the managing principal of Thompson Greenspon and has been with the firm since 1986.
  • School of Business Community Partner | Jenny Herrera

    Citrin Cooperman & Company LLP

    Jenny Herrera is a partner at Citrin Cooperman & Company LLP's D.C. Metro office.
  • School of Business Community Partner | Asif A. Khan

    Director, Government Accountability Office 

    Asif Khan is a Director at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in the Financial Management and Assurance team.
  • George Mason University School of Business Faculty Karen Kitching

    Associate Professor, Accounting
    Additional Roles: Accounting Advisory Council Faculty Fellow, Accounting Analytics Liaison

    Dr. Karen Kitching is the Accounting Advisory Council faculty fellow, accounting analytics liaison, and an associate professor within the Accounting Area in the School of Business at George Mason University.
  • School of Business Community Partner | Shabinaaz Mahdi

    Tax Manager, Baker Tilly 

    Shabinaaz Mahdi is a tax manager at Baker Tilly. She has over 8 years of experience providing tax and advisory services primarily to law firms in the professional services industry as well as REITs and other commercial businesses.

School of Business Members

  • George Mason University School of Business Faculty JK Aier

    Area Chair, Accounting
    Additional Roles: Associate Professor, Accounting; Kearney & Company Faculty Fellow

    Dr. JK Aier is an associate professor and Accounting Area Chair in the School of Business at George Mason University.
  • School of Business Emeritus Faculty Phillip Buchanan

    Associate Professor Emeritus of Accounting

    Phillip Buchanan joined the George Mason University faculty in 1981 after spending 8 years at Penn State University and 2 years in the New York office of Arthur Andersen & Co. He retired from George Mason in 2013.