Institute hosts 2013 Leadership Academy class

The AICPA’s fifth annual Leadership Academy was held Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 in Durham, N.C.

During the five-day program, the 37 participants—all under age 36—learned leadership theory and strategic planning techniques while developing tools for handling complex management challenges. They also discussed pressing issues facing CPAs and the accounting profession with some of the profession’s most influential leaders, including AICPA then-Chairman Richard Caturano and AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon.

This year’s attendees were selected from more than 120 candidates recommended by their employers, state CPA societies, or both. Candidates submitted résumés that included work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service, awards and honors, and a statement explaining why participating in this year’s academy would be personally significant.

The members of the 2013 Leadership Academy class are:

  • Mohamad Al-kawafha, PKF, Houston
  • Chad Allen, Acord Cox & Co., Lenexa, Kan.
  • Tracy M. Allen, AKT LLP, Lake Oswego, Ore.
  • Victor A. Amaya, ClearPath Accountants LLC, Littleton, Colo.
  • Jaclyn T. Badeau, Tempur Sealy International, Lexington, Ky.
  • Jennifer J. Brown, GSC Agribusiness, Carroll, Iowa
  • Tessa Carr, Arnett Foster Toothman PLLC, Charleston, W.Va.
  • Erik M. Causey, KPMG LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Harris Darver, McGregor & Co. LLP, Columbia, S.C.
  • Christine DeAngelis, Cobalt Benefits Group LLC, Exeter, N.H.
  • Michelle B. Dooley, ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, Calvert, Ala.
  • David M. Finklang, Anders CPAs + Advisors, St. Louis
  • Kathryn M. Fletcher, Draffin & Tucker LLP, Atlanta
  • Misty L. Geer, Halliburton Energy Services, Lafayette, La.
  • Amber K. Goering, Amber K. Goering, CPA, PA, Olathe, Kan.
  • Dena Jackson Lester Harrison, Protiviti, Orlando, Fla.
  • Jason H. Hunter, Mantyla McReyolds, Salt Lake City
  • Curtis M. Johnson, Mutual of Omaha, Omaha, Neb.
  • Brett J. Jordan, Russell Investments, Seattle
  • Heather N. Lenardson, Lenhart, Mason & Associates LLC, Casper, Wyo.
  • Rachel K. Lloyd, Emdeon Inc., Nashville, Tenn.
  • Satyasomeswar Maruvada, PwC LLP, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Elizabeth N. Mason, BeachFleishman PC, Phoenix
  • Joe L. Navarro, City of Bakersfield, Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Joshua Norris, Corkern & Norris PLLC, Jackson, Miss.
  • Elizabeth S. Pittelkow, ArrowStream Inc., Chicago
  • Iralma Pozo, Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp., New York City
  • Toby Ralston, StoneTurn Group, Boston
  • Joseph M. Rugger, Jonesboro Prosthetic & Orthotic Lab, Jonesboro, Ark.
  • Kala O. Sharp, ONEOK Inc. and ONEOK Partners LP, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Kelly M. Sics, Wisconsin Dental Association, West Allis, Wis.
  • Scott Smith, Smith, Kunz & Associates PLLC, Rexburg, Idaho
  • Justin Thomsen, Muckel Anderson CPAs, Reno, Nev.
  • Jeff W. Wilson II, National Credit Union Administration, Alexandria, Va.
  • Jayme Woehl, Array Services Group Inc., Sartell, Minn.
  • Mary Yeager, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati
  • David Zuidema, Dennen Steel Corp., Grand Rapids, Mich.



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