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Accounting Circle

The Accounting Circle is an advisory group for the Accounting & Professional Services Program made up of high-level accounting professionals from public accounting firms and from for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.


  1. To provide a channel of communication between the accounting profession/practitioner and the academic accounting environment.

  2. To participate with and provide counsel to the Accounting and Professional Services faculty and students regarding objectives, strategies, goals, curriculum development, problems and opportunities.

  3. To promote and participate in appropriate business-faculty-student interaction activities and programs.

  4. To identify speakers from the accounting community for various presentations.

  5. To assist with the placement of graduates.

  6. To assist with Intern/Co-op placement.

  7. To support and assist programs in the development of various forms of financial resources.


2023-2024 Members


Bridgitte Danhauer
Director of Client Service
Pettinga Financial Advisors


Amanda Bingemer
Director of Operations
Pettinga Financial Advisors

Immediate Past Chair

Michael B. Carroll, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Heritage Federal Credit Union


Derek Adams

Carlin Beckman
Vice President of Finance and Administration

Amanda Bingemer, Chair-Elect
Director of Operations
Pettinga Financial Advisors

Jo Burke
Co-Owner Senior Benefits of Evansville

Richard Campbell
Wealth and Investment Planning
Grey Street Advisors, LLC

Michael B. Carroll, CPA, Immediate Past Chair
Chief Financial Officer
Heritage Federal Credit Union

Bridgitte Danhauer, Chair
Director of Client Service
Pettinga Financial Advisors

Patrick Edwards
VP and Controller
Shoe Carnival, Inc.

Tony Hiatt
Director of Treasury & Finance
United Leasing & Finance

Brant Kennedy
Vice President
Harding, Shymanski, & Company

Connie S. (Wellmeyer) Lucas
Assistant General Manager
Corporate Services & Public Affairs
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc.

Mark Miles
Berry Global

Brad Minor
Blue & Co.

Steven Mudd 
Riney Hancock & Co., PSC

Roger Orth
Chief Administration Officer
Welborn Baptist Foundation

Charlie Pride, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Ivy Tech Community College

Nikki Roser
First Bank

Ashley (Hancock) Schultz
Harding, Shymanski, & Company

Celeste Tabor
Director of Accounting
Tri-State Orthopaedics

Rob Wedding

Jeff L. Wilmes

Young Professionals

Clayton Allen
Accounting Manager
United Fidelity Bank

Ryan Clark
Ultima Plastics

Cyndi Hines
ECP Consulting Inc.

Kyle Hoeing
Senior Associate II

Kendall Hurt
Business Financial Analyst
Heritage Federal Credit Union

Emily Kendrick
Assistant Controller
United Leasing & Finance

Amber Key
Gibbs Die Casting Corporation

Lauren Lively
Supervisory Staff Accountant
Kemper CPA Group LLP

Andrea Medcalf

Brandon Medcalf
Senior Audit Associate
Harding, Shymanski & Company, P.S.C.

Cassie Muensterman
Senior Audit Associate
Harding, Shymanski & Company, R.S.C.

Paige Psyllos
Senior Associate

Jesse Reising
Assistant Controller
Brake Supply Company

Kiersten Roberts
AmeriQual Group LLC

Zach Scott
TDK Construction Co., Inc.

Kelsey Spillman
Brown, Smith, & Settle LLC

Braden Taylor
Senior Fund Accountant
Apex Group

Jason Warford
Harding, Shymanski & Company

Ex-Officio Members

David Conner, BOA Chair
Anchor Industries, Inc.

Brian McGuire
Associate Dean
Professor of Accounting
Romain College of Business 
University of Southern Indiana

Sudesh Mujumdar
Romain College of Business
University of Southern Indiana

Ex-Officio Student Members

Accounting & Professional Services Club
Hope White

Beta Alpha Psi Chapter
Keely Fuquay

USI Speaking Eagles Toastmasters Club
Brinley Willner

The Distinguished Accountant Award recognizes professional achievement, service to the region and/or the University, and service to the accounting profession. It is awarded annually by the Accounting Circle.

2023 - Jeanette Maier-Lytle '88 M'95, Instructor in Accounting

2022 - Alan Brill, President of Business Management Consultants, LLP

2021 - Michael Carroll '88, Chief Financial Office, Heritage Federal Credit Union

2019 - Rob Wedding, Partner, BKD CPAs & Advisors

2018 - Michelle Schroeder '96, Chief Financial Officer, Kimball International, Inc.

2017 - Marvin J. Wright, Chief Financial Officer & Senior Portfolio Manager, Donaldson Capital Management

2016 - Kevin Hammett, President and CEO, Regency Properties

2015 - Tracy Zeller, Owner, Tracy Zeller Enterprises, Inc.

2014 - Steve Mudd, Partner, Riney Hancock & Co., PSC

2013 - Kerry Jackson, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating and Financial Officer and Treasurer of Shoe Carnival, Inc.

2012 - Donald Brievogel, SVP & CFO of Atlas World Group

2011 - Robert "Bob" Smith, Director of Warehousing/Logistics of Berry Plastics Corporation 

2010 - Deidra Conner, President of Evansville ARC, Inc.

2009 - Jeff L. Wilmes, Partner at BKD, LLP

2008 - Connie S. Wellmeyer, Assistant General Manager, Corporate Services & Public Affairs of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc.

2007 - Darryl C. Spurlock, Managing Partner of Umbach & Associates, LLP

2006 - Kenneth L. Sendelweck ‘76, Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch

2005 - Robert W. Swan, CPA and Retired Partner and Senior Member of Kemper CPA Group

2004 - Steven F. Farrell, Retired Partner at BKD, LLP