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Leadership Team Members
Toni Stephens, CPA, CIA, CRMA
Chief Audit Executive

Toni (Messer) Stephens, CPA, CIA, CRMA - Institutional Chief Audit Executive
Contact: [email protected]
or 972-883-4876
Responsible for directing and managing internal audit operations at the institutional level.

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Experience

  • The University of Texas at Dallas: 1992 – present
  • Previous audit experience at the Texas State Auditor’s Office

Professional Activities and Honors

  • Board Member of the Dallas Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and member of Audit Committee
  • Community Advisory Board Member of DISD Audit Committee
  • ACUA Faculty Member and Recognition Committee Chair
  • Member of the UT Dallas Center for Internal Auditing Advisory Board
  • Past President and Past Professional Education Chair of the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA)
  • Past Board Member and President of the Texas Association of College and University Auditors
  • Recipient of the ACUA Excellence in Service Award
  • Recipient of the Aaron Saylors Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Chapter, Dallas IIA
Rene Herrera, CISA, CFE
IT Audit Manager
Contact:[email protected]
or 972-883-2540
The Information Technology (IT) Audit Manager assists with the development, implementation, and operation of information technology audits, data analytics, and audit software.

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration at Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX

Experience

  • The University of Texas at Dallas:   2018 – present and 2001 – 2011
  • Previous audit experience at Army Air Force Exchange Services and Baylor Health Care System
Brandon Bergman, CFE
Audit Manager

Brandon Bergman, CFE
Contact: [email protected]
or 972-883-2727
The Audit Manager responsible for risk-based audits.  This manager assists with leading more complex risk-based audits.

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Experience

  • The University of Texas at Dallas: 2013 – present
  • Previous audit experience at Texas Tech University System and corporate finance

Professional Activities

  • ACUA Risk Dictionary Volunteer
Rob Hopkins, CFE
Audit Manager

robContact: [email protected]
or 972-883-2240
The Audit Manager responsible for investigations and operations. This manager leads investigations, required audits, and manages departmental operations.

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Management at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Experience

  • The University of Texas at Dallas:  2008 – present
  • Previous experience in corporate finance and bank investigations
Professional Staff Members
Hiba Ijaz, CPA, CIA
Senior Auditor I

Hiba Ijaz
Contact: [email protected]
or 972-883-2693
The Senior Auditor is responsible for conducting and supervising risk-based financial, operational, and compliance audits and other special projects.

Education

  • Master of Science in Accounting at  The University of Texas at Dallas
    • Endorsed Internal Audit Program Certificate, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting at  Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Experience

  • The University of Texas at Dallas: 2014 – present
  • Previous experience in corporate accounting

Professional Activities

  • Past IIA Treasury Volunteer
Chris Robinette
IT Staff Auditor II

Chris Robinette
Contact: [email protected]
or 972-883-2694
The Information Technology Staff Auditor provides auditing skills primarily for information technology audits, including the evaluation and testing of IT controls.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology/Sociology at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Experience

  • The University of Texas at Dallas:  2017 – present
  • Previous experience with the US Army and with managing technical services
Melissa Carley, CPA, CIA
Staff Auditor III

Melissa Carley
Contact: [email protected]
or 972-883-4813
The Staff Auditor provides auditing skills for the purpose of evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of the university’s systems of internal control.

Education

  • Master of Science in Accounting at  The University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX
    • Endorsed Internal Audit Program Certificate – The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Experience

  • The University of Texas at Dallas:  2017 – present
  • Previous experience includes internal audit, teaching assistant, and in corporate marketing and planning
Caitlin Cummins
Staff Auditor I
Contact:[email protected]
or 972-883-2695
The Staff Auditor provides auditing skills for the purpose of evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of the university’s systems of internal control.

Education

  • Masters of Professional Accounting at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX
  • Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting at Stephen F. Austin State University

Experience

  • The University of Texas at Dallas:  2018 – present
  • Previous experience in university finance as a graduate assistant
Joshua Bennett
Staff Auditor I

Contact:[email protected]  or 972-883-2405
The Staff Auditor provides auditing skills for the purpose of evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of the university’s systems of internal control.

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with Honors, at Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX

Experience

  • The University of Texas at Dallas:  2018 – present
  • Previous experience in university housing and residential programs and in corporate finance