Founder’s Award

Founders Award
ISACA Los Angeles Chapter

For Outstanding Achievement for Innovation, Commitment, and Dedication to ISACA and its Chapter Members.

Call for Entries
Sponsored by ISACA Los Angeles Chapter

Recognizing Outstanding Achievement

The ISACA Los Angeles Chapter invites chapter members to nominate an outstanding chapter member, student, volunteer, or leader for this annual award honoring innovation, commitment and dedication throughout the chapter year.

About the Award
The Founders Award is named after the seven founders of ISACA (formerly called the EDPAA – EDP Auditors Association) in 1969. This is awarded by the board of directors of the ISACA LA Chapter for outstanding contributions to ISACA LA and its members throughout a chapter year. The actual award has not been determined.

About the Selection Committee and Process
The Founders Award Selection Committee will screen all entries and identify those entries it wishes to consider further. If an entry is selected for further consideration, a majority vote of the ISACA LA Board is required to accept the nomination for this award. The Founders Award is conferred on a merit basis. Thus, the Selection Committee or Chapter Board may decline to select an award winner.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
All ISACA LA chapter members in good standing are eligible for this award. Nominations will be evaluated on the following criteria. The nomination must:

  • Innovation -Be innovative by demonstrating a significant change or support in chapter events or initiatives that can assist in the improvement or implementation of other institutions’ services or programs.
  • Commitment -Make a significant quantitative or qualitative contribution to the fields of information assurance, information security, risk management and/or IT governance.
  • Dedication -Be a model and example for other chapter career professionals.

Award Date
The Founders Award will be presented at annual ISACA LA AGM meeting on June 11, 2013.

Please contact Kendrick Tse, President, e-mail:


2013 Founders Award Recipient

Larry Hanson

Bio to be posted





2012 Founders Award Recipient

Debbie Lew, CISA, CRISC
Senior Manager, Advisory Services
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Debbie Lew is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP.  She is a subject matter resource on IT governance and risk management and is currently a member of EY’s IT Risk Management Center of Excellence.

Debbie is originally from Toronto, Canada and moved to Los Angeles in 1998.  She was invited by the LA Chapter President, Mark Wheeler, to assist in rejuvenating the LA chapter (since the Toronto chapter has recently won the K. Wayne Snipes award for best large chapter in North America) and lead the program committee.  Since then she has accomplished the following:

1999 – 2000:  Los Angeles Chapter President

1999 to current:  Chairs the successful LA ISACA Spring Conference, the largest southern California conference on IT Governance, Assurance and Security.  The chapter’s conference has become a template for other ISACA chapter conferences such as San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Denver etc.

– After her term as president, she volunteered for ISACA International (headquarters) on the “Ways and Means” funding task force chaired by past International ISACA President, Emil D’Angelo.

– She continued to be on the funding task force, was invited to be a member of ISACA’s Education Board and a member of the Network Security Conference Committee

2002 – 2004
– She was invited to represent the Western U.S. on the Membership Board.  During her tenure she was also on the “Career Path Continuum Task Force”.  She was also a representative of ISACA during the Western President’s Council Meetings.

– She led the LA chapter’s first research project for International ISACA, an audit/assurance program for “Incident Response and Management”.  Since then the chapter has contributed many research projects such as providing contributors for the development of COBIT 4.0/4.1, the mapping of “FFEIC to COBIT 4.1”, “Microsoft SQL Server Database Audit/Assurance Program” and continues to be a leader for other chapters in research and providing resources to advance the profession. 

2004 – 2006
– She was invited to be a member of ISACA’s Audit Committee, during her tenure; she participated in the development of ISACA’s ERM program.

2006 – 2009
– Debbie was a member of the global COBIT 4.0/4.1 Steering Committee representing the U.S.  She was also the first woman to be on the COBIT Steering Committee. Debbie facilitated the COBIT development workgroup in Los Angeles coordinating volunteers from the Los Angeles chapter in participating on this important project.  She also initiated the first special interest group for the chapter, the COBIT User Group.

– She was a member of the global CRISC Credentialing Task Force, developing a certification for IT risk practitioners.  She is also active involved with the CSUN students, speaking at their MISA organization and encouraging their involvement with the chapter.  She will be teaching on IT Governance and Risk Management at CSUN this summer.

2010 – 2011
– Debbie is a member of the CRISC Committee providing oversight of the new certification.

Additionally, she is a frequent invited speaker for other ISACA chapter meetings, and speaks on COBIT, IT Governance and Risk Management at ISACA’s North American CACS, GRC and International conferences.