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Meet the Staff

Audit Team with Mascot
Audit Team

Texas State University System
Office of Internal Audit

2615 Calder Ave., Suite 350
Beaumont, TX 77702

Ramona Stricklan, CIA, CFE
(409) 880-1766

Ramona serves as the Director for the Office of Internal Audit for the Lamar Components reporting directly to the Chief Audit Executive for the Texas State University System.

Ramona received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lamar University. She is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Ramona has over fourteen years of experience in accounting which includes being a controller for a non-profit for over five years.

Additionally, she has over seventeen years of combined experience in auditing within the healthcare industry and higher education.

Rick Cummings, CISA,
Associate Director
(409) 880-7660

Rick has over thirty years IT Audit and Management experience with expertise in information systems controls, computer forensics and project management. Rick’s first 20 years of his career was spent in industry including Insurance, Technology and Retail. While at NCR Corporation, Rick traveled extensively internationally performing IT Audits and Program Management reviews. In 2010, Rick started with Texas State University System as the IT Auditor, serving the Lamar Components.

He has a BBA from Western Michigan University and through the years achieved recognition as a Certified Payment Card Industry Security Implementer (CPISI), Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).

Rick is a Vietnam veteran serving 2 years active duty in the Navy and 4 years in the Navy Reserves. A Michigan native growing up in the Cereal City of Battle Creek (Kellogg’s “Best to you each morning”), is an avid outdoorsman enjoying fishing, hiking and most recently cycling various areas in Southeast Texas. Rick lives in Silsbee with his wife Becky and two Rotties, Beau and Belle.

Marylyn Byrd, CPA
Internal Auditor
(409) 880-7659

Marylyn has twelve years of experience in auditing and accounting with expertise in internal and external audit and compliance, governmental accounting, management, financial reporting, strategic planning, human resources, and tax preparation. Marylyn is a proud Lamar University alumna, having received a BBA in Accounting and an MBA with an Accounting concentration. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Texas.

Marylyn is heavily involved in the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA) having served in various leadership roles at the chapter level including as President of the Southeast Texas Chapter and she is currently serving as a State Director. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Texas Association of College and University Auditors (TACUA), and the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA). During her career, she has been the recipient of the Southeast Texas 40 under 40 Award, the TXCPA Rising Star Award and led the Southeast Texas Chapter of the TXCPA in receiving the Outstanding Small Chapter Award and the CPA-PAC Highest Percentage of Contributors Award during her year as President. She is a graduate of the TXCPA Leadership Development Institute.

Marylyn is married to her wonderful husband, Jared, whom she met at Lamar, and has two young sons. She is a Disney lover, an avid cruiser, and enjoys spending time with her family and traveling in her free time.