2019 Conference Speaker Bios


Shola Richards 

Shola is a dynamic keynote speaker, best-selling author of Making Work Work (#1 New Release in the Workplace Culture category on Amazon.com), a workplace positivity expert, an award-winning Director of Training & Organizational Development for an elite Top-10 U.S. Hospital, and a positivity writer with a passionate worldwide following. His articles have been read by readers in over 160 countries, and his work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Complete Wellbeing India, Business Insider Australia, and in numerous other publications all over the world who recognize him as an authority on workplace happiness and engagement..

As a speaker, Shola has shared his transformative message with top universities, Silicon Valley, leading healthcare organizations, the motion picture industry, and in his greatest honor to date, as a keynote speaker for the Department of Homeland Security three days before the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, under the Obama Administration.

Last, but certainly not least, Shola is a father, husband, identical twin, and a self-professed “kindness extremist” who will not rest until bullying and incivility is extinct from the American workplace.  www.SholaRichards.com

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Tiffany Lemons

Tiffany Lemons is an organization development consultant with Indiana University. She has expertise in leadership development, conflict management, and communication. She focuses her energies on connecting people and developing people in their leadership journey. Her work has been primarily focused within the nonprofit sector and higher education. Her volunteer efforts focus on supporting youth development throughout central Indiana.

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Tim Werth

Tim Werth is currently Senior Director of Finance at Purdue University with financial responsibility over Student Life and Athletics.  Prior to this position Tim was responsible for our Transform Purdue initiative to Simplify, Streamline, Organize and Automate our financial processes and related systems

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Discussion Panel: Dan Young, Stephanie Lanke, Rich Michal, Jay Gottdenker

Dan Young is the Chief Data Architect at Indiana University with over 20 years of experience in data technologies.  In his current role, Dan is responsible for both the technical architecture and management of the Business Intelligence team charged with the implementation of the university's "Decision Support Initiative". Chartered in 2015, the initiative re-envisions the enterprise approach to analytics leveraging Agile and DevOps principles.   A member of various "customer advisory boards" for industry vended software suites and past president of the VMware Special Interest Group of the IOUG, Dan is a frequent conference speaker, discussing the realities and impacts of virtualized data, business intelligence and database architectures. 


Stephanie Lanke joined Rose-Hulman as the Controller in January of 2016.  Prior to joining Rose-Hulman, Stephanie spent 10 years at Wolters Kluwer as an auditing software consultant, where she later joined the Company’s Product Management Team.  Additionally, Stephanie has 10 years of experience in public accounting, where she worked for several regional and national CPA firms where she worked in a variety of industries. Stephanie is a Terre Haute native with a degree in Accounting from Indiana State University.  She is also a CPA and a CFE with memberships in both the AICPA and the Indiana CPA Society.  Stephanie currently resides in Terre Haute with her husband, Kevin, who also works for Rose-Hulman. 

Richard Michal joined the Purdue Research Foundation in February of 2018 and serves as the Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer. He is responsible for the Foundation’s five research parks, $46 million in residential real estate and the development of the University’s 400-acre Discovery Park District - a $1.2 billion mixed-use comprehensive redevelopment of the west end of Purdue’s West Lafayette campus. Prior to joining PRF Rich was the AVP of Facilities at Butler University, where he was responsible for $300 million of capital projects and oversaw approximately 300 acres of grounds, over 2.1 million square feet of buildings and a staff of 115 employees. Rich has an undergraduate degree from Purdue University’s School of Engineering in construction management engineering, a master’s in business administration in finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, and a bachelor’s and master’s in architecture from the University of Arizona College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Rich is a licensed professional engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional. He has 30 years of professional experience in construction management, utility regulation, land development, consulting, sustainability and teaching.

Jay Gottdenker has served as the Director of Procurement Systems over the past 8 years, Jay has been of strategic importance to the success of the Office of Procurement Services.  The Director of Procurement Systems is responsible for the design, development, implementation and maintenance of Indiana University’s purchasing and travel information systems and the surrounding analytics.  In addition to his systems responsibilities, Jay has managed IU’s supplier onboarding process and, most recently, the various card programs including the Pcard, Virtual Pay Card, Ghost Cards, Meeting cards and a soon to be implemented Travel Card.  Additionally, Jay has taken on a broader role serving as the Director of Business and Market Intelligence in addition to the Director of Procurement Systems.  In this expanded role, Jay services a critical role of supporting the Strategic Sourcing projects by working with the Strategic Sourcing Managers to develop business cases, identify business analytics and look at marketplace intelligence to support the future contractual development and decisions.

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Michael Jaarda

Senior Manager, Audit Services, RSM US LLP

Mike began his career with RSM in 2001 and focuses on serving nonprofit and government organizations including compliance audits in accordance with Uniform Guidance. He has worked with many nonprofit organizations and their boards in implementation and understanding of endowment law and related governance policies. Mike has presented at the Indiana Association of College and University Business Officers annual meeting on the subject of ASU 2016-14, NFP Reporting Model. Mike conducts local office training for staff in the areas of accounting and auditing specific to nonprofit clients including endowments, investments, contributions, split-interest agreements and audits in accordance with Uniform Guidance.

Mike has experience as chief financial officer for a nonprofit secondary school. In his role as chief financial officer, Mike was responsible for oversight of the accounting department, reporting to the executive management team and board of directors, and preparation of annual budget. In addition, Mike taught courses on government and nonprofit accounting at Indiana University in South Bend. The courses taught have focused on understanding the accounting topics specific to government and nonprofit entities as prescribed by GASB and   FASB.

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Daniel Waninger

Daniel Waninger has served the not-for-profit, higher education and governmental sectors for more than 12 years.  His experience includes working with higher education institutions, membership organizations, museums, foundations, religious organizations and social service agencies.  He has provided audit services in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and Single Audit standards, managed numerous audits and completed a six-month apprenticeship in BKD’s quality control department. 

He also serves as a presenter on technical topics, such as FASB new standards and best practices for not-for-profit organizations.

Daniel is a 2005 graduate of Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana, with a B.S. degree in financial accounting, and a 2006 graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington, with an M.P.A. degree.

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Nick Wallace

Nick Wallace 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. 

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. 

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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Dave Swan

Dave Swan hails from southern Indiana where he graduated from Princeton Community High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Indiana. Later, Dave earned a Master's of Business Administration from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY.

Over his 30 year career in technology, Dave has worked in sales and management for several large and small companies including:  Pitney Bowes, AT&T, Ameritech (1990s version of Verizon), Evisions Research and of course, TouchNet.  

During Dave's 14-year tenure at TouchNet, he worked with hundreds of higher education institutions to relieve paper and manual processes as well as comply with privacy rules and guidelines including PCI-DSS. 

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Derrick Rosser-Shy

Derrick Rosser-Shy has been partnering with the higher education community for more than 13 years and started his career as an Admissions counselor at a small campus in St. Louis, MO.  He went on to serve as the campus Director of Student Accounts, Bursar, Director of Financial Aid, and ultimately the Director of Student Finance.  Since leaving the campus, he has served in roles at Sallie Mae, Blackboard, and has been a part of the Allianz team now for 2 and a half years.  He partners with campuses throughout the Midwest and Southern regions and calls Nashville home.

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