University Audit







MEET THE TEAM




Robert Taft


Robert J. Taft, CIA, CCSA, CBA

Chief Audit Executive



Years working in audit: In year two here at UCF; an additional 22 years prior to coming to UCF
Favorite things about working in audit: The opportunity to learn something new every day, interacting with smart and interesting people, sharing information, and evaluating ideas to determine their potential impact on the university.
Biggest misconception people have about audit and internal auditors: Our goal is not to always add new controls and give our clients more work—we are delighted if we can remove or streamline controls and achieve the same or better results.
Most memorable UCF moment: Open Forum Day when I interviewed for the job. Had the sense the world of Higher Education would be an interesting adventure. I remember meeting the audit staff as a group and asking them more questions than they had time to ask me!
Life outside of work: Spending time with my wife, daughter, and two dogs, getting to know the Orlando area better, and catching up on reading and TV.
If I wasn't an internal auditor, my dream job would be: Depending on my mood it would be one of the following: 1) TV game show host, 2) US Supreme Court Justice, 3) Supermodel.
Best vacation I ever took: A trip to Cape Cod, MA, when I was about 9 years old. First time to the ocean and loved it (although the water was cool and filled with seaweed). Also got to watch a lot of Red Sox games on TV-38 in the pre-cable era and try lobster for the first time.

Email: Robert.Taft@ucf.edu



Tina Maier


Tina M. Maier, CPA, CFE, CIG

Associate Director



Years working in audit: 25 at UCF; 28 total
Favorite things about working in audit: Identifying opportunities for improving processess throughout the university community.
Biggest misconception people have about audit and internal auditors: Folks think we know everything about tax law and filing tax returns. When they hear the word "auditor" they think Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Most memorable UCF moment: There are so many! However, my favorite is being part of and seeing UCF grow to become the 2nd largest university in the nation. I'm a proud '86 alumna.
Life outside of work: I am a native Floridian - born and raised in Sanford, Florida. I've been married for 33 years and have three grown sons all who are attending UCF at the same time. I love spending time with family and friends, cooking out, and going to New Smyrna beach.
If I wasn't an internal auditor, my dream job would be: Working for Candid Camera as a prankster or developing ideas for pranks.
Best vacation I ever took: A family vacation to New York City during the winter break and New Year's Eve. Thank you, Dr. Hitt, for the time off!

Email: Tina.Maier@ucf.edu



Kathy Mitchell


Kathryn A. Mitchell, CPA

Associate Director



Years working in audit: 16 at UCF; 19 total
Favorite things about working in audit: Learning about so many different processes - there's always something new going on at UCF! Also, the excitement of working in an institution of higher education - the students, the faculty, the learning environment. I love seeing the parents, holding the Barnes & Noble book bags, walking around campus with the student tour groups.
Biggest misconception people have about audit and internal auditors: People think we're rigid and unreasonable. We're really nice people just trying to help the university achieve its mission and goals. And we do more than financial audits; we also do operational and compliance audits, investigations, and advisory services.
Most memorable UCF moment: Hearing that UCF would get a medical school.
Life outside of work: I have twin daughters, age 30, and two grandsons, ages 2 ½ and 1 ½. They are the light of my life! I play handbells in my church and love reading historical fiction.
If I wasn't an internal auditor, my dream job would be: Retired grandmom spending my days playing with my grandchildren
Best vacation I ever took: A cruise around Turkey, Croatia, and the Grecian islands. The Turkish bath was one of my favorite experiences; it was hysterically funny!

Email: Kathy.Mitchell@ucf.edu





Vallery B. Morton, CPA

Senior Auditor


Years working in audit: 21 at UCF; 30 total
Favorite things about working in audit: Helping others. Every new project there is an opportunity to make someone's job a little easier and to show appreciation for what they do.
Biggest misconception people have about audit and internal auditors: The idea that we are "bean counters." What we really do is gather information and communicate solutions; we solve puzzles.
Most memorable UCF moment: My first Symphony Under the Stars.
Life outside of work: My husband of 25 years and I are becoming "empty nesters," with two recent graduates: our daughter from LSU and our son from Oviedo HS. I enjoy the outdoors, the arts, and cooking.
If I wasn't an internal auditor, my dream job would be: Outdoor muralist
Best vacation I ever took: Taking the kid's across town for a week of pure Orlando tourism – so much fun and the travel was a breeze.

Email: Vallery.Morton@ucf.edu



Chaynae Price


Chaynae L. Price, CPA

Senior Auditor



Years working in audit: 2 at UCF; 7 total
Favorite things about working in audit: Meeting new people and easing their angst during the audit. Also, I like hearing the phrase, "You are not so bad after all.."
Biggest misconception people have about audit and internal auditors: That auditors are looking to cause trouble and completely change the way things are done. Our goal is to mitigate risk for the university and minimize outside exposure, while reviewing processes and procedures and working collaboratively with all departments. There are multiple sides to every story; our job is to listen to all sides and recommend the best way to proceed.
Most memorable UCF moment: Attending my first Spirit Splash during Homecoming 2013.
Life outside of work: Traveling to see family in Ohio and Mississippi, as we are the only members of our families living in Orlando.
If I wasn't an internal auditor, my dream job would be: Accounting instructor or financial literacy educator.
Best vacation I ever took: Hawaii, which is where I got engaged.


Email: Chaynae.Price@ucf.edu



Vicky Sharp


Vicky A. Sharp, CPA, CIA

Senior Auditor



Years working in audit: 12 at UCF; 15 total
Favorite things about working in audit: Every few months I work on a new project and I get to meet new people and learn new processes.
Biggest misconception people have about audit and internal auditors: People are often nervous when they hear “audit” because they think they might have done something wrong and they are going to be in trouble. We are here to make things better for the university by making processes more efficient or bringing a unit into compliance so they don’t get into trouble with outside agencies.
Most memorable UCF moment: The first football game in the on-campus Bright House stadium
Life outside of work: I have two sons, ages six and three, who keep me busy. I'm also very involved at church, and I love to cross stitch and watch UCF Football.
If I wasn't an internal auditor, my dream job would be: Party Planner
Best vacation I ever took: It's a tie between my honeymoon in St. Lucia and a weeklong trip to Italy with my mom.

Email: Vicky.Sharp@ucf.edu



Adam Glover


Adam Glover, CISA, CISM

Senior IT Auditor



Years working in audit: Just started at UCF in March 2016; almost 8 in total.
Favorite things about working in audit: The opportunity to work closely with my clients and add value to the organization on a daily basis.
Biggest misconception people have about audit and internal auditors: Our goal is not to always find something wrong and surprise our clients with a "gotcha" moment. Instead, we are there to use our expertise to provide value through control assurance and improvement.
Most memorable UCF moment: Having the opportunity to be a presenter at the UCF Annual Accounting Conference during my time in public accounting.
Life outside of work: Spending time with my family, going to the gym, and watching Florida Gator football.
If I wasn't an internal auditor, my dream job would be: A Sports Agent.
Best vacation I ever took: A week long cruise to the Caribbean Islands right after I graduated from college with my Masters and before I moved to Orlando to start working at a public accounting firm.

Email: Adam.Glover@ucf.edu



Jenny Carter


Jennifer Carter

Administrative Assistant



Years working in the audit department: In year two in the audit department; 7 total at UCF
Favorite things about working in audit: Interacting with different departments on campus.
Biggest misconception people have about audit and internal auditors: People are often apprehensive when they hear the word "audit". They tend to think that they did something wrong. We are here to help.
Most memorable UCF moment: Attending my first baseball game.
Life outside of work: I have two dogs, and I am going to school part-time. I also love to travel whenever I get the chance.
If I wasn't working in internal audit, my dream job would be: ESL Teacher or Child Psychologist
Best vacation I ever took: Asheville, North Carolina. I love the mountains.


Email: Jennifer.Carter@ucf.edu