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Meet Our Team

Philip HurdPhillip Hurd, CIA, CCEP
Chief Audit and Compliance Executive

Phil began working in the UHS Internal Auditing Department on January 21, 2020.  For over twenty-one years Phil has delivered vital Ethics, Enterprise Risk Management, Compliance and Internal Audit leadership to organizations with multi-billion dollar operations.  Phil has recruited, trained and lead staffs of audit and investigative professionals that have changed the way business was conducted at the organization and system level. Phil’s responsibilities have included the development and implementation of policies, processes, standards and analytic work tools to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and operational savvy.

Phil and his teams have uncovered millions of dollars in fraud, malfeasance, theft and misdirection.  Hundreds of fraud and investigative interviews, participation in numerous prosecutions of fraud, and thousands of hotline cases have tempered his investigative skills and given him enhanced insight into ethics and the lack thereof.

Before entering the world of higher education he spent a decade in the United States Army. Through that experience as an electronic warfare and intelligence professional he learned the real world critical need of integrity, confidentiality and availability of information assets. His diverse portfolio of skills and experience has given him the ability to speak authoritatively on ethics, fraud, data analytics, leadership, internal control structures, compliance and motivation. Phil is a frequent presenter at professional conferences and teaches purchasing card and data analytics classes at the College Business Management Institute (CBMI).

Phil is a Cerfified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), and holds a Master’s Degree in Information Systems (MSIS).

Email: pwhurd@uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-8000

Russ HoskensRuss Hoskens, CPA, CIA, CFE, CISA
Assistant Chief Audit Executive

Russ began working in the UHS Internal Auditing Department on June 30, 1997. Other experience includes 11 years of internal audit experience, including two years as an audit manager at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He received a M.B.A. degree (concentration in Internal Auditing) from Louisiana State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He is a member of the AICPA, the IIA, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). He is also a past president of the Texas Association of College and University Auditors.

Email: rhoskens@uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-8003

Brandee O'NealBrandee O'Neal, CIA
Manager

Brandee began working in the UHS Internal Auditing Department on July 11, 2011. Other experience includes 10 years of internal audit and accounting experience at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She received a M.B.A. degree from Sam Houston State University.  She is a member of the IIA.

Email: bmoneal@uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-8062

Tony Moreno Tony Moreno, CFE
Supervisor

Tony began working in the UHS Internal Auditing Department on October 10, 2005. Other experience includes nine years of internal audit experience and ten years of banking experience. He received B.S. degrees in Economics and Anthropology from the University of Houston.  He is a member of the ACFE and the IIA.

Email: cmoreno@uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-8008

Jeff CollierJeff Collier
Senior Auditor

Jeff began working in the UHS Internal Auditing Department on February 18, 2018. Other experience includes three years of Big Four Public Accounting experience and 16 years of finance and human resource management experience in intercollegiate athletics. He received his M.B.A. degree in Accounting from Baylor University and is a member of the IIA.

Email: collierj@uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-8011

Eric PorterEric Porter
Auditor II

Eric Porter began working in the UHS Internal Auditing Department on February 17, 2014. Other experience includes two years of internal auditing experience at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and 20 years of experience in the transportation, real estate, and energy industries. He received a B.B.A. degree in Finance, M.B.A. degree, and a M.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Houston. He is a member of the IIA.

Email: geporte2@central.uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-8004 

Emily TranEmily Tran
Auditor II

Emily began working in the UHS Internal Auditing Department on December 14, 2015. Other experience includes fourteen years of compliance audit/analyst experience in the insurance industry. She received a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Houston-Downtown and is a member of the IIA.

Email: ektran@central.uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-8007

Tamara DavisTamara Davis
Auditor II

Tamara began working in the UHS Internal Auditing Department on January 25, 2016. Other experience includes nine years as a financial examiner. She received a B.B.S. from the University of Houston-Downtown and is a member of the IIA.

Email: ttdavis2@central.uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-8046

Connie ApplebachConnie Applebach, CISA
Auditor II

Connie began working in the UHS Internal Auditing Department on January 9, 2017. Other experience includes: nine years previous experience with the UHS Internal Auditing Department and two years with the Texas A&M University System Internal Auditing Department. She received a B.B.A. degree in Accounting from Lamar University and is a member of the IIA and ISACA.

Email: ccappleb@central.uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-8054

Kim GerryKim Gerry, CFE
Auditor II

Kim began working in the UHS Internal Auditing Department on May 28, 2019. Other experience includes over four years of public accounting experience. She received a M.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She is a member of the IIA and the ACFE.

Email: kagerry@central.uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-8011

Elias McClellanElias McClellan, CFE
Auditor I

Elias began working in the UHS Internal Auditing Department on July 29, 2019. Other experience includes over fourteen years of accounting, financial, and auditing experience. He received a B.S. degree in Political Science from the University of Houston. He is a member of the IIA and the ACFE.

Email: ejmcclel@central.uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-1257

Barbara WhiteBarbara White
Executive Administrative Assistant

Barbara began working in the UHS Internal Auditing Department on July 29, 2019. Other experience includes more than 30 years of administrative professional experience with various Fortune 500 companies which include engineering, construction, aerospace, energy, and public relations and advertising firms. She received an Associate’s Degree from San Jacinto College and a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Email: bcwhite@central.uh.edu
Phone: (713) 743-3394