Several career paths are available for students who major in accounting. Accountants work as CPAs, internal auditors in industry, cost analysts, tax specialists, budget directors, Internal Revenue agents, and finance officers in local governments. Accountants are professionals that provide important services to companies and clients and are well respected in the business community.
Catherine S. Neal is an Associate Professor of Business Ethics and Business Law in the Haile/US Bank College of Business at Northern Kentucky University. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law where, as a Corporate Law Fellow, she focused on corporate law, corporate finance, tax law, and securities law.After law school, Neal was an attorney in Cincinnati; her work included tax and estate planning matters, business law, maritime law, and federal litigation. Neal left the private practice of law in 2002 to become an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont College where she received two teaching awards.Professor Neal joined the Haile/US Bank College of Business at NKU in 2005, received the Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Teaching in 2010, and was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. Professor Neal teaches business ethics and business law in both the undergraduate and MBA programs.Her research interests include white-collar crime, corporate governance, executive compensation, and the U.S. legal system’s ability to adjudicate complex business matters. Professor Neal is also an attorney licensed in the state of Ohio. When researching her book “Taking Down the Lion,” Neal was granted unprecedented access to former Tyco International CEO Dennis Kozlowski, his papers, attorneys, family, friends, and former Tyco colleagues as well as transcripts and evidence from two criminal trials. Neal’s research included interviews with former Tyco directors, CEOs, and executives, former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau, and the foreman of the jury that convicted Kozlowski. Neal has appeared on Fox Business News, on Forbes.com, and other national media outlets.
Debbie is a graduate of University of Indianapolis with a B.S and Master’s degree in Accounting. She is also a CPA licensed in both KY and IN. Prior to joining NKU, her 25 year career was spent in the area of taxation; first in the corporate environment and then in public accounting. Debbie's area of specialization is in corporate tax accounting and compliance.Debbie is a member of the AICPA Regulation subcommittee which is responsible for review of CPA examination materials.
Edmund D. Fenton, Jr. DBA, CPA, CMA, CRFAC, CFF is Professor of Accounting in the Department of Accounting and Business Law. Dr. Fenton received his DBA degree in accounting and taxation from the University of Kentucky, and his MBA degree from Murray State University. He has published numerous taxation and forensic accounting articles in such periodicals as the Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting, The Tax Adviser, Taxes – The Tax Magazine, Oil Gas & Energy Quarterly, The Ohio CPA Journal,and the ABA Journal. He has written chapters in several professional resource books, including Handbook of Financial Management for Banks and The Handbook of Estate Planning. He is also a co-author of a textbook, Forensic and Investigative Accounting, as well as a co-author of a novel, The Big R: A Forensic Accounting Action Adventure. Dr. Fenton has also testified as a forensic accounting expert witness in several business damage cases.
Dr. Vincent Owhoso is a Professor of Accountancy. His teaching specialties are accounting information systems, auditing, fraud examination, and intermediate accounting. Prior to coming to NKU, he taught at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Dr. Owhoso has extensive publications in accounting and business journals. Dr. Owhoso received a BBA in accounting and MBA from Eastern Kentucky University. He also received a BA in chemistry and a BS in business administration from Berea College. Dr. Owhoso received his PhD in accounting from the University of Florida. Dr. Owhoso is a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Marcia Vorholt is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with both a Bachelors of Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance. She holds a CPA license in the State of Ohio. Prior to joining Northern Kentucky University, Marcia practiced in public accounting for 35 years concentrating in the areas of financial audits and consulting. She has also taught accounting at Cincinnati State and Xavier University.
Darius Fatemi earned his Ph.D. in accounting from Indiana University. He has taught courses in Advanced Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I& II, Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting, Financial Reporting: Research and Cases, and Principles of Financial Accounting. Dr. Fatemi’s publications have appeared in several journals of the American Accounting Association, including Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Current Issues in Auditing, and The Journal of the American Taxation Association. He has been the recipient of the Sandra Easton Outstanding Teaching Award at NKU, the NKU Finance and Accounting Student Association’s Outstanding Teaching in Accounting award, and research grants ranging from the university to national level. He also holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Virginia.
Kathleen is a lecturer of Business Law and has been with NKU since 2011. Prior to joining NKU, Kathleen practiced law for 12 years in various capacities. Her current practiced primarily includes all aspects of labor and employment law in defense of employers. Kathleen specializes in advising Companies regarding compliance with Title VII, the National Labor Relations Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and various other state and federal employment statutes and regulations. Kathleen also worked as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, where she investigated and prosecuted unfair labor practices and as the Director of Personnel for a large state agency/cabinet where she oversaw all aspects of human resources. In 2016 Kathleen became the Director the College of Business' Alternative Dispute Resolution Center. In this role she oversees the ADR Center's annual Labor/Management Conference, the student programming, and community outreach. Kathleen graduated cum laude with a BA in Political Science from the University of Louisville and her law degree from the University of Cincinnati where she was an executive member of the Moot Court Board.
Dr. Lee Kersting is an Assistant Professor of Accountancy. He earned his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of South Florida. Dr. Kersting completed his B.A. in accounting and his MBA at the University of Louisville. His teaching specialties are in cost and managerial accounting as well as financial accounting. His research interests center on incentive compensation and management accounting systems and their impact on employee and firm performance. Dr. Kersting’s research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Management Accounting Research and the Journal of Accounting Education. He has also presented his research at numerous American Accounting Association meetings and has received research grants from the Institute of Management Accountants and the other sources.
Dr. Robert Russ is an Associate Professor of Accountancy. He teaches financial accounting courses. His research interest center on historical accounting and corporate governance in the early United States. He also has research interest in financial distress, corporate ethics, corporate governance and international accounting differences. Dr. Russ received a BA in accounting from Marietta College and earned his Ph.D. in accounting at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jill Ross has worked at NKU since 2005, and has been Academic Coordinator for the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Business Law since 2013. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in studio art with a minor in French from NKU and a Bachelors of Fine Art in printmaking from NKU. She participates in many local art shows in the Cincinnati area. She is persuing a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Cincinnati beginning in the Fall of 2015.
Teressa L. Elliott, J.D., is a Professor in the Department of Accounting and Business Law. Her teaching specialties are business law and business ethics. Professor Elliott also taught courses in London through the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) from 2005 - 2014. Prior to joining Northern Kentucky University, she had thirteen years experience practicing law which included serving as an Assistant Campbell County Attorney and working in her own private law practice. Professor Elliott has published in law reviews on the topics of the Federal Arbitration Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and has published in the Journal of Business Ethics. Professor Elliott received the Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Teaching in 2005, the Dean's Citation for Organizational Citizenship in 2006, Faculty of Distinction from Student Support Services in 2006 and 2007, the Outstanding Business Law/Finance Faculty Award from the Finance and Accounting Student Organization (FASA) in 2011, the MBAA International Distinguished Paper Award for the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business with co-author Professor Catherine Neal in 2013, and the Phi Mu sorority Wellness Wednesday Award for positively contributing to student wellness in 2018. Professor Elliott graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Northern Kentucky University and received her J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
I am a graduate of Marshall University with a B.B.A, in Banking and Finance, and a graduate of Xavier University with an M.B.A., concentration in accounting.I worked as a Financial Accountant and Managerial Accountant with General Motors for 15 years, holding numerous leadership positions in the accounting area, the last of which was as Assistant Resident Controller for a large assembly facility in northeastern Ohio. Subsequent to that assignment, I moved into the manufacturing area for GM, holding executive leadership positions in the areas of Material Control, Transportation Logistics, Order Management and Scheduling, and Vehicle Manufacturing and Assembly.I have been an instructor of accounting, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, and the schools I have taught include Youngstown State University, Westminster College, Xavier University, and now Northern Kentucky University. My accounting area of interest includes Financial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Cost Accounting, Managerial Accounting, and Advanced Accounting.I am honored to have the opportunity to teach at Northern Kentucky University!
Mr. Robert Salyer is an Instructor of Accountancy. His teaching specialty is taxation. Mr. Salyer is a Certified Public Accountant and has thirty-five years experience in public accounting and the business community. He has served as a chief financial officer, a chief tax officer and was also a partner in a Cincinnati public accounting firm. Mr. Salyer continues to work with local business in tax planning, compliance and accounting matters. He received his BS in accounting from the University of Kentucky and his MS in taxation from the University of Cincinnati.