Wanda Lynn Riley
Chief Audit Officer
Former chief audit and risk executive and director of audit and advisory services at the University of California, Berkeley, Wanda Lynn is Chief Audit Officer of university auditing and advisory services at Georgia State. She joined the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 after four years as director of audit and advisory services at the University of California, Santa Barbara. From 1997 to 2004, she was director of internal audit and advisory services and special assistant to the vice president for finance and administration, director of risk management and audit services, and director of internal audit and advisory services at Boise State University.
She joined Boise State after four years as associate controller and revenue accounting manager at Tuskegee (Ala.) University. Wanda Lynn began her professional career as a senior accountant for audit services at Deloitte & Touche in Atlanta. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting with highest honors at Hampton (Va.) University.
Personal Statement: “I’ve worked for many years in higher education in the areas of risk management and audit services. What I enjoy most about my career is my contribution to ethical leadership and my commitment to helping others succeed.”
Catherine joined the internal audit team as the associate director in 2014 after serving as the internal auditor at the University of Hartford for more than six years. At Hartford, she handled all aspects of internal auditing, including risk assessments, compliance, investigations, reporting and interfacing with the Audit Committee of the Board of Regents. Prior to her career in higher education, Catherine worked for several regional certified public accounting firms as an audit team supervisor and a manager.
Catherine excelled as a journalism major for two years before changing her major to accounting at the University of Connecticut. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and earned her designation as a Certified Public Accountant shortly thereafter.
Catherine is an avid traveler who has hiked, biked, dived, paddled, and saddled horses, camels, donkeys and elephants in many remote locations. Her travels have taken her to the Mt. Everest region of Nepal, the Peruvian Andes, the Hill Tribe area of northern Thailand, the Amazon jungle, Lake Titicaca, the Cameron Hills of Malaysia and the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, India. She enjoys yoga, photography and writing about her travels.
Personal Statement: “Imagination is the gift of picturing a situation and then adding a dash of intuition to assess the underlying reality.”
IT and Research Auditor
Kavitha joined University Auditing and Advisory Services in 2014 as auditor, IT & research. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Cost Accountant. Kavitha has a master’s degree in professional accounting, a master’s degree in information systems audit and control and is pursuing her third master’s in business administration with a concentration in business analysis. She served five years as a senior accountant/post-award administrator in the College of Arts and Sciences, two years as a business manager in the Georgia State Foundation, two years as a graduate assistant/intern in University Auditing and Advisory Services and one year as a graduate assistant in the College of Education. She was also a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Computer Science and taught two semesters of an undergrad-level computer course. In her spare time, she is a volunteer teacher. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, hiking and handicrafts.
Personal Statement: “Never stop learning, because life (and audits) never stops teaching.”
Senior IT Auditor
Will has been with Auditing and Advisory Services as an IT auditor II since 2014. He previously spent 10 years as an IT auditor with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. Will has considerable international IT and auditing experience. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.
Personal Statement: “Technology facilitates interdependency. I get tremendous satisfaction when I help departments see their interconnectedness through dependent processes, systems, infrastructure and common goals.”
Lisa joined the university through the consolidation with Georgia Perimeter College where she had been working in Internal Audit since 2012. She previously worked at Kennesaw State University in the Reporting and Compliance Department and has several years of public accounting experience. Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of West Georgia and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.
Personal Statement: “I enjoy internal auditing because it allows me the opportunity to learn new things about the university and interact with people in various roles.”
Kenya joined University Auditing and Advisory Services in 2017 as administrative specialist. She has been employed at the university since 2007, serving in three roles during that time: business manager II in the College of Arts and Sciences for six years and both administrative coordinator II for two years and grants and contracts officer II – Post award for just under one year in the College of Education and Human Development. She is a 2001 graduate of Mercer University, 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.
Personal Statement: “I have gained a great deal of experience in higher education in administrative support roles. However, supporting a team of auditors is new for me. It’s exciting and challenging. I pride myself in having a proactive attitude while performing to the best of my abilities.”