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Chief Audit, Risk and Compliance Executive
In her role as the chief executive of audit, risk and compliance for Oregon State University, Patti leads a team that evaluates and improves the effectiveness of the risk management, control, and governance processes. The audit team provides independent and objective assurance and consulting services that improve operations and protect organizational value. The compliance team continually improves the productivity and safety of the university environment by overseeing the university’s compliance and ethics program. In addition, Patti facilitates the university's enterprise risk management, which evaluates mission-critical risks and formulates effective mitigation strategies for the university's board and senior leaders. The chief audit, risk, and compliance executive reports administratively to the president and functionally to the Executive and Audit Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees through routine communication practices.
Patti’s audit experience includes serving as chief audit executive for the Oregon University System, as well as audit positions with the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s Office, SAFECO Corporation, the University of Washington, and Cornell University. She is a member of various accounting, auditing, and higher education organizations including the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) serving as a presenter, in various committees and leadership roles, and as a contributing author. Patti is a recipient of ACUA’s Outstanding Professional Contributions Award recognizing her contributions to the profession of internal auditing in higher education. Patti received her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University. She is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP).
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Deputy Chief Audit, Risk and Compliance Executive
As the deputy chief audit, risk and compliance executive, Julee is responsible for leading audit engagements at Oregon State University, including planning and conducting audits, and training and developing staff auditors for the performance of audit fieldwork. Julee is also responsible for handling complaints submitted via the OSU Fraud, Waste & Abuse hotline, including leading the investigation process and/or referring the complaint to another, more appropriate area for review and action.
Before joining the Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance in August 2014, Julee served as the compliance manager at the University of Texas at San Antonio for nearly seven years. Her other audit experience includes approximately five years as an internal auditor at Purdue University as well as over two years as an audit manager for a large mortgage lending firm.
She is a member of various professional auditing organizations including the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Julee received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a finance minor from Purdue University. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Compliance & Ethics Profession (CCEP), and holds her Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).
Julee.Otter@oregonstate.edu (541) 737-3457
Director of Compliance
Susan provides leadership for the institutional compliance and ethics program, which promotes a culture of compliance and the highest standards of ethics, integrity and responsibility for everyone in the university community. Susan works with compliance subject matter experts to assess and prioritize high-level compliance risks, and facilitate risk mitigation through policy development, process improvement, education and outreach, and effective governance. She works with the broader university community for consultation on and escalation of compliance topics and concerns. Susan manages the compliance portion of enterprise risk assessment and management, coordinating closely with senior leadership.
Susan’s work supports the university’s operations in an increasingly complex higher education regulation environment that spans across areas as diverse as research, health and safety, information privacy and security, financial services, athletics, civil rights and employment.
Susan has served as the Director of Compliance and university’s ethics advisor since March 2019. Susan came to Oregon State after spending more than 20 years at the University of Washington in strategic, compliance, and risk management roles. Susan holds a BA in philosophy from Wellesley College and is a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP).
Susan.Freccia@oregonstate.edu (541) 737-7441
Assistant Director - IT Audit
Bill joined the Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance in January of 2022. Bill is responsible for developing and executing the annual information technology (IT) audit plan. Bill works closely with university leaders, IT professionals and stakeholders at every level to identify threats and vulnerabilities to IT assets and develop strategies and recommendations to reduce risk.
Bill’s technology experience includes over 15 years with Lee Enterprises, Mid-Valley Media Group, as Director of Information Technology responsible for IT strategy and systems administration for the shared services of 17 media companies in 7 states. In his most recent position, he managed a Continuous Improvement team at Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, responsible for identifying and mitigating risk by removing waste in critical processes. He was also responsible for implementing the Prosci ADKAR® Model, a change management methodology focused on individual change through the improvement process.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Bill received his Bachelor of Science, Dual Major, Computer Information Systems and Business Management from Park College. He holds a Lean Management Certification from the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University and is a Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP™).
Lynn performs detailed audit fieldwork in accordance with Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance standards. This includes evaluating and testing the auditee’s system of internal accounting controls. She assists in the annual planning process by gathering information on an auditee’s operations and performing analytical review procedures.
Prior to joining OSU in January 2015, Lynn was a senior program reviewer/auditor at Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TG), and a senior business integration consultant. Before that, she was an assistant director of financial aid at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and a lead intake finance counselor at the University of Phoenix, both in San Diego, California. Lynn also has ten years of accounting experience working for a private CPA.
She is a member of various professional auditing organizations, including the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA).
Lynn earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix with a professional certificate in human resource management. She also earned a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in college administration and leadership from Purdue University Global and a Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in auditing from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP).
Lynn.Gonzalez@oregonstate.edu (541) 737-1136
Will joined the Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance in June of 2018. He assists in audit planning by obtaining background information on operations and performing analytical review procedures. He performs audit fieldwork and provides input on all stages of audit engagements.
Prior to joining OSU, Will spent eight years in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps as an electronic technician, providing maintenance for the Patriot missile system. During his time in service, he graduated from Advanced Individual Training as the distinguished honor graduate, the Warrior Leader Course on the commandant’s list, and the Advanced Leader Course as the distinguished leader. His roles included, team leader, unit retention representative, shop foreman, and platoon sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 2016 as a staff sergeant after serving overseas in Germany and Japan.
Will holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from OSU and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Excelsior College. He also earned a Master of Science in Accounting with a focus in forensic accounting from the University of Massachusetts. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and is a member of the Institute for Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA).
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Laurie joined the Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance in September 2021. In this role, Laurie provides executive-level, confidential administrative support and office management, setting a tone and ethic of the highest professional standard for the office.
Previously, Laurie served over two years as the executive assistant to the Associate Vice President of Budget and Resource Planning.
Before coming to Oregon State, Laurie served six years providing administrative support to three partners of an accounting firm located in Utah. In this role, she supported the functions of the audit team while earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Weber State University.
Laurie.Henry@oregonstate.edu (541) 737-5547