Advisory Board

Advisory Board Contact

Jeffrey Wong

Jeffrey Wong, Ph.D., CPA
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Accounting & Information Systems
Advisory Board Faculty Liaison
jawong@unr.edu
Phone: (775) 784-8044

The Accounting Advisory Board serves as a bridge between the Unit and the business community; offering advice, collaboration and support to enhance the mission of the Unit. The Accounting Unit is dedicated to developing and sustaining long-term relationships with members of the business community to ensure the ongoing relevancy and vitality of our programs.

Mission and Objectives

The mission of the Accounting Advisory Board is to enable an effective partnership between the business community and the Unit. This mission will be accomplished by:

  1. Promoting the visibility of the unit in the business community. Accounting Advisory Board members will serve as effective advocates for the programs, students, and faculty of the Unit.
  2. Providing guidance and advice to develop and continuously improve a relevant accounting curriculum.
  3. Promoting and personally participating in the financial development efforts of the Unit to help improve and sustain funding sources.
  4. Assisting in the identification and recruitment of the best and the brightest students to the Unit.
  5. Helping ensure that Accounting graduates have good professional opportunities available upon graduation.
  6. Supporting ongoing faculty development. This includes enhancing the level and type of collaboration between Accounting faculty and the business community.

Corporate Members

Leslie Daane

Leslie C. Daane, CPA (Chair, Accounting Advisory Board)
Barnard Vogler & Company
Managing Director, Director of Tax Services

Leslie C. Daane is Barnard Vogler & Co.'s Managing Director and Director of Tax Services. With over twenty years experience in public accounting, Leslie has provided a full range of audit, tax and consulting services to a wide variety of clients in various industries. Leslie currently concentrates in the areas of income and estate taxation, dealing with both compliance and planning. She provides technical research and consulting assistance on a wide range of tax and management issues.

Leslie graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She is a certified public accountant licensed to practice in Nevada, and is a member of the Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants (NVCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Leslie's community involvement has included a term on the State Board of Equalization, President of a private school board, and board member of various charitable organizations. She is a past President of the Estate Planning Council of Northern Nevada


Board Member Candace Borrego

Candace F. Borrego
Corporate Banking Group
Wells Fargo & Company
Director, Senior Portfolio Manager

Candace Borrego is a Director and senior portfolio manager for the Wells Fargo Gaming Division, a part of the Corporate Banking Group. She is responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships in a wide variety of industry segments, including hotel/casinos, water-based casinos, racinos, fuelcinos, card rooms, and Native American gaming enterprises.

Candace joined Wells Fargo in 1998, as a senior analyst for the gaming/regional commercial banking office (RCBO). She spent over seven years with the gaming/RCBO prior to leaving the company to co-found West Haven Development Group with her husband. In 2010, Candance returned to Wells Fargo to assume her current position.

Before joining Wells Fargo in 1998, Candace spent time as an accountant at Deloitte & Touche in both the audit and tax practices.

Active in her community, Candace has served for over a decade in various leadership roles for the board of directors for STEP2, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive substance abuse treatment to women and women with children suffering from chemical addition, poverty, and domestic violence, and is a member of the advisory board for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Business Accounting Unit.

Candace holds a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno. She also holds her Series 79 and Series 63 licenses.


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George Metkovich, CPA
BlueBird CPAs
Partner

George became a partner in 2012 after joining the firm 2010 as a manager. George began his career at one of the world’s largest gaming corporations as an internal auditor where he performed operational and compliance audits of casinos located in Reno and South Lake Tahoe along with Indian casinos located in Arizona and Kansas. He later moved to public accounting and joined a national firm, ultimately serving as the firm’s audit manager. He conducted compliance and financial audits of gaming establishments throughout Nevada, Indian casinos throughout California, and casinos in New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Additionally, George was responsible for training new audit associates and the annual training of all audit professionals. He has performed audits in areas of manufacturing and distribution, health care, employee benefit plans, not-for-profit, and government. As financial statement audit partner, George is responsible for the financial and compliance audits of benefit plans and casinos. He also performs and manages internal audits and Title 31 compliance audits for many of our casino clients. George has instructed seminars on compliance issues and provides leadership to our younger staff and helps them develop technical and personal skills.

George holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants.


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Lauren Sankovich, CPA
Eide Bailly LLP
Partner - Audit Department Head

Lauren provides years of experience to Eide Bailly clients in a variety of industries and types such as gaming, construction, family-owned small to mid-sized entities, employee benefit plans of all sizes, nonprofits and professionals like doctors, dentists, attorneys, and engineers. She practices accounting, auditing and tax and engages in consulting services with corporations, partnerships, LLCs, as well as to individual clients.

Lauren brings experience and knowledge to every client. Her goal is to provide clients with competent, responsive, timely service that lessens the stress of dealing with filing deadlines and compliance related issues so her clients can focus on what they do best, running their business.

Outside of the office, Lauren enjoys spending time with her two young boys, attending their sport-related activities, being involved in their school, camping, spending time outdoors and attending many of the family and sports-related events that the University of Nevada, Reno has to offer.