Council Board


President -
Nicole Sheets, CPA
Peninsula-Silicon Valley Chapter

Nicole has lived in the Bay Area for almost twenty years after growing up in the Los Angeles area. After graduating from Humboldt State University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with the emphasis in Accounting moved to the Bay Area. Nicole is a CPA currently working as an independent contractor doing work as accountant, and bookkeeper. She has six years of experience as an Internal Auditor for First American Title where she was involved with SOX compliance. Nicole has also acquired a variety of general accounting experience through 10+ years of various jobs.

She has been on the IMA PPA board for many years in roles such as Secretary, Treasurer, and President.

VP Administration -
Patti Sharkey
Diablo Valley Chapter
Patti Sharkey is an experienced Financial Director with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. She is skilled in the areas of Nonprofit, Telecom, Healthcare, and Insurance Organizations. Grant Management, Budgeting, Microsoft Excel, Management, Accounting, and Finance. She is strong finance professional with a Bachelor's degree focused in Accounting from Hawaii Pacific University.


Secretary -
REST Support -
LuAnn M. Klann, CMA

Central California Chapter

LuAnn Klann is a finance executive with extensive and diverse experience in a variety of industries. Her expertise includes a consistent record of improving financial results through innovative business processes and her significant strengths include evaluating business processes and initiating change management to improve financial results and performance.

Ms. Klann’s teaching strength lies mainly in being able to perceive student’s/target’s learning style and adapting teaching style to meet them. Crossed experience in corporate finance, LuAnn provides a unique blend rarely found in University Professors. Also included in her arsenal is forensic accounting experience which includes fraud detection in the fast food, restaurant, corporate finance, and other private industries.

Treasurer -
Robert F. Hulin, Jr.
East Bay - Northern California Chapter

Robert is a principle of Hulin Consulting a boutique firm that specializes in the accounting and bookkeeping market niche. Prior to Hulin Consulting, Robert had a accounting and technical career with AT&T and it's many transformations, retiring in 1994. 

Robert has been a member of the IMA since 1994 and has held a variety of Board positions at the Chapter, Regional Council and Global levels.

Robert holds an AA Degree - Accounting Specialization from San Joaquin College, a BS Degree - Accounting Specialization from California State University - Sacramento, and a MSPA Degree from Golden Gate University.


VP Education -
Scott Berry

Reno Chapter

Scott enjoys building businesses and has spent most of his career as a financial executive with broad experience in planning, accounting and financial management. This experience includes manufacturing entities, financial consulting, strategic planning, acquisitions and SEC reporting. Scott has worked with early-stage start ups as well as established companies.

Scott also has several years experience managing supply chain operations for both manufacturing and design/outsourcing consumer product companies. He has experience with contract manufacturing in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Away from the office Scott loves to explore the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Scott and his wife Gina are the proud parents of three children, Chase, Austin and Madison.

VP Membership, Marketing, and Public Relations -
Richard L. Maas, CMA, CFM

Redwood Empire Chapter

Richard Maas is the Controllerfor Discover Office Systems, a Kyocera Documents Solutions Company. He has been with the Company since 2000. Richardjoined the IMA and the Redwood Empire Chapter in 1981. He has also been a member of the Chico Chapter, where he earned his CMA in 1985, as well as the Sacramento Chapter. Richard served on both the Chico and Sacramento Board of Directors. He returned to the Redwood Empire Chapter in 1989, but was unable to attend many of the meetings because he lived way north behind the Redwood Curtain.

In 2000, Richard moved to Santa Rosa and became active in the Redwood Empire Chapter. He is the 2012-2013 Chapter President, previously serving as Chapter President twice before. Richard has served as the chapter representative to the Golden West Council for many years.

Mr. Maas earned his CFM in 2008. Richard has also attended the IMA Annual Conferences in San Diego and San Francisco.

Mr. Maas earned my BS in Accounting and Finance from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MBA from Humboldt State University.


VP Communications -
Tim Grant

Reno Area Chapter
Tim Grant, MBA,CPIM, is the President of Business Solution Providers, Inc. in Reno, NV.

BSP specializes in third-party inventory and manufacturing software products for small to medium businesses. The Company provides Needs Assessments to businesses looking for an inventory or manufacturing software solution. Once a choice is made, the BSP team can provide setup, training and implementation services to sync the company’s goals with the capabilities of software. 

Tim has practiced public and private accounting for over twenty years in the service, distribution and manufacturing industries. He is an advanced-certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor, and a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, the National Advisor Network and The Sleeter Group.

He is a former enlisted member of the U.S. Air Force.

Young Professionals
Pamela Howard

Central California Chapter



President Emeritus -
Patricia J. Mayer, CMA, CPA
Diablo Valley Chapter

Patricia J. Mayer (Patt) is an active CPA and a CMA, and CEO of Patricia J. Mayer & Associates, a staffing company for financial candidates. Prior to that, she was the VP Finance, Retail division, Customer Segments, of Charles Schwab & Co., the VP Finance for Macromedia Inc., and the CFO of the YMCA of San Francisco.

Patt is past president of the East Bay chapter of the California Society of CPAs, currently on their State nominating committee, past president of San Francisco chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI), past president of the Diablo Valley chapter of Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), and an active member of the planning committee of REST.

Regional Directors


Linus A. Li, CMA, CFM, CPA

Sacramento Chapter

Dr. John P. Karbens, CMA, CFM, CIA, CPA

Hawaii Chapter