Title: Associate Professor
Department: Business and Accounting
Office Location: Warner Hall 217
Office Phone: 518 255-5562
Additional Title: Certified Public Accountant
Areas of Expertise: Not for Profit Accounting, Income Taxes, Auditing, Cost, Financial and Managerial Accounting
Courses Taught: Financial, Managerial, Intermediate, Not for Profit, and Cost Accounting. Fraud Examination
Mary is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the Business Department at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill. She is also the Director of the SUNY Cobleskill Honors Program. Mary is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 15 years experience in auditing, accounting and income taxes. She began her professional accounting career with the Internal Revenue Service where she completed an intensive two year training program in income taxes, auditing, small business accounting, and fraud investigation. Upon completion of the training program, she work for a year in the large case audit division where she was responsible for conducting tax audits of corporations with assets in excess of $100 million.
She worked in various accounting and auditing functions with the City of Phoenix, Arizona for 13 years. These duties included managing over $1 billion dollars in accounts payable, $300 million in accounts receivable and $50 million in Federal and State Grants. For over 10 years she worked in the Internal Audit Department conducting financial, computer, and performance audits of various city departments and programs. She worked in the management advisory group on projects such as developing performance measurements, leading focus groups, conducting program reviews and risk assessments. She was promoted to Deputy City Auditor where she supervised the Cost Accounting section.
Mary was also a member of “Cities of Tomorrow” an international network of cities that researched best practices in local governments sponsored by the Bertelsmann Foundation of Germany. As part of this project, she traveled to Mitaka, Japan to conduct research on organizational change, community/citizen involvement, employee empowerment, communication, and educational partnerships. The results of her research were published by the Bertelsmann Foundation in a book called, “The Evolving Organization – Building Trust in Local Government”.
Mary teaches accounting classes including Financial, Managerial, Cost, Intermediate and Not for Profit Accounting at SUNY Cobleskill. She has recently developed a Minor in Forensic Accounting and in partnership with department faculty and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She is currently studying for the Certified Fraud Exam.
In addition to her Certified Public Accounting license, Mary has a Master’s of Science in Curriculum Design and Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany, a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an Associates of Science in Early Childhood Education from Herkimer Community College. She has completed over 800 hours of continuing professional education in the field of auditing and income taxes.