2017 Conference Speaker Bios




Dr. Sue Ellspermann

Dr. Sue Ellspermann became Ivy Tech Community College’s ninth president on July 1. She now leads the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving over 170,000 students a year. Dr. Ellspermann has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, economic and workforce development, and public service.

She most recently served as Indiana’s 50th Lieutenant Governor from 2013 until March of this year. As part of that role she served as President of the Senate and Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, as well as overseeing six agencies. As the vice chair of the Indiana Career Council she led efforts to align Indiana’s education and workforce development system to meet the needs of employers. Her public service began in 2010 when she was elected as the State Representative for District 74.

Ellspermann formerly served as the founding Director of the Center of Applied Research and Economic Development at the University of Southern Indiana and also owned and operated Ellspermann and Associates, Inc, an independent consulting firm licensed in the training and facilitation of Simplex Creative Problem Solving.

Early in her career she spent time with Frito-Lay and Michelin Tire Corporation. Ellspermann holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Louisville in Industrial Engineering and a B.S. from Purdue University also in Industrial Engineering.

She is married to James Mehling, a recently retired high school principal. She has a blended family of four daughters, three sons-in-law, two grandsons and two granddaughters.


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Holly McKiernan

Holiday Hart McKiernan is executive vice president, chief operating officer and general counsel for Lumina Foundation. She oversees operations, legal affairs and board governance. Part of her work has included exploring the Bologna Process and the implications that reform effort might have for American higher education. She speaks frequently on legal, governance and policy issues concerning nonprofit organizations and higher education. McKiernan began her career practicing law concentrating on nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations and prior to joining Lumina in 2003 was executive director and counsel for Alpha Chi Omega where she advised universities on approaches to high-risk student behavior.

McKiernan has co-authored several journal articles, including “Making the Implicit Explicit: Demonstrating the Value Added of Higher Education by a Qualifications Framework,” The Journal of College and University Law; “The Changing Landscape of Higher Education: An Analysis of How National Change Might be Brought About in American Higher Education Compared with the Bologna Signatory States,” Education and the Law; and “Trans-Atlantic Ping-Pong and the Bologna Process,” The European University Association Bologna Handbook. She wrote “Higher Education and the American Workforce” for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges' Trusteeship Magazine.

She serves on the board of directors for Christian Theological Seminary, the Higher Education Resource Services, Inc., Antioch University board of governors, and the Council on Foundations’ public policy committee. She is also on the Indy Chamber’s education and workforce council.

McKiernan received her B.A. from DePauw University and her J.D. from Indiana University. She and her husband reside in Indianapolis and have three grown children.


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Nicholas J. Wallace, CPA

Nick is a member of BKD National Not-for-Profit Group, BKD National Governmental Group and BKD National Higher Education Group. He manages audit engagements and has more than 30 years of experience providing audit and advisory services to private colleges, schools, churches, social service agencies and other not-for-profit organizations.

Nick has experience with endowments, major gifts, annual funds, accounting operations, accreditation, governance and strategic not-for-profit management. Prior to joining BKD, he was with a national niche firm providing audit and advisory services to private colleges and other not-for-profits nationwide. Before that, he worked for a large West Coast private university and was responsible for developing and implementing internal accounting procedures for the planned giving program, tax administration for charitable trusts and external reporting for federal student financial aid programs.

His industry experience includes serving as a chair of the Taylor University Audit and Business Affairs Committees. In addition, during his six-year term with The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), he chaired the Financial Exigency Committee.

Nick is a noted speaker at national and regional industry conferences and has authored articles, seminars and publications for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges, ABHE, Christian College Consortium and Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

Nick is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Indiana CPA Society and National Association of College and University Business Officers.

He is a 1979 graduate of California State University, Fullerton, with a B.A. degree in business with an accounting concentration.

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Richard T. Wittgren, CPA

Rick has more than 20 years of experience with the not-for-profit and public sectors. He has performed and supervised numerous audits and provided services such as financial statement redesign and technical research. Rick also has assisted in other projects, including the re-engineering of the audit process on several engagements, and has served clients in the review of their chart of accounts and participated in operational reviews.

He has served as a course instructor on various topics at both internal and public seminars. Topics include auditing and accounting requirements for alternative investments, changes in OMB’s cost circulars, auditing student financial aid programs and various other technical topics.

He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Indiana CPA Society. In April 2013, he was recognized by the Ball State University Accounting Department as an Emerging Leader. And in October 2013, Rick was honored as a finalist for Indy’s Best and Brightest in the accounting category.

Rick’s community involvement includes serving as a board member for the Hancock County Community Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Hancock County, and as a volunteer agency evaluator for United Way of Central Indiana.

He is a 1996 graduate of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, with a B.S. degree in accounting.

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Michael B. Jaarda, CPA

Mike began his career with RSM in 2001 and specializes in serving nonprofit private K-12, higher education, religious and social service organizations. He also has extensive experience in performing audits and preparing financial reports in accordance with the requirements of Uniform Guidance, and various federal and state funding sources. He has worked with many nonprofit organizations and their boards in implementation and understanding of endowment law and related governance policies.

Mike also taught courses on Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting at Indiana University, South Bend. The courses taught have focused on understanding the accounting topics specific to government and not-for-profit entities as prescribed by GASB and FASB.

In addition, Mike spent nearly two years away from public accounting in the private sector as Director of Finance/CFO of a nonprofit organization, The Crossing. In his role, Mike oversaw the annual budgeting and financial reporting process, as well as, worked with the executive team and board of directors to perform organizational analysis in order to make educated decisions.

Professional Affiliations: Certified public accountant, Licensed to practice in Indiana, Indiana Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Education: Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Indiana University South Bend, Masters in Accounting, Indiana University South Bend

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Mark Saine

Mark Saine is the Senior Director of Client Executive and Leadership development at TIAA. Mark supports our clients by helping them to build leaders internally that are prepared to take on increasingly complex roles and to manage the demands of a rapidly changing environment. He provides leadership development services including workshops, retreats, consultation and coaching.

In his previous role at TIAA, Mark initiated and oversaw corporate-wide leadership and executive development initiatives such as leadership transitions training, top talent programs, mentoring programs, and coaching engagements. Mark’s gift for creating relevant and engaging programs created momentum for leadership development inside TIAA that engaged leaders at all levels in the organization.

He has worked for TIAA for 18 years, joining the organization as an internal training consultant. Mark began his career in higher education as a director of career services. In that role he found his passion for adult education and leadership development. Since joining TIAA, Mark has managed the learning and leadership development of our Asset Management group and eventually expanded his reach to encompass the enterprise-wide leadership development efforts. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University (Indiana), a master’s in student personnel from Ball State University (Indiana), and a master’s in organizational psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University (New York.

Outside of TIAA, he has taught a number of undergraduate courses including Organizational Behavior, Group Dynamics, Interpersonal and Managerial Communications, Career Development, and Principles of Adult Learning.

Mark has also earned certification from the Hudson Institute of Coaching, is certified to administer the Leadership Circle Profile and Leadership Culture Survey, and is a Social Style Master Trainer. Additionally, he holds certifications to train numerous courses including: The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Situational Leadership, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leadership Challenge, Crucial Conversations and Crucial Confrontations.

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Dave Harbeck

Dave Harbeck is a Manager at Crowe Horwath in the Public Sector Audit Practice and has over 6 years of public accounting experience serving colleges and universities, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental entities through assurance and consulting services. His experience includes audit engagement planning, fieldwork, supervision and reporting for his clients, which includes reporting under Government Auditing Standards and OMB Uniform Guidance requirements.

He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting and Technology Management from Indiana University.


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Brad Schelle

Brad Schelle is a Senior Manager at Crowe Horwath in the Public Sector Audit Practice and has over 12 years of public accounting experience serving colleges and universities, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental entities through assurance and consulting services. His experience includes audit engagement planning, fieldwork, supervision and reporting for his clients, which includes reporting under Government Auditing Standards and OMB Uniform Guidance requirements.

He graduated in 2004 with a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Ball State University.


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