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Institute hosts 2013 Leadership Academy class  
December 2013

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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Institute names new director for Congressional & Political Affairs team  
December 2013

Rachel Dresen is a new director on the Institute’s Congressional & Political Affairs team.

She joins the AICPA from the staff of Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., where she was legislative director and had primary responsibility for issues related to his service on the House Judiciary Committee.

From 2011 to 2013, Dresen served as legislative director for former Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz. Prior to that, she was a legislative assistant for former representatives Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Chris Cannon, R-Utah, and was a researcher for the National Republican Congressional Committee.


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Program combines scholarships with community service and leadership skills  
December 2013

The Institute awarded more than $370,000 in scholarships to 117 undergraduate and graduate students through its AICPA Legacy Scholars program.

AICPA Legacy Scholars are Student Affiliate Members (a free AICPA membership option available to all students) who have received a one-year AICPA scholarship and will continue to receive benefits beyond their academic careers through the AICPA Legacy Scholars Alumni.

The program, which was established in 2011, consists of recipients of three AICPA scholarships for the 2013–2014 academic year:

  • AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship, awarded to 10 students for a total of $25,000;
  • AICPA John L. Carey Scholarship, awarded to 10 students for a total of $50,000; and 
  • AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students, awarded to 97 students for a total of $296,500.


As AICPA Legacy Scholars, students must perform eight hours of community service per semester. They may select their own community service activity and are encouraged to be as creative as possible, as long as the activity relates to accounting, serves the community, and is meaningful to the student. As part of the application process, students are asked to write an essay describing their intended service project. Once students are selected, the AICPA provides guidance on how the students can best execute their service activity, helping to ensure that they gain the maximum value for their time and effort.

Also, each AICPA Legacy Scholar receives a coach who provides guidance on the student’s service project and serves as an adviser for questions related to the profession and the work environment. Recipients have a dedicated, exclusive interactive community of their peers on ThisWayToCPA.com, where they can access resources to assist in their service project.

For more information on AICPA scholarships, visit ThisWaytoCPA.com.


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Educators recognized for innovative teaching practices  
December 2013

The AICPA announced the winners of the annual accounting curriculum awards, which are given to educators who have demonstrated innovative teaching practices in one of three distinct educational levels: in the first sequence of accounting, in junior- and senior-level accounting courses, and at the graduate level.

Markus Ahrens, professor of accounting at St. Louis Community College, received the 2013 Bea Sanders/AICPA Innovation in Teaching Award for the first sequence of accounting. Ahrens was recognized for implementing greater teamwork and student collaboration within the classroom, resulting in increased attendance, improvement in student grades, and higher overall student success rates.

Marion E. McHugh, assistant professor in the Business and Accounting Department at Furman University, and Paul Polinski, lecturer of accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received the 2013 George Krull/Grant Thornton Innovation in Teaching Award for junior- and senior-level accounting courses. Their winning curriculum centered on a project that engaged students’ critical thinking about the appropriate separation of duties in the purchases and disbursements transaction cycles.

Jennifer Butler Ellis, Mark E. Riley, and Rebecca Toppe Shortridge of Northern Illinois University received the 2013 Mark Chain/FSA Innovation in Teaching Award for graduate-level accounting teaching practices. Their Master of Accounting Science program incorporated a workshop to ensure graduates had not only technical accounting knowledge but also leadership and communications skills.

The winners’ curricula, along with those of past winners, are included in the AICPA’s Accounting Professors’ Curriculum Resource, a tool for accounting faculty and students. (Access to the tool is limited to AICPA members.)

The AICPA, the Federation of Schools of Accountancy, and Grant Thornton will cover the winners’ travel expenses to the 2014 American Accounting Association annual meeting, where the winners will present their curricula in person and receive their awards.

The award winners are selected by the AICPA Pre-certification Education Executive Committee, which assists the academic community in preparing students with the core competencies needed for entry into the profession.


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