2020-2021 Board Officers and Members Nominations

On behalf of the IIA Detroit Chapter’s Nominating Committee, we present the nominations for Chapter’s 2020-2021 Officers and Board of Governors. Elections will be held electronically during our online May chapter meeting (registration and meeting details coming soon).

Officers – Serving One Year Term

President:  Lola Foster currently serves as the Manager of Corporate Compliance & Examination team at the Auto Club Group (AAA).  Prior to joining the Compliance department, Lola worked on the Corporate Audit team for several years.  Lola holds the CIA, CFSA and CRISC.  Lola has served on the board for four years and has chaired the membership committee. 

Vice President:  Pete Hartung is an Audit Manager with General Motors Audit Services.  He works in the Corporate Audit group where he manages process audits and consultative reviews in North America.  Pete has experience working for several large OEMs in the automotive industry.  He has served on the Board of Governors for the Detroit Chapter of the IIA since 2016.  Pete is a CIA and holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina and a BA from Brown University.

Secretary: Christine Dobrovich recently retired from Experis Finance after 18 years and was a Director in Risk Advisory Services for the Great Lakes Office.  Prior to Experis she was a senior evaluator at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).  Christine’s audit experience is diverse and has been in various industries including manufacturing, financial institutions, and federal, state, and local governments.  Christine has managed successful projects in risk assessment, internal controls, policies and procedures documentation, and program evaluation.  She is certified in Quality Assessment/Validation through the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and has conducted numerous quality assessment reviews.  She also holds her Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) through the IIA, has been on the Board of Governors of the Detroit Chapter of the IIA since 2011, and was a Board Member of the IIA International Committee of Research and Education Advisors (CREA), 2006 – 2012.  Christine earned both her B.A in English and her Master of Public Administration degree from Wayne State University. 

Treasurer: Alan Demir is a current Treasurer for the IIA Detroit Chapter of IIA as well as Director with the Grant Thornton Business Risk Advisory Services team in the Detroit (Southfield) office. He is responsible for managing consulting services teams performing internal audits, IT, and compliance audit engagements, and other advisory services to multibillion-dollar organizations. Alan is a CPA, CIA, Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Alan has been an active member of the IIA nationally for many years and has served as a Treasurer for the Detroit Chapter for the recent fiscal year. Alan has volunteered with Junior Achievement, Forgotten Harvest, and Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit, MI.

Board of Governors Standing for Election, Term Expiring May 31, 2023

Joshua Kramer is a Manager at UHY Advisors and specializes in the Risk Advisory Services practice where he focuses on internal audit, internal controls and robotic process automation. He has over 15 years of experience in internal audit, internal controls, fraud investigations and remediating significant internal control deficiencies. He has a proven track record of providing great customer service with global organizations in multiple industries. He is a CIA and also has his CISA and CCSA. He earned an MBA from Walsh College and Bachelor of Science-Accounting from MSU. He is a member of The IIA, ISACA and ACFE; a Youth Basketball Coach; and active volunteer for Cass Community Social Services.   

Michael MacDonald is the Executive Director of Internal Control and Compliance at Consumers Energy and CMS Energy. He holds an MBA from Michigan State, a BS from Florida State and is a Certified Management Accountant (inactive).  Mike was the Executive Director, Budget Systems and Process, Consumers Energy and CMS Energy from April 2009 to July 2012 and the Executive Director, Internal Control and Compliance, Consumers Energy and CMS Energy from August 2006 to March 2009.
From July 1991 to August 2006, Mike held a number of positions with Ford Motor Company primarily in the Treasury and Credit operations.  These positions included Internal Control, Cash Management, Forecasting and Budgeting, Pricing, Process Leadership, and Sarbanes Oxley Compliance.  Mike lives in New Hudson with his wife of 28 years and has two grown children.

Eulonda N. Whitmore is the Acting Associate Vice President and Chief Audit Executive and Director of Audits at the Wayne State University (WSU) Office of Internal Audit. She leads operational, compliance, financial, and construction audits; provides consulting services; and participates on committees.  Prior to joining WSU, she worked in public accounting at Alan C. Young and Associates. She mentors WSU and MSU students; served as the IIA Detroit Chapter President and is currently on several Detroit Chapter committees; is on the Association of College and University Auditors Risk Dictionary Committee; and serves on The IIA Academic Relations Committee. She also teaches an External Auditing course at WSU. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from MSU and her MBA from WSU. She has her Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Risk Management Assurance, and Certified Construction Auditors designations.

Dr. Bob Okopny is an Internal Audit and Fraud Examination Professor at Eastern Michigan University. He has served on the Detroit Boards for the IIA (Past President) and ISACA for several years on various committees and provides guidance to the Directors for outreach to, and development of, future audit, IT and Fraud professionals. Bob teaches, researches, and provides professional services. His areas of expertise include Ethics, COSO Internal Control, Risk and Fraud. He has also taught CIA, CFP, CMA, and CPA Review courses. Classes he has developed and taught, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels, include: Internal Audit, Fraud Examination, and International Accounting. Bob has also taught Management Accounting, External Auditing, Principals of Accounting for MBAs, Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Taxation, International Business Ethics, Advanced Cost Accounting, and Financial Statement Analysis. Bob holds CIA, CMA, and CFE certifications.  He also serves on the Global Ethics Committee of the IMA. He is Advisor to the EMU IIA/ISACA/ACFE/IMA Student Chapter. He is Director of the IAEP Comprehensive Program. He has degrees in Economics (BS), Finance (MBA), MSA and PhD (Accounting). Bob previously worked for Ford (Finance) and Chrysler (International Internal Audit and Finance).

John Pagac is a managing director in BDO’s Risk Advisory Services practice. He has more than 25 years of professional experience with over the last 10 years being in management roles in professional services and industry delivering internal audit, compliance, and consulting services and solutions to large public and private international companies.
He has significant experience in performing and delivering Internal Audit Services (including value added operational assessments and establishing internal audit functions), Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting (ICOFR) and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) testing including initial implementation/readiness assessments, and corporate governance.  John’s clients have included a variety of global middle market and Fortune 500 companies across a broad range of industries including automotive, retail, manufacturing & distribution, transportation, and medical devices. Prior to joining BDO, John was previously with a Big Four public accounting firm, providing internal audit services to several large global companies which included assisting 5 companies in establishing an internal audit function.  In addition, he also served as the Internal Audit Director for a global aftermarket auto supplier. John is a CPA and member of The IIA. He is also a Board Member of The IIA Detroit Chapter, serving on the Programs Committee. He earned his Bachelor of Sciences in Accounting from Michigan State University.