Celina Cereceres

Audit Partner

Celina Cereceres
Office
Houston
Direct Dial
713.386.1175
713-386-1197
713.386.1175
713.377.3667
Celina.Cereceres@whitleypenn.com
Industries
Education

B.B.A in Accounting, University of Texas-El Paso, summa cum laude, 2002

Master of Accountancy, University of Texas-El Paso, 2002

Celina Cereceres oversees audits and other attestation engagements for school districts, universities and colleges, other large governments and non-profit organizations. These entities receive large amounts of federal assistance ranging from $750K to $250 million. As such, Celina has extensive knowledge with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements under the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) and the State of Texas Uniform Grant Management Standards. Celina’s team is able to perform FAR audits and program-specific audits for for-profit entities as well. Celina has earned the AICPA’s Single Audit Advanced Certificate.

Experience
  • Whitley Penn, Houston Office, (2012-Present)
    • Audit Partner
  • Null-Lairson, PC, Houston Office, (2006-2012)
    • Assurance and Advisory Services Partner, (2011-2012)
  • Gibson, Ruddock, Patterson, LLP (2001-2006)
    • Assurance and Advisory Services
Professional Certifications
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Professional Organizations
  • Texas Society of CPAs
  • American Institute Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs
  • Gulf Coast Texas Association of School Business Officials
  • Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) – Accounting and Research Committee
  • Texas Society of CPAs School District Accounting and Auditing Conference– Planning Committee
  • TASBO Accounting and Finance Committee Research Committee
Board and Community Service
  • BAHEP – Education and Workforce Development Committee
  • Bay Area Communities in Schools
Seminars/Lectures/Publications
  • 2019-
    • TSCPA School District Conference Planning Committee: 2009-
    • El Paso TSCPA – 8-hour Governmental Auditing and Accounting Update – Summer of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019
    • TxCPA Governmental On-Demand Video Series – March 25, 2019
    • TASBO ACT 208- Managing Federal-State Programs – March 5, 2019
    • TASBO AUD 202 – Auditing – March 4, 2019
  • 2018
    • TSCPA Single Audit Conference – Single Audit Best Practices – October 2018
    • TSCPA Single Audit Conference – Single Audit Basics – October 2018
    • TSCPA School District Conference – Ask the Experts Panel (Chair of Conference Committee) – June 2018
    • TASBO ACT 208 – Managing Federal and State Programs – March 1, 2018
    • TASBO AUD 202 – Auditing – February 27, 2018
  • 2017
    • TSCPA Single Audit Conference Speaker – Sub-recipient Monitoring – October 2017
    • TSCPA School District Conference Speaker – Title I Comparability and IDEA Maintenance of Effort – June 2017
  • 2016
    • Annual TASBO Conference – Managing Special Revenue Funds – 2016
    • School District Conference – Fraud in Financial Statement Audit – “You wouldn’t believe the things we’ve seen or heard about” – 2016
    • CPA Associates International Governmental Webinar – August 2016
    • Texas Society of CPAs School District Conference– State Wide, San Antonio, Texas; Fraud Discussion: Oh the Things We Have Seen – June 2016
    • TASBO Conference: ACT 208 Managing Special Revenue Funds Certification Course AUD 202 External Auditing – February 29, 2016, and March 1, 2016
    • TASBO Webinar – Submitting the Annual Financial Audit – January 2016
  • 2015
    • ACET Conference Practical Solutions – Implementing the Uniform Grant Guidance – October 2015
    • TASBO Webinar – GASB 68 and the New EDGAR: September 2015
    • University of Houston Clear Lake – Adjunct Accounting Professor Fall 2014
    • Harris County Department of Education – Understanding the Uniform Grant Guidance Fall 2015
    • Texas Society of CPAs School District Conference – State Wide, San Antonio, Texas; Auditing IDEA B and Fraud in Financial Statement Audit – June 2015 and June 2016
    • Texas Society of CPAs  School District Conference – State Wide, San Antonio, Texas; IDEA B MOE – June 2015
    • TASBO Conference: Accounting Research Committee Guest Speaker – February/March 2015
  • 2014
    • TASBO Conference: ACT 208: Auditing Certification Course –  February/March 2014
  • 2013
    • Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) – Managing Special Revenue Funds Certification Course – 2013
    • Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) – Budget Academy (San Marcos and Fort Worth) – 2013
    • Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) – Certification Course: External Auditing – Presenter – 2013
    • Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) – Learning Session – Risks Affecting School Districts – Presenter – 2013
    • Texas Society of CPAs Single Audit Conference: OMB Proposed Sweeping Changes – Are You Ready? – Presenter – 2013
    • Texas Society of CPAs Single Audit Conference: Findings in a Single Audit Environment – Do They Tell the Whole Story? – Presenter – 2013
  • Other
    • Region I School Finance Council – Funding Cuts and Avoiding the Pitfalls – Presenter
    • Missouri Society of CPAs – School Accounting and Auditing Update – Presenter
    • Strafford Publications – Circular A-133 Audits for Non-Profit Clients: Protecting Grant Eligibility – Presenter
    • Texas Association of School Business Officials Webinar – GASB Statement No. 54 Fund Balance Reporting and Governmental Fund Type Definitions – Presenter
    • Texas Society of CPAs –School District Accounting and Auditing Conference: Child Nutrition Program – Presenter
    • Whitley Penn, LLP Houston Client CPE – Uniform Grant Guidance
    • Bay Area Communities In Schools – Adoption of Campus
    • GFOAT Annual Conference in Galveston, Texas – Single Audit Best Practices

 

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