Andrew McClaskey
Andrew McClaskey
BSAcc, MAcc '15 | President, Beta Alpha Psi

Andrew McClaskey

BSAcc, MAcc '15 | President, Beta Alpha Psi


Andrew first fell in love with accounting his sophomore year of college when he took his first financial accounting class (ACTG 2200). He enjoyed the fundamental nature of the subject and knew it would set him up for the multi-cultural career he desired. After studying abroad in China in a fully-immersive experience, Andrew started the Accounting Core, became a Beta Alpha Psi Officer, and started as a teaching assistant in the School of Accountancy. Competition has always been in Andrew’s blood – he spent two years on DU’s Mock Trial team and has since competed in numerous competitions across the University including Case for Colorado (a competition amongst Rocky Mountain schools regarding Colorado’s energy future) and the Daniels Inclusive Excellence Case Competition.


Now entering his last quarter in the dual BSAcc/MAcc program, Andrew is the President of Beta Alpha Psi, has competed an internship with KPMG, and will be heading to the northeast in January 2016 to start a six-month term as a Post-Graduate Technical Assistant at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).


As a Colorado Native, staying active has always been an important part of Andrew’s life. Growing up, he played baseball, football and golf and enjoys skiing, running, biking, and yoga.

Cari Winkler
Cari Winkler
BSAcc, MAcc '15

Cari Winkler

BSAcc, MAcc '15


Family and relationships have always been at the center of Cari’s life. She grew up in a big family in Golden, Colorado where she was constantly running, hiking, and cooking with those around her. In high school, Cari’s parents taught her that accounting was fundamental to any business and that, if at all uncertain of her path, starting in accounting would allow her to enter any industry down the road. After starting at DU, Cari followed her parents’ advice and found herself truly enjoying financial accounting. As a result, she became more involved with the School and Daniels as a whole, serving as an Ethics Boot Camp Leader for three years and becoming a regular in the common study areas the School provides for accounting students.


Cari says her favorite part of earning her degree at DU was the relationships she developed along the way, clearly evidenced by how successful she was at mentoring younger students through her role as teaching assistance for the Accounting Core. Cari says, “My Core used to joke about starting our own accounting firm where we could all work together all the time,” a testament to the bonds she developed throughout the program. As she leaves DU and starts work at EKS&H, Cari hopes to explore different industries in public accounting and ultimately find a position at a private company with people, energy, and work that she loves.

Cody Simmons
Cody Simmons
BSAcc, '18

Cody Simmons

BSAcc, '18


Cody is wildly passionate about the outdoors. Originally from Portland, OR, sports and the outdoors have always played an important role in his life. While he was in high school, Cody went on a 1,100 mile bike trip down the Pacific Coast from Port Angeles, WA to San Francisco, CA and later that same summer, rode over 200 miles in a single day. Cody credits these experiences with teaching him how to be responsible and take care of himself, important life skills for his future. His love of the outdoors remains strong today as he stays active in telemark skiing and climbing and even spent one of his college summers as a glacier and backcountry guide in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska. Since coming to DU, Cody has maintained a passion for sports and activity, participating on the Club Rowing Team, working to start a Backcountry Ski Team, and staying active academically in the Honors Program and Pioneer Leadership Program.


While constant movement is a key piece of Cody’s life, he recognizes the important role organization plays in making that all possible. While planning his massive bike trips in high school, Cody relied heavily on Excel spreadsheets to plan and track every detail of the excursions, ensuring that he was being safe, smart and thorough. This organization was one of the things that first drew Cody to accounting. Both of his parents are accountants and they taught him how critical accounting is in keeping companies organized, tracking details, and taking fiscal responsibility for a company’s decisions.


Since starting in the accounting program, Cody has come to love the strong community feel within the accounting classes, saying that “it feels like I am really part of the class rather than a single student that is invisible to the professor.” As he continues through the program, he is comforted by the detailed academic assistance provided and the structured support he receives from the School’s advising team. After graduation, Cody would love to work as an accountant for an outdoor company, combining his passions into a role where he can establish himself as a hard-worker and build a successful career.

Jessie Liu
Jessie Liu
MAcc, '15

Jessie Liu

MAcc, '15


Jessie hails from Yangzhou, a small elegant town in southeast China where she grew up with parents who always encouraged her to dream big. Now a recent alumni of the master of accountancy program, Jessie has always followed through on her passion to constantly try new things. She studied law in her undergraduate program, served as a police officer, hosted a TV show, and founded a volunteer organization, all before deciding to come to the University of Denver to explore a career in auditing. As evidenced by her varied path, Jessie loves to challenge herself and constantly work to add value to her community, regardless of where that mission takes her.


Since starting in the School of Accountancy, Jessie has become heavily involved both in and out of the classroom. She was immediately impressed with the high quality courses offered and came to form close bonds with some of the professors. Jessie regularly attended Beta Alpha Psi meetings where she was able to gain exposure to recruiters at various Denver-area firms, connections she found valuable as she went through the recruiting process and ultimately received numerous employment. Since landing her job at PwC, Jessie has worked to give back to the School’s community, establishing a group on Wechat to provide tips and advice to other international students going through the recruiting process. Jessie’s eager-to-help attitude has made her a valuable part of the School of Accountancy and has lead others to challenge themselves in similar ways.

Rodney Castillo
Rodney Castillo
BSAcc, MAcc, '16

Rodney Castillo

BSAcc, MAcc, '16


Rodney has always understood the importance of hard work and giving back. The son of Guatemalan parents, Rodney was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Miami, FL. Throughout school, he worked in nurseries, construction and landscaping and opened his own barbershop in high school.


Helping others is of the utmost importance to Rodney, whether it’s volunteering for Junior Achievement through Beta Alpha Psi, helping at the Accounting Scholars Development Program, or just taking the time to make those around him smile and laugh. Rodney started his education as a social work major, but kept an open mind and was constantly looking for new opportunities. When he took his first accounting class at a community college in Florida, he was able to successfully balance debits and credits for the first time and it all clicked; Rodney immediately wanted to know more about the career. After visiting DU as a part of the 2013 Accounting Scholars Development Program, Rodney learned how in-demand accountants are and how diverse the market and profession can be. Within six months, he moved to Denver and started classes in the School of Accountancy.


For Rodney, accounting is about so much more than just balancing the books. “The great relationships I have been able to grow and cherish have made this experience worthwhile thus far,” he says. “Just knowing that along the way, I still have many more people to meet and many new things to learn and be exposed to keeps me motivate and excited for every new day.” Rodney is a member of Beta Alpha Psi and, through them, competed in the 2014 Best Practices Competition where his team placed first in the nation. He is also a member of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity and participates in DU’s Latino Pioneer Prep Program, Retention of Youth and Latinos (ROYAL) Leadership Program, and the INSPIRE Program, all of which help high school students prepare for college and the lives ahead of them by providing the support and resources they need to succeed.


After graduation, Rodney hopes to gain experience working for a Big 4 firm that will help him start his own business or non-profit down the road or perhaps come back to the education realm as an accounting instructor. Regardless of which path he chooses, Rodney is dedicated to adding value back to the community that has given him so much over the years.

Meagan Vigil
Meagan Vigil
BSAcc, MAcc, '16

Meagan Vigil

BSAcc, MAcc, '16


Meagan fell in love with accounting while attending community college in California. In summer 2013, she attended the Accounting Scholars Development Program at the University of Denver and, within a few months, transferred to DU where she started classes at Daniels in 2014. Meagan’s pursuit of a career in accounting comes from a desire for diverse, unique experiences coupled with an opportunity to build a network of peers that will allow her to continue to pay it forward.


Since coming to DU, Meagan has been impressed with the immense amount of help offered by those around her. “Other students who have previously taken the courses I am in are often willing to spend their own time to help me learn some tough accounting concepts,” she says, adding that “the teachers are incredibly encouraging or happy to spend their time to work through accounting or, even more importantly, life concepts and their own life in their own careers.”


Meagan spends her spare time giving back to the DU and Denver community. She regularly volunteers through Beta Alpha Psi, working with organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Denver, Habitat for Humanity, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program run by accounting students here at Daniels. She is currently the Teaching Assistant Coordinator for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Program, a program at Daniels that trains all business students on the Microsoft suite. When she’s not at School, Meagan loves to hike, ride bikes, bake, travel, read, and play with animals.

Sonia Crosby-Attipoe
Sonia Crosby-Attipoe
BSAcc, MAcc, '16

Sonia Crosby-Attipoe

BSAcc, MAcc, '16


As a first generation American, Sonia was raised to understand education as one of the greatest privileges of our time. The daughter of IT consultants who built successful careers in the US after moving from Ghana, Sonia grew up in a family legacy of hard work. In high school, Sonia participated in DECA and Mock Trial in pursuits of a career in law but, after realizing litigation was not her primary interest, Sonia turned to accounting to gain a foundation for corporate law. She quickly learned that there were areas of public accounting that accomplished her goal of combining business and law and she loved the organizational focus of the discipline.


“I enjoy accounting” she says, “but I wouldn't consider myself a natural. I love the opportunity to master material so that I can support others in an effective way.” After graduating, Sonia will pursue a career in tax where she can gain the expertise needed to instruct new-hire teams and lead professional development sessions. She applauds the School of Accountancy for its strong internal network that provides students with opportunities to engage with current, past, and future professors through combined term presentations, saying that “the unity of the network distinguishes this program in a very tangible way.”


In addition to her academics, Sonia is heavily involved in the University. She is one of the Co-Directors of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program run through Beta Alpha Psi, is working with a team from the Office of Teaching and Learning to revitalize the Gateway to Business course, acts as a tour guide and ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and is active in one of DU’s Campus Ministries, Cru.

Simon Latimer
Simon Latimer
BSAcc, MAcc, '15 | Swimming and Diving Team

Simon Latimer

BSAcc, MAcc, '15 | Swimming and Diving Team


Simon has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, constantly working to learn as much about business as possible. Originally from Germany, Simon grew up in Wichita where he helped start a handful of successful companies. Throughout his process, he learned that accounting was “the language of business” and was immediately attracted to its usefulness and challenge. Simon eventually wants to start his own business and become the CEO of a public company, building his career on the educational foundation he received at the University of Denver and the tight-knit peer group he developed in the accounting Core.


In his spare time, Simon flies small planes, snowboards, and competes as a diver on DU’s Swimming and Diving team, a rewarding experience that has left him with fond memories and new friendships.

Morgan Wice
Morgan Wice
BSAcc '19 | Swimming and Diving Team

Morgan Wice

BSAc '19 | Swimming and Diving Team


Morgan has been in motion for as long as she can remember. Growing up in Colorado Springs, she quickly developed passions for equestrian riding and swimming, the latter of which she started at only seven years old. Throughout her schooling, Morgan remained active in these activities, eventually coming to DU where she now competes on the Swimming and Diving team. Though she originally declared an engineering major, Morgan switched to accounting before entering her freshman year, largely due a high school accounting class that “made more sense to [her] than any other subject in [her] high school career.” Now entering her sophomore year at Daniels, Morgan credits DU and Daniels’ support system as her favorite part of the program. “There is always somewhere to turn if I ever need assistance,” she says.


Though school and swimming take up most of her time, Morgan continues life-long loves of drawing, painting and embroidery as ways of relieving stress.

Ashley Taylor
Ashley Taylor
BSAcc, MAcc, '17 | Swimming and Diving Team

Ashley Taylor

BSAcc, MAcc, '17 | Swimming and Diving Team


Ashley grew up in Granite Bay, California where she was constantly seeking opportunities to participate in new things. She played soccer, swam, took art lessons, danced, and played both the violin and piano. Her constantly-moving lifestyle instilled a passion for discovery that Ashley carries to this day. Since coming to DU, Ashley has competed on the Women’s Swimming and Diving Team, an activity she successfully balances with her academic life.


Ashley’s father was a business consultant, so she was exposed to business at a young age. In high school, she helped her mom with bookkeeping for a small company and found herself drawn to the organization and systematic approach accounting required. When it came time to choose a college major, Ashley opted for accounting because of its ability to incorporate business and math, two of her interests and skills.


Ashley started in the Accounting Core in fall 2014 and has since built meaningful connections with her peers and professors alike. “The professors are so helpful and personable and they really want you to succeed,” she says. “It’s refreshing – something you cannot find at many universities.” She enjoys how accounting constantly exposes her to new things and allows her to see the impact of key decisions on businesses themselves. Ashley is looking forward to challenging herself as she completes her education and enters the business world.

Scott Bergstrom
Scott Bergstrom
BSAcc, '18 | Swimming and Diving Team

Scott Bergstrom

BSAcc, '18 | Swimming and Diving Team


Originally from White Salmon in Washington, Scott came to DU in 2013 where he now competes on the Swimming and Diving team. Scott took two years of accounting in high school and fell in love with how accounting organizes and simplifies everything: “Accounting all comes down to the numbers,” he says, “and that’s kind of comforting.” Now a junior at DU, Scott spends most of his time swimming, hanging out with friends and teammates, and playing videogames. Though he is still early on in his accounting education, he is looking forward to the opportunities it provides for management positions, a career goal he holds for his future.