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Robert J. Taft CIA, CCSA, CBA

Chief Audit Executive


As Chief Audit Executive, Robert is responsible for providing oversight for the conduct and operations of all internal audit activities, coordinating external audits, and supporting the system of internal controls and risk management across the University. Robert has over 22 years of audit experience and lead the internal audit functions for two NYSE publicly traded organizations in the insurance industry. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany. He is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Bank Auditor. He also has a Certification in Control Self-Assessment from the Institute of Internal Auditors.

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 M. Maier CPA, CFE, CIG

Associate Director


Tina manages the investigations function and supervises investigations. She has over 30 years of experience performing investigations and identifying internal control and process improvements. She also serves as an advisor for the first ever Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) student chapter at UCF and started a student fraud investigator internship program in University Audit. Tina has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from UCF and a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration. Tina is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Inspector General. Prior to joining University Audit in January 1990, Tina worked three years for the Florida Auditor General.

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

Kathryn A. Mitchell CPA

Associate Director


Kathy manages advisory services and supervises audits. She has a Master of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Florida State University. Kathy is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. Prior to joining University Audit in June 1999, Kathy worked for the Auditor General for three years.

Years working in audit: 19 at UCF; 22 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 two grown daughters (twins!) and three grandchildren. 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


Vallery Morton performs operational and compliance audits and provides advisory services to departments. She has a Master of Science in Taxation from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Saint Mary's College of California. She is a Certified Public Accountant and worked eight years as a senior auditor with a media/publishing corporation after beginning her professional career at a public accounting firm. Vallery started with University Audit November 1993.

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 L. Price CPA

Senior Auditor


Chaynae Price performs operational and compliance audits and investigations. She has a Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Toledo and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to moving to Florida, Chaynae worked with The Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit academic medical center, and Plante Moran, a public accounting firm. Chaynae started with University Audit April 2013.

Years working in audit: 5 at UCF; 12 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 and spending time with family and friends.

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 A. Sharp CPA, CIA

Senior Auditor


Vicky Sharp performs operational and compliance audits and provides advisory services to departments. She has a Master of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor. Prior to joining University Audit in June 2003, Vicky was a senior auditor with a public accounting firm, and has over three years in public accounting.

Years working in audit: 15 at UCF; 18 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 nine and six, 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

K. Adam Glover, CISA, CISM

Senior IT Auditor


Adam Glover performs IT audits, special projects, and investigations. Adam has over ten years of IT audit, consulting, and compliance experience working with a public accounting firm as well as in the government and healthcare industries. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Decision and Information Sciences from the University of Florida. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Information Security Manager, and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control from ISACA. Adam started with University Audit in March 2016.

Years working in audit: 3 at UCF; 10 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

Jennifer Carter

Administrative Assistant


Jennifer Carter performs administrative services for the department. She has a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining University Audit in November 2013, Jennifer spent several years working for the Department of Criminal Justice and UCF Daytona Beach Regional Campus.

Years working in audit: 5 at Universisty Audit; 10 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 an internal auditor, 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

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