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​Leaders Elected to The IIA’s 2014-15 North American Board
John Wszelaki, internal audit director of Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, named chairman

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – John Wszelaki, recently recognized by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) as one of the Most Influential Professionals in Government Auditing, was elected chairman this week of the organization’s North American Board.

U.S., Canada, Caribbean and Bermuda members of The IIA meeting in Orlando April 27 chose Wszelaki and ten others to serve on the 2014-15 North American Board. They also elected North American district representatives and advisors.

The Board’s mission is to ensure that volunteer and staff activities of The IIA adequately address the needs of the North American membership. Board members will take office in July; the new district representatives and advisors assumed their roles immediately.

Wszelaki, CIA, CRMA, played a key role in the development of The IIA’s American Center for Government Auditing (ACGA), a specialty offering from The IIA that focuses on serving the unique needs of auditors in the public sector. He was one of 15 individuals selected for the ACGA’s inaugural “Most Influential” list in March. He is a volunteer instructor for The IIA and has conducted several quality-assessment reviews, both as a participant and as an independent validator.

Wszelaki told more than 500 IIA chapter leaders gathered at this week’s Leadership Academy that he plans to promote the “One IIA” strategy during his tenure, which will define The IIA’s unified classifications, standards, guidelines and issues platform.

“Approximately 15 years ago, I was in the audience attending my first Leadership conference as an officer of the Central Virginia Chapter,” Wszelaki told the gathering. “Little did I know then that I would eventually address the Leadership Conference as the incoming North American Board chairman. It has been quite a journey for me. As we focus on our One IIA strategy, know that everyone in this room will do whatever it takes to make your journey successful. We truly live the Progress Through Sharing motto.”

Others elected to the board are:

  • Senior Vice Chairman J. Michael Joyce, CIA, CRMA, chief auditor and compliance officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
  • Vice Chairman – Finance/Secretary, Mike Cowell, CIA, senior managing director and chief auditor at TIAA-CREF
  • Vice Chairman – Member Services, Princy Jain, CIA, CCSA, CRMA, partner/principal with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Vice Chairman – Professional Development, Pamela Short Jenkins, CIA, CRMA, vice president of audit services for US Foods
  • Vice Chairman – Professional Guidance and Research, Eric N. Allegakoen, CIA, CCSA, CRMA, corporate vice president and chief audit executive, Adobe Systems
  • Past Chairman North American Board (ex-officio), Carolyn D. Saint; CIA, CRMA, vice president of internal audit, 7-Eleven, Inc.
  • Member Bavan M. Holloway, CIA, CRMA, vice president of corporate audit, Boeing, Inc.
  • Member Shannon Urban, CIA, CRMA, executive director, EY, LLP
  • Member Robert Kuling, CIA, CCSA, former vice president of internal audit, Tervita Corp.
  • Member (ex-officio) Richard F. Chambers, CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, president and chief executive officer, The IIA.

About The IIA

Established in 1941, The Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA) is a professional association for internal auditors around the world, with headquarters located in Altamonte Springs, Fla. The IIA serves more than 180,000 members from 190 countries, providing professional development, guidance, and certification. For more information, visit