Accounting Faculty Mentors

General Career Advice

James Borden, PhD

James Borden, PhD
james.borden@villanova.edu
(610) 519-4327
Room 3016


"I have been a member of the Accounting faculty at Villanova for over 30 years, and over that time, I have developed good relationships with many of the firms that recruit our students. As such, I have acquired a sense of what these firms are looking for in terms of potential employees. I can then share that info with students, early in their academic career, so that they have a better sense of what is expected of them and how they can meet those expectations. I also believe strongly in helping students to develop holistically, emphasizing the importance of not only academic success, but their communications skills, professional development, health and wellness, and community involvement."

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Steve Liedtka, PhD

Steve Liedtka, PhD
stephen.liedtka@villanova.edu
(610) 519-4318
Room 3088

Professor Stephen Liedtka is a CPA and has experience in Financial Statement Auditing, Tax and Consulting (particularly in the areas of performance measurement and decision making).

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Gradschool / Academia

Jennifer Altamuro, PhD

Jennifer Altamuro, PhD
jennifer.altamuro@villanova.edu
(610) 519-3299
Room 3049

– I received my PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Penn State. I have also served on the Accounting Faculty at MIT, Ohio State, and Wharton, which are all schools which grant PhD’s in various business disciplines. Throughout my career, I have worked with Masters and Doctoral students on a variety of research projects, and served on Doctoral committees for two students who are currently faculty members in Accounting and the University of Toronto and SUNY Binghamton.

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Audit

James Emig, PhD

james.emig@villanova.edu
(610) 519-4344
Room 3087

- VU ACC faculty for 34 years
- faculty coordinator of SAI for 29 years
- ACC advisor for 30 years

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domenic.finelli@villanova.edu

Dom has been an Adjunct Professor for over 10 years and at VSB since 2012. He’s taught various accounting courses including: Principles, Intermediate, Advanced and Auditing. Prior to teaching Dom was with PwC. His career with PwC spanned 39 years, 28 as a partner in the Firm. During that time, he served in 4 different offices working principally with clients in Transportation, Oil and Gas, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Health Care. Many of his clients were multi-national in scope and he’s travelled extensively in serving them. He also served as a pre-filing reviewer of SEC documents; a Risk Management partner; and, a team Leader in PwC’s internal inspection program. In addition to his election to the Firm’s governing board, Dom was also the Firm’s National Director of the Transportation Industry Program and led an industry service team in the Philadelphia office. Upon retirement from PwC Dom was the first Director of Internal Audit for a large university where he was responsible for forming and implementing the university’s Internal Audit function. He hopes his experiences will enable him to help our students better understand opportunities in public accounting and be better positioned to make informed career choices

laura.iacona@villanova.edu

I graduated from Villanova in 1996 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Accountancy. At this point, I had completed a Spring internship with Grant Thornton LLP during the Spring semester of my Junior year. I began working full-time for Grant Thornton in the Summer of 1996 in the Audit practice. During my career with Grant Thornton, I performed and managed audits across a variety of industries such as: manufacturing and distribution, services, hospitality, real estate and financial services. Clients within these industry groups ranged in size and complexity from mid-sized privately held corporations to multi-billion dollar publicly traded corporations. In addition to performing financial statement audit services, I also worked on several initial public offerings, merger and acquisition transactions, major restatements and other SEC related matters. In 2007 I became a Partner with the firm and, in 2011, I became the Audit Practice Leader for the Philadelphia office of Grant Thornton. I served in that role for three years, managing the daily activities of the third largest audit practice for the firm as well as continuing to service a full client load. In 2014, I decided to change careers and retired from Grant Thornton. At that time, I began my new career as a professor by teaching an auditing course at a local college. I was also able to reconnect with my alma mater and now serve as an adjunct professor at Villanova.

Consulting / Advisory

robert.mcparland@villanova.edu
(610) 519-5837
Room 1004


Bob has been a Business Fellow at VSB since 2001. During this time he has taught Advanced Accounting, Cost Accounting and Entrepreneurial Finance classes while also working with students regarding career management and continuing his business career. Bob’s career has comprised a wide range of financial and accounting roles including 11 years at Price Waterhouse where he was a senior manager and 25 years working for several different funds in the private equity/venture capital industries, including Susquehanna Growth Equity Partners, TL Ventures, Health Enterprise Partners, Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. and others. Bob has performed a wide variety of functions including financial and operational due diligence on new investments and acquisitions, sales of portfolio companies, portfolio company senior management roles, initial public offerings, fund raising and other matters. Bob has expertise in career paths in both public and private accounting along with the private equity and venture capital industries.

Corporate Finance

Jennifer Altamuro, PhD

Jennifer Altamuro, PhD
jennifer.altamuro@villanova.edu
(610) 519-3299
Room 3049

I currently teach a course in Valuation Issues in Accounting in our MAC program, which brings together accounting information and issues in corporate finance, such as determining the value of a firm and pricing for Mergers and Acquisitions, as well as other structured transactions. Prior to entering Academia, I worked for PwC in their Assurance practice, focusing primarily on Pharmaceutical and Chemical clients, where I was involved in several due diligence and merger-related projects.

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Robert West, PhD

robert.west@villanova.edu
(610) 519-4359
Room 3065


Dr. Robert West, PhD worked in public accounting for Ernst (with clients in manufacturing, retail, distribution, and healthcare).  He did not work in industry, but has done finance training for various financial and non-financial managers at corporations such as Comcast, Philips, ComEd (now part of Exelon) and several mid-size companies and not for profits.  Additionally, Dr. West has counseled/mentored many students who have taken jobs with Comcast, JNJ, BASF, Campbells, Quest Diagnostics, etc.

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CPA Qualifications

Patricia Crenny

patricia.crenny@villanova.edu
(610) 519-6657
Room 3067


Patricia Dorris Crenny, CPA had a career in both big 4 public accounting and in private industry before entering academia. She is qualified to mentor students on career choices, course selection and double major/minor considerations. In addition, Professor Crenny advises students regarding preparation for licensing as a certified public accountant.

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James Emig, PhD

james.emig@villanova.edu
(610) 519-4344
Room 3087

• VU ACC faculty for 34 years
• faculty coordinator of SAI for 29 years
• ACC advisor for 30 years

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Not-for-profit

Erica Harris

erica.harris@villanova.edu
(610) 519-6443
Room 3046

Erica E. Harris, Ph.D., CPA, is the Andrew J. Melton Jr. Assistant Professor, Department of Accountancy and Information Systems, Villanova University. Professor Harris started her career as an auditor for KPMG International working with multiple Fortune 500 audit clients as well as several nonprofit and government audit engagements in Miami, Florida. She later joined Breakstone Homes, Inc. as their controller focusing on the implantation of a job-cost accounting and reporting system. Building on her managerial accounting expertise Professor Harris also served as the Vice President of Accounting for Treasure Coast Hospices a large-scale nonprofit health care organization serving over 3,000 patients a year. Dr. Harris earned her Ph.D. from Temple University in 2011 and focuses her research in the nonprofit area. Specifically, her research interests are in nonprofit accounting topics such as donations, governance, and executive compensation.

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Tax

Patricia Crenny

patricia.crenny@villanova.edu
(610) 519-6657
Room 3067


Patricia Dorris Crenny, CPA had a career in both big 4 public accounting and in private industry before entering academia. She is qualified to mentor students on career choices, course selection and double major/minor considerations. In addition, Professor Crenny advises students regarding preparation for licensing as a certified public accountant.

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