Accounting Advisory Board

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 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

Kim Conrad

Internal Audit Director, International Game Technology

Kim Conrad is the Internal Audit Director for International Gaming Technology (IGT). IGT is a multinational gambling company that produces slot machines and other gambling technology. Kim oversees all audit activities related to the Global Gaming segment and international business operations. Kim also oversees the global Sarbanes Oxley testing program. Prior to joining IGT, Kim worked at Muckel Anderson CPA’s (now known as Eide Bailey) which is a regional certified public accounting and advisory firm.

Kim is a Reno native and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno. Kim served as a Board Member for the Northern Nevada Make a Wish Foundation from June 2010 – June 2021, chairs the Volunteer and Community Service Committee for the Reno IGT campus, is an active Girl Scout troop leader and Parent Faculty Association volunteer at her daughter’s school. Kim is also an active supporter of Each One Tell One and Evoke Warriors, both of which are foundations that support cancer survivors.

In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time hiking, biking, kayaking and spending time with her husband and children at their Lake Tahoe vacation home.

George Metkovich, CPA

BlueBird CPAs

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.

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.