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Kelley A. Ellis, CPA, CGMA, CIA, EMBA

Assistant Professor of Practice in Accounting

Kelley Ellis is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Accounting at Drake University.  Kelley has broad, hands-on accounting knowledge that includes financial reporting, accounting operations, internal/external audit, and financial recruiting at a variety of corporate positions over the past 20+ years. The majority of her career occurred at KPMG within the Assurance practice in the Des Moines and London offices for the financial services sector.  In addition to her professional career, Kelley has also served as an instructor with the Becker CPA Review.  She is active in leadership roles with the Iowa Society of CPA's, Financial Executives International, and Information Systems Audit and Control Association.  Kelley is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Kelley doubled majored in finance and accounting at Creighton University and completed the executive MBA at the University of Iowa.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-2720
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber


  • Executive M.B.A., University of Iowa
  • B.S., Accounting and Finance, Creighton University

Areas of Expertise

  • External and Internal Audit