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Internal Audit

Our Vision

The vision of the Internal Audit Division is to become a valuable management resource that facilitates the promotion of good governance by performing high quality audit, assurance, and consulting services that:

  • Address key risks central to DCS’s strategies and objectives.
  • Apply audit services that alinement with areas of heightened sensitivity to management and citizens of Tennessee.
  • Help improve internal controls, transparency, and accountability of operations.
  • Promote a tone of openness, cooperation, and mutual trust.

Our Mission

The mission of the Internal Audit Division is to provide independent, objective assurance and consulting activities that add value and improve the Department of Children’s Services operations.

What is Internal Auditing?

The Institute of Internal Auditors defines Internal auditing as an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization's operations. Internal Auditing helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. In short, we are here to provide a "second set of eyes" to ensure that we are following rules and regulations and look for opportunities to make our operations better. We are also responsible for ensuring that fraud, waste, and abuse of DCS resources is kept in check by providing both proactive and reactive responses to these events.

The Internal Audit Division’s ultimate objective is to provide management and senior leadership with information they need to make better decisions through practical, cost-beneficial recommendations that promote improving DCS's operations. Our primary focus is conducting audits designed to ascertain the efficiency and effectiveness of DCS's various operational and financial programs, processes, and activities. Auditing services are prioritized from a Risk Management approach that focuses on areas determined to be of high risk. Consulting and attestation services are designed to initiate a collaborative approach to address concerns regarding the ever changing business environment. Integrity services are performed to substantiate alleged instances of fraud, waste, and abuse of DCS resources by employees, contractors, consultants, grantees, providers, vendors, or other entities doing business with the Department.

Meet the Team


Russell Tod, CPA, CIA

Auditor 4

Mark von Dohlen, CPA

Auditor 3

Shawn Howard

Auditor 2

Tiffany Loggins

Auditor 2

Myung Kim

Auditor 2

Denise Williams

Auditor 2

Internal Audit Division

UBS Building
315 S. Deaderick St., 7th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Office: (615) 532-1602