Advisory Board

Peter J. Roland, CPA, CMA, CFP, PFS

Peter founded the Accountant-Lawyer Alliance (ALA) after conducting his doctoral dissertation research on technology-based collaboration between accountants and lawyers. His research demonstrated both the benefits of professional collaboration, as well as the need for both the accounting and legal professions to work together more effectively to better serve their clients. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College, a Master of Science Degree in Taxation from Drexel University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Management from Northcentral University.

Dr. Ginger Malin

Dr. Ginger Malin is the founder of BadgeCert, a digital badging solution that enables organizations to digitally recognize and validate the professional development activities and credentials of their stakeholders with a single click. Ginger is recognized leader in employing cutting-edge virtual learning technologies to help organizations educate, inspire and recognize their stakeholders’ accomplishments. 

As an expert on digital badging and micro-credentialing, Ginger is frequently invited to speak at conferences and consult with organizations regarding new models for marketing credentials, mitigating risk in credentialing, and validating individualized learning pathways. As an award-winning professor and technology entrepreneur, Ginger has published widely on the subjects of learner engagement and motivation, instructional design, and educational technology and has held faculty appointments at Lake Forest College and DePaul University.

Ginger holds a B.A. in English Education from Indiana University, a M.S. in Education Leadership from DePaul University and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


James Hallinan is an independent business consultant specializing in internal audit: risk management, control and governance related review services; training and development; and quality assessment. He has over 25 years of diversified corporate/ bank internal audit and related independent business consulting experience. He is well-versed in virtually all major aspects of internal audit, risk/ control, and governance related engagements for community (and larger) banks, including (but not limited to): leading internal audit outsourcing programs; FDICIA and Sarbanes-Oxley internal control related design/ documentation and operating level effectiveness assessment projects; sensitive Bank Secrecy Act/ Anti-Money Laundering independent audits; high risk funds transfer operational reviews; and annual independent ALM/ IRR internal control reviews.


Richard S. Brown, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Strategic Management at Penn State University-Harrisburg. He holds a B.A. from Saint Joseph’s University, an M.B.A from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. from Temple University. He teaches courses such as Business Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Franchising, Leadership and Strategic Venture Planning. His primary research interests include corporate political activity and franchising. Dr. Brown has been published in 23 peer-reviewed journals including Business and Politics, Journal of Managerial Issues, Service Business, Journal of Public Affairs and the Journal of Management Policy and Practice.


Dr. Garey is a full professor at Lock Haven University where she teaches a multitude of accounting and other business courses. She is a CPA with experience in audit, tax and investment accounting. She is a published author on financial literacy, as well as a consultant to small businesses and the HR community. Her innovative, student-centered pedagogical approach to teaching is reflected in her incorporating new teaching strategies and numerous aspects of technology into her classes. Her scholarly work centers on the global set of accounting rules – International Financial Reporting Standards. In 2016 and 2017, she was an invited guest lecturer for an international business program at DHBW University in Heidenheim, Germany.