The AICPA's 2015 Leadership Academy graduating class featured 37 future accounting-profession leaders who participated in an intensive four-day program in Durham, N.C., in October.
The class discussed important issues facing the profession and participated in leadership development sessions with some of the profession's leaders, including Tommye E. Barie, AICPA chair 2014—2015, and Barry Melancon, the Institute's president and CEO.
The AICPA Leadership Academy was established to inspire, nurture, and empower the next generation of CPA leaders by providing them with advanced leadership training, access to well-connected professional networks, and opportunities to exercise leadership within the profession.
Candidates submitted résumés that included work history, licensure information, professional volunteer activities, community service, and awards and honors. Candidates also supplied a statement explaining why participating in the Leadership Academy would be important to them personally.
The class contained a diverse range of ethnicities, it was split 19/18 between men and women, and the average age of the attendees was 31. The participants were:
Diego J. Baca, EY LLP, Denver
Renee Bardenwerper, Winter, Kloman, Moter & Repp SC, Oconomowoc, Wis.
Andrew J. Beyeler, Lenhart, Mason & Associates LLC, Casper, Wyo.
Caleb R. Bullock, Somerset CPAs PC, Indianapolis
Alex Bybee, High Rock Accounting, Reno, Nev.
Ryan Corbett, Intuit Inc., San Diego
Rod K. Dooley Jr., Dooley and Co. LLC, Lexington, S.C.
Adam Dubuque, Johnson Lambert LLP, Burlington, Vt.
Bridget J. Duzzie, PwC LLP, Denver
Cheryl L. Exline, Arnett Carbis Toothman LLP, Charleston, W.Va.
Rodalyn May A. Gerardo, Office of Public Accountability, Hagåtña, Guam
Nathaniel Goldman, PwC LLP, Atlanta
Louis Griego, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M.
Jason Hardy, Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP, Pittsburgh
Kimberly Hardy, Matthews, Cutrer & Lindsay, Ridgeland, Miss.
Elizabeth Hazi, Brookdale Senior Living, Milwaukee
Kari L. Hipsak, Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP, New York City
Angela Ho, Northfield Bank, Woodbridge, N.J.
Mitzi Hollenbeck, Sharkansky LLP, Brockton, Mass.
Thomas Huling, Thomas, Head & Greisen PC, Anchorage, Alaska
Tim Jipping, Plante & Moran PLLC, Chicago
Corey R. King, KPMG LLP, Nashville, Tenn.
Kristin Mack, Mack Accounting Services PLLC, Redmond, Wash.
Joan Monaghan, Eagle County Government, Eagle, Colo.
Gary Mornhinweg, Cheyenne Petroleum Co., Oklahoma City
Aaron Olson, T.P. Anderson & Co. PC, Humboldt, Iowa
Remi Omisore, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Timonium, Md.
Katharine O'Sullivan, BerryDunn CPAs and Consultants, Manchester, N.H.
Jeff Paesl, Lutz and Co. PC, Omaha, Neb.
Joanna Purtell, United Technologies Corp., Farmington, Conn.
Jessica Satterfield, Incite Rehab LLC, Conway, Ark.
Nuria S. Seijas, Allegiance Bank, Houston
Jonathan Simon, Regions Bank, Birmingham, Ala.
Lindsay Stevenson, 1st Financial Bank USA, Dakota Dunes, S.D.
Aaron Thacker, Tanner LLC, Salt Lake City
Brian Vnak, Wealth Enhancement Group, Minneapolis
Maria Young, Radix Accounting, Portland, Ore.