Erica Bains

Erica Bains


School of Economics and Business Administration » Accounting
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Galileo Hall - 318

Phone: 8603
Fax: 376-5625
Mail: P.O. Box 4230


  • Ph.D Applied Management and Decision Sciences,
    Concentration: Information Systems and Knowledge Management
  • MBA Financial Management,
  • B.S. Management Information Systems/ Accounting,

Professional Licenses & Certifications:

  • Auditor Certifications (CIA, CISA), California Real Estate Brokers License, Finance/Stockbrokers licenses (NASD-series 7, 22, 6, and life insurance) - Information Systems and Audit Association, Internal Audit Association, Department of Real Estate, etc.

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor/Lecturer - St. Marys College (August 28, 2003 - Present)
    Accounting Information Systems, Systems Analysis and Design, Information Systems in Society, Advance Systems Concepts, Database, Introduction to Computer Science, Networks, Auditing, plus Various Seminars including Quality Management, Security, Privacy and Controls, and Ethics.

Professional Experience:

  • Executive Management (Finance and IS) - Computer Sciences Corporation, CA State Lottery, HUD, AmericanExpress, Countrywide Finance, AAA, and others (January 1983 - December 2004)
    Over 5 years of IS/IT Executive Management Experience in the Healthcare and the IT (Software Product Development)Sector. Over 10 years experience in Auditing (Financial Auditing, Internal Auditing, Financial Information Systems, and IT Auditing), Risk Management, and Quality Assurance profession for the Government, Finance (Mortgage, Banking and Investment), and the Insurance Sector.

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • Auditing, Financial Accounting, Accounting information systems, Systems analysis and design, Information systems in society, Advance systems concepts, Database, Introduction to computer science, Auditing

Regularly Taught:

  • Accounting Information Systems, Auditing



  • Treasurer
    (January 2012 - Present)
  • Executive Board of Directors
    (January 2003)
    President:Miramonte High School Parents' Club:(2007-08), President:Orinda Intermediate School Parents' Club (2005-2006), School Site Coordinating Council: Acalanes and Orinda Union High School District (2004 thru 2008) Strategic Action Committee Advisory Board -Curriculum and Assessment: AUHSD – 2006 +, Board of Directors: Business campaign development: Education Foundation of Orinda 2005-06
  • Board of Governance/ Vice President Positions
    (January 15, 1994)
    Vice President Positions: ISACA (Orange County, and Bay Area Chapter), and IIA (Orange County and Sacramento, and Bay Area Chapters. Board of Governance: Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) -since 1998.


Knowledge Management, Information Technology

  • Global Knowledge Management. Bains, Erica (invited, paper)
    Global Sustainability Forum
    • Knowledge Management in Virtual Teams: The paper explores the power of collaboration in transferring, creating, and advancing knowledge.
    (July 2007)

Honors, Awards & Grants

  • Whos Who in American Women Executives, Whos Who in Global Business Leaders, Leadership Excellence in Education, Women in Science and Technology -
    Certificate of Excellence – Leadership excellence to Orinda Union School District –2005 Accomplished Women in Science and Technology – Women’s Technology Cluster (IT women executive in NC – 2004) Who’s Who in American Women Executives – 1992. Who’s Who in Global Business Leaders – 1993 and 1995


Scholarly Interests: 



    Knowledge Management, Risk and Quality Assurance, Corporate Governance, Auditing, Control, and Assurance, Social Responsibility and Justice, Resource Waste Prevention, Globally Competitive Products and Services, IT-Business Strategy Alliances, International Standards