2021-2022 LEADERSHIP TEAM
Becca is a senior accounting major from Readington, New Jersey. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family. This summer, she plans to intern with KPMG’s Audit practice, and soon after begin a Master’s degree in Information Assurance to sit for the CPA exam. She loves accounting because it is logical and always challenges her to think methodically and thoroughly.
Jessica is a junior in Accounting from Colorado. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her hall, crocheting, or sitting outside in the courtyard. She has received the Valedictorian/ Salutatorian scholarship and has a double minor in Information Systems and Information Security. She loves accounting because, "It's hard to hide things in numbers. Once you can figure out how to read a financial statement, you can learn so much about a business from how well their cash management is to how they finance their assets." After graduation, she hopes to work in auditing for a public accounting firm and sit for the CPA exam.
Matt is a senior Accounting major. He is from the heart of Amish country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. For fun, he likes to be outside, play games, and do other spontaneous activities with his friends and family. He says, “accounting is such a logical system that makes sense, and I want others to see that it’s not always the boring desk job that everyone knows it as.” After graduation, Matt plans to stay another year at Liberty to pursue his Master’s in Business Administration and sit for the CPA exam.
Jack Pierce is a senior accounting and business administration major and entrepreneurship minor from Lynchburg, Virginia. In his spare time, He loves to bake, cook, and play volleyball. Jack says that accounting interests him because, “Accounting explains where words can confuse. It provides the ability to understand a company and see areas for improvement.” After Liberty, Jack plans to co-run Guardway Corporation a road sign manufacturer and traffic control company in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dr. Jamie Stowe
Dr. Jamie Stowe began her career in public accounting, providing years of audit, tax, and consulting services to clients from a variety of backgrounds. Dr. Stowe joined the School of Business as an Assistant Professor Accounting in 2013 and enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate students. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and completed her Doctorate in 2016 with her dissertation entitled “A Quantitative Examination of the Relationship Between Age, Gender, and Burnout in Public Accounting Professionals in a United States National Firm.” Dr. Stowe has served as the Accounting Society's faculty advisor for 8 years.
Professor Mechelle LaFon
After graduating from James Madison University, Professor Lafon began her accounting career as an internal auditor with a financial institution. Upon passing the CPA exam, she worked in a regional public accounting firm based in Richmond, VA. From there, she began working for a publicly-traded, real estate investment trust (REIT) and moved up to the controller position where she was responsible for the corporate accounting and financial reporting departments. After working at the REIT, she began consulting for other publicly-traded companies including Capital One. After consulting, she began working as the Controller and eventually the Chief Financial Office at a smaller REIT.
She moved to Lynchburg, VA in February 2016 and began working at Liberty University as the Director of Budget and Finance in the Provost’s Office. Professor Lafon’s goal was to teach accounting. She has had a 25-year fulfilling career in the accounting field and hopes to transfer that knowledge and experience to students in order for their success both professionally and personally.
Professor Lafon is a licensed CPA in the state of Virginia.