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The School of Accountancy’s Advisory Board exists to promote and support the educational programs of the school and to strengthen the school’s position as a premier institution of accounting education within the Gulf South region. Reputable professionals from public, corporate, and governmental accounting entities donate their time, abilities, and resources as Advisory Board members. Members join the director in periodic meetings to discuss the school’s performance in advancing the mission and providing associated mission- and performance-related input. In addition to meeting as a group, board members individually assist the school in meeting with accreditation officials, and in presenting career information on the accounting profession to business students who have not yet decided on an academic major. Board Members represent a dedicated group of professionals selected for their enthusiasm and interest in advancing the accounting programs at Southern Miss.

Meet the Board

SoA Board 2023

Faculty Members
Dr. Blaise Sonnier Director & Morgan Professor of Accounting School of Accountancy, Southern Miss
Amber Hatten Professor of Practice &
Director of MPA Program
School of Accountancy, Southern Miss
Dr. Paul Beck Horne Professor of Accounting School of Accountancy, Southern Miss
Julia Bradley Professor of Practice School of Accountancy, Southern Miss
Senior Members
Kim Allison Director of Finance and Administration Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
Rick Bedwell  Retired Accounting Instructor Jones County Junior College
 Jordan Church  Partner Piltz, Williams, LaRosa & Company 
Jerry Favre Partner Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan,
Levens & Favre, PLLC (AVL) 
Brook Gatlin Partner Molloy-Seidenburg & Co., P.A. 
Melinda Gratwick Senior Manager  KPMG LLP
Amanda Harrelson Assurance Partner Ernst & Young LLP
Michael Hill Managing Director  BKD
Jennifer Hilliard Assurance Member Haddox Reid Eubank Betts PLLC 
Dusty Holifield Accounting Instructor Jones County Junior College 
 William F. Horne Partner-in-Charge Carr, Riggs and Ingram
Katie Jones Assurance Manager Postlethwaite & Netterville
Charles R. Lindsay Partner Matthews Cutrer and Lindsay, P.A.  
John R. McCallum Principal/Partner GranthamPoole 
Stace Mercier Executive Director The USM Foundation
 Karen Moody President/CEO MSCPA 
Gwen Pate School Director Emeritus School of Accountancy, Southern Miss 
Kent Ralston COO Florence Gardens
Linda Reeves   L. Reeves CPA PLLC
 Susan Riley Partner Topp McWhorter Harvey, PLLC 
Elton Sims Partner-in-Charge Carr, Riggs and Ingram 
Brenda Walker Director, Accounting C-Spire
Lydia Windham CFO

Municipal Energy Agency of MS
Municipal Gas Authority of MS

Junior Members   
Caitlin Chancellor Accounting Manager Donnell & CPA Group
Samantha Coblentz  Tax Associate, Public & Middle Market Horne LLP
Bradley Floore   Horne LLP
Nishu Gupta Internal Auditor Office of Internal Audit,
Southern Miss
Erin Howell ERISA Auditor Caron & Bletzer, PLLC
Kayla Jo Martin   Harper, Rains, Knight & Co.
Kameshia Mays Tax Senior KPMG LLP
Sayle Sanson Assurance Associate PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
 Joshua Spivey Tax Senior  Ernst & Young LLP
Kyle Stoner   Deloitte

For more information:

Dr. Blaise Sonnier
Director, School of Accountancy

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Hattiesburg, MS 39406 

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