Our Staff

Sterling Roth, PhD, CPA, CIA, Chief Audit Officer and Director – sroth@gsu.edu

Sterling 3347CR Sterling has served in his current position since July 2003. He previously worked over 3 years as Director of Internal Audit at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and over 1 year as an internal auditor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Sterling also served 30 years in the Air Force, retiring in the rank of colonel at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, where he was chief financial officer for Air University. About half of his Air Force career was with the Air Force Audit Agency, where he held a variety of audit supervisory positions, including Pacific Region Chief and Director of Financial Management Audits. He also served as Director of the Department of Defense comptroller school. He received his undergraduate business degree (accounting major) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his Master of Business Administration (accounting major) from Michigan State University, and his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies (higher education concentration) from Georgia State University. The title of his dissertation is Academic Culture, Business Culture, and Measuring Achievement Differences: Internal Auditing Views. He and his wife enjoy biking, jogging, and getting together with family locally and in South Carolina and California.


Catherine Seekins, CPA, Associate Director and Deputy Chief Audit Officer – cseekins@gsu.edu

CS Cathy joined the GSU internal audit team in May 2014 after serving as the single-incumbent internal auditor at the University of Hartford for more than six years. At Hartford, Cathy handled all aspects of internal audit including risk assessments, compliance, investigations, report writing, and presentation of audit results to the Audit Committee of the Board of Regents. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to her internal audit career in higher education, she worked for several regional CPA firms as an audit team supervisor, and then a manager. Cathy is an avid traveler who has hiked in many remote locations including the Mt. Everest region of Nepal, the Peruvian Andes, the Hill Tribe area of Thailand, the Amazon Basin, and the Cameron Hills in Malaysia. Besides hiking, she enjoys yoga, photography, travel writing, sea kayaking, biking, and scuba diving.


Royce E. Walker, Jr., BA, CFSA, CISA, Senior Auditor – rwalker@gsu.edu

IMG_3360CR.jpg Royce joined University Auditing and Advisory Services at Georgia State University in January 2001 as a consultant, and has been a senior auditor since 2004. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida, and is a Certified Financial Services Auditor and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. Royce is retired from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC where he was a Supervising Examiner in the Division of Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems. Prior to working for the Board of Governors, he worked in the Accounting Department at the Jacksonville, Florida Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He has also served as a volunteer consultant for the Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC) contributing bank examination, payment systems, and information technology expertise on various FSVC-sponsored projects benefiting Central Banks in Iraq, Libya, Morocco, the Republic of Georgia, the Republic of Macedonia, and Russia.


Kavitha Sivakumar, MPA, CPA, Auditor, IT and Research – ksivakumar2@gsu.edu

Kavitha Kavitha Sivakumar joined University Auditing and Advisory Services at Georgia State University in August 2014 as ‘Auditor, IT & Research’. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Cost Accountant. She has Masters in Professional Accounting (MPA), Masters in Information Systems Audit and Control (MsISAC) and currently pursuing her third Masters in Business Administration with concentration in Business Analysis. She served 5 years as a Senior Accountant/Post Award Administrator in GSU College of Arts and Sciences, 2 years as a Business Manager in GSU Foundation, 2 years as a Graduate Assistant/Intern in University Auditing and Advisory Services, and 1 year as a Graduate Assistant in GSU College of Education. She also served as Graduate Teaching Assistant in Department of Computer Science, GSU and taught two semesters undergrad level computer course in GSU. In her spare time, she volunteer teaching services. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, hiking, and handicrafts.


Will Nyamayedenga, CISA, Senior IT Auditor  – wnyamayedenga@gsu.edu

Will 3332CR Will has been with GSU Auditing and Advisory Services as an IT Auditor II since August 2014. He previously spent 10 years as an IT Auditor with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Ohio. Will has considerable international IT and Auditing experience. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).


Felecia Dawson, CFE, Auditor III – fdawson@gsu.edu

Felecia 3315CR Felecia joined University Auditing and Advisory Services at Georgia State University in October 2014 as an Auditor III. Felecia earned her Undergraduate Degree in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University and received her Post Baccalaureate in Accounting from the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP). For over 10 years Felecia was an Auditor at Myers and Stauffer, a CPA firm where she specialized in auditing and accounting services for government-sponsored healthcare programs.


Lisa Norris, CPA, CIA,  Auditor III – lnorris@gsu.edu

Lisa joined the University through the consolidation with Georgia Perimeter College where she had been working in Internal Audit since 2012. Previously she worked at Kennesaw State University in the Reporting and Compliance department and has several years of public accounting experience. Lisa earned her BBA in Accounting at the University of West Georgia and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.


Kenya Walker, Administrative Specialist – kenyawalker@gsu.edu

Kenya Walker joined University Auditing and Advisory Services at Georgia State University in November 2017 as Administrative Specialist. She has been employed at the university since 2007, serving in three roles during this time: Business Manager II in the College of Arts and Sciences for 6 years and both Administrative Coordinator II for 2 years and Grants and Contracts Officer II – Post Award for just under 1 year in the College of Education and Human Development.  She is a 2001 graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree and a 2007 graduate of Central Michigan University –  Atlanta Campus where she earned a Master of Education degree in Adult Education Instruction.