School of Accounting Honors Alumni and Students
October 16, 2017 | By: Chelsea Grunden
The Rawls College and School of Accounting recognized its scholarship recipients and distinguished alumni during a banquet on Oct. 12.
Please join the Rawls College in congratulating the two 2017 School of Accounting Distinguished Alumni:
Audit Partner, Whitley Penn
B.B.A. and M.S.A. in Accounting, 1995
Michael Bodwell received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting from Texas Tech in 1995, and joined the Dallas office of Ernst & Young, as a staff auditor where he had previously been an audit intern in 1994.
Shortly after attaining the position of audit manager at Ernst & Young he left the firm in early 2000 and accepted the position of International Controller at Microtune, which was an early stage technology company backed by George Soros, Hicks Muse, and Austin Ventures. Over the next two years, Michael spent 30% of his time working internationally and was promoted to Corporate Controller. During the same period, he assisted Microtune in completing its IPO and secondary stock offering raising more than $200 million, as well as helping the company complete multiple international acquisitions.
During 2002, Michael left Microtune and joined Whitley Penn as a senior manager in audit. He was the first employee hired in Whitley Penn's newly started Dallas office, which has now grown to 200 employees, and the firm has 500 total employees across the firm's five Texas offices. In January 2005, Michael was promoted to partner.
Michael is currently the Dallas Audit Market Leader for Whitley Penn, which is comprised of approximately 100 auditors. He is also the Partner-in-Charge of the firm's public company audit practice and campus recruiting, and leads the firm's private equity and real estate industry groups.
Michael is a member of the Advisory Council for the Rawls College of Business, and is on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Dallas chapter board, recently serving on the executive committee as treasurer. In 2011, Michael received the Dallas Business Journal's 40 under 40 award.
Michael is married to Amanda Bodwell, who graduated in Texas Tech's inaugural class of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2010. Amanda works in private practice as a nurse practitioner. They have three children, Luke (9), Kate (8), and Jack (6), who hope to be future Red Raiders. During 2017, Michael received the Father of the Year Award from the Moody Family YMCA in the Park Cities.
Audit Partner, Whitley Penn
B.B.A. in Accounting, 1989
Jeff Lawlis received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Texas Tech in 1989. He then joined the Dallas office of Ernst & Young that fall. He worked primarily with mid-cap companies in the retail, manufacturing, and technology industries. Many of his clients were already public companies or private entities that went through the IPO process.
After spending about 10 years with Ernst & Young, he made a dramatic change in his personal and professional life and left the firm to join a technology manufacturing company based in Orlando and moved to Florida in 2000. With his industry and IPO experience, he was a key member of the management team that took Triton Network Systems public in the summer of 2000. After gaining valuable business and operations experience over the next couple of years, he then left the company. After a short stint back with Ernst & Young, he joined the Dallas office of Grant Thornton in 2003. After two years, Jeff became a partner and focused primarily on public companies in the technology and manufacturing industries. He was the leader for the firm's technology industry practice for the Dallas office.
After five years with Grant Thornton, he decided to join Whitley Penn in 2008 as an audit partner in the Dallas office. Jeff's practice is comprised of public and private clients primarily in the restaurant, manufacturing, and professional services industries. He serves as the restaurant and entertainment industry leader for the firm. Jeff also leads the firm's fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association Dallas Heart Walk.
Jeff and his wife Meghan have two children, Mackenzie (3) and Jackson (1).
Please join the Rawls College in congratulating the following students for receiving 2017-2018 scholarships and fellowships:
- Larry and Tiffany Autry Accounting Scholarship – Nadia Hogan
- James L. Bednarczyk Scholarship – Ying Chen
- BDO Scholarship – Caleb Lavis
- Michael Bodwell Accounting Scholarship – Courtney Bartholomew, Morgan Blank, Stephanie Brewer, Juan Duran, Austin Mason, Jamie Slack, Mackenzie Wells
- Bolinger, Segars, Gilbert & Moss Scholarship – Elizabeth McKenna
- Breedlove & Co. Scholarship – Brandon Hatfield
- Jane O. Burns Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship – Travis Haworth, Katarina Heidenhofer, Andrew Roberson, Carlos Ruiz, Keely Walker
- Rick Carlson Memorial Accounting Scholarship – Arren Wells
- William Condray Memorial Scholarship – Ryan Watts
- ConocoPhillips Scholarship – Anthony Knuf, Claire Williams
- Jon David Crumley Scholarship – Hunter Welborn
- Robert G. Crumley Accounting Scholarship – Han Dai, Kathryn Farrell, Olivia Taylor, Shane Trebisky
- Gary Cunningham Accounting Scholarship – Christine Saso
- Deloitte Scholarship – Koutoua Sanhou, Aguinaldo Sebastiao, Ryan Watts, Grace Zaruba
- Tracy Elms Scholarship – Austyn Casale, Megan King, Allison Moreno
- Ernst & Young Scholarship – Nathaniel Cabezuela, Benjamin Cowling, Jesus Estrada, Paul Feyisetan, Koviessou Kotokou, Hayden Strmiska, Jake Walliford
- Ernst & Young/Ray Sommerfield Graduate Tax Scholarship in Honor of Jane O. Burns – Paul Feyisetan
- Exxon Mobile Scholarship – Hailee Housewright
- First Bank & Trust, and Glen Fonner & Associates Scholarship – Monica Joseph
- Robert F. Freeman Scholarship – Hunter Welborn
- Jerald Robert Gober Scholarship – Monica Joseph
- Grant Thornton Scholarship – Austyn Casale, David Cole, Gary Jones, Elizabeth McKenna, Stephanie Montes
- Greg S. Hall Accounting Scholarship – Bojan Radulovic
- Orville and Jackie Hicks Scholarship – Haley Ky
- Mamie W. Jackson Memorial Scholarship – Brandon Selph
- Randy M. Kidwell Memorial Accounting Scholarship – McKenzi Volz
- KPMG – Haskell Taylor Scholarship – Matt Fetsch, Megan Furlong, Shirley Hess, Avary Hyden, Sarah Stubbs, Brooke Shipley
- Jeff S. Lawlis Accounting Scholarship – Brenda Guardiola, Luis Vela, Arisay Wright
- Quepha Lynn Scholarship – Robert Rodriguez, Laura Warner
- Madden Beebe Co. Accounting Scholarship – Callie Wood
- Herschel Mann Accounting Scholarship – Kathleen Bramow, Jack Brice, Antonio Castillo-Salas, Kimberly Del Angel, Rachel Hancock, Ben Howse, Rebecca Jones, Megan King, Aaron Minor, Keegan Schaar, Katelyn Scheriger, McKenzi Volz
- MCG Scholarship – Collin Denson, Abigail Farrell, Joseph Shreve
- Merit Energy Accounting Scholarship – Timothy DeWitt
- Mark Mitchell Memorial Scholarship – Amanda Adams
- Sam Montgomery Memorial Scholarship – Parker Swindling
- Belverd Needles Scholarship – Caleb Lavis
- Neiman Marcus Scholarship – Anna Menegaz, Kaitlin Trammell
- Northcut Family Accounting Scholarship – Chris Corbin, Opuriche Duruoha-Ihemeb, Peter Pineda
- Pasewark/Pertain Scholarship – Raymond Montreuil
- PCAOB Scholarship – Juan Duran
- The Peters Family Scholarship in honor of D. Herschel Mann – Alexander Cooke, Chandler Priest
- PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholarship – Ronald Disbrow, Kayla Dupriest, Evan Elliott, Austin Morris, Katharine Simmons
- W.T. and Pearl C. Reed Accounting Scholarship – Danielle Bartlett, Eric Heinrich, Lauren Hutchens, Rachel Masten, Colleen Mooneyham, Ying Zhang
- Robinson, Burdette, Martin & Seright Scholarship – Heather Holland, Maryam Karimian
- RPC CPAs & Consultants Scholarship – Whittney Van Horn
- Reginald Rushing Accounting Scholarship – Timothy De Witt
- Ryan Accounting Scholarship – Taylor Lacy
- School of Accounting Scholarship – Alexandria Anderson, Nathaniel Cabezuela, Lizbeth Contreras, Jess Kuhn, Gary Jones
- David Smylie Scholarship – Brenda Guardiola, Mackenzie Wells
- South Plains Chapter TSCPA Scholarship – Anna Becerra, Guy Kellogg, Keely Towles
- Paul M. Stanford Memorial Scholarship – Brandon Hatfield, Luis Vela
- Brian & Tenley Stevens Scholarship – Rachel Gray, Whitney Williams
- Cloyce and Anita Talbott Scholarship – Seth Bartholomew, Rebecca Brewer
- TSCPA Scholarship – Evan Elliott, Eric Heinrich, Elizabeth Mckenna, Austin Morris, Chandler Priest, Brooke Shipley, Claire Williams, Marigrace Zaruba
- John Bechtol Welch Memorial Scholarship – Joanna Michna
- West Texas Women's CPAs Scholarship – Kathryn Bouldin, Jess Kuhn, Elizabeth McKenna, Austin Morris, Hayden Raney, Cailin Scherpereel, Ashley West, Whitney E. Williams
- Doyle Z. Williams Scholarship – Cailin Scherpereel, John Stout
- Mike and Mary Wischkaemper Scholarship – Tyler Hardin, Aby Mel, Parker Swindling
- Whitley Penn Scholarship – Jordan Alexander, Hayden Raney
Students share their appreciation for the scholarships:
"The Herschel Mann scholarship alleviated the financial burden of paying for tuition and is helping me towards graduating with a Master of Science in Accounting." –Ben Howse (Herschel Mann Accounting Scholarship)
"The monetary assistance that my scholarship provides is incredibly helpful as I am
working two jobs. The takeaway I get from this scholarship is the sense of support
I feel from this wonderful institution and the generous alumni. I look forward to
using this scholarship to complete my education so that I can one day give back to
a university that has given so much to me." –Keegan Schaar (Herschel Mann Accounting
"One goal that I had while attending college was to learn the most that I possibly can. The Dr. Herschel Mann Accounting Scholarship has allowed me the freedom to major in both accounting and finance so I can take the concepts of both into my career." –Rebecca Jones (Dr. Herschel Mann Accounting Scholarship)
"My scholarships allow me to graduate almost debt free, which will grant me greater flexibility to continue my education by getting my master's degree so I can take the CPA exam." –Megan King (Dr. Herschel Mann Accounting Scholarship)
"Receiving this scholarship made it much easier to focus on my school work knowing I won't have student loans to pay off after school." –Aaron Minor (Dr. Herschel Mann Accounting Scholarship)
"The Brian and Tenley Stevens Endowed Scholarship has been such a blessing! This scholarship has helped relieve some of the financial burden that comes with getting a college education and has allowed me to pursue a master's degree." –Rachel Gray (Brian and Tenley Stevens Endowed Scholarship)
"The scholarship I was awarded for this academic year has and will reduce my financial burden and allow me to focus on classes. I am able to take my last few accounting undergraduate courses prior to applying for graduate school and my main focus is doing well without worrying about finances. The scholarship further motivates me to perform well academically." –Bojan Radulovic (Greg S. Hall Accounting Scholarship)