Staff

Lisa Ripplinger, CPA
Controller

Phone: (701) 231-7325
lisa.m.ripplinger@ndsu.edu

Travis Aho, CPA
Associate Controller

Phone: (701) 231-5661
travis.aho.1@ndsu.edu                                                                 

  • Contact for accounting issues
  • Maintenance and upkeep of the university's general ledger
  • PeopleSoft Finance system training on general ledger to include reviewing proper account codes, department funds, projects and program codes, as well as, running and reviewing reports
Shelly Gustafson
Accounting Services Manager

Phone: (701) 231-7899
shelly.gustafson@ndsu.edu

  • Maintenance and upkeep of the university's accounts payable system
  • Ensure proper accounting and grant expenditure protocol 
  • Policy, procedures and guidelines on general accounting questions
  • Accounting Department website maintenance and development
  • Accounting-related university communications
  • Monthly Pcard upload
Ana Bais
Payment Services Specialist

Areas of Specialty:  IDB and SSI Audit, Wire Transfers
Phone: (701) 231-4634
ana.bais@ndsu.edu

  • Policy, procedure and guidelines related to Interdepartmental transfers
  • Audit and provide guidance on CA, CE, CO, and IDB forms
  • Receipt, audit and upload of SSI Journal Imports
  • Wire transfer and foreign bank draft payments
  • Payment status/questions and copies of payment info
Karen Blake
Financial Systems Trainer

Areas of Specialty:  PeopleSoft Training, Travel & Expense, and Authorized Signature Forms

Phone: (701) 231-7433
karen.j.blake@ndsu.edu

  • PeopleSoft Finance training:  accounts payable entry, workflow approval, and expense reporting
  • Policy, procedures and guidelines related to employee reimbursements
  • Audit of Travel & Expense reports
  • Authorized Signature forms
  • Financial records retention
Melanie Correll
Fixed Asset Specialist

Areas of Specialty:  Fixed Assets, Lease payments, Purchase order payments
Phone: (701) 231-7297
Melanie.Correll@ndsu.edu

  • Policy, procedures and guidelines for fixed assets (equipment purchases over $5,000)
  • Lease payments
  • Purchase order payments
  • Void/stop payment requests
Kim Howard-Poehls
Procurement Card Administrator

Area of Specialty:  Procurement Cards
Phone: (701) 231-7462
kimberly.howardbrase@ndsu.edu

  • Policy, procedures and guidelines related to Pcard
  • Internal control and audit of Pcard transactions
  • Pcard training and document retention
Jennifer Schreiber
Payment Services Specialist

Areas of Specialty:  Supplier Set-Up, Maintenance, and Reporting
Phone: (701) 231-9520
jennifer.schreiber@ndsu.edu

  • Supplier set-up, maintenance and address changes
  • ACH set-up and maintenance
  • Payment research, including stop payments and reissuance
  • IRS form:  W9, W8s, and 1099s
Laura Thibert
Payment Services Specialist

Areas of Specialty:  AP Document Audit, Journal Vouchers and Online Approval Workflow
Phone: (701) 231-7823
laura.thibert@ndsu.edu

  • Policy, procedures and guidelines related to AP Vouchers and Wires Payable
  • Audit and provide guidance on Journal Vouchers
  • Online approval of AP Workflow Vouchers
  • Questions on expense codes, cash advances, and non-employee payments                               
Jill Unruh
Accountant

Areas of Specialty:  Account codes, Journal Entries, Unrelated Business Income, Void and Stop Payment requests
Phone: (701) 231-6237
Jill.Unruh@ndsu.edu

  • Contact for questions regarding proper account codes, department funds, program codes
  • Journal entries
  • Unrelated business income (UBI)
  • Void and stop payment requests
  • Check and ACH payment review and copies.
Heidi Vanlaningham
Payment Services Specialist

Areas of Specialty:  PeopleSoft Entry and Bookstore SSI
Phone: (701) 231-5787
heidi.vanlaningham@ndsu.edu

  • Accounts payable voucher problems/issues, including budget errors
  • Payment status/questions and copies of payment information
  • Procedures and guidelines in relation to Bookstore SSI journals
Renae Wagner
Accountant

Areas of Specialty:  Accounting transactions for The Bookstore and Memorial Union

Phone:  (701) 231-8535                                                                                                                                renae.wagner@ndsu.edu

  • Contact for questions related to accounting transactions for the following departments:
    • The Bookstore
    • Memorial Union Administration
    • Design & Sign
    • Thundar's Den
    • The Gallery
    • Student Activities
  • Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Ledger, and Financial Reporting for above departments
Accounting Office listservs:

PeopleSoft Finance Access/Training/Inquiries:NDSU.Accounting.PS@ndsu.edu

  • PSoft Finance access requests, training requests, questions regarding reviewing funds, running and reviewing reports/queries, and system issues.

Spreadsheet Journal Imports (SSI) submittals:NDSU.Accounting.SSI@ndsu.edu

  • Submit SSI’s for audit and entry by the Accounting Office.

Sales Tax Reporting/Inquiries:NDSU.Accounting.ST@ndsu.edu

  • Submit sales tax forms, and questions related to sales tax reporting.

Travel Inquiries:NDSU.Accounting.Travel@ndsu.edu

  • Questions related to employee and non-employee travel related questions.

Supplier & Accounts Payable Inquiries/Requests:NDSU.Accounting.VendorAP@ndsu.edu

  • Submit IRS forms W-9 and W-8, and questions related to suppliers and accounts payable, to include payment inquiries and supplier setup.

Other Questions/Inquiries:NDSU.Accounting@ndsu.edu

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