ODCA Staff

Kathleen Patterson

D.C. Auditor

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Kathleen (Kathy) Patterson, former 3-term D.C. Councilmember, became D.C. Auditor on December 15, 2014, after being nominated and confirmed unanimously by the D.C. Council. Patterson comes to ODCA after working for nearly eight years for the Pew Charitable Trusts, first as federal policy director for Pre-K Now, a 10-year Pew campaign that succeeded in doubling state investments in high-quality voluntary pre-k across the country, then as a director in Pew’s Government Relations department. Her work for Pew included outreach to federal and state policymakers on a wide range of public policy issues including performance budgeting, home visiting, dental care for children, election reform, and corrections reform.

Patterson was elected to the D.C. Council from Ward 3 in 1994, was re-elected in 1998 and 2002, and ran unsuccessfully for Council chairman in 2006. She chaired the committees on Government Operations, Judiciary, and Education, Recreation and Libraries. She was part of the leadership that brought the District out of financial crisis in the mid-90s and earned a reputation for effective oversight of executive branch agencies. Her major legislation included smoke-free D.C., the First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act of 2004 governing policy practices handling demonstrations, school modernization, personnel reform, and authorization for public charter schools. Council reforms she initiated included the legislature’s annual performance hearings, authorization for special investigations, and a separate Council budget office.

Patterson is a former newspaper reporter including serving as a Washington correspondent for the Kansas City Star, and former communications director for the American Public Welfare Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s in English from Georgetown University.

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Management Team

Julie Lebowitz, CIA, CFE

Deputy Auditor and Audit Manager

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Julie Lebowitz is Deputy Auditor and Audit Manager for the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA), where she has worked since 2013. Julie oversees ODCA audit operations, including supervision of all audit teams and responsibility for ensuring compliance with ODCA’s policies and procedures. Prior to joining ODCA, Julie served as the Internal Audit and Control Manager for Monroe County, New York and as a Senior Examiner of Municipal Affairs for the Office of the New York State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability. Prior to her experience in government, she worked as a Forensic Auditor at a regional CPA firm in Rochester, New York. Julie is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. John Fisher College.

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Julie Lebowitz, CIA, CFE

Deputy Auditor and Audit Manager
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Lawrence Perry, CPM, CGAP

Deputy Auditor and Audit Supervisor

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Lawrence Perry has worked in the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) as the Deputy Auditor since 2005. As Deputy Auditor, he supports the Auditor on communication and administrative operations within the office. Lawrence also supervises audit teams and provides direction to the office’s auditors, analysts and support staff.

Before joining ODCA, Lawrence held the positions of Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Inspections and Evaluations, Director of Planning and Inspections, and Senior Management Analyst in the District of Columbia Office of the Inspector General in the Inspections and Evaluations Division. Prior to beginning his career with the District of Columbia government in 2000, Lawrence was a Senior Premium Auditor with several private insurance companies in Texas and Georgia.

Lawrence is a Certified Public Manager (CPM), Certified Government Audit Professional (CGAP) and an active member of the Institute for Internal Auditors. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Houston.

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Lawrence Perry, CPM, CGAP

Deputy Auditor and Audit Supervisor
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Laura Hopman, CIA, CGAP, CGFM, PMP

Assistant Deputy Auditor and Audit Supervisor

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Laura has worked in the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor since 2008. As Assistant Deputy Auditor, she supports the Auditor and Deputy Auditor with communication and administrative support within the office. Laura provides leadership to supervisory audit staff and establishes and maintains written audit policies and procedures. Laura also participates in the operational and strategic planning for the office through the development of the annual audit plan, the management of the annual risk assessment of all District government agencies, and the oversight of professional development activities for audit staff.

Previously a management consultant with Grant Thornton LLP, Laura performed program evaluation for the Federal Aviation Administration, United States Geological Survey and several other Federal government agencies. Laura earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. She is a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Government Auditing Professional, a Certified Government Financial Manager, and a Project Management Professional.

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Laura Hopman, CIA, CGAP, CGFM, PMP

Assistant Deputy Auditor and Audit Supervisor
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Amy Bellanca

General Counsel

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Amy is the General Counsel with the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor. In this role, she manages all legal activities of the office and serves as a liaison with the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of the Attorney General. Amy earned her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany and a Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law. Prior to joining the office, Amy was Chief of Staff and Counsel for an at-large member of the Council. Additionally, she conducted federal audits for KPMG and worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce as the Director of the Executive Secretariat in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce.

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Amy Bellanca

General Counsel
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Stacie Pittell

Chief of Staff

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Stacie is the Chief of Staff with the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA).  In this role, she serves as the chief operating officer, overseeing the management of the facilities, procurement, human resources, and IT services.  Stacie also is the agency’s training coordinator and ethics counselor.

Stacie earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, and a Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C.  Before joining ODCA, Stacie was General Counsel for the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability and, prior to that, the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at the D.C. Office of the Inspector General.  Prior to joining the District of Columbia government, Stacie worked in New York, first as a prosecutor and then as a criminal investigator.

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Toya Harris

Audit Supervisor

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Toya has been with Office of the District of Columbia Auditor since 2009. She holds Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Temple University. Audits that Toya has performed include: Sufficiency Review of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority’s (D.C. Water), Sufficiency Reviews for the Washington Convention and Sports Authority’s (Trading as Events D.C.) and Certification of the District’s issuance of General Obligation Bonds.

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Toya Harris

Audit Supervisor
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Lilai Gebreselassie, CPA

Audit Supervisor

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Lilai is an audit supervisor with the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Accountancy from George Washington University. His prior work experience includes six years of performing data analytics for PricewaterhouseCoopers and four years of auditing with KPMG. He has worked for both public and private institutions in a number of industries.

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Hussein Aden

Agency Fiscal Officer

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Hussein is responsible for the planning, operation, development, supervision, and monitoring of the operating budget and financial management programs for ODCA.

Prior to joining ODCA in 1999, he worked as an accountant with various private companies in Minneapolis.

Hussein earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Catholic University of America and a law degree from Somali National University’s Faculty of Law.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Hussein enjoys traveling and watching classic movies and sports.

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Hussein Aden

Agency Fiscal Officer
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Diane Shinn

Director of Communications

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Diane is responsible for creating, reviewing and/or revising ODCA’s content, including editing and publicizing reports, audits, and other projects. She also serves as ODCA’s press liaison, and manages all communications functions, including the ODCA website, podcasts, and social media.

Before joining ODCA in 2016, Diane was the director of marketing and communications and a member of the senior management team at the Council for Exceptional Children, a membership organization supporting special educators.

She earned a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Iowa.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Diane enjoys tending the weeds in her community garden, pursuing her lifelong study of the Italian language, and practicing yoga.

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Diane Shinn

Director of Communications
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Staff

Maya Cameron

Program Analyst

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Maya Cameron is a Program Analyst with the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA).  In this role she monitors, assesses and assists in the reporting on government operations through performance-based audits and evaluations. Maya earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of the District of Columbia. Maya brings over 10 years of experience and knowledge of Social Services and Workforce Development Programs.

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Maya Cameron

Program Analyst
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Vilma Castro

Analyst

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Vilma is an Analyst with the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA). She assists in developing audit plans, conducts research and program evaluations, and prepares reports of value to the public and to the District of Columbia Council in the performance of its oversight duties.

Vilma earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and MBA from the University of the Philippines, and a master’s degree in Economics from George Mason University.  Prior to joining ODCA, Vilma was a senior auditor in the World Bank where she conducted audits of the supervision, procurement and financial management of development projects in developing countries.  She also audited grants compliance and the administration and financial operations of country offices in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  Vilma is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

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Ingrid Drake, CGAP

Program Analyst

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Ingrid is responsible for conducting Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) audits of high-impact, high-value District government programs and often serves as auditor-in-charge, leading a team of her colleagues.

Before joining ODCA in 2010, Ingrid was an investigator at the Project on Government Oversight, where she conducted investigations into fraud, waste, and abuse within the U.S. Department of Energy, evaluated the open government plans of federal agencies, and coordinated oversight training for congressional staff at the U.S. Capitol.

Ingrid earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she graduated with honors. Ingrid earned her certification as a Certified Government Auditing Professional in 2012.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Ingrid enjoys hiking in D.C.’s Rock Creek Park.

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Leslie Flores

Auditor

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Leslie has been an Auditor with the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) since July 2016.  Prior to joining ODCA, she worked for the D.C. Office of the Inspector General (OIG) as a Supervisory Management and Program Analyst.  During Leslie’s eleven years at the OIG, she conducted and supervised inspections and special evaluations of District agencies.  Her inspections often assessed agency operations and compliance with applicable laws and regulations, while the special evaluations reported on specific agency programs or high profile matters facing the District.

Leslie earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, Virginia and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting from American University, in Washington, D.C.

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Yvonne Jones

Auditor

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Yvonne joined the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) in 2016.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia Union College.  Prior to her work at ODCA, Yvonne conducted performance audits for the American Red Cross at chapter offices nation-wide and for the Retail Banking Division of Citibank, FSB in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Most recently, Yvonne worked as an Area Manager at the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Candace McCrae

Program Analyst

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Candace is responsible for analyzing programs and drafting reports aimed to promote economy, efficiency and accountability throughout District government. She also provides support to the agency AFO and the director of communications.

Before joining ODCA in 2010, Candace worked for the District Department of Energy and the Environment as a public affairs specialist. Prior to that, she worked for WUSA-TV 9, the D.C. CBS affiliate.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications in 2003 from Howard University.

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Dexter Monroe

Information Technology Specialist

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Dexter is responsible for technical support and network management for ODCA.

Dexter earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Hampton University and Network+ and Security+ certifications in information technology.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Dexter is an avid sports fan and loves the Dallas Cowboys.

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Dexter Monroe

Information Technology Specialist
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Cathy Patten

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

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Cathy has been providing administrative support to the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor since 2009. Prior to joining our team, Cathy worked for former District of Columbia Councilmember Kathy Patterson for twelve years. She also worked for the United Mine Worker (UMWA), the Columbia Heights Senior Citizen Housing and in the District of Columbia Public School system.

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Cathy Patten

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant
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Lindsey Poole

Analyst

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Lindsey is responsible for conducting audits and program evaluations of District government programs.

Before joining ODCA, Lindsey was the network research and advocacy coordinator at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, where she also coordinated local research for a national hunger study. She also served as a Food Policy Intern at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Prior to that, Lindsey taught biology and chemistry and brings a background in education to her audit work at ODCA.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Mount Holyoke College, and a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in program evaluation from the George Washington University.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Lindsey enjoys cooking tasty food and rowing on the Potomac River.

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Lachelle Rogers, SHRM-CP

Human Resources Specialist

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Lachelle is responsible for recruitment, human resources information systems, benefits coordination, and payroll.

Before joining ODCA in 2017, Lachelle held HR positions with DC Water and at the D.C. Department of Employment Services, as well as several area law firms.

Lachelle earned her master’s degree in human resource management from the University of Maryland University College, and holds a paralegal certificate from the George Washington University. She is a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certified Professional.

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Lachelle Rogers, SHRM-CP

Human Resources Specialist
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Fredericka Eubanks Shaw

Program Analyst

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Fredericka has been with the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) since 2006. She assists with drafting annual Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) reports and scheduling ANC audits and reviewing quarterly reports. Prior to coming to ODCA, Fredericka worked for the Department of Defense. Fredericka earned an Associate of Science degree in Business Management from Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Catholic University. Fredericka is a native Washingtonian.

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Joshua Stearns, CIA, CGAP

Supervisory Auditor

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Joshua is responsible for managing ODCA’s enterprise risk management process, following up with agencies on audit recommendations, and leading enterprise risk management activities.

Prior to joining ODCA in 2009, Joshua worked for six years as a policy analyst with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and three years as a high school social studies teacher.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

He is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Government Audit Professional.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Joshua enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, gardening, and reading.

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Aaron Thomas

Auditor

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Aaron is responsible for conducting audits of District government programs and operations, including planning each audit phase, developing methodologies, conducting fieldwork, and drafting reports with actionable recommendations.

Before joining ODCA in 2017, Aaron served as a performance auditor for the Colorado Office of the State Auditor, a performance analyst for the Colorado Department of Human Services, and as the health promotion officer for a U.S. Army installation in Maryland. Aaron is a veteran and currently serving officer in the Maryland Army National Guard.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Chapman University, a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado-Denver, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in public administration at the University of Baltimore.

When not working to improve the economy, efficiency, and accountability of the District government, Aaron enjoys arts and cultural events, spending time with his family, and being a proactive member of his community.

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Jennay Wood

Auditor

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Jennay Kingsbury is an Auditor for the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA).  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Trinity Washington University, located in Washington DC. Before joining ODCA, Jennay was a Performance Management Specialist for the Defense Health Agency.

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