Karen Brookbanks

Manager, Purchasing Card Programs, University of Arizona

Basics Reboot - Pre-Conference Workshop

Karen Brookbanks is the Manager of the Purchasing Card Programs at the University of Arizona. She is a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP). Her primary responsibilities at the University of Arizona include but are not limited to: Purchasing Card Policy & Procedural Management, Training, Compliance and Oversight of the Procurement Card Program. Karen's background includes over 20 years of experience in the procurement field in the private and public sectors. Karen also serves as a council member for the Purchasing Card Professional Certification Council (PCPCC) for the National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals (NAPCP).

 

Nancy Brooks

Interim Assistant V.P. Business Services, Iowa State University (retired)

Ethics In Practice

Leadership at Any Level

Nancy Brooks retired from Iowa State University in 2017 as Interim Assistant Vice President of Business Services where she was responsible for Procurement, Risk Management, Transportation/Fleet, Printing Services, Central Stores/Receiving, and Bookstore. She began her career at Iowa State in 1989 in procurement, becoming the Director of Procurement Services in 2002. Prior to joining the university, she spent 18 years in the private sector. She received her B.S. degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Iowa State University.

Nancy is a past regional and national president of NAEP National Association of Educational Procurement and currently serves as faculty for its Professional Academy and RFP Institute. She has presented at NAEP regional and national conferences as well as APPA, ACUI, Women’s Leadership Institute and CBMI (College Business Management Institute.

Nancy also consults with higher education institutions and has served as an expert witness on procurement litigation.

 

Tracye Eades Mickle

Program Administator and P-Card Accounting Manager, Florida International University

Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Tips to Surviving a P-Card Program Audit

Departmental Card 101: Implementing and Maintaining a One Card Solution

Tracye Eades Mickle is the Program Administrator and P-Card Accounting Manager at Florida International University in Miami Florida. Her responsibilities include managing the University Card programs which consist of ProCard, Travel & Entertainment, and Single Use Account/ePayable Card Programs. Annual card expenditures under Tracye’s management exceed 52 million.

Tracye has worked at FIU for 23 years, the last 15 of which have been directly with the university card programs in both accounting and administrative capacities. During her tenure with the program, Tracye has assisted in two major card reissues, one which involved a new bank implementation for card services; as well as assisted with the implementation of PeopleSoft 8.4, 9.0, and 9.2 Systems.

She is a proud alumnus of FIU and resides in sunny South Florida with her husband and son.

 

Jennifer Hart Barb

Lead Small Purchase Charge Card Progam Administrator, James Madison University

It Isn't Always Fraud 

The Right Balance

Jennifer Hart Barb began her career at James Madison University in 2002 as a Fixed Asset Account. In 2003 she moved into her current role with the Small Purchase Charge Card Program which currently has annual spend around 30 million. In her time with the program she has also served in different Accounts Payable, Travel Card and Cash & Investment roles. She has helped transition the card programs through three vendors and helped with implementation of card reconciliation in PeopleSoft. Jennifer is a Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP).

 

Doug Hindsley

Senior Partner, Card Integrity

Doug Hindsley is a Senior Partner at Card Integrity, a division of D. Warner Group located in Oak Brook, IL (near Chicago). Focused on card expense management services, Card Integrity helps higher education organizations and corporate entities review cardholder spend. With data and analytics, purchasing and finance professionals investigate and apply critical thinking to reporting data and communicating findings. A “techy” at heart, Doug received his degree in Computer Science from Purdue University and began business consulting at PWC, where he developed and implemented complex business systems worldwide for Fortune 100 companies.

After working in consulting, strategic sourcing, and IT development for over a decade, Doug discovered innovative ways to improve the corporate purchasing process. Turning ideas into action, he developed data analysis software specifically for card compliance, fraud detection, and purchasing insights. In the last ten years, Doug has refined the process into its existing form of a service that balances technology with professional critical thinking. He led service-oriented initiatives that promoted a powerful communication strategy to make for more robust card programs for clients.

After working in consulting, strategic sourcing, and IT development for over a decade, Doug discovered innovative ways to improve the corporate purchasing process. Turning ideas into action, he developed data analysis software specifically for card compliance, fraud detection, and purchasing insights. In the last ten years, Doug has refined the process into its existing form of a service that balances technology with professional critical thinking. He led service-oriented initiatives that promoted a powerful communication strategy to make for more robust card programs for clients.

 

Florianne Irwin

Lead P-Card Administrator, Harvard University

Basics Reboot - Pre-Conference Workshop

Florianne Irwin joined Harvard University in May 2015 as Lead Administrator for their card programs. Prior to joining Harvard, she was Assistant Director of Procurement Services at the University of Vermont where she fully revamped all aspects of UVM’s card program from: RFP process, implementation, mandatory online training, data analytics for auditing and e-payables implementation.

In addition to card program management, she has over 20-years of experience in various roles from supply chain management, accounting, finance, and ERP systems implementation. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for NAEP-New England as Executive Vice President.

 

Helen Kubiak

P-Card Manager, Lone Star College

Guidelines for Effective Training

Why Communication Strategies are Important to Your Program 

Helen Kubiak is the P-Card Program Coordinator for Lone Star College System, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest growing community college system in the nation. Helen is responsible for the management and coordination of all activities of the p-card program including development of policy and procedure, implementation, training, card management, customer service, audit and spend analysis.

 

Leslie Lackore

Systems Administrator, Iowa State University

Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Journey from Reimbursement to Corporate Travel Cards 

Taming the Paper -and Electronic- Cyclone

Lesley Lackore is a program coordinator in the purchasing department at Iowa State University, with 15 years’ experience in purchasing card program administration. In addition to p-card responsibilities, she administers the university's e-procurement and web-based requisitioning systems. Lesley is a graduate of ISU, earning a BLS with emphasis in business and communication. In 2006, she earned the designation of Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) from the NAPCP. To take her mind off credit card fraud and cardholder misuse, Lesley directs a church choir, sings in a community concert choir, and caters to the needs of several spoiled housecats.

 

Lynn Larson

Principal/Owner, Recharged Education

How to Revitalize Your P-Card Policies & Procedures 

Bio coming soon.

 

Monica O'Brien

AD, Technology Services, NC State University

Bio coming soon.