UMO Represented at 109th Annual NASBA Conference

UMO Represented at 109th Annual NASBA Conference

MOUNT OLIVE – Alejandra Hernandez and Jeffrey Yasalonis recently represented the University of Mount Olive (UMO) at the 109th Annual National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Denver, CO.

NASBA was founded in 1908 with the mission to enhance the effectiveness of the United States’ 55 state boards of accountancy.

Dr. Kathy Best, Dean of the Tillman School of Business, nominated the students.  “Both Hernandez and Yasalonis are exemplary in their work and character,” she said.

Hernandez and Yasalonis were among over 60 other business majors from across the country to participate in the conference, where they attended leadership workshops, participated in networking lunches and dinners, competed in ethical problem solving challenges, and learned to identify their leadership strengths.

“This was an unforgettable experience that helped me to grow as an individual and will impact the decisions I make in the future,” said Hernandez.

“I am extremely grateful for this experience,” Yasalonis stated.  “I will use the knowledge and networking tools I gained to help me in my future career.”

The NASBA conference taught Hernandez and Yasalonis the importance of ethics in their everyday lives.  “Ethics affect every part of a company.  Our ethical judgment can impact the lives of those around us,” said Hernandez. “Ethics is about staying true to who you are and keeping everyone’s best interest in mind when making a decision,” concluded Yasalonis.

Hernandez is from Mexico City, Mexico and is majoring in accounting and human resource management. Yasalonis is a native of Yardley, Pennsylvania.  He is pursuing a degree in accounting.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit

Pictured (L-R):  Alejandra Hernandez, Mount Olive CPA Barton Baldwin, and Jeffrey Yasalonis