Listee Features — Finance

EVA JO SPARKS

Positive, hardworking and honest, Eva Jo Sparks has become a trusted member of the forensic consulting community. Her expertise lies in white collar crimes like financial and health care fraud, predatory lending, and mortgage crime, and led her to create her company, Oklahoma Expert Witness. There, she is responsible for forensic accounting and investigations, detecting embezzlement, reconstructing financial records and books, preparing cases for court, creating trial exhibits, and testifying in federal and state courts. ​ The most gratifying aspect of Ms. Sparks’ job, however, is assisting pro se litigants who have been wrongfully cheated and have no means to assist themselves. One of her most notable cases involved an attorney altering her expert report regarding Medicare fraud. She worked

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M. NISA KHAN

The founder and president of IEM LED Lighting Technologies, M. Nisa Khan has thrived in the semiconductors and engineering field. She and her company develop LED lighting technologies through research, innovation, and engineering. Their services include providing training and tutorials for R&D, manufacturing, engineering, and marketing for LED and SSL lighting. They also offer comprehensive LED/SSL luminaire product design, optimization, simulation, and testing for various existing and new lighting products.  Dr. Khan also works as an independent consultant and performs feasibility studies in various LED lighting and display industries.​ ​ ​Dr. Khan is the author of the research and college textbook, “Understanding LED Illumination.” It was described as the “most comprehensive introductory book in LED lighting,” by Professor Chou at

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CONSUELO GARCIA

Dedicated to making her customers feel comfortable, Consuelo Garcia is excelling as the owner of Ameri Tax. She opened the income tax and bookkeeping services company in 2010 after many years in her family’s businesses, and is proud of stepping out on her own. Ms. Garcia is thrilled that her company continues to grow, believing that “you grow when you give.” Notably, since its start, Ameri Tax has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Ms. Garcia loves having the opportunity to help her largely Hispanic clientele and make their lives easier; she finds it extremely rewarding. She attributes her success thus far to the support of her mother, who gave her strength and faith. Ms. Garcia’s professional

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RUTH A. MCKIM

Driven by her desire to help others, Ruth McKim has traversed a variety of fields in the hope of making a difference. She initially decided to pursue art therapy, first as the director of art therapy at the Kentucky Baptist Hospital and then as the co-director of art therapy at Norton-Children’s Hospitals Inc. and the director of art therapy at NKC Hospitals. She loved the feeling of seeing art make people feel better, but ultimately decided to go in another direction. From 1970 to 1947, Ms. McKim became a tutor at the Kentucky Association for Specific Perceptual-Motor Disability, and in 1976, Ms. McKim became a researcher for Board Aldermen and public relations staff for the Department of Consumer Affairs. She

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IMOGENE KLUTTS CHAMBERS

For the past seven decades, Imogene Klutts Chambers has dedicated herself to her career as a school system administrator and financial consultant. Her journey began with a Bachelor of Arts from East Central University, after which she immediately joined Marlow Public Schools as a high school mathematics teacher. A year later, she was employed by Bartlesville Public Schools, where she also garnered experience to become the assistant superintendent of business affairs and the treasurer. During his time, Dr. Chambers also served as a financial accounting consultant for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. She furthered her education at Oklahoma State University with a Master of Science in 1974 and an EdD in 1980, as well as at the Association of

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RITA M. BARREDO

For more than four decades, Rita M. Barredo faced every day with perseverance, hard work, and a determination to succeed. She wanted to be able to do things on her own, so she set her own goals and paved her own path through the financial field. Her efforts paid off, as, after nearly 10 years as a timekeeper for Timex Group USA, Inc., she finally became an auditor with the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Lowell, Mass. Ms. Barredo held that position from 1985 until her retirement in 2016. ​ Proud of her achievements throughout her journey, Ms. Barredo considers one of the highlights of her career to be getting certified with the CPA in the state of Connecticut. She

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IRENE BORUM

Recognized amongst her peers as an expert in financial reporting and financial analysis, Irene Borum has thrived as the Chief Financial Officer of The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority and as the president of Abacus CPA LLC. The former company works to promote health and support the care of health care needs of the Atlanta, Ga., community, and the latter provides full tax services. Ms. Borum was encouraged to enter the field by a professor, who saw her potential. Prior to her current positions, Ms. Borum gained experience as a finance manager at Boston Medical Center, a finance and accounting manager at Turner Broadcasting Philips Arena, a regional audit and financial reporting manager for the American Cancer Society, and a senior manager

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EULA DEWITT

Although Eula DeWitt is now retired, she is proud to have served the IRS faithfully for more than three decades. The bureau allowed her to combine her passion for corporate America with her God-given gift for education, which thrilled her. She strongly believes that people are the greatest thing ever created; she always enjoys being of service to others. Dr. DeWitt started out as a field agent in 1981, the same year she graduated The City University of New York with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and economics, and she remained in the position for the duration of her time there. Over the years, she also served as part of the organization’s Public Speakers Bureau, and as an instructor

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MARY L. HARMON

Recognized for her skill in private equity, capital markets, and hedge funds, Mary Harmon is thriving in her position as a managing director at Goldman Sachs. She has held the position since 1999, and is driven by her desire to tackle issues and obtain the best possible outcomes. Some of her responsibilities as a manager include finding ways to motivate her team to have the same visibility and accountability she possesses and serving as a tax counsel for the financial giant. Her blend of financial and legal knowledge has been invaluable. ​ Ms. Harmon initially became involved in her profession on the advice of a professor, who recommended she supplement her CPA certification with an LLM. She dropped and sold

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RUTH C. HARRIS

Growing up, Ruth C. Harris idolized her older sister, and wanted to do everything she did. Although she considered majoring in chemistry when it came time to pick her path, she ultimately decided to follow in her sister’s footsteps and pursue business administration. She found she especially enjoyed accounting, and an inspiring professor encouraged her to see where that interest could take her. Now, Dr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Virginia State College (now Virginia State University), a Master of Business Administration from New York University and an EdD from the College of William and Mary. She also became the first African-American woman in the Commonwealth of Virginia to become a certified public accountant. As

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