About Internal Audit
Audit Staff Bios
As the Director of Internal Audit, Tricia Wood is responsible for developing, organizing and directing Northeastern University's Internal Audit plan. She plans financial, operational, and compliance audits to determine the adequacy of the University’s systems of internal control and the degree of compliance with these controls. The Director of Internal Audit is also charged with conducting special investigations as requested, and making recommendations for improved controls, operating procedures, and systems designs. She reports administratively to the Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance and has a direct reporting relationship to the Chair of the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees. She provides quarterly updates to the Audit Committee regarding Internal Audit’s activities.
Prior to joining Northeastern in 2008, she worked in the Internal Audit department at Boston College, and also worked as a risk consultant for Deloitte. She received her MBA from Boston College, and her Bachelors in Mathematics from Stonehill College. Tricia holds Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified in Information Systems Risks & Controls (CRISC) certifications. Tricia also served on the ISACA New England board, and most recently served as the President of the New England chapter. She is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
As the Associate Director of Internal Audit, Lin Qin is responsible for assessing, evaluating and making recommendations to management regarding the effectiveness of its risk management, governance, and the system of internal controls inherent in the processes and activities of the University. As the more experienced member of Internal Audit team, she often performs audits of complex nature and is in charge of collaborative works with external auditors. Under the direction of the Director of Internal Audit, she also performs consulting work in response to senior management’s requests. She has the responsibility for training and supervision of staff.
She has over 10 years of work experience in public, private, and higher education. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with expertise in auditing and taxation. Prior to joining Northeastern in 2004, she worked at Ernst & Young, American Express Tax and Business Services, and John Hancock Financial Services. She received her Master of Science in Accounting from Suffolk University, and her Bachelor’s in Information Management from Nanjing University. She is a member of the AICPA and MSCPA.
As the IT Audit Manager for Internal Audit at Northeastern University, Krystal Pedersen oversees numerous audits, including business processes, policies and procedures, governance practices, and regulatory compliance, to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of internal controls surrounding University data and assets. Krystal works closely with Information Services and business units to develop the risk-based audit approach for the IT audit universe. In addition, Krystal established the department’s website and aligned its business continuity plan with the University’s. Using knowledge of the data analysis tool “ACL”, Krystal provides value-add reports to peer auditors and business units at Northeastern University.
Prior to joining Northeastern in 2009, she worked in the Systems Process and Assurance group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. While at PwC, Krystal Pedersen accomplished various Sarbanes-Oxley compliance reviews for public and private Real Estate companies across the country, specializing in systems commonly used in the industry. In addition, Krystal Pedersen consulted with companies on various compliance and investment topics, including MA201 and GIS spatial solutions.
She received her Masters of Information Assurance from Northeastern University and her Bachelors in Accounting Information Systems from Bryant University. Krystal holds a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certificate. She also serves on the ISACA New England board, most recently as the Secretary of the New England Chapter and Director for Programs and Seminars committee. She is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and New England ACL User Group.
Kimberly Erwin is responsible for developing project plans to conduct operational, financial, compliance, and systems audits. She assesses risk, evaluates internal controls, reviews financial and operational systems, and appraises standards of business conduct, while ensuring compliance with applicable laws, and university policies and procedures. She subsequently makes value added recommendations for improvement as well as documents and communicates audit results. She also performs a variety of targeted data mining and analysis utilizing the Audit Command Language (ACL) tool.
Prior to joining Northeastern in 2008, Kimberly worked in the Internal Audit department at Liberty Mutual. She received her MBA from Northeastern and her Bachelors in Mathematics from Stonehill College. Kimberly is also pursuing her Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certification. Kimberly served as the 2011-2012 Secretary of the Board of the Greater Boston Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and Chairperson of the Greater Boston IIA Academic Relations Committee. She is also an active member of the New England ACL User Group.
As a Staff Auditor, Andrew is responsible for assisting Senior Auditors with developing project plans to conduct operational, financial, compliance, and systems audits. He assesses risk, evaluates internal controls, reviews financial and operational systems, and appraises standards of business conduct, while ensuring compliance with applicable laws, and university policies and procedures. He subsequently makes value added recommendations for improvement as well as documents and communicates audit results.
Andrew received his Bachelors in Accounting from Northeastern University and is in the process of completing his MBA here at Northeastern. His work in the Internal Audit Department began soon after graduation. Andrew is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).