SOA Director of Recruiting and Professional Development
- MAcc, Auburn University, 2005
- BSBA, Accountancy, Auburn University, 2004
Mrs. Lakas serves the School of Accountancy campus undergraduates in their recruiting and professional development activities. As the Beta Alpha Psi and Rising Accountant & Analyst Program faculty advisor, she also coordinates employer relations and the bi-annual Meet the Firms accounting career fair. She is the instructor of record for the ACCT 3810 Professional Development in Accountancy and ACCT 4920 Accounting Internship courses.
Prior to joining academia, Lakas worked for seven years in Big 4 public accounting. During her tenure at Deloitte in Atlanta, she worked as an auditor, campus recruiter, and regional campus recruiting manager. She is a licensed CPA in the states of Georgia and Alabama.
Program Champion for Management and Business Administration
- MS, Human Resource Management, Troy University, 2010
- BA, Communications, Auburn University, 2008
As program champion, Megan Sumners is responsible for integrating academic requirements, employer needs, professional development, and student preferences into a holistic program that promotes student entry into their chosen career field. She mentors the management students in the various career paths within the industry and helps them utilize resources on campus to compete for the best internships and career opportunities. In connection with the Office of Professional and Career Development, Sumners works closely with companies of all size to maximize their success in recruiting Harbert College of Business management students.
Additionally, she is the internship coordinator for the department of management and the advisor for the Auburn University Society for Human Resource Management (AU SHRM).
Program Champion for Systems and Technology
Department of Finance Program Champion
- MS, Finance, Auburn University, 2004
- BS, Mathematics, Auburn University, 2002
As program champion, Mandy Harrelson is responsible for integrating academic requirements, employer needs, professional development, and student preferences into a holistic program that promotes student entry into their chosen career field. She mentors the finance students in the various career paths within the industry and helps them utilize resources on campus in hopes to compete for the best internships and career opportunities. In connection, Harrelson works closely with companies of all sizes to maximize their success in recruiting Harbert College of Business finance students. Harrelson teaches FINC 3010—Professional Development, FINC 3610—Principles of Business Finance, and FINC 4920—Internship.
Prior to accepting the full-time position as program champion, Harrelson was an active financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Her focus was in personal needs analysis, asset & income protection, education funding, retirement solutions, long term care insurance, and annuities. She continues to hold her Series 6, 63, 65, and & 7 licenses and practices in the field with 20/20 Wealth Management. Harrelson also possesses her CLU, ChFC, and CLTC designations.
Department of Marketing Program Champion
- MBA, The Ohio State University, 2018
- BA in Communication, The Ohio State University, 2010
Danielle comes to the Harbert College of Business from The Ohio State University, where she spent the last four years as part of the Engineering Career Services Team, working in employer relations and student coaching. Prior to coming to higher education, Danielle had 5 years of corporate experience, primarily in retail banking management roles with JPMorgan Chase. While working at Ohio State, she completed her MBA from the Fisher College of Business.
Department of Supply Chain Management Internship Coordinator
- BA, Psychology, Auburn University, 2009