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Mission Statement

Audit & Advisory Services (AAS) shall assist the Board of Trustees, Officers, and members of management by providing guidance and assurance that the goals and objectives of the University's academic and business units are achieved in a manner commensurate with the ethical standards and Catholic values of the University.

To this end, AAS shall facilitate the effective execution of its responsibilities by:

  • Identifying and evaluating those risks inherent to the University (e.g., business, financial, information technology, operational, reputation, etc.);
  • Reviewing University operations to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies, as well as management instructions, policies, and procedures;
  • Recommending enhancements to the current operational and technological environment to achieve and ensure the economy, effectiveness, and efficiency of its academic and business units.

The access and authority of AAS to carry out its responsibilities has been defined in the Internal Audit Charter.

Personnel

Roger P. Mahoney, CPA
Chief Audit Executive

Roger joined AAS in August 2009 with over twenty years of experience in accounting, financial reporting, internal auditing, and regulatory compliance.  He was previously employed by NiSource Inc., a Fortune 500 energy company located in Merrillville, IN.  From 1997 to July 2009, Roger held several management positions at NiSource including Manager of Corporate Accounting, Director of Internal Audit, and Director of Sarbanes Oxley Compliance, while also a member of NiSource’s Executive Leadership Council and Risk Management Committee.  Prior to his career with NiSource, Roger spent seven years as a Division Controller for a hotel management company and three years with Universal Fire and Casualty Insurance Co. in an effort to take the company public. Roger graduated from Governors State University in 1988 with a BA in Accounting and earned his EMBA from the University of Notre Dame in 2005.

Jeremy D. Miller, CPA, MBA
Assistant Director

Before coming to the University in 2002, Jeremy was employed by Crowe Chizek & Company LLC as a staff auditor in the Commercial Services Group.  While at Crowe, his duties included performing and planning audits, reviews, and compilations, as well as preparing and reviewing tax returns.  In addition to quality assurance and assisting the CAE with managing the department at Notre Dame, he has primary responsibility for the department's auditing of the operations of the Athletic Department, including NCAA compliance.  From January 2005 through July 2006, he also worked as a Business Process Analyst on the University's Banner HR/Payroll module implmentation team.  Jeremy graduated from Purdue University in 1999 with a BS in Accounting and earned his MBA from Notre Dame in 2002.

Aaron D. Frick, CIA, MBA
Senior Audit Consultant

Aaron joined AAS in October 2008.  He previously worked at Conn-Selmer as Business Process/Compliance Manager.   While at Conn-Selmer, his duties included Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and process improvement in the corporate office.  Aaron graduated from Indiana State University in 2000 with degrees in Finance and Economics and earned an MBA from Butler in 2004. 

Sarah M. Kotys
Senior Audit Consultant

Sarah joined AAS in August 2010.  Prior to coming to the University, she was employed by Crowe Horwath LLP as a senior auditor in the Public Sector Services group.  During her time at Crowe, Sarah was responsible for planning and performing audits, as well as various internal process improvement projects.  Sarah obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Marketing from Valparaiso University in May 2006.

Josh D. Davidhizar, CPA
Audit Consultant

Josh joined AAS in August 2011.  He comes to the University from McGladrey & Pullen, LLP.  As an Audit Associate at McGladrey, Josh performed financial statement audits and retirement plan audits, as well as preparing both personal and corporate tax returns.  Josh obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bethel College in May 2008.

Lauren Plennert
Audit Consultant

Lauren joined AAS in November 2013. Prior to joining the University, she spent time as an Auditor for Grant Thornton, LLP in Cincinnati, Ohio, and as an Accounting Associate for The Chicago Community Trust in Chicago, IL. At her previous positions, Lauren planned and performed audits, managed grant activity and compliance, and prepared non-profit tax returns, as well as worked to develop and implement an electronic database management system. Lauren obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Information Systems from Indiana University in 2008.

Mindy R. Epley
Senior Administrative Assistant

Mindy joined AAS in June 2004.  She comes to the University from Quality Dining, Inc., where she was employed as a Safety & Security Assistant in the Legal Department for nine years.  Prior to that, she was a stay-at-home mom for four years.  Mindy began her professional career working eight years at First Citizens Bank, N.A., in Michigan City, Indiana.

 

 

 

 

Audit & Advisory Services
201 Flanner Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone:  (574) 631-6616
Fax:  (574) 631-9254
auditing@nd.edu