Our MS in Accounting/MBA students come from non-accounting academic backgrounds. Join us as they share their experiences on preparing for a successful career through a 3-month residency at top accounting firms.

Participants in this event will:

  • Hear first-hand from our students their residency experiences and advice gained through their time in the program
  • Get an overview of our MS in Accounting/MBA program for non-accounting majors
  • Discover how earning an advanced degree from D'Amore-McKim can accelerate your career


Julie Chasse

Julie Chasse is the Director of the Graduate School of Professional Accounting. As director of the Graduate School of Professional Accounting, Julie oversees the graduate accounting programs and leads student success initiatives. In her role, Julie manages student recruitment for the MS in Accounting and MS in Accounting/MBA programs. To ensure that our students gain the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in accounting, Julie assembles and runs an Advisory Board with leaders from the Big 4 and global accounting firms to review and optimize the curriculum.

Julie drives efforts that enable our students to accomplish their professional ambitions and our employer-partners to fulfill their talent acquisition goals. Her team works closely with employers to organize on-campus recruiting events, including information sessions, networking events, and interviews. Julie also mentors students individually for tailored career planning.

Prior to working at Northeastern University, she taught accounting at Des Moines Area Community College. She managed the Volunteer Income Tax Preparation (VITA) program on campus in conjunction with United Way, supporting over 200 low and middle-income individual returns filed annually. Before coming to academia, Julie worked at EY, culminating in her role as a tax manager. As a CPA, she advised clients on federal and state & local tax, and was responsible for income tax accounting, compliance, and consulting projects.

Lizbeth Jones

Lizbeth Jones is the Assistant Director for the Graduate School of Professional Accounting.

As assistant director, Lizbeth supports the success of Graduate School of Public Accounting students and alumni. By offering student and career services throughout their academic journey and career, Lizbeth enables students to craft their paths in the accounting industry.

Lizbeth creates unique experiences for accounting students to gain the necessary skills to advance and succeed. She is passionate about empowering students and alumni to reach their professional goals. As part of her role, she develops workshops, offers career coaching, helps students craft their résumés, build interview skills, and forge professional networks.

Lizbeth fosters partnerships with leaders in the nation's top accounting firms to deliver solutions to a variety of their talent development needs. She provides employer partners with access to the brightest and best-emerging talent in accounting. She champions our students and presents rewarding career opportunities that bring value to both the public accounting firms and our students.

Lizbeth has dedicated her career to helping adult and professional learners achieve their professional goals. As an adjunct professor, Lizbeth taught Psychology and Adult Education at the New England College of Finance and Curry College. Before coming to the Graduate School of Public Accounting at Northeastern University, she served as an academic advisor and campus manager of the downtown campus of Northeastern University in Boston's financial district. Before this, she managed the business administration programs for adult learners.

Prior to coming to Northeastern, Lizbeth served as an office manager for the Cambridge Visiting Nursing Association.

Student Panelists

Residency Reflection Student Portrait

Selah Malcoln – MSA/MBA '22, SUNY Albany '21, PwC

Selah was born in Huntington, New York but completed most of her secondary education in Atlanta, Georgia. During undergrad, Selah was a member of the University at Albany Division I Women's Volleyball team. Along with being a full-time student-athlete, she served on the university's Student Athlete Advisory Committee, eventually becoming Vice President for the 2020-2021 academic year. As a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Selah was responsible for communicating with the school and conference on behalf of the student-athletes. Her academic work and community engagement awarded her The Warren E. Winslow and Amy P. Fey Endowment Achievement Award. Her background as an athlete has afforded her valuable skills such as resiliency, discipline, and self-confidence. Selah graduated summa cum laude from the University at Albany in May 2021 and plans on mentoring other young minorities. Her interests include fitness, listening to music, and traveling. Selah is also in the process of becoming a certified yoga instructor.

Residency Reflection Student Portrait

Jacob Pereira MSA/MBA '18, College of the Holy Cross ‘20, Deloitte 

Jacob was raised in coastal Dartmouth, Massachusetts, a proud Portuguese American community nestled on the South coast. He attended the College of the Holy Cross and graduated magna cum laude in 2018. During his undergraduate years, Jacob was an integral member of 88.1 WCHC Sports Radio. He served as the co-chair, social media manager, and play-by-play broadcaster of the men's basketball team. After graduation, Jacob worked as medical malpractice paralegal for Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan, LLP in New York City, where he helped design and implement a new streamlined case-tracking system. The prospect of working with and developing a close-knit team is what excites Jacob the most about pursuing a career in public accounting. During his free time, Jacob plays bass and rhythm guitar with his band, Jillian Way. Jacob is a passionate fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and fantasy football.

Residency Reflection Student Portrait

Katherine Santisi – MSA/MBA '22, Amherst College ‘18, KPMG

Katherine grew up in Westwood, Massachusetts. She graduated from Amherst College in 2018 with a B.A. in Biology and French. She enjoys traveling and studying the French language and culture. She spent the spring semester of her junior year studying abroad in Paris, France. After graduating from Amherst, Katherine moved to Bordeaux, France to work with high school students as an English Teaching Assistant. When she returned home, she began working in retail management. As she spent time analyzing sales reports and learning about business growth, she discovered her passion for working with numbers and deriving meaning from numerical data. Katherine is excited to continue to develop these skills in the MSA/MBA and begin a career in public accounting. In her free time, Katherine enjoys exploring local hiking trails, taking photographs, and doing crossword puzzles. 

Residency Reflection Student Portrait

Patrick Gearin – MSA/MBA '22, College of the Holy Cross ‘16, PwC 

Patrick grew up on the South Shore of Massachusetts. Growing up, Patrick loved to play the violin and had the opportunity to teach violin to over thirteen students as one of his high school jobs. After graduating from Holy Cross in 2016, he joined Shields Health Solutions, a small, growing company that focused on implementing specialty pharmacies. During his time there, he worked in the accounting department, the first catalyst to introducing accounting as a career. After working at Shields Health Solutions, Patrick went to work for WGBH, one of the largest public broadcasting companies in the USA. He built upon his foundation in accounting and enjoyed the problem-solving and analytical aspects of the role. Patrick looks forward to growing his accounting knowledge and skill set during the MSA/MBA program. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, fishing, hiking, and golfing.