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Internal Audit contact information

Name Title Telephone Number Email Address
Jim Thompson City Auditor (505) 768-3138 [email protected]
Lawrence L. Davis Internal Audit Manager (505) 768-3103 [email protected]
Alan R. Gutowski Sr. Info. Systems Auditor (505) 768-3166 [email protected]
Christina M. Owens Contract Auditor (505) 768-3162 [email protected]
Chad Mantelli Principal Auditor (505) 768-3102 [email protected]
Jennifer N. Baca Principal Auditor (505) 768-3156 [email protected]
Brandi L. Bell Staff Auditor (505) 768-3157 [email protected]
Joy A. Serna Executive Assistant (505) 768-3154 [email protected]

Employee Bios

Jim Thompson, City Auditor

Jim is a CPA and CFE and has over twenty-five years of audit experience.  Over the years he has performed a variety of audits and forensic audits involving large government entities and is experienced in performing audits in accordance with generally accepted Government Auditing Standards.  Many of these audits involved city, county, and state & local government audits throughout New Mexico.  Prior to becoming the City Auditor in June of 2018, he worked for several large public accounting firms. He began his audit career as an auditor in 1989 with Arthur Andersen, a big four public accounting firm.  In 1999, Jim left Arthur Andersen to join a large local public accounting firm that was later merged with a large national firm in 2006.  Jim served as a partner in the large national firm’s governmental practice from 2006 until his retirement from the firm in 2017.  Jim graduated from UNM’s Anderson School of Business in 1989 and proudly served in the United States Coast Guard from 1982 to 1986.

Lawrence L. Davis, Internal Audit Manager

Lawrence has more than 13 years of audit, accounting and financial management experience. He has a diverse background from both private and public sectors, which includes financial management experience with multi-billion dollar corporate expense accounts and public pension fund accounting experience with the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board’s $11 billion retirement fund. Lawrence received his BBA and MBA from the University of New Mexico – Robert O. Anderson School of Management with concentrations in accounting and finance, respectively. Lawrence previously worked for the Program Evaluation (Audit) unit of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee.

Alan R. Gutowski, Senior Information Systems Auditor

Alan Gutowski has worked for the Office of Internal Audit (OIA) 2 times; most recently returning as the Senior Information Systems Auditor on May 14, 2016.  He has worked for the City of Albuquerque (City) for over 18 years.  Alan was the Risk Finance Manager for the City Risk Management Division from January 2012 thru May 2016.  He previously worked for OIA from December 2000 – January 2012 as the Senior Information Systems Auditor and as the Audit Manager.  Prior to being employed by the City, Alan worked for 10 years in the private sector in the banking and healthcare industries in various accounting, information systems, and audit positions, and in public accounting in various positions.  He graduated from the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management with a BBA with a concentration in Accounting.  Alan is a CPA licensed in New Mexico, CISA, CITP, ITIL F v3, CFE, CIA, CSSGB, and ARM.  He is a member of the AICPA, IIA, ISACA, ACFE, AGA, ASQ, and ALGA.

Christina M. Owens, Contract Auditor

Christina has over 15 years of audit and investigative experience in the private and governmental sectors. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico – Robert O. Anderson School of Management and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an accounting concentration as well as a Master of Business Administration degree. Christina is a CPA licensed in the state of New Mexico and is also a CFE, CGAP, and CFF. She is a member of the AICPA, ACFE, IIA, and ALGA.

Chad Mantelli, Principal Auditor

Chad has over ten years of audit and compliance experience in both the private and public sectors. He has served in various capacities for insurance companies, and financial institutions. Prior to joining OIA, Chad served as an auditor for the Office of the Inspector General at the New Mexico Department of Transportation. He is a graduate of the University of Texas – Dallas, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance. Chad also holds an MBA from New Mexico Highlands University. Chad is a member of the IIA and ALGA.

Jennifer Baca, Principal Auditor

Before joining OIA, Jennifer worked for the City of Albuquerque’s Accounting Division as the Accounting Systems Coordinator. Prior to working for the City of Albuquerque, Jennifer served as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Public Accountancy Board. She gained audit experience while working for the NM Gaming Control Board, where she performed audits of Commercial, Tribal, and Non-profit casinos throughout the State of New Mexico.  She graduated from the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management with a BBA with a concentration in Accounting.  Jennifer is a CGFM and CFE.

Brandi L. Bell, Staff Auditor

Brandi has over seven years of accounting and auditing experience. She has experience in the private sector working for various businesses in the construction industry. Prior to joining the City of Albuquerque, she worked for the State of NM Taxation and Revenue Department, where she audited motor carriers in and out of the state of New Mexico. Brandi graduated from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces with her Bachelors of Accountancy.

Joy A. Serna, Executive Assistant

Joy has been with the City of Albuquerque for over 12 years.  Her career began at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History with the Cultural Services Department.  Prior to joining OIA, Joy worked at the Planning Department, where she was the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Code Enforcement Division and also the secretary for the Housing Advisory and Appeals Committee.

Certifications

  • Associate in Risk Management (ARM)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP)
  • Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB)
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library - Foundation (ITIL F v3)

Professional Associations

  • Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  • Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
  • Association of Government Accountants (AGA)
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ)