Celina Cereceres

Audit Partner

Celina Cereceres
Office
Houston
Direct Dial
713.386.1175
Services
713.621.1570
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)

  • Partner (2012–Present)
  • Audit

Areas of Practice

  • Public Sector

Null-Lairson, PC, Houston Office, (2006-2012)

  • Partner, (2011-2012)
  • Assurance and Advisory Services

Areas of Practice

  • Public Sector

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
Board and Community Service
  • BAHEP – Education and Workforce Development Committee
  • Bay Area Communities in Schools
Seminars/Lectures/Publications
  • Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) – Managing Special Revenue Funds Certification Course: 2013 Conference
  • Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) – 2013 Budget Academy (San Marcos and Fort Worth)
  • Texas Association of School Business Officials – Certification Course: External Auditing – Presenter
  • Texas Association of School Business Officials – Learning Session – Risks Affecting School Districts – Presenter
  • 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
  • Texas Society of CPAs 2013 Single Audit Conference: OMB Proposed Sweeping Changes – Are You Ready? – Presenter
  • Texas Society of CPAs 2013 Single Audit Conference: Findings in a Single Audit Environment – Do They Tell the Whole Story? – Presenter
  • CPA Associates International Governmental Webinar August 2016
  • ACET Conference October 2015 – Practical Solutions – Implementing the Uniform Grant Guidance
  • 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”

 

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