Internal Audit


Kelly Mintern

Chief Audit Officer

Kelly Mintern, CPA, CIA



Kelly joined the Office of Internal Audit as an Auditor in September of 2010, was promoted to Assistant Director in March 2015, and was appointed Chief Audit Officer in October 2020. In previous roles, Kelly was responsible for managing engagements within the office, assisting with development of the annual audit plan, and ensuring the office continuously met its mission to enhance and protect the University. Before joining UNCW, she worked as an Audit Senior at Dixon Hughes PLLC in Greenville, NC. Prior to that, Kelly was employed as an Audit Senior/Staff in the Financial Services sector at Deloitte & Touche in New York. Kelly is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and a CIA (Certified Internal Auditor).


Assistant Director

Laura LaBree, CIA, CFE



Laura joined the Office of Internal Audit as Assistant Director in March 2021. Prior to joining the Office of Internal Audit, Laura served as the Assistant Director of Athletic Business Operations, providing oversight and finance leadership for UNCW Athletics. In previous UNCW roles, Laura worked as an Internal Auditor, partnering with various areas of campus to manage risk and accomplish goals, and began her career at UNCW as a Financial Systems Accountant, assisting with the ERP system implementation for operational areas of Business Affairs. Laura is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Shelley Morris


Shelley Morris, CIA



Shelley joined the Office of Internal Audit as an Auditor in September of 2015. Before joining UNCW, Shelley worked in the division office for Guilford Mills, a manufacturing company in Wilmington, NC, as a Senior Financial Analyst. In her role, Shelley managed the financials for the division office as well as managed the fixed assets for three different sites. Prior to that, Shelley was employed by Capital Bank in Raleigh, NC as a Senior Staff Accountant. Shelley is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). 



Elizabeth Davis, CFE



Elizabeth joined the Office of Internal Audit as an Auditor in March of 2019. Before joining UNCW, she worked as an Internal Auditor for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture in Raleigh, NC. During this time, she led various audits, consultations, and investigations. Prior to that, Elizabeth was employed by Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin, TX as an Internal Auditor. In her role, she participated in audit and consultation engagements which focused on internal controls and operations. Elizabeth is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and eligible to sit for the Certified Internal Audit (CIA) exam.



Michelle Barber



Michelle joined the Office of Internal Audit as an Auditor in February of 2021.  Before joining UNCW, Michelle worked in the Internal Audit department for New Hanover County Schools as an Internal Audit Associate.  During this time, she co-led the audits at both the school and department levels which focused on internal controls and operations. Prior to that, Michelle spent over 15 years in the marketing research industry conducting analyses for top leading retail clients.