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Master in Professional Accounting Council

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Who We Are

Traditional, Integrated and Econ-MPAs come together to network and create a sense of community within the MPA program. As a group we hope to instill a sense of unity and support for all MPA students. Through social events and community outreach we strive to not only be better students but create values and practices we can carry with us throughout our careers.


The mission of the MPA Council is to unite and build camaraderie between all MPA students through academic achievement, professional development, service to the community, and social engagement while upholding the environment, values, and integrity of the MPA Program, the most highly regarded accounting program in the nation.

Our Foundation

Academic Achievement & Professional Development

MPAC Esteemed SpeakersTexas MPA students seek excellence both in the classroom and in the workplace. Academic Achievement entails devotion to studying, research, and discipline, knowing that skills and habits learned at the University of Texas will be carried over post-graduation. Professional Development encompasses both nuance and ethics. Successful professionals have great interpersonal skills, panache and ambition. Successful professionals also maintain their integrity and do not allow their desires to overcome their ethics.

Service to the Community 

Texas MPA students are leaders in the McCombs School of Business and the University of Texas, and they will continue to be leaders in the professional sphere. Because of this, it is imperative that MPA students be proactive, set the example, and take the lead in giving back to the community. By utilizing our roles as leaders and taking the initiative, we strive to help others by the giving back with our time and talents.

Recent Academic and Professional Development activities include: TSCPA Speaker Panel, Traditional & 5th year MPA Panel
Recent service includes: Preschool Volunteer Event, Food Drive with Capital Area Food Bank
Recent Social activities include: Blazertag, Tower Tour, Plucker’s Trivia Night

MPAC Social EventSocial Engagement

The Texas MPA Program is vigorous, and as students progress through it, life long bonds are formed. As students strive for academic achievement, professional development, and service opportunities, an anticipated outcome is a vibrant community among MPA students. The camaraderie that is formed through these experiences contributes to student life and will enhance the professional world after graduation. 

Our Leaders

Executive Board

Charles Walper

Position: President
Year: Traditional MPA
Hometown: McAllen, Texas

Kangmin (Paul) Lee

Position: Vice President
Year: Third-Year MPA
Hometown: Allen, Texas

Gina Chiu

Position: Chief Development Officer
Year: Fifth-Year MPA
Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Maureen Sweet

Position: Chief Financial Officer
Year: Traditional MPA
Hometown: Warren, Ohio

Kaleb Pereira

Position: Chief Membership Officer
Year: MPA

Committee Chairs

Sumin Cha

Position: Student Senate Representative
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Austin, Texas

Karin Schultz

Position: Alumni Relations/MPA Legacy
Year: Traditional MPA   
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Esther Kim

Position: Special Events
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Houston, Texas

Ashley Erbe

Position: Faculty Relations
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin

Symone N. Green

Position: Service
Year: Traditional MPA
Hometown: Port Arthur, Texas

Parker Foster

Position: Financial Controller
Year: Fourth-year MPA
Hometown: Colleyville, TX

Blake Wood

Position: Logistics
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Mansfield, Texas

Robert Rapp

Position: Social
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Elise Sosebee

Position: Professional
Year: Fifth-year MPA
Hometown: College Station, Texas

Laurence Zhang

Position: Historian/Social Media
Year: Third-year MPA
Hometown: Houston, Texas


Esteemed MPA Council Speakers

Esteemed MPA Council Speakers are talk about their insights, experiences, and perspectives. Speakers’ topics are not limited to merely “accounting”; rather, speakers engage members on a variety of topics, such as policy, entrepreneurship, and interpersonal skills.

On November 11, 2015, we hosted a panel of 5 CPAs from the TSCPA:

  • Kayo Kawamoto, CPA– She is currently a Revenue Analyst at Upland Software. Prior to that, she was with Weaver and Tidwell, LLP for 5 years and has been a CPA since 2009.
  • Brandon Lamb, JD, CPA – Currently at Transaction Advisory Services for Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP, Mr. Lamb is both an attorney and CPA. His previous experience includes working for KPMG and EY.
  • Christi Mondrik – Attorney and current owner of Mondrik & Associates. Ms. Mondrik is board certified in tax law. Ms. Mondrik earned her B.B.A. degree and J.D. degree, with honors, from The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Sean Skellenger – Realtor and CPA, Sean currently works at Urbanspace Real Estate + Interiors. Previously he worked at VMG Health as a financial analyst. Sean received his MPA from The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Beverly Straub – Ms. Straub has owned her own CPA firm for over 20 years, providing accounting, consulting and tax services.


To be eligible for membership, students must be enrolled in the MPA program and actively take courses toward the MPA degree.

To contact an officer, find out more details about our events, or be included in our email distribution list, please send an email to

For the 2015-2016 academic year no dues will be required for membership.