1200 East Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78752-1743 (physical)
P.O. Box 12788, Austin, TX 78711-2788 (mailing)
Mark Poehl, CPA, CIA, CISA, CFE
Director of Internal Audit and Compliance
Mark joined the Coordinating Board in 2012 and has 23 years of state government audit experience. Mark’s work experience includes 19 years in higher education internal audit at the Texas A&M University System, as well as 4 years as Audit Director with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of Inspector General. At the Office of Inspector General, Mark managed the second largest audit department in Texas state government. At the Texas A&M University System, Mark led audit teams performing a wide range of engagements focused on business, academic, research and technology operations. Mark is the past President of the Texas Association of College and University Auditors. He also led numerous internal audit peer reviews of higher education audit functions in Texas and Oregon, and he served as a volunteer peer review team member on other engagements conducted by the Institute of Internal Auditors. Mark is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BBA in Accounting. He is a certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner.
Aporajita (Apola) Ahmed, CPA, CFE, CITP, CGMA, CICA
Internal Audit Lead
Apola joined the Coordinating Board in June 2007 as a Finance and Performance Auditor. She has more than 18 years of internal and external audit, and accounting experiences. Prior to joining Coordinating Board, Apola was a Managing Auditor at the Texas Youth Commission where she performed highly advanced senior-level work directing management audits and administering departmental activities. Work involved organizing, planning coordinating, and reviewing work of internal auditors in TYC’s Internal Audit Department; examining and analyzing administrative, operating, and/or accounting records and reports; identifying opportunities for improvement; and developing recommendations to make improvements. She has also worked at Texas Health and Human Service Commission, Texas Department of Human Services (currently, Department of Aging and Disability Services) and National Bank Limited. Apola is a graduate of University of Dhaka in Bangladesh where she earned both undergraduate and master degrees in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA).
David joined the Coordinating Board in 2013 and has 25 years of state government audit experience. David’s work experience includes 5 years as Manager with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of Inspector General. At the Office of Inspector General, David managed the Subrecipient Financial Review Unit. At the Office of Inspector General, David led audit teams performing a wide range of engagements focused on health related operations. David is a graduate of Hardin Simmons University with a BBA in Accounting.
Neda Joined the Coordinating Board in November of 2013 with over 10 years of experience in finance and higher education. Neda’s experience in higher education includes financial aid, academic and compliance monitoring. As Compliance director she was responsible for monitoring multiple campuses and their routine operations to ensure compliance with internal and external policies and procedures. She also led multiple campuses through Programmatic and Institutional accreditations, New Grant visits by accrediting agency, and served and member of advisory board committee for business program. Neda graduated from St Edward’s University in Austin in 2002 with Bachelors in Business Administration.
Priscilla joined the Coordinating Board in 2013 and has 7 years of accounting and audit experience with 4 of those years auditing in the Texas state government environment. Priscilla attended undergrad at The University of Texas at Austin and earned her BBA in Accounting and later earned an MBA from Texas A&M Central University. Priscilla’s work experience includes time at the Texas Railroad Commission, Health and Human Services Commission Office of Inspector General (HHSC) and the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). At HHSC, Priscilla was a staff auditor for the Sub-recipient Financial Review Unit where she performed desk reviews and limited scope audits for non-profits, state and local entities that received federal funding and were subject to the requirements of the Single Audit Act. As a senior auditor while at DFPS, Priscilla led audit teams conducting a wide range of performance and financial audit engagements pertaining to agency wide programs and operations including an agency wide travel audit, budget audit, and various child protective service and adult protective service engagements.
Keith joined the Coordinating Board in June 2014. He is a native of Austin, Texas, and has over 4 years of experience with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services as a Contract Specialist and a Contract Team Lead. His work experience includes conducting administrative, program performance, and financial compliance monitoring reviews with governmental entities. Keith led a team of Contract Specialists who managed budgets and high risk contracts for agencies working with the State of Texas. As Contract Team Lead, his role was to hire, train and develop staff in compliance monitoring and fiscal reviews; negotiate, develop, and maintain contracts and budgets; and, monitor and evaluate internal controls and risk-based assessments for each Contractor. Keith attended Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he earned a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and later earned an MBA with a focus in Organizational Leadership and Management from Concordia University Texas in Austin, Texas.
Paul joined the Coordinating Board in July of 2014 with eight years of experience in finance and higher education. Paul’s experience includes directing student business account functions including funding and reconciliation of Federal and state grant programs including monitoring, identifying, assessing and implementing changes to internal controls, policies and procedures. Paul also led a software integration project that provided enhanced control of general ledger data between student accounts management software and the accounting software including identifying risks, developing control procedures, identifying and mapping general ledger accounts and testing systems. Paul graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Globe University in Woodbury, Minnesota, and a Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Federal Grant Specialist
Gracie joined the Coordinating Board in May 2015 and has 7 years’ experience in accounting and higher education. Gracie’s experience in higher education includes federal and state grant management to include contract and budget compliance monitoring, reconciliation of federal and state programs, and implementation of internal controls and policies and procedures at Austin Community College. As an Accountant at ACC she was responsible for ensuring compliance with both internal and external policies and regulations. She was also directly involved with completions of multiple desk reviews and onsite visits. Gracie graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.