Nicole Morris
Nicole Morris
Affiliated with Accounting, Applied Sustainability, Business Administration, Finance

Professor Morris left a successful corporate career to fulfill a life-long dream of sharing her passion of accounting with students in the classroom. Professor Morris graduated from Siena College in Loudonville, NY and grew up in Saratoga Springs, NY. Since graduation, she has held several positions, including senior auditor for KPMG and controller for a local credit union. After obtaining her CPA license, Professor Morris spent five years in various positions of increasing responsibility in the Finance Department at IDX Systems Corporation, which was acquired GE Healthcare during her tenure. Her positions centered around the implementation of Sarbanes Oxley, software revenue recognition, managing system conversions and Six Sigma process improvement. During her time at GE Healthcare, she obtained her MBA from Marist College, located in Poughkeepsie, NY. In September, 2008 she joined the Accounting faculty at Champlain College. During her time at Champlain College, her academic experience includes classroom and online teaching of undergraduate and graduate accounting courses, undergraduate business/management courses, as well as curriculum development. 

Professor Morris is a dedicated and committed member of the CPA profession. Locally, she is a member of the Vermont State Society of CPAs. On a national level, she was selected as one of twenty-eight young professionals from across the country to attend the inaugural AICPA leadership academy in the summer of 2009 and continues her commitment with the AICPA.  In 2017, Professor Morris received two local honors.  The first was the Vermont Business Magazine Rising Star award.  Award recipients are selected by a panel of judges for their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities and each year 40 winners under the age of 40 are selected.  Later in the same year, Professor Morris was honored as a Woman to Watch by the Vermont State Society of CPAs.  This award recognized VTCPA members who have made outstanding contributions to the accounting profession, their community, place of employment and/or to the development of women as leaders.

Outside of work Professor Morris is devoted to her wonderful family, her community, and her commitment to lifelong learning. She and her husband have been blessed with three beautiful children. They enjoy the outdoors as much as possible, exploring all there is to love about Vermont.

Professional Experience

The Vertek Corporation, Colchester, VT (2011)
Independent Contractor, August, 2011 - December, 2011

  • Sarbanes-Oxley training session in August, 2010.  Training held for a team of 20, including senior executives and analysts;
  • Financial Accounting for Non-Accountants training sessions in November, 2010.  Training scheduled for a team of 20+, including senior executives and analysts.

GE Healthcare, South Burlington, VT (2004 - 2008)
Financial Contracting Process Lead, January, 2006 - July, 2008
Principal Revenue Analyst, January, 2005 - January, 2006

  • Recognized as GE Top Talent in 2007
  • Technical oversight for 25 contracting analysts
  • Drove controllership, consistency, teamwork, and change management within the Financial Contacting Department
  • Assisted in the coordination of a multi-million dollar ERP integration with GE Healthcare
  • Department lead for Sarbanes Oxley and financial statement audits
  • Developed and implemented departmental trainings for Revenue Recognition compliance, ERP conversions, and Sarbanes Oxley compliance
  • Responsible for the identification and execution of process and procedural improvement opportunities

Technical Accounting Specialist, February, 2004 - December, 2005

  • Consultant to the sales, legal, accounting and senior management staffs in external and internal audit, Sarbanes Oxley compliance, financial reporting, as well as the negotiation and finalization of customer contracts
  • Worked with external auditors to ensure the proper application of accounting regulations on complex business transactions, new accounting standards and/or complex customer contracts
  • Assisted in the regular communication of the revenue recognition policy through presentations to sales, legal, implementation, consulting or accounting personnel

Vermont Federal Credit Union, Burlington, VT (2002 - 2004)
Controller, July, 2002 - February, 2004

  • Daily oversight and management of the accounting and member bookkeeping for $100 million credit union operations
  • Hired, trained, motivated and retained a staff of 6 employees
  • Coordinated the month-end closing and financial reporting process
  • Management of NCUA and financial statement audits
  • Management of corporate investment portfolio
  • Management of accounts payable, plastic card operations and ACH functions
  • Responsible for annual budget preparation and variance reporting
  • Completed weekly and monthly analysis and reporting to management, the Board of Directors, and regulatory agencies

KPMG LLP, Albany, NY and Burlington, VT (1998 - 2002)
Assurance In-charge, November, 1998 - July, 2002

  • Supervised assistants including performance reviews and daily delegation of duties to most efficiently and effectively completes assigned audits
  • Managed day-to-day engagement activities including everyday client service and overall engagement management
  • Evaluated financial statements for a wide range of clients including several not-for-profit and public companies
  • Conducted examinations of a client's source financial documentation to ensure proper accounting treatment was applied, and that records were complete
  • Prepared financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

Professional Associations'

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • American Accounting Association (AAA)
  • Vermont State Society of Certified Public Accountants (VTCPA)

Professional Certifications

  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant - Vermont (October, 2003)
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (August, 2012)
  • GE Green Belt in DMAIC Six Sigma (January, 2006)