Becker Professional Education’s instructors bring years of real-world, classroom and CPA, CFA and MBA experience. They help accounting professionals study for the CPA Exam and stay ahead of new regulations, rules and best practices. Our instructors are keynote speakers for Fortune 100 companies and former international auditors for global organizations, and they have taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Tim Gearty is the Editor-in-Chief for Becker Professional Education. In addition...
Tim Gearty is the Editor-in-Chief for Becker Professional Education. In addition to his editorial leadership, Tim also serves as National Lead Instructor for Becker.
Tim is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on a variety of accounting and tax topics, and has appeared as keynote speaker for several Fortune 100 companies as well as many national associations. He has frequently been called upon over the past twenty years to present accounting and tax topics to large groups, organizations, and corporations, accounting firms and in legal proceedings.
Tim is a partner in Gearty & McIntyre, LLP, CPA, a firm which specializes in business advisory services, litigation support and forensic accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member and trustee of the New Jersey Society of Public Accountants. He holds a BS in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and both a MBA in Finance and Law Degree (JD) from Seton Hall University. Tim is a member of the New Jersey and American Bar Associations.
Known as one of Becker Professional Education’s most dynamic instructors, Peter...
Known as one of Becker Professional Education’s most dynamic instructors, Peter Olinto serves as a National Lead Instructor for Becker Professional Education.
Following his graduation Magna Cum Laude from Pace University in 1990, Olinto completed Becker’s CPA Exam Review — his initial connection with the company—and passed all four parts of the CPA Exam on the first attempt. He then worked as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1995.
After gaining experience as a tax attorney for Ernst and Young, Olinto spent almost ten years teaching law, accounting, financial statement analysis, and tax at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at Fordham’s business school. He began his career at Becker in 1998 and takes an active role not only as a faculty member, but also in the development and marketing of new course and product offerings.
John Lord is the State of California’s Regional Lead Faculty for Becker...
John Lord is the State of California’s Regional Lead Faculty for Becker Professional Education. In addition to teaching live CPA classes, John is responsible for helping to recruit, train, and develop CPA instructors throughout the state. During his almost 20 years with Becker, John has become one of the organization’s most popular and effective instructors — nationwide. His expertise on the exam, commitment to his students, and real world experience are all qualities his students cite as keys to their own success on the CPA Exam. John is also a Professor at San Francisco State University as well as a national instructor for Becker’s Continuing Professional Education focusing on governmental accounting and auditing topics.
For nearly 30 years, John has also served as a Senior Audit Manager for the Government Accountability Office which is the audit, evaluation, and investigative arm of the U.S. Congress. In his capacity with the GAO, John has led audits of the Bureau of Public Debt, Federal Reserve and IRS. He has also led work with the GAO reviewing the accounting and auditing standards setting process in the United States where he was actively involved with the Auditing Standards Board and Financial Accounting Standards Board. John holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from the California State University in Hayward, California and is an active U.S. Certified Public Accountant and a former President of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting.
Ben Jones exemplifies his belief that the CPA and CFA credentials are, in his...
Ben Jones exemplifies his belief that the CPA and CFA credentials are, in his words, a “passport to anywhere.” His career has literally taken him around the world and given him a broad international perspective on business.
As a CPA, he began his career managing client audit work and doing tax consulting for Ernst and Young. He then went on to serve as an international auditor in more than 20 countries for the Tupperware Corporation. Later, as senior financial analyst for that company’s European region, he won significant acclaim for his successful efforts in revitalizing the United Kingdom and Irish markets.
While working in Europe, Jones earned his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Executive International Program in Barcelona, Spain. He was awarded his CFA charter in 2007. Jones also serves as the Vice President of Healthcare for Becker Professional Education.
Charles Edward Falk collaborates with Becker to develop and deliver continuing...
Charles Edward Falk collaborates with Becker to develop and deliver continuing professional education courses for tax professionals. Charles is a lawyer, Certified Public Accountant and a university professor. He advises U.S. and International law and accounting firms, and trust companies on domestic and international tax and other legal related matters. His international practice includes both inbound and outbound transactions to and from the United States including structuring commercial transactions, gift and estate planning for U.S. and non-resident aliens, U.S. beneficiaries of foreign trusts and asset protection planning.
His domestic practice includes business formations, business reorganizations, taxation of financial instruments and securities, bankruptcy taxation, transfer tax planning, tax litigation and other IRS related matters. Charles holds three LLM degrees from the New York University: Taxation; Corporation Law (bankruptcy and securities law); and Trade Regulation (intellectual property and antitrust law). He is the author of several books on taxation, including two Tax Management Portfolios, is a frequent contributor to professional journals and is a speaker at tax and related conferences in the United States and abroad. He has taught at Rutgers University, Seton Hall University and Farleigh Dickinson University.
Rick DeJohn works with Becker to deliver Management Advisory Services continuing...
Rick DeJohn works with Becker to deliver Management Advisory Services continuing professional education courses to accounting and finance professionals. Rick is currently a Curriculum Consultant and Adjunct Project Management Instructor at DeVry University and also serves as an Adjunct Project Management Instructor at Harper College. Rick is the author of an instructional guide to teaching PMP Certification and is also the creator of a comprehensive database for PMP Review.
Rick has extensive national experience as an IT consultant, network engineer, and project manager. Before founding his consulting company, Camus Consulting, he was a partner in Idea2Group, a web design and consulting firm with a specialization in Project Management. He has also been a Vice President at MicroTrain, engaged in training, curriculum development and sales, and has held the Electronics Department Chair at the New England Technical Institute.
Rick has earned Certified Training Credentials with both Microsoft and Cisco. He holds degrees in Computer Networking and Electronics and has earned bachelor’s degrees from Rockford College and Arizona State University. Rick has also attained a Masters Degree in Information Technology from American Intercontinental University.
Michael Brown is the National Manager of Faculty...
Michael Brown is the National Manager of Faculty & Distance Learning with Becker Professional Education and has extensive experience in public accounting, corporate accounting and education. Michael started out his career with Ernst & Young in their Atlanta assurance practice working with clients in manufacturing, financial services and retail. Following that, Michael spent several years in corporate accounting, gaining experience as a controller in both the real estate and service fields. Michael draws on both the variety of experience and variety of industries as he transitioned to education with Becker.
As the National Manager of Faculty & Distance Learning with Becker, Michael has overall responsibility for managing Becker’s live and online faculty in the United States as well as directly managing instructors in the Northeastern US, including Washington, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Michael also loves to be in the classroom himself, teaching Auditing, Financial Accounting and Information Technology in Becker’s Philadelphia classrooms. Beginning in 2013, Michael became a National Instructor, appearing on the Auditing lectures and in 2014 on the Business lectures as well.
Mike graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and a Master of Science in Accounting. He is a licensed CPA in the State of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He serves as co-chair of the Schools & Colleges Relations Committee in the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the PICPA. He was also selected as a member of the 2010-2011 class of “40 Under 40: PICPA Members to Watch”.
Tom Cox is a controller for Public Risk Underwriters of Florida, Inc. (PRU), a...
Tom Cox is a controller for Public Risk Underwriters of Florida, Inc. (PRU), a Brown & Brown subsidiary that offers accounting and underwriting support to insurance trusts servicing governments and governmentally funded not for profit organizations in Florida. Prior to joining PRU, Tom’s experience includes nearly twenty years as the chief financial officer of the Act, Corp., a not-for-profit community mental heath center in Daytona Beach, and, before that, about ten years at Ernst & Young where he was an audit manager specializing in governmental and not-for profit accounting and auditing. Tom has also been an instructor for Becker Professional Review in Orlando since 1990 and been involved with various elements of either course editing and updates or course development since 1991 including governmental auditing.
A senior faculty member for the course, Tom’s duties have also included national instructor for various elements of the review program and both presentation and development of continuing professional education courses. He is a 1978 graduate of Stetson University, a member of the Institute of Management Accountants since 1980 and a member of both the American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants since 1982. Tom is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Melisa Galasso, CPA, is the Lead Instructor in North Carolina for Becker...
Melisa Galasso, CPA, is the Lead Instructor in North Carolina for Becker Professional Education. She oversees the CPA Review instructors in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh. She is also active in writing and teaching Continuing Professional Education courses for Becker.
In addition to her work for Becker, Melisa is a Senior Manager in the Audit Professional Practices Department in a Regional accounting firm. In this role, she assists with technical issues and quality control of the firm’s assurance services practice. She also works in the firm’s training department developing Continuing Professional Education (CPE) ranging from newsletter articles to webinars. She monitors regulatory bodies for changes in auditing and accounting guidance and assists the Firm and its clients in implementing the updated guidance.
Melisa received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and International Business and a minor in French from Georgetown University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA), and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA). Melisa serves on the Board of NCACPA’s Charlotte Chapter and is chair of the A&A Committee for the NCACPA. She was recognized as a Super CPA by Virginia Business Magazine in 2007 and received the Women to Watch – Emerging Leader Award from the NCACPA and AICPA. She is a graduate of the 2014 class of the AICPA’s Leadership Academy. In addition, she received a 5.0 Discussion Leader Award from the NCACPA and has been recognized as a top 25 instructor nationally for Becker's CPA Review Courses.
Patrice Johnson is a Manager of accounting curriculum for Becker Professional...
Patrice Johnson is a Manager of accounting curriculum for Becker Professional Education. In her current role, she oversees the development of new courses and ensures that courses on the catalog are updated for current changes in accounting guidance and tax laws. Patrice serves as an instructor for Becker’s tax continuing education courses and writes content for Becker’s CPA exam and ACCA exam review courses.
Patrice received her Bachelor’s degree and Master of Accountancy (with a specialization in Taxation) from The University of Georgia and holds a CPA license in the state of Georgia. After graduating from UGA, Patrice started her career in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Atlanta and was there for six years. Patrice’s clients were primarily publicly traded manufacturers. Patrice focused on federal and state consolidated tax returns, accounting for income taxes, research and development tax credit projects, and federal tax research and technical memo preparation.Patrice left PwC as a tax manager to work directly for the tax director of Harland Clarke. With Harland Clarke, she continued her focus on tax provisions and federal and state income tax compliance.
After her time in industry, Patrice was invited to enter into academia. She spent two years teaching tax courses at the undergraduate and graduate level at The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and four years teaching accounting and taxation courses at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. Patrice has taught a variety of courses including. In 2013, Patrice received the Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award at Wesleyan College.
Patrice is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs and a lifetime member of the UGA Alumni Association.