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McConnell & Jones Hosts Panel Discussion on Board Governance
McConnell & Jones

March, 2012

McConnell & Jones LLP (MJ) welcomes over one-hundred nonprofit organizations within the greater Houston area to take part in a complimentary panel discussion entitled Board Governance: Best Practices for Nonprofits on Wednesday, March 28th.



The round table discussion will give Board members and senior staff insight on the major building blocks of an effective board. Topics covered include board roles and responsibilities, financial governance and oversight, and board-staff relations. According to Jonathan Ellis, MJ Government and Nonprofit Sector Leader, it is imperative for board members to understand strategic, financial, and operational issues facing the organization and stay current on sound governance principles.



Panelists include: Dr. Jonita Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Coast Community Services Association; Kimberly Sterling, President, Sterling Associates; Gordon Goodman, Past Audit Committee Chairman, Houston Area Urban League; Odysseus Lanier, President, Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees. Moderating the discussion is Thomas Jones Jr., immediate past Chairman of the Board of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.    



“Over the past decade, nonprofit organizations have increased the role of their governing boards,” says Odysseus Lanier CPA, Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees and Partner of MJ’s affiliate, McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP. He concludes, “Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the fiscal responsibilities of board members as well as their role in the critical aspects of financial reporting and internal controls within the organization.”



The round table discussion will take place Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the offices of McConnell & Jones LLP, located at 3040 Post Oak, Suite 1600, Houston, TX 77056. Event details and RSVP information are online at:



About McConnell & Jones LLP:



McConnell & Jones LLP is a public accounting firm offering first-hand experience working with nonprofit organizations.  Our extensive background in providing audit, tax and accounting services to tax-exempt entities equips our specialists with the ability to provide innovative solutions to meet their specialized needs. MJ’s nonprofit clients include faith-based organizations, parochial schools, health and welfare groups, private foundations, trade associations, charitable organizations and similar groups. McConnell and Jones is the 14th largest CPA firm in Houston. For additional information please


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