Staff

Audit Staff

James C. Lam

CGAP

Assistant City Auditor

562-570-6989

James.Lam@longbeach.gov

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James C. Lam

CGAP

Assistant City Auditor

562-570-6989

James.Lam@longbeach.gov

James assists the City Auditor in overseeing all performance audits, special projects and Office operations. He has led various performance audits including the Park Maintenance Audit and the Police & Fire Public Safety Dispatcher Overtime Audit. He has also managed the City Auditor’s Fraud Hotline and the development of the City Auditor’s MyAuditor mobile app.

 

Prior to joining the Office, James was the Managing Principal of a public-sector management services and consulting firm, where he led its consulting practice. In this capacity, he oversaw a diverse project portfolio, including performance audits, organizational and management studies, program evaluations, strategic planning, project feasibility analyses, staffing and deployment studies and public policy analyses. His many government clients included the cities of Los Angeles, Irvine, and Beverly Hills; the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Santa Clara; special districts including the Los Angeles Unified School District and Santa Clara Valley Water District; and other organizations, such as the Los Angeles Civil Grand Jury, and Orange County Great Park Corporation. James also consulted for the Los Angeles City Controller, Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller, Los Angeles World Airports and Port of Los Angeles.

 

James holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; a Master of Business Administration from the Claremont Graduate School; and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Irvine.

 

He is a Certified Government Auditing Professional.

Terra K. Van Andel

CFE, CGAP

Deputy City Auditor

562-570-5049

Terra.VanAndel@longbeach.gov

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Terra K. Van Andel

CFE, CGAP

Deputy City Auditor

562-570-5049

Terra.VanAndel@longbeach.gov

Terra is responsible for supervising performance audit teams along with managing the Fraud Hotline and other administrative functions and special projects. She has overseen numerous performance audits and projects such as the City Auditor’s Report on Results, the Job Order Contract Audit and the Health Revenue Collection Audit. She was instrumental in the Harbor Department Transfer Analysis which led to the passage of Measure D. In addition, Terra was key in the Office’s 2007 Standards Initiative, which established internal policies and an office-wide quality control process adhering to Government Auditing Standards. As a result, the Office has successfully passed three triennial audits by an independent panel of peers. She currently serves as a Peer Review Coordinator on the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) Peer Review Committee. Further, she has participated and led multiple peer reviews of other government agencies.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Terra worked in public accounting preparing tax returns and performing financial audits for government agencies, nonprofit organizations, public and private companies.

 

Terra received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Management from Arkansas State University.

 

She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Government Auditing Professional.

Sharon Best

CFE

Performance Audit Manager

562-570-6728

Sharon.Best@longbeach.gov

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Sharon Best

CFE

Performance Audit Manager

562-570-6728

Sharon.Best@longbeach.gov

Sharon leads performance audits and oversees contracted annual financial audits, including Quarterly Audit of Cash & Investments Reports.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Sharon worked as a Senior Auditor Evaluator in Sacramento, leading performance audits for the California State Auditor’s Office.  A few of her audits encompassed topics such as youth involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s employment of retired annuitants, and the use of state-owned vehicles. In addition to working on audits, Sharon helped create training classes for new audit staff and briefed members of the Legislature on her audit report’s findings.

 

Sharon graduated from the University of California, San Diego earning a Bachelor of Science in Management Science and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.

Hannah K. Morgan

CIA

Performance Audit Manager

562-570-6557

Hannah.Morgan@longbeach.gov

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Hannah K. Morgan

CIA

Performance Audit Manager

562-570-6557

Hannah.Morgan@longbeach.gov

Hannah leads performance audits and oversees contracted annual financial audits, including the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Annual Financial Statements and Gann Letter Reports. She has worked on numerous performance audits including the Parks Maintenance Audit, Building Permits Audit, Fuel Expenditures Audit series, and the Harbor International Travel Expenses Audit. She currently serves on the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) Awards Committee.

 

Before joining the Office, Hannah worked at a brokerage company where she handled logistics and administrative duties.

 

Hannah graduated from California State University, Long Beach earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

 

She is a Certified Internal Auditor.

Jennifer Rethwisch

CIA, CFE

Performance Audit Manager

562-570-6568

Jennifer.Rethwisch@longbeach.gov

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Jennifer Rethwisch

CIA, CFE

Performance Audit Manager

562-570-6568

Jennifer.Rethwisch@longbeach.gov

Jennifer leads performance audits and oversees contracted annual financial audits, including the Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports. She has contributed to several performance audits including the Job Order Contract Audit, Police & Fire Public Safety Dispatcher Overtime Audit, Health Revenue Collection Audit, and the Business License Revenue Collection Audit.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Jennifer worked as a Business Consultant for the Los Angeles Development Agent of Subway Sandwiches, the national quick service food chain. As a Business Consultant, Jennifer assisted franchisees in strengthening operations and profits, while maintaining consistency in the brand name.

 

Jennifer graduated from California State University, Long Beach obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

 

Jennifer is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Brenda V. Auner

Senior Performance Auditor

562-570-5873

Brenda.Auner@longbeach.gov

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Brenda V. Auner

Senior Performance Auditor

562-570-5873

Brenda.Auner@longbeach.gov

Brenda conducts performance audits and other special projects. She has contributed to several performance audits including the Marine Bureau Cash Handling Operations and Contracts, Leases & Permits Audits, Animal Care Services Revenue Follow-Up Audit, and the Harbor International Travel Expenses Audit.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Brenda served as an Intermediate Accountant-Auditor for the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller, ensuring that Social Service Contractors were in compliance with County contracts.

 

Brenda received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Lauren Dougan

Performance Auditor

562-570-6262

Lauren.Dougan@longbeach.gov

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Lauren Dougan

Performance Auditor

562-570-6262

Lauren.Dougan@longbeach.gov

Lauren conducts performance audits and other special projects. She has worked on several projects including the Summary Report on Transient Occupancy Tax Audits.

 

Before joining the Office, Lauren worked for the Long Beach Unified School District where she had teaching and administrative duties.

 

Lauren graduated from the University of California, Irvine earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law and Society.

Delia L. Gomez

Performance Auditor

562-570-6942

Delia.Gomez@longbeach.gov

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Delia L. Gomez

Performance Auditor

562-570-6942

Delia.Gomez@longbeach.gov

Delia conducts performance audits and other special projects.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Delia worked in the Office of the Long Beach City Manager as an assistant to the Citizen Police Complaint Commission (CPCC). During her time with the CPCC, she facilitated investigations by working closely with the commission staff to update and maintain the Internal Affairs Database. Additionally, Delia assisted residents of Long Beach with their utility and billing needs as a Customer Service Representative for the Department of Financial Management.

 

Delia holds a Master of Arts in History from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelor of Arts in the same discipline from the University of California, San Diego.

Jennifer Lopez

Performance Auditor

562-570-6248

Jennifer.Lopez@longbeach.gov

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Jennifer Lopez

Performance Auditor

562-570-6248

Jennifer.Lopez@longbeach.gov

Jennifer conducts performance audits and other special projects.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Jennifer worked for LA Best Babies Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving healthy pregnancies and births across Los Angeles County. During her time there, Jennifer contributed to database development, data quality audits and training of employees across the County.

 

Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles Government and a Minor degree in Latin American Studies.

Angie Maina

Performance Auditor

562-570-6250

Angie.Maina@longbeach.gov

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Angie Maina

Performance Auditor

562-570-6250

Angie.Maina@longbeach.gov

Angie conducts performance audits and other special projects.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Angie worked at a health insurance agency as a Business Analyst in the Compliance Department where she helped maintain procedures to ensure that the agency operated in conformity with various rules and regulations. Additionally, she played a key role in preparing materials and participating in the agency’s annual audit.

 

Angie graduated from California State University, East Bay earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences.

Jessica Tims

Performance Auditor

562-570-5796

Jessica.Tims@longbeach.gov

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Jessica Tims

Performance Auditor

562-570-5796

Jessica.Tims@longbeach.gov

Jessica conducts performance audits and other special projects.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Jessica worked for The Walt Disney Company where she assisted with special projects, taught Communication Studies courses at California State University, Long Beach and worked as a Professional Organizer at Life In Jeneral.

 

Jessica holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in the same discipline from California State University, Long Beach.

Jessica Villalobos

Performance Auditor

562-570-7005

Jessica.Villalobos@longbeach.gov

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Jessica Villalobos

Performance Auditor

562-570-7005

Jessica.Villalobos@longbeach.gov

Jessica conducts performance audits and other special projects.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Jessica worked as a Supply Chain Manager for Two Brothers Racing. In this position, Jessica managed equipment, hardware and logistics with a focus on strengthening the company’s operations to improve efficiency.

 

Jessica graduated from California State University, Fullerton, obtaining a Master in Business Administration. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach.

Administrative Staff

Pam Watts

Executive Assistant to the City Auditor

562-570-6752

Pam.Watts@longbeach.gov

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Pam Watts

Executive Assistant to the City Auditor

562-570-6752

Pam.Watts@longbeach.gov

Pam provides administrative, human resources and clerical support to the Office. She also serves as the backup for Disbursements.

 

Pam brings many years of private sector experience to the Office, including holding positions as Vice President of Sales of a manufacturing company and public affairs consultant.

Olivia Silva Maiser

Special Assistant to the City Auditor

562-570-6434

Olivia.Maiser@longbeach.gov

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Olivia Silva Maiser

Special Assistant to the City Auditor

562-570-6434

Olivia.Maiser@longbeach.gov

Olivia assists the City Auditor in fulfilling her commitment to provide information to the public. Olivia manages the City Auditor’s public events and promotion of projects.

 

Olivia has over thirty years of experience in community relations and public service representing State and Federal elected officials as well as business and community organizations.

Barbara H. Gras

Audit Analyst/Disbursements

562-570-6974

Barbara.Gras@longbeach.gov

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Barbara H. Gras

Audit Analyst/Disbursements

562-570-6974

Barbara.Gras@longbeach.gov

Barbara is responsible for the auditing of all City payments to vendors, consultants, contractors and financial institutions. Barbara processes accounts payable checks, Workers Compensation checks and wire transfers daily. She also audits bi-weekly payroll, pension payroll, bi-weekly housing payments, and weekly utility refund payments. She works closely with all City departments to maintain compliance with City regulations.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Barbara was employed for over twenty years with R.E. Coulter Crane Rental, Inc., a division of Maness Industries. In her position as office manager she obtained progressive experience managing and supervising all aspects of a construction industry office.

 

Barbara also holds a Notary Public commission.

Kori Grylls

Audit Analyst/Garnishments

562-570-6751

Kori.Grylls@longbeach.gov

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Kori Grylls

Audit Analyst/Garnishments

562-570-6751

Kori.Grylls@longbeach.gov

Kori is responsible for managing over 200 active wage garnishment files. She ensures that the collection and payment process relating to these garnishments meets unique regulations as governed by multiple government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education, the California Franchise Tax Board, and the Internal Revenue Service. She also handles Office procurement and provides administrative support.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Kori worked for the City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation Department in an administrative position.

Meghan King

Communications Manager

562-570-6726

Meghan.King@longbeach.gov

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Meghan King

Communications Manager

562-570-6726

Meghan.King@longbeach.gov

Meghan is responsible for Office communications including print, social and digital media, as well as community engagement and promotion of the City Auditor’s Fraud Hotline.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Meghan worked in the public and private sectors. She managed outreach programs for a social marketing firm whose clients included the cities of Los Angeles and Irvine as well as San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and contributed to marketing and community relations for an electrical utility in Chicago.

 

Meghan holds a Master of Science in Communication from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Associatons

City Auditor Laura Doud and her staff are affiliated with the following professional organizations:

Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA)

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ALGA is a professional organization committed to supporting and improving local government auditing through advocacy, collaboration, education, and training, while upholding the highest standards of professional ethics.

American Institute of CPAs

American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)

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AICPA is the world’s largest association representing the accounting profession, with nearly 400,000 members in 145 countries. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education, and consulting. AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, non-profit organizations, federal, state, and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination.

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

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ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 75,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud world-wide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession.

California Society of CPAs (CalCPA)

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CalCPA’s mission is to increase the value and promote the integrity of the CPA profession, contribute to the success of members, and strengthen client, employer, public and government trust in CalCPA member advice, work products, and opinions.

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)

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The purpose of GFOA is to enhance and promote the professional management of governments for the public benefit by identifying and developing financial policies and best practices through education, training, facilitation of member networking, and leadership.

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)

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Established in 1941, IIA is the internal audit profession’s global voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate, and principal educator. Members work in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal control, information technology audit, education, and security.

California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO)

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CSMFO promotes excellence in financial management through innovation, continuing education and the professional development of its members. CSMFO members are deeply involved in the key issues facing cities, counties, and special districts in the State of California.