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Master in Professional Accounting Council

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Who We Are

Traditional, Integrated and Econ-MPAs come together to network and create a sense of community within the MPA program. As a group we hope to instill a sense of unity and support for all MPA students. Through social events and community outreach we strive to not only be better students but create values and practices we can carry with us throughout our careers.


The mission of the MPA Council is to unite and build camaraderie between all MPA students through academic achievement, professional development, service to the community, and social engagement while upholding the environment, values, and integrity of the MPA Program, the most highly regarded accounting program in the nation.


To be eligible for membership, students must be enrolled in the MPA program and actively take courses toward the MPA degree. Membership dues will be at the discretion of the Executive Board. The decision will take into account the financial state of MPAC.  

Our Foundation

Academic Achievement & Professional Development

Texas MPA students seek excellence both in the classroom and in the workplace. Academic Achievement entails devotion to studying, research, and discipline, knowing that skills and habits learned at the University of Texas will be carried over post-graduation. Professional Development encompasses both nuance and ethics. Successful professionals have great interpersonal skills, panache and ambition. Successful professionals also maintain their integrity and do not allow their desires to overcome their ethics.

Service to the Community MPAC Bastrop Volunteers

Texas MPA students are leaders in the McCombs School of Business and the University of Texas, and they will continue to be leaders in the professional sphere. Because of this, it is imperative that MPA students be proactive, set the example, and take the lead in giving back to the community. By utilizing our roles as leaders and taking the initiative, we strive to help others by the giving back with our time and talents.

Recent service include: Bastrop fire, LiveSTRONG, Special Olympics, Toys for Tots.

Social Engagement

The Texas MPA Program is vigorous, and as students progress through it, bonds are made and relationships are formed. As students strive for academic achievement, professional development, and service opportunities, an anticipated outcome is a vibrant community among MPA students. The camaraderie that is formed through these experiences contributes to student life and will enhance the professional world after graduation. Scavenger Hunt at the CapitalScavenger Hunt Celebration

Our Leaders

Executive Board

Ally Newman

Position: President
Year: Fifth-year MPA
Hometown: Plano, Texas

Alyssa Hamilton

Position: Vice President
Year: Traditional MPA
Hometown: Austin, Texas

Moongi Jung

Position: Chief Development Officer
Year: 4th-Year MPA
Hometown: Round Rock, Texas

Candice DiPaolo

Position: Chief Financial Officer
Year: Fifth-year MPA
Hometown: Dallas, TX

Li (Shelly) Tsai

Position: Chief Membership Officer
Year: Fourth-year MPA
Hometown: Keelung, Taiwan

Committee Chairs

Eleni Katelari

Position: Senate/CTBAC Representative
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Orange County, CA

James Hilton

Position: Alumni Relations/MPA Legacy
Year: Traditional MPA   
Hometown: Bountiful, UT

James Lai

Position: Special Events
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Houston, TX

Tina Lin

Position: Faculty Relations
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Waco, TX

Moongi Jung

Position: Service
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Round Rock, TX

Kimberly Lin

Position: Professional
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Rowland Heights, CA

Parker Foster

Position: Financial Controller
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Colleyville, TX

Niki Keramat

Position: Logistics
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Allen, TX

Nikhila Janamanchi

Position: Social
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Laredo, TX

Kiran Sundrani

Position: Historian/Social Media
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

News and Events

Members-Only Monday

Members-Only Monday occurs monthly on a Monday morning. On Members-Only Mondays, members meet for coffee and bagels and are welcome to either grab some food and run or stay and socialize for as long as they want. This is usually a great time to catch up with other members!

Want to be a member? Just talk to Victor.

MPAC Awards

Every year, the MPA Council presents awards in recognition of outstanding contributions on behalf of the MPA Program. Two awards are given:

Outstanding Traditional MPA Student Award
This award recognizes a MPA student for outstanding contributions to student life and class unity through demonstrations of personal character, class spirit and campus leadership.

Outstanding Accounting Faculty Award
This award recognizes a member for outstanding contributions to student education through demonstrations of teaching ability, dedication to students and efforts outside the classroom.

2012 Award Recipients

2012 Outstanding Traditional MPA Student Award  

Zhide "Derick" Hu was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Traditional MPA Student Award for bringing laughter into the classrooms of McCombs along with his warm, friendly and open attitude.

MPAs who nominated Derick shared the following about their experience as his classmate:

  • "He is cheerful, friendly, mature, a good team player, intelligent, seriously committed to accounting and a pleasure to have in class."
  • "He is a bit of a night-owl, staying up until 4 a.m. to be available to help out classmates by answering their questions about intermediate accounting."

Congratulations Derick! We wish you a bright and successful future!

2012 Outstanding Accounting Faculty Award  

Professor Lisa Koonce, was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Faculty Award for being passionate and enthusiastic about the subject she teaches, Intermediate Accounting.

MPAs who nominated Professor Koonce shared the following about their experience as her students:

  • "She had such an upbeat and friendly personality, which makes you want to learn about accounting."
  • "Her contribution is outstanding because she brings difficult information to the classroom and challenges students to learn it all."
  • "In her class she always made the effort to make the subject engaging and relevant to the students. I don't think I would have done nearly as well on the financial section of my CPA exam if I had not taken her class."
  • "She was hands down the best professor that I had in college. PERIOD."

Congratulations Professor Koonce and thank you for your valuable contributions to our education!


Esteemed MPA Council Speakers

Esteemed MPA Council Speakers are talk about their insights, experiences, and perspectives. Speakers’ topics are not limited to merely “accounting”; rather, speakers engage members on a variety of topics, such as policy, entrepreneurship, and interpersonal skills.



Paul Foster


Paul Foster
Western Refining, UT Regent, UTIMCO
April 11, 2012

The MPA Council is honored to have Paul Foster as an Esteemed MPA Council Speaker. Mr. Foster is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Western Refining (#298 on the 2011 Fortune 500), is the Vice Chairman of the UT Board of Regents, and is the Chairman of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) Board of Directors. Mr. Foster received his degree in accounting from Baylor and is a CPA.


Catherine Cook


Catherine Cook
April 4, 2012

The MPA Council is delighted to have Catherine Cook as an Esteemed MPA Council Speaker. Ms. Cook is the founder of myYearbook and is considered one of the top entrepreneurs under 30-years-old by Under30CEO and Inc.


Valerie Sokolosky


Valerie Sokolosky
Valerie & Company
November 17, 2011

The MPA Council is excited to have Valerie Sokolosky as an Esteemed MPA Council Speaker. Ms. Sokolosky is the President of Valerie & Company based out of Dallas. Valerie & Company specializes in leadership development by providing essential skill-building programs, executive coaching, and consulting to summon the full potential of professional executives. Valerie & Company consults Fortune 500 companies and other large organizations, including three of the Big Four. She can be followed on LinkedIn at or on Twitter at!/valsokolosky


Tristan Mace


Tristan Mace
ParkerMace, Want Me Get Me
November 2, 2011

The MPA Council is delighted to have Tristan Mace as an Esteemed MPA Council Speaker. Mr. Mace is the co-founder of Want Me Get Me. Mr. Mace began creating campaigns at the age of 14 and has worked with several large organizations' marketing strategies, including the University of Texas at Austin. Formerly with ParkerMace, he is now working with The Brandman Agency. Follow his blog!


Urton Anderson


Urton Anderson
University of Texas, Securities Exchange Commission
October 6, 2011

The MPA Council is excited to have Urton Anderson as an Esteemed MPA Council Speaker. Mr. Anderson is currently the Academic Accounting Fellow for the SEC.  This means that he serves as the primary advisor to the SEC on accounting and auditing and acts as a research resource to the SEC staff.  Mr. Anderson is also the Former Department Chair of Accounting at McCombs.  His research has addressed a number of topics in external and internal auditing, including auditor judgment, corporate governance, compliance, enterprise risk management, and internal control.  He has twice served as the Chair of the Internal Auditing Standards Board.  He received the Bradford Cadmus Memorial Award in 2006 for his contributions to the internal auditing profession.


Steven Kachelmeier


Steven Kachelmeier
University of Texas
April 6, 2011

The MPA Council is ecstatic to have Steven Kachelmeir as an Esteemed MPA Council Speaker. Dr. Kachelmeier conducts extensive research in financial accounting and auditing. He is an editorial board member of two publications: Contemporary Accounting Research and Journal of Management Accounting Research.


Michael Granof


Michael Granof
University of Texas, GASB, FASAB
March 30, 2011

The MPA Council is honored to have Michael Granof as an Esteemed MPA Council Speaker. Dr. Granof is the Ernst & Young Distinguished Centennial Professor of Accounting at McCombs and also teaches in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Dr. Granof is a member of both the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board.


To contact an officer, find out more details about our events, or be included in our email distribution list, please send an email to

Membership dues are currently $70/year and may be collected by cash or check. Please contact John Misquez to join, or see us at any of our general meetings!