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Sheryl Vacca

University of California
Senior Vice President/Chief Compliance and Audit Services
Oakland, CA, USA


Sheryl Vacca is the Senior Vice President/Chief Compliance and Audit Officer for the University of California appointed by the Board of Regents and named Regental Officer. The University of California (UC) is a 24 billion dollar company with approximately 185,000 employees and 225,000 students. This organization has a variety of businesses which are affiliated with education, research and scientific endeavors (including key world developments in the areas of energy, engineering, and bioscience). In this role, Sheryl directs and oversees the University's system-wide compliance and internal audit programs applicable to all UC communities including ten campuses, five medical centers, the Berkeley National Laboratory, (Lawrence Livermore National Lab and Los Alamos National Lab LLP (indirect)), ANR and the Office of the President. Specific functions include oversight of UC's Internal Audit services; compliance standards and procedures; compliance and ethics training; internal and external audits; investigations; program evaluation, monitoring and communications; reporting mechanisms; Regental and UC policy compliance; risk assessment; statutory and regulatory compliance and special area compliance (such as research, hospital operations, retail, labs, athletics, etc). Sheryl has presented nationally and internationally on compliance and internal audit topics, including Health Care Compliance Association, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Institute of Internal Auditors, American Health Lawyers Association, Association of Health Information, American Bar Association, and Practising Law Institute. Sheryl has also worked in multiple arenas with private and public governing boards related to their roles and responsibilities around compliance and internal audit.

Sheryl has received awards from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association for her contributions to the compliance profession.  

Ms. Vacca has over thirty years of health care, compliance and auditing experience. Prior to joining UC in 2007, she held varying and increasingly responsible positions, including Deloitte & Touche's West Coast Practice Leader in Health Care Regulatory and National Lead on Internal Audit in Health Care. Ms.Vacca has held positions as VP/Internal Audit/Corporate Compliance Officer and numerous administrative leadership positions in health care and public arenas. Sheryl has her BS and Masters and served as an Officer in the USAR, Nurse Corps where she received accommodations and achievement medals during reserve and active duty. 

Sheryl is a board member of the Health Care Compliance Association, Audit and Ethics Committee, LLC - National Labs, Advisory Board Member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, member of the Editorial Board for Corporate Compliance Officer, published by Opus Communications, Part B Insider, published by St Anthony and the Journal of Health Care Compliance, published by Aspen Publishers. In addition, Sheryl is an international speaker and has published on several articles in different aspects of compliance and internal audit. Sheryl is an established and effective leader in internal audit and compliance functions.

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