The AICPA Academics Area is comprised of dedicated staff that aim to collaborate with and engage accounting educators and universities. The team focuses on doctoral student initiatives, curation of technical content for use in the classroom, the Effective Learning Strategies educator awards programs, Academic Champions program and more.
Yvonne Hinson, CPA, CGMA, Ph.D. is currently the Academic in Residence with the AICPA; a newly created position to foster closer relationships with universities and faculty. She began her accounting career with Arthur Andersen in Charlotte, NC. After returning to the University of Tennessee to pursue her Ph.D., Yvonne accepted a position with Wake Forest University. During her 18.5 year career at WFU she served as a faculty member, Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Accountancy and Dean of Charlotte Programs. Yvonne has served on numerous academic and community committees and nonprofit Boards and is a past President of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and past Chair of the AAA Membership Advisory Committee. Her research has been published in both academic and practitioner journals. She earned her undergraduate degree in accounting and MBA from UNC Charlotte.
Steve Matzke is the Director of Faculty & University Initiatives overseeing the Academics Area, Ph.D. initiatives, including the Accounting Doctoral Scholars (ADS) Program. He is the staff liaison for AICPA’s Pre-certification Education Executive Committee and serves as the AICPA’s staff liaison for the Pathway’s Commission and is the AICPA’s Technical Advisor of the International Accounting Education Standards Board. Steve is the 2015 recipient of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy’s Practitioner Service Award which recognized his contributions towards advancing accounting education. Prior to joining the AICPA, Steve spent eight years as Operations Manager of the Master of Science in Accountancy Program at the University of Notre Dame. He received his MBA from Indiana University and has undergraduate degrees from Purdue University and Indiana University.
Joann David is the Senior Manager of Academic Initiatives and manages academic focused programs and initiatives. She engages educators to champion the accounting profession and serve as a viable partner in extending reach to the accounting student population. She promotes the value of resources for classroom instruction and enhances faculty and student AICPA brand recognition. Joann holds a Master of Science in accounting degree.
Amy Merletti is the Project Manager for the Academic & Student Engagement team at the AICPA. Amy joined the AICPA in 2015 and is responsible for managing the Academic Champion program, Accounting Pilot & Bridge Project along with other academic initiatives. Prior to joining the AICPA, Amy worked in the marketing industry for a top accounting firm in Miami, FL. Her experience includes, marketing strategy, brand management, event execution and public and media relations. Amy received her bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in public communications with a minor in business hospitality and tourism management.