Ross Justus, Chief Audit Executive
Ross Justus is a New Mexico Certified Public Accountant who has been with the NMSU Office of Audit Services since June 2008, where he has served as the Chief Audit Executive since January 2010. Prior to joining the Office of Audit Services, Ross was an audit manager with Moss Adams LLP in Albuquerque, where he performed external compliance and financial statement audits of various for-profit and not-for-profit entities, including several institutions of higher education. Including his prior experience as a Senior Auditor at KPMG LLP, Ross has over eight years experience performing external audits. Ross has performed external audits of UNM, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, WNMU, Albuquerque TVI (now CNMCC), and Dine College. Other experience includes serving as a divisional controller for First National Bank of Arizona. Ross is a native of New Mexico and graduated from New Mexico State University where he received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduate for the College of Business.
Walter R Webster
Walter joined the Office of Audit Services in September 2011 as the Assistant Director/Audit Manager. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maine and a Bachelor of Science in Public Accounting from Husson University. He is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and is an IRS Enrolled Agent (EA). He previously worked 12 years at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as Audit Chief and Compliance Monitor. Prior to that employment, he worked 7 years in Russia administering USAID programs and serving 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer. He has been a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors for 23 years.
Gail has been with the Office of Audit Services since July 2001. She received her Bachelor of Criminal Justice, with a Minor in Accounting from New Mexico State University. Gail performs special investigations of allegations of misuse involving university employees or property. Additional primary responsibilities include that of Office Manager and Webmaster for the Audit Services web page. Prior to joining Audit Services, Gail served in the law enforcement field as a projects specialist for the NMSU Police Department including assignments to the Dona Ana Magistrate Court and the NMSU Parking Division. Gail also serves on the NMSU University Student Discipline Committee, is a member of the Association of College & University Auditors and the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Felipe Salcido, Jr.
Felipe is a New Mexico Certified Public Accountant who joined the Office of Audit Services in November 2011 as a Senior Auditor. He is a graduate of New Mexico State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Accountancy. His previous experience includes working with the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces as Controller and Director of Financial Services. Prior to that employment, he worked in public accounting for Ernst & Whinney primarily performing financial audits for non-for-profit entities, state and local governments and universities. He is a member of the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants. Felipe is a member of the Association of College & University Auditors and the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Laurie Ferguson joined the Office of Audit Services in September 2012 as a Senior Auditor. She is a graduate of New Mexico State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Accountancy. She has been employed with the University since 2001. Her previous assignment was a Senior Accountant with Business and Administration at Treasury Services. Before that, Laurie was a Fiscal Monitor for Accounting and Financial Reporting with oversight of unrestricted funding for the Colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Health and Social Services; as well as Auxiliary, Financial Aid, Graduate School, Student Success, and the Branches. Prior to her employment at the University, she has worked as an accountant at a local processing plant, not-for-profit, and the banking industry. Laurie is a member of the Association of College & University Auditors and the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Suzanne joined the Audit Services Department in April 2013 as the IT Auditor. She is a 20-year Navy Veteran with experience as a Project Manager, Chief Information Officer and Information Assurance Manager at Naval Hospitals. In these roles, Suzanne monitored, tested, and audited systems to ensure compliance with the Department of Defense and HIPAA regulations. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management at the University of Maryland and a Master of Network & Communications Management degree at Keller Graduate School of Management.