Amber Cole and Jordan Church, both University of Southern Mississippi graduates, were recently honored as CPA Exam medalists during the annual Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants Convention. Cole received the Fred T. Neely Gold Medal Award from the MSCPA for achieving the highest grade on the 2014 examination while passing all subjects in one sitting. She is a certified public accountant licensed to practice in Mississippi. She earned her master of professional accountancy from Southern Miss and her BSBA in accounting from Louisiana State University. In recognition of her excellent academic performance, Cole received the Federation of Schools of Accountancy 2012 Student Achievement Award and the 2012-13 Frederick D. Kenamond Theory Award from Southern Miss. She was also named as a University Medalist at Louisiana State University.
Cole currently serves as a faculty member for the Southern Miss College of Business, where she teaches principles of accounting. Before becoming an instructor in the College of Business, Cole gained practical experience in various areas of accounting, including tax and financial.
Church received the Silas M. Simmons Bronze Medal for achieving the third highest score on the CPA examination. Church attended Southern Miss where he graduated in 2011 with a bachelor of business administration with an emphasis in accounting. He continued his studies at Southern Miss where he earned his master of professional accountancy in 2012.
Church is currently employed by Piltz, Williams, LaRosa & Company in Biloxi. His areas of experience include tax return preparation for individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit entities; audits of not-for-profit entities; and compilation and review procedures for various entities.
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