Instructor Biography

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Melanie B. Fernandez, CPA


Partner, Assurance Services

Working with BDO from 1987 to 2000, Melanie served as a partner until the closure of the BDO Orlando office in 2000 when she acquired the office along with her colleagues and formed Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP (C/F/R).  C/F/R combined with BDO USA, LLP in 2015. Melanie is now the Greater Orlando Managing Partner for Assurance Services. She is also the leader of the Central Florida Nonprofit Practice Group and serves on BDO’s National Nonprofit and Higher Education Industry Group.  Melanie spends the majority of her time serving clients in the nonprofit industry. Her experience with BDO and C/F/R is an integral part of her career and has shaped her development as a professional.

In her role as Assurance Managing Partner, she oversees assurance engagements and provides management and leadership to the Central Florida Assurance Practice. Melanie primarily serves nonprofit organizations including government funded organizations and Foundations. In addition, her understanding of what it takes to own and run a business is a great asset to her clients. Melanie has also instructed courses for nonprofit organizations in association with the Rollins College Center for Philanthropy, UCF’s Accounting Conference and the Florida Institute of CPAs.

Melanie attributes her professional success to her drive and dedication to serving clients. Melanie grew up in Central Florida with her family and currently resides in Apopka. In her spare time, she frequently participates in triathlons and road races. Melanie also enjoys running, biking, traveling and doing yoga while away from the office. 
University of Central Florida Hall of Fame Inductee
Orlando Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award
Women’s Executive Council Outstanding Achievement Award 
University of Central Florida Foundation, Board Member and Treasurer
University of Central Florida Dean’s School of Business Advisory Board
Florida Venture Forum, Board Member
Elevate Orlando, Board Member
Track Shack Foundation, Board Member and President
Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Former President
Amaerican Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants

M.B.A., University of Central Florida