“Partners in Progress” is the professional advisory group to Southeast’s Accounting department and accounting major.

The group consults with faculty on program priorities and strategies, supports student and faculty development, and encourages other alumni to play a role in ensuring that Southeast continues to produce world-class accounting talent. The group consists of several Southeast alumni from accounting firms in the area.

Partners in Progress

Jeff Baer

Partner and CEO, Baer and Company

Glenn Brady

Glenn is a partner serving as PwC's risk assurance practice leader for the Greater Missouri Market.

Eddie Cato

Edwin T. (Eddie) Cato is a member of Riley, Stubbs & Cato LLC of Dexter, Missouri where he is a CPA serving the accounting, tax, and consulting needs of small businesses, local governments, non-profits, and individuals since 1982. 

Don Clayton

Don is executive vice president and chief financial officer at Milestone Equipment Holdings.

Mike Dambach

Mike is a member of BKD National Manufacturing & Distribution Group and serves as the firm’s industry tax leader for this group.

Lincoln Gray

Lincoln is a CPA, audit partner and financial services industry group leader at Armanino.

Jim O'Hallaron

Jim is a president and CEO of the Missouri Society of CPAs.

Lee Lummus

Lee Lummus is the corporate controller for Drury Hotels.

John Mather

John is the regional industry leader for BKD National Manufacturing & Distribution Group.

Betsy Mays

Betsy is a partner at Coffman and Company.

Thomas McCain


Ruth Saphian

Ruth is with Ernst and Young in St. Louis, Mo.

Cindy Schulte

Cindy works with families and closely held business owners on individual and corporate tax consulting, estate planning and administration, and wealth transfers.

Melvin Van de Ven

John is with Van de Ven, LLC in Cape Girardeau, Mo. 

Jeffrey Ward

Jeffrey is the office managing partner and national managing partner SOC/WebTrust/Cybersecurity Services at BDO USA, LLP.

Dempster Hall 205A
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 5845
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701