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Emily Motz

Emily, a senior from northern Michigan, is pursuing a BS in Accounting and a double minor in Christian Leadership and Global Studies. She spent her summer at home as a finance intern at East Jordan Iron Works and continues to work part time with them remotely. She enjoys accounting because of the flexibility and security of the job, and hopes to pursue both ministry and accounting after graduating with her MBA. In her free time, Emily is an RA, and loves to read, hike, and  playing volleyball.

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Sophie Giurleo
Vice President

Sophie, a junior from southeastern Connecticut, is pursuing a BS in Accounting and Data Analysis. Sophie plans to attend graduate school to earn her Master’s in Business Administration to receive enough credits for the CPA exam. She enjoys how accounting is detail-oriented and provides excellent job security. Sophie is a tutor for LU Academic Affairs for Athletes and spent her summer as a Head Counselor for a local summer camp!

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Joshua Madeti

Joshua is a junior from Bangalore, India who is a pursuing a degree in Data Analytics. His passion for sports played a major role in his desire to be a Data Analyst. Over the summer and during the school year, he works as Student Recruiter for Liberty University and a Sport Analyst for the Liberty University Field Hockey team. He also serves as an RA and plays intramural soccer and pickle ball. After graduating, Josh hopes to work as a Financial/Sports analyst and eventually get a Master’s degree in Analytics & Information Systems.

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Brooke Jones
Tutoring Coordinator

Brooke is a senior majoring in Accounting & Data Analysis. She plans on returning for her Master’s in Accounting after graduation in the spring and sitting for her CPA. She interned for a regional accounting firm during the summer, which she plans to work for after school!

Dr. Mechelle LaFon
Faculty Advisor

After graduating from James Madison University, Dr. 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. Dr. Lafon’s goal was to teach accounting. She earned her Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting in 2022.

Dr. Lafon is also a licensed CPA in the state of Virginia.

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