Melisa F. Galasso, CPA

Title:Director, Audit Professional Practices

Education:B.S. in Business Administration, concentration in Accounting & International Business, minor in French, Georgetown University

Designations:CPA

Melisa Galasso

A Certified Public Accountant with over twelve years of experience, Melisa is an Audit Professional Practices Director at Cherry Bekaert LLP. In this role, she assists with technical issues and quality control of the Firm’s assurance services practice. She serves as the technical liaison to the Firm’s Not For Profit, Education and Government Services industry groups. She also works in the Firm’s training department developing Continuing Professional Education (CPE) ranging from newsletter articles to webinars. She monitors regulatory bodies including the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for changes in auditing and accounting guidance and assists the Firm in implementing the updated guidance. She has served a broad range of clients in a variety of industries, including government, not-for-profit, and manufacturing.

Melisa has considerable teaching experience. She serves as a Lead Instructor for Becker Professional Development. She is a frequent speaker for the NCACPA, AICPA, VSCPA and other orgranizations. She has won several awards for her classes including the 2015 Don Farmer award from the NCACPA. The Don Farmer Award recognizes a seminar discussion leader with the highest combined average scores on knowledge, skills, and materials from participant evaluations, for all courses taught in a technical area. Prior to joining the Firm, she worked as an Accounting Manager for SPP America, Inc. and as an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at Georgetown University.

Professional Involvement

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA)
  • Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA)
  • Chapter President, NCACPA Charlotte Chapter
  • Auditing & Attestation Committee Chair, NCACPA
  • AICPA Technical Issues Committee (2016-2019)

Awards

  • Top 5 Under 35, VSCPA (2016)
  • 50 Most Influential Women, Mecklenburg Times (2016)
  • Don Farmer Award, NCACPA (2016)
  • 5.0 Speaker Award, NCACPA (2016, 2015)
  • Leadership Academy Graduate, AICPA (2014)
  • Emerging Leader, Women to Watch, NCACPA (2013)