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.
Past Council Chair
Partner, Kearney & Company, PC
Past Chair, Accounting Advisory CouncilErin 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.
Partner, Grossberg Company LLPSamim 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.
Tax Managing Director, Deloitte Tax LLPNazanin 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.
Partner, BDO USA LLPMatthew 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.
Associate Professor, Accounting
Additional Roles: Accounting Advisory Council Faculty Fellow, Accounting Analytics LiaisonDr. Karen Kitching is an associate professor within the Accounting Area in the School of Business at George Mason University.
Tax Manager, Baker TillyShabinaaz 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
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Global Engagement
Additional Roles: Associate Professor, Accounting; Kearney & Company Faculty FellowJK Aier is the senior associate dean for academic affairs and global engagement and an associate professor within the accounting area in the School of Business at George Mason University.
Associate Professor Emeritus of AccountingPhillip 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.
Firms, Corporations, and Government Entities Represented on the Accounting Advisory Council:
- Aronson LLC
- Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
- BDO USA LLP
- Citron Cooperman & Company LLP
- CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP
- Deloitte Tax LLP
- Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
- Ernst & Young LLP
- Federal Aviation Administration
- Jeanette M. Franzel, CPA, CIA, CMA
- Grant Thornton, LLP
- Greater Washington Society of CPAs
- Government Accountability Office
- Grossberg Company LLP
- Kearney & Company, PC
- KPMG, LLP
- Miller Consulting Group, LLC
- PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
- Rubino & Company
- Thompson, Greenspon & Co., PC