Meet the Team

Associate Manager, AICPA Foundation – Brittany Ames

Brittany has been with the AICPA since 2016. She has worked in the AICPA’s Global Engagement Center and Human Resources. She is currently the Associate Manager – Foundation and is responsible for the Accounting Program for Building the Profession (APBP). Before joining the AICPA, Brittany was a manager and business consultant for local businesses in the Raleigh/Durham area.

Brittany studied Musical Theater at Elon University and is a classically trained singer. She is also a yoga instructor and fitness enthusiast.

Brittany lives in Fuquay, NC with her husband and two Vizslas.

Manager, College Initiatives – Christin Hunter

Christin joined the AICPA in 2016 and served as the Project Coordinator for the Accounting Program for Building the Profession (APBP) before stepping into her new role as Manager - College Initiatives in August 2020. Prior to joining the AICPA, Christin worked in the Real Estate industry for 10 years, most recently leading one of the top teams in the Triangle.

A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, she specialized in Marketing and International Business. Her experience includes sales and marketing; operations and team management; and event planning and execution.

Christin and her husband Allen live in Durham with their son, Riley.

AICPA Academic in Residence - Jan Taylor Morris, CPA, CGMA, Ph.D.

Jan Taylor Morris, Ph.D., CPA, CGMA, began consulting in January 2021 as the Academic in Residence at AICPA, and assumed the role full-time in summer 2021. She previously served as an Associate Professor of Accounting at Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Texas) teaching both undergraduate and graduate students.

Jan has taught multiple courses in the accounting curriculum, primarily financial accounting-related and auditing. She has published on a variety of topics in multiple journals through her career and has served in numerous volunteer roles at AICPA, Beta Alpha Psi, and the Texas Society of CPAs.

Jan is licensed as a CPA in Texas and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) through the AICPA.   

Professor - Dr. Dan Deines

Dr. Deines received his BA degree in History from Fort Hays State University, his Masters in Business from Emporia State University, and his Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Nebraska. He has been at Kansas State University since 1982 where he now holds the Ralph Crouch, KPMG Professorship in Accounting.

Dan is active in the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Kansas Society of CPA and the National Business Education Association. In 2003, he was elected President of the Kansas Society of CPAs and was the first academic to serve in this office. He is the co-author with Penne Ainsworth of the text “Introduction to Accounting: an integrated approach”. In 2007 he was awarded the AICPA’s Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education award. He is also a charter member (1962) of the Banner Road Hunt Club of Collyer, Kansas.


Professor - Dr. Kimberly Swanson Church

Dr. Church is the Director and BKD Professor of Leadership at Missouri State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas (2010), Master’s in Accountancy from Kansas State University (2002) and B.B.A. from Pittsburg State University (1998). She currently teaches courses in managerial accounting and emerging technologies. She is an active member of the MOCPA and AICPA and recently co-chaired the CPA Evolution BAR exam taskforce.

Nearly three decades ago, Kim was part of the first group of college students to be trained under Dr. Deines’ innovative intro curriculum. She later returned to Kansas State for grad school where she taught the curriculum to undergraduate students. In 2013, she was asked to join the APBP team.

Kim is married to the real Eric Church and enjoys spending time with her two children, Tanner and Kyndellin.  

Teacher - Glenda Eichman

Glenda Eichman has been a teacher at Manhattan High School in Manhattan, Kansas since 1992. She teaches courses in College Accounting and Finance. She is the lead teacher for the Finance Pathway where she develops curriculum and builds partnerships with business and industry to support students with that concentration. Glenda holds a B.S. in Business Education and a M.S. in Adult Learning and Leadership from Kansas State University. She is also an instructor for the College of Education at Kansas State University.

Glenda was the catalyst that triggered the Accounting Pilot and Bridge Project at Kansas State University. Together with Dr. Dan Deines, lead professor on the project, she helped design the curriculum for the college level accounting course that is taught in high schools around the country. She continues her focus as a member of the AICPA Advanced High School Accounting consulting team responsible for training and advising teachers who are implementing the new curriculum.

Glenda and her husband Brent live in Wamego, Kansas and have three children Jameson, Lane, and Sydney. 

Teacher - Joe Navickas

Joe has been a teacher at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Illinois since 2002. He teaches Accounting, Investing, On-Line Consumer Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Introduction to Business. He is a sponsor for DECA. Joe has been a trainer for the APBP: Advanced High School Accounting since 2009.

Joe earned a Bachelor’s in Business Education from Easter Illinois University in 1997. He received his Masters in Educational Leadership from National Louis University in 2009 and his Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern Illinois University in 2009.

Joe is married to Jenny Navickas and has three sons.

Teacher - Sean Crevier

Sean has been a teacher at Vernon Hills High School in Vernon Hills, IL since 2000. He teaches Advanced Accounting Honors and Personal Finance. In addition to high school teaching, he enjoys his role as an instructional technology specialist. He holds a BS in Business Management from Purdue University, A Masters in Secondary Education from Roosevelt University, and a Masters in School Administration from Concordia University.

Sean is a Boys Golf Coach, Investing Club advisor and has been a trainer for the APBP: Advanced High School Accounting since 2010. Sean serves as the vice chair of the national ACTE by-laws committee, has given a Ted Talk and delivers keynotes at several technology conferences and state Business Ed Association conferences around the country.

Sean and his wife Carlynn live in Lindenhurst, IL with their two children Mitchell and Mallory.

Teacher - Janie Patterson

Janie has taught at Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson, Kansas since 1992. She teaches Accounting I, Honors Accounting for Business Operations, IB Information Technology in a Global Society, and 21st Century Skills. Janie is also a career development facilitator for Hutchinson High School and works with students to develop plans of study in Career and Technical Education. In 2000, she was honored as Educator of the Year in her school district. She holds a B.S. in Business Education and an M.S. In Secondary Education both from Kansas State University.

Janie's involvement with the pilot began in 2008 when she attended the summer training in Manhattan, KS. After teaching Accounting for close to 20 years, she was excited to see a new curriculum developed with more relevance and value to students majoring in Accounting. She started teaching the curriculum the following school year in 2009. She joined the training team the summer of 2010.

Janie and her husband David live in Hutchinson and have two boys, Joshua and Benjamin.

Teacher - Alison Nord

Alison graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and worked as a CPA in both public accounting and private industry for nine years. She then returned to Aquinas College to complete a Master’s in Education and has spent the last fourteen years teaching at Comstock High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She teaches Accounting I, College Accounting, Business Law, Business Management, and Personal Finance.

Alison has taught College Accounting for two years and is beginning her second year as a trainer for the APBP: Advanced High School Accounting. She first met Dr. Deines several years ago when they served on a committee together to help write national accounting standards for the NBEA.

Alison resides in Portage, Michigan with her husband, Erik, and is the proud mother of two daughters, Erika and Andrea. My favorite past times are watching Erika play volleyball, watching Andrea play basketball, and vacationing to warm places where I can walk on the beach.