Melinda Carson, CPA

Chief Financial Officer at Louisiana School Employees Retirement Program

Location
Greater New Orleans Area
Industry
Accounting
Previous
  1. State of Louisiana Department of Administration,
  2. Lavigne Oil Company,
  3. North Oaks Health System
Education
  1. Louisiana State University
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Background

Experience

Chief Financial Officer

Louisiana School Employees Retirement Program
– Present (1 year 11 months)

Internal Auditor

State of Louisiana Department of Administration
(2 years 10 months)

• Head of program Internal Audit. Created and maintained Audit Plan, internal risk assessment, supervise audit specialist with completing internal audit objectives.
• Analyze financial and program data to detect irregularities in areas such as financial transactions and regulatory compliance procedures using appropriate audit evidence.
• Collect and analyze data, examine records and interview workers to ensure and detect deficient internal controls, fraud, or non-compliance with GAS, laws, regulations, and management policies.
• External performance audit performed 3 months following my arrival. External follow up performance audit performed 11 months following my arrival. 3 findings and 7 recommendations were cleared 100%. Reports released publicly 07/18/12.
• Two external A-133 financial audits, one GOHSEP Perf. Review performed since my arrival. No audit findings.
• Report to management audit results and recommend changes in operations and compliance activities. Reports include charts, graphs and tables.
• Serve as a confidential point of contact for employees to communicate with management, seek clarification on issues or dilemmas, or report irregularities.
• Primary contact for external audit parties. Participate in fraud investigation teams with law enforcement officers, Attorney General and OIG. Prepare written reports of investigation findings for teams and for possible court appearance.

CFO

Lavigne Oil Company
(4 years)

Directed and coordinated the organization's financial activities.
Prepared and presented Financial Statements, reports concerning other financial activities, government statutes and rulings to executives/owners.
Reviewed reports submitted by staff members to recommend approval or to suggest changes.
Direct, plan, implement policies and objectives for accounts receivables, pricing, and sales of products.
Conferred with executives/owners and staff members to discuss issues, coordinate activities, and resolve problems.
Served as liaison between executives and customers.
Prepared all payroll and excise tax returns
Assisted with analysis for the purchase of a new company. Company purchased

Revenue Management Coordinator

North Oaks Health System
(2 years)

Created and implemented the Revenue Management Division.
Increased revenue by $1 million first year of implementation.
Documented findings of study and prepared recommendations for implementation of new or revised systems and procedures using databases, spreadsheets, charts and graphs.
Analyze data gathered and develop solutions or alternative methods of proceeding for communications, information flow, contract terms etc.
Conferred with applicable personnel to ensure successful functioning of newly implemented systems or procedures.
Analyzed business operations, trends, revenues, insurance contracts to project future revenues and reported to upper management of the health system.

Legal Compliance Coordinator

North Oaks Health System
(5 years 11 months)

Directed the development, implementation and enforcement of 3 OIG voluntary compliance program standards throughout the organization.
Implemented the software technology to adequately provide oversight and monitoring of each compliance program. Maintained documentation of compliance activities such as complaints received and investigation outcomes.
Assessed compliance risks and developed risk management strategies.
Provided employee training on compliance related topics, policies, or procedures.
Created, implemented and communicated all regulatory policies and procedures.
Conducted internal audits to ensure identification of compliance issues related to charges, coding, documentation, billing, etc. Used resources such as the OIG RATSTATS statistical software, GAO auditing procedures, Governmental Auditing Standards. Follow up reviews and audits were performed for each issue discovered.
Oversaw internal reporting systems such as compliance hotlines and educated employees about these systems.
Served as a confidential point of contact for employees to communicate with management, seek clarification on issues or dilemmas, or report irregularities.
Advised internal management of emerging compliance issues prior to the implementation of a compliance program.
Prepared management reports regarding compliance operations and progress using charts, graphs and tables.

Cost Accountant

North Oaks Health System
(2 years 3 months)

Created and implemented the Cost Accounting area. Developed and implemented the document recordkeeping and cost accounting software system. Set up the cost monitoring and reporting systems and procedures
Prepared cost report at regular intervals once cost system implemented
Conducted special studies to develop cost data.
Assessed cost effectiveness of services, health procedures and products.
Developed, maintained, and analyzed budgets numbers to prepare periodic reports that compared budgeted costs to actual costs.

Internal Auditor

North Oaks Health System
(9 months)

Prepared report data about material assets, net worth, liabilities, surplus, income, and expenditures.
Inspected account books and accounting systems for efficiency, effectiveness, controls for system reliability and data integrity and use of accepted accounting procedures to record transactions.
Prepared, analyzed, and verified financial statements, and other records, using accepted accounting and statistical procedures.
Converted the manual general ledger audit recordkeeping to Microsoft document recordkeeping process.
Assisted with external audit workpapers.

Financial Accountant

North Oaks Health System
(2 years 2 months)

Prepared financial statements in conformance to GAAP reporting and procedural standards.
Maintained the inventory real property and equipment recording information such as the description, value and location of property. Maintained the depreciation schedule.
Implemented the conversion to a new financal software system.
Assisted with external audit workpapers.
Converted the manual paper journal entry process to a Microsoft document system.

Small Business Accountant

Public Accounting Firm
(9 years 7 months)

Skills

  • Accounting
  • GAAP
  • Internal Controls
  • General Ledger
  • Financial Reporting
  • Tax
  • Tax Preparation
  • Auditing
  • Financial Accounting
  • Income Tax
  • Tax Returns
  • CPA
  • QuickBooks
  • Corporate Tax
  • Account Reconciliation
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  • Accounts Receivable
  • Payroll
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Education

Louisiana State University

Bachelor, Accounting

Activities and Societies: Full Athletic Scholarship

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