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Four members inducted into Rehn Society

April 09, 2011, Whitney Schaefer

${image-alt} Dean Dennis Cradit (third from left) with Rehn Society inductees Paul Sforza, Beth Mueller, and Deb and Clint McDonnough

On April 1, four new members were inducted into The Henry J. Rehn Society. Named after the College's first Dean, the Society recognizes individuals who have made significant financial contributions to the College of Business to support and build its programs, services, professorships and scholarships through the years. The event honored new members Clint and Deb McDonnough, Beth Mueller, William and Joann Seaway, and Paul Sforza.

Clint and Deb McDonnough

Clint McDonnough is the Dallas Office Managing Partner for Ernst & Young LLP. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from SIUC in 1977. Upon graduation, he began his 34-year career with Ernst & Young in the St. Louis office. Ernst & Young transferred Clint and his wife Deb to Dallas in 1986 where they raised three children and became an integral part of Ernst & Young. Prior to his current responsibilities, Clint served as the firm’s Managing Partner of Assurance & Advisory Business Services for the Southwest Area practice, National Director of Real Estate Advisory Services, Managing Partner for Ernst & Young Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group in Texas, and the coordinating partner for a number of the firm’s clients.

Clint is personally committed to supporting the Greater Dallas community. He is an active member of many organizations, including the Dallas Education Foundation Board, the Dallas Citizens Council Board, the Dallas Regional Chamber Board and Education Committee, and the Development Board for the University of Texas at Dallas. He has served two years as the General Campaign Chairman for the United Way and is on the Executive Committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

For his dedication and service, Clint has been honored with several awards within the community: 2008 Ebby Halliday Executive’s Excellence Award from Executive Women International, 2009 Chairman’s Award from the Dallas Regional Chamber, 2009 Flame of Honor Award for Distinguished Community Service from the Southwest Jewish Congress, and was honored by The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. as a 2010 Dallas Local Hero.

Clint and Deb have made contributions to the Clint and Deb McDonnough Scholarship Endowment for an Illinois high school graduate from one of the “Connect SI” counties who participate in the Lead SI program. The McDonough’s believe that a college degree is the gateway to help fulfill career goals. Growing up in southern Illinois, they wanted to provide financial support and opportunities for southern Illinois high school graduates to pursue a college degree in business and to inspire them to contribute to the southern Illinois economy in a leadership role.

Beth Mueller

Beth Mueller is a tax partner at Deloitte, and has provided tax services to both privately-held businesses and public companies throughout her 15-year career, focusing on federal international tax issues for fast growth companies. Beth has a bachelor’s degree in accounting as well as a master of accountancy from SIU, and she is a licensed CPA in Illinois.

In addition to her client service role, Beth takes on many leadership roles within Deloitte. She is the Women’s Initiative Leader for Deloitte’s Midwest region. In this role, Beth is responsible for creating and executing programs dedicated to mentoring, career development, and career path flexibility for women at all levels. Beth also focuses on external market opportunities to meet with clients and other organizations to discuss women’s initiatives and to leverage relationships. Beth is also a Partner Advisor to Deloitte’s Midwest Gen Y committee, which was formed to open dialogue about generational differences in the workplace and serve as a sounding board for major organization initiatives.

Beth serves on the Board of Directors for Ladder UP, an organization dedicated to helping Chicago families living below the poverty line by providing financial services and education. She is also a member of the External Advisory Board for the SIU School of Accountancy.

Beth has made donations for the Deloitte Research Professorship. A fully-funded Deloitte Research Professorship will make a significant impact on the School of Accountancy’s ability to recruit and/or retain a top faculty member in today’s competitive market.

William and Joann Seaway

William Seaway retired after over forty years in the energy industry. A 1963 graduate of SIUC, William earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration, and was soon hired as a sales representative for the Shell Oil Company. In 1968, William became owner of Seaco Incorporated, a retail and wholesale petroleum distributor and Flagg Petroleum, a retail petroleum distributer in Illinois. In 1977, he became Vice President of Midwest Petroleum Marketing Association. In 1985, he became owner of the Horizon Oil Company, a retail and wholesale petroleum distributor in Florida and served in this role until 2003.

Joann Seaway also attended Southern Illinois University with a major in special education. Through the years, she has been involved and held leadership roles for a number of organizations. She served on the Glenn Ellyn Village Board in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She was Director of Christian Education at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Tequesta, Florida from 1986-1991. In 1992, she became involved in Jupiter First Church in Jupiter, Florida, where she is still involved today. In 1994, Joann became owner of Cateway Designs, Incorporated, a residential and commercial design firm, based in Florida.

William and Joann Seaway have given contributions for the William T. and Joann G. Seaway Deferred Scholarship Endowment for a business major who has the hours required to graduate, but lacks the funds to finish the required classes for his/her degree.

William and Joann met at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, were married in their last year, but did not know how they would be able to pay for tuition. College of Business Dean Henry J. Rehn gave them a financial award so that they could finish school. William and Joann have not forgotten Dean Rehn’s generosity and have designated the College of Business as one of the beneficiaries of their estate so that they may help other business students in need.

Paul Sforza

Paul Sforza is a principle in the Defense Segment of the Federal Practice at Deloitte Consulting. Paul has been responsible for and involved in a wide array of consulting assignments to improve client business systems and processes, including systems implementation, development, and integration, business process reengineering, and financial management improvement for nearly 20 years.

Paul graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. While at SIU, he was recruited and hired by KPMG LLP in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1991, Paul transferred to the Consulting Division of KPMG LLP, and became a partner in 1999. He began working as a managing director for BearingPoint from 2001-2009 before he started at Deloitte. Paul has spent many years supporting The Defense Information Service Agency (DISA) as well as several other Federal Agencies and State & Local Governments.

In addition to being a CPA, Paul is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), and is a member of the AICPA, the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC), the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), and the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA). He is also a member of the St. Louis area Make-A-Wish Development Board.

Paul Sforza pledged contributions for the Robert and Patricia Sforza Memorial Scholarship Endowment for a School of Accountancy student. The Scholarship was established in 2010, by their children Christine Sforza, Lee Ann Sforza McKinley, and Paul Sforza in memory of their parents who were committed to higher education in Illinois. Robert Sforza obtained his master’s degree and became a science teacher in Belleville, Illinois as a direct result of the generosity of the Harold Prehn Foundation Scholarship he received as valedictorian of his high school class in Springfield, Illinois. Patricia Sforza received her nursing training in Champaign, Illinois and returned to school to obtain her degree in 1965. All three Sforza children work in the accounting field with Christine and Paul having received their bachelor’s degrees in accounting from SIU and are CPAs.