Office Staff

Hannah K. Gardener

CIA

Deputy City Auditor

562-570-6557

Hannah.Gardener@longbeach.gov

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Hannah K. Gardener

CIA

Deputy City Auditor

562-570-6557 Hannah.Gardener@longbeach.gov

Hannah manages performance audits and oversees contracted annual financial audits, including the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Annual Financial Statements and Gann Letter Reports. She led the Business Improvement District Oversight Audit and has worked on numerous other 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.

Alvin Chu

CFE

Deputy City Auditor

562-570-6568

Alvin.Chu@longbeach.gov

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Alvin Chu

CFE

Deputy City Auditor

562-570-6568 Alvin.Chu@longbeach.gov

Alvin manages performance audits and oversees the City Auditor’s Fraud Hotline.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Alvin worked as a Special Investigator for the City of Los Angeles Controller’s Office Audit Division, where he managed the Fraud Waste and Abuse Unit. While with the City of Los Angeles, Alvin conducted investigations of cash mishandling, misappropriation of City funds, excessive overtime hours claimed but not worked, and vendor overbilling.  Prior to the City of Los Angeles, Alvin was a Manager within the Forensic Advisory Services practice at KPMG, LLP, managing government pricing compliance assessments and corporate investigations.

 

Alvin graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History.

 

He is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Lauren Dougan

Senior Performance Auditor

562-570-6262

Lauren.Dougan@longbeach.gov

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Lauren Dougan

Senior 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 Proposition H FY 2017 Audit, Animal Care Services Review, City Auditor’s Proposition H Impact Report and 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.

Jennifer Lopez

Senior Performance Auditor

562-570-6248

Jennifer.Lopez@longbeach.gov

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Jennifer Lopez

Senior Performance Auditor

562-570-6248 Jennifer.Lopez@longbeach.gov

Jennifer conducts performance audits and other special projects. She has contributed to several projects including the Business Improvement District Oversight Audit.

 

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 holds a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Minor in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Stephanie Harper

CIA

Senior Performance Auditor

562-570-7005

Stephanie.Harper@longbeach.gov

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Stephanie Harper

CIA

Senior Performance Auditor

562-570-7005 Stephanie.Harper@longbeach.gov

Stephanie conducts performance audits and assists with other special projects. She currently serves on the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

 

Prior to joining the Office, Stephanie worked in the Long Beach City’s Health & Human Services Department on their Safe Long Beach Violence Prevention team and with the Innovation Team in the City Manager’s Office. Stephanie’s career began in nonprofit social services where she worked with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County. She managed and trained court-appointed volunteers in conducting independent evaluations of the county child welfare system and advocated for improved services for youth in foster care.

 

Stephanie holds a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Long Beach, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology.

Verity Tawel

Performance Auditor

562-570-6728

Verity.Tawel@longbeach.gov

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Verity Tawel

Performance Auditor

562-570-6728 Verity.Tawel@longbeach.gov

Verity conducts performance audits and assists with other special projects. She has worked on several projects including the Proposition H FY 2019 Audit and the Sanitary Sewer Overflow Prevention Performance Audit.

 

Before joining the office, Verity worked for the UCLA Office of Residential Life and UCLA Housing & Hospitality Services.

 

Verity holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Pamela Reese

Executive Assistant to the City Auditor

562-570-6752

Pamela.Reese@longbeach.gov

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Pamela Reese

Executive Assistant to the City Auditor

562-570-6752

Pamela.Reese@longbeach.gov

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

 

Before joining the office, Pam worked in the Long Beach Fire Department. As part of the Administrative Support division, Pam played a vital role in the onboarding of new talent within the department, maintaining personnel documents, and managing vendor accounts.

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.

Melissa Swift

Audit Analyst/Garnishments

562-570-6751

Melissa.Swift@longbeach.gov

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Melissa Swift

Audit Analyst/Garnishments

562-570-6751

Melissa.Swift@longbeach.gov

Melissa is responsible for managing over 180 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.

 

Before joining the office, Melissa worked in the Long Beach Fire Department. As part of their Personnel Office, Melissa played a vital role in the onboarding of new talent, maintaining personnel documents, and managing payroll functions. Prior to her position in the Fire Department, Melissa also held administrative roles in the Police Department and the Parks, Recreation & Marine Department.

Meghan King

Communications Director

562-570-6726

Meghan.King@longbeach.gov

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Meghan King

Communications Director

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.

Associations

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.

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. With more than 75,000 members, the ACFE is reducing 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.

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.