MEET THE BOARD
James Knape Jr.
James is a fourth-year accounting student who started at SDSU as a freshman. He is the longest tenured officer of Beta Alpha Psi and has accepted an internship offer at PwC for the upcoming summer. After school, he plans on working in San Diego in the audit sector of public accounting and obtaining his CPA license.
James is extremely passionate about the organization and wants every member to succeed both personally and professionally. He and the board aspire to create a family-oriented culture that will keep members and alumni in contact for years to come. James joined Beta Alpha Psi as a sophomore and has served as VP of Professional Development before being appointed President of the organization.
James is an avid sports fan and plays basketball in his free time. He vehemently encourages every member to stay involved in Beta Alpha Psi after receiving their job offer to give back to the younger students.
Yoshi is originally from Irvine, CA and is a graduate student in the MSA program specializing in tax. The summer of 2020, he will be interning in business tax services with KPMG back in the Orange County office. After graduation he aims to obtain his CPA license, while also eventually working internationally.
Yoshi’s main goal for being a leader in Beta Alpha Psi is to give back and mentor those younger than him. He has a passion for influencing the development of those coming next in order to make an impact larger than himself. He has been only in BAP for 1 semester but is excited to be in BAP for the entirety of his MSA tenure and to make a difference in the organization and SDSU.
His passions in his free time are building and playing with computers, taking hip-hop dance classes, and being involved in church.
VP of Communications
Bertha is a graduate student, specializing in financial reporting. She graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Earth Sciences and a minor in Sustainability. After college, she worked in various industries from telecommunications engineering, environmental science, and financial services. During this time, she volunteered for the VITA program, which inspired her to pursue an accounting career. She has accepted a summer internship offer at KPMG in audit. After graduation, she plans to enter public accounting and obtain her CPA license.
Bertha joined Beta Alpha Psi in the first year of the MSA program and served as a Candidate prior to being elected VP of Communications. She was drawn to Beta Alpha Psi’s commitment to their members, and saw the incredible value that they bring to every student. As a career-changer, she hopes that she can use her work experience to guide members in their professional pursuits.
In her free time, Bertha enjoys writing and editing creative works and running the trails of Escondido.
VP of Professional Development
Connor Ferrell is a third-year junior majoring in accounting at San Diego State University. For the spring of 2020, he is serving as the Vice President of Professional Development for Beta Alpha Psi. This job entails being BAP’s main point of contact with industry professionals. With this responsibility, Connor schedules firms, companies, and agencies to speak at weekly meetings. He thoroughly enjoys this role because he wants every member of Beta Alpha Psi to succeed, and be exposed to new job opportunities. Furthermore, Connor leads the professional development committee that welcomes employer representatives on campus, and brings refreshments to conferences.
Connor will be CPA eligible in May of 2022, and he is interning in the summer of 2020 as a staff accountant at Considine & Considine. This past fall, Connor transferred from Grossmont College after graduating with a 4.0 GPA and an A.S. in Business Administration.
Outside of school, you can find Connor exploring Mission Trails. He finds nature to be a fantastic workout and very therapeutic in his life. Additionally, Connor is an extreme lover of coffee as he likes to drink it every morning to start his day. Lastly, Connor is an avid fan of SDSU Sports, and the San Diego Padres.
VP of Planning
Daniel is a graduate student in the financial reporting track of the MSA program at SDSU. He completed his undergraduate degree at Cal Poly SLO in mechanical engineering, but after college, decided to change careers. Daniel currently works for a small company in San Diego and is responsible for all the accounting tasks. After graduation, he plans to join a large company and get his CPA license.
Daniel joined Beta Alpha Psi during the 2019 Fall semester and wanted to get more involved by serving as an officer.
In his free time, Daniel likes to get 8 hours of sleep.
Chris is a senior who has been at SDSU since his freshman year. This semester his is currently volunteering for the VITA program on campus. After graduation he plans on obtaining his CPA license and hopes to pursue a career in Tax.
Chris joined Beta Alpha Psi in the fall 2019 semester where he served on the communications committee and was in charge of updating the organization’s LinkedIn page. He was drawn by Beta Alpha Psi’s commitment to serving its members and is excited to be more involved this semester.
In his free time Chris enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends and family, going to the gym, and spending time with his two dogs. He also enjoys the occasional Netflix binge.
VP of Formal Events
Anna Nguyen is a junior hoping to pursue BMACC at San Diego State University. She is planning to graduate in the Spring of 2022. She is a tax intern at Squar Milner and she enjoys working in public accounting.
This is her second semester in Beta Alpha Psi. She wants to continue giving back and assisting others through the recruitment process. Also, as the VP of Formal Events, she is currently planning the Spring Awards Banquet to create an impactful event for students, SDSU faculty, and local professionals.
In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at various non-profits as well as museums. She has always taken an interest in the arts and therefore participates in plays, choir activities, and visual arts.
VP of Internal Audit
Aileen is a third-year junior accounting major at San Diego State University. Currently, she works as a part-time tutor at Southwestern College teaching the fundamentals of accounting and economics. Her goal is to assist her students so that they can transfer with honors to four-year universities like she did this past fall. Aileen plans to enroll in the BMACC (MSA) program at SDSU, and will be CPA eligible in May of 2022. Post-graduation, she aims to purse a career in public accounting as an auditor.
Aileen joined Beta Alpha Psi in the fall of 2019. She was drawn to this organization because she likes the family culture and support BAP provides to its members. This led her to run for the role of Vice President of Internal Audit for the spring of 2020 in order to give back and contribute to the organization that has helped her. In this position, she is responsible for completing the interim and year-end audit. In addition, she makes sure that the treasurer is acting with the upmost integrity in all financial transactions as she oversees them.
In her free time, Aileen likes to bake, watch television shows, and sleep. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her dog, Gizmo.
VP of Reporting
Alan Prouty is a senior at San Diego State University. He has accepted an assurance internship offer at EY for the upcoming summer. After school, he expects to earn his CPA license and begin his career in public accounting in San Diego.
He has been in Beta Alpha Psi for two years and likes to give back to the organization by assisting others through the recruitment process. As the VP of Reporting, he maintains records of membership, including reconciling attendance and community service.
Outside of accounting, he is passionate about surfing, going out, and all things sports. As a San Diego native, he is always looking for ways to further get involved and give back to the community. Go Aztecs!
Welcome to the Beta Eta Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi at San Diego State University. I am pleased to serve as the faculty advisor and continue the standard of excellence set under my predecessors, Drs. Brett Kawada and David DeBoskey. Our Beta Eta Chapter is one of the most outstanding chapters in the nation. We’ve received the Superior Chapter award for three consecutive decades, and our students have competed and won Beta Alpha Psi competitions at the regional and national levels.
As an honor organization, candidates and members of the Beta Eta Chapter represent the best of the SDSU’s Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy. The Chapter leadership will plan activities to help you prepare to become a professional accountant. In addition to networking with prospective employers, you have the opportunity to give back to our community and develop life-long friendships. Your professional skills will be enhanced through workshops and participating in the regional and national competitions. I encourage you to participate in as many events, activities and competitions as possible.
As faculty advisor, I accept the challenge of supporting a student organization that holds itself to such high standards.
Paul A. Sager