Curriculum Vitae

Kelley A. Ellis, CPA, CGMA, CIA, EMBA


Drake University (Des Moines, IA)

Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Accounting             August 2013 to Now

  • Responsible for development and delivery of course content for accounting system and auditing classes within the university at both the graduate and undergraduate level
  • Providing guidance to students for career opportunities and development
  • Active involvement in out-reach activities in the community as a Drake representative
  • Collaboration with fellow professors to share best practices in the classroom to achieve university mission

 Aviva USA (Des Moines, IA)

Director of Actuarial Governance                          February 2012 to August 2013

  • Responsible for developing proper model governance, including controlled and efficient processes for the actuarial model shared services team
  • Perform risk analysis and consult regarding management’s risk responses and implementation of mitigating controls, as needed
  • Coordinate issue closure across the full corporate actuarial team regarding issues identified by the external auditors, internal audit, and the financial controls group
  • Participate in ad hoc special projects 

Audit Senior Manager, Internal Audit                        April 2010 to January 2012

Audit Manager, Financial Management and Actuarial          Jun 2009 to Mar 2010

  • Responsible for leading and executing audits for technical financial and actuarial audits
  • Perform risk analysis and evaluate risk responses and mitigating controls for audits in North America, and limited engagements in the United Kingdom.
  • Focus has predominately been corporate governance, management reporting, and strategic initiatives in the areas of credit, market, liquidity, capital management, and modeling.
  • Actively participating in governance committees and key management initiatives on behalf of internal audit.

Robert Half International, Inc. (Des Moines, IA)

Division Director, Management Resources                   August 2007 to May 2009

Robert Half Finance and Accounting Recruiting Manager     Aug 2003 to Mar 2006

  • Responsible for marketing and business development
  • Recruiting, screening, and presenting candidates to potential employers
  • Lead point of contact for multiple major contracts in the Iowa market based on demonstrated leadership: Principal Financial Group, Meredith, Wellmark, John Deere, AEGON, Farm Bureau, and Bandag.
  • Media contact nationally for print reporters
  • Top producer in the Mountain District, ranked in the top 10 employees the first full calendar year of employment
  • CPE Instructor providing presentations externally to clients and strategic partners 

Greater Des Moines Partnership (Des Moines, IA)

Chief Financial Officer                                            March 2006 to August 2007

  • Responsible for Financial Reporting, Human Resources, and Information Technology
  • Prepared quarterly forecast and developed annual budget for approximately 15 departments and 3 legal entities with annual expenditures of $7M
  • Developed initial policies and procedures for the organization and implemented best practices for accountability
  • Began ground work for looking at a new web-based Customer Relationship Database system and $30M Operating Campaign 

KPMG, LLP (Des Moines, IA and London, England)

Audit Senior Manager                 Jul 1989 to Oct 1997 and Oct 1999 to Aug 2003

  • Management responsibility for approximately 20-30 clients on an annual basis
  • Determination of audit approach, assignment of staff, and review of work papers
  • Preparation and delivery of final KPMG assurance products and services
  • Billing and collection for services rendered
  • Mentoring and development of staff
  • Industry experience: predominately property and casualty insurance, local governments, mortgage banking, retirement plans, real estate, non-profits, and public utility companies

Services provided: audits, reviews, compilations, agreed upon procedures, implementation of GASB 34 projects to record long term assets on financial statements of local governments, Statutory to GAAP conversions, SEC reporting (F-1 registration and 10K/10Q filings), internal audit co-sourcing, investigative procedures for employee embezzlements, internal control reviews (COSO), and development of balance scorecards and bench-marking reports

Principal International, Inc. (Des Moines, IA)

Manager of Accounting and Reporting           November 1997 to September 1999

  • Initial conversion from local statutory accounting to U.S. GAAP
  • Implementation of Hyperion software to automate the foreign currency conversion and consolidation of the financial statements
  • Management of day-to-day operations of Des Moines headquarter for Principal International and all corporate accounting and consolidation for eight foreign subsidiaries and two regional offices
  • Provide advice and technical support for the annual budget and five year projections
  • Coordinate with external auditors for the annual audit


University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)   Executive MBA Program

Creighton University (Omaha, NE)  Bachelors of Science and Business Administration, Majors: Accounting and Finance

Completion of Professional Exams:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA), 1989

Associate in Reinsurance, Insurance Institute of America (ARe), 1994

Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI), 2012

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), 2013

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), 2015


  • Member, Institute of Internal Auditors 2010 to current
  • Committee Member, Iowa Society of CPA’s, 2000 to Current
  • Chair of Professional and Public Relations, Iowa Society of CPA’s, 2002-2005
  • CPA Ambassador, American Institute of CPA’s, 2005 to Current
  • Iowa Society of CPA’s Outstanding Committee Chair, 2005
  • Board Member, Iowa Society of CPA’s, 2006 to 2008
  • Board Member, Financial Executive International, 2005 to Current
  • Financial Executive International, President 2008 to 2011
  • Senior Faculty Award, Becker CPA Review, 2005
  • Leadership Iowa, 2006-07
  • Board Member, Iowa Chapter of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) 2014 to Current


 CPA Insider (AICPA): Go back to school to help the accounting profession”, September 23, 2013