Judith Barbera, MBA, CIA, CCSA, 828-2123
Staff Auditor II
Judy joined the Office of the State Auditor in 2010. She has eight years audit experience working as a bank auditor at Connecticut River Bancorp in Charlestown, NH, and as senior internal auditor for Dartmouth College. She earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from Franklin Pierce College and an executive master's degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire Whittemore School of Business and Economics. Judy is a certified internal auditor, a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and she is certified in control self-assessment techniques. She has a grown son, Robert Jr., and enjoys arts and crafts, singing, gardening, and entertaining family and friends at her home in Springfield, VT, which she shares with Miss Kitty.
Geoffrey Battista, PhD, 828-1730
Government Research Analyst
Geoffrey Battista joined the Auditor's Office in March 2019. He comes to Montpelier after having completed a PhD in geography at McGill University, where he examined how urban planning and social service policies interact to shape travel behavior. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from UCONN and UVM, respectively, during which he undertook projects using quantitative, qualitative, and geospatial approaches. He is the author of several peer-reviewed publications and enjoys writing, cooking, and cycling in his free time. He splits his weekends between Montpelier and Montreal.
Susan Dzurus Bradley, ACA; CPA, CA; ACFS, 828-2122
Susan joined the Auditor’s Office in 2018. She moved to Germany after obtaining her undergraduate degree, and then to the UK where she completed her post graduate diploma in law. Susan joined KPMG in the UK, gaining her professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant, and later became an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist. She has more than 18 years’ experience in both private and public sector employment, including financial statement and regulatory audit; corporate and personal tax; and investigation. She gained international experience from roles in Germany, the UK, Canada, and the US. She joined the State of Vermont in 2017, and has previously worked in grant management and compliance roles within the Agency of Human Services. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her husband, and getting to know Vermont.
Diane Hahn, MBA, 828-2281
Diane joined the Auditor’s Office in 2016. She was previously an independent editor and translator of international financial, legal, and regulatory documents. She also brings 15 years of experience as a general business consultant in both the public and private sector. She holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in Information Systems from Boston College. Diane lives in Middlesex with her husband Bill.
Jonathan Kingston, 828-0763
Jonathan joined the Office of the State Auditor in 2014. He has fifteen years audit experience with twelve of those years working as a federal internal auditor. Prior to joining the Office of the State Auditor, Jonathan, worked as an Internal Auditor for the Vermont National Guard. He is also a combat veteran with overseas service in Afghanistan. Jonathan received his B.S. in Accounting from Castleton State College. He lives with his wife in Jericho Vermont.
Linda Lambert, CPA, CISA, 828-0796
Director of Information Technology & Performance Audits
Linda joined the Auditor’s Office in 2005 after more than 20 years as an Information Technology and Financial Auditor at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). In her last position at GAO, she was an assistant director in charge of a variety of government-wide and agency-specific information technology audits. Linda holds a bachelor of science degree in management advisory services from Southern New Hampshire University and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor as well as a CPA. She lives in Montpelier.
Tanya Morehouse, MBA, MS, CPA, 828-1204
Tanya joined the Auditor’s Office in 2006. Prior to working at the Auditor’s Office, she was a Senior Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Boston, Mass. Tanya received her master's of business administration and master's of science in accounting degrees from Northeastern University and her bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in Williston with her husband Kevin and sons Tyler and Colby.
Kathy O'Rourke, 828-2185
Financial Manager I
Kathy joined the Auditor's Office in 2014. She is a native Vermonter, raised in South Burlington, Vermont. Thinking that the grass was greener on the other side she moved to Petersburg, Virginia and purchased a house in the “historic district” hoping to revive depressed area steeped in civil war history. During this time, she met many fine people doing the same thing. After four years there she realized what a beautiful, incredible state Vermont is and was anxious to return. Upon returning from Virginia, she moved to the Montpelier area and worked as an office manager for an in-patient residential facility in Plainfield, VT for twelve years. In 2003 she started her career at the State of Vermont, working for the Department for Children and Families as part of the business office. She currently lives in Montpelier and has two lovely grown children, one beautiful granddaughter and one beautiful grandson.
Michele Pheeney, CPA, MBA, 828-2285
Michele joined the Office of the State Auditor in 2011 upon her return to Vermont. After growing up in Essex Junction, she spent several years in Texas, earning a Master’s of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University in Austin, and starting her accounting career at the Texas State Auditor’s Office. In addition to the MBA, Michele is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Michele lives in Barre City.
Hugh Pritchard, ACA, CIA, 828-4619
Hugh joined the State Auditor’s Office in 2008. He previously worked in internal audit roles in the auto industry in Detroit and in the British government and health service. He graduated in natural sciences at Cambridge University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London, and is also a Certified Internal Auditor. Hugh competed in biathlon at the Winter Olympics, and lives in Montpelier with his wife and two daughters.
Courtney Stevenson, CIA, MS, 828-4360
Courtney joined the Auditor’s Office in 2019. Previously, she was a senior performance auditor at the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office, working on audits on a variety of topics including tax incentives, juvenile justice, and charter schools. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Development from Tulane University in New Orleans and a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University. She is a Certified Internal Auditor. She currently lives in Northfield with her husband Bryant and daughter Maxine. A born and bred Louisianan, she and her family have been enjoying exploring their beautiful new state—though she will always root for the LSU Tigers come football season.