Dr. Jeannie Harrington, CMA, CPA
Jeannie Johnson Harrington, CMA, CPA is Chair of the Department of Accounting and the HCA Professor of Accounting at Middle Tennessee State University.
Dr. Harrington has been on the faculty of MTSU since 1988 and has taught several different courses during her tenure. She uses active learning and is always ready to try the latest educational pedagogue. She is the faculty advisor for the Student Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), the Past-President for the Tennessee Society of Accounting Educators, and is an active member of numerous committees. She also serves on the Nashville IMA and Millview Swim Club Boards of Directors. After many years of service to IMA, Dr. Harrington will be assuming the role of President for the Nashville chapter board in the upcoming fiscal year.
Dr. Harrington’s research interests include foreign financial reporting, outsourcing, corporate social reporting and IFRS applications. She received the 1999 and 2006 awards from the Tennessee Society of CPAs for her articles on the Eurodollar and outsourcing of tax returns. Jeannie has been active in the International Accounting Section (IAS) of the American Accounting Association for many years, having served as the Southeast Region Liaison, Secretary, and newsletter editor and photographer for eight years. She received the Outstanding Service Award for IAS in 2012.
Jeannie is CEO of the Harrington household consisting of her husband, Paul, college age children Natalie and Hank, and Labrador dogs Cody and Jill. Jeannie earned her doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky, and her ties to both UK and MTSU solidify her heart bleeds BLUE! She is an avid masters swimmer, and loves boating and hiking.
Jose Ferreira, CMA
Over the course of his career, Jose has had the opportunity to work in different industries and multiple large companies. Jose has held roles of increasing responsibility at Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, Asurion, Cummins, and Bridgestone Americas. Most recently, Jose joined JLL, a global company that manages commercial real estate, including facility operations and investment opportunities. Jose is a Finance Director for the business unit managing all government buildings for the State of Tennessee. He is a Certified Management Accountant and holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad del Pacifico. Jose has been a long time IMA member, and this is his second term serving as Treasurer for the Nashville chapter board.
Jose was born in Lima, Peru. He is bilingual in Spanish and English and has a basic understanding of Portuguese. Jose and his wife have two boys who are very active in sports, mainly travel soccer. He loves sports. Although his family considers Nashville to be their home, Jose still enjoys Peruvian ceviche over Nashville hot chicken.
Director of Social Media
Misty has had a steadfast career in accounting at Bridgestone Americas for more than 15 years. As a non-traditional college student and young mother, Misty worked tirelessly to get her bachelors degree in accounting while working full time over the years. Misty wants others to know it can be done and hopes that she is an inspiration to others. Misty is currently the Controls and Compliance Leader for Bridgestone Americas Record to Report team. In this role, she helps ensure the entire department operates with solid accounting controls and is a liaison for internal and external auditors. She has also had the pleasure to work on transformation & automation projects, focusing on continuous improvement and efficiencies for the multi-billion dollar organization.
Misty believes in the value of continuing education and thrives on life-long learning. She was drawn to the IMA for the many personal development opportunities offered. Misty is a new IMA member and joined the Nashville Chapter board in July 2021.
VP of Member Engagement
Morgan Parker Ball
Director of Meetings
Morgan Parker Ball serves as Director of Business Operations in Rezult Group's Nashville office. Morgan started her career as an Accounting & Finance Recruiting Partner and has progressively taken on new roles within the organization. She found her passion for sales when she became a Business Development Manager where she interfaced with clients, worked closely with her team, enhanced her knowledge of organizational accounting and finance needs, and learned how to best partner with her clients. Morgan’s outgoing and creative personality sets her apart as a contributor and leader within the Rezult Group, and we are delighted to have her join the IMA board. Morgan researched getting involved in a professional organization and found IMA to be a great match! In her own words, "I love networking and helping and having a place to join my amazing leaders I work with is really intriguing to me." Morgan works with a ton of companies and has a lot of market knowledge and connections. She is excited to help bridge the gap and add value to IMA and her clients.
Morgan received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Memphis where she studied Public Relations. She and her husband are proud parents to their two Wheaten Terriers, Lu and Andy. When not looking after her fur babies Morgan loves cheering on the Tigers, being with friends traveling and celebrating all things Nashville!
Tim Creel, CMA, CPA
Director of CMA program and Academic Relations
Dr. Tim Creel is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Lipscomb University. He is a CPA, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified in Corporate Strategy and Analysis (CSCA), and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
Creel earned a BBA in Accounting from Harding University, an MBA from Lipscomb, where he received the Outstanding MBA Graduate award, a Master of Science in Accounting, an Educational Specialist degree in educational technology from the University of Missouri, and a Doctor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Creel's research interests include sustainability, accounting education, and Christian business perspectives. He has had several journal publications in these areas, along with several conference presentations for organizations such as the American Accounting Association, the Center on Teaching and Learning, the Institute of Management Accountants, the Tennessee Society for Accounting Educators and the Association for Financial Professionals.
He has worked with the IMA for many years as a campus advocate, including the start up of a student chapter. In 2021, Tim joined the Nashville Chapter board to further assist with his passion areas -- academic relations and raising awareness of CMA credential. His community service includes time as a board member and treasurer for the United Way, teaching and helping with a youth group at Church, and work with the Tennessee Society of Accounting Educators.
Susan Maddux, CPA
Lincoln Trails Regional Council Representative