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 February Presentation - Transformation of an Internal Audit Department and CAE Panel Discussion on Best Practices

Speaker Presentation
2/11/2015 9:15 AM
2/11/2015 11:45 AM
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9:00 - 9:15     Registration
9​:15 - 9:45     Breakfast Buffet (Sausage, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Hash Brown Bake, Fresh Fruit, Scones, Coffee, Tea and OJ)
9:45 - 10:45   Transformation of an Internal Audit Department
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11 - 11:45       Panel Discussion on Best Practices in Internal Audit
12 - 1               Board Meeting

CPEs:  2

Costs: $30 member, $40 non-member, and $15 student/retiree
Payment by cash or check (payable to CNY IIA) at door or mailed to:
Megan Bushneck
3694 Erieville Rd
Cazenovia, NY 13035


Transformation of an Internal Audit Department

Emily Kunchala, CPA, PMP- VP of Internal Audit for The Research Foundation for SUNY

This session will describe how the Internal Audit function of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (RF) was transformed into a risk‐based, highly productive, value‐added operation—one that is viewed by senior management and the audit committee as a key contributor to achieving the overall risk‐management objectives of the organization. Emily Kunchala, as the RF’s Vice President for internal audit, oversees and directs the independent appraisal of RF operations to minimize risk, support the efficient and effective delivery of services to customers, and ensure the integrity and accuracy of corporate records and reports. She serves all the State University of New York campus locations across New York State that have research or innovation activity. Prior to joining the RF, Ms. Kunchala was a director in the public sector regulatory and compliance practice at KPMG LLP. In this role, she performed external audits, internal audits, risk assessments, and other advisory services primarily for government and higher education clients. She also instructed internal staff, clients, and related industry groups on various related topics.

Ms. Kunchala is both a certified public accountant and a certified project management professional. She is a board member of the Association of Government Accountants Capital Chapter and the Greene County Historical Society. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Project Management Institute, the Association of Government Accountants, and the Association of College and University Auditors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.​

CAE Panel Discussion

Emily Kunchala, CPA, PMP is Vice President of Internal Audit for The Research Foundation for SUNY (see detailed bio in the December 2014 – January 2015 issue of The Dispatch).

Len Chinski, CIA, CRMA, CFIRS serves as Director of Audit for NBT Bancorp Inc. Len oversees the Internal Audit function of NBT, which is responsible for assessing the internal control environment and risk management activities of all key areas of the organization.
Previously, Len served as Vice President and Fixed Income Capital Markets Compliance Officer for Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, a large regional brokerage firm headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to that he was with M&T Bank in Buffalo, NY for over 15 years, progressing from Staff Auditor to the position of Administrative Vice President and Assistant General Auditor.  He also held a senior compliance position with M&T Securities Inc., M&T’s brokerage firm affiliate, where he supported their fixed income capital markets business.
Len earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Canisius College (Cum Laude). He is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist, and holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance.

Stephen G. Colicci, CPA is Director of Audit & Management Advisory Services at Syracuse University (SU), a position he has held since 1982.  He joined SU in 1977 and previously served as Senior Auditor and Assistant Director of Audit & Management Advisory Services. Prior to joining SU, Steve worked in public accounting with a national CPA firm, and was also in charge of the internal audit function at a regional supplier of heavy construction and industrial equipment based in Syracuse, NY.
Steve is a Certified Public Accountant and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting 
from Utica College of Syracuse University.

Dan O’Connell is the Director of Internal Audit for Community Bank Systems Inc., responsible for assessing the internal control environment of all key areas of the organization including several subsidiary functions.
Prior to joining Community Bank, Dan most recently worked for a regional insurance company as the 
Director of Financial Reporting and was Project Manager for implementation of two general ledger 
systems and a reinsurance accounting system. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting 
from Utica College and a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems from
Binghamton University.

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