Vicie Moran, CFO

Vicie L. Moran, CPA, CIA, CFE is a Business Unit Risk & Controls Manager at TIAA (, a Fortune 100 financial services and manages her own CPA firm, Moran & Associates, CPAs.  She has been employed at TIAA since 2008 and managing Moran & Associates since 2010.

After completing her Bachelor’s and Master’s Accounting degrees at Auburn University and Samford University, Vicie’s strong relationship building skills, business acumen, along with governance, risk and compliance skills, lead her into a career that includes monitoring and communicating emerging risks and regulations, providing strategic direction for actionable cross-functional changes, driving and influencing cultural change to ensure a sustainable regulatory compliance environment.


While at TIAA, Vicie also engages and encourages women across TIAA as the co-lead of the Charlotte Advance Women’s Employee Resource Group (ERG).  She’s also an active participant on the Culture Action Committee, helping to drive engagement and employee satisfaction across the organization.  Outside of TIAA, Vicie volunteers with the local Charlotte Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) as a member of the Academic Committee and is on the Women’s leadership team at her local church, Cfa in Concord, NC.


Vicie holds certifications as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Project Management Professional (PMP).  


Vicie also enjoys reading or listening to audiobooks, traveling, sampling coffees, and gardening while residing in Harrisburg, NC with her handsome husband and charismatic kids – Adrianna (5) and Cameron (3).

Cynthia Simpson, retired Flight Attendant, now the current business owner of (STEPS) Simpson Travel and Event Planning Services and the Co-founder of Ordered Steps Outreach International.


Cynthia resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 8 years. Cynthia has always been dedicated to serving others in the community. She has the ability to fill in when there is a lack of a need. Cynthia has a passion for people. Cynthia volunteered for several years as the girl’s director for a Pop Warner Little League Team in Winston-Salem NC. This gave Cynthia the opportunity to mentor hundreds of young girls and boys.


Cynthia educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Christian Counseling and Master of Arts degree in Human Services Counseling/Marriage and Family. The blueprint for Cynthia's success is her passion for people.

Cynthia Simpson, Mental Health Advisor

Dr. Neil S. Harris, the founder of The Urban Mosaic Center for Social Justice and The Harris School for Global Empowerment has been involved in the field of education for the past 15 years.  He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Cairn University, a Masters of Science in Education from Long Island University, a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Cambridge University and defended his dissertation in Spring 2016 to receive his PhD in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, where his research explores the “The Impact of Teacher Supportiveness on High School Students with Disabilities. After transitioning from a successful career in Finance, he returned to his first passion, which was improving outcomes for minority students. 

His New York City teaching career began as a high school special education and social studies teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School in East New York, Brooklyn.  He remained there until the school closed and received a position as an Assistant Principal at Transit Tech CTE High School also in East New York, Brooklyn.  He was eventually promoted to the position of Principal.  Mr. Harris became the first African-American principal of a school where over 80% of the students were male and over 90% were minorities.  During his tenure as Principal, the school was recognized as 1 of 40 schools in New York City that successfully graduated boys of color.  While working as an Administrator he became an adjunct professor at Long Island University, teaching graduate students in the Masters in Urban Education Program.  This expanded his reach by allowing him to teach new teachers how to successfully impact students in an urban setting.  In 2013 he was offered a full-time position at the University to serve as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Alternative Teaching Certification program.  Harris as is he is affectionately known to his students was faced with making the decision to leave the school he loved to move to a position in higher-education as the only African-American male at Long Island University’s – School of Education.  The thought of having the ability to impact the population of new teachers helped him make the decision to widen his influence for the marginalized minority communities within the 5 boroughs of New York City. 


Dr. Neil Harris, Educational Advisor

Upper Room Outreach