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Chief Audit Executive


Stefanie Powell, CPA, CISA



Stefanie Powell was named Chief Audit Executive in November 2014 after being appointed as Interim Director of Internal Audit in December 2012. She joined the Office of Internal Audit as an audit staff member in November 2007. Stefanie’s experience includes work in public accounting and higher education. She spent five years working for Ohio University as the coordinator of an afterschool program and summer camp and later as the university's first tax compliance manager. She worked full time with Deloitte & Touche in their tax practice and interned in their audit practice. Stefanie is a CPA and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

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Assistant Director


Kelly Mintern, CPA, CIA



Kelly joined the Office of Internal Audit as an auditor in September of 2010. Before joining UNCW, she worked as an audit senior at Dixon Hughes PLLC in Greenville, NC. During this time she was involved in various engagements in the manufacturing division. Prior to that, Kelly was employed as an audit senior/staff in the Financial Services sector at Deloitte & Touche in New York. In her role, Kelly supervised many audit engagements which included a focus on financial integrity, internal controls, and operations/performance. She was also responsible for all interactions with her audit clients. Kelly is a CPA and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

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Cynthia Nickerson, CPA



Cynthia joined the Internal Audit team as an auditor in November of 2013. Before joining UNCW, Cynthia worked in public accounting at McGladrey in Wilmington, NC. In her position, Cynthia had the opportunity to work in several different areas, including manufacturing and distribution, healthcare, benefit plans, and governmental audits. Her work at McGladrey also included a four month engagement in London, England with McGladrey’s alliance firm, RSM Tenon. Cynthia is a CPA and is currently working toward becoming a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).





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Audit Intern


Taylor Rote



Taylor joined the Office of Internal Audit as an audit intern in May of 2014. Taylor is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Accountancy at UNCW with an anticipated graduation date of June 2015. She is a member of Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma. Before starting graduate school, Taylor held an audit internship with the public accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLC in Charlotte, NC. Throughout her internship, she worked on numerous clients in a variety of different industries including banking, manufacturing, and dealerships. Taylor is studying to become a CPA.  Upon graduation, Taylor will be joining the accounting firm McGladrey in Wilmington, NC as an assurance associate.

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