Staff

Audit Staff

Debbie Ellis

Deborah Ellis

CPA

Assistant City Auditor

562-570-6989

Debbie.Ellis@longbeach.gov

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Deborah Ellis

Debbie Ellis

CPA

Assistant City Auditor

562-570-6989

Debbie.Ellis@longbeach.gov

Debbie joined the Office in August 2010. She has played an integral role in all audits since joining the Office. This includes the Animal Care Services Revenue Audit that documented employee fraud of over $253,000, the Parking Citations Collection Process Audit which found close to $18 million in unpaid parking citations, and the Harbor International Travel Expenses Audit that exposed unreasonable spousal subsidies and questionable reimbursements.

 

For nearly 20 years prior to joining the Office, Debbie was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Long Beach Transit Company, the nonprofit corporation providing bus and shuttle services to over 28 million customers each year. As CFO, she was responsible for all financial matters including payroll for 700+ employees, financial statements, and grant management of $75 million annually. In her early career she worked for the Office during the administration of City Auditor Robert Fronke for three years.

 

Debbie, a Certified Public Accountant, is a graduate of Cal Poly, Pomona and UCLA Anderson School of Management, Executive Education program. She is a member of GFOA, CSMFO, ACFE, and IIA.

Terra Van Andel

Terra K. Van Andel

CFE, CGAP

Deputy City Auditor

562-570-5049

Terra.VanAndel@longbeach.gov

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Terra K. Van Andel

Terra Van Andel

CFE, CGAP

Deputy City Auditor

562-570-5049

Terra.VanAndel@longbeach.gov

Terra joined the Office in January 2005. She has worked on numerous performance audits and key projects such as the Long Beach Museum of Art Capital Campaign Audit, the Towing Operations Cash Handling Procedures Audit, the Queen Mary Capital Improvements Audit, and the Harbor Department Transfer Analysis. In addition, Terra was key in the Office’s 2007 Standards Initiative, which established internal policies, developed an office-wide quality control process, and educated staff on Government Auditing Standards. These accomplishments assisted with leading the Office to pass its first peer review in 2009.

 

Prior to joining this Office, Terra spent five years working in public accounting preparing tax returns and performing financial audits for government agencies, nonprofit organizations, public companies (SEC), 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. She is a member of ALGA, ACFE, and IIA. Terra has participated in multiple peer reviews.

James Lam

James C. Lam

MPP, MBA, CGAP

Deputy City Auditor

562-570-5895

James.Lam@longbeach.gov

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James C. Lam

James Lam

MPP, MBA, CGAP

Deputy City Auditor

562-570-5895

James.Lam@longbeach.gov

James joined the Office in February 2014. He has worked on performance audits and projects such as the Police & Fire Public Safety Dispatcher Overtime Audit, the Digital & E-Government Best Practices Report and the MyAuditor App.

 

Before joining the Office James conducted and managed performance audits for the Los Angeles City Controller’s Office in 2013. During the prior nine years, James led the consulting practice of a public-sector management services and consulting firm based in Pasadena, where he managed and completed a diverse portfolio of performance audits, organizational and management studies, program evaluation, strategic planning, feasibility analysis, staffing and deployment studies, and public policy analysis. His government clients included the cities of Los Angeles, Irvine, Orange, and Beverly Hills; the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Santa Clara; special districts, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, Crestline Sanitation District, and Santa Clara Valley Water District; and Joint Powers Authorities. James also provided audit services for the Los Angeles City Controller, the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller, Los Angeles World Airports – Audit and Ethics Committee, and Port of Los Angeles – Audit Committee.

 

James holds a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; a Masters 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.

Sharon Best

Sharon Best

Audit Manager

562-570-6267

Sharon.Best@longbeach.gov

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Sharon Best

Sharon Best

Audit Manager

562-570-6267

Sharon.Best@longbeach.gov

Sharon joined the Office in July 2016. She leads performance audits and oversees 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 and guiding performance audits for the California State Auditor’s Office.

 

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 Morgan

Hannah K. Morgan

CIA

Senior Performance Auditor

562-570-6557

Hannah.Morgan@longbeach.gov

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Hannah K. Morgan

Hannah Morgan

CIA

Senior Performance Auditor

562-570-6557

Hannah.Morgan@longbeach.gov

Hannah joined the Office in January 2011. She has contributed to several performance audits including the Parks, Recreation, and Marine Revenue Collection Audit, the Citywide Fuel Expenditures Audit series and the Harbor International Travel Expenses Audit.

 

Before joining the Office, Hannah worked at an animal feed brokerage company where she had rail car 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. She is a member of IIA, ALGA, and ACFE. Hannah currently serves on the ALGA Awards Committee.

Jennifer Rethwisch

Jennifer Rethwisch

CFE

Senior Performance Auditor

562-570-6568

Jennifer.Rethwisch@longbeach.gov

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Jennifer Rethwisch

Jennifer Rethwisch

CFE

Senior Performance Auditor

562-570-6568

Jennifer.Rethwisch@longbeach.gov

Jennifer joined the Office in October 2011. She has contributed to several performance audits including the 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 (CSULB), obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. At CSULB Jennifer earned Dean’s List recognition for several semesters of her course work. Jennifer is a Certified Fraud Examiner. She is a member of ALGA and ACFE.

Kristen Clement

Kristen Clement

CGAP

Performance Auditor

562-570-5873

Kristen.Clement@longbeach.gov

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Kristen Clement

Kristen Clement

CGAP

Performance Auditor

562-570-5873

Kristen.Clement@longbeach.gov

Kristen joined the Office April 2014. She has contributed to several performance audits and reports including the Police & Fire Public Safety Dispatcher Overtime Audit and the Proposition H Summary Report FY 2007-2013.

 

Before joining the Office, Kristen worked for over five years in public accounting as a Staff Accountant in the South Bay, providing services on multiple engagements to both corporations and individuals.

 

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accountancy from California State University, Long Beach. She is a Certified Government Auditing Professional. She is a member of IIA.

Lauren Dougan

Lauren Dougan

Performance Auditor

562-570-6262

Lauren.Dougan@longbeach.gov

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Lauren Dougan

Lauren Dougan

Performance Auditor

562-570-6262

Lauren.Dougan@longbeach.gov

Lauren joined the Office in August 2016. She contributes to performance audits.

 

Before joining the Office, Lauren worked for the Long Beach Unified School District.

 

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

Administrative Staff

Pam Watts

Pam Watts

Executive Assistant to the City Auditor

562-570-6752

Pam.Watts@longbeach.gov

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Pam Watts

Pam Watts

Executive Assistant to the City Auditor

562-570-6752

Pam.Watts@longbeach.gov

Pam joined the Office in February 2010. She provides administrative, human resources and clerical support to the Office. She also serves as the backup for two key positions, Disbursements and Garnishments.

 

Pam brings many years of private sector experience to the Office, including Vice President of Sales of a manufacturing company and public affairs consultant. She is a volunteer fundraiser for the Long Beach Veterans Day Parade.

Olivia Maiser

Olivia Silva Maiser

Special Assistant to the City Auditor

562-570-6434

Olivia.Maiser@longbeach.gov

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Olivia Silva Maiser

Olivia Maiser

Special Assistant to the City Auditor

562-570-6434

Olivia.Maiser@longbeach.gov

Olivia joined the Office in July 2006. She 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 programs such as the City Auditor’s Fraud Hotline.

 

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 Gras

Barbara H. Gras

Audit Analyst/Disbursements

562-570-6974

Barbara.Gras@longbeach.gov

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Barbara H. Gras

Barbara Gras

Audit Analyst/Disbursements

562-570-6974

Barbara.Gras@longbeach.gov

Barbara joined the Office in July 2000. She is responsible for the auditing of all 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 all City regulations.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Barbara was employed for over 20 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 crane rental/construction industry office.

 

Barbara also holds a Notary Public commission. She is a member of the Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach Auxiliary.

Kori Grylls

Kori Grylls

Audit Analyst/Garnishments

562-570-6751

Kori.Grylls@longbeach.gov

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Kori Grylls

Kori Grylls

Audit Analyst/Garnishments

562-570-6751

Kori.Grylls@longbeach.gov

Kori joined the Office in September 2012. She 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, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. 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

Meghan King

Communications Officer

562-570-6726

Meghan.King@longbeach.gov

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Meghan King

Meghan King

Communications Officer

562-570-6726

Meghan.King@longbeach.gov

Meghan joined the Office in April 2015. She 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 for over ten years in the public and private sectors where she managed programs for a social marketing firm whose clients included the City of Los Angeles, City of Irvine, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and 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 from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Associatons

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

alga

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.

acfe

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.

calcpa

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.