In July, 2014 Pamela (Pam) established Powers CPA, LLC and currently serves as owner and managing member. Powers CPA, LLC provides internal audit, consulting and assurance services to state and local government and non-profit entities. Since leaving the Oregon State Lottery in February, 2014 Pam has performed audit work at Oregon Department of Revenue, the Oregon State Fair, Oregon Military Department, and Keizer Community Library. She has 18 years cumulative experience in external and internal auditing at state agencies. Pam currently serves as a member of the State Board of Education’s Audit Committee.
Pam also is an Instructor for the Institute of Internal Auditors. During her career with the state she provided training on various topics including ethics, risk management, and auditing. She currently serves as a voluntary instructor for the Institute of Internal Auditors, providing training for audit professionals globally.
Prior to starting her own firm, Pam served as the Chief Audit Executive (CAE) for both the Oregon Lottery and the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). Her role as CAE at DAS included both managing the internal audit function as well as providing support and leadership to the internal audit community across the State of Oregon; in part by coordinating the Statewide Audit Advisory Committee and co-facilitating the State’s Chief Audit Executive Council.
Prior to her position at DAS, Pam began a single-person internal audit function for the Oregon Department of Forestry where she managed the program for three years. Before that, she spent four years as a Senior Internal Auditor with the Oregon Department of Transportation. She began her career auditing for the State of Oregon with four years at the Secretary of State’s Audits Division where she performed external audits of several State agencies including the Department’s of Human Services, Transportation, Revenue, and the Oregon State Fair. While in college, Pam worked in several accounting and administrative functions for Garten Services, a rehabilitation center for mentally handicapped adults.
Pam earned her Bachelors degree in Accounting from Western Baptist College in 1995. She also holds Certifications in Public Accounting, Internal Auditing, and Risk Management Assurance. She is a graduate of Leadership Oregon, has earned the designation of Competent Toastmaster, and most recently graduated from Willamette University’s Certificate of Public Management program in June 2011. She is currently enrolled as a student in Atkinson Graduate School of Management’s MBA for Professionals program, with an anticipated graduation date of December 2015.
Pam is an active member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and currently serves as a subject matter expert for the IIA’ s Global Academic Relations Committee (ARC). She previously served as a member of the Global ARC and in several leadership positions on the Salem Chapter IIA board for five years. Her positions with the Chapter included President for the 2004-05 chapter year and three years on the planning committee for the Western Regional Conference held in Portland in 2007. She is also a member of the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants and has participated in the Society’s mentorship program.
In her off-hours Pam enjoys spending time with her family. When time allows she enjoys scrapbooking, reading or running with her black lab. Pam is an active volunteer in organizations her children are involved with such as Sprague Band and Colorguard, Sprague Choir, Panthers Softball and Willamette Girlchoir.
- B.S., Western Baptist College (Accounting)
- Certified Public Accountant
- Certified Internal Auditor
- Certificate in Public Management, Willamette University
Areas of Instruction
Fraud and Controls