NASBA’s Executive Leadership features an extensive group of experienced and talented leaders from a wide array of backgrounds. In order to get to know them better, here is a collection of biographies about each of NASBA’s Executive Leaders:
Ken L. Bishop
President and Chief Executive Officer
NASBA Center for the Public Trust, Chief Executive Officer
Ken Bishop serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of NASBA, as well as, Chief Executive Officer of NASBA’s Center for the Public Trust (CPT). Prior to acceding to these roles on January 1, 2012, Bishop served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NASBA, where he was responsible for NASBA’s business and testing operations.
Colleen K. Conrad, CPA
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Colleen Conrad, CPA, serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NASBA. Conrad joined NASBA on October 31, 2011, as COO designate and acceded to the Executive Vice President and COO role on January 1, 2012. In her role, she utilizes her wealth of accounting expertise, legislative abilities and grasp of accounting issues—both domestic and international—to benefit Uniform CPA Examination operations and the state boards of accountancy.
Michael R. Bryant, CPA
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
NASBA Center for the Public Trust, Chief Financial Officer
Michael Bryant, CPA, serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NASBA and the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT). Under the newly expanded role, Bryant works alongside fellow executive team members, ensuring the company’s strategies are executed successfully and its mission of supporting boards of accountancy is fulfilled.
Alfonzo D. Alexander
Chief Relationship Officer
NASBA Center for the Public Trust, President
Alfonzo Alexander serves as Chief Relationship Officer of NASBA and President of NASBA’s Center for the Public Trust (CPT). As Chief Relationship Officer, Alexander is responsible for providing strategic leadership to NASBA’s Communications, Marketing and Human Resources departments. He also has oversight responsibility of leadership development for managers and supervisors.
Vice President of Strategic Planning and Program Management
Ed Barnicott serves as NASBA’s Vice President of Strategic Planning and Program Management. In this position, he is responsible for leading a strategic planning program that includes NASBA staff, NASBA’s Board of Directors, state boards of accountancy and other stakeholders. Under program management, he is charged with ensuring progress on all NASBA projects and initiatives, managing their organization and successful delivery through enterprise-level reporting and tracking.
Daniel J. Dustin, CPA
Vice President of State Board Relations
Daniel Dustin, CPA, joined NASBA on January 1, 2012, as Vice President of State Board Relations. In this role, Dustin serves as an advocate for state boards of accountancy and finds new ways and opportunities to provide support and service to NASBA’s member boards.
Prior to joining NASBA, Dustin served as Executive Secretary of the New York State Board for Public Accountancy.
Louise Dratler Haberman
Vice President of Information & Research
Louise Dratler Haberman serves as Vice President of Information & Research. Her lengthy career with NASBA began with her work as a freelance editor for NASBA’s monthly newsletter, The State Board Report, which she still enjoys writing. Over the years she has been involved in developing NASBA’s Annual and Regional Conference programs, as well as the first NASBA Continuing Professional Education Conference, the first NASBA State Board Legal Counsel Conference and the first NASBA Ethics Conference.
Maria-Lisa Caldwell, Esq.
Chief Legal Officer and Director of Compliance Services
Maria Caldwell, Esq., currently serves as NASBA’s Chief Legal Officer and Director of Compliance Services. In this role, her responsibilities include reviewing and drafting contracts for all business lines, reviewing data confidentiality and privacy issues and policies, managing legal implications of employee and HR issues, responding to board requests, managing the National Registry of CPE Sponsors business unit and managing Compliance Services products.
Chief Information Officer
Cheryl Farrar currently serves as NASBA’s Chief Information Officer. Previously, Farrar acted as interim Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to NASBA preceding her full-time appointment. During her time as CTO consultant to NASBA, the Association achieved tremendous progress in the assessment and stabilization of its information technology organization and systems. Currently under Farrar’s leadership, NASBA is nearing the final development stage of modernizing a major system to support NASBA’s CPA Examination Services (CPAES) division.