2015 Leadership Academy graduates discuss important issues facing the profession

AICPA Leadership Academy
Tommye E. Barie, 2014–2015 AICPA chair, (far left) and Barry Melancon, AICPA president and CEO, (far right) stand with the 2015 Leadership Academy class. (Photo by Jim Coleman Photography)

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.

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