Internal Audit

Staff

Kelly Mintern

Chief Audit Officer

Kelly Mintern, CPA, CIA

910.962.3088

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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).

Laura LaBree

Assistant Director

Laura LaBree, CIA, CFE

910.962.3457

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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).

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Crystal Roberts

Auditor

Crystal Roberts

910.962.3857

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Crystal joined the Office of Internal Audit as an Auditor in April 2022. Prior to joining the Office of Internal Audit, Crystal worked as an Accountant in the Office of the Controller, assisting the Controller and partnering with various departments on special projects. Before joining UNCW, Crystal served as a Financial Analyst at Cape Fear Community College, analyzing and reporting State and Institutional budget data. Prior to that, Crystal was employed as an Audit Manager at Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, P.A., in Hickory N.C. for 14 years, where she performed annual financial statement and internal control audits for North Carolina Counties, Municipalities, Authorities, and Not-for-Profit entities.

Michelle Barber

Auditor

Michelle Barber

910.962.7338

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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.